Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Greetings, friends!! My internet has been out and our lights flickering all evening. It’s a wee bit stormy around here and more winds are threatening to blow through. I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to get this post scheduled — yay me for not doing this earlier in the day but that’s me, the procrastinator! But luckily, the internet popped on a moment ago so I’m scrambling to get this scheduled while I can. So if you see this post Friday, you’ll know I succeeded even if it is only partially finished, hahah!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

First of all, thank you so much to Lindsay of White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting a great tour of homes this week and including me in it! If you are just joining in, be sure to head over to her place to catch up on all the links to homes!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

This is the second tour I am a part of for my house this Christmas, but while I only have one house to share :) I took SO many photos of different angles of rooms and close ups recently that you’ll get another peek around today. I saved a whole bunch of new photos just for this tour! You’ll see a few things maybe you missed or another side of a room you didn’t really get to look at in the last post. When you are done with this tour, free to go back through the first tour from earlier this week, too, if you’d like! Also, while these tours are fun to enjoy in their best form, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy seeing what happened in the days following, so after the tours be sure to check out the aftermath post here.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

In my dream world, I was going to decorate the bedrooms and front porch for Christmas by today.

YEAH RIGHT! Dreamer. The reality was I had so many obligations this week with book writing and Christmas events and just keeping up with life, I haven’t been able to do much more around the house or get it photographed. (You’ll see a tiny peek of my office, though).

You want to know a little secret?

I’ve discovered on all the tours that I am one of the only bloggers on the face of the internet that doesn’t have Hunter rain boots by the door filled with fresh greenery. But what I do have on my front porch, where the Hunter boots WOULD be (had I received the memo), I have … PUMPKINS.

Yep. I’m that neighbor. (Maybe even the one that might leave her crunchy wreath up until spring. Hahah!).

OK. Now that we got that confession out of the way, let’s carry on with the tour.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Jack’s been watching out the window, eagerly awaiting your return. He LOVES when people visit!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

In our gathering room (the room in between the entry and the dining room, formerly known as our living room heheheh) we have birch branches we collected this year from a little forested area near our house. I put them in a big tall planter (sorry, I somehow didn’t get a picture of the whole thing) and I thought it would be fun to put ornaments on it for Christmas.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

My husband recently painted our table for us so it was all fresh and clean for Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers! I seem to always be inspired to work on the dining room around the holidays (maybe that’s why it is the room that seems to have evolved the most in small increments over the years!). Our house is far from perfect and there are still lots of things we need to do, but each little improvement we make, no matter how small, feels great. After nearly six years of faithfully doing little updates on the house whenever we were able, we feel like we are finally getting to where our house is not done, but where we aren’t so behind any more. :)

It’s amazing what a simple thing like a fresh coat of paint can do for an old table, too. We left the leaves natural because we still really like it that way! :).

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

While we only add a touch or two of Christmas here and there around the house, I feel like it’s enough that it feels festive. And not so much that I feel overwhelmed by it all. I guess I’m more of a winter decorator. Candles and fresh greenery are my favorites!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

At night and especially for dinner parties, we light all the candles and it starts to feel magical.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Little string lights around the mirrors and in glass jars add little dots of holiday sparkle.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

The paper whites smell wonderful! I love having lots of plants and greenery around. And I love how the mirror reflects all the flickering candles around the room.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Little trees in galvanized buckets are so simple, but they are yearly favorite. I get them at Lowe’s or Trader Joes, and I get the buckets at our local farm store.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

I’m wondering how long it’s going to take before Jack & Lily (our one and three year old doodle pups) will discover that we have a tree full of adorable animal ornaments just waiting to be devoured. So far they haven’t even noticed, but in past years Jack has destroyed his fair share of ornaments.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

We are keeping our fingers crossed that they are more civilized this year :).

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

I was working with Pottery Barn this week on a post (you can see it here) and had the opportunity to restyle my mantel with a new banner, thus the different look of my fireplace in this photo. It was such a dark day when I was taking these photos, but I really love the sparkly Merry Christmas banner!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

We’ve had the white quilted stockings for years!

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

I also tried the Merry Christmas banner out in my office and love it in there too. As you can see, I moved the Nespresso to the office and it’s so fun having it within reach for those emergency coffee needs haha! I’m still loving it, you can find more details on the machine I have here, it’s called the Nespresso VertuoLine. You can find the post I wrote about it here.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}
Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Thanks for visiting today, friends! I’m so glad you came by.

The next stop on the tour is my friend Traci’s from Beneath My Heart, she has such a lovely home and is a real sweetheart, so go on over for a visit!

You can find more photos and part one of my Christmas House Tour here!

If you’re looking for a great wreath, Christmas tree, tree skirt, decorations or other seasonal item, we have an ADORABLE shop you can find by clicking HERE or the banner below.

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

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Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

Christmas House Tour {Part Two}

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For those of you who have asked, here is how I hang garland, wreath and stockings without nails!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Welcome, friends! I’m SO glad you stopped by today for the annual Christmas tour of my home in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest (I’m joining in with the Holiday Home Tours via Just a Girl!). This is part one of a two part house tour, you can find Part Two here. While these tours are fun to enjoy in their best form, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy seeing what happened in the days following, so after the tours be sure to check out the aftermath post here. On to the tour!

We literally are nestled in here between forest and sea, thus the inspiration for my Christmas house! I’m not much of a theme decorator but somehow, that’s just how it all came together!

As I mentioned in my last post, I intentionally keep things pretty simple around the holidays. I love the whole experience of creating a home all year round but as the holidays approach, I add just a touch more festivity and greenery to hopefully create a cozy magical space for my family to enjoy at Christmas (without causing my stress levels to elevate :). I’m so happy to invite you in to our little world here! Come on in!

We’ve lived here for nearly six years, so every year we feel a little bit more settled here!

I’ll be sharing more photos of the house throughout the week and the second half of the tour with additional pics and details on Friday, so be sure to come back for more! OK, on with the tour!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

As I was getting ready to take pics, Jack and Lily kept peeking their heads out the door wondering who was coming over. I told them friends were coming to visit! They were so excited and curious to meet you that I just had to snap an action shot so you could see them waiting to greet you. They LOVE company!

Now, for any of you who might wonder where our beautiful white and gray rug is that looked so pretty in pictures in the summer time, the truth is it isn’t likely to come back out until the weather cooperates a bit more because mama doesn’t like to have to deal with cleaning a white rug every two hours in the winter. Truth. I’m crazy but I’m not that crazy. Even though the white one is an easy-care indoor-outdoor rug which I love, this one is small enough that I can just toss it in the wash and swap out another one as needed. Easy peasy.

I’m not gonna fake you out that I have a perfectly clean 5 x 7 white rug this time of year so welcome to our real life entry complete with washable throw rugs and pine needles. Embracing those things is a pre-requisite for life in the NW. Are any of you from here? You know what I’m talking about.

(But once the weather turns around, my white rug is totally coming back out!).

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Oh, wait, one more thing before you get all the way inside and then I PROMISE I’ll let you in the house, I wanted to show you my “wreath.” I found this cute hanging basket at World Market and filled it with a mix of fresh and faux greenery. It will be perfect all winter long, which makes it my favorite! Bless those talented crafty people who find the time and creative energy to make new seasonal decor for their doors every few weeks.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Ok, finally! COME IN!

I love using fresh greenery and it’s readily available outside our front door! But since our neighborhood trees were sopping wet I bought four boughs of cedar at a local nursery for $4 each. Many years I have bought garland from Costco but since we leave our fireplace on a lot, the garland dries out pretty quickly and makes a real mess. Then you have to pull the whole thing down, which creates even more of a mess. So this year, I got smart and just bought the boughs because if they dry out before I’m ready to be done with Christmas, it would be easy enough to replace them.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I wanted to do something a little different this year on our stairway, so I just tied some rope around the newel posts and added the cedar and a simple ribbon bow. It was so easy and I think it turned out pretty cute. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to full garland!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

OK, I’m gonna try to just be quiet now and let you look around. I’ll interject a random comment here or there so you’ll know I’m still with you, but mostly you can just wander and look because no one’s got time to hear me ramble on today. Plus I’ll be back with more so I’ll leave some things to talk about in a future post. Feel free to ask questions if you want though and I can try to answer!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Dip Dyed Stool

I love winter decor so the sled I found at the flea market this year seemed like a perfect touch for the entry. Once in awhile we get a little snow too, so maybe we’ll test it out if we get so lucky!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Wingback Linen Settee

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Trellis Chair

Christmas House Tour {Part One}
Copper Lantern

Christmas House Tour {Part One}
Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Industrial Cart

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I love having fresh greenery outside that I can use all year round. My boxwood bushes and the evergreens always come in handy when I need a little sprig of something for the table!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Similar Pine Cone Garland

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

That teapot in the background is a treasured gift from my hubby. We were on an anniversary weekend one year many years ago and went to a fun little tea house. He bought me the teapot as a gift. I love bringing it out this time of year especially, it just looks so festive to me. It has a little cream and sugar bowl too!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Instead of my usual mug tree, I set up a little hot chocolate station with my tiered stand, with a nutcracker to watch over the marshmallows. We made the “peace” banner out of wood slices last year and loved it so much we just hung it up again in the same spot this year! I’m not too crafty so when I make something you will likely see it every year until I make something new. Ha!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Similar iPad/Cookbook Stand

Charlie Brown Christmas tunes always make everything a little more festive.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Similar Framed Chalkboard

I wish I could say I did the art on my chalkboard because that would be awesome, but alas, I have no talent with lettering so I snatched up this adorable Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas chalkboard downloadable art from Dear Lillie on a Thanksgiving sale. I had it printed locally and I just love it! Such a bright cheery message that always gets me singing as I make my way down the hall to my office.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Stockings // Lights: Barn Light Electric

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I made these Mason Jar snow globes because they are my kind of craft.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

So here we are in the Family Room where you can see our freshly cut Christmas tree! You can read the story in my last post about about why we cut down a fresh tree every year. I absolutely love the smell of fresh Christmas trees, my whole house smells wonderful right now! My metal star garland and the deer pillow in my dining room came from the Winter Trunk at Season in a Trunk.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Nearly everything in our house has a memory attached to it or represents something special to us. Even though we don’t use a lot of traditional themed Christmas decor, every element we do use is special to us and reminds us of family times through the years, favorite holidays we spent together on the coast and special memories we treasure. We’ve lived in the NW for almost all of our lives and raised our children here (Portland and Seattle) so while we no longer have our beach house and moved away from our home in Portland six years ago, we feel blessed to still be near our family in a part of the country we love so much.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

We decorated our tree this year with a quirky collection of animal ornaments. Why? Because WE LOVE THEM! We have all sorts of creatures from the forest and the sea. We crack up over animals with personalities so of course, we find our forest and sea tree to be perfectly suited to our sense of humor. We’ve been collecting these animals for awhile, many of them came to us a couple of years back when I did the woodland tree! We have quirky animals all over our house even when it isn’t Christmas, have you noticed that? :).

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

The cutest sea turtle I ever did lay eyes on, found at my favorite shop on the Oregon Coast, Sesame and Lilies!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

So there you have it, the first half of our Christmas tour! Crazy that I have enough pics to take you on another tour, but when the house is clean and festive, you go a bit crazy with the camera.

>>>>>>>You can find PART TWO of THIS Christmas House Tour here!<<<<<<<

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

>>>>>>>You can find PART TWO of THIS Christmas House Tour here!<<<<<<<

Thanks so much for coming!

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

See my Christmas House Tour from last year here!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

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