Welcome to our Christmas House Tour 2014! Hi, I am Tara from Lehman lane. If this is your first time here thanks so much for stopping by! If you’ve never checked out Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk before there are some amazing ideas from other bloggers there. If you get a minute it’s definitely worth checking out.
We moved to our over 125 year old home a year and a half ago and have been remodeling it ever since slowly making this house into our home:-). I started decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving even started:)… I love Christmas decorations!!! I wish there was more time between the two holidays to enjoy them even longer! Most of my Christmas decorations I have made or have been handed down to me making them that much more personal and special. I hope this tour will inspire your holiday decorating and prove that you don’t have to spend much money to make your house Christmas ready:-)!!! Grab your cup of coffee or mug of hot chocolate and take a seat… this is one long post :-).
I put candles in all the front windows along with some green wreaths from AC Moore ( the wreaths and candles were only $3! and I can use them every year, now that’s a bargain!). The candles and wreaths really make our house look more welcoming and warm!!! I also put out a bunch of white lights around our front bushes and we will hang our giant lite wreath from AC Moore above our front door.
Here is some pictures of it at night, for some reason every time I went to take an outside picture it was raining:)…
Next to our front door I placed Jason’s childhood wooden sled with some greens from our yard and a red bow to make it look festive! The bow and greens won’t last too long once we get a big snow because the kids still use the sled but it looks nice for now:-). The white poinsettia wreath (below) was a gift from an old friend at our wedding! I have used this wreath in my decorating for over 13 years now. I think of her every time I get it out…what a sweet gift! I splurged on the snowman pillows from Pottery Barn. I picked them because I can keep them out all winter long. The red tartan thermos I picked up at a thrift store in Lancaster for $3!
As you enter our foyer I put greens from our yard in one of my many Longaberger baskets and hung it on our a hook. I placed my gardening boots under the door and one of my favorite Christmas books “Miracle on 34th street” in the mirror shelf. I also hung my favorite plaid winter coat from Anthropologie on the hook. I love that coat!
We put our Christmas Tree in the living room. This is the room Jason and I spend the most time in. I attempted to get a fire going for these pictures but my handsome log splitter was at work so I was on my own… I made the sign with a piece of MDF and a sharpie marker. The project cost me less than $10!
The paisley stockings I picked up at the Pottery Barn outlet for $4 each after Christmas years ago. We bought 5 on the off chance we would have 1 more kid not knowing that the Lord had 2 more in His plan! I picked up the other 2 also on clearance at PB. I embroidered each of the kids stockings with their monograms. Audrey made the little lamb in Sunday school a few years ago
The Santa was my Nana K’s and I borrowed one of Tucker’s trucks for the mini bottle brush Christmas tree.
I bought the nativity candle at my cousin’s party lite party a few years ago. I added some magnolia leaves along with some pine cones from my yard to the white bowl Jason’s mom gave me. I picked up the snowman angel in a boutique in Grand Lake, CO while shopping with my mother in law, Cindi. Grand Lake is one of my absolute favorite places to go at Christmas. There is snow covering the Rocky Mountains and the Lake is frozen over and everyone drives snowmobiles instead of cars. It is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth!
On the end table I laid out some of our many Christmas books. Our family loves to read :). The snowman music box was also my Nana K’s. My great grandmother had great decorations! I also laid out a green glass doorknob I picked up at Anthropologie for $8. We are still deciding what door it will go on.
We put our nativity on the console Jason originally built for our TV. Jason’s mom Jean bought us the manager and most of the Fontini figures. I love that they are plastic so the kids can move them all around and they don’t break. I put some broken glass balls in an old butter dish that was Jason’s grandmothers.
Every year I move our tree:-). I know crazy!!! Jason wasn’t up for moving or TV again this year so we placed it in between two windows and moved the sofa instead:). We bought this bucket from Lowes a few years ago to hold a burlap Christmas tree and have used it every year since. I love all the extra room it provides under the tree for presents and Christmas books!!! It also kept the tree and ornaments out of reach for our kids when they were really little. I picked up the gold glitter words and big snowman heads at Homestead gardens in Maryland for $2 each after Christmas with my mother in law Jean. That place has some amazing Christmas displays.
Our tree isn’t that fancy. Over the years we have collected our ornaments from trips we take and the kids have made or were Jason’s and mine growing up. We try to give the kids each a new ornament every year. I made the embroidery hoop ornaments out of an old hand me down Christmas dress. I embroidered our initials on the black velvet ones.
I found the plaid tin lunch box at a flea market for $10. We keep the kids Christmas books in it. I wrapped a few presents and put them in a longaberger basket. I love the tartan wrapping paper I picked up at Yankee candle. My pop pop came to the US from Scotland and all the tartan reminds me of my Scottish heritage.
On all my living room room windows I have green wreaths and candles I picked up at AC Moore. For $6 a window it makes a huge statement!
My sister Tiff did all of our silhouettes 2 years ago as a Christmas present for us. I treasure this gift. To make it more festive I added 2 red pompoms with tape to Jason and my noses:-).
On to the dining room…
I kept my new IKEA throw on our newly refinished dining table. I placed a glass hurricane with a white candle and surrounded it with greens from my yard. I spray painted some pine cones gold to match the gold accents I have in the dining room.
I added some more magnolia leaves and more spray painted gold pine cones to my dining hutch. I kept my fall mercury glass and owl and pumpkin on display along with our white china. Silver and gold so so well together.
I also added a gold Christmas ball ornament I made for my new dining room mirror.
Here is a picture of our dining table dressed for a Christmas Dinner, to see more pictures of our Christmas Dining table click here:
On our dining room mantle I put our Jesse tree, an old white Mary statue and two angels that were my moms. There is a dried magnolia wreath I bought at the Restoration Hardware outlet a few years ago. I decorated the mantle with some more greens from our yard and a sign that Jason and I love.
In celebration of Advent our family does a Jesse tree. A few years ago our church was giving away this great family Christmas devotional by Ann Voskamp. Every night there is a devotional followed by an ornament that hangs on a tree. The devotional goes through the stories of the bible leading up to the birth of Jesus. Our kids take turns hanging up the new ornament every night after Jason or I read that days devotional. They love that part! This fun tree costs next to nothing to make and is such a fun way to remember the real reason for celebrating Christmas. I added some dollar store gold ornaments to some branches from our yard. The kids and I decorated the Jesse tree ornaments with markers, crayons and lots of glitter:).
There is an oil lamp and a waterless snow globe I made with an old Ball mason Jar and a bottle brush a few years ago.
This is the view as you enter our kitchen… Again there is more green wreaths on all the windows and some doors:). For those of you wondering what else looks different I painted all the trim white FINALLY!!! Only took me 3 days and 3 coats of paint but the kitchen looks so much better!
I drew the Christmas tree and quoted “The Night before Christmas on our old chalkboard. This chalkboard is real slate!!! I found it many years ago when I was working at the New Life Thrift Shop.
I put a green ceramic Christmas tree was Jason’s Grandmothers’ and the angel was my mom-moms in our kitchen’s beautiful bay window.
And this is how you will usually find me dressed during the Christmas holiday, in my vintage Christmas apron and my fuzzy UGG slippers:)
I hung 2 more wreaths on our doors by our kitchen table. I placed an orchid my girlfriend Lois gave me as a house warming gift when we moved in under a glass cloche. I used a crate and Barrel napkin I just bought as a table runner to give more color to our table. Jason and I picked up some comfy white chair cushions from IKEA for our kitchen chairs.
Jason made me this great Christmas Photo Card Holder this year… I love it! To make one of your own click here:
Here are some blue Ball jars I hold our hot chocolate supplies in next to our new coffee maker:-).
And finally the last room on the tour our Master Bedroom. I didn’t do much with our kids rooms or bathrooms this year since we haven’t finish remodeling them yet…we will save those rooms for next years tour:). Please don’t look at the dirty white carpet it is soon to be wide pine floors hopefully over Christmas break. I have a red comforter cover and pillows from Restoration Hardware that I put on our bed every winter. I also put our schnauzer pillow I made from a needlepoint picture my girlfriend Anne gave me after we lost our precious dog Adam this fall.
There is a dried magnolia wreath I made over the mantle with some fresh magnolia greens from our yard. There is a silver snowflake tea light holder my mom gave me along with some pictures of the kids and an extra stocking.
Here is a fire we had last night in our fireplace:). So Cozy!!!