Friday, December 8, 2017

Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour: Part 3

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Welcome to yet another room tour of my home for Christmas this year! This week's tours are hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are stopping by Simple Stylings, hello and welcome! And if you aren't, be sure to stop by Summer's blog to check out her beautiful home and Christmas tour along with all the other tours that are happening this week! You can find the list at the bottom of this post.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

Decorating for Christmas is a labor of love, and even though I had this room decorated the day before Thanksgiving, I just barely stopped playing around with things. I finally have it the way it will stay until Christmas day.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

This the the room that I "can't" touch with anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving according to my husband. It's our tradition to bring out this tree and decorate it Thanksgiving night. Which really becomes me staying up until 2 in the morning decorating it by myself. The only reason why this tradition started was because my husband wouldn't let me do anything beforehand. We recently had a conversation with his family about mixing Christmas into Thanksgiving, and he said that we need to celebrate them separately...yada yada yada. I then remembered that he liked to start listening to Christmas music on Thanksgiving, and questioned him about it. Why can he listen to Christmas music, but I can't have Christmas up? He said it was because Thanksgiving is the gateway to Christmas, so he could listen to Christmas music. Then I said..."Well, then we need Christmas up during Thanksgiving." He said I had to separate the two holidays. He didn't realize how contradictory he was being until I brought it up. And long story not short....I got to put this Christmas tree and all my decor out the night before Thanksgiving this year. Now, you know what that means? I'm just going to push it earlier and earlier every year :) haha
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
  As for the decor this year in this room, it was actually all neutrals up until two days ago. I decided I needed to add a little bit of red into it. Not much, just hits of it here and there.

As much as I want a flocked tree in here, I decided to keep this one going again this year. I brightened it up a bit by adding flocked stems, flocked snowflakes, and white ornaments.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
 Here's a look at the other corner of this room. Come this New Year, I'm planning on finishing off all the board and batten in here. I guess it's about time to do so :)
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
 These shelves and console are new this year and it's fun to see it in the mix with Christmas decor.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

My mantel is one thing that continues to change. I'm usually never completely sold on how I decorate it for Christmas. I just stop at some point and leave it. Since you know, changing it up 8 times a day for a week is normal :)
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
 Here's another view of this room where all the 'living' happens.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor


Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
 My small added pops of red with the blanket and the plaid pillows pull the little red details on the mantel through the rest of the room.
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
Red Plaid Pillow Covers: Amazon     Red and White Striped Throw: Walmart

Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor
 Here's a final shot that you see when you enter this room. It's one of my favorite views of the house!
Farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Christmas decor. Living room Christmas decor. White and burlap Christmas tree. Christmas cottage decor

Be sure to check out all the other tours today and the rest from this week for some great inspiration! Next up on the tour is Tidbits & Twine!

Monday – Dec 4th

Tuesday – Dec 5th

Wednesday – Dec 6th

Thursday – Dec 7th

Friday – Dec 8th

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour: Part 2

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Welcome to the Meaningful Holiday Home Tour hosted by the lovely Laura from Meaningful Spaces! If you are new here and coming from Rachel's blog Rachel Elizabeth Creates, welcome!  And if you aren't, still welcome :) Throughout today and the next few days, 11 other wonderful bloggers will be sharing their Christmas tours with you, so be sure to check them all out at the end of this post for more decorating inspiration!

Last week, I shared my front living room with you all, and today I'll be sharing my dining room. Our dining room is the heart of our home where almost everything happens. And besides that, it's also one of my favorite rooms in my house :)  This year for Christmas, I went with a completely neutral theme in here. We have absolutely no snow yet, and it's kind of weird truthfully. So, I decided to make my house a winter wonderland and use almost all white with the decor in about every room. 

So, without further ado, enjoy!
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
PS. Don't mind my crazy beat up table. It's showing its wear and love well :)
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
Jute rug: Amazon    Farmhouse Chairs: Amazon     Striped Turkish Towel/Blanket: Amazon     Sunburst mirror: Tutorial      Flocked Tree: Walmart

Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
For the tablescape, I went with a winter-y forest, using 3 different types of trees. I added a little sliced wood piece to bring in more of the feel and texture.
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
 Jute Chargers: Ikea      Table Runner: Home Goods     White Wood Christmas Trees: Gordmans      Flocked Tabletop Trees: Target

For the table settings, I simply placed a plate and alternating bowls onto jute chargers. I then finished it off with handmade flannel napkins and a pine cone in the bowl. Come entertaining time, the pine cones will hold someones name on a simple card.
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.

Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.

Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
Here's this room from a different angle. I have some great plans for this ceiling that will hopefully happen in January. It's going to transform this space! I'm so excited :) Now, if only I can get away with doing it before my husband realizes what's happening lol
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.

Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.
And because he's in like half of my pictures, I figure I'll add him into the tour. This pup is getting so big! I can't wait for him to figure out what Christmas and stockings are all about!
Farmhouse Christmas dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage dining room decor. Neutral christmas decorating ideas.

Be sure to check out the rest of today's tours. The tours start again tomorrow with Pink Peppermint Designs!

December 4th


December 5th

December 6th


December 7th


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour and Giveaway!

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It's Christmas time! I have to admit something, I had Christmas decorations up in my house a week before Halloween :) Yep. I took them down for the day of Halloween because I didn't want to seem like a crazy lady with the trick or treaters, but it was put right back up afterwards. Every year, I sneak my Christmas decorations earlier and earlier into our house. My husband hates it, but luckily I have a blog I need to do it for  :) But, up until Thanksgiving, my front room is the only room in the house that's allowed to have Christmas glitter and fake snow all over it. Everything else is reserved for after Thanksgiving....according to my husband :) Along with the music, movies, etc. Ba-humbug. haha. I did talk him into letting me put up our main tree the day before Thanksgiving this year, so I consider that a win. Now you know, that only opens the gates to put that up and everything else earlier and earlier? Don't tell him I said that. :) 

Well, today I am sharing our front room...that has been decorated since Halloween...with you all! I've joined 30 other bloggers for the Merry Christmas Home Tours hosted by the lovely Carrie from Lovely, Etc.  Be sure to check out the awesome $300 giveaway at the bottom of the post along with all the other lovely home tours this week! 

Let's get started! This is the entrance into our front room from our entry way. You'll notice that throughout this tour and the other room tours to follow next week, I kept with a very neutral theme. I usually try to add in red, but I wasn't feeling it this year. I kept my pallet as neutral as my home usually is...and of course, I love how it turned out :) 
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
(Barn Doors: Tutorial      Barn Doors Hardware: Amazon) 

Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
 This room is multi-functional. Not only does it function as a living room/sitting room, it's also a guest room. Just fold out that couch, shut the barn doors, and it's a cute and cozy guest retreat. This room is also a play room. That bench houses an enormous amount of kitchen and play toys. And in the other corner of this room that isn't in this tour is a cute little white play kitchen and hutch. Oh yes, another function of this room is my coat closet. I don't have any other closets in our house besides our clothing closets, so I had to make room in here to put a large hutch to fit all my coats :)
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
 (Side Table: Target      White Slipcover Couch/Bed: Ikea      Rug: Rugs USA    Storage Bench: Target     Jute Pillows: Target      Farmhouse ladder: Tutorial)

Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
  (Cotton Wreath: Tutorial)

Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
  (Candle Sticks: Hobby Lobby)

Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
(Faux Fireplace: Tutorial      Stockings (similar):Target      Flocked Trees: Target     Galvanized Buckets: Hobby Lobby     Blanket: BHG Walmart      Wood Clock Advent Calendar: Tutorial 

This advent calendar that I made last year was a big hit! I love it, and so do my kids. Can't wait to start counting down! 
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
  (Sweater and Wood Trees: Tutorial)

Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.


Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.

I wasn't planning on doing this whole book thing until the last minute. I have a ton of books stashed in the corner under the ladder and wanted to bring them out. I had them by the chairs and they slowly made their way under the tree. I'm digging the look. A little quirky, but just my style!
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
 If you all only knew how long it took me to find a tree that I envisioned for this space. I knew I wanted at least 7 footer. Last year's tree was just too small. I searched online and in stores everywhere last year after Christmas for a deal on a tree. Didn't find one. Then time came to decorate in here for this year, and I started the search again. I couldn't find any at a decent price. I wanted it to be under $200. I didn't care if it was lit, only flocked. I had 5 trees in the line up. Three online and two in store. I grabbed a $200 one from a store and it was beautiful. But...completely messy. Like, the whole thing just dripped it's faux icicles or crystals or whatever all of the floor. Cleaning it all up was a beast. I still step on some after vacuuming five times and steam cleaning. I returned that quickly. Enter my $109 tree that was on sale. Yep. Flocked, pre-lit, 7.5, check. Love how it fits this space!
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
    (Christmas Tree: Walmart)


Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.


Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
(Bench: Target)

Here's a good view of most of the room and what you see when you walk in. It's just super cozy this time of year!
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
And of course, I have to sneak in this cute little pic of my pup. It'll be his first Christmas. So far, he has yet to pee on any of the trees, and has only managed to chew up one faux snow stem branch. I'm pretty impressed...although now that I said it, I'm sure things will change :) #knockonwood
Farmhouse Christmas home tour. Neutral Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper Christmas ideas.
Be sure to enter this giveaway! I wish I could, so you better do it! :)

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And be sure to check out all these other amazing tours for some great inspiration!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DIY Sweater and Wood Christmas Tree Decor & Giveaway!

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I can't believe Thanksgiving is already done with and Christmas is less than a month away! For today's post, I joined up with some other amazing bloggers to show the best of the best DIY Christmas crafts/decor for this year. If you are coming from Uniquely Taylor Made, welcome! Also, be sure to check out the other projects at the bottom of this post along with a $150 giveaway!
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse Christmas decor and decorating ideas. Easy Christmas crafts

This year for Christmas, I'm all about cut out trees. I am loving them. First, they are super easy to make. Second, super cheap. Third, simple. All my requirements for a great project :) I cranked these out in under an hour.

Supplies:
Christmas Tree Cut Outs (I used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut mine)
Scrap wood (at least 3/4" wide to stand freely)
Jigsaw
Sweater
Paint/stain

Step 1: Cut out the trees into three different sizes. My largest one is about 10" wide, the second one is 7" and the third 5".
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 2: Trace out the trees on the wood.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 3: Start to cut out the wood with the jigsaw. I usually cut from the right side first, getting all the cuts done on the right.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 4: Then I flip the wood over, and using the cut part as a template, I line up the tree on the wood again. I then trace it on this side, and finish up the cutting going from the right once again.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 5: Sand down the trees if needed.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 6: On the larger tree, stain the edges. I used DecoArt's Walnut Gel Stain. On the smaller trees, I stained the face of the trees, and then painted the edges white.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 7: Use the tree template again and trace it onto the sweater. I used a marker to trace it on the back side.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Step 8: Cut it out carefully. To secure the sweater onto the wood, place a good layer of decoupage onto the wood, and then line up the sweater and move it into place. You may have to go back through when everything is dry to trim the sweater a bit since it may stretch out.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 Here's the final of the sweater tree.
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.

And a look at all three of them. 
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.
 These have been floating around my house. I can't decide where they look better! I think they may have found a home on my front room mantel. We'll see if they stay or find another home :)
DIY wood and sweater Christmas tree decor. DIY farmhouse christmas decor and decorating ideas.

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Next up in the blog hop is Cuter Tudor! 



 

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