Last week I shared my Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour to kick off the season with a lovely group of ladies as part of a Christmas blog hop. Today I’m sharing part 2 of my Christmas Home Tour, the Christmas kitchen, dining room and mudroom. Truth be told, it’s a lot of work to put one of these bad boys together and was just too much to do all at once.
So since I love the red and black accents mixed with the greens, I carried over the same Adirondack, rustic touches mixed with lots of vintage, farmhouse pieces and DIY projects.
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Ok so first thing first, it never looks like this or stays like this anyway. You know it. I know it. I mean we live here right?? In a few hours the counter will be covered with back backs, school papers, snack wrappers etc. so you know I feel your pain. In the mean time, let’s just enjoy the calm, shall we?? If you were here, we could sit and have coffee or whatever you like to sip 🙂
So, on with the tour. The white tray on the island above, which comes in handy for every season, was a DIY project a few months ago. You can see that here. The recipe below is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. You know the one with the red and white checkered cover. It’s my favorite go-to when I actually feel like cooking. I simply printed it out on card stock and rubbed it with some antiquing ink and a cotton rag. Free and easy.
Trees, trees, everywhere! I love my mini trees and I love them even more in cute little tins like this one…
The pieces in the tray were either found at my go to antique store in my town, thrift store or at Brimfield. I added the bells to the candle just because they’re cute.
I love the pops of red everywhere! To me, red is just warm and feels like Christmas.
Our dining room is all windows (no curtains needed here in the woods) so the only thing to decorate really is the table. I kept it simple this year with my favorite tray from American Farmhouse and, of course, reds and greens. The colors just pop off of the gray walls and the white snow outside. The cute little pillows are from Target.
The pitcher in the tray is from HomeGoods, the candlestick holders are from Michaels and the antlers are from Target.
Last year my cute little tree was in the dining room but I switched things up this year and put it in the kitchen. The butcher block that it sits on is one of my oldest and very favorite pieces.
We just recently finished the mudroom and you can see that here. I love it all decked out for Christmas!
We picked this sled up in Brimfield last year. It weighs a ton and Poor hubby had to carry it like a mile back to the car. He’s a trooper 🙂 I can’t wait to go again in the Spring to see what unique things we can find!
I use the Pepsi tray below to corral different things throughout the year. The antique measuring cup that the little tree sits in I picked up at an antique store and the other tin is from Michaels.
So some simple farmhouse and vintage finds mixed with red and green accents make for a cozy Christmas Kitchen space. Only a few more weeks until the big day to enjoy it all and probably only few hours left for me to enjoy the clean kitchen. Time to grab a cup of coffee and stare at the pretty lights in peace for awhile before I can’t see the counter again. Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful Christmas!!
Hello my friends and welcome to the 2016 Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour! I”m so thrilled to be joining 15 other lovely bloggers for a wonderful collection of Christmas home tours and beautiful decor inspiration shared over 4 days this week. Thank you to Christina from Christina’s Adventures for organizing the tour this year. She shared her space yesterday so stop on over and say Hi! Here is a sneak peak of all of the tours. The links are at the bottom of this post so inspiration is just a click away. Enjoy 🙂
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If this is your first time visiting me on Life on Kaydeross Creek, Welcome!! I’m so glad you’re here and hope you’ll find some inspiration for some new projects. You can get to know me a little by checking our our story here.
So let’s get started on this Farmhouse Christmas Home tour, shall we? I’ll start with our family room. It’s my favorite room in the house and also the center of our home. We live close to the Adirondacks so the style influences my decor throughout the year and there are touches of it everywhere including the faux deer heads and antlers. I love the mix of different plaids and the warmth of the red and black scattered with the greens of the mini trees and faux branches. I used some of the same elements from last year and you can see that tour here.
I always leave the task of choosing our tree to my husband because he has a great eye for it. He did a great job as always this year. 🙂 The ornaments are a mis-matched bunch of handmade pieces made by our kids and lovingly given to each of us as gifts or things we have collected on family vacations. I love that each one has meaning.
The shelf in the family room is something we made from 2 corbels and barn wood years ago. The ski’s I picked up in Brimfield. You can see one of those trips here. The wreath is from Target but you can find one here. The deer head and smaller mini tree are from Michaels and the rest is garage sale or thrift store finds.
I made all of the gift tags this year from simple white tags, Chrismtas stamps/ink and scrapbook paper all from Michaels. The matching ribbon and twine are from Micheals as well.
These tags are just made from small cut out sections of a piece of scrapbook paper outlined with a fine tip paint pen from Michaels.
The other tags are simple wooden slices my husband cut for me from small branches. I used the same fine tip paint pen to write Merry Christmas and then a larger tip gold paint pen for the dots.
Across from the tree is our fireplace. You can see where we completed that last summer here.
The decorations on the mantel are a collection of things from thrift stores and fleamarkets. The screen and metal milk can I picked up in Brimfield this year. The Santa I got at the Salvation Army and the crock I have had for years. I love the way the silver, white and green play off of the blues and browns of the stone. I made the Believe sign from a an old piece of barnwood and a homemade stencil. I share that project soon.
This old tool caddy we found out in the barn at our old house over 20 years ago. What better way to display candles and greens for a Farmhouse Christmas Home tour? 🙂
Just past the Christmas tree is our play/kids TV room…
I made this sign from an old cabinet door and stencils.
This sled is one of my favorite things. There’s a great story behind it and you can read about that here.
This hutch was a project from this summer. You can see that transformation here.
Many of the things I have decorated with have come from thrift store or garage sales or I have made it myself. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look beautiful. I recently shared 20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget and you can read that here. Next up I’ll be sharing the Christmas Tour of my Kitchen, Dining room and Mudroom so stay tuned!!
Today I’m sharing 20 ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget. If you’ve been to my blog before, you know that I’m all about saving money on my projects for my home and it’s the same when it comes to decorating for Christmas, or any holiday. The thing is, and I can’t stress this enough, is that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You have to build your holiday decor stash and it takes some time, energy and planning. Here’s how to do it without spending a fortune…
Start shopping early. When I say early, I mean early, like the day/week after Christmas early. There are tons of sales out there but it will take some effort to dig through the messy piles of what is left over and the crowds of people. Look for things that have good bones and that go with your color scheme (more on that later). Don’t buy stuff that is so different from what you already have because no matter how cheap it is, you may not use it if it throws off your entire groove. What I mean is, if your decor is all red and green and has a woodland theme, don’t buy a blue metallic candlestick holder just because oh, it’s so shiny and pretty and it’s only a couple of bucks. Unless you are prepared to switch gears and go that route, put the candlestick holder down, walk away or it will end up shoved in the back of a shelf in the basement and money wasted.
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2. Shop early some more. Shop garage sales in the summer. Keep your head in the game even if the game isn’t for another 5 months. I’ve found some great stuff at garage sales including faux trees, ornaments, wreaths, leftover bows/wrapping paper, dishes, you name it. Don’t just look for Christmas specifically. look for other things you could use for Christmas decor like candlestick holders, lanterns and trays. Imagine if they were updated with paint or other embellishments for Christmas. You can see more of my money saving garage sale tips here.
3. Shop thrift stores. Remember to shop often for the best deals because you don’t know what will be there from one day to the next. Keep an open mind, too. For example, if you see a grapevine wreath, it may not be a “Christmas” wreath necessarily but if you added some greens and pine cones from your yard, it would be. How about ornaments that you could paint or add stickers to or ribbon? How about solid red dishes, silver trays or white candles? These things aren’t specifically Christmas but can be used to create a cohesive Holiday look. How about white dishes?? Here is a great project with white plates from Thistlewood Farm. Add a stencil and some hangers and you’re good to go…
4. Utilize old decorations you may have outgrown. Don’t throw it out, upcycle it. You have an old centerpiece that just isn’t you anymore. Take out the pieces you do like from it and combine them with that grapevine wreath I mentioned above for a new piece. Or you have a small piece of ribbon left over that’s too small to wrap a gift. Why not wrap it around a white candle or mason jar for something new? Take out your stuff and re-think the way you have used it before or create something new from it.
5. Shop at Discount stores. There’s always HomeGoods and TJ Maxx but Walmart and Target both have great stuff, too. Try to wait for a sale. You can save even more money with Target’s Cartwheel discount app and also %5 off with their debit card program. Sign up for emails to get a heads up on sales so you can plan ahead. Don’t forget the Dollar Store! Check out some of these Christmas decor projects from Dollar Store finds here.
6. Use coupons. I rarely ever buy anything full price. Micheals, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore. always have sales and/or coupons and have great rewards programs as well. Sign up for emails and they’ll also send you coupons. I just scored huge at Hobby Lobby with 80% off Fall/Halloween decor this week and 50% off Christmas stuff.
7. Bring the outdoors in. Comb through your yard for pine branches, pine cones, acorns (make sure you prepare these to get the bugs out. You can see how to do that here.) etc. If you don’t have any in your yard, as a friend, neighbor or relative.
8. Keep your color scheme simple and stick to it. Choose 2-3 colors and it makes it easier to mix and match from room to room and year to year. You’ll also always know what to look for when you are on your “hunts”.
9. Use your everyday things. White dishes mixed with a few red ornaments goes a long way. Put some faux greens in a crock on top of a cutting board for an easy vignette. “Shop” the other rooms in your home and see what you have that may work with your color scheme.
10. Get back to basics – Simple popcorn strings or round paper chains, popsicle stick ornaments, Vintage and “old fashioned” are back! Get the kids involved and make it a family project.
11. Craft-o-maniac. Make it yourself. – There are thousands of things on Pinterest that you can make yourself. You just have to be careful not to take on too much and that the cost of the supplies is not more than what you can buy it for. 🙂
You can see one of my favorite projects, framed Jingle, Bells lyrics here.
*You can find some great posts on Christmas crafts here.
12. Free Printables. This one’s my favorite! There are so many of these out there now and they are just so darn cute. Simply print and frame in an inexpensive frame. (which you should also look for at those garage sales) Here is a link to some really cute & free printables from Country Living.
I printed these two from on line and put them in inexpensive frames:
*You can also frame pretty scrapbook paper, pieces of leftover fabric, wrapping paper and the front of cards you received last year.
13. Paint it. Have some old candlestick holders you’ve outgrown? Grab a $3.50 can of (red, green, gold, silver etc. ) spray paint and give them a Christmas makeover. Add some ribbon and your set. You could also use that same can of spray paint on an old cookie tin or an old tray or even one from the dollar store. Always think beyond what it is to what it could be. Here is a great post from Listotic.com on how to spray paint all different kinds of things and transform them into something different.
14. Make your own throw pillows. I’ve made a few of these out of shirts I have picked up at the Salvation Army. I’ve also seen them made from kitchen towels or old sweaters. Don’t worry, no sewing necessary. Use fabric glue. You can see my post here.
15. Use extra mini white lights – These can be purchase at Walmart for less than $5 for a strand and are another great bang for your buck. Use them on a your mantle, on shelf, in a crate, in a bowl or tray for a centerpiece. The soft light just adds something magical to the holidays and is a great way to decorate for Christmas on a budget.
16. Use candles. These can be picked up at discount stores and even at thrift stores. It’s a great bang for your buck because not only do candles add so much warmth and feeling to a room, they can add color and texture, too especially when you use them in groups. Don’t forget about that wonderful scent, too. Check out Hometalk for some great ideas on how to update candles. I wrapped the candles in the picture below with scrapbook paper that had Christmas music lyrics on it.
17. Use Chalkboards – these are great because you probably already have one and use it everyday. Use it to decorate for Christmas (Christmas- ify it) just by changing up the picture you draw on it to a tree or wreath and hanging some ribbon or some greens around the corners. Here are some great examples from Clean & Scentsible.
18. Decorate with books and book pages. You may have an old box of books in your basement or you can find inexpensive books at thrift stores and garage sales (add that to your hunt list) Here are some great ways to utilize the books and/or their pages from BookBub Blog.
19. Swap items with friends. Maybe your not into that gold wreath anymore but your friend is or you have too many red ornaments and she has too many green. Work something out to swap some stuff and you both can breath new life into your collection.
20. Take care of what you do have. Keep your stuff stored carefully in the off season.Wrap delicate items in paper. I re-use the plastic bags from the grocery store to cushion the bottom of the plastic bin . It’s a great way to recycle them and helps keep breakables safe. I label each bin on the outside by taping a plastic sleeve to it and inserting a piece of paper with what is inside so I can find things easier when I go to decorate next time.
So there you have it. Start early, make a plan and stick to it and you’ll have a beautifully decorated home for the Holidays that doesn’t break the bank. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll visit again to check out my full Christmas home tour coming in a couple of weeks where I’ll share some of the ways I use these ideas to decorate my home.
You can find my Christmas Home Tours from last year HERE and HERE.
When I’m decorating a space I always start with an inspiration piece and that includes my Christmas decor. Something that is a “jumping off point” as one of my favorite designers, Sarah Richardon from HGTV says. Tt could be a paint color, colors pulled out of a rug or piece of art or fabric. This year, while searching for Christmas ideas and inspiration, I happened to see this black mirror in the Ballard Designs catalog and thought hmmm, black. Then I remembered I had this red and black shirt pillow (a pillow made from a button down shirt) that I made last year and it all came together. I’ll carry the rustic theme through from my fall decor and it will be a rustic, woodland, Red, White and Black Christmas!
Here’s how it all started, the black mirror from Ballard…
So pretty but too expensive. I have a window frame that I’ll paint black and I’ll be able to get the same look for literally no money because I already have the paint too.
The second piece, the shirt pillow…
I made this pillow using a man’s shirt I picked up at the Salvation Army for like $7. I forgot to take pictures of that one (blogger fail) but here’s how I made one this summer using a $4 women’s shirt…
These are so simple and you don’t even have to sew it. After I cut out the square, I turned it inside out and used fabric glue on the edges on 3 and a half sides, leaving just enough room on one side open to stuff it. I turned it back right side out and stuffed it with stuffing and then glued the remainder. I didn’t even have to do anything to the buttons. So easy and so cute right?
Anyhoo, back to Christmas…In keeping with the rustic black, red and white theme, I picked up the North Pole pillow and the plaid HOME pillow at Marshall’s. I started pulling all of my Christmas decor from last year and realized I also had quite a bit of black and red already. I happened to get this red bowl/tray last year which was a thrift store find for just $2 and I printed the deer silhouette off Google images last year as well and put it in a rustic wood frame. The birch candle holder was from target.
The black and red metal chippy tray is one of my favorite pieces. I got it from antiquefarmhouse.com The other big project was a large chalkboard with a whitewashed frame. I picked this frame up at a thrift store for just $5. I removed the picture and used chalkpaint to paint the glass. It will be a great backdrop for an upcoming birch bark wreath project. (both posts coming soon)
So I’ll bring in lots of wooden pieces and accessories, lots of pillows as well as some some silver accessories for a little Holiday bling. I will have the Full Christmas tour and lots more Christmas decor projects coming soon!
It’s all coming together!! I can already picture Christmas morning and I’m so excited! Here’s to finding your inspiration!