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A Peek Into Our Christmas Home

WELCOME & 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Today I’m sharing a few glimpses of how we deck the halls 
as part of the 12 Days Of Christmas Tour Of Homes hosted by Jenny at Evolution of Style.
I have loved seeing how all the bloggers on this tour celebrate this joyful season in their beautiful homes! It’s been such fun to virtually visit and share a little Christmas cheer!
(All the links are at the end of this post in case you missed any of the other tours so far!)
If you’re new here, 
hi and welcome!!
I’m a momma raising three teenagers with my husband in a quiet little town in
the soon-to-be winter wonderland of Massachusetts.
We bought a diamond in the rough 5 years ago and have been updating it slowly but surely. I decorate really simply for Christmas anyway, but throw in some carpentry/tiling/painting/serious mayhem and mess-making in the form of a fireplace remodel that we are in the midst of, and I’m taking “simple Christmas” to a whole new level this year!!
So anyway, come on in!
I’m so very glad you’re here!
I love to use fresh evergreens from our yard here, there and everywhere starting with the urns at the front door. Here is a great tutorial for how to put together an evergreen planter that uses the “clock” method I learned years ago.
Another trick for filling your outside planters is to stuff the bottom of the planter with newspaper, then cover with dirt, to give your evergreens a little height.
Our family usually enters the house via the little mudroom in our garage, where I have this big chalkboard I like to change up seasonally.
For this Christmas I traced the Ella Claire Inspired Nativity Chalkboard Art template 
(I didn’t do a very good job by the way – 
my bird sitting in the tree looks like a…..trout, maybe?????) 
The original by Kristen of Ella Claire Inspired is really lovely and is free to print. 
Thank you Kristen for sharing your artwork!
I love this gentle reminder for my kiddos of 
the real reason for the season as they come and go.
Inside it’s all about the fresh greens and twinkling white lights! 
I love those little battery operated strands of lights! I use them on our three bay windows with pine garland, and they are also perfect for the the nativity we set up in the wall o’bookcases in our living room that I built for a season of the One Room Challenge. 
The banner is another free printable from the blog From The Carriage House!
The bookcases are in our TV-less living room which we all hang out in for reading, lounging and entertaining, and the little white lights add a little Christmas spirit to that room.
We also have a smallish family room where the tv lives.
This year thanks to our fireplace makeover, we were able to put the tree in there.
Just last week we mounted our tv over the fireplace (gasp!) and although it feels ENORMOUS and not so attractive to me (but AWESOME to my husband and boys for Patriots games!) the huge benefit is that we have so much more floor space in this room now! I hemmed and hawed over the decision to mount the tv but it has truly changed the whole room and I’m so glad we finally did it!
It’s been such a joy to have a fire going, my family all hanging out together to watch a game or The Voice, and be able to enjoy our tree too!
Here is a sneak peek of the fireplace makeover in progress!
I still need to install crown moulding, doors for the lower two shelves of the bookcases, a new hearth surface and a bit of tile trim but that’s a story for another day.
We are already loving it, it has completely changed the feel of our house!
Besides the tree I like simple little touches that make this time of year feel special. If I’m home before everyone else I light candles, turn on Christmas music, and diffuse peppermint essential oil so everyone can walk in the door to a happy joyous place.
These are the little things I hope my kids remember fondly when they are all grown up.
 
I gave Mark a pewter ornament with the year on it on our first Christmas together and we have one for every year since, as well as engraved ornaments for our kids and other special events. Someday God willing our whole entire tree will be filled with a lifetime of pewter ornaments!
This little seating area in our kitchen is a favorite spot for family and guests alike and just a few sprigs of evergreens and a bowl of gumdrops make it feel festive.
I love that we can see the tree from the kitchen. Our next big project after the fireplace remodel is to give that half wall a makeover too and possibly remove that post if it’s not load-bearing, but first, time to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season!

Thank you so much for stopping by here for a visit!
I loved having you over and wish you and yours a very happy Christmas!
 Today two of my nearest and dearest are celebrating special days and Kris of Driven By Decor is also sharing her gorgeous and inspiring Christmas home, so be sure to pop by and show these beautiful ladies some love!!
If you missed any of the 
The 12 Days Of Christmas Tour Of Homes so far, 
these links will take you straight there!


12/1  Evolution of Style  |   Dixie Delights
12/2  Life & Home At 2102  |   Provident Home Design
12/3  Simple Details
12/4  The Pink Clutch Blog  |   This is Happiness
12/8  Classic Casual Home  |  This is Our Bliss
12/10  Shine Your Light  |   Driven by Decor

Tomorrow we’ll be touring here…..

12/11  Suburban Bitches  |   Our Storied Home

…..and next week we finish up our tours with these fabulous blogs!

12/14  Simply Sarah Style  |   Rough Luxe

On December 15 we’ll have a look back at all the tours and then it’s your turn on the 16th!!!

I hope you’ll join in the fun and share your own home!
Link up on any one of our blogs and it will appear on all 18 of them.
I can’t wait to see Christmas cheer in your home!

Merry Christmas my friends!!!!

#idhtbptbb
I’m sharing at the Nester’s, come join me!




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Jennifer Lippi

Monday 21st of December 2015

I love all the white and silver in your decor and all the greenery. It is a true winter wonderland!! Have a very Merry Christmas Lisa!

Dixie Delights

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Lisa - everything is so lovely and inviting. I love love love the banner across your book shelves. So pretty! Merry Christmas!! xo

René

Monday 14th of December 2015

So warm & beautiful Lisa!

Katie

Monday 14th of December 2015

Looks wonderful, I love your front door and urns. Perfect!!!

Calypso In The Country

Saturday 12th of December 2015

Your home is so inviting Lisa! You did a beautiful job of making everything look so festive and special! I also love your fireplace!! So nice that you used fresh greens and I like how you did simple things like tuck greens in with the logs. Your personality shows through in how you decorate your home and I am sure your whole family is enjoying their gorgeous home!Cheers! Shelley