Well peeps, today is the big day- You get to come on in and get a peek at our house all decked out for Christmas! If you’re visiting from DIY Showoff – welcome, we’re so glad you chose to come check us out! And a big thanks to the always sweet and majorly talented Lindsay for hosting the tour today! Here’s how it’s going to work… I’m going to give you the grand tour and then you can hop over to Finding Home to see Laura’s beautiful home!
This year, my tour is going to be concentrated on my newly renovated kids’ playroom, my piano room, and foyer. We just got back from vacation in Disney, so I only decorated 1/2 the house before we went away. I’ll do a mini peek of the other trees and rooms next week, but these rooms are where I put all my creative juices!
I’m calling this style Mid-Century-Monica
It’s got a bit of a mid-century influence and lots of color and fun (that’s the Monica part-ha!)
Perhaps my favorite thing in this room is the light fixture I made. A tutorial is coming next week- you won’t believe how simple it was to make!!
The fireplace didn’t always look like this- you can check out the makeover here.
I paint dipped some plastic ornaments and created a garland to add a little color on the stone.
Plain white boxes, tags from Michael’s and a little washi made wrapping my faux presents a breeze. I’m a huge fan of faux presents leading up to Christmas. I’m the type that does’t like the real ones to come out until Christmas eve (at least the kids’ gifts from us)
Both the beards and tree add so much fun to the room! I could honestly hang out there all day!
On the mantle, I used two mini trees from IKEA with plain wood planters. I added some washi to them and then accented them with one of my string art ornaments.
And I guess it would only make sense to mention Mr. Christmas there on the mantle…
So, I had this head sitting around (what? don’t you have styrofoam heads around the house?), so I spray painted him gold, popped a hat on him and he instantly became Mr. Christmas! I almost took him down because I thought “people” might think he’s creepy, but then Jess reminded me that it’s “so me” and not to worry about “people.” It’s times like that, that I’m thankful for an awesome BFF!
The kids’ playroom connects directly to my dining room and piano room- this shot gives you an idea of the layout…
And it just happens to be the one spot in my house where things feel “just right”
Another IKEA score were these Santa treat bags. I used them on the wall as a kind of a specimen art.
The foyer got a little decor. What’s Christmas without some faux taxidermy right? This Ram had to replace the awesome deer head that fell off it’s nail and crashed into a million pieces. It was a sad, sad, day friends.
I usually put a tree in the foyer, but I liked this little vignette so much, that I think I found a new place for it. (Check back next week to see!)
I have a lot more decorating to do this week, so check back and I’ll be sure to update ya!
We haven’t tackled the front door for Christmas yet this year, but if you’re looking for something a little playful check out my tutorial on Mr. Grinch from last year…
Also, this feels like Christmas #2, since we already decorated and filmed our Christmas Episode of “Knock It Off“.
You can watch the full episode online HERE, but in the meantime, here are some of the fun projects we did…
You can see more of how we put together this rustic little pallet Christmas Tree here
Switch up your style for the holidays with our temporary fabric wallpaper tutorial .
I also shared some parenting advice – and I suppose I should warn you, I got a lot of feedback that it made readers cry. I’m not the crying type, so I was bit surprised, but you’ve been warned
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my Mid-Century-Monica Christmas. I love decorating for the holiday, but the very best part for us is celebrating the birth of our Savior. I hope that this Christmas is one that reminds you of the hope and promise we were given on Christmas!
Now head on over and check out Laura’s house and give her some EC2 LOVE! Thanks guys!!
PS: A big Thank You to photographer Stacy Salvatori for taking our beautiful home tour photos, check out her page if you’re looking for someone to take your family portraits, wedding or baby photos, etc….she’s amazing!
Oh and here are a few other bloggers on the tour who posted today, stay tuned all week for more homes that will be joining us!