holiday house walk scoop

i promised i’d share a few of the sources from the house walk tour so hopefully this will answer all your questions.

let me tell you, for those of you who asked the interior paint color and i confessed that i’m a DIY/interior paint fail and i couldn’t remember the color. well after multiple questions i dug all through the very bottom of the closet in our garage & found it. our home was built about 30 years ago….complete with brass handles , square boxy rooms….and cream moulding throughout the entire house. when i up & decided to go all neutral i knew the only painter in the budget was moi. and i knew it would take me just shy of 7 years to paint the interior… and all those cream oil based trims , crown molding and wainscoting. so. as much as i’d love to tell you the interior paint is benjamin moore white dove, my budget for an entire interior was  actually kilz cashmere white. that can be purchased at walmart. and it’s not even a fancy custom color. i know. what a let down. plus, my interior shots photograph much more white than cream so don’t base your own personal decision on how it looks in my home. in my lighting. blah blah blah.

i’ll also let you in on a little secret. i use a fraction of the christmas decorations and doodads that i own. a fraction.  there are boxes & boxes & boxes in our attic that i open for a moment and then decide….ummmm maybe next year. i have a fantastic collection of Snow Village ( including starbucks, krispy kreme ) that i just don’t have a space for. i didn’t unpack my christmas dishes this year. the ornament box remains 3/4 full. and i’ve come to terms that it’s okay. i don’t have to use everything i own and i can still be festive.

when i committed to the tour back in the summer jen had asked that we mix things up a little bit from last year.  while i do a little something different each year i wasn’t sure how fresh & new my decor was going to be.  i knew i wanted three new things this year & my girls could knock ’em all out for me. while savannah was home i asked her to paint a large canvas for me. she’s birthed quite the little inner artist. i purchased a 36×48 canvas and martha stewart metallic paints. she whipped up this for me. the metallic doesn’t seem to transfer well through the photo but i love how the light reflects off it.

other scoop. i had a local craftsman make our kitchen table. the  metal tub chairs are from world market. the primitive doughbowl was gifted to me by my avid antique collecting relatives. the light fixture is from ballard designs.

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i also asked her to create chalkboard art for me. which i love. the chalkboard is about 30×40 and was purchased at country living fair.

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madison crafted the wood chargers for me. you can find the wood at michaels in various sizes. for the gold leaf she basically just followed the directions on the bottle. she used the flakes instead of the leafing sheets to create the more distressed look.

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the napkins & napkin rings are from target last year. the square brown salad plates have foxes on them and are from target this year. the mercury glass monograms- anthropologie. the gold chevron placemats -cake vintage paper found here. i used kraft packing paper as the center roll-hardware store. glitter stars-pottery barn. mercury glass votives-target, anthropologie. monogram slip covers-pottery barn.

the wood centerpiece i picked up at stanton home furnishings in virginia highlands.

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our tree is live. all i did was purchase a large silver basin from the hardware store & place the tree stand down inside. the fur pillow covers in the studio & the family room are from restoration hardware.

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savannah created the gold glittered monogram. she has sold them a couple times for fundraisers and may open an etsy shop. i’ll announce from here when she officially opens again.

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the table, chair & stool are all from world market. the white chair is ikea. the camera bags i’ve shown are from jeanne oliver and the leather one is ona bowery bag.

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& yes, i move our doughbowl of ornaments around. it’s only one. there are not multiple throughout the house. but i love them and they make me happy so sometimes depending on which room i’m in, i’ll bring them with me.

 

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our white furniture is from ikea. while it’s not pottery barn comfy, it’s a fraction of the price and works like a charm. all you do is through those babies in the wash. it is not as high maintainence as you’d think. in fact, i’m totally team washable white furniture. kids, boys, diry shoes, even new denim–white slips are your friend. i pinkie swear.

the wreaths are from trader joes and like our christmas tree which seems a smidge on the not-uber fresh side, i’m praying will make it three more weeks.

the greenery on the mantle is just a fakey purchased from target with fresh cuttings from the spruce trees in the back yard. the ‘o happy day’ gold foil print ( top left shelf) is from lara casey. all my chippy white frames are from dryads dancing.

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mirror in my master was custom made by the same uncle that gifted me the doughbowls. all my antique clocks are from him as well. he’s genius. the gold glittery wood garland-crate & barrel. mercury glass votives-iron gate in franklin tennessee, anthropoligie, roost. the painting is jennifer lanne. carved wooden tray-my guatemala score on my noonday trip.smaller ones found here .

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wish pillow-anthro. linen shams-pottery barn. ruffled white shams-iron gate franklin tennessee.

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in the kitchen, the large carved wooden thingy was purchased at sugarboo & company. but i’ve seen them at country living fair & a few other shops.

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he is with us-advent card from naptime diaries. hedghogs-anthro. black & gold platter-target.

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the sweet melissa canvas is an original that i created this fall inspired by a beautiful cow and field we passed out in the middle of nowhere south georgia. the canvases maybe purchased at anytime but if you are wishing for one for a christmas date, 12.10 is the deadline…see here for details.

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i love my signs from between you & me. we had them create the  narnia one for us based on my love for lucy and aslan’s relationship. i also have a monogram over caroline’s bed ( i’ll share soon) and the o holy night sign. these signs are gorgeous and excellent quality!

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the nativity scene was hand made in uganda.i purchased mine a few years ago here, but if you google banana leaf nativity or nativity made in congo or africa you can find them.

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brinkley…we adopted him through golden retriever rescue. how anyone could have given him up i have no idea, but we’re so glad he’s here. named after the cute golden in our  family favorite movie, you’ve got mail.

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okay my friends…hope that answers everything!!

have a merry rest of your day!

December 10, 2013 - 10:47 am

Peggy - Phew, that was a whirlwind of information! Thank you! Ikea, huh? I love that store! and we actually own the two cushion sofa…aka loveseat. Oddly enough its our only white piece of furniture. One of these days I’ll get a white house again… it is so clean and fresh but for now the guys love the color so if it makes them happy, it makes me happy!

I placed an order for a canvas and I finally gave Chris ideas for Christmas for me. The poor man! Actually, my poor family! I think my in-laws gave up when it came to waiting for ideas for us and just shopped. Poor things!

Your home is truly beautiful! In fact it represents your wonderfully! Warm, inviting, and truly beautiful!

December 10, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Love it all of course. But Brinkley- he truly is the sweetest doggy.

December 10, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Natalie - Love it. I love it all. “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” One of my all-time favorites. Beautiful home and beautiful hearts that live there!

December 10, 2013 - 4:12 pm

jodi - Paige~ I always love pictures of your home and enjoyed the tour so much! It’s one of those homes that when you see the pictures, you automatically feel at home.
I LOVE Mr. Brinkley….he has the sweetest face and I have such a huge heart for pups; I always love to see him in the pictures. He is such a good model! 🙂 LOL

Have a great day and Merry Christmas to the Knudsen’s from me!:)
Jodi

December 10, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Amy - Hi Paige! I am visiting Rosemary Beach right now and just bought myself a dough bowl in Seaside because I coveted yours so much! I wanted to know where you purchased the portrait of the deer? I want one! So cute! Your home looks lovely! Amy Hodge

December 10, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Susan W - That was a lot to read and for you to type!! I hope you took a long breath afterwards.

Paige, you are so kind to open up your house your “life” to people you don’t even know and you are generous to answer any and all questions.

Thanks for showing Brinkley, he’s looking quite the host all festive and inviting for all to come inside!

Love all the photos.

Thank you!

December 10, 2013 - 11:16 pm

kristin - I so love your home Paige, the simplicity and the beauty! Just gorgeous!
XO
Kristin

December 13, 2013 - 2:21 pm

patty - i think the best dressed homes are those that are decorated w meaningful things… things made by those you love, hand-me-down family favorites, treasured finds from travels… makes your home truly { h o m e }.

December 16, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Donna - I can’t stop looking at your Christmas walk. In love with your home and decorating. Want everything! Beautiful , simple, fresh, and lovely! Can’t wait to see more of your house. Is it all on your blog- have to check it out.