Happy Holidays! Is your house decked out in holiday cheer? I have seen the most gorgeous home tours. You can’t swing a piece of dumpster dove furniture parts and not hit a fabulous house tour around blogland. Today I have my own version to share with you.
Want to join in on the fun, but feeling like your house is not share worthy? Think again, I am keeping it real here. Every room in my house has unfinished projects and probably something surprising that will pop up in pictures.
Ho, ho, ho. Oh no, here we go….
Step inside! My entry way is looking spiffy with a garland filled with red berries, gold pine cones, and me! Still in my gym clothes, from never making it to the gym the day I took this picture. Real life folks.
Here is a better shot:
Check out my stairs! I wrap a garland and lights every year around my banister. I was hoping to have that banister painted this year and the stairs replaced and painted. The stairs are replaced, but that paint hasn’t made contact with any of that wood. The chair is awaiting an upholstery job and there may or may not be a smattering of faux pine needles and glitter dust along the top of it.
Let’s move on to the living room. I have an open door policy. You open the door, you are in my living room, dining room and can see all the way to my backyard! It provides a lot of natural light, but can also make decorating a little challenging. This year I finally took the plunge, bought a grown up couch and an area rug. Now this room has to sit up straight and act like a mature adult. (the room does, not me).
If you missed my closet organizers turned bookshelves, you can check out how I did that HERE. I added a little Christmas warmth and the mirror adds a little more reflective light.
I see a tree! And the star is leaning towards Bethlehem! I love my ornaments. Some were given to me by friends and loved ones. Little things my kids have made. You can never have too many glass balls. I had planned to have a lovely ribbon cascading down the tree, but I remembered this plan after all the ornaments were on. You can’t work back wards at this point. There is always next year.
How about some Christmas Carols? Mostly we have heard the theme song from the movie UP for two months now. My daughter Rachel will be playing it at her piano recital this Saturday. Can you hear it in your sleep? I can!
I love my glass cloche. Normally the cloche is filled to the top with ornaments. I stored all the glass balls that go in there in a bag. I went to go put them in and just sort of poured the bag in. I didn’t notice over the course of the year, several of them had broken. A normal person would have poured the balls out and removed the broken glass. Not me. I just turned it around so the broken glass doesn’t show as much. In my mind, it just added a little more sparkle.
Ahh, the dining room. I made the wreath hanging over my mirror several years ago, and I think it will hang in for one more year before the balls start falling off. I have some other hand made items I have made for the holidays on my buffet. No close up, they are prettier from afar!
Turn around and check out the view. Pretty sure that is dog hair on the back of my couch. I would have removed it for the picture, but it would have shown up somewhere else.
My over sized chalkboard. A big window given to me by a contractor friend. Years ago I turned it into a giant chalkboard. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
I do change up what is hanging around on my dining table pretty regularly. I bought this vintage colander from a friend at Paris Flea Market and filled it with old Gold and Silver Glass ball ornaments. Look closely, you can see my reflection in the balls. Aren’t cameras the coolest things?
This is a big room, so I made little zones out of it. We have a corner where we play games, my kids do crafts, make a mess, etc.
The bookshelf was some sort of junk I found at my favorite store for junk. Urban Ore in Berkeley, CA. The desk is not up to par with fingerprints all over the computer screen, so you are only getting the best view.
A warm corner with my fabric nativity scene my mom gave me years ago and our Christmas Goose that plays three songs in “quack”. My cousin gave me the Goose when my almost 17 year old was a baby. It has survived three kids, all over 12 now! I didn’t clip the hanging thread off my old Target Joy pillow either. Remember, this is is the how I live tour. There is no detailing of pillows.
I have a skinny mantle in a oddly placed corner. Don’t know why the builder stuck it over there, but we go with it. The P E A C E stocking holders need a good polishing. Every year I vow the next year I will polish them. By the time they go up, I am over it. The tarnished look is in anyhow. Alison’s stocking needs to have the hanger sewed and fixed. That is always on the next year’s list too. Have you had enough reality yet? Well there’s more!
The door to my office is shut for a good reason. Also, you wouldn’t be able to see the gold panels if it were open. The bottom of the hollow builder door got a large hole placed in it a few years ago from a very angry little boy. I covered it up with a piece of Luon that I painted gold. I was going for the kick plate look. I think it came out O.K. and no more doors have been kicked. The little Joy wood block I made a few years ago from scrap wood. The festive snowman hanging on the door was a White Elephant Gift to us from our annual Christmas party. We have grown to love him like one of our own.
Nothing says Christmas like a card from the movie Goodfellas. Given to me by a friend who knows I have an abnormal obsession with mobster movies. I didn’t notice the black grout at the top of my farm house sink until I took this picture. It got bleached and cleaned today, but I didn’t retake the picture. I thought this picture might make you feel better, in case you are a comparative type who worries whose sink is cleaner than their own. By the way, the little guy hanging on the right is my Voo Doo doll from New Orleans. It keeps the bad days away. In case you were wondering what my secret to a perfect life is.
Now that you have seen it all, including the kitchen sink, our visit is coming to an end. Turn back around, the door is the other way. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and come back soon. You can see my shiny sink now!