Monday, November 30, 2015

Very Merry Christmas Home Tour: Part 1

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A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour
Welcome! I'm so excited for this holiday season! If you are my regular reader, you are in for a treat today! Today starts the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour hosted by the very lovely, Carrie, from Lovely Etc. At the end of my post, you'll find links to more tours today, and tours for the rest of the week! Plus, you'll also get a chance to enter a giveaway...like a HUGE giveway! So, be sure to check that out at the bottom too :)

Christmas is obviously the best season (besides the cold weather that comes with it), so it pains me that Christmas decor is only around in our house for barely a month. My husband has put his foot down on the whole not decorating thing until Thanksgiving...which is a total bummer. So, needless to say, I had to work my little bum off to get all this decor up in enough time for this first part of my home tour :) Be sure to check back next week for part 2!

Let's get this tour started, shall we? And let the photo overload commence! :)
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 Welcome to our entryway. I usually hang garland from the stair rail, but this year I decided to try something a little different by hanging it on the bottom. I'm on the fence about it, but for now, this is it :) 
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 You can barely see them in the pictures, but on the railing I have little stick snowflakes hanging. I also usually hang wreaths here, but decided to change it up a bit again with these.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 As for the little sitting area, I just added layers and layers of pillows. You can never have too many pillows! Trust me, it's a joke that runs in our family about how many pillows can be spotted in each room. It's like when you are done counting, you see another one. Seriously ;)
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 Here's our entryway from another angle; one of my favorite views in our house. I used to hate the natural color of our door and railing, but have come to love it especially with how it pops against the white board and batten.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 Now onto the next room! Here's our front room. From this angle, just a few changes were made to the side table, and my new faux cotton stem wreath was hung on the oversized chalkboard.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 And here's my favorite corner. I decided that I needed to try a flocked tree this year. I want to flock our main one, but after doing this one, decided against it. These things are messy! Ohhh, but they look so pretty though. At least I'll get my flocked tree fix with this little one for now.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 I kept the ornaments really simple, just using varying types of silver balls.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
We'll see how many actually stay on the tree with a toddler and a crawling baby around. Not to worry too much though, I learned my lesson the hard way and only buy shatter proof balls now just in case.
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 Now for my 'mantel'. The whole reason for making this faux fireplace was for Christmas and to hang stockings. I have a mantel in our living room, but really thought this room would look so cute with one in it too! I have to admit though, just as the fireplace is obviously none-functional, the stockings too are just for show...
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 ...and hung by tape :)
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas

Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas

Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
 Here's a wider view of the room. I also switched out the rug. I love the rug that was in here originally, but wanted to try this one and am loving how it looks!
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
And here's another quick angle of the entryway and my front room as we finish this part of the tour :)
Easy Christmas decor and decorating ideas
Alright, now for the giveaway! We are giving away $500 Paypal cash! Seriously!! Be sure to enter below :)

Be sure to enter the $500 giveaway!
 
Don't forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour - there are some amazing homes here! Up next, is Ashley from Bigger than the Three of Us. You'll LOVE her home! Plus, catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone's homes in the tour.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Decor Trends: Antlers

The below post may contain affiliate links. 
Great site to find ideas for antler decor
 
I'm kind of on an antler obsession right now. Which is funny, because my husband is a hunter and years ago he would 'joke' about putting mounts and busts all over our house and I would freak. And now, I'm like, "Come on babe! Get a deer already!" Which is totally not like me, mainly because I think it's just cruel and I'm not into the killing of animals. He has his way of justifying it which I understand. Either way, I'm glad antlers are on trend in home decor now so I don't have to wait for him to hunt a deer down :)

So, since I'm loving the antler trend and am looking for great ways to incorporate it into my home, I've decided to put a little list of my favorites together! Here are a few, and some of them are already on their way home to me :) The prices shown are not including shipping and can change at any time. Plus, I have never actually 'seen' any of these yet, so I can't vouch for quality.


Antler Monogram Pillow Cover  18 X 18 Two Sides Printed $6.79

Retro Stag Antler Pillow Cover 18 X 18 $10.68

White Faux Head Mount $44.99

Antler Hooks Necklace Rack $39.99

Antlers Monogram - Wall Decals $17.60


Unfinished Wood Antler Monogram $26.77

Add a Branch Ceramic Tabletop Deer Head $84.99 You add branches into his antler holes :) So cute!


Antler Mount Necklace Rack $64.99


Rustic Deer Buck Burlap Throw Pillow Covers 18 X 18 Two Sides Printed $7.99
 

Coat Hanger $4.99


Resin Antler Shed $12.99



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