Welcome to the 2015 Holiday Home Tour! Make new friends, but keep the old is very true today, and if you’re hopping over from The Deans List Blog on this tour, welcome to my home. If you are a frequent reader, I am super excited to share with you all the new projects. I am also partnering up with 24 awesome gals on their amazing home tours. Check out all their inspiration at the bottom of this post. So let’s get to it, shall we?
On Tuesday, I shared the all new mantle and living room decor that I made for this year. Today’s post focuses more of the rustic elements but has some dashes of whimsy thrown in to create a segue into the upbeat and cheerful living room. Even though the styles are very distinct, it works because of the way our house flows from the front door. The house is still VERY much in remodel mode from its humble beginnings, but we are getting closer with each and every project that Team Beach (me+hubby) completes.
This is the first of 3 completely new trees that I have planned! Forgive me, it’s 9 feet tall so it doesn’t all fit in the frame. This one is the woodland animals themed tree. I have a thing for animals, and Christmas time is no different. Remember when I said that I had started in September? Well, our neighbor very generously gifted us this tree back then. She couldn’t use it and I got to save about $600. However, after putting this big boy together and fluffing it out over 3 days, no way was I taking it back down. So, yah, it’s been in the front room for some time now. Not weird at all.
Every ornament is brand new and many are handmade.
I also made this super awesome Santa sack to sit next to the tree. Although I am very adept at my own designs, I fell in love with this one from Fynes Designs. She even offers the silhouette cut file for download in case you would like one of your very own. I did alter the bottom a bit to add the sleigh and reindeer image. I used vinyl to make a stencil and a good quality fabric marker.
The main tree with the presents under it is in the living room. In place of presents, this tree has a little train and tracks that run around the base. My husband has had this train set since he was a child and his mom generously gifted it to us a few years ago.
Last year, I snagged these beautiful topiary trees from Lowe’s for 40% off after Christmas. I would love them to go outside but I also love them flagging each side of the front door. A sign above the door would finish it off. Ah, maybe next year.
When I asked my Mother for some pinecones from back home on the farm, she sent me way more than I expected. I have about 100 pinecones now! I showed you some of them earlier on the tree, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest at first. I didn’t have a centerpiece for the dining room, so I stacked them in my seasonal centerpiece box and added some greenery. Because they were fresh, I baked them at 425 for 15 minutes to make sure that there were no critters hiding in there.
This is the second tree, which I have upstairs on our balcony. Some of you may have already seen this tree from my post about putting small treat boxes on a tree. This one is 4 feet tall and all of the ornaments are handmade this year. See, I told you I’ve been busy!
All in all, I am very happy with how far we have come this year compared to our first Christmas in the house. I still feel like I have a lot of space that needs decorating but I suppose that will come with time.
Be sure to check out some of the other homes on the tour. There are so many styles to suit anyone’s tastes.