There have been some sad and heavy things in the world lately… but there’s hope.
This season is not about twinkling lights, presents, Santa Clause, or even “good cheer;” it’s about hope. And I wanted to breathe that hope and peace into our home this year. I’m not sure I accomplished it (or even that it is something that can be “accomplished”), but it was a joy to try.
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I started with a simple green and white front porch to welcome others into our home (including you!)… So come on in.
The centerpiece of our entryway is the staircase, which I decorated simply with some DIY cedar garland and lights (tutorial coming soon). Our winter woodland Christmas tree fits perfectly in the curve.
I wanted a reminder of the reason for the season, though, and I decided that a vision of the angels singing Glory to God in the Highest was just what I needed. I used thrifted sheet music for the angel wings (update: see tutorial here) and made this little “in excelsis deo” sign with scrap wood.
The view down the stairs is one of my favorites. Our diy boot box is still working hard, and I have tutorial coming soon for the little “Wishing you PEACE, JOY, and LOVE” door hanger (update: see tutorial here).
We finally hung a new light (the chandelier that was previously in the entryway of our last house), and I love how it transforms the living room.
So let’s head down there. The mini tree at the bottom of the stairs was the first tree we ever bought – long before we had kids – and it’s fun for the memories.
I wanted to keep the room simple and bright with touches of greenery.
I swapped out the blue ottoman that was in here with the one from our bedroom so the visual focus could be on the greenery. I love this little linen ottoman with its hidden storage.
I also love my little rope mirrors. I hung them here with these these little cedar wreaths I made (seriously, SO easy! tutorial coming soon) and I love how the mix of real and artificial greenery throughout the room tricks the eye into thinking it’s all real.
Of course I had to use the beautiful tree we got last year. It’s so realistic looking that I thought a simple adorning with elegant neutral icicle shaped ornaments was all it needed. And I finished it off with my diy ruffled tree skirt.
I don’t exactly (or at all!) have my Christmas shopping done, but I have some little ornaments and twine ready to adorn the packages when I do.
The other side of the room has our fireplace and is open to the family room.
Remember when we redid this fireplace and built these mantels? I wanted to keep it simple and elegant, and I just love the touch of mercury glass, red berries from our yard, and the reindeer candlesticks.
And on the other side of the fireplace is our family room. We have big changes coming here soon (plans to build bookcases and create a spot to hang the tv, freeing up floorspace)… In the meantime, I wanted a comfortable, kid-friendly atmosphere.
I added another visual reminder of the joy of Christmas right over our little game table.
I know my kids are young, but my 5 year old has been having SO much fun with Scrabble lately (when mom is there to help him spell and the baby is not there to eat the tiles!).
And I love our nativity above the gray armoire.
Now that you’ve had the tour, I want to add what I keep telling myself each day: it’s not at all about the prettiest house,the finest gifts, or the best decorations… it’s about the hope and peace available to us because of the joyous gift of Christmas. I pray you and yours find that this season and always.
Now for more beautiful home tours, continue the tour with Kelly from Live, Laugh, Rowe.
Celebrating the Savior,
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