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Our Christmas Home Tour

Hello friends!!
I’m posting twice in one day today because I wanted you to have a chance to check out the fabulous Best of the Nest features before making our way to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes.
Have you seen the beautifully decorated homes on the tour this week?
If not be sure to get caught up this weekend!
and 
Today is my day to share some Christmas spirit from our home to yours!
Most of our home is really neutral and I decorate with simple touches here and there for the Christmas season.
This year has been a tough one for my family and so I’m intentionally seeking to make the holidays BRIGHT and JOYFUL. Sometimes you’ve got to fake it til you feel it. With that in mind I picked up some boxes of tiny colorful balls at Target, and they made our tree an explosion of color!
Yes – these crazy colors DO make our spirits brighter!
This tree is such a fun departure from last year’s color palette of white, silver, and natural elements like pinecones. (You can see our 2013 Christmas Tour here.)
So pretty by daylight, 
but truly magical at night.
This is what’s under our tree – the only gift purchased thus far, for myself, but I’m giving my husband the easy way out of gift giving.
It’s this spectacular book by none other than Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange
and I can’t wait to dive into it after Christmas! Isn’t Mark so good to me? 🙂
(Free printable gift tags from Shanty 2 Chic)
Our living room is in the midst of some long overdue decorating, so instead of stockings, it was the curtains that were being hung by the tree with care, in hopes that the rug soon would be there!
(And it was! At 4pm yesterday.
Nothing like cutting it close for a blog Christmas home tour or anything.)
My pretty new pillows haven’t arrived yet, so I “made” a Christmas pillow by turning over this watercolor fabric pillow from Homegoods and using the white fabric on the back to freehand, first with chalk, then with a Sharpie. Easy peasy and two looks for the price of one!
Our living room opens up to the dining room and between these rooms there are three bay windows that flood our house with natural light.
I hung itty bitty wreaths from Trader Joe’s from suction cups on each bay window. They are festive but don’t block the light or the view into the yard, which will soon be blanketed in white.
I carried the bright tree colors in here and it feels so happy and cheerful.
This is my Thankgiving tablecloth, folded as a runner. I’m currently crushing on blue in a big way, I love how it works with so many different colors!
Besides the tree, I don’t go too crazy decorating for Christmas, but I think little details make this time of year feel special.

Last year I made a cocoa station on our changing table-turned beverage cart, and the kids looooooved it. I sold the cart this summer, and the kids were devastated because in their minds the sole purpose of that cart was for cocoa at Christmastime – so clearly we needed another spot for the cocoa station!

I’ll just have one. Or two. Or seventeen. 
(Yummy frosted gingerbread cookies from TJs. Black & white tray from Ikea.)

In the kitchen I hung another itty bitty TJs wreath above the window and cut some evergreens from our yard for next to the sink.

The graphic is a free Christmas gift tag from LindseyBee that I enlarged and transferred to the cutting board using this method
(So easy! I promise you can do it too!)
Isn’t Lindsey’s lettering so lovely?
I love functional art, and this cutting board can be turned around to it’s blank side when it’s not the Christmas season.
We’re hoping to finally get our tv mounted over the mantle and spruce up the surround a bit before Christmas, so I went really low key with the decor this year (as in, it’s practically naked)…..
and the funny thing is I really love it with just a few simple greens and touch of red.
My kiddos’ gingerbread houses will adorn the shelves after we have our annual house making party with friends. 
This is where we can be found, every night of the winter, feet up on the ottoman, burrowed under a blanket, watching TV and enjoying the fire. It’s really cozy and we love this room.
Lighted spikes that we used in our outside planters last year are perfect on the mantle (we have an outlet up there) and add so much Christmas cheer. Seriously, what is better than twinkly Christmas lights at night?? Not even frosted gingerbread cookies. I’m tempted to leave them up all year long.

That’s a peek of Christmastime at our home, now come sit down – let’s relax, pretend we have all our shopping done and have a toast to friends!

Thank you for visiting 
and I wish you a very
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Season!
Next up on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes – 
you won’t want to miss this one!!
See you Monday and have a wonderful weekend friends!
xoLisa
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Melanie Robinson

Saturday 27th of December 2014

Love your Christmas tour, Lisa! The tree is just gorgeous with the colorful ball ornaments, love you new curtains,and all your pretty touches throughout. Sorry if you have like 3 comments from me- lol, I left comments, then didn't see them! :) Hope your family's Christmas was filled with peace and joy!

Melanie Robinson

Friday 26th of December 2014

Everything looks so beautiful, Lisa! I'm sorry this year has been a difficult one & love your idea to incorporate bright & happy colors in your home to help promote Christmas cheer. I love your new curtains and how smart and creative you are to make your existing pillow work double time. Enjoyed your Christmas Tour, friend. Thinking of you and your family during this season! ;-)

Julie

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Beautiful, cozy, Christmas home, Lisa! Love it all!

Gypsy Heart

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

So beautiful! I love the bright colors ~ looks happy. My daughter uses a range of colors too and it's gorgeous. I think you've done a much better job of making this Christmas bright & cheery than I have. I know your kids love it! If my back had not been such an issue, I think I would have done more. I did put up a small tree...for Abby. :) She would be very disappointed...this was her favorite holiday!

You did such a wonderful job on the pillow and the bread board! I will have to take a look at the instructions and see what I can come up with. I like to share baked goods at Christmas ~ wouldn't a loaf of homemade bread be awesome with the bread board? Lots of ideas from you, sweet lady.

xoPat

Linda {Calling it Home}

Sunday 14th of December 2014

Lisa, this is lovely, warm, and really happy. I think I want a cup of hot chocolate, now. Great. Happy Holidays.