2014 Christmas Cookie Exchange

Sleeps ’til Christmas Walk

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me
a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

and on and on the song goes…..

{Calling birds, Gold Rings, Geese-a-Laying, Swans-a-Swimming, Maids-a-Milking, Ladies Dancing, Lords-a-Leaping, Pipers Piping, Drummers Drumming}


My oldest daughter came home from school

complaining about this song.

She had participated in singing this classic during music class last week.

She said the song went on forever and she almost ran out of breath.


What an 8 year old has to endure, hey?



We are down to just under 8 sleeps until Christmas!

I have participated in a few home tours this season and will be linking to those further down in the post.

I also will be sharing links to other fabulous bloggers holiday walks!

Grab yourself a cozy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa…

…let the sleeps ’til Christmas walk begin.

sleeps until christmas tour

For our sleeps ’til Christmas walk

the bedrooms were decorated simply.

I wanted a festive and fresh lakeside feel for the decor.

And I didn’t want to go overboard with decorating…

tight budget with only 8 days left until Christmas.



master bedroom

Our master bedroom is light and airy.

Soft whites, creams, and green blues are the color palette.

Simple icicle lights added to the headboard (old door) give a seasonal twinkle

and make the room look magical at night.

An old table was separated and used as nightstands to flank the master bed.

christmas in master bedroom

My favorite mercury glass lamps flank the bed.

And the galvanized mirrors, used as trays here,

give that rustic feel.

neutral colors master bedroom for christmas

Fun vintage style reindeer feed pillows from Finding Home adds texture.

reindeer feed pillow

soft whites and silver in master

silver tray with ornaments

A simple silver tray with ornaments adds a festive touch to the nightstand.

christmas tree with burlap tree skirt

master bedroom for Christmas

master bedroom with gray french chair


little girls bedroom with vintage black metal bed

Foam snowflakes add some winter character to the wall behind the vintage black iron bed.

My 6 year old is a huge Frozen fan,

this is a subtle way incorporate that into the decor.

snowflake wall in bedroom

snowflake wall in bedroom


My oldest daughters’ room has a soft color palette of gray, greens, lavender.

A mini Christmas tree on a silver platter adds that festive feel.

The bedspread resembles subtle snowflakes.

bedroom in shades of lavender

A vintage chippy white window becomes wall art above the bed.

Soft white lights were added to give that magical Christmas feel.

Hand painted nightstands in shades of lavender and gray

were refreshed from an outdated 70’s look.

chippy white window pane

A vintage cream chandelier hangs above the bed.

The smokey gray crystals sparkle in the light.

vintage chandelier

And of course, what would life be

without our golden retriever making herself comfortable.

As she counts down the last sleeps ’til Christmas

she would like to wish you Happy Holidays…

….and hopes you can find time to relax and enjoy, as she does.

golden retriever comfy in bed

If you would like to check out the rest of our holiday home,

please click over to the holiday tour.

And I have saved the best for last,

hop around for more holiday decorating inspiration.

Just follow the links below!



Monday December 15th
Wednesday December 17th

Friday December 19th

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Christmas In The Country Tour

Happy Holidays!

I am happy to be a part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014!  I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day.  There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts!  Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at  www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com!



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christmas in country dining


christmas in the country kitchen


christmas in the country living room


christmas in the country home office

Holiday Candy Bar


Details on the main living areas can be found HERE.

Details on the home office can be found HERE.

Details on the holiday candy bar can be found HERE.


I hop you enjoyed my round up of holiday decor for the Christmas in the Country blog hop. Be sure to stop over and check out all the delightful eye candy!



Don’t forget to click over to all of the fabulous homes listed below. Enjoy!

November 28th (Fri)
1. Brooke Kroeger, www.creativecountrymom.com (creativecountrymom@gmail.com)
2. Carolyn Aiken, Aiken House and Garden, warrengrovegarden.blogspot.com/
3. Rita Cobb, http://www.wvpanoply.blogspot.com/ (wv.panoply@gmail.com)
4. Niki Meiners http://365daysofcrafts.com nikimeiners@gmail.com

Skip Weekend

Dec 1 (Monday)
1. Kathy Ransom, www.adelightsomelife.com (katelaine.ransom@gmail.com)
2. Kerryanne English, http://shabbyartboutique.com(kerryanne@woodberrydesigns.com.au)
3. Heather Benton http://www.newhousenewhomenewlife.com (heather.benton@rogers.com)
4. Maggie Bryant: http://normandylife.blogspot.fr/ (jmaggiebryant@gmail.com)

Dec 2 (Tuesday)
1.Christopher Hiedeman, www.christopherhiedeman.com (artist-1989@hotmail.com)
2. Alison Agnew, www.nancherrow.com (nancherrrow@gmail.com)
3. Kirsten Thompson, http://sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com, sweetteagrace@gmail.com

Dec 3 (Wednesday)
1. Erin Zacharda, www.meadowlakeroad.com (meadowlakeroad@gmail.com)
2. Shannon Marburger, http://bohemianjunktion.com, shannon@bohemianjunktion.com
3. Anne Payetta, http://www.whitelacecottage.com/ (whitelacecottage@hotmail.com)
4. Jessica cramer http://designerssweetspot.com, designermom4@gmail.com

Dec 4 (Thursday)
1.Susan Moncrieff, www.momcrieff.com, suemoncrieff2@gmail.com
3.Karen Heath, http://www.somewhatquirkydesign.com/ klheath11@gmail.com
4.Maggie Bryant, http://normandylife.blogspot.fr/

Dec 5 (Friday)
1.Jillian www.iamahomemaker.com, iamahomemaker@comcast.net
2. Meegan Fast, http://meeganmakes.com, whatmeeganmakes@gmail.com
3.Sara Hoffman http://www.majhofftakesawife.com
4. Janet Coon http://shabbyfufu.blogspot.com/ (shabbyfufu@yahoo.com)

Skip Weekend

Dec 8 (Monday)
1. Brandy Dunaway, www.bddesignblog.com, bddesignblog@gmail.com
2. Patti Estep, www.gardenmatter.com, patti@gardenmatter.com
3. Julie Schock, www.lilacsandlonghorns.com, julschock@yahoo.com
4. Jody Klein, http://southernseazons.blogspot.com, southernseazons@gmail.com

Dec 9 (Tuesday)
1. Lory Bernstein, http://designthusiasm.com, Lory@Designthusiasm.com
2. Jeannie Clemens, http://forwhatitsworth-jeannie.blogspot.com/ gene.nie2@yahoo.com
3. Christy Little, http://www.oursouthernhomesc.com/, oursouthernhomesc@gmail.com
4. Amy Buchanan, http://www.attagirlsays.com, amy@attagirlsays.com

Dec 10 (Wednesday)
1.Kirby Carespodi,www.kirbycarespodi.com (Kirb Appeal)- kcarespodi@gmail.com
2. Kristi Haight, http://www.chatfieldcourt.com/, chatfieldcourt@gmail.com
3. Vanessa Lundblad, www.DIY180.com, vanessa@diy180.com and/or vanlun98@gmail.com
4. Jenny Harris, holidays-at-the-harris-home.blogspot.com, holidaysattheharrishome@gmail.com

Dec 11 (Thursday)
1.Lynn Wheeler www.thevintagenestblog.com (dragonfly2782atverizon.net)
2. Sarah Cook, http://www.littleredbrickhouse.com, (littleredbrickhouse@gmail.com)
3. Cindy Price, http://www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com, (theheartofyourhome@gmail.com)
4. Jess Rey, http://www.domicile37.com (jessreyreilly@gmail.com)

Dec 12 (Friday)
1.Melanie Hays (http://sweetmelanie.blogspot.com/) sweetmelaniecreations@yahoo.com
2. Michelle Lepak, http://www.dandelionpatina.com, dandelionpatina@charter.net
3. Elizabeth Fountain, www.realinspiredblog.com , realinspiredblog@gmail.com
4. Lara Neves, http://www.overstuffedlife.com (lara@overstuffedlife.com)

End of Tour…

Holiday Tour 2014

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Happy Holidays Friends.

I am so thrilled to be joining Joy of Home

and a great group of bloggers

to showcase our holiday homes.

I am also sharing this home tour

over at the Holiday House Walk.


I am going to keep it simple this go around

not much chit-chat

but heavy on eye candy.

I hope you enjoy.

Holiday Home Tour


foyer of home tour

A re-purposed child’s headboard is being used for hanging coats.

black banister with garland

Garland and thick rope adorn the banister.

Ho Ho Ho gift tags

Gift tags are given a new purpose.

christmas trees on old springs

Mini trees bobble on old bed springs.

Old springs and Christmas trees

An old wagon wheel hub cut into 3 sizes makes perfect platforms.

dreaming of a white christmas

Burlap and typography is a stunning combination.

white cabinet in foyer

A fresh winter white cabinet greets visitors.

mini candy bar

A DIY candy bar holds bite size peppermint bark and melt in your mouth mints.

happy holidays basket

Simple greens in a basket.

marquee wall star

Wooden frames, old skis, and a marquee star

shine light on the hallway leading to the main living areas.


white flocked tree made with garland

One of my favorite projects this season!

This tree is made using a garden obelisk and a metal bucket.

White flocked garland was wrapped around the frame of the obelisk.

Lights were added.

Natural elements and textures followed.

All for under $50.

reindeer obsessed

Christmas decorating isn’t complete this year without REINDEER.

dinette area with white tree

I love my transformed $40 dinette table.

Annie Sloan in Duck Egg Blue teams up nicely with my aqua seltzer bottles.

antique seltzer bottles

Aren’t they gorgeous?

The aqua star ornament has found a place to shine.

eucalyptus greens centerpiece

Seeded eucalyptus is always welcome in our home.

silver ornament with seeded eucalyptus

A few of my treasured ornaments.


christmas kitchen decor

A closer view into the kitchen.

kitchen at christmas

And then there is the Warm Hugs wooden sign above the kitchen sink.

It makes me smile everyday.

It is also a good reminder.

croissants and pomegranates

The tour is rather long…

Are you feeling a bit hungry?

pomegranates and croissants

red pomegranates

A bit more eye candy…

brown hydrangeas and greens

A simple white pitcher filled with the remains of hydrangea florets and pine greens.

I love the texture the browned hydrangeas show off.

let it snow chalkboard sign

Cedar planter boxes hung indoors to act as display cases

for chalkboards and old cutting boards.

snowflake ornament

let it snow

My favorite clock.

metal letter M made merry

A metal letter M made MERRY.


living room

Our family Christmas tree.

Each year a unique ornament is placed on the tree

representing a memory from that year.

It is our tree full of memories.

{a hodge podge of everything}

living room mantel

A new advent calendar displayed on the mantel.

advent calendar

A few giant pine cones in urns.

deer statue on mantel

Wooden trees embellished with snowflakes.

deer on mantel

A corner sitting area with one of my favorite pillows from Finding Home.

reindeer pillow from Finding Home Online


An old table top was converted into a large tray for our massive coffee table.

centerpiece with candleholders


centerpiece for Christmas


serving tray on coffee table


yak pillow cover

And I am going to wrap up the main living area Holiday Tour with this friendly guy!

My 6 year old wants to style his hair in the worst way!

Now, don’t be sad

the tour certainly is not over….

come see my Woodland Work Space

paper leaf wreath

Then, there is more holiday tour goodness

just a click away!

Hop over to see how the other bloggers on this tour

have decorated their homes in the links below.

Happy Holidays!


Holiday Home Tour hosted by www.joyinourhome.com 18 Homes/5 days

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   

– Monday –

 1. Little Brags

2. Joy In Our Home

3. The Painted Hinge

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  

  – Tuesday –

1. 2 Bees In A Pod

2. Dandelion Patina

3. Love Create Celebrate

4. Shambray

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  

– Wednesday –

1. Around The Watts House

2. Curly Crafty Mom

3. Dwelling In Happiness

4. Karen’s Up On The Hill

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!

– Thursday –

1. 2 Bees In A Pod

2. Home RemediesRX

3. Life Love Larson

4. Melanie Gets Married

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!

– Friday –

1. Bless’er House

2. Burlap & Babies

3. Meet the Bs

4. Posed Perfection

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