Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Front Porch 2017

Happy Thursday! I'm so excited to be participating in The Christmas Festival Blog Tour this week. Hosted by the amazing Kendra at Kendra has spent a lot of time putting this blog tour together. Thank you so much Kendra! 
All bloggers are listed at the bottom of this post so you won't miss any of the amazing spaces and recipes.

If you are joining me from Erin Elizabeth Joan Designs  Front Porch, Welcome! I am so glad you are here today!

It gets really cold where I live and winters are hard on everything. I'm glad a have a bit of a covered porch so I can leave my Christmas décor out during the season.
I went with a rustic feel this year. I love greenery and natural elements in my décor. My garland is Faux{from Joann's Craft store} but the large pine cones{from Hobby Lobby} and birch logs are real.

Ignore the huge pillar in this next picture, It has to be there to help hold up my house or something! hahahaha!
This is my whole front porch. I've been wanting some white rocking chairs for a while and my sweet hubby got me some as an early Birthday gift, Isn't he sweet. They are from Wal-Mart but you can get them at The Home Depot or online. It's a little cold to be sitting out on them this month but they are fun to decorate.

Red pillows are from one of my favorite stores Tai Pan Trading. Seat Cushions are from my other favorite store World Market. Small tree is from Michaels craft store and basket is from Hobby Lobby.

I made this sled at a party my sister in law Cat @ Catherinas Creative Corner put on . Its from Natalie @crafts2you. Natalie makes a ton of different crafts, she puts them in a kit and you put it together, pain or stain it, its fun and easy! After staining my sled I added some greenery, eucalyptus, red berries and a home made bell garland{idea from Magnolia Home} and My favorite striped ribbon from World Market.

I just love the glow of Christmas lights at night!
 If you'll notice that I had to move my tree and cute gift from the chairs because my cats would shove them off so they could sleep on them, naughty kitties.

I liked keeping things simple and rustic this year. 
The natural Jute rug is from and the small cream rug is from Wal-Mart. I love to layer different colors and textures to give dimension and interest to a space..

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and see my front Porch.
Have a wonderful day friends!

Next stop on the Christmas Festival Blog Tour takes you to Christine at Little Brags

Other Bloggers on the Christmas Festival Blog Hop

Mantels on Monday

White Arrows Home    Repurpose and Upcycle  Timeless Creations 
Lemons to Lovely   Pennies from Heaven Home   One Happy Housewife

Vignettes on Tuesday

Recipes on Wednesday

Life Love Larson   Cali Girl In A Southern World   Crisp Collective
Love In My Oven   Countryside Cravings    Curly Crafty Mom

Front Porches on Thursday

Tablescapes on Friday

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry & Bright Blog Hop {Kitchen & Dining}

Welcome to our MERRY and BRIGHT Blog Hop Kitchen and Dining room!

I'm so sad that this is our last week of the blog hop. I have really enjoyed looking through all the Christmas inspiration from the other amazingly talented hosts. They are all so special in their own way and have such kind hearts. I've really grown to love each of them.

Welcome to my dining room. This is where we spend a lot of time together as a family.
My kitchen is in the same room as my dining room and my Living room is attached to it as well. I love having all of it open, one big space. Except when one or the other is a mess! hahaha!

I used the same theme in my whole house this year, lots of greenery, creams and pops reds. Below is the shelf in my dining area. I love decorating shelves and hanging décor from them too. I adore the glow of candles all over my home at Christmas time they create such a cozy feel. Real pomegranates are one of my favorite Christmas décor items. I made this sign in October, its one of my favorite things I added this year. its a good size 16x20 and fits perfectly on my shelf between the greenery and brass candle tapers.

I am so excited about my tablescape this year! I love doing tablescapes!! I have so much fun creating a special table setting with things I love from around my home. Pretty white plates are a staple for me, I love white dishes, they go with everything!

 I think this is my favorite table setting I've done so far. I love all the warm woods and reds together. and all the little cranberries sprinkled all over!! I also love my new silverware from World Market.
My faux candles help with the cozy ambiance I was hoping to create. I also used real small votive candles, I use these all over they are the cutest little accents. The main centerpiece is a simple bowl full of fresh goodies, pomegranates, apples and pines cones with rustic greenery.

Isn't this a fun view of my tablescape? It was a little tricky getting it just right since I couldn't see thru my camera lens!

Source List:
Table Runner, striped napkins, snowflake plates, silverware, cake plate, candles votive and wood chairs- all from world Market
White beaded plates -JCPenny
Goblets & large white bowl-Tai Pan Trading
Wood Chargers-DIY/Michaels tutorial here
Mercury Glass ornaments-Antique Farmhouse
Berry Garland-Michaels Craft store
Wood Tray-Hobby Lobby
Glass Jars-Target
Ginger bread Kit-World Market

I can't keep my dining table all decked out like the pictures above all the time, unfortunately.  I leave this cute table runner and a tray full of natural goodies and a few jars of my ginger bread houses. its easy to remove so we can use the table for our nightly dinners.

 This is the view of my kitchen from the family room.

My kitchen is not huge so I tried to keep things simple.  I hung a wreath in the window I made from a garland from Michaels. I love my glass Jars. I got the idea for this again from Kristen @ellaclaireinspired you can find her tutorial for these jars here on her blog. I love the jars with the ginger bread houses in them, more greenery and Pomegranates.  

Our MERRY and BRIGHT BLOG HOP Continues with these gals inspiring kitchen and dining rooms!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flocked Trees DIY {decorated}

 Hey everyone!
I am so excited to share the two trees I DIY flocked a few months ago. It was really easy and gave new life to these trees I've had for about 14 years. My hubby gave them to me our first year of marriage. They are sentimental and I wanted to keep them. So I gave them a makeover. I am really happy with how they turned out.

 After DIY Flocking
I've always loved flocked trees. But I was a whimp and never dared get one because I was worried they were too messy.  Yes, they are messy but not too messy. 
I fell in LOVE Kristen's @EllaClaireinspired flocked tree in 2014 Seriously people it is perfection!!! So that is what I patterned my trees after. Go check out Kristen's blog. She is my all time favorite and has been for years! She is so sweet and talented . I love everything she touches. Her bedroom tree this year is no exception. It is gorgeous!!!

I'm obsessed with Mercury glass ornaments! I love them and have been collecting them for about 3 years. I love my flocked tree with these Mercury glass ornamends I got from Antique Farmhouse!! They are so cute!!

Source list:
Real DY
Mercury Glass Ornaments-Antique Farmhouse
Ribbon Online-Can't find where I got it!! I'll keep looking
Red Berries-Tai Pan Trading
Champaign twigs-Michaels {its actually a garland I cut apart}
Small Glass Glitter snowflakes- DIY wood snowflakes from Hobby Lobby
Silver Bells-Michaels

I love wrapping presents! A lot! When I was little my dream job was working at a department store wrapping gifts for Christmas and Birthdays! Nerd! But I'm still a nerd, I love wrapping gifts making them pretty. I don't go all out for my kids Christmas gifts cuz they don't care and wouldn't really appreciate the time spent. But for our parents I go all out! 

I hope your holiday season is a wonderful one full of happy memories with the ones you love! Thank you for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry and Bright Blog Hop {Living Room}

Welcome to another week of our Merry and Bright Blog Hop! I'm
 So happy to have you! 

You guys, I really love decorating my home for the Christmas season! It helps me keep a good perspective on the things that matter most to me. The reason for the season. That reason is to remember the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ! To spread his love. To help our neighbors and those that are less fortunate.

With that in mind, please enjoy my Christmas Living Room!
 This space, other than our kitchen is the room we spend most of our time together as a family. This room looks totally different than it did 5 years ago. I first painted the wood mantel and railing going down stairs white. Then I painted the whole room Revere Pewter. The ceiling got a coat of white paint to brighten things up. We also got new carpet and new couches. We get a ton of natural light through our large south facing windows so its a bit hard to photograph sometimes. I really kept things simple. Sometimes less is more right?

 Like I said before, we spend a lot of time in this room, so we have to have a TV in this room. We tried to not have one and everyone ended up in our room, NOT what I was after. Needless to say we put the TV back up above our fireplace. I don't love our corner fireplace, it's large and takes up a big amount of our room. But it is what it is and I and I decorate it the best I can. I do love my fireplace, I use it all the time in the winter.

I stayed neutral in this room with pops of red, green, brass and mercury glass. A rustic glam style I guess. I don't usually use red in my décor except for Valentines and Christmas. it just doesn't feel like Christmas to we without red in my home. Totally just my opinion, I see tons of beautiful homes with no red at all and they are just lovely.

The red sweater pillows are from Tai Pan Trading. I made the red and cream striped pillows from 20x20 napkins from World Market. Red and Cream stockings are from Hobby Lobby. I am on the hunt for more sweater looking stockings but haven't seen any I love yet. I love my brass candle tapers I purchased from Etsy months ago, they add so much to any space. Who doesn't love the glow of candles. As you can see I love candles, a lot.

I finally purchased this cute little wood side table from Wayfair. I have been eyeing it for over a year!! It went on major sale so I snatched it up quick. I'm so glad I got it., it's just so darn cute!

 Yes, I stood on my kitchen counter to get this shot!
I  have a little bit of decorating ADD, I move stuff around all the time! Things are moved to a different spot at any given time. Like the coffee table, I moved the tree and presents and put together a tray of faux candles and greenery you'll see in the picture below this one.

This is my favorite tray, I use it all over my home. It's from Hobby Lobby. The red berry garland is from Michaels, the small mercury ornaments are from Antique Farmhouse, they were a garland until I cut them apart and use them for ornaments. Eucalyptus is from Hobby Lobby.


Below is the view of my family room from my entryway. See how much light comes through those windows. It heats up our house so much, I love it! I do have to close the shutters by afternoon because it gets really warm, too warm sometimes.

I wasn't going to put garland on my railing this year because you really only see it when you're going down the stairs or when you walk into our family room. My daughter really, really wanted me to put some up. She kept asking and asking. Last week I finally had the time to put some up for her.

I added a simple berry wreath to my Hobby Lobby mirror. I made it from a grapevine wreath and a garland from Michales craft store then used my favorite striped ribbon from World Market 

I moved my picture of Jesus and put it on my entry table right when you come in our front door with my nativity, that left this wall open. I moved the scripture sayings that are usually over my bed and put them here. I love them like this above one another in stead of side by side. I love moving my things around and using them if different ways.

Another close up of my tree.

I bought this tree 2 years ago, It is 7.5 feet tall. The lights don't show up really well during the daytime but at night there are tons of light from the tree. There are several types of green foliage in this tree and I like the different texture and fullness it gives it. I do add more faux greens to my tree.

Tree source list:
Tree-Tai Pan Trading
Red glass ornaments-Tai Pan Traing
Mercury glass Ornaments (not totally oval shaped)-Tai Pan Trading
Striped Cream ribbon-Online
Red berries-Michaels 70% off
Faux pine green stems-Michaels 70% off
Glitter pines cones-Joann's
Frosted twigs-Michaels 70% off
Golden Mercury Glass Ornaments-Pottery Barn
Ruffle tree skirt-DIY by me
Large pine cones-Hobby Lobby
Honey comb round mercury glass ornaments- Home Goods
Collecting things for a Christmas tree takes time. I've been collecting mercury glass ornaments for a few years now. I get all my stuff on sale 50-70% off. Ribbon is a great inexpensive way to change the look of your tree if you want to mix things up each year. This year I wanted to lighten things up by adding this cream striped twill ribbon. I like the change it made.

Here is a little sneak peek at my dining and kitchen area I'll will be sharing next week! I can't wait!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and see my Christmas living room. I hope you had a good visit. I am almost finished with all my gift shopping, it's such a huge relief. Now I can relax and enjoy the holiday season.