December 2, 2016

Holiday House Walk 2016

Sleigh Ride Christmas home tour with lots of  farmhouse style decor and rustic family room
Welcome to our holiday home! I am thrilled to be participating in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk again this year. This year, we are sponsored by Wayfair and I am excited to share a few of their holiday items throughout the tour. If you're following along on the tour, then you have just arrived from The Golden Sycamore's home, always a favorite of mine.
If this is your first visit, my name is Courtney and I live with my husband, our 3 boys and 2 very spoiled golden retrievers in a NJ suburb of NYC. We are avid DIY-ers who have fixed up our split level home one room at a time over the last 10 years. We love to decorate our home for the holidays, but we need to do so affordably. With 3 kids, including one in college (yikes!), money can get a bit tight at this time of year. I try to create decor that is personal and meaningful. And that can stand up to the use and abuse of our busy household.
Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2016
On with the tour! Let's start in the mudroom. Feel free to hang up your coat. I hope you don't mind the big welcome that our dogs will have waiting for you. 
Whimsical Christmas mudroom with lots of color, plaid and presents
I added lots of plaid and pops of red to our blue and white mudroom. I like how it sets the stage for the bright and cheery holiday home that you are entering. I mostly used items we already had around the house. A new addition to this space is the bicycle pillow from Wayfair, complete with presents in the bike basket and mittens hanging from the handlebars. So sweet!
Whimsical Christmas mudroom with lots of color, plaid and presents

Wrapped presents are my favorite frugal way to decorate for the holidays. I also used my own vest, boots, hats and gloves to decorate the space. I find that I tend to dress myself the same way I decorate my home, which comes in handy when it comes time to decorate! :)
Whimsical Christmas mudroom with lots of color, plaid and presents
Wire basket with presents and Christmas tree tote bag in DIY mudroom
Next, let's stop in our kitchen, the busiest part of our home during the holidays and all year long.
We found this old vintage sled recently at a huge garage sale in Upstate NY. In fact, it is called the World's Largest Garage Sale. My son carried it a over a mile back to our car because he could see my crazy vision of it hanging over our kitchen island. We hung it with rope from a hook over our island and added some presents and cookie tins to the top.
Vintage sled with presents hung over island in farmhouse style kitchen as Christmas decor
Vintage sled with presents hung over island in farmhouse style kitchen as Christmas decor
Using the sled as my guide, I decided to keep things whimsical and fun in the kitchen and mostly use items that I already had. I added some garland to the window and a pair of crossed candy canes (that I've had in my Christmas stash for years) over the sink. A new addition this is year is the kitchen towel with a golden in a scarf and hat.
Whimsical and cheery Christmas decor in kitchen with farmhouse sink
Farmhouse style kitchen with red accents and boxwood wreaths as Christmas decor
I added a small tree to the kitchen area to display some of the kitchen themed ornaments I have been collecting the last few years. Over the stove on the mantel, I added a preserved boxwood wreath decorated with a chalkboard sled from Sur La Table.
Small boxwood wreath hung with red ribbon and Kitchen Christmas tree displayed in olive basket
Boxwood wreath with decorative chalkboard wreath for Christmas on kitchen mantel
I purchased a Nordic Ware gingerbread house bundt pan in an after-Christmas sale last year. Using this pan is so much easier than making an actual gingerbread house and I think the results are adorable. I always hit up the after-Christmas sales because it is always a pleasant surprise to open the bins full of Christmas stuff to see what I bought. I can never remember what I bought the year before!
Gingerbread house cake displayed in farmhouse style kitchen with red and white Christmas decor
Kitchen display in Farmhouse style Christmas kitchen
Tiered stand with whimsical holdiay decor in farmhouse style kitchen
DIY farmhouse style baking sign, Pottery Barn lanterns, Birch Lane Montgomery sofa with red plaid throw pillow
My favorite part of decorating for the holidays is the small details. A simple ribbon with a piece of greenery transforms the hurricane in the picture below.
Crate and Barrel seeded glass hurricane with fresh greenery and ribbon
A hot cocoa/coffee station is now considered a necessity in our house during the winter months. I kept things simple on our DIY dining shelves with just a few pops of red from the ribbon and garland.
DIY dining shelves with hot chocolate station
Hot cocoa station with vintage enamelware and red plaid runner
Next, let's move across to our dining room. For as long as I can remember, my mother has collected nutcrackers and they are such a special part of Christmas to our family each year. With her in mind, I painted the sign with the nutcracker quote and added a few borrowed nutcrackers to our own to decorate the mantel this year. Nutcracker themed Christmas mantel decor with German collectible nutcrackers and DIY sign
For our family, it's the small items that we take out year after year that are the most meaningful and make the season magical.
Christmas collectibles including German nutcracker, nesting dolls, music box and Pinnochio
Christmas Dining room with shiplap, classic decor and plaid
Christmas Dining room with shiplap, classic decor and plaid
I borrowed the nutcracker plates (from World Market) from my mom and kept the table classic with a red plaid runner from HomeGoods. I then added some faux garland to the runner and added some fresh greens and artichokes to freshen things up.
Classic Chrisrmas dining table setting with plaid runner, garland and fresh artichokes
Farmhouse style dining room with shiplap and traditional holiday table setting
Dining room window seat with Wayfair embroidered ice skates pillow
I love the pop of blue that the new ice skates pillow from Wayfair adds to our window seat. The "curtains" are actually tablecloths from HomeGoods with a winter village scene.
Tablecloth with winter village used as curtains with Christmas window seat
Next, let's head down the stairs to the right to our family room.  
Farmhouse style entryway with shiplap and numbered stairs with Christmas decor
I added some fresh garland and a few fun Christmas items to our front entryway.
Fresh garland used to decorate entryway in split level home for Christmas
Fresh garland used to decorate entryway in split level home for Christmas
Our family room is the warmest and coziest spot in our home throughout the holidays. If we are home, there is almost always a fire roaring and Christmas music playing. We went with a winter sleigh ride theme for our mantel this year and you can read more about it in this post. I am loving the new sled pillow from Wayfair that sits on our chair in here. It ties everything together nicely.
Cozy lodge style family room Christmas decor with stone fireplace, vintage snowshoes and toboggan
Cozy lodge style family room Christmas decor with stone fireplace, vintage snowshoes and toboggan
Our tree topper was a DIY project. It is a family crest that represents a few of our family's main interests. We enjoy spending time in the mountains most of all and this entire family room is indicative of that.
DIY family crest tree topper on flocked lodge style Christmas tree
Winter themed gallery wall with Pottery Barn console table
Our gallery wall got its' annual winter makeover with family photos taken last year in the snow.
Winter themed gallery wall with Pottery Barn console table
Plaid pillows on white slipcovered Ikea sofa as cozy and comfortable Christmas decor
We created a small ski scene, including a gondola, to our terrarium, making it the centerpiece of our coffee table. 
Terrarium used as Christmas decor with ski scene
As I mentioned earlier, I always looks for a small treasure to add to our holiday decor each year and this rustic mouse bookend is this year's addition. When I spotted it on, it immediately reminded me of one of my boys' favorite Christmas stories, Santa Mouse. Although they are too old to read it now, I look forward to reading it to my future grandchildren. I added a scarf and hat to the mouse for the holidays.
Holiday mouse bookend with hat and scarf to hold Christmas books by the tree
He has been holding up books all over our family room this season.
Birch bark canoe filled with presents and antler in lodge style Christmas family room
Let It Snow themed planked entryway wall with wooden sleigh
Christmas display in rustic family room with DIY ladder rack and Christmas collectibles
Our Master Bedroom also gets a full size tree and is home to one of my favorite DIY projects this holiday season, a scroll made with a roll of white kraft paper and a Sharpie. The Mila Tartan plaid throw seen at the foot of our bed and in a few other places throughout our home is from I love how it adds the perfect pop of traditional holiday goodness anywhere I place it. Because this post is getting so long, I am sharing a couple of other rooms in more depth in their own posts, including our Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom.
DIY scroll over Christmas bed with plaid accents
Blue and white master bedroom window seat with Christmas wreath and tree
From our family to yours, we wish you a holiday season full of new adventures and wonderful memories.Holiday Greeting card from Photo Affections
I hope you enjoyed visiting our holiday home tour this year. It may be the last day, but there is a lot more holiday goodness to see over at the next stop on the tour, The Shabby Nest  If you would like to start at the very beginning of the house walk you can do so here. Enjoy the rest of the tour!

November 30, 2016

Christmas Master Bedroom

Christmas master bedroom with DIY scroll over bed made with a roll of kraft paper
Welcome to our Christmas Master Bedroom. At the beginning of the holiday season, I thought that I would skip decorating this room and focus my energy and money on the more family centered spaces. But as time went on, I realized that I would miss having this space decorated so I set out to add some Christmas cheer to our bedroom, without spending any money. I am so glad that I did.
DIY master bedroom window seat made with upper kitchen cabinets with holiday decor

November 29, 2016

Crafting Personalized Christmas Decor- Family Crest Tree Topper

Each year as the holidays approach, I try to think of a couple of unique projects to add a more personal touch to our holiday decor. The type of thing you just can't buy in a chain store or catalog. Last Christmas, I visited an awesome home tour over at The Crowned Goat blog and among many other things, I pinned a picture of the tree topper that CoCo used. Isn't it fantastic? Hers is vintage and I just love it.