Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Entry Makeover

We recently made some changes to the entry. I wanted something that was more functional, with space to put our coats, scarves, purses, etc. when we step in the door and perhaps even take our shoes off. Almost more like a mudroom I guess, except I wanted it to be pretty and classic looking.

Our old entry is shown in this post, and I kept a lot of the basic elements in place. Here is a picture of it below:

And here are some more shots of the updated entryway:

We moved the black antique sideboard to the dining room to use as a bar and I put a bench in its place. Two benches came with our dining table we purchased off of Craigslist and we use chairs in place of them now. The bench has actually worked well because it provides a spot to sit and put on shoes or hold things that need to go out in the car that we don't want to forget.

Under the bench I have baskets that I found at Homegoods. They store things like winter hats and gloves, extra blankets and traveling gear.

I added hooks on the wall over the bench for hanging purses and bags. We use these quite a bit to hang up little bags for the girls too. Babies always have so much stuff to tote around, right?! Pretty much everything I did in the entry was to maximize storage and function.

The antique freestanding coat rack was a birthday gift from my mother-in-law. I told her I was looking for one for my entry and she found this beauty. It has an extra wide base so that it is heavy and not prone to tip over. I am in love with the brass hardware and it is perfect for holding our winter coats and scarves.

So that's my entry. Nothing too fancy. For the last several months I've been in a mode of purging, simplifying, decluttering, and organizing things for functionality. Simplifying my home for me helps me to be less stressed and stay peaceful. Having less stuff sitting around is certainly liberating. I'd say this makeover definitely displays this vibe as a result of this inner urging.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Merry Christmas to All!

This is June and Georgia's second Christmas and they are experiencing new joys every day, like Christmas trees, lights, the nativity scene, and eating cookies for the first time :)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Little More Christmas......

I thought I'd share a few more glimpses of my Christmas decorating with you. We really haven't done a whole lot this year other than fresh greenery, pine cones found in our yard, and the usual things brought out for the Holidays.

Below is our living room, which I really like how simple it is with the greenery, pine cones, Christmas tree and nativity scene.

I put this cute red tractor out with a candle and some greenery because I love how it made me think of a country Christmas out on the farm :)

Here is a little of our entryway (which has had a makeover--post on that coming soon!):

And lastly, a peek at my kitchen open shelving which is really the only thing decorated in this room:

I did not do any decorating in the bedrooms or the family room this year because they just get too chaotic for us at this point in our lives. How about you? Do you decorate every room or just a few?

Have a wonderful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Little Bit of Christmas...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the roost! Can you believe it's that time of year again?

Come on in....We aren't quite finished decorating yet but I thought I would share with you what I have up so far (mostly in the living room and dining room).  I'm excited to be linking up with the 2014 Holiday House Walk Party:

Here is our front door:

Guests are greeted with this chalkboard sign. I have had so much fun with this chalkboard and have used it now for so many Holidays and parties. 

And now we move on to the dining room. I always love using my brown transferware in decorating in the dining room. Below are some shots of the mantel:

This pine cone garland is not really secured well but I was running out of time so I made it by just stringing up some twine and popping the pine cones onto it so they wouldn't fall off. 

With clippings from our yard, pine cones from pine trees on our property, and leftover cuttings from our live Christmas tree, I can give our home a wintry and festive feel. And when it's time to take down the decorations, all I have to do is throw everything in the compost pile :)I guess you could call this the year of the pine cones in terms of decorating. We are blessed with TONS in our yard--so why not use what we have?

Here is a shot of almost the entire room. Just to bring you back to real life amidst all the beautifully adorned houses in blogland, June is eating some lunch here at the table while her sister takes a nap. It was one of the few times I could get any pictures taken! And yes, I of course was shoving clutter out of the way in these pictures--so rest assured our house does not usually look like this :)

I used a little ribbon and clippings from the Christmas tree to dress up the dining chairs:

I'm always a fan of using natural materials to decorate for Christmas and this year even more so--mainly because I don't want to fool with hauling a whole bunch of boxes down from the attic full of Christmas decorations that I have to put back up. Ha!

A little greenery for the sideboard in the dining room too:

The top of the dining hutch:

 I love the simplicity in decorating this way for Christmas. Yes, we have a few things that we bring out every year, like our nativity, some linens, and the Moravian Christmas ornaments, but overall it's so much less fuss and I love the rustic and natural touch it gives to each room.

The living room mantel

And even better, these Christmas decorations are mostly FREE! And the things we did pay for, like the tree and fresh garland, we bought through our church with the money going to our local food pantry.

I have really loved looking at all the beautiful blogs out there and all the unique ways they decorate for the Holidays.  Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for visiting!

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