Classic Holiday colors make a comeback in our Red and Green Farmhouse Christmas Bedroom. Welcome to this years Holiday Housewalk tour, as I take you through a space that used to be . . . and a story to go with it.
*This post is Sponsored by Piper Classics – bedding of your Farmhouse dreams my friends! All opinions are my own.
It’s a good week to be touring some homes all decked for the Holidays! The Jeniffer Rizzo “Holiday Housewalk” is something I look forward to every year and am so honored to participate in. I am House 27, so if you are coming from At The Picket Fence – I welcome you! Vanessa is such an inspiration in both decor and words!
If you are just getting started on the Housewalk, feel free to swing over to Jeniffer Rizzo’s to start at Day 1. You won’t want to miss a single home!
Now before I show you my home and tell you my story of “The Unfinished Christmas”, let me catch my new visitors up to speed.
I’m Cami and you’ve landed on my blog TIDBITS, my place to share inspiration for do-it-yourself living. Here is our life in a bulleted list for the past year:
- Pretty close to finishing the updating of our 1990’s home.
- Decided to take advantage of a “hot housing market” and move into a “decent” rental home to sell our house.
- Looked forward to buying land and building the home of our dreams.
- Sat on 2 house payments for 6 months (while sweating profusely).
- Finally sold at the right place and time (after the trial of our faith!)
- Fell into a miraculous opportunity to buy 25 beautiful acres of our dream land!
There is much to look forward to, but here we sit in a dark-ish rental home still (which is hard when your style is light and bright and you are a home decor blogger) while we jump through multiple hoops just trying to get started on our house.
Now that you are caught up, let me tell you my story of “The Unfinished Christmas”.
The preparation for this Holiday Housewalk started way back in August. I jumped on a phone call with Piper Classics and we discussed a good way to share their products with you, which I strongly felt would be perfectly dreamy for Christmas time.
I mean, red and white Farmhouse ticking bedding . . . can you imagine anything more festive and beautiful to crawl into at night?!
There was just a minor problem. We were planning to close on our house in a couple of weeks, which had remained staged for months, but I HAD TO have my light and bright bedroom to photo this incredible bedding. HAD TO.
So in my typical mindset of “sure, I can pull this off” I had the product rushed to me. As soon as it arrived I began decking and fluffing and ringing in the Holidays . . . in August . . . a day before closing.
The soon-to-be new owners and realtor did their final walk through, most likely baffled as to why the whole house was empty except for one very festive bedroom.
As quickly as this Christmas scene went up, it also came down. But not before the kids and I sat near the tree and the twinkling lights and talked and laughed at the irony of this blogger life. It was an evening I will never forget.
My littles were catching the Spirit of Christmas! In August! I listened as they talked about what they wanted from Santa this year. We spoke of all the Christmas’s we had enjoyed in this house. We felt both saddened and excited to be leaving it behind for someone else. Had I thought ahead and stocked extra toilet paper in the bathrooms, we probably would have spent the night all bunked in this dreamy master bedroom filled with empty gift boxes, candles, fresh greenery, lights and cozy blankets.
Let’s fast forward in time. Here I am, months later, the night before my post for the Holiday Housewalk should go live, editing pictures and writing a post last minute because of too many “sure-I-can-pull-that-off” commitments.
I’ve stared at these images thinking, “Oh there you are Cami” and “I forgot you had that in you Cami”. Sure, I’ve kept the blog going with lots of small projects, trying to creatively adapt for not having a light space so that TIDBITS remains close to what my readers have become accustomed to. But oh how I’ve missed styling spaces and creating a place where our whole family felt at home. I miss creating the magic of change. I miss the feeling of progress. I’ve missed the feeling of accomplishment when a job is finished.
Looking at this room again made me think how unfair that this space did not get to finish Christmas! We would have loved it the whole season long.
It’s almost like I created the magic for my children – for myself – then destroyed it before the magic hour, leaving an empty hole in our hearts. To top it off, I’ve told myself over and over that this kind of perfect magic could not and would not be created in our rental. The magic would have to wait.
It would have to be the year of “The Unfinished Christmas“.
As I went about my day, I pondered on this sad fate I had created for myself. While the kids were at school I decided I needed a computer break and instinctively shifted some furniture to make room for a side table to finally have a surface for our Nativity, handed down from my Grandma.
As the kids came home and happily noticed the lovely wood figures now placed out, they began to enjoy their own instinctive shifting and imagining. My son began again to play with the train around the tree, and my oldest started playing Christmas music on Alexa. Someone turned on the flickering lights placed on our sparse Mountain tree.
That’s when I realized I had been wrong all along.
The magic of Christmas is not about perfection.
The magic of Christmas is not about finishing something.
No matter how decked and fluffed and styled a space, we can still miss the mark.
The magic of Christmas is in Christ.
He was perfect, so we don’t have to be.
He finished the work, to provide a way for us to return to Him.
The magic and miracles happen when we walk our paths full of faith, striving for progress and leaving behind just a small part of the gifts we’ve been given to bless the lives of others.
He will finish the rest.
Whatever Christmas looks like for you this year, I just hope you’ll find peace and contentment in all of life’s stages, like I am striving to find. I hope the Author and Finisher of our faith will bless and comfort you this Season!
Thank you for joining me for this tour! I’d like to leave you with some sources for the beautiful bedding and accents you see in the images, but hang tight as I’ll be back to share what the Holiday’s look like in our rental home. Yep, I’m swallowing my pride and embracing vulnerability! Be sure to sign up for my email updates so you don’t miss a post!
Next stop on the Holiday Housewalk today is a favorite of mine. She is kind, talented, and a trusted friend. Go say hi to Julie Blanner, for what is sure to be a classic Christmas you’ll never forget!
Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your comments below, and let me know what Christmas “looks” like for you this year. Decor theme or life situation . . . I’d love to hear!
If you enjoyed this Christmas story and bedroom decor, you might also enjoy another Christmas look of this bedroom and my story of our very first Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
SOURCES FOR PIPER CLASSICS PRODUCTS
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