Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Come On In - Christmas Decorations Edition

Y'all - I have been looking forward to this day for MOOOOOONTHS!!!!  What's the only thing better than getting a peek inside people's homes???  Getting peek inside when they're decorated!

So, enough with the chit chat.... on with the pics!

This is standing inside our front door...






The little tree on our front hall buffet table has our glitter ornaments from Pottery Barn with everyone's initials.

I'm a total sucker for Christmas pillows - and most of mine are from Home Goods.






At the end of last year we got rid of our old tree.  I found a FANTASTIC deal on this one and our old pre-lit was pretty much falling apart.  I LOVE the quality of this one and it's a lot more narrow - which at first I was hesitant about, but I'm actually really loving it now.

I like to decorate the same way I like to dress - with layers.  Lots of layers.  ;)

The tiles that are around on easels and on my one wall are by Sid Dickens and they're my FAVORITE decor pieces.  Dave's parents give me one for my birthday and Christmas every year and Dave surprises me with them sometimes as well.   They're timeless and I love how easy they are to display.






Our big tree doesn't have a theme or any kind of "order" other than fun memories.  Dave and I have excianged ornaments since 2000 and we give our kids an ornament each year as well.  We pick them up when we travel and for special occasions.

The fudgesicle was for Luke from my mom last year - because they walked to the little corner store at least once a week to buy fudgesicles.  The handmade one was by Mason last year at Home for the Holidays and the hamburger was our ornament for Luke the year that he and Mason were a hamburger and hotdog for Halloween.


When I was pregnant with Griffin, the boys dubbed her "Popcorn" and this is the ornament that was left for her that year :)

My favorite ornaments are the handmade ones.  This is Luke's handprint from Pre-K.

Another Home Goods pillow!

Looking into the kitchen...

This is real life, friends.  That hurricane lamp needs a SERIOUS windexing and I'm printing a santa pic for the frame... but I don't have it yet :)






Our stockings are GIANT and are from Pottery Barn kids.  I ordered them a few years ago the day after Christmas for a really big discount - and I didn't read the dimensions very carefully :)  It worked out though since we're REALLY good all year. hahaha
I had the embroidery done locally since I wanted the scale to match the stocking size.

The small tree next to the fireplace is kind of my "decorative" tree - I have jeweled pears and pomegranates and lots of little picks.


All of the little jeweled garlands and picks are actually from our wedding.  My mom and I found them at Crate and Barrel and used them on our tables.



I found this chalkboard on Craigslist - and because it's so big I like to use real chalk.

The window behind my sink is my favorite spot to decorate and I incorporated a bunch of jeweled fruit and ornaments that were our wedding favors :)



This nativity was a wedding gift and is super special to us.

The kids really don't mess with the Christmas decorations - but on the off chance that they do I keep this one safe up here.







And just for fun... here's a pic of the lights last night :)


 And yes, real life around here... dishes and baby shampoo :)

I decorated the kids rooms a bit as well - but due to the OVERWHELMING number of pics I already posted (and wanting to wrap up a garland project), I'm going to save that for another post.  I can't wait to grab a cup of tea tonight and look through all of your posts! 

   
   

43 comments:

  1. Andrea!!!! Your house looks great!!!

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  2. We had a December wedding too so wedding gifts are some of my favorites too! Your lit garland and your sweet, sentimental ornaments are just perfect! I love a tree filled with memories : ) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. i LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your decor!! we aren't quite finished, as we just bought our tree last Friday. but i linked with what we have! :)

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  4. Love your home! Very pretty and cozy!

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  5. Okay, you know I always love your home...but I love it the most this time of year. Your kitchen is just fabulous. Absolutely fabulous! I love, love, love everything about it!

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  6. Andrea, your house is perfection at Christmas time! All of your decorations are fabulous but for me your dining room, especially your fire place is my favorite! Merry Christmas from Pennsylvania! :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! I love your layers of Christmas! :)

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  8. Outstanding! loved your décor and all the details on it! Simply amazing!!

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  9. it all looks beautiful....so cozy!!!!!!!

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  10. Beautiful! Love all your trees! Especially love the gold ribbon used throughout your home...how wide is it and is wrapped around your tree like a garland or shorter lengths tucked in? Thanks!

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  11. I love the figure of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus at your home entrance. It is so lovely. When I lived in Texas, I couldn't get enough of the Circle E Candles. Now that I'm back in NY, I have to order them online. They are the best candles ever - I've never tried that scent you have shown in the picture. It's on my list!
    Your home is lovely - I find the elements of Christ throughout to be very heartwarming. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the other homes in the links.

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  12. Love, love, love!! Looks great, girl! Xoxo

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  13. Andrea-your home is so beautiful and warm and comfy!

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  14. Wow! What's not to love about your beautiful home!! I especially love your Christmas tree- since mine is not up yet, I think I will try to wrap it in layers of ribbon like yours! Thanks for showing us your gorgeous home! Can't wait to see kids rooms!

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  15. Your house looks amazing Andrea! I love your kitchen. And love the layering!
    ~Tiffany

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  16. Love your cozy home. I especially like the special nativity set and all the meaningful ornaments! Your family is blessed to call you mama!

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  17. Your home just looks like a happy place to be! I love the "Hope" sign above the mantel:)

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  18. Soooooo Cute!! You are super Mommy!!

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  19. Your house looks AMAZING!!!!! And we got a new tree this year too...tall and skinny....and I love it!!!!!

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  20. Everything looks WONDERFUL!!! Your house & decorations are BEAUTIFUL! You are truly a SUPER mommy!!! Wish I had your energy! Ha!

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  21. I think your dining room is ALWAYS my favorite because it's cozy! NEver heard of Sid Dickens but i just looked them up and I LOVE Them!

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  22. Your home is so warm and inviting for Christmas!

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  23. I want to live at your house!!! You always decorate things so well! It would be so much fun to be there! I love that your main tree is mix and match ornaments. We do the same thing and I love that there is meaning behind each one :) I need to order new stockings for us, but I have been putting it off. I am going to check PB after Christmas and get them ordered! Thanks for sharing your home Andrea! It really is beautiful!

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  24. You have such great taste! I love seeing how you decorate for each holiday. This looks amzing! And where do you store all of those pillows?!

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  25. So Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. I love the Mary,Joseph,Jesus figurine and also your nativity. Do you know the manufacturer/name for either?

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  26. Love your home! You inspire me! :)

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  27. Andrea your house looks amazing! I'm definitely going to check out Home Goods sometime to pick up Christmas pillows. My favorite is the one of the dove on the tree! I also think the table tree by the front door is super elegant and fun with the glitter initials. Any suggestions on where to find a good tree after Christmas? I can't remember if I sold our last one in our moving garage sale or if it is in storage!

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  28. Your house looks wonderful and so beautiful for the holidays! I especially like your holiday pillows and the layers that you mentioned.

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  29. We have those same exact stockings... I wanted my kids to have huge ones like that and now I curse myself every single year for setting myself up!! Oyy!! Great decorations... your home looks beautiful! You have such a special touch for decorating.

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  30. Where did you get the gold ribbon from? You should give a tutorial on how you put the ribbon in the tree and garland! It looks as good as a department store :).

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  31. Love the meshy-gold ribbon! I think I saw something like that at Hobby Lobby, but don't know how to twist it like yours. Tutorial please. ;)

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  32. Gorge! You totally inspire me to be more festive and decorate more for holidays.

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  33. Love your home and the decs, but mostly, love how you keep it real...it's very refreshing to see/read. Thank you!

    And how did you hang the wreath on the tile in your kitchen? Thanks!!

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  34. Oh my word…. now I want to decorate even more :-)

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  35. Wow its just the perfect bit of classic, fun, and awesome all together. Merry Christmas!

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  36. It looks FANTASTIC, Andrea!!! I love it :)

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  37. wow! your house is just gorgeous!! I love everything!!!

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  38. Your home is beautiful! I love all of it! ;)

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  39. Love your decorations - just beautiful! And I am SO impressed that your kids don't touch the decorations. My youngest is about the same age as Griffin and she would be all over our tree if there wasn't a gate around it.

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  40. Gorgy gorg decorations!!! Love love it all!!! All the deco mesh, extra long stockings, chalkboard & perfectly sweet touches are all my fav!! Beautiful!!! Now hopefully I can get my link up soon!! :)

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