2013 Christmas Tour

After such a crazy November, I wanted to take it easy in December so I vowed not to take on a lot of DIY projects. For the most part, I reused our previous year decorations (with a few minor modifications – couldn’t resist completely) and decided to splurge on anything I really, really wanted.

While we did decorate our yard, we didn’t have a wreath on the door so I’ll jump right in to our home decor.

We have a kids tree that is a free for all for the kids to decorate and a tree that I reserve for myself. As their handmade ornament collection grows, there is a good chance I’ll ease up my “must be coordinated” obsession.

The kid’s tree is in our entryway so it’s the tree you see from the road.   DSC_0263-001


You may notice a large portion of the ornaments found homes at the bottom (the height of the kids). Here are a few of my favorite ornaments of theirs…

DSC_0197-001 Doesn’t this guy look so cute and cozy.


And I love all the ornaments the kids make.


A peek at our elf hiding in the tree. Click here to see what else he has been up to.

In our dining room


I have lights in a vase and a red floral tree (from Target) on a chest that acts as a sideboard in our dining room. I bought a mirror that I’ve been wanting forever from PotteryBarn (thank you 20% of coupon). I intend for it to go over the chest but its still sitting on the floor as I cross my fingers and hope my husband will hang it soon.


I’d love to put the boxwood wreath (from Decor Steals) in front of the mirror but since it’s not yet up. It’s hanging on another wall.


The felt ball garland and felt ball wreath (not pictured), were projects I’d considered making but I decided it was more important to spend time with my family so I purchased on sale from West Elm. They were intended for the mantel but the glitter trees from World Market to go with them are backordered so I moved the items to other areas of the house. The pom-pom garland was inspired by the Nester’s BHG photo shoot. It was a quick DIY project (using a tutorial similar to this) that I completed during a football game.


I put the wooden Christmas tree that was on our mantel last year on the recently completed bar in the dining room (more on that later).

Back to our Living Room


Walt hates this Deer and fawn. He encourages Townes to play with it hoping it will break. Apparently the eyes creep him out.


We recently replaced a dresser in the living room that was acting as a console with the Emerson bookshelf from World Market.  I’m still working on styling the shelves long term so more to come on that later too.


A purchased this new ornament during one of my visits to Target. I would love to have a bigger version. DSC_0202-001

I’ve never liked our collection of stockings. I would love to have matching ones but they are either too expensive or I haven’t been able to find what I want. The Disney princess and Mickey Mouse stockings are Lily’s and Townes’ that I found at the Dollar Tree last year (it’s hard to pass up stockings for $1). The one on the far left is Jacob’s and the other side it says “Santa, I can explain” and the one on the right end is for Layla, our dog. Walt and my stockings are still in the attic – yikes.

Our Christmas Tree


It’s pretty simple. I didn’t buy anything new but it still makes me smile (although it doesn’t have the fresh pine smell which I miss). I still love the..


ornament that contains the lyrics to our first dance song from our wedding.

and this vintage ornament that I found at a local antique store last year.


I didn’t do anything special with the Christmas wrapping.

Christmas Gift Wrapping

It’s usually color coordinated with the tree but this year, I used what we had in stock and let Jacob pick a roll. Next year I’d like to at least get creative with the bows.

DSC_0263-001 Our Christmas tree card holder is several years old from Pottery Barn. I bought it on sale after the season and have used it every year since. Although there are some great ideas on Pinterest that make me want to maybe try something new next year.


On the wall opposite the card holder, I adorned the stag’s head with an inexpensive strand of beads and pom-poms (from Michaels) over the antlers and called it down.

One of my favorite changes is the personalization of the stockings I didn’t care about before.

Before Stockings


After Stockings:

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I embellished the stockings with a few scrap pieces of ribbon, flowers, yarn (using the tutorial mentioned above to make the pom pom) I had on hand. It’s not much of a change but now I really like them. They feel more customized and appropriate for each child.


The Joy to the World canvas is something I made but I had much bigger hopes for it. I wanted to make it with glitter like this one from I Heart NapTime but I didn’t have gold glitter in stock and it was late and I was impatient so I substituted gold spray paint instead.

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Merry Christmas Eve!!

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One comment

  1. Sue Deege says:

    I love ALL of your decorations. You made them so special and personal. Your tree is beautiful. Not to sorry about the wrappings….many I know have used paper bags to wrap gifts and tied with decorated or colored cord. Represents the simplicity of Christ’s birth. Great idea for your stockings. Guess your and Walt did not get anything from Santa since your stockings were in the attic!! Each ornament will always be special through the years. Just wait until you hand one on your tree that is 50 years old like ME!! Happy New Year…hugs to ALL….Sue

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