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Our little Christmas tree was included in Country Living Magazine’s Facebook photo album. How fun is that? Maybe next year we can be in Coastal Living’s album…since we’re moving to an island and all.
Of course if you click on the link you’ll see that one person isn’t such a fan. But one person’s “odd” is another person’s “awesome!” – right?
This guy is loving Christmas!
And he’s super proud of this lil’ tree he decorated all by himself.
Can you see his excitement?
He thought the turquoise yarn gave the tree an eclectic feel.
And the vintage birdie was the perfect topper.
I guess decorating runs in the genes. :)
Other Christmas Decor posts:
Rosemary, Vintage & Bright!
Hey friend! I hope your Friday is off to a good start. We’ve been hunkering down in the casa for the last couple of days due to the icky weather and being a bit under the weather. But don’t worry, I’m going to “garlic-up” and get rest, so I should be well on my way to feeling better soon! In the meantime I wanted to share with you photos of our diningroom all dressed up for Christmas. Even though we may be moving in the next three weeks, I wanted to decorate for this special time of the year. When you have children there’s just no getting around it. Plus, it’s rather cheery and bright, which makes my heart happy, too. So, what you’ve all been waiting for…my diningroom! I call it “A Dash of Rosemary, Vintage & Bright!”. You’ll see why…
Isn’t that a fun diningroom? And I had all the pieces on hand. Below you’ll find a listing for the pieces.
Bella Grace Home’s Other Christmas Posts:
Vintage Yellow Blanket - Goodwill
Blue Glassware – Goodwill
Glass hurricanes w/green – free from mom
Rosemary – free from my garden
Vintage Globe - Goodwill
Vintage Ornaments – free from my grandmother
Vintage Painting – Goodwill
Quaker Oats Tin – free from hubby’s dad
Mini Xmas Tree – Hobby Lobby, purchased in 2004ish
Nativity Piece – gift from former workplace
Glass Plates – Goodwill
Bird – my mom’s
Savior. Lamb of God. Prince of Peace. Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Shepherd. Living Water. Bread of Life. The Morning Star. The Rock. Redeemer. King of Kings.
I love having this sweet piece of art displayed on my Christmas mantel. Mary and Joseph, lovingly holding the Creator of the World in their mortal hands. Fully God, fully man. A miracle wrapped in human form.
Where families gather to stop and honor our Lord Jesus Christ. Where folks take time to slow down and ponder…sitting ’round the Christmas tree, or gathered at the hearth.
To bask in the warmth of the fire…to fill up with love that can only come from a Savior. The Savior of the world.
The beauty that is found in Him is worth more than all the pearls a girl could ever dream of owning.
You’re in for a real treat this morning as my bloggie friend Sandy is opening her home to us so we can gather some Christmas inspiration! She has combined such happy colors with classic pieces that you are sure to have a smile on your face from looking at such fun decor vignettes.
Sandy and her husband are newlyweds who currently rent. She proves that it doesn’t matter if you’re renting and the carpet (a shade of beige-y pink) isn’t your top choice, you can still make your home beautiful, cozy and a reflection of you.
1. What was your inspiration for Christmas decorating this year?
My main inspiration was color. I love color! I’m originally from FL where there is color to be seen everywhere–salmon/coral buildings, greens, and of course all of the wonderful plants. I now live in Indiana where it gets dark and dreary (for me) so I wanted a lot of happy colors around me to make it through this winter. I love pink so I snuck some of that in. It all started with the snow globe on the coffee table that I found at Home Goods this year which has green and pink on it and I went from there with the balls. I knew I wanted them all over the place and I wanted it to have an overall fun – not too serious look.
2. How does your Christmas decor fit in with the rest of your home’s style?
I mainly try to have things go together by color so I already had purple and turquoise incorporated as well as green in the decor so I just repeated it with the balls. I did not want to go Christmas white at all since I really wanted our home to be a refuge from the darkness outside. In general I also always try to add a bit of fun somehow which the snow man snow globe started. Nothing serious about a snow man snow globe and we love to sit around the couch and randomly say “make it snow” and then “shake, shake, shake” the globe.
3. If you were moving overseas and could only bring three home decor items with you what would you take?
Wow three! That’s really hard because to me it’s always about the overall feel the items create together rather than really loving any single item in particular. Since I decorated very slowly one DIY project at a time I definitely noticed the difference just the tiniest change can make. However, I definitely love all my mirrors because they make the space feel bigger and add so much light to the rooms. Since my favorite mirror is the purple round one I’d bring that one along with me. I also really love my rugs so I’d definitely take my floral and zebra print rug. My floral rug is the most colorful thing in our place so I’d have to take it with me!
4. What is your favorite diy project to date?
Again, that’s a hard question! I think I always love them right after I do them and then I love the next just as much. The dining table was definitely a good bonding project since it’s the only one my husband helped me on. We sanded together for quite a while by hand. Other than that I would say the buffet at the entrance with the purple mirror is my favorite because it’s the first one I was riskier in, in that I made it two toned rather than a solid color. The drawers are rub n buffed and the body is a whitish cream color. It’s also the first piece I filled the holes in and put in new knobs. I love the silly lions heads I chose. It’s definitely a piece that even now months later I still look at and love!
5. Anything else you’d like to share?
In regards to decorating I’d just like to say that it’s all about your home reflecting you. I know my home would make some people crazy with all the color and it would definitely feel cluttered to minimalists, but it totally reflects my husband and me. If you’re just starting it’s definitely important to think about what you want your home to do for you. For us, we wanted it to welcome people in. A place you could walk in and put your feet up on the coffee table. I wanted there to be plenty of surface areas so guests could have plenty of space to put their drinks as well as appetizer plates down when we have gatherings– again adding to their comfort. I love DIY because I don’t take anything I do too seriously. I don’t worry about anyone ruining anything because I know it wouldn’t be hard to touch up. I think that’s the most important thing. No one would feel comfortable in a home where they had to worry about every single little thing. I just want people to feel at home.
And I’d also like to just say thank you so much, Jenny, for featuring my home! This has really been a fun process and thank you for your encouragement in the time we’ve known each other!!!
Thank you, Sandy, for opening your home to us and sharing all of your great advice on how to incorporate our Christmas decor into our home’s year-round look. You have done a beautiful job in your home and I hope to see more of your work in the future!
Remember last summer when I posed the question, “Would you paint this?”, referring to my heirloom hutch?
Well, not one to procrastinate (ha-ha-ha!) I’m here today to show you what I decided to do with it. I wanted to brighten up the interior, while also maintaining the integrity of the piece since it is a family piece and in good condition. My solution?
I found a pale blue roll of wrapping paper at Tuesday Morning’s for $2.99. I then went about the complicated task of cutting the paper to size and adhering it to the back interior of the hutch with double-sided tape. I really like the result and it can be removed easily, too, if ever needed!
The blue goes fabulously well with our paint color on the walls. Seamless, I tell ya! I filled the hutch with white doo-dads from around the house…it’s really quite lovely. I just haven’t mastered the art of photographing the details in the light of our livingroom. (I’m not moving that thing to get some pics…wayyy too heavy, folks).
While we’re looking at the hutch you may notice the painting at the top of it. I found that at Goodwill a while back for like $1.00. I just love finding art there. It makes me happy to no end. And so there you have it, four months later, an answer for the hutch.
Last week when I posted about my autumn yarn wreath and fireplace mantel decor, The Nester shared some great tips for using what you have to create beauty around you this fall as well. I love her philosophy on decor because it’s so true that you do not have to buy, buy, buy to have a lovely home. Our home is a testament to that fact.
So, here’s my Simply Autumn Tablescape. The “table runner” is really a 1/3 of a sheet I bought years ago at Goodwill for $3.99. The other two pieces to this sheet can be found hanging as curtains in our “cottage.” I did no hemming (or hawing) to this piece, so I thought the messy, flowy look would work great and hide any raw edges.
For the stylish “stick” centerpiece I just used a large Ball jar, filled it with dried beans that we will never eat and plopped some large sticks from the front yard into it. Easy! Then the last piece to this tablescape is the little silver tray. I filled it with coffee beans we had on hand and three tea lights. That’s it!
If you were around here when I painted our dining room table and chairs you may find those shelves on the back wall to be a new addition. Yep, I found those on the side of the road. They’re a bit chipped, but I just call that character. I really like their placement above the buffet, giving it more depth.
How do you like to decorate your dining table for Autumn or Thanksgiving? I think Edie did a beautiful job at Life in Grace…don’t you?
And just for fun let’s look at a before and after shot of our dining room…
Psst! I shared this simple centerpiece with Centsational Girl.
Well, the folks who were going to come see our home last night never showed up. But it’s totally okay because we got our rears in gear and completed our little to-do list to get our home market-ready. And today? Well, I’ll be buying a “For Sale By Owner” sign and firmly placing it into the ground in front of our house. Then it’s just a wait-and-see-what-happens game. Yay!
Anyway, with all of our little updates our oldest son’s bedroom got a little makeover. He needed some artwork for the wall, so I came up with this simple, inexpensive solution.
DIY Art in Five Minutes & Under $2.00
First we’ll talk about the large piece…I bought the rectangular frame for 50 cents at a garage sale…to create this look I simple wrapped turquoise yarn around the frame. Simple & frugal…such a great combination!
For these two pieces I used Dollar Tree frames, doilies (33 doilies for $1 at Dollar Tree), jute and scrapbook stickers.
1) Attach jute to the back of the frame using a staple gun.
2) Take 1 doily and add a scrapbook sticker to the center of it.
3) Place doily art in frame with matte.
4) Hang & enjoy!
I really like the contrast of the rough jute with the softness of the doily. And the “Surf’s Up” and “Nice Wave” stickers? Well, they’re just smile-bringer-outers. I heart them very much!
And there you have it, DIY art in five minutes & under $2. Now go create something that makes your heart smile.