Somebody pinch me.
Am I really a part of the Jeniffer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk that I’ve admired for years!? This is so exciting, nerve-wracking, intimidating and humbling for me – but I am truly honored that you are here. I am screeching in dead last as the Instagram surprise house.
Be sure to start at day 1 to see it all, and don’t forget to visit my other Instagram surprise comrades, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. And a big thanks to Joss and Main and Good Housekeeping Magazine for partnering with us for this tour.
Before I even knew I would be a part of this tour, I had decided to re-decorate our Christmas this year, with a Cottage Christmas theme (because I have wanted to for years). To me, this means simple touches of natural elements, vintage decor, lots of red, and plenty of DIY’s. My husband and I have been going hard since the first of November, and I am pleased that it is all done and now I get to soak in the joy of December with my family.
We are a very laid back, easy-going kind of crew – who would prefer it if every day were pajama day. My children are my greatest inspiration and my husband gives me the wings I need to fly. (sigh).
I’ll start out this tour with my favorite room in the house, and go down from there. Feel free to get cozy 😉
My biggest fear is that you will leave these home tours feeling discouraged, and unhappy with your own.
My greatest hope is that you will leave my home feeling inspired, and empowered to make the most of what you have and infuse peace and comfort into your own homes, little by little.
It has taken us years to get it to where it is now, and we still have years to go.
We’ve lived on a 1 man income since the get-go, and that means we’ve learned to be creative with our means.
If we couldn’t get it for free or as a hand-me-down, we made it ourselves. If we couldn’t possibly make it ourselves with what we had, I checked the thrift stores and antique stores for a bargain. It that failed, I gathered my coupons and waited for a good deal.
Having a blog/business has given me a little more to work with, but I still want to show you through this home tour how we did things as frugally as we could – true to the “I can make that” attitude my husband and I have always had.
I will also insert some sources for the tutorials I’ve included on my blog, and anything I may have purchased to bring our Cottage Christmas home together.
One of the first things we did was drive around looking for evergreen trees to add some clippings here and there. Mother nature always has lovely FREE beautiful things to share with us. I found some perfect french inspired ribbon from a couple of Etsy shops, HERE and HERE.
This centerpiece came from an old board I dug out of my husbands pile, thrift store fake apples and candles, snow covered pine cones, and 3 old bottles my daughters found at an old abandoned house they went exploring in with my Aunt. I just used what I already had!
I tried my hand at preserving some boxwood clipping from our backyard and made 2 wreaths. I spray painted them white and covered them in that fake snow that comes from a can.
I discovered this lovely red plaid minky fabric at Fabric.com, bought a yard and 1/2 and sewed it together with inexpensive fleece on the back. I LOOOOVE the punch of bold red it brings – and it is so soft.
I added a couple of pillows from Ross (that was a splurge), and made some re-purposed sweater pillows from thrift store sweaters.
Be sure you check out my tutorial for this handmade tassel throw blanket. I made some grain sack stripe pillow covers from my stash of bleached drop cloth, and the blue linen pillows were a blogger perk, provided by Superior Custom Linen’s.
We did bite the bullet and purchase a faux flocked tree from Amazon – but I am really loving it! There are some cranberries tucked in, snow covered pine cones, dollar store red glass ornaments, and ticking ribbon from Tia Pan Trading. I printed some vintage santa images right at home and glued them to some wood pieces my husband made to fit each image. Sweet and simple.
The stockings I made from my bleached drop cloth and my husband cut wood stumps for the holders. The greenery clippings came from a pretty tree up in the canyon.
The mini trees came from Michael’s 50% off, and you can click on the following links to see more of our countdown grain sack bags hanging on a tree ladder and clay stars hanging on an old window I rescued.
That wraps up our living room. Now onto my second favorite space in the home.
Our master bedroom.
We just redid this space, and it has been my favorite makeover to date.
I literally couldn’t wait to add some Christmas charm to it. We cut down a tree from the mountains and I love it in its un-decorated state in the corner of our bedroom.
This sweet dear was calling my name at Michael’s.
Dollar store ornaments glam up the chandelier. Some fresh cedar garland from Home Depot fell into my cart ;).
I made “His” stocking from a thrift store mens red and white shirt, and I made a “Her” stocking from my white linen stash.
The 3 square candles we made last year, and I found these old pots for $1 each at a thrift store. I filled them with moss and added a candle.
I bought a bouquet of red carnations from Wal-mart 2 weeks ago, and they are still as lovely as ever.
I filled family heirloom vases and jars with the carnations, here and there.
The tarnished silver tray was a wedding gift to my husbands parents, and the small vases were on the dollar table at an antique store.
I topped the bed off with a quilted back plaid pillow I made.
Okay – those were my favorite spaces, but lets cruise a little faster through the other rooms in the house.
Come on in to my girls pink and pastel room.
The tree and ornaments came from Hobby Lobby, and is skirted with my girls dress up pettiskirt.
They love their little girly space and it makes me happy every time I go in!
My oldest daughter helped me add sweet little Cottage Christmas touches to her room.
Her tree was found for $2.00 at a thrift store.
She wanted to hang snowflakes from her chandelier, graciously provided by Parrot Uncle Online. This light fixture is absolutely beautiful! If you love vintage style, you need to see their whole line of Vintage Industrial Pendant light fixtures, which are all stunning and would add so much to a room.
She has plenty of Christmas books ready to read at night time.
We topped her bed with a hand-me-down flannel throw.
I loved her snowflake art and knew it had to be on display.
Now on to the heart of the home.
I really tried to keep the Christmas decor to a minimum in the kitchen, because clutter naturally gravitates to this space and I can only handle so much.
I had fun adding my Christmas dishes given to us by my mother. I searched high and low for red cups at thrift and antique stores, and was excited to find the red silverware as well. The copper pots were un-buried at my husbands work and he brought them home to me.
Oranges are always kept handy this time of year.
My office space is right in the kitchen, which has its perks and downsides. I filled my inspiration board with all the things I wanted to bring into our Cottage Christmas home.
The log candles were a very special gift from a very dear friend. And I store my Christmas ribbon handy in a family heirloom dish.
Next to the kitchen is the dining room, featuring the treasured table and benches my husband made from old wood he found in my grandpa’s junk yard.
Setting an elaborate tablescape is pretty much pointless in a house with 4 little kids – so I didn’t waste my efforts. However, I wanted to show you that you can still dress up the table with a center piece that can be easily moved and replaced for when craft time and dinner time happen frequently. Tutorial for my snow covered pine cones here, tucked in a old tool box with some faux greenery.
I snagged this $30.00 wreath from Lowes last minute, because I felt the mirror my hubs made needed something. Finally, I simply added touches of red to the shelf decor.
Now – FINALLY – the last space . . .
It came together with my last years pom pom wreath, a large $2.00 wreath from the thrift store, a plaid suitcase from an antique store, a rosemary tree from Lowe’s –
And the best antique store $5 find in the history of ever – That truck!
SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!
My husband just finished the plans for this slim, space saving entry table and you can get yours at our TIDBITS & Company shop!!
On the other side is our coat hooks. Although it never stays this clean with kids – I still admire these picture of when it was.
Dear friends – old and new – you should win an award for lasting through all those pictures! I am grateful beyond words that you are here and I hope you have gleaned some inspiration for your own spaces.
Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated and welcome here. Some of my best suggestions have come from my readers and I love to hear how you think I could improve things and I love to hear what things you enjoyed.
I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas season filled with the peace and joy only our Savior can bring.
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