Come on in! I'm taking you on a tour of our home and all its Christmas dressing. It's certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Lee Schoolhouse with greenery and sparkle, wood and tin, lights and natural elements as well! Come see how we integrate all these elements for a simple Christmas feel. So, let's get started!
We recently painted our humble kitchen cabinets and we simply love how we can do so much with the color, but I never thought about using pops of red and green until this year! The cabinets are topped with a budget-friendly resuable garland which draws the eye up and is a nice topper. I cut fresh sprigs of Juniper off our tree and strung them from the cabinet doors with thin, red satin ribbon. I love the bluish berries, bright green leaves and the bright shiny, red satin ribbon against the gray doors! It really gives the kitchen a subtle look of being wrapped like a Christmas gift!
Do you see the mistletoe? Right over the sink! She who does the dishes (or he) gets a little more than a "thank you" this month! Hehe. I really do love all the green and red in our kitchen! The gingerbread house is sitting atop a glass cake plate where my kitchen essentials (soaps, etc.) are usually sitting. Using a cake plate of some sort is a great way to get those essential things up off the counter top. It makes it look nice and clean. I still have my beloved antique mason jars in the window. I'm planning on filling them with Bob's soft candy canes and some hard Christmas candies! Even though our kitchen doesn't have granite countertops or the commonly sought after farm sink, we are so thankful for the feel it gives to our home.
I don't have a lot of surfaces like a mantle or shelves on which to set things and normally, I don't have a lot of "dainties" set out since we have such active little ones. However, at Christmas, I do have a few little keep sakes I like to put out. Our piano takes center stage a lot during the month of December. I chose to congregate bright golds here and mix it with the soft natural woods of the nativity set, the chalkboard and the paino itself.
The sign on the piano was made a few years ago as my first attempt at a sign! Ha! It reads, "Make the Season Bright" and is painted with sparkly gold paint.
I've since faired a bit better with signs. You can see the Hot Cocoa sign in part II of our home tour and the biggest surprise, the large distressed sign that will go in our living room for the seaon! Can't wait to show you that one, so check back!
You can make a sign a couple different ways. Check out my DIY boards on pinterest for ideas.
The last stop on this tour is our front porch. Now, I wasn't even sure what I was going to do this year to keep it simple until my mom gave me all this reusable greenery! Thanks, MOM! I love how it turned out with our bright turquoise bench (always a challenge in any season besides summer). Maybe we should paint it white... hmm. I like the greenery in the basket. Baskets are wonderful to use when decorating and keeping it simple! They're a naturally beautiful element and everything looks better in a basket!
This little white chair is just right for my baby girl and it's by far my most favorite piece! The tin wash bin with the evergreen and a couple of peices of fire wood looks so rustic and so cute! I love it! I thought about putting lights in it. What do you think?
This concludes our tour, part I. I can't wait to share with you some more Christmas dressings in our home next week! What are your favorite Christmas decorations in your home? I'd love to see pictures or comments!
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