Here we are, at the end of 2018. Another year come and gone.
Isn’t it neat that Christmas ends up right at the end of it all? Kinda like a big, beautiful celebration to just end the year right!
And with Christmas eve in full swing today, this will of course be my last post before the big day.
Nothing like a deadline… 🙂
Welcome to my Christmas Junk Home Tour 2018!
The living room is where I spend all my downtime.
However the ambiance is extra special this time of year… because of not just one, but TWO trees!
Christmas Tree Forest with DIY crate skirt HERE
First up is the main Christmas tree, complete with a forest and a new scrap wood tree skirt that’s super simple to make.
I’m so glad I pushed myself and made the extra effort to get a real tree up. I adore every needle on this quirky little thing!
I chose a forest theme this year, so anything and everything that resembled walking down a snowy trail came into play. I really think the snowshoes from my buddy Sandy sealed the deal!
She gave me four and I used every single one. See if you can spot them all…
Moving to the right, this is the sofa where I curl up under a blanket every morning with my first coffee (during non summer months) starting the day with journal writing, then end the day here scrolling channels on the TV.
Merry Christmas and Plaid Pillows HERE
I loved designing these pillows for this year’s red, black and white theme. Now… what to put on the other side after Christmas…
Moving over to the left of the room…
Illuminated Christmas Trees mantel HERE
… is the fireplace with its big, beefy mantel. I always go over the top on this guy because the scale dictates I do so.
No minimalist tips here, folks…
To the left of the fireplace is another forest!
This is my faux tree I’ve used the past two years.
HERE it the same tree in an ANTIQUES crate.
And HERE it is in a rustic wood crate.
It’s a great little tree that I picked up from Ikea a couple years back, but I have to admit, my heart belongs to the real one if I compare.
I dunno guys… now that I’ve had two up, I can’t imagine just one! I feel a repeating trend here…
Both trees are sparsely decorated to chime in wth more of a forest in the snow feel. However I couldn’t resist adding this red vintage train lantern.
Buffalo Checked sleigh with You Cut Tree sign HERE
At the base of the tree is the little Buffalo Checked sleigh I showed you earlier. It’s filled with wood, a small saw and evergreen branches as if to come fresh off the forest trail after downing a tree.
Shutters on a kitchen island HERE
Here, lemme hand you a hot beverage of choice, while we swing around and wander through the kitchen.
This little curb side found side table has changed colours a few times over! It’s now staying black, with a little more tweaking to come in the new year. Stay tuned!
On the kitchen island, yet another snowshoe teamed up with the reclaimed wood candles makes for a pretty cool centrepiece!
I honestly didn’t think I’d bother to turn the candles on, however I do ALL the time. I adore them!
General Store sign tutorial HERE
Up front and centre is that decadent General Store sign. I’ve kinda reverted away from colour for awhile so the subdued red tone has been really fun to work with!
However, since I showed you this photo…
I have since added the tiniest little lights along the branch. They really illuminate beautifully in the evening like the tiniest stars.
This year, I didn’t really go the hot cocoa station route, but more…
Christmas coffee cup station! The double planks sure make for lots of handy hanging and festive decor all in one.
The snowflake plank is actually a mini tray. I adore how the white stencilled snowflakes pop against the rustic wood.
And… I haven’t blogged about this yet, but there’s 2 of my own handmade pottery mugs (both white) in this group! More on that after Christmas.
And I also got a clean stove for Christmas! I take a toothbrush to it every time I shoot the area so… thanks cups! Lookit that baby sparkle… hey, it was worth a mention for the amount of work it took, right?
This little buffalo checked bench was the perfect accessory for coffee and tea area. I love benches in kitchens as they really help double up counter space where things are a little tight.
I didn’t really decorate the house beyond the main living area, however I did place the cute scrap wood string wrapped trees on the bathroom window sill.
I’ve moved them around so much they lost their bases! But they look cute without them too.
And my friends, that concludes Christmas decor for this year! Whew… it’s been a blast!
And I’d also like to mention something about Christmas changing for some of us…
I understand when Christmas doesn’t feel or look like those we see on social media. After my mom passed on, I really struggled with staying home for Christmas. It took a few years… however this year I was actually pretty content! Yay me! I came up with a few new Christmas stencils and kept at the house.
From my own experience, I can say this… over the course of time, you will find the new normal and it can be equally as delightful, or even better than what you’re accustomed to. So know… I get it.
As for Christmas plans this year?
Christmas eve I hit the amazing rock ‘n roll church service, then on Christmas day, I’ll be seeing my son. The rest of the season, I plan to hunker down on the sofa, enjoy some treats and movies and just soak in the ambiance of all the decorating. It’s been a very enjoyable ride!
So with that, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for following along this year!
See you again soon… 🙂
What are your plans for the holidays?
12 thoughts on “Christmas junk home tour”
I love Everything but your TV. Can’t you put it in an old cupboard or something?
And the Microwave. How about some rustic wood doors?
I think you should paint the kitchen upper cabinets white too.
I told you a couple years ago -after I saw photos of your rock wall, that I was going to build a white brick wall behind my wood-stove. I did and I love it. It is not as GLORIOUS as your rock wall, but still pretty cool.
Thanks for the Inspiration!
Haha, I’ve just embraced the TV. The room is too small to house a massive TV cabinet so I’m ok with it.
I don’t like the microwave though but the kitchen is too small to move it elsewhere. I’m still mulling that all over. May make some changes in the new year.
Your rock wall sounds fabulous! Glad you went for it!
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!!
Everything is absolutely FAB! All your hard work shows and it’s so stunning. You should also become a photographer for a business. You have such a great talent in that area and I know you’d be booked solid!
I love your Christmas decor. Thanks for the tour. I wouldn’t change a thing!
I understand what you mean by Christmas being hard for some at Christmas. My mom passed away at Christmas time and my dad followed her 5 months later. The holidays were hard for quite a few years. But I’m happy to say that I have found the joy in Christmas once again.
Merry Christmas Donna. Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration you provided this year!
Merry Christmas Donna!
We went to our church’s Christmas Eve service – love singing all the carols – then back home with my daughter and her boyfriend for grilled steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans and tooooo many sweet treats! Fell asleep to The Grinch on tv. Today, it’s to parents home for big lunch and tomorrow, I host everyone for my dad’s 90th birthday celebration!! Then – SLEEP!!!! I’m a teacher so not back to work until January 7th. I plan some major decluttering in between. Merry Christmas everyone!!!
Utterly gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing your home with us! I often show my husband your projects & vignettes, but he tends to just look confused, because he doesn’t have the context of how it works, in home decor. I can’t wait to show him this post, with all your lovely pics! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Your home looks warm and comforting Donna. I am struggling with seeing the perfect family Christmases shared by my favourite bloggers. I admire you for your plans.
This is just gorgeous! I love the idea of the little bench on the counter. It solved a problem for me! My garbage disposal switch is attached to an ugly plug-in that I wanted to hide, so I put the bench there. It hides the cords, but to flip the switch, I simply reach beneath the bench. Plus, as you said, I gained some countertop space! Thank you for the great idea. Merry Christmas!
Love each and every one of your holiday decos and they always inspire me to dig out the junk I’ve collected and try to do something similar. Your home is warm, inviting, and fun! Your comment about “finding a new normal” hit home after losing my husband 5 yrs. ago and not having children or siblings close. I’ve kept some of the traditions, like decorating my home even if it is just for me, but also started new ones like meeting my family in Hawaii for New Year’s. Christmas Blessings, Donna, from a follower in South Dakota.
So nice to see your Forestry Christmas – You pull it all together so well, love it! Indulging in the simple things can be the best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
I love your Christmas decorations, the winter woodsy theme. The snow shoes really seal the deal. Thanks for the inspiration!