This year I wanted to share a little bit of my house and Christmas decorating with you. First, and I know I say this every year, I AM keeping it simple ~ really!
This time of year is so busy, when I pulled out all of the Christmas decorations, I didn’t have the desire to open up the bins, unwrap all of the ornaments, and then decorate. In less than a minute I decided. I quickly opened up those bins, grabbed my Christmas lights and tree skirt, then shoved everything back in the attic.
I decided on doing something with a natural style about it, full of greenery, candles, homemade crafts and lots of white! It was kind of a challenge in my head to make as much of my decorations that I could.
I am really pleased with how everything turned out. I have tried to fill our home with lots of fresh greenery, pine cones, simple homemades, candles, little white lights, pretty ironstone, knitted stockings, and other soft comfy textiles to make our home feel simple, festive and cozy. I hope you enjoyed seeing our home. Merry Christmas!
The porch was kept very simple and clean this year. Just a few pillows (forgot to take a picture of the swing) and a homemade wreath. Don’t you just love that white seeded eucalyptus?
When you walk into our house to the left is our living room. I try and keep this cozy since it’s the only place we have to hang out together.
On the mantle are candles in handleless ironstone cups that are tucked in an old blue wooden carrier, juniper, more of that lovely white seeded eucalyptus, a pair of rusty lead birds and a mirror. The wreath on the mirror is morning glory and honeysuckle vines wrapped with rusty wired stars that I painted (very quickly) white ~don’t look to close.
Over in the corner behind the sofa is a cupboard that was from my great grandma’s house. I painted it white a while ago. It’s topped with more ironstone and greenery.
I had intentions to make a bunch of these stars, but only got around to making one. It has it’s own special place to shine with pewter candlesticks.
This is my chair where I always sit to work, read, knit, have my morning tea etc…It’s my cozy spot. It is from Ikea, the Jenny Lund chair I think.
Across the room is another comfy spot. Lydia usually naps here. I bought this antique Jenny Lind daybed (hmmm do you see a pattern here? I even collect furniture with the name Jenny! Ha! never thought about that before) I bought this lovely piece from my friend Audrey at “1824 Walker Farmhouse” many years ago! We have a good story about it too that I will share another time.
This year, I decided to make white stars for our tree. I am really liking the simpleness of them. I hung some individually, and I also wired groups of them together to wrap around the tree. I wish I had a tiny star cookie cutter, that would have been cute, but I really didn’t want to buy anything. It’s on my list to look for at estate sales this year.
I will post a tutorial on how to make these stars later this evening. It was fun and very easy!
This is Iris’s spot these days since the weather has gotten colder. You can see the heat vent right below that chair.
Our dining room is to the right of the front door. I rearranged the brown transferware and ironstone. Added more juniper and eucalyptus here and there and also added dried orange slices and lots of pine cones. Both the orange slices and the white seeded eucalyptus are from my friend Janice. She does the most beautiful dried pieces. You can find her on instagram & facebook under “The Garden Shed in Cabot”
I really like how the brass candlesticks and chandelier look with my brown transferware. Also, I am loving the blue chair in here. It seems to get a lot of use in this room. The pictures on the wall are old framed Christmas pictures. I had a third one, but accidentally broke it this year 🙁
Our kitchen is right beyond the dining room. Someday I hope to knock out the wall and make it one big room. I dream about remodeling this kitchen. I still love it this way too, but would love to have more counter space in there.
This is the only room, I added touches of red. I don’t usually do red in my house except at Christmas. It kind of makes it special, don’t you think?
These cut berries are from our sparkleberry bush in the back garden. It’s such a pretty plant for winter. (You do need a male and female to get the berries, just in case you’re tempted to buy one)
Lastly, on the window sill I kept it neutral with more pinecones and ironstone. I made a few little herbal wreaths for the windows to add a bit of my Swedish heritage. I may still make a few more!
Thanks for making it all the way to the bottom of this post with all of my pictures ~ close to 40 I think! I hope you enjoyed them. I love my little house and having a little house, it’s just perfect for the 3 of us! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! xo