My sweet friend Jennifer Rizzo is hosting a Holiday House Walk so we can peek in on each others homes while they are gussied up for the holidays. I have been so inspired by the previous homes that have already been featured this week. Make sure to take a peek at all of them, you won’t be disappointed. The stop just before mine is Susie Harris, so make sure you pay her a visit. If you’d like to start from the beginning, do so by clicking here: Day 1
Welcome to my home! This is my front room, which gets 95% of the holiday decor in my whole house. It’s also the room you see when you walk in the front door, and where we have Christmas dinner with my family when we host the holidays, which we have done every year for the past few years. It’s also the very spot Finn will open his presents from Santa on Christmas morning! Oh I can’t wait to celebrate his first Christmas!
I have collected these striped stockings over the last few years, and I love the way they look hanging from the mantel. I usually have a fresh swag of cedar garland behind them with lights, but I haven’t found any yet this season, so I’ll be on the hunt for it next weekend.
I am so excited that this year, I get to pass on a tradition from my own childhood to our new son, Finn. These vintage Santa mugs were in my home as a child, and my sisters and I all had our name on one. The “Sara” mug below is the very mug my mom painted my name on. The “Josh” and “Finn” mugs I found last year to match my own, and just yesterday I painted both Josh’s and Finn’s names on. (Using red nail polish).
I bought this bowling set a few years ago from Fjorn.com. They are one of my favorite Christmas decorations, and I’m sure Finn will love to play with them next year.
A handmade grainsack stocking from Dreamy Whites looks perfect on my Romanian hutch. I have about a dozen different stockings I’ve collected through the years, and I use them more for decor than for filling. I didn’t get them all out this year, but sometimes I will hang them in the bedrooms just to spread around the holiday cheer to each room.
The display atop my piano always changing a bit each year, but my favorite Santa bucket takes center stage every year. St Francis fits right in with the holiday decor, but I keep him out all year round.
I have a small collection of mercury glass ornaments that I adore, and my three oversized ornaments found their way to a wooden dough bowl this year.
I bought this linen advent calendar last year from French General, and added the little girl cut out (from a vintage cabinet card) to help count down the days till Christmas.
Both of my handmade jewel trees were previous year crafts that I did with my family, and they are hung above the mantel, along with a Christmas clock that was a gift from Josh’s grandmother. It plays a Christmas carol each hour.
Hannah always keeps watch over the tree and waits for Santa. She loves to open presents, but she knows she has to wait until Christmas morning What a good girl she is. :o)
On to the dining room….
Just a few small touches to make it festive, and a fresh wreath for that wonderful smell that fills the house at Christmas time.
Finn’s room also got just a touch of cheer with an advent calendar and a small wagon with vintage blocks.
My office is much to messy for me to let you peek, but I will show you my trug full of packaging supplies that is ready to start wrapping gifts for under the tree…
Happy holidays to you and yours!