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I'll start you off with our simple front porch. I shared this easy DIY last night on Instagram but this sign was 3 extra fence boards connected with some scrap wood and written on with extra red paint.
The sign stays out front all year because the other side says 'hello'. I love it because it breaks up a huge blank space on our front porch. The bucket was a quick spray paint job and some juniper clippings. I'm all about going easy on myself and keeping things simple.
Inside, our entry way has a very narrow table with little space for much of anything. I used the same gold spray paint (bought at the Habitat for Humanity Restore by the way) to spray some Christmas trees we used as decor at our wedding almost 10 years ago.
|entry way update|
|DIY triangle art in reflection|
I buy embroidery hoops whenever I see them at thrift stores and this year I made cute little holly wreaths out of felt and pom poms.
We made the desk from Ana White plans but modified it a bit for the look I wanted. You can read more about that project here.
If you're here as a visitor, you need to know that pretty much everything in every picture is either thrifted, Craigslisted, made or repurposed. It's my favorite thing to create a home that looks great for as little moola as possible. And I love to give you ideas of ways to do the same!
I had tiny decorations on a few tiny trees and, when I took it all off to redo it, I ended up liking the natural look better. All of the little trees in our house are now stripped.
The Silent Night print was a free printable that I had printed larger in black and white at Staples for just over a dollar. The Christmas wallpaper on my computer can be found here.
I should also say, this is not our 'Christmas rug' but, with most of our accents in green anyway, when December comes around and I add some red the rug makes me so much happier than it does the rest of the year. It was made for such an occasion as this!
On the other wall is this beautiful, heavy wardrobe I found on Craigslist for FORTY DOLLARS! I begged my brother to grab it for me before the guy came to his senses. We were living in Hawaii at the time for my husband's work so I couldn't send him. I did nothing to it. It's great as is.
I put our nativity on the top. I love how simple and beautiful it looks. We didn't have a manger? creche? or whatever the barn part of the nativity is called.. Last year, I painted a canvas and used a gold sharpie to draw one. I love it. It's way more 'us' than a fancier set up. Read: cheaper.
Be Nice sign (similar)
I thrifted some of the pink candles and bought the others at Hobby Lobby. The red beads were around one of the now bare Christmas trees and the fringe was cut off of a garage sale blanket.
I just taped the red lyrics over the original re purposed piece that hangs here. I love how simple this little table of decor turned out.
The built in in our kitchen got a few Santa plates and, this year, a hot cocoa station. I used items I already had.
The kitchen stayed super simple too. Just a wreath left over from our wedding (again, ten years ago. There's very little replacing going on over here.)
I've had a big collections of Santas that was overflow from my mom's big collection of Santas. Last year I got rid of some but this year I got the idea to spray paint them solid colors and now I wish I had kept more. I love the way they look! PS I bought the spray paint at the Habitat for Humanity Restore because I wasn't picky on colors and didn't care about having full cans either.
I should stop here and say, this is the only dining table in our house. We have 2 kids and my husband works from home. This table NEVER looks pretty unless your idea of pretty is old cereal bowls and water rings. I am not fancy and I only did this for you to look at right now. You're welcome. : )
Also, it makes me laugh that I say that because all I did was throw some tree branches in the middle and put our plates on birthday napkins from 3 years ago. #reallife #notfancy
We don't have a mantel for our stockings so I was so excited this year when I finally came up with something that I love. You can see the tutorial for this free stocking hanger here.
My mom bought this nativity from an Avon catalog when I was a kid. It makes me so happy to see the girls playing with it.
Then, my favorite thing for last. The Christmas tree! Every year I think about using clear lights but the pink glow that comes from a colorful Christmas tree just makes me so happy.
I keep the little bottle brush trees in the letter tray until the end of February. They're such a cute winter touch.
I used a garage sale Mexican blanket that I dyed pinkish red as the tree skirt. I get the side eye every time a
This year I used red ornaments and ribbon we already had, made some large white tassels, some red tassels and some embroidery hoop ornaments. Come back next week to see how I made those and how I can reinvent them every year for very little cost!
My older pumpkin collects ALL THE THINGS and toilet paper rolls are included, usually to my dismay, but we cut some up and made it into our tree star this year. She was so happy and I love the way it looks. Again, simple and free.
There are wild turkeys around my in-laws' house so I asked if I could borrow some feathers for the tree. Love the little pop of boho they add.
I also love how the tree looks when the lights are off.
Helpful hint: Cram your tree in a corner and then you don't have to decorate all the way around it. SCORE!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you to Jess for inviting me! Make sure you follow me on Instagram for daily posts and stop back here anytime for lots of inspiration and money saving decor ideas. The next stop on this tour of winter wonderland happiness is French and French Interiors. Click over and see what Heather's beautiful house looks like this year!
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