Hey, friends! I am so excited to be here with you today for a number of reasons. #1- I missed you. #2- My friend, Bee at Windgate Lane is hosting this butt-kicking tour of holiday vignettes.
If you’re here from Sonya’s blog, At Home With The Barkers, heyyyy!!!!! I’m so glad to have you here! Isn’t Sonya SO AWESOME?! I love love love her stuff and her Christmas decorating is no exception!
Basically, the other bloggers and I are showing you little sneak peeks of our holiday set up on today’s tour! Mine is focused around what you’d see if you really were to walk into my house. This year we really worked on our living room. I have previously talked about our game board wall and there are definitely more updates and tons more vintage finds we’ve incorporated in the second half of this year, but you’ll have to wait (surprise, surprise) for more details on that and a legit living room tour. I think it’s *finally* where I want it to be, so not much longer!
When you open our front door, you immediately see our board and batten entryway. To spruce it up for the holidays, I moved off some of our soda bottles and random insulators and instead featured our metal flower frog & vintage Christmas postcard collection. I also hung a vintage Santa that I got from my grandmother’s house last year. I really wanted a lighted wreath, but I’m not 100% sure if I actually own one or if that was a figment of my
desire imagination last year. Plenty of time to buy one still, right?
The stocking actually matches a tree skirt that I own and you can see my ice skates (sort of) hanging on the front door to the left. OH! I forgot to mention that our theme is red and green this year. I’m big on themed trees and the last few years have been gold/white/silver/woodland or navy/green/brown/woodsy…so this is a big jump, but I’m all about classic-cabin Christmas. I’ll be adding in lots of flannels and plaids (hopefully) in the weeks to come! I added in a brass deer (from my friend Charlotte, also on the tour), an IKEA candle, kept my big red 9, and swapped out vintage wooden blocks for some red and green Merry Christmas blocks. Super easy and the postcards are a definite conversation piece as people come in and read them. 🙂
Sorry the pic below is SO blown out. It was a lot harder than I anticipated to capture sparkly glitter blocks! 🙂
As you turn to look into our house, you’ll see our mantel and, directly to your right, our entryway “table” (two benches stacked) with Big G hanging over it. Since Big G is red and I really love him, I couldn’t take him down. I also reaaaaally love my two vintage bowling trophies, so those ladies got to stay. I threw a Santa hat on my glass head from Pier 1 (a million years ago), put some vintage glass ornaments in a brass bowl, laid out a lighted garland, and stacked some flower frogs to make a “tree” of sorts. It took about 10 minutes (maybe?) total and it’s a super cute place to toss your keys or lay down the mail. Plus, I’m all about it feeling like I threw up Christmas (tastefully, of course) as soon as you walk in. With the game board wall, I wanted lots of color this year. I’m pretty loud, so…it seems fitting that my house is a little intense.
So, that’s all to your right and straight ahead of you is our (super simple, so far) mantel. I basically did garland, stockings, and deer. My red deer is from a few years back at T.J. Maxx? Or Ross? and the store sign (with vintage postcard, of course) was picked from a general store in NC. On the other end is a brass deer from an antique store and a sweet sale sign from a general store, picked by the same amazing people who got all the postcards! I’m not sure if this is the end game for the mantel, but it’s good for today. My mom made the red stocking for me before I was born and the white one for Chris when we were married. They’re just about my most favorite Christmas things, so as long as they’re on the mantel, I don’t really care about anything else.
I had to take a close up of my sign, though. I love this bad boy and I bought it MONTHS ago in eager anticipation of the day it would match the season!
Lastly, I haven’t finished decorating my tree [sneak peek on Instagram!], but if you keep walking into our living room you will, literally, run into it. It’s CRAZY lit up and I got my antique sled from home over Thanksgiving. Layered with an old stadium blanket from an antique store (plaid! yes!) and a snowflake pillow from Target and it may be my favorite view…and it’s the view from the floor. Also, how kick-butt is that vintage tree stand we found?! We’re still having some structural difficulties with the fake tree in the real tree stand, but for now, it works!
If you need me, I’ll probably be right here on the floor, staring at my tree stand and my sled and being mesmerized by all the lights on my tree! Before I get down there, though, I’ll continue on this tour and you should, too! Up next is Christy at Our Southern Home and her vignettes are bound to be stunning!
To get access to the whole tour, follow these links! You’re welcome in advance. 🙂 And Welcome to the Season!