Welcome to the 3rd annual Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour!
I can’t believe this is my third year doing the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour with these fabulous blogger friends. If you’re coming from Shelly’s home at Confetti Style, welcome! I just love Shelly and she is a fellow Atlanta designer. I love what she has done with her beautiful new home. This is a 3 part series where we will share different parts of our home for three consecutive weeks. This post is sponsored by SmithHönig and Amara but all thoughts, opinions and scratches from the DIY garlands are my own.
Each year, it’s so fun to see how our homes are decorated for the holidays. I love seeing my home evolve and how my style changes and stays the same year after year. We hope you gain inspiration as you “tour” all of our homes. I’m big on packing a punch and am passionate about affordable design and decorating. I believe everyone can create a beautiful home with some love, creativity and a little DIY elbow grease.
Here’s the whole line up of my talented blogger friends.
For this year’s front entrance, I created a garland and you can find those simple steps from my youtube video. Basically, you go outside, weather the insects and snakes (yes it really did happen to me) and clip a bunch of greenery, add it to a faux garland and put some bows on it! Okay, there are a few more steps but that’s really it! I also made my wreath and it’s large and in charge. I love how crazy and unkempt it looks. Basically, it looks like me on most days. I bought those two little trees on the side from a garage sale for $1 last summer. $1 PEOPLE! It was cheaper than McDonalds. I bought those black urns for also $1!! Notice a theme here? #imcheap Garage and estate sales are the place to go when you want to find some treasures. Some people are too proud to go thrifting and I’m happy to say I am NOT one of those people. Oh wait, that grapevine wreath was also a $1! I should’ve named this post $1 Christmas decorating. If you want to actually pay for some of these items, I’ve sourced similar items for you so you can click on those links since I know garage sales aren’t too popular this time of year.
I am so excited to show you my new foyer. It’s new because I took this old, dilapidated buffet table from my friend and gave it new life. It was in really bad condition with warped wood and it was very dirty. I sanded it down, cleaned her up and gave her a fresh coat of paint. Ain’t she beautiful? I \had to paint the top black bc it was so badly damaged but I actually love the two toned look. You can see a bunch more of my DIY projects on the blog.
The coke crate came back out to hold some beaded fruit ornaments. A little shiny never hurt nobody.
I love how boxwood wreaths are used year round and I put one up against an old vintage gold mirror. I also found that mirror for very little money at a garage sale. When I saw Goldie, I didn’t exactly know where she’d go but once I hung her here, it was meant to be all along. I bought those cute nesting houses from Target’s collaboration with Magnolia. Darn you, Joanna Gaines! Why do you make everything so beautiful!? #takeallmymoney
Black and white striped ribbon adds a nice, modern detail. I reuse my ribbon every year and you should too!
stole graciously took this beautiful nativity set from my SIL. Other than one of the wise men’s heads that fell off, it is perfect. I love the reminder of sweet baby Jesus born in that manger. Some people bring baby Jesus out on Christmas day but knowing me and my kids, we wouldn’t be able to find him come Christmas morning. He’s better left out here all season long.
I bought those black and white napkins from Target and made a little runner by overlapping them on the table. It goes with the black and white theme.
I went very untraditional this year for my Christmas living room. I know my style isn’t for everyone but man, I love a good navy and pink. Sometimes, it’s fun to do what everyone else is NOT doing. I’m continually learning to embrace my funky design aesthetic.
These stockings are from Kellie and Melanie’s new company at SmithHonig and they are just so good. They sent each of us sample of the fabrics and since I couldn’t narrow it down to one, I went with both! They are so modern, fun and sassy! You guys, those flocked wreaths are $9.99 from Walmart. Go run to the store and get your own because they are gorgeous and won’t last long in the stores. I had one from last year and bought another one recently to have them over the mantle. My mantle garland tutorial can be found on this you tube video.
Ok, now for the spectacular tree. I have never had such a gorgeous tree and I have been wanting a flocked tree forever now. When King of Christmas decided to gift me this 8 ft prince flocked tree, I did the happiest dance you ever did see. It’s such a beauty! I went untraditional here because I didn’t use a single ornament. They are all just branches, floral stems and ribbon I saved from clearance aisles all year long! Oh I love him so! He is radiant!
Prince Flock has absolutely no bad angle. Such a show off right?
A simple gauzy ribbon was tied on the wreaths. I saved the ribbon from Michael’s spring clearance. Just because it’s pink doesn’t mean you can’t use it for Christmas!
My DIY mantle garland is still going strong! I love adding fresh eucalyptus to any Christmas garland.
The vibrancy of the colors on the fabric is just too yummy. SmithHonig has a wide selection of beautiful and bold fabrics you can choose from. Thank you, SmithHonig! I will treasure these stockings forever. I even ordered 6 just in case we house a child for Christmas as we’re going through the process of fostering.
The two stone looking wooden bowls were sent to me from Amara and they are so versatile. I love the natural look and it holds ornaments so beautifully. I will definitely be using these all year round.
If you’re in need of an Advent calendar, this one from Amara is simple and inexpensive. I hung mine on my old vintage window frame. I created this moody garland this Fall and you can find that tutorial here.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! Next on the list is Kate at Chic on a Shoestring. Be sure to check out her lovely home.
Please be sure to visit all the other bloggers on the tour today. You don’t want to miss this round up.
- Love Your Abode
- Chic on a Shoestring
- Rover at Home
- Positively Southern
- Green with Decor
- M Jones Style
- Confetti Style
We will back sharing part 2 next week of the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour. Have a great week, friends! And thank you for all the love surrounding my last post on our journey towards fostering. My heart is so encouraged.
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14