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Classic Christmas Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to our 2017 Christmas Home Tour – part 1!  Vintage pieces and red and black accents are the inspiration for our Christmas decor this year. Come on in!

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Foyer - & Great room Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love these mini Christmas trees! I bought the cute little wooden crate at Michaels on clearance. It was unfinished so I stained it with Minwax in Espresso.  I wrapped the base of the smaller tree in a sleeve from an old men’s plaid shirt and I picked up the antique lantern at a shop over the summer. It’s never too early to shop for Christmas.  One of my tips in 20 ways to decorate for Christmas on a budget.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room sled and cute mini trees - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The antique sled was a sweet find at the Brimfield Antiques Show a couple of years ago.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Entry Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This antique typewriter was definitely inspiration for our Christmas decor.  I love the black and red together. The deer picture is simply a free printable I found on line and framed.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room Shelf- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

I made the Christmas tree sign last year from an old door. I used basic stencils and craft paint, nothing fancy. The plaid fabric around the mini tree is a gift bag from the Target Dollar Spot.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room Little Red Truck - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This sifter is from another Brimfield trip and the truck I picked up at HomeGoods a few years ago for my sons room. I borrow it for Christmas each year. 🙂

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Rustic Entry Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Rustic Entry Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Roo

 

The mantel is always a layering process for me. I start with a main focal piece like the window.  (from my Christmas tour 2015) I purchased it at a garage sale, painted it black and used mirror effect spray paint (looking glass) on the glass.

Our new (old) wood box this year is an old grain cart. Hubby reinforced it to hold enough wood for a few days. We heat our house with the wood stove 24 hours a day so we can’t really hang anything from the mantel.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room Fireplace - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There’s no rhyme or reason to decorating our tree. It’s truly a family tradition where we open all of the boxes of ornaments and just start placing. No rules, all types of ornaments. Many of the ornaments are things we made or have collected over the years on vacations. There’s even one my husband made with his cute little picture in it from when he was 6. 🙂

I picked up the wrapping paper at Michaels. I love the brown paper mixed with the red and the deer print mixed with the polka dots.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great room Tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These cute cookie cutter ornaments were one of the DIY’s I shared a couple of weeks ago in 3 Easy DIY Christmas decor projects.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - DIY ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the “rusty” patina.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room and kitchen - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is the view from the dining room into the kitchen and great room. You can see the black hutch makeover here. I’ll share the kitchen, dining room and mudroom in a few days. 🙂

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour 2017 - Dining Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added some black and red to the entry with the skis and skates and books are always a decor go to for me.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Foyer winter accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I made this wreath from a basic green wreath I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby. I found the scarf, which I cut lengthwise in half to use as the “ribbon”, and the skates at a thrift store for $4. I wired the skates on with floral wire and tucked some greenery and berries in.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Foyer Vintage Skates Wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love looking at Pinterest and other blogs at neutral Christmas decor and find it so pretty and calm. For me, though, I just love the pops of red, especially with the black accents.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great room and tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed part one of our Classic Christmas Home Tour. Next time I’ll share the kitchen, dining room and mudroom all decked out. I hope you’ll check it out.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Christmas Decor Inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Christmas Tree Decor Inspiration

Hi Friends! Is anyone else as excited about decorating for Christmas as I am??  I have to admit I actually started going through my Christmas stash the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’ve even shared some new Christmas decor projects already. I may add  a few things here and there but I pretty much use the same decor pieces every year. I try to update the look by how I use things or where I place certain pieces. This year I decided to get a little crazy and put a Christmas tree in our master bedroom so today is all about the tree! I’m so excited to share my tree with you below and so are these other lovely bloggers! Talk about inspiration!

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 40 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela  

Kim | Day to Day Adventures | Annie | All Things Big and Small 

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane  Erlene | My Pinterventures 

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

| Jolene | Create Pray Love Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy Bits

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications | Stephanie | Abbotts At Home

  | Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

 

You all know I love a bargain. 🙂

I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a tree just for our room but I was lucky enough to find this faux tree at my favorite thrift store for $20! I hadn’t taken it out of the box before I bought it, I just hoped for the best and was so pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful tree inside. It had lights and pine cones 🙂

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom tree ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

I went a little out of my comfort zone with this one. I love a more casual farmhouse look but with this I used only gold, red and white ornaments. On the real tree we have in our great room (which I’ll share this week) we use every ornament we have ever collected or that one of us has made. There’s no rhyme or reason for placement, we all just place them where they feel like they should go. It’s truly a family activity and we have fun with it.

I actually took my time with this tree. I found that layering helps with the balance and depth. Since the lights were already on, I started with the ribbon. Then I started with the larger white, almost silver balls farther back in the branches. They look so pretty when they reflect the light.

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - White balls - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I worked my way out with the smaller ones, layering the red and gold.  All of these ornaments either came from a thrift store, garage sale or were purchased on clearance after the season.

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

To tie it all together, I used a simple red tree skirt and some of the paper and packages I used last year which you can see here.  I love the way the red and gold shine but I also love the simplicity of the brown paper.

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom tree and gifts - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Tree Vignette - Master Bedroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a few more touches of red with some berries placed here and there and that was it. I know some people like the look of just the neutral white and gold but I love red at Christmas.

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom tree with ribbon - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The one thing I forgot about was a tree topper. I guess that’s something I’ll have to add for next year because I will definitely do this again. I love having a different, more formal feel to this Christmas tree. Do you have more than one tree in your home? I would love to see it. 🙂

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom - Christmas Tree inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Happy Decorating!

Col

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Now let’s check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!

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Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015 – Kitchen

Welcome to the Bringing Christmas Home tour day 4 – Kitchen Edition. I am so excited to be a part of the tour with these lovely and talented ladies and to share our Christmas Kitchen decor today. Please stop by their sites to check out their beautiful rooms, too. You’ll find their links below.

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015

 

Although I love decorating for Christmas, I try to keep the holiday decor simple in the kitchen because, let’s be honest, it doesn’t always look like this. As in most homes, the kitchen is the hub of our house and it can get crazy busy around here. That island is usually covered in mail, snacks, backpacks and homework just to name a few of the things that are thrown on there. So we keep the decor mixed in with other everyday things where possible. And, as usual, some of it is DIY or thrift store finds.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Lots of little things in the kitchen make a big impact. I love the red, black and white!

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Instead of going overboard, I used the greens and pine cones where I could and red accents. I made this 1-9 sign out of an old left over piece of wood from another project. The basket and books are thrift store buys.

 

Rustic Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

I also made this chalkboard out of an old picture I picked up for just $5 at a thrift store. The Advent calendar was a gift from my hubby years ago from Pottery Barn.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple bits of greenery make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple bit of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

Christmas in the Kitchen, Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek. Simple touches of red and green make it feel festive without feeling overdone.

 

I hope you enjoyed the Kitchen part of the Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015.  I hope you’ll stop back tomorrow to see our last stop on the tour and pop in to the other bloggers spaces to say Hi and see what beautiful spaces they have created!

 

Shelstring

Momcrieff

 

Have a wonderful day and Happy DIY’ing!
Col

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015 – Family Room

Welcome to the Bringing Christmas Home tour 2015 and my family room! I LOVE decorating for Christmas up in the Northeast and I am so happy to be able to share it with you. It’s a full senses kind of thing; from the smell of fresh pine and cinnamon to the feel of the fuzzy throws on the couch. (Let’s not forget the freezing temperatures outside and the warmth of the fire place inside) It’s the taste of hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, the site of the beautifully decorated Christmas lights in our small town don’t forget the sound of the Christmas music that starts the day after Thanksgiving!

For my Christmas home tour I am thrilled to have teamed up with some very talented bloggers who have created some great spaces to share with you too. Each day we will be showing you beautiful and creative ways we’ve decked our halls. I hope you’ll join us!

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015

 

Today we’d love to share Christmas in the Living Room. I am beyond excited for this one because it is the first year we have had a completed fireplace and I couldn’t wait to decorate it. (in our house we call it the Great Room). I found my INSPIRATION early this year with a pillow I had made and from looking through the Ballard catalog. I tend to stay with the core pieces each year (which, up in the Northeast is lots of pine cones and greens) but add new and interesting touches. Of course, as a DIY nut, I also try to create some things myself.

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This year I picked up the deer head at Marshall’s but decided to mount it to create a slightly bigger piece. I think it fits in better with the rustic feel.

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also made the red tree picture and the Joy sign. The pillows are from Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and Walmart.

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Details - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The tree is ENORMOUS and I love it! I asked my hubby for a big tree and he did not disappoint!

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Christmas Tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Christmas Ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Christmas Crafts - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Christmas Details - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Adirondack Christmas -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Christmas Bells -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Singing Jingle Bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas Fire Place -Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas Family Room - Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Family Room At Christmas - Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas in the family room - Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas in the family room - Bringing Christmas Home Tour 2015- Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Pop back in tomorrow to see what these lovely ladies and I have been up to in the Dining Room!

Check out their Living rooms:

Poofy Cheeks

Christmas Tree Lane

Momcrieff

New House New Home

One More Time

The Small Stuff Counts

My Life From Home

 

Enjoy your day and happy DIY’ing!

Col