Today I have a major treat for you guys! I am sharing our home in all its Christmas decoration glory. And not only that, thirty of my favorite creative blogger friends are also sharing their Christmas homes this week. You can check out today’s home tours at the bottom of this post and see all 30 homes right here.
This weekend I pulled out all the decorations and turned the house into a winter wonderland. I am so excited about the Christmas magic everywhere and cannot wait to share it with all of you!
I decided to skip the traditional red and green Christmas colors this year. They really just aren’t my thing. Aqua, on the other hand – aqua and I are best friends. So Christmas at our house is full of lots of aqua, red, and silver. Also, pretty much all of my Christmas decorations are things I made myself or found at a thrift store. Because that’s just how I do things.
Welcome to our home!
The foyer got a little update with lots of thrifty finds. The mirror is a Pottery Barn knock off made with a thrifted mirror and this vinyl. The old sewing machine drawer even got a little touch of Christmas with an antique copy of Christmas stories by Charles Dickens that was another yard sale find. And I have a bit of an obsession with wrapping paper so I decided to let some of my favorites do double duty as décor. I corralled them in my repurposed lampshade basket.
The vintage balance was a yard sale find, as were those gorgeous vintage glass ornaments on it.
The family room is looking festive with lots more old ornaments and a simple garland made from glittery scrapbook paper.
The special Christmas lampshade is my regular old lampshade covered in wrapping paper from the dollar spot at Target. This is definitely my new favorite, nearly free way to update lampshades whenever you want a change!
Our Christmas tree is also in the family room and it is beautiful! I wanted a flocked Christmas tree so badly but couldn’t justify buying one when we already had a perfectly good (artificial) tree. So I flocked our old tree and it is 1000% times more beautiful now! Even better – it was way easier and faster than I had anticipated.
If you are wondering where all my handmade ornaments are, we haven’t actually finished decorating the tree. I did the lights, garland, and balls myself while my husband was at work but we wanted to do all the special ornaments together as a family. Those should all be making it onto the tree later this week!
The best part of the mantel is clearly the Merry Christmas sign. Merry is made from various craft letters I’ve collected over the years. It is a bit hard to tell in pictures but they are all sparkly thanks to a coat of glitter blast spray paint. The Christmas sign is hand painted onto a scrap of beadboard from the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
The rest of the mantel is just old books, candleholders and jars gathered from around the house with some aqua and red ornaments to add some cheer! And of course the stockings – we don’t have matching stockings but they are all knitted and they are so cheerful looking!
I love candlelight at Christmas – it makes everything look that much more beautiful and magical.
My husband’s nutcracker collection (which his grandmother began when he was a child) is hanging out on the living room shelves this year. He actually has about twice this many nutcrackers, but I decided to only pull out my favorites this time.
I think I love the Santas most of all!
And finally, the dining room. The huge mirror was another yard sale score that just needed a fresh coat of paint. The garlands are made from glittery scrapbook paper and glittered chipboard letters.
And those little Christmas trees are an assortment of the clear glass Christmas tree candy jars that fill the shelves of thrift stores all year round. A little paint and some silver leaf and they look completely modern and new!
And to finish everything off, a simple ornament centerpiece on the table.
And that’s the tour! Just looking at these pictures makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!
I’ll be sharing tutorials for many of the projects throughout the house over the next few weeks, but if there is something you are particularly wondering about, be sure to let me know.
And now, you are definitely going to want to check out these other fabulous home tours. Click the links below for tons of inspiration and catch up with all 30 blogger Christmas home tours here.
And before you go, you might want to check out my 2015 Christmas home tour as well.