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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Only 11 days until Christmas, everyone! Start panicking! Just kidding- I absolutely love this holiday season (September through December is my FAVORITE time of year!) and have been tweaking, arranging and rearranging my Christmas decor for the last few weeks. And guess what? I probably won’t stop until I take the stuff down on January 1st. I’m so excited to show you around on my first official home tour. Come on in and make yourself comfortable! (Warming: LOTS of pictures to follow, and hopefully, I’ll be able to keep my mouth shut and let you enjoy it! 🙂

I’m still in love with my blue front door, and decided to forgo the traditonal holiday colors in favor of a rustic, woodsy color scheme. Browns, creams, copper and a few wood tree trunks!
Welcome to my foyer! This is what greets you as you come in the front door.
Isn’t that houndstooth wrapping paper fabulous? Monica has great taste in (and an obsession with!) wrapping paper, so I have her to thank for it. 🙂
I tried my hand at making a wrapping paper leaf garland this year. It’s pretty cute, but took a long time!
Living Room
I had fun decking out my mantel- again going with the rustic,woodsy theme.
I had to include my wood slice wreath, threw in some cut greens leftover from our tree, wrapped a few little presents with cute wrapping and added those charming. brightly colored reindeer from Target.
 I love the Pottery Barn stockings that were a gift to us from my mom, and think they look great against the stenciled fireplace.
On the other side of the room, the moss monogram made it’s appearance again this year.
I can’t wait to show you how I made this faux-console table for behind the couch. So easy and makes a world of a difference!
 Dining Room
I’m so close to a full reveal of my dining room (coming January 2013!), but couldn’t resist sharing a few little glimpses. It’s beautiful and I often think, “This can’t be my house.”
Family Room/Basement
I recycled the Nate Show ornaments that Monica made for me last year (why buy new when the old stuff is so cute?!), and bought two adorable plaid pillows on clearance from Target to stick on top of my old thift store trunk.  And of course, what makes the space is the reindeer sillouette art.
I totally dig this space!
And see that little red pillow with the zipper? Monica and I made that last year for our fourth Nate Show episode. So cool, right?
I kept it clean and simple in this room, folks.
I made that felt garland and let me tell you, it was a bear to make. Worth it, but oh-so-time-consuming.
We broke out the framed Advent calendar again since it was such a big hit last year.
Hall Bathroom
I had to show you this fab plaid rug I got from Target (yes, Target again, and no they don’t pay me). It’s so cozy, but doesn’t scream Christmas. Love it.
Thank you, Jones Design Company, for the pretty (and meaningful!) printable!
But nothing in my home beats watching these two enjoy the holiday season. Celebrating Christmas with kids is
And not to be outdone by the fun, crazy Mangin picture, here’s a greeting from my cuties! 🙂
 I hope you enjoyed my Christmas home tour! Let’s play the favorite thing game. Ready, set, go!
And oh yeah, if you missed Monica’s tour earlier this week, check it out HERE. There’s some good stuff in there, folks!


The comments +

  1. Sister! Where’d ya get the comfort and joy print?!?!?! Love it all!

  2. My faves are the two tree stumps on the front porch and the stump wreath. And I love the tree on the front porch. I’ve always wanted to do that. Your home looks great! Happy holidays!

  3. I love all your festive decorations and that cute Target rug!

  4. I also love the stumps on the porch! Cute idea!

  5. Chelle says:

    I love the paint color on the walls – is it a grey? or blue? and the curtains that you have hanging they are white and looks like black at the bottom? where did you find those?

    Lovely home!

  6. runtspickins says:

    I love the rustic, cozy feel. I think that will be my theme next year! =]

  7. Kim Wilson says:

    It turned out so pretty! I like how you kept the decor simple and had little touches in each room. Great ideas!

  8. Sarah says:

    I too want to know the color of your walls! Specifically in the entry way! I love it and we’re getting ready to paint a bunch and that looks like a perfect color!

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