i promised i’d come back & share sources from the holiday house walk. if you’re new here from either nester’s link up or jen rizzo’s tour, welcome!
our 2014 christmas home full tour is here
i have to admit, each year i do a little less and each year i think to myself “this is my favorite year” but this year really is my favorite so far. not because i did anything big or purchased a lot of new things…truth be told, only the silver tinsel trees & a the table top ornaments are new…well & my lindsay letters art…those are the only things i purchased.
years ago i was a clutter magnet. i collected many things & i wanted said collected things out …all of them…at all times…where my little eyes could enjoy them….all of them…all the time. then one day i had enough of all the clutter and all the stuff.everywhere. you can
laugh at view my little chat on how i simplified our decor here. so in keeping with a simplified decor, i no longer feel the need to be all good stewardish about my stuff and pull it all out, just because i have it. in fact, i probably use less than 20% off all the christmas stuff i actually have. sigh. excess embarrassment sets in. many years i’d be so antsy to have a clean slate that i’d take all the chrstimas decor early. i mean i get it up early november so by the afternoon of say december 25th i’m ready to send it on it’s merry way. but no more. i only use what i absolutely love ( for that particular year anyways) and i keep it up much longer. it no longer ( “it” as in all the christmas decor) dominates our home. it more ushers it in & hopefully helps set our hearts on jesus birth. and ya’ll, there are many things that i love that i just choose not to put out simply because i think i’m a little spazzy /sensory overload with decor and it makes me nervous to have too many things. i also use less little nick nacks but more larger items or group things together…like all my bottlebrush trees are all together…so it views to me as one not many. make sense?
anyways. hopefully i will remember each of the questions you asked and if i fail to, there’s always google. like “where can i buy bottle brush trees?”…..try google. google is much more reliable than i am. 😉
first up. brinkley. we adopted brinkley through the golden retriever rescue here in atlanta about 7 years ago. he was 2 at the time and has been the perfect gentlemen and perfect companion for me. whether running together or sleeping beside me ( on the floor of course). he’s getting older and it already pains me to think about watching him continue to age. i love this dog so much its crazy. he’s my kindred spirit in the world of goldens. sigh.
our hard woods were installed by southern flooring and interiors -rich waterworth will take good care of you. in true home decor failure style ( i’m this way with paint colors as well) i don’t remember the name of the design. i basically told the owner i wanted wood that looked like it was from an old southern home, dark & sorta beaten up looking but on a starter home budget. they nailed it & i actually have a love affair with our floors. as you can see below, contrary to what you sweet internet friends believe, they are always covered with dog hair from my aforementioned kindred spirit. i’m hoping to bleach this bucket full of pinecones in january when life slows down a little more. thank you sasha.
nativity scene was purchased in rwanda when i traveled with noonday collection & the style for justice team earlier this year. life changer. but again, google african nativity and i bet you can find one.
having a daughter work for anthropoligie has amazing benefits. also known as friends & family discount. all dishes below are from anthro & the advent card is from naptime diaries. the little colorful bottle brush trees are from anthropolgie as well….i grabbed all the white ones from star provisions in the westside. last year madison & i grabbed some of the wood chargers from michaels & while i was traveling she gold leafed them for me. she’s a gem.
shown below is all art work from the amazing lindsey letters.
as you can see i’ve changed things up a few times. in fact the dresser in our master is on it’s third design. art below from jennifer lanne. silver tinsel tree from isabella bleu in alpharetta.
metal letters were a score at the country living fair. i commissioned savannah to paint a metallic ombre piece of art last year…which i adore!!
the chippy frames i use are from the local dryads dancing.
the little one canvas is available in my shop here.
giant ampersand was my chrstimas gift last year from dan. he grabbed ours at sugarboo & co here in atlanta but you may also find them many places, such as vintage marquee lights.
i score the fresh boxwood wreaths at trader joes the week prior to thanksgiving. for $10 those puppies sell out quickly! i do nothing to them. i am no fresh greenery whisperer. no spritz with water weekly, nothing & those babies last for weeks. well into january. big fur pillow were restoration hardware a few years ago…maybe they still sell them?
besides the floors source, the most frequently asked question is “where’d you get your sofas?”. ikea. we love them. you gotta decide yourself. they’re not the comfy heavenly ones from pottery barn but they are a fraction of the cost. fraction. and with a house full of teens and a dog and people that eat pizza on them all while being told it’s forbidden, they are the way to go for us. i wash them, cold water, line dry and do NOT iron them. i have a spare slip cover for them…because they are CHEAP. i am completely happy. but like many things, you gotta make your own decision. so there’s my ikea white sofa disclaimer.
the little glittered gift toppers were ornaments from target this year. the two handled bowls i grabbed at a little shop in seaside. the brand is POM POM. they were a splurge for moi. placemats can be found here. monogrammed slip covers were pottery barn years ago. annie sloan paris grey painted table.
we purchased the chalkboard which is humongeous from our church last year. they were made specifically for christmas & then you could bid on them christmas eve. i basically told them i’d pay whatever because i love them. its about 10 feet long & i chose to prop it up behind my desk versus hang it horizontally. i figure if i change my mind, it’s much easier to relocate that way. my daughter savannah is our resident artist. i basically give her a theme & let her roll. i love this scripture & wanted it to be the focus for our home this season. well everyday really. jesus is our everlasting mighty god come in the form of a humble baby. all furniture in my studio is from world market & ikea.
o holy night sign is from the awesome shop between you & me. all dishes & ornaments from coton colors–who is running a 20%off all sale & free ship! ( winner of $50 to be announced soon!! i promise) detailed source list for coton colors is here.
and finally, the hello darling pillow is from anthropologie.
thank ya’ll!! that was quite the doozy long post!! merry merry!!!