Friday, December 21, 2012

Our home at Christmas

Hello all! Can you believe it? It’s almost here! We had snow last night, a school delay this morning and then the Bub’s party this afternoon so I’m just now getting this post up!

I wanted to share our home, decorated for Christmas with you. Some of the decor you’ve seen, some you haven’t. I toned down it BIG time this year. You may not think so after you see all these pics, but believe me, it’s toned. ;)

I just added touches here and there, a bit simpler, but just as festive. I’m learning that you really don’t need a whole lot to decorate your house for the holidays. Greenery is a staple, lights and ornaments – that’s what I stuck to for the most part.

I won’t comment on all of them, (because GEESH, there are a lot of pics), but if you have questions on anything please let me know!

santa stop here signhanging pinecones christmasburlap bag christmas tree

I layered three dollar ornaments from Target for art on the new chalkboard wall:

ornament art

It is not lost on me how so many of our Christmas books center around MICE. And yes, I can kind of laugh about it now. :)

As of today the Christmas card holder is filled up – here it is last week:

easy door holiday card display

I love using cuttings off our arborvitae in the decor – I especially love it paired with the white hydrangea:

hydrangeas with greenery

kitchen christmashallmark radio ornament

The coffee table is staying clutter-free thanks to my DIY wood tray. I love having this little spot to decorate in the family room:


The magnolia mantel is holding up beautifully – I may try to salvage some of the leaves for next year:

natural magnolia Christmas mantel

I didn’t buy much new decor this year, but I did have a slight obsession with holiday pillows for some reason. I got a few – this one: 

christmas pillows santa

And I loved this one at Pottery Barn for $50:

Sleigh Bell Crewel Embroidered Lumbar Pillow

But that so wasn't happening for something I’d have out a month out of the year. So I grabbed one of their crewel placemats and made my own for  a fifth of the price:

DIY pottery barn crewell pillowchristmas decor tray wine corks candle decorating under flatscreen Christmas wood trough

I LOVE these preserved boxwood wreaths – I was so happy with them when they arrived:

boxwood wreath christmas board and batten walls boxwood wreath

I showed you a couple of my additions to the bookcases here:

DIY snow ornament

painted nutcracker Christmas decor

christmas decorating bookshelves

elf on the shelf felt reindeer

I shared our trees at the annual party here:

tall christmas tree

flocked christmas tree

Another placemat pillow, from Target ($4!):

placemat pillow christmas

christmas stairs

pottery barn NOEL art

The train art is just the front of a gift bag I found at Joann’s a few weeks ago on sale:

bag art

My cute Santa hats:

santa hat craft christmas village greenery over bed

I had big plans for this tree in our bedroom, but time ran out. I think it’s still lovely with some burlap ribbon and lights:

bedroom christmas tree

And finally, I shared my outdoor decor in this post:

traditional outdoor holiday decor

Whew! Told you, lots of pics!!

I’m signing off till after Christmas, I hope you and yours have an absolutely lovely holiday. Revel in, enjoy, HUG and love on everyone as much as you can.

I am so thankful to have you in our lives, thank you for another amazing year.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all, every one. ;)


  1. I absolutely "borrowed" your card display and have had rave reviews! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Loving the more minimal decorating. We also toned it down a bit at home this year.

  3. Such a warm and lovely decorated home. I too love the card idea on the ribbon on the door. May have to do that too.

  4. Merry Christmas, Sarah!! Hope it is lovely. How tall are your trees? They look ginormous! Awesome.

  5. Love that you simplified, Sarah -- this just seems like the year to do so, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your Christmas spirit ~ blessings to you and yours!
    xo Heidi

  6. That framed gift bag is genius! Hope you and your family will have yourself a merry li'l Christmas!!��

  7. Your home is beautiful! I love what you did with it. I love the way you decorated the star railing, so awesome. Also love how you framed that paper bag - cool! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Are all of your trees real or fake or a combination thereof? You are living my dream of having Christmas trees in every room of the house!

  9. Everything looks wonderful! I absolutely love the boxwood wreaths.

  10. I love it all! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

  11. Great tour! Those placemat pillows have my wheels turning... Hello after Christmas sales.

  12. You have just the right amount of decorations! Everything looks lovely and the Pottery Barn will be thinking twice before they hand you a placemat that is so close to the $50 pillow! You pulled that one off beautifully.

  13. Oh my, I forgot to say Merry Christmas!!!

  14. OMG! i love ur home. what a beatiful decorations for xmas!.
    happy christmas;)

  15. Sarah - Merry Christmas to you and your family! Beautifully (of course) decorated home- inside and out! I have two questions/comments: • did you give a tutorial on making the placemats into pillows? If not- would you consider doing so. if I missed it- please repost the date/link. Such a cute idea and decorating money saving tip. • The clear jar (?) holding the candle - what are the little cylinder things surrounding the candle? Looks like little corks?

    Thanks again for all the work you do, to save us $ but still enabling your readers to have new - contemporary decorating ideas! Love your blog!
    Lynda - Houston. TX


  16. Hi Sarah,
    just stopped by this morning with my cup of coffee to look at your pretty decoration:)
    I fell in love with the Target place mat pillow and I was wondering if that was this years or last years stock? I tried to find it online but could not see it anywhere:( And before I send my MIL on a wild goose chase to find the place mat since I cannot go to Target myself I would really like to know if it is current or not;)
    Greetings from Germany,

  17. beautiful Christmas post.

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  18. Beautiful ! Love using placemats to make pillows ! Genius ! Merry Christmas !

  19. Merry Christmas!! Your home is beautiful!!!!

  20. Beautiful, festive home Sarah! Your gift bag artwork is ingenious, and the PB pillow is my favourite!

  21. Everything looks amazing! Would u be able to tell me the color you used in the basement? Looks like a dark gray? Thanks!

  22. I looked under FAQs and I did not see that you listed the wall color in your basement. Could you tell the name please??? Thank you!

  23. Beautiful home..Loved all your pics, difficult to choose my fav. Enjoy and Merry Xmas.

  24. Your home looks beautiful & festive!! I loved looking at all of the photos! Thanks so much for sharing Sarah & I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  25. Don't you just LOVE Christmas!!??
    Everything looks great.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  26. Your home is gorgeous as usual and I love all your thrifty ideas. Look forward to reading your post every day!

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  28. Your house looks great! I especially love the pillows crafted from placemats - fantastic idea.

  29. I love the tiny copper nutcrackers! That gives me ideas.
    merry Christmas!

  30. Let's be friends so I can come over and hang out at your house all the time. It's so beautiful!! I always love seeing what you've got up.

  31. Truly beautiful and welcoming! May you and your family be blessed with joy, peace, love and wonder this Christmas! See you in the new year!

  32. Gorgeous trees! Such nice simple yet festive decor this year. Love it all!!

    Thanks for all the decor/DIY inspiration this year! Looking forward to reading all the fun on your blog this next year!

    Merry Christmas!!


  33. Your home looks so cosy and welcoming.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, and thanks so much for blogging through 2012!

  34. Absolutely Beautiful!
    I always read your blog...just one quick question that nobody (that I could tell) asked...where did you get the boxwood wreaths?
    Merry Christmas to you

  35. love love love absolutely every little thing ... especially the lighted garland on the stairway! Merry Christmas!

  36. Sarah, you're home is beautiful! I love all the natural touches here and there. I am a big fan of natural elements during the holidays. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  37. Beautiful and inspiring. Your home is lovely all the time, holidays are no exception. Merry Christmas, Sarah!

  38. I want to pin LOTS of these for inspiration in the future!!! Have a very, very merry Christmas :)

  39. Merry Christmas, Love all, Beautiful Home!

  40. Beautiful!! And what a smart idea to get the Pottery Barn $40 pilllow ;)

    Merry Christmas :)

  41. Hey Sarah! Just wanted to stop through and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Best wishes to you in the new year.

  42. I started following your blog only recently and am all praise for your decor style. Good work!

  43. This is one of the best home decorating blogs I have ever visited. What a beautiful decorations for Christmas!I love it all. It's a perfect design for this Christmas.
    Thanks so much for sharing these! I can’t wait to see more of your designs :) Merry Christmas.

  44. I would love to know where you got the white vase you use in your DIY wood tray? It is beautiful & perfect for changing out decor as the seasons progress. Thanks for sharing your beautiful holiday home decor!


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