Happy Tuesday, friends! Tomorrow I will be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blogger Home Tour, and I am excited to show you my kitchen and dining room. Today I thought I’d share with you some of the spaces that aren’t featured in any of my blog hop tours, some Christmas tour miscellany. There was just so much to show and I didn’t want to overwhelm you with a gazillion photos in one post. So today we’ll check out the kids’ rooms as well as my entry and hallway.
I always decorate the chalboard by the front door for the season. I wasn’t sure what I would do this time, but then I found a gorgeous mirrored star at TJ Maxx, and decided to hang it on the wall as a tree topper. I wrote the lyrics from one of my favorite songs of the season, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;” (and the version I like best is the version with the Muppets & John Denver- so good!) I also hung glittery reindeer art Emmy created a few years ago. And check out that vintage light fixture…. one day.
Isn’t this star so pretty?The cedar planked mudroom in a closet is in this hallway as well. We use this space to corral all of our boots and gear. Those baskets hold all of our hats, gloves, scarves, and more.
I’ve kept it simple and added a little tinsel tree, my brass deer, and I took all of the photos out of my vintage card display to use as a Christmas card display (I shot this right after Thanksgiving… we now have a couple more cards. We aren’t that unloved.)
On my live edge shelf that faces the front door, I also brought in some sparkle. And hey, there’s a little peek of what you will see tomorrow! As you can see I broke down and bought the quintessential blogger Hunter Rain Boot…. I needed new rainboots as mine were falling apart, and these were at Costco for $70!
On the shelf I added some little tinsel trees and my tribal bear. And Sawyer also has a piece of framed Christmas art- a snowman he did in kindergarten. I framed it and bring it out every year. I love looking at Emmy’s reindeer and his snowman.
I love making our home special for our kids this time of year… bringing out their artwork shows them how special it is to me. Decorating their rooms and adding some fun touches also helps them get excited about the holiday. Although who are we kidding? They are 8 & 10- they breathe, eat, live, sleep Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving is over!
In Emmy’s room we added Christmas lights to her shelving. She always has lights above her bed, but now she has even more.
Her hanging chair currently seats her stuffed dog, Peanut Butter Fro-Yo (she named him that!), wearing a sparkly pink Santa hat. I found this book, SantaKid, out on her bed when I went to shoot her room- it’s one that we read every Christmas. I found it at Goodwill a few years back and my kids just love it. Above her bed I made the chalkboard thought bubble a little more Christmas-y as well.
You can sort of see the tiny tinsel wreath that hangs over her bed through the curtains, too.Her settee stayed pretty much the same, but we added a hand knit blanket in aqua and pink. It was a gift when I was pregnant with Sawyer, but Emmy’s adopted it as her own.
It adds a cozy touch to her seating.
On her dresser, we added a pink tinsel tree she’s used the past few years.
She decorated herself with ornaments she made after my friend showed her how to make paper accordions.
I also added the pom pom garland from my Thanksgiving mantle to her mirrors.
In Sawyer’s room we added his nutcracker collection to his dresser, and strung colorful Christmas lights around his flag.
The touches in his room are really simple, but they bring in a little bit of that festive feeling.
Disclaimer: Their rooms were shot while they were away at my parents. I gave both a thorough cleaning and gave Emmy’s room a good purge. So far she hasn’t noticed anything is missing.
Come back tomorrow for my 12 Days of Christmas Blogger Tour where I will be sharing my kitchen and dining room!