Welcome to our home during my favorite time of year. I am so happy to have you here and I hope that what you see gives some inspiration as I have found through the many beautiful images and blogs that share their homes. So let’s begin! As you enter our door here is our front room in the image above. This tree is filled with ornaments from my husband’s and my childhood, our early married years and now our own children’s. I also have added collected nutcrackers, dollar tree ornaments, an old advent calendar, etc… Truthfully one thing I have learned is that there is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree. Sometimes less is more and in this example I was stuffing larger pieces into the tree to fill up empty space. As I moved to the outer part of the tree I hung smaller ornaments. You will see the reindeer I created from paper and masking tape then covered with a sweater. I threw a scarf on him after seeing it done here on craftberry bush. I also used my glitter garland tutorial here for the Merry Christmas message.
As you head down our very long hallway you enter into our kitchen. I was completely inspired by one of my favorite blogs – craftberry bush to bring greenery in and use it throughout the house. I loved how she mixed fresh greens in her decor and used this idea throughout our kitchen/dining room/family room. This is a wonderful and inexpensive way to fill vases, tabletops, etc…
Through our kitchen and up a very tiny step you will find yourself in our family/dining room (this used to be a sunroom before we moved into the house). We bought this tree and all the store bought ornaments when I was pregnant with my first born. I loved the idea of a neutral and rustic tree. The only things that have changed since getting this tree from over 6 years ago are some handmade ornaments – such as the book page ornaments found here by City Farmhouse. I also have added some burlap ribbon. Ribbon or garland is a wonderful way to add texture, movement and interest to your trees. On our dining table I tied my napkins after seeing this lovely setting here on Vintage House. If you look closely you will notice the table is not completely set… I still wanted to give an idea of what it would look like.
Head back down the hallway and there is our small bedroom with a few winter touches. In the corners and rooms that are not pictured you would see piles of toys, laundry baskets, mail to sort, etc… I do love to make pretty pictures, decorate and create but do not misunderstand that there are messes and lots of life being lived in this very little home. It is easy to push messes out of the way for a quick snap of a picture – then seconds later, things are all over the floor/counters again and that is beautiful too.
Again thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share my home. I know I am always saying that we are on a tight budget (which is still very true) – but we have saved and collected Christmas items over the years. Here are some ways or ideas to do Christmas on a budget…
– Shop decor after the season (it is marked way down).
– Make decorations/ornaments. There are so many projects out there using paper, nature from outdoors and inexpensive craft items.
– Using what you already have and moving it around makes it new.
– Use ribbon or inexpensive Garland to fill your trees.
– shop at your local thrift stores – you can find trees, ornaments, nutcrackers and more.
Most importantly do what fits your family and loved ones. This is something that I love to do and if you have been reading my blog you know that I love to craft late at night with movies on and find ways to make things for a fraction of the cost. That makes me happy – but each of us like different things, have different taste and different budgets. Growing up, my parents decorated with one tree and sometimes we put it up a week before Christmas. This was magical to my brother and I. I wouldn’t have wished for anything different – it was perfect because we were sharing it as a family. These are just decorations – our joy truly came (and still does) from the anticipation for the reason we celebrate… A celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Have a wonderful week friends!