2014 Christmas Home Tour

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A beautiful home doesn’t have to be large or expensive to be charming.  This Christmas home tour is filled with thrifty home decor and easy DIY crafts and projects!

Home and Tree 

Why yes, I am a little bit late sharing my Christmas home tour this year. 

What? You haven’t heard the news? My DIY hubby had rotator cuff surgery and my first grandbaby was born the very next day, four weeks premature. Aiden James Baldridge weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and was ready to make his grand entrance!

For this planner and list checker offer (what? never heard of that either?) this season of surprises has challenged me.

I have struggled with my many blog to dos. Projects completed and pictures taken but not enough time to sit down at the computer and share them with you.

When your blog is your business and now the sole source of income for your family, this is stressful!

I wrote all these wonderful tips for handling stress at Christmas and completely ignored my own advice.

Something along the lines of “do what I say and not what I do” hypocrisy. 

But my youngest kids stepped up and helped out and have learned that life looks different right now with daddy home 24/7 and mommy working full time. That’s okay. We’re being stretched in ways that will only make us stronger in the big picture.

So today I’m going to pretend you are all sitting on our comfy old sofa and sharing a cup of Instant Russian Tea with me while I share my best tips for a perfectly imperfect Christmas home!

2014 Christmas Home Tour

Tip One: Relax and have fun!

Well, maybe not all of you can visit at once, but do come on in and set a spell!

Instant Russian Tea Recipe with Tang - Marty's Musings

This is our first year decorating our new front deck. Tim is in charge of the outside decorating for the most part but I got the stairs!

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating - Marty's Musings

You can read more about our Christmas tree luminaries and see the rest of the deck decor here

Decorating - Marty's Musings 

 I love that our deck is just like the inside of our home, comfy, inviting and full of yard sale treasures and repurposing projects.

Decorating - Marty's Musings

Tip Two: Use a non traditional item on the front door.

I love my fence board Christmas tree in the place of a wreath. This was my hubby’s great idea but only because he got to it first! 

Decorating - Marty's Musings 

Tip Three: Use a high impact display right inside the front door.

Here you can see my Christmas Village that has evolved and changed as our children have grown. New this year is my O Holy Night chalkboard wood slice banner. (You can read all the details about the village here.)

Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices - Marty's Musing

Our little village welcomes visitors of all sizes! It looks great day or night and is a unique way we greet guests to our home.

Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices - Marty's Musing

Tip Four: Create vignettes from inexpensive items found around the house.

To the right of the village is the table my son scavenged for me off the curb and I chalk painted white. I just adore it!

 A living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

This vignette transitioned from fall to Christmas with just a few changes. I kept the branch candle centerpiece as the base and added greenery, berries and red tea light candles.

A close up of a flower

The little “merry” sign cost a quarter after Christmas one year at the craft store.

Christmas vignette with evergreen and berries-2

This little silver cookie tin was a dollar yard sale purchase and I’m so happy I found the perfect place for it!

A book sitting on top of a table 

I have several of these small trees that I decorated and are in various places in the house. (You can see how I used them in last year’s decor here.) 

A vase of flowers on a table 

 What could be simpler than an oversized mason jar filled with ornaments and pine cones?

Christmas Home Tour 

Underneath the table I have a basket of Christmas stuffed animals that are ready for our new grandson to play with. Since he’s only a week old I guess he’ll have to wait until next year! 

A basket filled with stuffed animals

Tip Five: Make your Christmas tree personal AND beautiful!

A living room with a christmas tree

Our tree was decorated with love and the joy of family traditions and experiences shared through the years. It’s not designer perfect but it’s “perfectly imperfect” for us! Tim and I love to sit by the tree in the mornings and try and resist the urge to move the ornaments around and straighten the bows.

He actually asked our married children if they would rather us do the tree by ourselves, and you should have seen their shocked faces. Rachel informed him that it’s still her tree, too, even if she’s married now with her own family. 

One family tradition intact for years to come!

A christmas tree in a room

Last year after Christmas I bought several strands of white garlands for dirt cheap and knew I wanted to somehow use them with my $10 yard sale window. I passed the task on to my hubby and he wrapped and adorned it beautifully. 

A vase of flowers on a table next to a fireplace

My son wrapped a strand of lights around the window and I called it amazing!

A vase of flowers on a table next to a christmas tree

The Noel blocks are just like the ones on this wreath and anchor the vignette along with more greenery, berries and pine cones. 

A christmas tree in a room

See how simple this garland is? I just love it! 

A vase of flowers on a tree

The bird cage I also picked up this summer for a couple of bucks and I used marked down ornaments collected over the years at after Christmas sales and the dollar store nestled in a bed of greenery.

A close up of a cage 

Tip Six: Use fresh greenery and natural elements mingled with inexpensive decorations.

Let me just say that all the fresh greenery was given to us when we bought our real Christmas tree. Ask if you can have a few branches and you can accent your whole house!

These candle wraps were a 5 minute Christmas craft project (read all about it here) that was so easy AND inexpensive!

 5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft - Marty's Musings

My daughter wrote out the words on our chalkboard to go along with our collection of nativities. 

A group of people in a room

 Love this little Precious Memories collection from my husband’s childhood.

A doll sitting on a table

A toy doll sitting on a table

This simple vignette contains a frame with a sheet of seasonal patterned cardstock, a light that was a Christmas present from long ago and other inexpensive goodies. Remember: your decor doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful!

A room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

Below you can see a new project where the pallet shelves used to hang. Yet another yardsale purchase that I’ll give you the details on later.

A living room with a christmas tree

 I love the simplicity of this arrangement and am going to have fun changing out the decor as the seasons change.

Christmas Home Tour and Tree

 Can you believe both shutters were a dollar? And they came with two brushed metal flower containers, too! 

Christmas Home Tour and Tree

Nothing says Christmas like the twinkling lights of the tree at night.

Christmas Home Tour

Last year I deviated from our usual routine and replaced strands of beads with burlap garland. You would have thought we had a mutiny on our hands! I persevered and this year I replaced our 25 year old tree skirt with a burlap weaved one.

I had every intention of DIY’ing it but when I saw this one on sale for half price at Hobby Lobby I was all over it! I love to personalize as much of my home as possible but sometimes you just have to draw the line! This $20 beauty was worth every penny!

A christmas tree in a room

Our den on the back of our house has many functions right now: Tim’s bed and recovery room; my office; family TV hangout and more. My favorite project in this room is these rustic wood candle holders

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

 That’s all of the Christmas home tour for now but I’ll be back to share my aqua and red Christmas tablescape and hutch. It’s a gorgeous color combination!

You might enjoy my recent posts what no one wants to talk about at Christmas or these practical tips for surviving the holidays.

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  1. This is so beautiful, Marty! It’s really put me in the Christmas spirit already and given me some lovely ideas!

  2. Everything is so beautiful, thanks for sharing, and giving ideals to us to change out our decorations each year.

    1. Thanks so much, Peggy! I’m glad you enjoyed my Christmas tour. I continue to learn how to simplify and make decorating easier each year. Have a blessed holiday season!

    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie. I’m in the midst of Christmas decorating and the house is a mess! I need to remember it is for enjoyment and beauty!

  3. Thank you for letting us into your beautifully decorated home! I love how you use DIY and yard sale (and road side) finds to decorate your home! Hope your husband is recovering well…and congratulations on your 1st grandchild! They are GREAT…I have SIX of them!!! Enjoy your day!!!

    1. Hi, Barbara. Thanks for touring my Christmas home! I do love finding treasures for free or inexpensively! Congrats on YOUR 6 grandkids. Such a blessing!