Friday, December 2, 2016

Modern Rustic Christmas Dining Room

Hello Everybody!!!!

Today marks the first day of one of the Holiday Home Tours I will be participating in this year!

Hosted by Amy & Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane and
Jenny of Evolution of Style Blog

I am truly very excited to get the chance to showcase my home this Holiday season along with all these fantastic bloggers. I mean, I am just so very lucky, that other than the awesome list above, I'll be joining another tour with other equally inspiring bloggers along  Marty from A Stroll Thru Life here...

I will post the list of all the tour dates and homes for your visual pleasure below. But for now, to get you hopefully, even more excited, I'm sharing my Christmas Dining room this year!

I call it "Modern Rustic" since I have a lot of rustic elements in my decor this year and of course, since my style overall is Contemporary Traditional, I had to incorporate some modern themes into it too!

In love with my HUNTERS HALLOW Fresh Table Centerpiece from LYNCH CREEK FARMS

We were lucky to be sponsored this year by the wonderful company LYNCH CREEK FARMS for our fresh greens in our home! Thank you so very much! My Centerpiece arrived perfectly nestled in careful packaging and if I could only describe to you how it all smelled fresh from the box, heavenly!

I added the red berries and eggs just because I did not want mama bird to be lonely ;-)

Simple table setting with my Fire King set and milk glass goblet
I love these chalkboard like placemats I scored from IKEA and I made this Faux Gingerbread ornamants from Cardboard and puffy paint! I enjoyed making them so much, I filled a whole tree!

I even made the Gingerbread houses!

Truly a fun and super easy project

And at night...

I truly hope you enjoyed this short tour, I can't wait to share the rest of our home to you! And please don't forget to check out the other fabulous home tours below, there will also be a Link-up Party on December 13 so I can check out your home as well!

Have A Fabulous Weekend!


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Here are the Tour dates and homes from the  12 Days of Holiday Homes Tour

Saturday December 3 

Sunday December 4

Monday December 5 

Tuesday December 6 

Wednesday December 7 

Thursday December 8 

Friday December 9 

Saturday December 10 

Sunday December 11 

Monday December 12 


And here are the Tour Dates and Homes for the 2016 Christmas Tours

Monday - Dec 5
Common Ground - Debra
Decor To Adore - Laura 
Haneens Haven -Haneen  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen 
Nesting With Grace - Brooke 

Tuesday - Dec 6
Cuckoo4Design - Julia 
Remodelando La Casa - Christina 

Wednesday - Dec 7
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Lynzy & Co. - Lindsay 
Simple Stylings - Summer  

Thursday - Dec 8
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia 
Our Southern Home - Christy 
Setting For Four - Heather  

Fri - Dec 9
Far Above Rubies - Anita 
Duke Manor Farms - Laura 

Truly, we are all going to be busy looking and browsing thru all these homes this coming days, but you know what? It is just absolutely inspirational and oh-so-fun! ENJOY!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Our Modern Rustic Christmas Tree

I know everyone is busy with their Thanksgiving preparation, but just in case you need a break from all the cooking and everything else it entails, I thought I would share with you our Christmas Tree this year!

Yes, I skipped the usual traditional colors for this year, a first for me since I wanted to do a Modern Rustic theme! Cant wait to show you the rest of our home later on once the tours commence.

I used my Flocked tree this year, and the Modern aspect of this theme is of course in the black and white grosgrain ribbons I used thru out the tree (and the house). I added my Faux magnolia leaf picks, pine cones and deer ornaments for the Rustic aspect of it.

I used a plastic paper Snowflake Lantern as a topper, a score from
TARGET last year.

A closer look...
I love these Wooden Laser Cut "MERRY" word from TARGET. For $3 I think they are the best buy (other than the ribbons) I had this season!

I also made this faux Gingerbread ornaments, a tutorial is coming up at a later post. ;-)

I also scored these beautiful Vintage ornaments from Thrift store
Of course in spite of all these "fancy" ornaments on my tree, I really could not ignore my important sentimental ornaments. I had to display them, and so they all ended up on the bottom of the tree...


I love that I placed them here because my daughter can see them well and tries exploring each one (also removing them ;-))!

I really love our tree this year, although like I say, I love all my Christmas trees but this one is slowly becoming one of my favorites!

And at dusk...

...simply more magical.

The family approves and loves the tree as well, but my oldest son hasn't seen it yet, I'm still waiting on his verdict. :-)

That is it folks, you know we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our Christmas tree in place already. But since Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about family too anyway, I think it would be darn alright! ;-)

Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving 
with your Family!

P.S. Please don't forget this upcoming fabulous Holiday Home tours!


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Friday, November 18, 2016

Unique Christmas Tree Decor Ideas

Hello Friends!

I know your all busy preparing for Thanksgiving, be it hosting or visiting someone, it is a busy fun holiday for everyone. I do hope you have an enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving, wherever you are.

Anyway, after Thanksgiving then it's gonna be the CHRISTMAS FEVER starting, and if you haven't started your tree yet or in a shlump right now, I have some unique ideas here that you might wanna try this year!

1) Flowers 

Not the Ponsettias or Amaryllis, I'm talking about Spring and Summer flowers.

Martha Stewart
Good Housekeeping
2) Toys

Christmas is definitely for kids too and hanging toys I think would just be fantastic. And I'm not talking about just nutcrackers, but real toys. The Dollar store will be an excellent resource for this. Think Teddy bears, dolls, balls - or a particular cartoon theme. They can double as treats for kids too and unexpected visitors who can pick their toy from the tree!

Pretty My Party
Ideal Aile
3) Bows

Post  holiday season when everything is 50% off  or more, you can go as crazy as you want with the different colors available. A big plus too, is that it's very light and good for homes with little ones running around still. ;-)

Kate Spade already had the idea, imagine this all over your tree!

Or these cute paper bows by Lia Griffith
4) Picture Frames

What better way to showcase family and how your year has been than with a tree decked out in just picture frames with your pictures of course?!

Furniture Design

Cool 2 Craft
You can just use one type of frame color or different colors like the one above.

For the Love of White
5) Whatever you Collect

Since we have some sort of collection in our homes, wouldn't it be great to showcase them as well during Christmas? Think Travel Post Cards, matchboxes (no matches inside please), Wine corks. Things that can be hung or put on a strong tree on a pedestal, just look at the examples below...

River city Villagers
Me Love Hello Kitty
Nell Hills
I have a friend who collects Swarovski and Waterford ornaments and her tree is just filled with these and it is magical! I can also think of displaying antlers, Santa Claus items and decor, etc.

Whatever it is you fancy to decorate your tree with this year, be it the old ornaments you have or be it the shiny new ones you just bought, that most important aspect of course, is the home in which this tree will sit in.

I have never met a Christmas Tree I do not love, it shows each family's unique individuality and I just think you can never, ever go wrong with following your heart when it comes to decorating these babies!

Have fun and Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

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