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“Our Homes for the Holidays“ ~ 2017 Blog Hop #OurHomesfortheHolidays

"Our Homes for the Holidays" ~ 2017 Blog Hop #OurHomesfortheHolidays

December 9, 2017

Ann

"At Christmas, all roads lead home"

~ Marjorie Holmes

 

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by for "Our Homes for the Holidays" Blog Hop.  I am very grateful to be able to share in this blog hop with these amazing ladies.  

 

If you are coming over from Leanna at Clare and Grace Designs - Thank you for stopping by! She has amazing style and for those of you who know me, know that I can't get enough of her dog Shiloh! 

If you are ready, please grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's get started.

 

My style is a bit of vintage, thrift shop finds, DIY and cottage/farmhouse style.  We do not spend a great deal of time at home over Christmas, therefore I try and decorate with smaller trees and styles that we can enjoy up until the holiday.

 

We live in New England in a ranch that overlooks the Green Mountains and can't wait for the snow to start following!  Let's get started...

 

I would like to begin with the Outdoor Decor ~

 

 

Do you decorate your mailbox for the holidays?  I just luv to and I always get so many compliments on it.  To learn more, please visit my blog post here"How to decorate your mailbox with vintage style for the holidays". 

 

 

 

I created a Peace sign out of a vintage wagon wheel and white lights.  Another one of my favorite DIY projects.  To see the project you may visit the post at "Rustic Glam PEACE Sign"  And it looks so amazing hanging on our gigantic maple tree overlooking our road in the evening.

 

 

 

Our front door is adorned with vintage skis along with a vintage backpack tied with a red ribbon. In front is also a yellow wooden bench made by my father.

 

 

 

Main Living Area~ 

Open floor plan

 

I want to start with these amazing vintage Christmas Balls that I found on eBay.   

 

 

 

 

I created this vignette with the vintage Christmas ornaments along with white candles and a round wicker basket that I purchased at Pottery Barn a couple of years ago.

 

 

I change the theme of my Christmas tree every year.  Sometimes they are artificial trees, however, they are usually always smaller trees.  I really like the look and feel of the smaller tree!

 

 

This year the tree is decorated with the vintage Christmas ornaments, white snowflake garland, white lights and a burlap bow on top.  All placed in a tin bucket inside a basket that I luv.

 

 

 

 

 I luv decorating with vintage books.  Here I simply added a red ribbon for a holiday feel.

  

 

From this angle, you can see the Christmas tree in the guest suite hallway, which is an artificial small tree with just simple white lights. On a bureau that I refinished.

 

 

I added teal and burlap bows to the doorknobs entering the guest suite for a little swag...

 

 

 

 

I need to add, that taking Christmas photos is one of the most challenging things I discovered this year. LOL  I hope I can conquer it for next years Holiday Home Tours.  I completed three photo shoots and ended up using the photos from my iPhone X for the main living area shots and I am still not happy with any of them...  Ha! 

 

 

Our view overlooking the Green Mountains.  Now we just need some snow!

 

 

Dining Area~

 

 My dining area is a constant challenge for me.  I luv having an open floor plan, however it comes with it's struggles.  

 

This is a Pottery Barn table and chair set that I purchased when we moved into the house about 6 years ago.  The Lenox china sets were a wedding present, and the vintage shutter in the middle of the table was a DIY project.  I luv decorating with this vintage shutter!!  

 

 

This vase is a beauty from Simon Pearce, a stone's throw away from where we live!  Score again!

 

 

I also inherited my parents sterling silverware, which I use all the time and just adore! 

 

 

 I luv the vintage hutch I found locally at a furniture consignment shop.  You can learn more about all my vintage finds in the hutch here at "Why you need to shop the second-hand stores" post.

 

Chalkboards~

 

I can't leave out my chalkboards!  I just luv them.  This one sits in our entryway on a beautiful wooden easel that the previous owners left behind!

 

 

The Green board is where the Christmas tree is now.  I told you I luv to change things around!  To see more chalkboards in home decor, you may visit my post "Chalkboard fun in your home decor" 

 

 

A fun Christmas wrapping project for this year (I still need to do some Christmas shopping to really get started on this) is with this faux birch wrapping paper that I found here at  Pier 1 Imports along with teal and red bows.  I also picked up two mason jars filled with costume jewelry at a thrift shop and I am going to use the jewelry on my packages this year!

 

 

Check out the little tiny purple Christmas bulb pin and earrings that were in the jars!

 

 

Here I added some pearls from the mason jar stash and the black chalk tags are from Walmart.

 

 

Here is a vintage ladder that I luv to decorate in my sunroom window with glass jars that I collect from condiment jars.  My favorite is the one from Stonewall Kitchen in my hometown of York, ME. I collect these Blueberry jam jars of all sizes and use them on my coffee bar, with flowers, etc. I luv them so much, I gave the blueberry jam as wedding takeaway gifts 19 years ago when Stonewall first started.

 

 

And one last thing I luv this holiday season is Book Trees!  These are so fun and easy to create.  I even created a Pinterest board for them!

 

 

I hope you found inspiration in reading this post.  Thank you so much for stopping by this week. It really means a great deal to all of us! 

 

The next stop on your tour is to visit with Mary at Farmhouse Fixer.  

Mary lives on an amazing farm in the rural mountains of the North West overlooking a gorgeous lake and golf course!  

 

Here is the complete list of the talented ladies that are part of "Our Homes for the Holiday Tour"

#OurHomesFortheHolidays :

 

Victoria Lambert Interiors | Little Blue House | Laila Belles | The Renovated Acre | Tribe of Burton | Steeple Chase ManorThe Adri Chronicles  | Military Mama's Farmhouse | Happy Home on Haddon | Made by Carli | House of V Decor | | The Home I CreateMy Design Rules | Farmhouse Fixer | Clare and Grace Designs

 

 

If you like what you have seen, I would luv for you to share it on Pinterest! I've created the above custom pin just for this post! Sharing is Caring!

 

I also welcome your comments!

 

Please also join me on Pinterest and Instagram

 

 

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Hey there, friend! I'm Ann, and welcome to our little red farmhouse ranch in the green mountains of Vermont and our newly inherited coastal maine raeside-dame home! I love creating & sharing fresh ideas that will help to enhance any home Decor with DIY projects and thrifty ideas that showcase a cozy and fun vintage style. Including a few other things that I luv to "Dabble" in!  

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