Deck the Halls

My front room is finally finished and I am slowly putting it back together. I decided on Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore, which is the same color I have in my office and bedroom. It’s a lovely shade of white with a bit of a greyish hue, that I can’t seem to get enough of. I usually use (and prefer) flat paint, but with Finn’s little fingers starting to grub up the walls here and there, I decided to switch to an eggshell finish so that the walls are at least wipeable.

We used to have a dated spray-on speckled finish to the walls, along with the wide horizontal stripes that the prior owner painted (and I never knew the colors to), and the ceiling was an awful texture that both Josh and I hated. My Dad smoothed both the walls and ceiling out to a nice flat finish and also filled in the recessed box above the mantle that I felt was too restricting.

It’s a nice fresh start to a space that I was tiring of. While I did enjoy the stripes for the six years we have lived here, I just wanted a change and a blank canvas to work with.

When all was painted and ready to decorate, the starkness was a bit of a shock. The trim and details don’t quite contrast the way they used to and the room just looked really white. However, I’ve lived with it for about a week now, and it’s growing on me. I keep making changes, and with the holiday decor taking center stage at the moment, it’s hard for me to imagine the room without all that fluff. But, I like it, and that’s all that matters.

Now, on to some holiday decor…. (sorry for the sheer volume of photos in this post, but I took them all weekend, so I had to share…)

These pictures were taken over the course of the last three days. They end with pictures from today, with Finn in his dinosaur jammies. I don’t think my poor tree is going to make it until Christmas. ;)

P.S. The grain sack dog bed, is from Maria at Dreamy Whites. Hannah and I both adore it!

 

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Morgan - December 10, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Oh Finn, you’re such a trouble-maker, but how can anyone stay mad at you in those jammies!? xo

paige - December 10, 2012 - 5:03 pm

sara, what a beautiful happy joyful christmas for ya’ll this year!!!
i love all these images….however what does it say about me that i instantly was drawn to the image of hannah…oh maria’s doggie bed yes?
oh wow!!!
nerry christmas!

Patty - December 10, 2012 - 5:27 pm

OMG! Finn is just so sweet and having such fun! Love the new look to your room. Enjoy the holiday activities.

melaine - December 10, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I could look at photos of your decor all day long! Finn is getting so big, love all those teeth! :) melaine

Sandy Miller - December 11, 2012 - 4:15 am

I’ve decided you are my new favorite blog! Love everything about it.

katey - December 11, 2012 - 4:42 am

Love the new look!! I really like your lab’s pillow. I laughed when I saw the picture of Finn with with string of beads in his mouth. Yes, I can see Finn mouthing the “red christmas balls” like my son did. Precious times!! Enjoy your new room and thanks for sharing.

Kris Vavra - December 11, 2012 - 5:13 am

Your blog is great and I love the Christmas decor. Your little guy is so so cute too. Love the Santos on your mantel. Everything is beautiful.
Kris

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - December 11, 2012 - 5:17 am

I just love your tree – so simple & full of sentimental ornaments — a real family tree! And, I love to see that Finn is appreciating it :)

Violet @ Create Beauty - December 11, 2012 - 6:43 am

Finn is adorable!!! What a blessed Christmas you are having with a little guy to cherish the holidays with!

I enjoyed your home tour and the lovely decor, thank you so much for sharing. Delightful!!!!

~ Violet

Cari - December 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

I know how you feel! My little guy will be 2 next month and right now our tree has the majority of the ornaments up at the top!

Jan's camera - December 11, 2012 - 9:35 am

Hi Sadie, your home looks lovely. Your son is so adorable. And that cute doggie, he is too cute. And the cat, so regal. Lovely post.

Jennifer Rizzo - December 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

It looks gorgeous Sara! You should link it to the housewalk party I ahve going on so everyone else can see it too!!!

Lolo - December 11, 2012 - 11:34 am

Your home is perfect. I never tire of looking at photos of it!! And sweet Hannah….love her bed, its from Maria, right?! I am so glad that you have a pic of Hannah in it since I was wondering how it would handle a large animal (I have a lab too). I must add it to my wish list now :) Thanks for sharing hon. And that Finn…such an adorable character ;) XOX

Rita H. - December 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

I was happy to discover the “clear suspending pendant light” in one of your beautiful photographs. I just recently found two and have plans to update the dated brassy parts and then make a white chain cover. Then not sure if I’ll keep or sale.