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Christmas Home Tour {Part One} – and a $500 Giveaway!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I seriously love Christmas, y’all. We decorated the house a little early this year and I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks. I’ve basically turned into Buddy the Elf. Our first Christmas with our baby girl is adding to the excitement for sure! 

Carrie from Lovely, etc. invited me to join in on her “A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour” this year, along with 24 other fabulous bloggers. Be sure to check out all of the other tours for more Christmas inspiration. Their links are at the bottom of this post…along with a $500 giveaway! HOLLA! 

Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Part OneI’ll be sharing the first half of our home all Christmas-ified today; our living room and kitchen. I’ll mostly just share photos with minimal dialogue. If you have any questions about sources, feel free to ask! 

Christmas Tree 2015

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This year, the tree was trimmed with a red & white checkered burlap ribbon and a felted ball garland. We opt for sentimental ornaments over a themed tree. Our tradition is to pick up an ornament on vacations or for any momentous occasion. This year we’ve added some sweet pink to the tree! :)

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christmas-tour-2015-18I really love the mantel this year. It’s fun and whimsical! I used my sparkly bottle brush trees again, but also added our little deer friend. 

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christmas-tour-2015-20Lucy’s adorable stocking came from TaDa! Creations on Etsy. I’m officially obsessed with this shop. 

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christmas-tour-2015-1Another tradition we’ve started in recent years is purchasing a new Christmas album to play on our record player. Among my favorites are A Christmas Gift for You and Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby. This year’s addition is the Beach Boys Christmas Album. So much fun!

christmas-tour-2015-23I loved our kitchen table centerpiece so much last year, I kept it the same. I love my thermi! ;)

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christmas-tour-2015-4The coffee bar got a little holiday touch, as well as a few Christmas vignettes throughout the kitchen. 

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christmas-tour-2015-10I’ll be back soon with the rest of our Christmas home tour. Until then, here’s a little sneak peek! 

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Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.

Monday

Monday

Lovely Etc.

Thrifty and Chic

Bigger than the Three of Us

Tuesday

Tuesday

One Krieger Chick

All Things With Purpose

The Happy Housie

Blue I Style

Little Red Brick House

Wednesday

Wednesday

Southern State of Mind

Seeking Lavender Lane

Designing Vibes

The Tale of an Ugly House

Domicile 37

thursday

Thursday

Like a Saturday

It All Started With Paint

Little House of Four

Boxy Colonial

The Turquoise Home

Friday

Friday

A House Full of Sunshine

Making it in the Mountains

View from the Fridge

Casa Watkins

Shabby Grace Blog

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Top posts of 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday weekend! As we begin to wrap up another year, I’m taking a look back at the most popular Like a Saturday posts of 2014. Let’s do this New Year’s style and count down from 10! 

Most popular posts of the year

10) DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

I love an easy project, and this is perhaps the easiest of them all! I still love our illuminated ampersand. This would also be adorable in a child’s room — an oversized, monogram night light! 

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9) Industrial Farmhouse Coffee Bar

This is probably my favorite project of the entire year. I still smile at it every morning. Which may be because of my unhealthy obsession with coffee, but I do love how it turned out. 

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8) Greeting Card Organizer

You will notice a theme with some of these popular posts. You guys love your organization! Organizing your greeting cards with a mini-binder couldn’t be easier. There are a couple free printables available for this as well. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

7) Day-to-Day Life Organization

I went over a bit of how I keep myself organized on a day-to-day basis. My system worked really well for me in a crazy year. I’m making a couple of tweaks going forward in 2015 that I’ll be sharing with you soon! 

Systems to help you get and stay organized in your day-to-day life -- to help simplify your life and make your days run smoother!

6) Laundry Room Reveal

Another favorite post. I’m so happy with how our laundry room turned out! I wanted it to be pretty since it’s at the end of our main hallway {you can see it from the living room} and the door is pretty much always open. I get a lot of great comments on it when we have company! 

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5) Pantry Remodel and Organization

My dad gutted my parents’ pantry and did a complete overhaul. I helped with the organization and share some tips in this post. 

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4) Almond Joy Smoothie

This smoothie is seriously delicious, and its healthy too! I’m thinking it’s time to pull out the blender and get back on a smoothie kick! 

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3) Managing the Paper Clutter

Another organizational post. This system has been a game changer! We’ve been able to keep the paper clutter at bay without losing our minds. I was so glad we had this system in place before starting our adoption process this year. Talk about your paper train! I was easily able to find everything we needed. Tax season should be a breeze as well! 

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2) How to Paint Your Trim

I had grand plans to repaint all of our trim this year, but we only got to the bathrooms and laundry room. I’ll be using my own advice when I try to tackle this task in 2015. 

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1) How to Hang Patio Lights

This absolutely cracks me up — the post that almost wasn’t. Seriously, y’all — this post was a complete afterthought. I didn’t think anyone would really be all that interested, but it has consistently been the post with the most traffic this year. Who knew! 

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I was happy to see that my two favorites – the coffee bar and laundry room – made the list. Often times the posts you put the most effort into don’t gain as much traction. Meanwhile, you have the patio light posts blowing your mind. Haha! :)

What was your favorite post or project this year?

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Color Blocked Tree

One day in November, I looked my husband in the eye and said words I never thought would come out of my mouth. “Under no circumstances should you allow me to buy any more Christmas trees this year”. His reply? “Done”. 

You see, I have a Christmas tree of some sort in every room of the house. Even the laundry room! That’s 7 trees {not counting the bottle brush, glass and ceramic trees of course}. It’s a disease. 

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The after-Christmas sales got me one last time this past January, and another adorable white tree practically jumped into my arms…..for only $9! It even came with ornaments! 

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I kinda forgot about it between January and December…and I rolled my eyes at myself when I found it in my garage. All’s well that ends well, though — and this little cutie looks awesome in our office! 

I arranged the Christmas ornaments that came with it in a color-blocked pattern. I had a faux lamb skin from Ikea for a future project on hand — which makes a lovely tree skirt! 

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The tree topper was another post-Christmas sale find, at Walgreens of all places! It’s a nice throw back to Christmases past, and its colored lights coordinate so well with the vibrant bulbs.  

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Does anyone else have a sick obsession with Christmas trees like me? How many are in your house?

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