decking the {new} halls...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Since our new home was definitely our second biggest and best gift this year (our sweet Charlie bug being our BEST, of course) I thought I would share a few snapshots of it decorated for Christmas. Well, decorated the best we could this year I should say.

We always had a real tree at our old house, but I knew we needed a slim tree in the new and wanted to go ahead and invest in an artificial. I should have done this when they were on sale after Christmas LAST year, but I didn't so womp womp. I got this 9ft flocked slim tree at Wal Mart and loved!

The bow on top is a little crooked after looking at this pic and it may sound crazy that we put the tree in our foyer, but we have so much baby stuff (jumparoo in corner, walker, etc...) that we didn't put it where we had originally thought this year. I kinda liked it in the foyer. It was out of the way, yet being right there at our living room we could still enjoy it. We could actually see it from four rooms in our house: living room, kitchen, dining room, and our master bedroom! Small house perks ;)

Little pops of red and green in the kitchen. Next year I'll have to work on this mantle a little more. This year I just ran out of time (and $). Hope to score some things on sale now after Christmas!

This wine glass is a fun craft we made at girls night one night! I also got a few pieces of the Lenox "12 Days of Christmas" that I'd like to continue to collect. 

I don't know if you remember me saying our buffet table we ordered came in a lot more green and a lot less blue that anticipated, BUT it has grown on me and especially here at Christmas I. LOVE. IT!

The chalkboard was another Ballard Designs Outlet steal. The boxwood wreaths were a set from Zulily years ago and that little creamer and sugar set was something my mom bought for me way back in high school to put in my hope chest. Did any of you have one of those? This was the first year I actually pulled it out and displayed/used. Such a keepsake.

Our breakfast nook...

Love these fun MudPie plates from several years ago...

We didn't do too much outside. Our wreath is always purchased and sent to us by Chad's sweet (and amazing!) aunt Sallie. It started as a tradition by her husband, Brian (Chad's mom's brother) who for years brought fresh trees and wreaths for everyone all the way from the Appalachian mountains (they live in Boone, NC). He passed away from cancer a few years ago, but Sallie so graciously keeps this tradition going. The amazing smell of this wreath just instantly puts you in the Christmas spirit.

The pre-lit topiaries were a major score years ago from Home Decorator's Collection. There's sooo much more I want to do on our front porch for Christmas's to come! You know, when I don't have a 5 month old and a brand new store to also purchase new decor for and decorate. Whew. 

My mom brought over her large nativity scene for our foyer table and it is gorgeous, but I couldn't help but to put out our tiny nativity scene that I purchased the first year we were married.

I thought I would hang our stockings with stocking hooks sitting on the entertainment center, but it didn't look quite right so I hung them with command hooks just randomly all over. I also thought I would be able to monogram said stockings AFTER I purchased them from Ballard, but I was wrong. I haven't found anyone that could do it, so I plan to order small wooden monograms and spraypaint them gold for everyone's stocking. That'll work!

real life view while taking these photos...

The wooden monograms on everyone's stockings would mimic these I have had for years...

We had interior french doors in our old home, from the living room to sunroom that I hung these monogrammed wreaths and displayed our Christmas cards on every year. I am glad we had more doors to do the same thing because it's seriously my favorite! We've gotten so many cards now (hooray!) that I have displayed them all over our entertainment center too.

I used gold/brown/leopard ornaments from our old tree that we paired with light blue and just replaced the blue with light green to go with the decor of the new house (well, especially foyer and dining room). That's what thing I did stock up on end of season last year...ornaments! I love how it turned out...

We've enjoyed our Christmas decor for weeks now and I can't believe it's already time to take it all down. Out of all the decorations, this may be my favorite because it showcases our BEST presents under our tree...our boys!

"But the angel said to them: do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people" -
Luke 2:10

I'll share the boys' tree and playroom next! 


  1. Love your Christmas decorations! I have been following along the building of your home and your decision making along the fun! We are in the early planning stages of renovating our kitchen and I would love to know the sources for some of your lights, paint colors, etc. Can't make up my mind if I want to do white or light grey cabinets! And if I should do gold hardware (which I LOVE) or silver because of our stainless steel appliances. Ahhhh!

    1. Hey Megan! How exciting!!! I just realized I never did a post of our kitchen, but yes the cabinet paint color is SW Intellectual Gray and the walls are SW Worldly Gray (my only regret is that we went lighter on the paint card down to Sohji White for the walls in kitchen to give more contrast between cabinets and walls) I love, love, love our cabinet color though! I also love our hardware, it's Martha Stewart for Home Depot and I have not regretted the brass one bit. It just adds more warmth and still looks fine with the stainless appliances. The pendants over the peninsula are from Restoration Hardware and the breakfast nook light is from Ballard. Let me know what else you need, I'm happy to help because I know especially in the kitchen...the options are endless, making decisions so difficult!!! Aaaaahh is right! Good luck xoxo

    2. Thanks so much! Super helpful info!

  2. love all the decorations. sad I wasn't able to make it over there to see them all in person. still in love with your living room tree. and of course your sweet christmas card picture. that card will be displayed all year long! :)

  3. I love EVERYTHING about your house. It's beautiful. I would love to see pics of the kitchen and living room though. I desperately need a upgrade in my tiny kitchen. But I think that'll wait till my boys are much older. Their 8 & 14 now but such a mess and so hard on stuff. Ugh. Right now we have new living room furniture coming from Ashley's and I'm afraid of what it will look like a week from today. lol Boys will be boys.. By the way Charlie and Cade are just the cutest. I have a Grandbaby coming next Aug and I can not wait to spoil that child..


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