Christmas Tour 2016

Christmas Tour 2016

Christmas Tour 2016

Hello, sweet friends. Merry Christmas! Come in. I’m so glad you stopped by for our Christmas Tour 2016. We’ve lived in Seattle for just over a year now and we sure LOVE it here! Welcome to our home.


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I’m excited to be a part of this holiday blog tour hosted by the wonderful Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. If you are here after visiting Shauna of The House of Silver Lining, welcome! Aren’t those ladies and their homes lovely?

Christmas Tour 2016

I love going on Christmas house tours. But if you ever look at homes on tours and feel like your own house isn’t nearly as festive or finished, you are in good company here. My whole house isn’t pulled together, either. :) In fact, I nearly didn’t get this one room ready in time for the tour! Our house has been quite “out of sorts” since the fall house tour. The kitchen has been under construction for months now (but we are about two weeks away from completion!) and we are finally installing new flooring downstairs and the two new exterior doors over the next couple weeks.

It’s been exciting, but a little messy. :)

Christmas Tour 2016Similar cotton wreath

Lumber and other supplies have been spread out all over my house and everything has been displaced. I had hoped our remodeling projects would have been completed by this tour, but at least there’s a good chance of completion before Christmas. :) Just a few days ago I seriously felt like my house was way too dusty and chaotic everywhere to even decorate for Christmas.

Christmas Tour 2016

In what can only be explained as a Christmas miracle, last week I went on a big frenzy and dusted, cleaned up and put up some decorations in our living room and even HALF of our dining room (totally an overachiever, right?!) for Christmas.

Three days ago as I was tossing clutter from the room and literally down on my hands and knees wiping construction dust off the floor before taking the photos, my contractor looked at me funny and asked me if I was having company. There had been dust and chaos everywhere for over two months and then suddenly there I was setting up Christmas decor amongst the mess. And what probably appeared even more random, my girls and I were going around snapping photos. Bless his heart, he started picking up tiles and wood trim from the floor in the dining room to help tidy things up in case I was having a pre-party meltdown and his stuff was in my way.

It was a close call, but I finished in the nick of time to participate in this tour {HIGH FIVES!}.

Christmas Tour 2016

So while I can’t offer up a ten part tour of my whole house fully decked out for Christmas this year, I’m relieved to have one and a half clean and tidied rooms to show you today. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the idea of each room in my house and every door and window being all festive for Christmas. I might even get more Christmas decorating done and share it in the coming weeks, but I may not.

What you see here of my Christmas house today is it. It’s all I’ve got. So I hope you don’t mind if we just hang out here :).

Christmas Tour 2016It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

The feel of our home overall has been evolving in the year since we moved in and especially over the past few months. It has been fun to make this new place feel more like home. Besides the new kitchen, we’ve been slowly getting settled in by painting walls, arranging furniture and just trying to get the right vibe going for this house.

Christmas Tour 2016

One of our favorite things about this house is that the living room, dining room and kitchen have windows that face the rear of the house with a light and bright view of the Puget Sound, mountains and sky outside. A neutral color palette and simplified look with layers of comfy texture help this room feel oh-so-cozy for winter. It’s actually supposed to SNOW here today, so I’m extra thrilled to have one cozy spot (UPDATE: I added a picture above so you can see the snow in the yard!).

Christmas Tour 2016

I love this little wire basket of evergreen clippings, pinecones and silver Christmas decorations.

Christmas Tour 2016

You can see a very small peek of the in-construction kitchen through the arch in the dining room. It won’t be blue for long, that’s just primer :). I am SO excited about the kitchen, I cannot wait to show you. :)

You might have noticed that we switched out our rug in the living room for a larger and more neutral one for the winter. I’ll be sharing more about the rug later in the week, but we really love how quiet and cozy it makes the room look and feel!

Christmas Tour 2016

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I made these DIY snow globe jars years ago (I put them in my book, too!).

I never take them apart so I can just bring them out every year to enjoy.

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Coastal touches reflect special family memories and fit well with our view of the sound.
We decorated this little tree with some sweet little glass whales, sailboats and other decorations.

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The dining room has been in shambles for awhile since it connects to the kitchen.
It was fun to clear it off and wipe off the table to set out a simple glass cloche with snow and a quirky reindeer.

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I wish we could have baked these cookies ourselves, but alas, we don’t have an oven yet.

We look forward to some winter baking in the new kitchen.

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Every year I try to add a few more ornaments to our collection so I can fill up bowls or this trough with pretties.

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Lily’s face during Jack’s shenanigans always kills me.

Christmas Tour 2016

I’m so glad I was able to get this one area of my home pulled together. You’ve heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again. If you are feeling stressed by the state or current condition of your own home, just start by setting up one cleaner and more festive corner. Find ways to savor it. Look at the pretty lights, Smell the seasonal scents. Take a deep breath and be present in that room. I’ve been reminding myself to get out of the chaotic rooms and sit in our living room as much as possible. It makes me feel so much more peaceful!

It’s not about how much we do. It’s not about how perfectly we do it.
What matters most is that we savor the season and find joy in counting our blessings.

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

You’ll find the others on the tour today here: The White Buffalo Styling Co. || Julie Blanner || Hi Sugarplum || The Inspired Room ||Restless Arrow || Cuckoo For Design

My Christmas Decor Shop is filled with my favorite holiday finds! Stockings, ornaments, garland, accessories, wreaths, trees, you name it!!! Check it out!

Christmas Tour 2016

>> CLICK HERE TO SHOP The Inspired Room Christmas Shop <<

 

Room Sources:

It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

Leather loveseat (20% off with code CHEER)

Chunky woolen cable knit light gray area rug (I got this on a great Black Friday sale and it is the coziest rug EVER, I’ll share more about it soon!)

Cotton Wreath (similar)

Linen wingback settee

Rattan daybed

Ivory cable knit pillow

Gray coffee table

Botanical artwork // Shop our round-up full of botanical artwork sources HERE

Linen curtains

Brass floor lamp

Fireplace paint details

Leather Moroccan pouf

Woven wood shades

Gray velvet pillow covers

Dip-dyed wood stools

Wood leaning ladder for blankets

White velvet stockings (on sale!)

Galvanized trough

Copper battery-operated wire string lights

Marble and wood cake stand

White ceramic houses: Target (similar)

Navy/gray dresser

Wood industrial console table

Navy patterned dining curtains (sold out but there may be new similar options)

White rattan round mirror

Rattan shelf – thrifted

Dining chairs

Ombre wood bead dining light

Dining room seagrass rug

Dining room clock

White glitter paper trees

Wi-fi thermostat

DIY Mason Jar snow globe details

Similar ship ornament // Similar whale ornament

Wall color: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Shiplap wall details

Ornaments: many from Target

My Christmas Decor Shop & Gift Guides

Christmas Tour 2016

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

Kitchen Remodel Update: The Cabinets Arrived!

Kitchen Remodel Update: The Cabinets Arrived!

Thank you all for your excitement over my kitchen design board, you make sharing this project so much fun. As you can imagine, I was SO thrilled to see the cabinets and the sink finally brought in! This is just a quick peek so you’ll know our cabinets arrived, but rest assured, you’ll get to see the finished product in the big reveal.

Also, remember that our plan is for the walls and ceiling to be painted white wood (even though what you see here currently is blue plaster walls and the unfinished wood ceiling).

Kitchen Remodel Update: The Cabinets Arrived!

Yes, this is us being our ridiculous selves. We can’t help it. As soon as the contractor left for the day, Courtney and I brought in dish towels and accessories and held up hardware and then took pictures of everything because WE COULD! Hahahah. Random, I know. I found the gray striped towels from Trader Joe’s, by the way, and the buffalo checks are from here. The cute wood measuring spoons are from Polder’s Old World Market.

We discovered our sink corners had cracked in the box during shipping, so it didn’t get fully installed. That was a disappointment, but the contractor went ahead and used the damaged sink to build the frame for it in the cabinet so at least we got to visualize how awesome it will be! We taped up the cracks in the porcelain since my contractor cut his hand on it. Now we are waiting for a replacement (for the sink, not his hand…his hand is still intact, thank goodness). Friday a template will be made for our countertops and our hardware will be installed. The countertops will be installed in about a week!

Kitchen Remodel Update: The Cabinets Arrived!

I’ve been so happy with how every detail came together this week. I always worry that a decision is going to be wrong, or something won’t look quite as good as I imagined it would in my mind. But so far this room feels just as light, efficient and beautiful as I hoped it would and maybe even better. Big sigh of relief.

If you’ve remodeled or built a house, tell me you’ve styled your kitchen before it was finished, too :-D.

Related Posts:

My Kitchen Design Board

Faucet and Farmhouse Sink Round Up

5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without A Major Remodel

Kitchen Remodel Update: The Cabinets Arrived!
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