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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 Christmas Home Tour

I told myself no decorating till 1 December, but I fell 3 weeks short of my goal. Oh well. With so much Christmas in the shops already, it's hard not to get in the spirit of things. That being said, I wanted to keep things simple this year. So here we go ...


On my entry chalkboard I added my gold reindeer. 

And on the secretary I added my favourite little flocked trees, with my favourite tin trees and framed Christmas carol. Lastly,  a hanging star and bells ornament on the lock key.


On the french doors leading into the living room, ...

I hung two gorgeous little wreaths with rusted bells and burlap bows.

So here is our living room, and our tree. 

I went with a predominately neutral and gold theme this year.

Adding lots of sprigs and stars and baubles and reindeers. 
And a white tinsel garland wrapped around.

I also added clusters of curled ribbons which look pretty spectacular if I do say so myself.

I used a large flower and various sprigs to create a fantastic tree topper.

And to place my tree in this year, I purchased this beautiful wicker basket. 

I made a stocking hanger from an old plank of wood and some old hooks.

I also added lots of Christmasy stuff to to our display cabinet, including the red Xmas letters I purchased on sale last year.

I loved the wreath I created last year with rusted cookie cutters so I rehung it on the front of the display cabinet.

And I brought out my DIY deer cushions.

I went for a very simple classic centrepiece on my coffee table. I filled my recently purchased metal tray with a candle, surrounded by pinecones and a green garland.

I decked out the corner next to our sofa. 

Hanging my DIY wooden Christmas tree and adding a cute white bell wreath to the chalkboard sign.

This is my wooden tree all lit up. 

And in my old baking tins I added some cute plush reindeers that I also picked up on sale last year.

This is the corner next to the tv.

I hung my DIY Merry Christmas sign from the window mirror.

The super sweet fabric angel, glass jar and tea light candle holder were all newly purchased recently at Lincraft for half price. Yep, Christmas sales already.

With my old milk can, I added some branches from the garden which I spray painted gold and used mod podge to adhere epson salts. (I saw this on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.) Then I added a sparkly gold fabric flower.


I kept the dining room very simple also. 
I put up my DIY large Christmas Trees sign.

Then hung one of my large DIY Christmas wreaths on my large DIY chalkboard.

And on the table, I added a matching centrepiece in a cane basket.

On my sideboard I added a little Christmas as well.

Two small faux trees, two cute reindeers, together with my wicker star and candles.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Home Tour.

Seasons Greetings!
:) Julie

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom & Some New Signs

I've made a few changes in the master bedroom of late.

Remember "the blue bug"? Well our main bedroom did not escape it's bite back in May.
Blue walls, blue blanket, blue sheets ...

Firstly, the wall colour has changed to Dulux Limed White Full. I love this relaxing colour. It's a great neutral for the bedroom.

The art work above the bed is new. I printed off some of our wedding photos in black and white and framed them. Then I created a new sign to go in the middle.

I used a board of pine, painted it white, faux drew in the planks and printed and traced on my wording. Then coloured the words with marker and lightly dry brush the boards with black paint to give them an aged effect. (The date is our wedding day!)

The blue blanket has been replaced with a brown one.

Our sheets are white and the pillow cases are a neutral stripe.

The cushion is one I bought last year at Christmas.

The opposite wall was also repainted and new artwork hung. 

I made this sign by simply printing the wording on white paper and piecing it together.
Then placing it in a rectangular wood frame.

The window frame, which used to be above the bed is now on the opposite wall also.
I just added a twig wreath to the front. 

I also added some faux potted succulents on each side table. 

And a basket on my side as well.

I couldn't be happier with how the room looks now.

:) Julie

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