A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour 2016
Welcome to our very first “A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour!” And merry or should I say “scary” it has been! Up till now, the house has been quite the explosion of garland and ornaments. It took a full day to finally clean and tidy up the place, but I finally feel ready for Christmas! Well, I mean decor wise I do. I haven’t even starting shopping yet and Christmas is only 10 days away. It’s crazy how much moving to a different state can set your life back by a lot! Luckily, I think this year’s presents should be relatively easy… I have a slight plan in my head.
I realized in a big way that decorating a house for Christmas vs a tiny California apartment can be a decent challenge. A small mantle, minimally decorated with a few choice pieces was just about it, so needless to say, I had to do some serious power-shopping on a relatively small budget. Thank goodness sales started crazy early this year. I mean strangely early! Michael Arts & Crafts was already up to 70% last week. I thought those kind of sales were reserved for after Christmas shopping? I am not complaining by any means though! I landed some fantastic deals!
The house already has a very organic, mid-century modern feel to it, so I decided to keep the tree and most of the decorations very simple. This made outfitting the tree and mantle much more budget-friendly.
All the ornaments were picked up from Target when they had a “spend $100 and get $50 off their Wondershop collection” deal. The moment this came through on my Cartwheel app, I dragged both Adam and my dad to Target to help me shop. Thanks to his many years as one of Target’s architect, my dad also rocks a nice employee discount! This combined with the $50 off, we walked away with all of the ornaments for the tree and the mantle, for practically nothing! Can I get an amen for bargain shopping?!!
We also did a few DIY projects, to help save some money. The pine wreaths flanking the picture window, next to the tree were made from some greenery purchased at Trader Joes and a few pine branches I trimmed from our yard. The remaining greenery and branches were wrapped into a long swag and hung over our makeshift cocktail bar/baker’s rack. (Seen a few photos down).
On the mantle, I found some wood snowflakes at JoAnn Fabrics, painted them white and a touch of glitter paint. Originally used on the Hot Cocoa Bar at our Pancakes and PJs party with Rachel’s Lookbook, they now rest comfortably in our living room next to another affordable DIY project. I really wanted to do another pretty Christmas sign like the one we did for the Hot Cocoa Bar. The song Silent Night kept popping up in my head – actually I like to sing it loudly in the shower all year long. Don’t judge, I seriously love Christmas music! Since it was already in my mind all year long, it felt appropriate to have it hanging on the mantle.
The rest of the items were either things we already owned or items we picked up dirt cheap at HomeGoods (I could easily live at the store!)
I feel pretty satisfied with how things turned out this year! The addition of navy & light blue into the color scheme was a lifesaver! I’ve mentioned my obsession with all things copper, but actually finding enough items in copper is a lot harder than I imagined! Next year, my goal is to do a lot more DIY stuff! With the move back to Minneapolis, there simply wasn’t enough time.
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you found a bit of inspiration along the way!
Our sweet little Bella loves a warm, soft blanket and has taking captive of every one I own, but I can’t complain when she looks this adorable!
I love Reindeer! In a round-about-way, I’ve started to collect them. Well, this is my 3 piece, but let’s go with I’m collecting them. I will make sure to find more next year so I have more proof of a collection, I promise! But until then, I was ecstatic to find this pillow at Target, not only in my copper and navy color scheme, but with a cute modern reindeer!
Pretty happy with the way my DIY sign turned out! And a big thanks to Office Depot for an insane turn around-time for printing! Especially at this time of the year! I placed the order that morning and it was ready in a few hours. I found the 18 x 24 inch frame at Michaels for 70% off!
What do you think Eddie is thinking about there? His little face melts my heart every day! There’s only about 3 things on his mind at all times – treats, food and getting attention. Love that guy!
This NOEL sign was another quick DIY project. I found the letters at Michael’s when they were clearing out their fall decor at 80% off. I almost walked right the bin of misc letters without thinking, twice since they were all painted in muted fall colors. Thanks to a bit of copper spray paint and actually finding the right letters to put together a holiday word, I had a very inexpensive, yet pretty copper decor piece. Like I said, copper stuff is not easy to find!
The garland that runs along the stairwell ledge was picked up at Trader Joe’s for $6.99. This is just half of it! The rest was woven into the two wreaths and swag I mentioned above.
This simple boxwood wreath was another steal from Trader Joe’s for $9.99. I’m rather disappointed that I didn’t pick up a few more for that price!