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.

Christmas House Tour 2017

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.

Christmas House Tour 2017
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

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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

The Tale of the Chalkboard

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Thought y’all might like to see how festive my chalkboard is for the holidays (excuse the grainy pic, I grabbed this photo from my phone).

It’s festive alright! But in case it helps anyone out there who is maybe feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to keeping all of the holiday expectations in the air, so to speak, I thought I would mention a little something.

This chalkboard board literally had fall leaves drawn on this board since LAST YEAR.

I know.

Not fall leaves that we just drew on the chalkboard a couple of months ago fall. No, no. FALL LEAVES WE DREW LAST YEAR in the fall. As in 2016 Fall.

So that means we had fall leaves on our board in:

Christmas 2016

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall this year … again (note my logic that if you keep a season up long enough, at least you are totally on your game once a year).

So yeah. Don’t let your chalkboards don’t define you or tell you who we are.

The Tale of the Chalkboard

I know I had our tree up at Thanksgiving. Maybe that made me feel accomplished at the time. But remember, we also had fall leaves up on our chalkboard at Easter.

And if it makes any of you feel even better about the state of your holiday preparedness, our house is literally pitch black outside.

We were trying to install a new porch light and something went amiss. So when I say it’s dark, I mean not only do we NOT have Christmas lights twinkling up the dark, but NONE of our outdoor lights or porch lights work.

Our house is probably actually scaring the neighbors right now. They must think we are members of the Scrooge family.

But y’all. I’m just gonna OWN IT. It is what it is. I’ll walk inside with my HEAD HELD HIGH saying OUR LIGHT COMES FROM WITHIN. LOL!

So I clearly do not have it all together, but I’m going to make myself cozy by the tree anyway and just enjoy the season we have in front of us (and I hope you do the same, no matter what it looks like on your chalkboard or from the street, for that matter).

Hope you all are having a cozy Wednesday!

Post sources:  /  / Hallway Wall Color is Swan White by Glidden

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