Our Christmas Home Tour

12.12.2011



Hey! Just wanted to share how a couple more spots in our house look for the holidays. Melissa of the Inspired Room is hosting her annual Christmas Home Tours linky party today and Jennifer Rizzo is having her 2011 Virtual Holiday House Party, so I wanted in on the action.

***Edit: The Nester's annual Christmas Tour of Homes
is now live...linking up over there too! And just found out about Rene of Cottage and Vine's Room by Room Christmas Tour, so I'm adding mine into the mix as well. This is so fun!

When it comes to Christmas in general this year, I've been trying to balance my love for all things metallic with my desire for a rustic, natural look. I just decided to try and mix them together and hope for the best;) (Oh yeah, and I'm trying not to spend any money!) Here's how the bookcase in our foyer ended up:


I bought this chalkboard for Maura's first birthday party in September and later realized that it will definitely be good to have around. Hoping everyone gets my "Winter Wonderland" lyric reference (figured this would be a fitting saying to have up there on the night of our holiday party).



I used one of my Pottery Barn birch sleeves to hold branches from the yard (covered with a bit of moss I had left from my DIY faux terrariums this past spring). Then hung 2 of my beloved mercury glass ornaments from them with green ribbon.


Some of my little white pitchers, etc. with greens from the yard and a couple of empty boxes wrapped with pretty organic (and metallic) paper (plus pine cones!) round out a couple of the shelves.


I always like to still leave out some of our normal, everyday stuff (gotta be practical), but at least adding books in the right holiday palette help tie it in to the new seasonal stuff.



Another spot that usually gets a seasonal update are the ledge shelves in our family room above the couch. So excited that I finally hung these huge mercury glass ornaments my mom got me from Wisteria from the ceiling!! They add a nice touch of whimsy to the vignette.


To balance out all that bling, I framed a botanical print of some sort of winter holly berry stuff (a page from a wildflower guide book I already had) and used embroidered kraft paper and ticking fabric, plus sprigs of fresh greenery, red ribbon and jute twine to wrap up some more empty boxes.


If this is your first time stopping by (thanks!), here's a couple pics of our mantel (read more about it here) and the pine cone garland I threw together for our dining room (more
here).


I can't wait to take some time and check out all the other homes on the tour! Thanks for hosting, Melissa! Are any of you linking up? Happy Holidays, everybody:)

29 comments:

  1. I love your chalkboard, it looks great! Like you I try to balance sparkles and natural, all on a budget...your home looks so pretty!

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  2. It all looks great, love the pine cone garland and the chalk board.

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  3. I love chalkboards.
    I buy them at flea markets, and have even made some of my own.
    Beautiful decor!

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  5. These vignettes are completely gorgeous. I think you have the perfect mix of metallic and rustic, and your styling is impeccable :)

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  6. Wish I could write so beautifully on my chalkboards too!
    Enjoyed my stay here this morning in your festive holiday home!
    Sending you Merry Christmas wishes
    from Germany
    Carola

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  7. So many special little touches make for a beautiful room! Congratulations on a job well done! :D

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE your pinecone garland! Seriously swooning here! What a lovely home tour... thanks for having me over. :)

    Donna

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  9. Soooo pretty! I went with bright color this year (red and turquoise), but I have a soft spot for holiday decor in a neutral palette, especially the way you've pulled everything together! I really love how you incorporated those baby pics into your vignettes. ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

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  10. So pretty and festive! Enjoy your lovely home this Christmas season.

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  11. Sarah, oh how I love the changes you make to your shelf for the seasons! The chalkboard is perfect along with all of your other little touches. If only there were about 30 more days in December....my brain is overflowing with ideas from your holiday decor. Beautiful!

    Cathy

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  12. I love the use of your chalkboard as well as the pine cone garland! The mix of rustic and mercury glass is so charming. Great tour. Merry Christmas.

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  13. Love your decorations!! Your wrapping is so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  14. Everything is so pretty! I happened to notice your sock monkey--I even have a sock monkey blog! love them!

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  15. I love how everything is simple, but beautiful! You have a gift for decorating!

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  16. I think it's time for a party!! Sarah you are good. Can you come hang out with me and help me get my act together? :) Really though I love what you've done - you've kept all of your personal touches but added some organic touches. I love the lyric line you chose for your chalkboard - it seems like you have a fun household and will have a fun party so that line is very appropriate and fitting. Thanks for the tour! How is Maura doing with the tree? Sheila has been great - just touching the bottom ornaments that are not breakable or fragile.

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  17. I :LOVE your wrapping paper it is exactly what I am looking for this year! i get in trouble every year because I have to go buy more paper when we already have some....

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  18. Your home looks so beautiful and festive! What a wonderful place to enjoy the holidays.

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  19. Your Christmas decor looks beautiful in your lovely home. I adore that wreath and pine cone garland.

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  20. Loving the Winter Wonderland quote on the chalkboard! Your home is lovely. :)

    stopping in from Nester's!

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  21. Very pretty!
    I love the chalkboard also.
    I'm currently looking for a large one to put under my staircase.
    Haven't found one that doesn't cost too much yet, though.

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  22. your home is gorgeous!! I love it!
    Happy Christmas!

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  23. Thank you so much, everyone!!! I'm so sorry I haven't been around to comment yet on all your amazing holiday homes...a bit under the weather and stressing to get ready for a big party at our house on Saturday, but I will visit next week!!! Thanks for all the support, so great to meet all these new faces:) Merry Christmas!

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  24. You've done a wonderful job of mixing rustic and metallic elements into your seasonal decor, it all looks great.

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  25. Visiting from the Nesters. That little pair of boots is absolutely fantastic! (ok....everything is fantastic, but the boots are my favorite)!

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  26. I think you nailed rustic and sparkle perfectly! Beautiful job styling your bookcase, and I love your botanical print!

    Glad to have found your blog! :)

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  27. Oh I love it all! The mix is perfect. Anyway, a mix (in my opinion) is always better than everything being the same. Had to pin an image. Very, very pretty! Thanks you for joining the party Sarah!

    --René

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