Christmas Home Tour 2016

Welcome to my 1st Christmas home tour on the blog!  I’m one of those who see others doing them and I follow those home tour hops every Christmas and I think to myself, “I want to do that!”.  Well, I finally did!  I guess what inspired me was the fact that we started daily vlogging on my new vlog YouTube channel.  Everyone is seeing how we decorate a little each day.  I just had to film a separate video just for my home tour.

For those of you who love photos, I’ve also included in this post those too, but be sure to watch the video too!

My theme this year included everything red and white snowflakes!  Enhanced of course with a splash of silver and gold just like the Christmas song.  I just love using Christmas music as my influence.

Here’s the cozy living room all decked out.  I don’t have a fireplace so I use my television console table as a faux one.  Flameless candles light up each stocking hung by the chimney with care.  My special nativity blanket, white throw and menorah pillow cover my old pink wing back chair.  We also celebrate and recognize the feast of dedication or Hanukkah as a holiday.  I also add the splash of this special holiday into my decor.

I love the bright entry with a pop of red from the poinsetta and joy on the door.  The grey and white rug ties it together.

My nutcracker collection is displayed on my entry way table along with old nostalgia dolls from my childhood.  I have to give credit to my Aunt Maryann for my love of nutcrackers at Christmas.  Every time, I visited her home, I delighted in seeing her abundant nutcracker collection from all over the world.  The mauve nutcracker on the end is actually my first one and my aunt gifted it to me at Christmas.  She passed on at the early age of 46 years of cancer when I was only 18 years old.  So, every time I bring out my nutcracker and display my small collection, I remember her.

The small nativity may not be much to look at, but it is very special because it’s the first set I bought the year I got married.  Definitely something I will pass down to Hadara.

We invested in a new Christmas tree this year.  It’s smaller, shorter and just perfect.  Many of the tree decorations I bought at Target.  The red sparkly snowflakes and pine cones bring out the red accents.  Along with the red ribbon.  We also decorate the tree with all my ornaments I’ve saved since I was little and the ones we’ve added with Hadara.  This year, on the top we added an angel instead of a star.  Hadara loves to help me decorate the tree.  In fact, in our funny daily vlog, you can watch us decorate the Christmas tree!

This year, I did invest in new Christmas pillows for the sofa.  Keeping with my red and white theme, I bought these pillows at Target Dollar Spot.  The silver and white snowflake and Peace pillows I bought at Burlington Coat Factory.  I covered my beige sofa with a white throw and added a red heart for a pop of color.

On my corner end table I made a fun collection of M + M’s chocolate, Christmas coloring books, sugar cookie candle and decor.  Notice the silver snowflake from the Dollar Tree.   I added ribbon to it and hung it from the gold mirror.

Moving on to the kitchen/dining area, you’ll find a simple european farm style Christmas.

Every year, I decorate my baker’s rack with my lighted victorian village.  My mom handed this down to me since it was something she always let me decorate when I was little.  It brings back a flood of so many memories when I display it.  My special Christmas dishes I inherited from my grandmother Margaret are displayed on the top shelf.

Here’s a fun wall collage I used to help display Christmas cards and wall art.

On the shelf are my Christmas aprons hanging in the corner.  The big apron is mine and the smaller one is Hadara’s apron.  I bought these mother daughter aprons when Hadara was only three years old.  They match so perfectly with the snowflake red and white theme!  Although, this year she finally outgrew hers (tear).  Now, they get displayed together as a loving memory of all the times we baked Christmas sugar cookies and tamales together.  One day, I know, her daughter will wear it (happy tears).

Now to my dining table!  I continued with my red and white snowflake theme.

I bought a real pine centerpiece from Trader Joe’s.  Yes, just for the wonderful fragrance!  I added a white Christmas tree from Target with some pine cones and flameless red candles sitting on top of a red and white runner.  It totally reminds me of candy canes!

Here’s a bird’s eye view!

For each place setting, I layered a red circular sparkly placemat from Big Lots, gold chargers from Dollar tree, my Christmas china, and white linen napkin monogramed with a V.   I made the napkin rings with Christmas gift tags, red ribbon and gold pine cones.

On to the rest of the kitchen!

Bright, simple and clutter-free!  That’s how I like my kitchen.  The candy cane stripe border hanging from the window is from Target Dollar spot.

I decorated my utensil holder as a snowman, candy canes and snowflakes make it look a lot like Christmas!

Every year I want to make a hot cocoa bar, but don’t have the room.  Here’s my version of my tiny cocoa station for two.  I found the Cup of Cheer tags for free online and just tied them on to the cups with some red and white string.

My Christmas mice stand on top of the range, which I’ve had since I was a child.  My mom bought them from me at a Home Interior party.  Do you remember those?  It was an 80’s home party thing.  If you know what I’m talking about, comment below because us 80’s children have to unite!    Anyways . . . my white tea pot is sitting pretty on the burner ready for brewing and a cinnamon spice candle is lit.  It smells so good!  Just like I’ve been slaving over the oven, baking gingerbread cookies all day!

Chalkboard paper added to my pantry door is used for our Christmas countdown.  Such an easy way to make a chalkboard anywhere!

And that’s it!  My Christmas Home Tour 2016 complete.  I hope it gave you some fun and fresh inspiration. Be sure to watch the video for all the extra details and just because it’s fun to watch.

Please comment below with your home tour link and I’ll be happy to hop over to yours!  Don’t forget to pin this page too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

 

 

 

 

 

Keepin’ It Real Video Home Tour: My Wonderful Messy House!

Years ago, I had a real problem.  I really cared about what other people thought about me.  I thought I had to fit the cookie cutter mold of a perfect homemaker, wife and mother.  One beautiful day, I realized that God’s opinion of me mattered more than the opinions of others.  I’ve been flying ever since.  

Yet, to be honest with you, the thought of me participating in the Keepin’ It Real Spring Home Tour challenge scared me silly.  I’m a recovering perfectionist or clean freak.  Yes, I’m the mom who would have a heart attack if I had a surprise visitor at the front door.  When someone calls me and says they’re coming over in ten minutes, I transform into the cleaning ninja.   Watch out!!  Don’t even get me started on design and decorating.  


Seriously, I’ve become better about the whole perfectionist thing.  Really I have.  I’ve realized I can’t always pretend to have it all together and if my wonderful house gets a little or a lot of messy, it’s OKAY!  And if other people see it, it’s OKAY!  If my home doesn’t look like the magazines, it’s OKAY!  If my home is small, it’s OKAY!  Grace abounds in the Little Pink Casa.  


That’s why I’m keepin’ it real with you this week.  I’m joining a wonderful group of bloggers who are doing the same with their home.   We hope our home tours encourage you to know that nobody has it all together, and that’s okay!   The bottom line is having a house of perfection has nothing to do with how good a mom, wife or woman you are!  Loving your husband and children along with having the Lord in your home is what matters most. 

Here I am, taking the deep plunge, sharing my real video home tour with you.  This is who we are, this is real life!  Sink or swim, I’m diving in!  

Welcome to my wonderful messy house!

House porch with wicker furniture and flowers

BUT WAIT!  We want to see your homes too!!!  Even if you aren’t a blogger, you can join us and share pictures of your home on Instagram.  For the next six days we will have a little Instagram challenge; each day will have a different topic for you to post a picture on.  Check out the graphic below to see what is assigned on each day.  Be sure to use the hashtag #KeepinItRealHomeTour on all your Instagram post so we can find each other easily. 

Keepin It Real Home Tour IG Challenge
 

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