Friday, December 6, 2013

Deck the Halls - Holiday House Walk 2013 - Stop 30

Hello!  I'm so glad you are here as I've been looking forward
to today all week!  Not only because it's Friday, but because
it's my turn to invite you in to tour our home at Christmas.

If this is your first time here, welcome and please make yourself at home.
If you're an old friend, welcome back!  It's always good to have you. 

I'm stop number 30, meaning we are almost at the end of this incredible
and inspiring tour. Have you been swooned away like I have?  I hope so.

This is my second year participating in this incredible
tour and I feel humbled to join such talented
friends like my sweet Beth from Unskinny Boppy.

Did you have a chance to visit her beautiful home?
 If not, please stop by as she is stop 29.

 A couple of days ago, I shared part 1 of our home (you can see it here
and today, I'm excited to share more of our home with you...
 Come on in...


The Front Entry/Mudroom 

Hubby recently built this little space for us. It serves as
 a place to hold our keys, hang our coats and keep our shoes.
 This year, I felt it important to make our home feel warm,
cozy and filled with the true meaning of Christmas.  This, after I
spoke of feeling frustrated and angry at not being able to afford
"new" and "better" Christmas decor, struggling with my own wants.

I realized I had been overlooking the true reason we celebrate
Christmas and so I now had a mission - to make our home as beautiful
as I possibly could, with things I already owned or had made myself.
Simplicity sometimes makes grand impressions.

It's these simple touches that make your house into a home...

Our Living Room
As soon as you walk in, our fluffy wonderful tree will greet you.  This year, I
chose a woodland/cabin theme as I wanted our home to feel inviting and warm.

Like the welcoming feeling of a warm roaring fire
in a log cabin after a fun day of playing in the snow.

Again, making simple displays that welcome the season with JOY.

 Did you notice the garland on the tree? 
it's not really a garland but scarves from the Dollar store.





Our Dining Room
As you can see, our home has an open concept, with
the dining room and living room sharing one large space.

No fancy table setting here...just a sweet and simple cocoa bar.
 Mugs with cozies in an old homemade fruit crate.
I played with different textures and patterns
and found the red is what keeps it cohesive.
Speaking of red, I carried those pops of red into the hutch.
And by simply placing some fresh fruit, greens and wild berries, you can
create a cohesive display without having to spend any or very little money.


Our Family Room

Here is a quick look at our chalk wall, which I'm
sure you can imagine I have a lot of fun with.

Across from the chalk wall, is our stairway (which still needs to be stained).

Once you turn the corner, you enter our family room, where you'll
often find this guy (when I'm not chasing him around trying to stop him
from eating our daughter's stuffed animals).  This is his spot, which he'll
claim - even if someone is sitting there - by parking himself on their lap.

This area is where I like to sit with my phone or read a book.  Some
of our most important family discussions have happened in this room.

 I think it's one of my favourite rooms in the house.



If you are new here, you may not know one of my
 passions is painting and particularly watercolor painting
(I painted these cards last year).

 And finally, you get a peek into my white vintage Christmas tree.
Can you believe I purchased it for less than $30 at our local thrift store?
 This year, I decided to use blue and reds, even though I second
guessed my decision as I'm usually more neutral.  But I think the gray
also serves as a neutralizer, therefore making the colours not so
overpowering...at least that's what I'm saying to convince myself.
If I can be honest, I'll tell you that I am the worst gift wrapper ever
and making these fake presents semi presentable took great effort!
I will have more details on the tree later next
week, but for now, here is a little peek...

I made these feathers using air drying clay and will have a
tutorial for you in the days to come.  If you follow me on Instagram,
you may have already seen a short video of me making them.

 Remember I said this year was mostly homemade?  Well, I even tackled
my fear of the sewing machine and made 5 pillows (these are 2 of them).

And there he is again, this time on my brand new pillows...
A Christmas dove.  How fitting that a beautiful white
 dove represents peace and it's the bird of the season.
 And here is our mantel. 

This is easily one of my simplest mantels to date.
Although always insecure of my mantels, I do love its
simplicity.  I made the trees out of cereal boxes, painted
them and sprinkled a little turquoise glitter on them.

 The stockings were made from the same toile as the pillow.


 And of course the little mini that means so much to our daughter 
as it was one of the last gifts given to her by my late father-in-law. 

That pretty much wraps up this part of our home tour,
but I will be sharing more of our home in days to come.

I hope you enjoyed your short stay and that you will join me again soon. 

Please make sure you visit Susie at her lovely home for Stop #31.


To see the tour from the beginning, visit Jennifer's blog here.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
much love,

I will be sharing our home at Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday house Linky party, come join us...:)

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72 comments:

  1. it's beautiful!!!!! i LOVE it! love all the red touches and how it pops against the softness of the rest!

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  2. your tour is fantastic and i love your home truly. the photos of your dog made me laugh especially that last one (which is an awesome shot btw). my dog is curled up next to me on the sofa on top of a euro pillow that now looks like it is only 12 in tall. the things they get away with lol

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  3. You're one amazing Artist Lucy; been following your work for a while now and I love it. You're one talented lady and I love how you bring things in harmony. Blessings on your work and on your creative spirit God gave you!

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  4. As always Lucy, so beautiful. I love the idea of scarves on the tree! And all the cozies on the mugs are adorable! Merry Christmas! Take care, Laura

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  5. So pretty, Lucy! I love all of your holiday touches. The plaid is great, but I think I told you that the other day. : ) Love your flocked Christmas tree.

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  6. Your home is so beautifully decorated! Every single bit! LOVE the doggie front facing photo!!! LOVE your artwork, too!!!! Simply gorgeous! Happiest of Holidays to you and your family!

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  7. Lucy your Christmas home is gorgeous!! i love every little detail!! Merry Christmas!!

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  8. Lucy, so much prettiness to take in I can hardly stand it!! ;) I'm sure I'll be looking at these photos of your home again and again!

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  9. I've never, in my life, seen such Christmas beauty. Every photo just takes my breath away.
    Just wonderful....

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  10. Oh holy night. I'm in love with every single thing, Lucy! My finger is going to fall off from pinning every photo!! Happy holiday, sweet lady!

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  11. Beautiful! Would you please share a tutorial on your cereal box trees? I would love to make them before Christmas! Thank you so much!

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  12. I am in love with your red and aqua vignettes! The birdcage is so incredibly beautiful, too! Your home is always amazing :)

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  13. Lucy, incredible!!! I love that you narrated this tour, so personal & stunning beyond words!!! Your images are breathtaking;). Oh how I adore you! Happy Friday, Jen

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  14. It looks absolutely beautiful, a lovely modern tree but no less beautiful than a traditional green one. As well as blogging on my personal blog (alaurentoherself) I also blog for www.distinctivechesterfields.com and we'd love it if you'd consider collaborating with us. You can find us on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/distinctivechesterfields.

    Lovely blog by the way x

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  15. Oh my goodness! My jaw actually dropped at the flocked tree with the plaid ribbon. Absolute perfection! I love it all!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  16. Thank you so much for the tour! Your home is so beautiful! The vignettes...magazine worthy! Love it!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful!!! I feel like you and I are kindred spirits. So many of the things you've done in your home, I would do or have done. As a matter of fact our homes seem very similar space wise. I love the $ store scarve garland and the feather ornaments. Who am I kidding, I love everything. Merry Christmas!!!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home--it's adorable. Where did you find the knit cup cozies? What a special touch they add. I enjoy "stopping" by each day. Merry Christmas!

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  19. beautiful home...love the hot chocolate bar and the little mini with the tree on top of it....the bokeh is beautiful in the picture. :)

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  20. Your home is absolutely beautiful!! I love all of the pops of red, the plaids -- those scarves on the tree are genius! I adore it all! :)

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  21. Wow !!! Your tree, decorations and whole house look like what I see in catalogs.
    Where do you store all of it ?

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  22. It is all so beautiful! I love your hand painted cards. I might borrow some of your ideas this weekend when I decorate my home. Thank you for sharing it all.

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  23. Lucy- your holiday home is an abundance of love, warmth and beauty. Just beautiful. Happy Holidays

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  24. Beautiful, gorgeous outstanding! I love it all.

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  25. Soo soo soo beautiful!! I just always adore your soft style- this is gorgeous!!

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  26. absolutely stunning. I want to move in. I love it!

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  27. Oh Lucy, you are extremely talented!! I adore everything you share <3

    Fotini

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  28. I love that your mugs have sweaters. So cute. The pops of red and blue are wonderful. They go well together and look great among the white.

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  29. Oh Lucy, Your home is gorgeous. I love everything. I'm also envious of your photography skills. Your photos are incredible!

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  30. Lucy Lu!
    I love everything. The blues and reds? So gorgeous, fresh, and homey all at the same time. What color gray are your walls? Love that. Fabulous decorating and staying true to you. My favorite is the mini cooper with the tree. XoXo.

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  31. Lucy Lu!
    I love everything. The blues and reds? So gorgeous, fresh, and homey all at the same time. What color gray are your walls? Love that. Fabulous decorating and staying true to you. My favorite is the mini cooper with the tree. XoXo.

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  32. Lucy Lu!
    I love everything. The blues and reds? So gorgeous, fresh, and homey all at the same time. What color gray are your walls? Love that. Fabulous decorating and staying true to you. My favorite is the mini cooper with the tree. XoXo.

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  33. As always, Lucy, your home, your decorating, your photography, your art and your words are both beautiful and heartwarming! Every little detail is absolutely gorgeous!

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  34. Lucy, your home is absolutely beautiful and I had to try and refrain from pinning every single photo! I love everything, including your dog who appears to be enjoying sitting on your new pillows :) Our little Bailey does the same thing and sometimes will even cry if I'm sitting in "her" spot, lol.

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  35. Hello Lucy !
    Je suis arrivée chez toi avec le tutoriel des photophores en écorce de bouleau.... merci !
    J'ai visité ton univers et j'adoreee ! C'est si typique, si chaleureux !
    Je suis ravie de mon tour chez toi....
    Continues !
    Isa
    http://unairdefamille69.canalblog.com/

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  36. I think you can stop even considering buying lots of "new" stuff - your decorations are so lovely, and of course, unique!

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  37. Ummmm, how have I never blog-stalked you before?!? Amazing home/writing/photography/design! Thanks for the tour and the inspiration!

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  38. So beautiful, Lucy. I love all the pops of red and blue and your white tree is gorgeous. Oh, and your pup what beautiful eyes - how can you get mad at that face? x

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  40. what a GORGEOUS home!!
    i love all your details. and i especially love your watercolor paintings. beautiful
    the deer with antlers pillow..wow...& just found it on the previous post...so beautiful!
    merry christmas!

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  41. Beautiful home! I love your idea with the scarves! And you coffee mugs cozies! Please share where they are from!

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  42. Absolutely breathtaking, Lucy. I just love your style...airy, comfortable and beautiful. Thanks for giving us a peak into your home.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  43. Lucy it's all absolutely stunning!! I love your woodland theme and especially the scarves on the tree. So, so beautiful. Those toile stockings are seriously my favorite...well actually I don't think I can pick a favorite thing but they're up there! What I love most is seeing your beautiful heart reflected in each detail. Merry Christmas to you sweet friend!
    Vanessa

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  44. Totally beautiful! The chalkboard wall is so cute! LOVE how light and bright it all is! So festive! Merry Christmas! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  45. Lucy, you never disappoint. I love your artistry throughout your home. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful holiday home!

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  46. Simple and Simply Beautiful. I would love a tutorial on how you made the gorgeous cereal box Christmas trees!

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  47. Lucy, I honestly don't know how it could have been any more beautiful if you had spent a ton of money! This is right up there with my favorite Christmas tours this year. "Gorgeous" is an understatement!

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  48. So gorgeous!! I loved the cozy cabin feel; the hot cocoa bar is a perfect addition! It's so inspiring that you chose to use what you have and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!! You did an amazing job!

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  49. I love it. The pops of red are fabulous.

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  50. Oh how much I want a white tree. You are so lucky to have found yours thrifted. Its beautiful and is my favorite room in your house. I used red two years ago and as fun as it was i couldn't wait to return to a white christmas.

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  51. Do you have a tutorial for the cereal box trees? I thought they were bark until I read the description. I LOVE them. Your home is gorgeous through and through!

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  52. I can't think of what to say other than - - - AMAZING!

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  53. I love your house always but especially around Christmas time!!! Beautiful!
    XO
    Kristin

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  54. Those mugs cozies are so AWESOME, please please, we're did you get them. Your home is amazing, wish i could pull something like that...

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  55. I would love to know if there is a pattern for your mug sweaters. They are the cutest ones I've found.

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  56. I am so smitten with your white tree! I want one so badly for our home!

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  57. Love your snowy tree!! Even though here in Australia it`s our summer ( you wouldn`t think so outside right now! ) I LOVE your mug sweaters, bought or made??? Want Want Want I here you on the words at the start about the true meaning of christmas, but I really want the mug sweaters! Merry Christmas from Australia!!

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  58. Love your snowy tree!! Even though here in Australia it`s our summer ( you wouldn`t think so outside right now! ) I LOVE your mug sweaters, bought or made??? Want Want Want I here you on the words at the start about the true meaning of christmas, but I really want the mug sweaters! Merry Christmas from Australia!!

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  59. Love your snowy tree!! Even though here in Australia it`s our summer ( you wouldn`t think so outside right now! ) I LOVE your mug sweaters, bought or made??? Want Want Want I here you on the words at the start about the true meaning of christmas, but I really want the mug sweaters! Merry Christmas from Australia!!

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  60. Oh my gosh Lucy... you've captured such a sense of calm and beauty. It's hard to put into words what your home makes me feel like. Just adore your style and photography!

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  61. Wow! Lucy, I did not look at any of the other homes but yours is absolutely fabulous. You are a true artist, have a keen eye for color and design and SO unbelievably CREATIVE! Excellent!

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  62. So many great ideas in this post! Inspiring.
    Sherry

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  63. It is so stunning Lucy, you are really a master photographer. I feel like I pinned your whole tour!

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  64. That is the most beautiful house I have ever seen. It was exactly my style and everything I've ever been looking for. I adore you. It is so very lovely. I have looked at all the other homes in the blog party and yours is undoubtedly my favorite.

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  65. I LOVE your style! So cozy and festive! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. I love your home! Especially the fur ball on the sofa! He's gorgeous. I lost two this year and its really tough not having them here! They were ALWAYS on the furniture. We sat on the floor! That's why it's called "fur-niture" !
    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  67. I love your home! Especially the fur ball on the sofa! He's gorgeous. I lost two this year and its really tough not having them here! They were ALWAYS on the furniture. We sat on the floor! That's why it's called "fur-niture" !
    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  68. Oh my goodness! I just love how you decorate. Your home sweet home is gorgeous. <3

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  69. Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us during the holidays Lucy! I love your white Christmas tree - stunning. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  70. wow youve so much with what you have; such talent. it's so beautiful and festive. I love your Aussie too -- we are an Aussie family also (Austin & Pearl)

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  71. I love the flocked tree! Where is it from?

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