December 1, 2017

Holiday HouseWalk 2017


Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Hello and welcome and to one of my very favorite posts of the year - our Holiday Home Tour! I am excited to be joining Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday HouseWalk again for my third year. Thanks so much for including me again, Jen.
It is always a bit intimidating to put my humble DIY home next to all of the other amazing bloggers' homes in this tour. If you are following along and coming from Kristin's beautiful home at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, welcome!
Just a quick intro. in case this is your first visit - I'm Courtney and together with my husband, Billy, and 3 growing boys we have totally renovated our 1950's split level home in Northern NJ just outside of NYC. Oh, and I also should mention the namesakes of this little blog - our 2 very spoiled golden retrievers named Keeper and Dax. They are the stars of the show around here. So let's get started!
Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
As a side note, I have been sharing posts of many of the rooms in our home over the last week to keep this post from getting too long. I will add a link to each of those room tours so you can click over to see even more pictures (and find the sources for most items). Let's start in our family room.
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I kept things neutral in here this year and I am loving the calm and serene feel of this space. Truth be told, it can be overwhelming to try and come up with a new theme for each year. I always find it helpful to find one item I love and use it as inspiration to create the look I am going hoping for. This year, I started with the cabin in snow with deer throw pillow (new from HomeGoods this year) that is on the hearth. I love how it ties in the color of the stone on the fireplace with the rest of the white and neutral items. And although I didn't go with the traditional Christmas colors, it still gives a nod to our family's love of the mountains. We will be spending Christmas week at our family's cabin in the Adirondack Mountains again this year. 
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I made the "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" sign to hang over the fireplace because I wanted this space to reflect just that - a winter walk in the woods. We are looking forward to a walk in the snow after our big Christmas breakfast on Christmas morning. Fingers crossed that there will be snow this year!
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
 DIY planked wall with neutral  Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I also kept things more neutral on our winter themed gallery wall. I always enjoy displaying family pictures along with a few fun items in this space.
Winter gallery wall on DIY shiplap wall - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Walking in a Winter Wonderland DIY sign on stone fireplace - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Our tree is in front of the triple glass door this year and it sparkles when the sun shines in during the day. I used the same sled that I hung over our kitchen island last year as a tree base this year. Our flocked Nordic Spruce Christmas tree leaves enough space in between the branches to really see the ornaments. I added the glittery pinecones (from Michaels) to the ends of the branches for some extra sparkle.
Flocked tree with glittery bronze, gold, silver ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Flocked tree with glittery bronze, gold, silver ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
The simple details are always my favorite. I added a piece of flocked garland to the candles in our antique dough bowl and also threw in a string of mercury glass pinecones that light up (from HomeGoods) to it. The green striped linen runner underneath is from Target.
Ikea Stocksund chair and Pottery Barn dough bowl with Christmas decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Casual Ikea slipcovered sofa in Christmas Home Tour at GoldenBoysandMe.com
Golden Retriever named Dax - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Flocked Christmas tree with glittery woodland decor - Golden Boys and Me Christmas Home Tour 2017
Split level entryway with holiday decor and red Target Threshold cabinet - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Target Threshold cabinet with glass doors - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Next, let's head up to the kitchen/dining/living level of our split level home. We recently added a DIY pot rack over the kitchen island. I love the shimmery copper pots with the flocked garland.
White farmhouse style kitchen with DIY pot rack - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
White farmhouse style kitchen with DIY pot rack - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
I kept things simple over our sink with an old favorite, a DIY bottle garland filled with evergreen cuttings. It will add some freshness to this often used space throughout the cold winter months.
Farmhouse sink with apron front in holiday kitchen - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Farmhouse style x back barstools in kitchen with Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Farmhouse style x back barstools in kitchen with Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
You can read more about our Christmas kitchen here
Lantern style pendant chandelier in dining room - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
The tree in the dining room is our traditional family tree where all of our collected and treasured ornaments are displayed. I re-used our DIY family crest tree topper again. As much as I enjoy changing some of our decor, it is equally important to keep Christmas traditions going year after year for our family. This area is the heart of Christmas in our home this year. I painted the tree farm signs several years ago and they have become somewhat of a tradition around here. This year, I used them over our faux fireplace mantel in the dining room. I displayed a few tree farm related ornaments in the garland on the fireplace. More about our dining room here.
Family Christmas Tree with traditional ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Christmas dining room with DIY faux fireplace and lantern lighting - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017DIY wood shelves with classic red holiday decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Gallery wall with Countdown to Christmas sign - www. goldenboysandme.com
It is always fun to add some festive touches to our mudroom, even if it doesn't stay that way for long. You can read more about the entryways in our home HERE.
Mudroom with Tree Farm Holiday Decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Mudroom with Tree Farm Holiday Decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Upstairs in our Master Bedroom, we added a full size tree and lots of pops of red. I also added some Christmas touches to our Master Bathroom. You can read more about both of those spaces here.
Red and White Christmas bedroom with star quilt - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Red and White Christmas bedroom with star quilt - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Red and White Christmas bedroom with DIY window seat - www.goldenboysandme.com
Golden Retriever in Christmas bedroom - Golden Boys and me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Pottery Barn Beachcomber basket on bed with Christmas decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Christmas Master Bathroom built-ins - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Christmas Master Bathroom built-ins - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our Christmas home. Happy Holiday from our family to yours!
Golden Boys and Me Holiday Card 2017
Be sure to continue with the rest the tour. Next stop is the beautiful home of  Zevy Joy.
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November 30, 2017

Our Red and White Master Bedroom at Christmas

I enjoy decorating the entire house for Christmas, but over the last few years I have come to find that our bedroom is the spot I quietly enjoy most of all. When I go up the stairs at the end of a long day, I love to see the twinkling Christmas lights on the tree there to greet me.

November 28, 2017

Our Classic Christmas Dining & Living Room

Good morning! I am continuing to share a few rooms decorated for Christmas before it is my turn to share at Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday HouseWalk on Friday. Have you been following along on the HouseWalk? This is always my very favorite blogging week of the year! For today's portion of my home tour we are in our living and dining room areas. It's always difficult to figure out what to call these spaces because of our open floor plan. If you are new here, our house is a typical 1950's split level that we knocked down many walls in to suit our family better.
I use the term "dining room" super loosely because we are not a formal dining room sort of family. This is our everything table - family dinner, homework, craft projects, puzzles, gift wrapping - no formal place settings here.

November 27, 2017

Our Christmas Kitchen 2017

Today I am so excited to share our kitchen with Christmas decor for this year. I have some fun new additions to share in this space, including a DIY pot rack and new barstools, as well.

November 26, 2017

Our Christmas Mudroom and Entryway

Welcome to my very first Christmas post for this year! I enjoy adding Christmas touches to most of the rooms in our home and will be sharing them over the next few days. Then, I will finish up with the big HouseWalk tour at the end of the week. Let's start in the mudroom, where both our family and most of our guests enter our home. This is always one of my favorite spots to decorate for the holidays.