Monday, December 4, 2023

Cozy White Cottage Dining Room | Tour 2023

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My cozy white cottage Christmas home tour is continuing with my dining room! This room has had many new additions this year from the hutch to the wallpaper. For the theme, it's kind of a bit of everything from sisal bottle brush Christmas trees, to green Christmas trees, to gold accents. 

As with all the rooms in my home, I add layers upon layers and it's no different in here. The head chairs get blankets and pillows, and the white wood chairs got a faux fur rug thrown over them. These pillows are the same ones in my front living room. I loved them so much, I had to get more for in here. I also cozied up the table with this beautiful ruffle linen tablecloth. 


I kept this corner hutch pretty simple with the Christmas decor and just added some garland and dried oranges to the door. I did place a little white house in the middle to tie in with the ones on my other hutch.
Here's a quick video on how to make dried orange garland:

I envisioned a forest for my Christmas centerpiece. I found a slew of bottle brush trees and mixed them in with some of my brass/gold candlesticks. I went on a hunt for more bottle brush trees this year, the best places to find them ... cheap ... is the Dollar Store and Walmart. I found others from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, TJ Maxx and Target. You can get them from Amazon, but I wouldn't waste your time. Out of the three different shipments I got, two of them the trees were so smashed up from being shoved in a box, and the third one only came with like 3 decent size trees (5 inches) and all the rest tiny. The tiny ones are good for crafts though! 

To add a little interest, I add this white round frame to the middle.

And instead of adding candles to every candlestick, I opted to add a few pinecones to some as well. Brass candlesticks are super hard to come by around my neck of the woods. I found this taller candlestick at the thrift store, but it was all silver. So, I just took some gold spray paint and painted it, then added a little "grit" to it with Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff. It's a great way to get the look if you can't find the brass!
I bought this hutch for $10 last February at a thrift store. So, I just barely missed the Christmas with it. I was so excited to decorate this hutch this year for Christmas and include my vintage Santa mugs! I finally have a place to share all my collections. I was hoping to add some red transferware plates for Christmas, but haven't found any that I liked...or were old enough...or cheap enough :)

I also sprinkled the space with pinecones and other greenery. I tucked my favorite lamp up in that corner to give the best glow at night time!
I also included a little white village to the shelves. These "vintage" pictures/artwork are from a previous tutorial I shared with you a couple of weeks ago (tutorial here).
My favorite decor this year has been my potted Christmas trees in my vintage crocks. I have them throughout my house and they just bring a smile to my face. 
Here's a view of my vintage Santa mugs. I found them last year for $4 each! Serious. I see them going for $48 on these Instagram shops and it completely blows my mind. 
A few years ago I added a bunch of white houses into my Christmas tree, so now I have a ton of them that I like to scatter throughout my house. After this picture, I added twinkling fairy lights for a pretty evening glow.
And now for this wall with my favorite new wallpaper! This was one of my favorite projects this year. It made this room swing to a cottage feel instantly! (link to wood scroll wall art above door)
On the shaker pegs along the wall, I mimicked the garland and dried oranges from the corner hutch. I kept it simple besides that...kind of letting the wallpaper do all the talking :)
I have to admit this other corner is not what I envisioned this year. I wanted to removed the cabinet and put a Christmas tree. Wouldn't that be so perfect? I used to add a tree in here before my corner hutch and haven't been able to ever since. Time got away with me from adding it to this corner though... and well, that cabinet is full and is crazy heavy! So, it stayed :) Maybe I'll get around to adding a tree here; I guess only time will tell. 
This pie safe adds some cute character. I made this a few years ago. I has never held any pies :) (tutorial here) Really just another place to keep my hoard of dishes and mugs. 

Now for a few more shots! It's fun to look in here and think of all the things thrifted or handmade. Furniture wise, the only things bought brand new are the Ikea slipcovered chairs. 

Later this week, I'll be sharing another room of my home, my bedroom! I also have my entryway and master bath room to share. So, come back soon! I have a ton of DIYs coming as well!

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Cozy White Cottage Christmas Decor | Living Room 2023

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It's December 1st! Today we marked it with breakfast with Santa, and a visit to the Christkindlmarkt. It's a tradition we do every year. It was snowing on us like crazy, but totally worth it! These German inspired markets are seriously so fun and I love to see the traditions they have come closer to home. 

In celebration of the 1st of December, I'm finally sharing my cozy white cottage Christmas living room decor with you. I have to admit right now, I'm sure this will change by the time Christmas comes...but I couldn't wait any longer :) 

The entrance to my living room is marked with this amazing arch. At one point in time, we invited a realtor into our home to give us some suggestions when we were thinking about moving. She said to get rid of the arches. Make it complete square. That comment went in one ear and out the other :)  

Lot's of layers and textures are the best way to get the cozy aspect into any home. During Christmas time, I cram in more layers than normal :) It's a full maximalist Christmas decor, that's for sure! 
You'll notice throughout these pictures I have my TV turned into some art. This is my new channel, and I've just uploaded a couple of hour to 2 hour videos full of cozy winter vibes for your TV. I seriously just make these videos for me, so I can use them ... but figured I should share with every one!

One of my favorite little corners is my big Ikea chair. I bring the cozy to it with a big sweater blanket, sweater pillow and faux fur rug. I just created these tabletop trees made from tassels, lace, and bells. You can see the tutorial here.

I sprinkled lots of sisal bottle trees throughout my decor. But, I still used my fair share of other trees and greenery as well. This is the first share of my white mantel with you guys! I painted it shortly after my fall home tour. I was so excited to see it all decorated for Christmas! 

I made some cableknit stockings last year and absolutely love them! (tutorial here) The bigger the better is how I see it for the stockings! My mantel is full of mirrors with hung garland and bells. I love the magic of the mirrors with the twinkle of the Christmas lights at night.

My tree this year is lots of white, faux green stems and white berries. I've already added more gold accents that I will share soon on my social media channels :)

For my coffee table, I put together some of my favorite crocks and added some flocked trees and stems. I opted for a faux fur rug for the "table runner". I may have gone overboard in here with those faux furs :) I think I have about 4...not to mention the ones in my dining room adjacent to this room. I'll share my dining room with you next week along with my bedroom.

Talking about my dining's a little peek at my new wallpaper (linked here). As for the couch....layers of blankets and cozy pillows are the way to cozy up an mainly white space. The sweater pillows are from Target. Do you remember in 2020 or 2021 when all the shipments were late for Christmas? I went a few days after Christmas to Target, and they were just putting out all their Christmas decor for 70% off. I snagged all these pillows for a steal! I seriously wish I bought more, but I have no storage for these let alone more :) They are unavailable know but I added some similar ones to bottom of this post in the "Shop This Room" section.


I wish the lighting in here was better and I could capture this hutch corner better. This corner changes periodically through the year, but not by much. It shows that sometimes you just have to switch out a few things to add your seasonal decor. 

Can't miss this little guy. For this Christmas' decor, I added frosted pinecones, spindles, and vintage mercury glass ornaments. My cat, Willow, is not thrilled for the new additions. She sleeps in here almost every night .. or day. I removed the spindles and ornaments and she refuses to sleep by the pine cones :) She has found her spot though on one of many of the faux fur rugs lying around.

And that's the tour! Would you believe me if I told you this view has already changed? I have added some inspiration from my last post already to this room. Making it a little more cozy! Check out my social pages once again and I'm sure I'll post them there soon! 

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