Mini Christmas Tour

Hey y’all.  I know I am running late sharing about Christmas decorations in our new home but here I am with a few shots. We did just move in less than 6 months so give me some grace here…these also aren’t great photos but better than nothing right?

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I will be honest it takes some adjustment when you move, get a taller tree, and don’t know exactly where you are going to put everything..fun too but as I always say “it takes time.” SO if you just moved or this is your first Christmas in a new home give yourself a break.  It will take time to figure out how you want to nest your home for the holidays but you (and I) will get there!  It doesn’t all have to be down pat THIS YEAR RIGHT NOW! (preaching to me;;)

With my entry table (which was a desk I had cut down and topped with marble) I couldn’t decide between poinsettias and baskets or just plants.  I think I may have texted a couple friends about whether are not poinsettias are “granny” and only for church and bank vestibules?  Started a poinsettia debate. Your thoughts?  I can take it;  Seriously I think I was craving some color and just bought the dang poinsettias and now I have them and they are red which I love. I did find some burlap little covers in place of the foil wrappers.

I also love these empty frames and framed Old English writing page I have as art on this wall..but it doesn’t photograph well. (especially when you are shaky and too lazy to get out tripod) But I do love it in person and that is what matters! You can hardly see it, but I also love the clear acrylic tray I have my nativity set sitting inside…it keeps it flat and intact and looks cleaner than the greenery I had underneath at first.

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I need to paint one more frame in brass on that wall!

And looking into the study, our favorite room in the house!

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The wreath is from Balsam Hill like all of the outdoor wreaths on windows and the garland on banister is basil from Williams-Sonoma, I had it last year and loved it but it has already dried quickly this year.

Onward to the living room, I have never had anything over a 7.5 tree..but now we have a 9 foot tree and its more to decorate especially when you are barely over 5 foot! But it is worth the extra work! I do love my tree from Balsam Hill, its the Stratford Spruce and the lights and on off switch are the best and its not super big in diameter but not dinky either.  I do think the branches are a little hard to attach ornaments but I think like the rest of a new house and new things is just getting used to it.  I did use the silhouette ornaments that I have blogged about so many times…I nearly retired them but just had to get one more year out of them and the boys haven’t complained (yet)…

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Recognize pillows? The toile is made out of the fabric in my old living room drapes, I had just enough scrap for two pillows.  I want to do some amazing fabric maybe bolsters or lumbars on these sofas I just haven’t been able to commit yet…

I did little boxwood wreaths on the sunroom windows (which is rear of house) to mimic the windows out front….love that cheery ness and it has worked fine with raising and lowering blinds. I love these antique pine pieces in this room from Leftovers.  They really hold up to the boys and daily use.

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This room gets a lot of wear and tear, this is where the wii and xbox and snuggling all take place…that’s why we need lots of blankets, basekts and Christmas books.

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Back up front in the living room, just bottlebrush trees on the piano, I love bottlebrush trees. You can get a glimpse of my plank ceiling in the above photo but not much.  The check is my favorite buffalo check in the linen colorway from Calico Corners.  I had them made custom and the hardware is custom too (in this room only;;)

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and hearing Christmas hymns being played!

The tree is actually behind one of the sofas and I am used to having it as focal point centered on windows…have to adjust my ways;; And it works I think because it’s a taller tree and I love that we can see it from dining room and kitchen. I am also used to a mirror over the mantle and put a wreath over it most years or word art but  now I have “big bird”… I love my Audubon from my friend Melisse at Campbell’s Melange and couldn’t bear to put him away for Christmas…especially since we finally have it hung properly…it was leaned for months.

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My decorations look somewhat the same as they have year after year because I have the same stockings, same ornaments etc…that is comforting isn’t it..even when you are in a new house you have memories and part of your history with you in your books and Christmas ornaments etc!

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I will be back later in the week to share a little bit more. Good luck mamas with all your Christmas chores this week!

{Balsam Hill did sent product to me in exchange for my review}

Christmas Light

I haven’t even started decorating trees inside (they are out of box and lights are on..is it weird I like them naked) but we finished the exterior this weekend! Y’all this is a big deal for us because we put out a few wreaths on our three windows and one door in our other house and did a little light up things here and there or luminaries in jars but we never had lights on our house…gasp shock I know!  We just both grew up in the country and didn’t have them growing up and never saw it as a priority but last year our oldest put the grip on us with “but how will people know we love Jesus if we don’t have Christmas lights on our house??”  Ouch, good one Drew..way to work your mama! So I vowed “next year I will hire someone to put lights on our house, I won’t beg and prod my hardworking husband to add this to his list I will just take care of it and scrimp and save and do it as a gift to my family for the Christmas season” and I did.  And it feels good.  It’s not much, just one strand on the roof and some trees wrapped (oh how i want to wrap the branches too…maybe next year, apparently its time consuming and costly;;) and a little nativity but here you go..

Our new old house with LIGHTS!

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Next year hopefully our sidewalk will be brick and we can do lights around beds and sidewalks…hmmm net lights on rounded boxwood might look good too….look out Clark Griswold!

I worked with Juan Cuellar of JC Landscape to do this and he was so nice! He worked with my budget and didn’t seem to mind I couldn’t go nuts or overboard. I highly recommend him his number is 281-932-9159  just fyi..it was hard for me to find someone and I didn’t want to add the project to my husband’s busy schedule or risk him on roof;;

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A view of some of our big tree trunks wrapped..you can see our awesome neighbors across the street got colorful..i love looking out my kitchen window and seeing their gingerbread house! We did use these wreaths (Stratford Spruce 24″) from Balsam Hill (yes they are blog sponsor and I am grateful and excited to be trying out their products this year so far very pleased) so these wreaths have battery operated LED and they are pretty bright don’t you think?  I used the same garland over door too! You push the button on battery pack when installed and hung and then they come on and stay on for four house and then off 18 hours.

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So deep heartfelt thanks to Balsam Hill to helping us make this dream of lighted wreaths on all windows come true, it honestly probably wouldn’t have happened without the blog/advertising partnership so I am thankful.

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We also did a little nativity area on the side of the house.  I have always loved these simple silhouette nativity cutouts.  So I ordered this one from Amazon and honestly I was a little sad when I saw the size;;; We had it in the front at first and it just looked to small and wrong scale with the house so we moved it to the side yard and our neighbor Jessica was looking out her window and realized it was reflecting on the house and let us know my hubs played with it enough moving it back and forward to make it larger and centered.  SO easy and so cool.  Henry had to get in on the scene for a bit and play a giant wiseman!

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Too funny huh?

Okay and a few shots of daytime and I will stop;

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I did just use regular old outdoor red Christmas ribbon for bows and we had to screw them to the wood window sash because our screens don’t come off easily to hang them from inside.  But if you can take off screens or don’t have any that is a good option.  This blog has a great post on hanging wreaths on windows. I also did paint my door darker (or I should say my friend Reuban did it;) And I maybe need to make bow on door larger (hey its Texas) my bow making abilities aren’t great but it works! And I am still loving these planters from Renovate. These  stripe ribbon on topiaries I ordered from Midori. My topiaries are eugenia (spelling that right) from Tall Plants in Houston….they are doing well!  They just need WATER!

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So there you go… the beginning of our first Christmas in our new home! I will start decorating trees inside tomorrow hopefully. Just two…we have always had just one but we love sitting in our study so much we are doing one in there too this year.

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I also want to continue to just drive home the point that I love our new home and Christmas in our new old house is so fun but I am always aware there are so many without homes and hurting all around this world.  I know that isn’t why you come to my blog or visit my site to hear that but I want you to know I am grateful and don’t ever want to present a perfect picture.  We still have bathrooms that need remodeling, some old wiring to address and our own personal struggles.  Just wanted to say that.  I also wanted to share one of my favorite worship songs ever.  I honestly have been struggling a lot with faith questions and pain in my life lately (wow this got serious fast). I have frankly been pretty angry at God.  But I still know to my core He loves me and He is faithful and He sent Christ and then his Holy Spirit to help us bear pain this broken world can bring us and learning to identify with some of his suffering is strangely a blessing..I am not a theologian but I am a lover of Christ and I haven’t given up on God the Father.

    Light of the world, You step down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you hope of a life spent with you.

And here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

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