Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

This year I wrote a brand new book called  Dwelling (due to release in April) reflects my desire to create a home that takes good care of the people who live inside. It’s about considering how you feel in your own dwellings: both home and body.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Dwelling is about creating a sanctuary that nurtures you in home and body, so you experience a greater sense of well-being, peace, comfort, and belonging. I believe that feeling well where you dwell involves becoming more aware of what you do or don’t need around you and then making the intentional changes that better support your well-being.

Even with the holidays upon us, I can see how I’m consciously rejecting what feels expected so I can focus on nurturing what I know matters more.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Case in point, there are 7 days remaining before Christmas. I have a Christmas tree with lights, but my ornaments are still in the bin. No garland or stockings are hung from my mantel. We have magical paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling in our kitchen, but there is still a pumpkin wreath on my front door. Oh, and I just realized I haven’t yet removed gourds from my other porch!

There’s still time to ditch the pumpkins, right? I might be evolving my home slowly though the seasons, but I’ve got this. With that said, I will probably still do some sort of mini-Christmas tour here on the blog as I enjoy that (and it is a fun blogging tradition), but I am not making any promises :).

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

After 12 Christmases online (and as one of the original home bloggers), I think it’s safe to say if nothing else, I am consistent about one thing! I seem to default to a gentle collision of simplicity, imperfection and magic in the season. That’s what seems to feel right to me every year. I don’t seem to know how to do this any other way. You’re welcome. Or I’m sorry. This is how I roll.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

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I don’t know about you, but scrolling through too many images of staged decor or perfect settings online tends to leave me longing to slow down and enjoy the real and tangible already in front of me.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

That sense of home and reflecting on what this season is all about is what feels sacred and right to me right now.

It’s my son’s last Christmas living under our roof before he officially becomes a college student (how!!!) next fall. It’s amazing how the milestones of the seasons remind you how fleeting time is. I know I will never regret slowing down to focus on what really matters to our family and letting go of the rest.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

I cannot wait to share my new book with you all! Dwelling is a lovely hardback with inspiration, practical tips, action steps and journal prompts, surrounded by simple illustrations and beautiful hand lettered quotes. I’ll tell you more about it after the holidays!

will be released on April 2, but you can actually preorder it right now on Amazon (without charge and lowest price-guaranteed!).

It would actually be a HUGE help to me as an author if you would take a moment to preorder it right now, you won’t be charged for it until it releases.  will ship when it releases, and note that any preorder gifts or incentives we offer in the new year will apply to your order retroactively. 

As long as you are preordering the book, grab yourself another book with Amazon’s limited time save $5 offer! All the details are below.

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Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

How are you savoring what matters most to you in this season, and letting go of the rest? 

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Welcome to our home, sweet friends! I’m absolutely honored that you would take the time to visit us in this busy season. Come on in!

We put together a fun little Christmas video of our home for you, so you’re invited to take a peek at it now or before you go! Click to to watch full screen!

If you are new or haven’t stopped by in awhile, I’m so glad you’re here! In case you’re wondering where in the world we live, we moved to this little brick house in Seattle just a little over two years ago. It feels like home to us, we really love it here. Our backyard overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. I feel like we have the best of two worlds, city life and a very quiet retreat with views of sunsets, snowcapped mountains, and the water.

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Kitchen Remodel Details /  – Balsam Hill / Wreath & Dish Towel – Birch Lane

We remodeled our kitchen and worked a few other projects this past year, so this is actually our first holiday season where we don’t feel like our house is torn apart. :)

We have plenty more projects we hope to work on in this house, but for now we’re just settled in and feeling snug as bug for the winter!

Christmas House Tour 2017

I definitely try to make our home to feel a little more magical and memorable at Christmas. We mostly focus on savoring those meaningful intangibles that matter to us the most. Our faith, family, pups, old and new traditions and memories. But to create the mood, I love to sprinkle in a bit of Christmas sparkle through the house with a bit of greenery, a few little trees, cozy textures, twinkling lights, special seasonal items and even a few whimsical mementos here and there.

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Repurposed Log Holder

Thanks to the hustle and bustle of modern life, I feel like it’s tempting to start to skipping traditions or not even put out Christmas decor in an attempt to slow down the pace. But even though we don’t hold onto a lot, it’s still important to our family to bring out a few special things that spark family stories and memories from years gone by. There is something comforting and nourishing about those familiar Christmas traditions!

Christmas House Tour 2017

All of my non-Christmas kitchen remodel sources are here.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Yes, if you are new here, we do have two Dutch doors in our home! They are my favorite so I couldn’t stop at adding just one. You can find the details on both of them here. The boxwood wreath and cute tree doormat are from Birch Lane.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Lights – Barn Light Electric (more details in this post)

This is our little front entry hall! The boxwood garland is from Birch Lane (I can’t remember where I got the boxwood stars, I’ve had them for a few years now. They keep beautifully!).

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

The botanicals were from Ballard Designs, but they are unfortunately no longer available. Here is a post with lots of other botanical sources, though! The little bench was from a few years ago (I just threw a winter scarf over it for coziness).

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Christmas House Tour 2017

AWWW!

Christmas House Tour 2017

I’ve literally wrapped two gifts. Only two. Plus I have one gift bag, which I don’t know if I can technically count as gift wrap. I still have time, right?

Christmas House Tour 2017

Our tree is informal and just like our home, it is never too serious!

Even though our dogs STILL dismantle the tree and eat our ornaments (Jack is 6 1/2 now, so I’m really not sure when he will get over his puppyhood), we still try to salvage a few animals for the tree. This little guy is a new one and I put him WAY up high for safety.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Woven Shades (discount code!)  /   /

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Christmas House Tour 2017

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Sectional: Interior Define 110″  in Narwhal Mod Velvet

Christmas House Tour 2017

I don’t know about you, but pups in red flannel scarves bring me joy.

Christmas House Tour 2017

 Birch Lane / Shop more Christmas houses here /

Christmas House Tour 2017

 Christmas House Tour 2017

We always have our diffuser going with winter blends. Our house smells like Christmas right now (Christmas Spirit blend and Peppermint oil)–it’s heavenly! (Info on the diffuser can be found here).

Christmas House Tour 2017

 / Houses – Target /  – Birch Lane

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and – Balsam Hill

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Guest Bedroom Makeover /   /   / Let it Snow Pillow is from Birch Lane

Christmas House Tour 2017

Luke’s Bedroom

My son’s room is looking pretty festive with his tree, but I didn’t manage to take any Christmas photos of our little master bedroom for this post.

If I get inspired to take some photos I’ll share them in a future post. I did put up a couple of table top trees in our room so it feels very cozy! I’ll probably want the little trees to stay up through the winter, I love the white lights at night (honest confession, we left a white birch tree up ALL YEAR in our bedroom this last year!).

Christmas House Tour 2017Tin Luminaries, Doormat & Wreath – Birch Lane

Before I let you go, I couldn’t resist sharing one more photo of Jack.

It just makes me laugh every time I see it. I feel like he’s got the whole “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear” thing down. Don’t you think?

Christmas House Tour 2017

If you didn’t watch our video Christmas tour, don’t forget to scroll up to watch it or click !

I’m joining in with a small group of friends who are offering virtual Christmas tours this week, so go pay them a visit! Their homes are so pretty and welcoming.









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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Christmas House Tour 2017

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