12.14.2012

Holiday Decorations!

I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner: Show Us Your Holiday Decorations today!
This is a special year because it's our first Christmas in the first home we've ever owned, which also means we are still doing a lot of work on the house and things aren't completely put together yet.
Despite the renovations, we still managed to drag out the Christmas decorations!
Our entire home has a Southern and coastal feel to each room, so our Christmas decorations enhance the decor!
 This is our keeping room, which is another name for a second living room off the kitchen/breakfast area. We spend most of our time in this room.
Bayla wanted to be the star of the show!
 Our tree in the keeping room is completely coastal, with a fish on top!
 We have our two stockings hanging up in the keeping room, and all of our pets are in another location-we have 7 pets, so our mantle would be out of control!
I made the oyster shell mirror and I keep meaning to do a tutorial on how I did it.
 Our mantle garland is silver and sparkly with cotton.
 I made simple centerpieces throughout the house with branches, cotton, and evergreen trimmings-it was all local and free!
 Two of my babies waiting patiently on the photoshoot to be over...
 Our hot chocolate station.
 Simple ornaments in a glass container make pretty and inexpensive centerpieces, too.
 On to the dining room...
 My photographs aren't as good in here because we are literally working on the wainscoting as I am typing!
You can look at the walls and see our work in progress.
Check back soon to see the finished room-I can't wait!!!
 I got these simple silver chargers from Walmart for 98 cents each. 
I am a huge fan of white dishes. 
Food presentation looks better on them, plus you can add any color accent pieces to change it up.
 My centerpeice has fresh evergreen clippings, cotton, starfish, ornaments, decorative poinsettias, and magnolia leaves in it.
I love my monogrammed napkins. They are one of my favorite treasures.
I don't care for clutter, so I have just a few things on our foyer dresser.
I love driftwood and anything natural and coastal.
 I filled the tall vase with oyster shells and I change out the greenery and floral with each season.
I also love pictures, so I bring out framed pictures of me and my sister and Brandon and his brother when we were all little during the holidays.
 Decorative magnolia balls hang from a magnolia branch by the front door.
 This is the tree in our great room:
 The lighting isn't so great, but the dark places are magnolias.
The tree is covered in burlap, cotton, starfish, magnolias, pearls, monograms, and anything else that represents the South.
Here are the daytime pictures:
 You can see we still have to paint the wainscoting, but it's looking better every day!
 Wasn't Brandon the cutest little boy?!
One of the dozens of pictures of my sister and me with Santa.
 What our outdoor wreaths look like:
 Y'all know how I love to decorate my mailbox!
 The rest of the pictures are from my iPhone and aren't good quality.
This is the wreath I made for our front door:
A glimpse of our home at night...I need to take more pictures with my real camera.
 Our home before I finished hanging the wreaths up:
I made th Christmas trees in the urns by wrapping lights around garland, then wrapping the garland around tomato cages. 
I think I used about 4 pieces of garland per tree.
It was so much more economical to make these this way rather than buying them premade/pre-lit.
Plus, these babies are big and tall!
Thank you for taking a look into our home! I hope you'll check back soon to see updates!
Also, I opened the door to letting my readers ask me any questions you want yesterday on this post.
I have gotten some really great questions and I can't wait to answer them!
Keep them coming! 
I can't wait to see your Christmas decorations, too! 
Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

28 comments:

  1. You house looks absolutely outstanding! I'm absolutely in awe & suuuuper jealous! Just beautiful!! I Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Jaimie!! You are too sweet! I'm sure your home is beautiful, too!! :) Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  2. Oh, your decorations are magnificent! And your pups are adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Claire!! They are when they are behaving, lol! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  3. Everything is so beautiful! Happy Holidays! Love your home!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy!! Happy Holidays to you and your family, too!! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  4. I really think your house should be in a Southern Living or Coastal Living magazine photo shoot, it's beautiful! I love all the coastal and southern accents throughout and would love to do something like that at our house too. Only problem is, it doesn't "fit" well in Indiana, ha!

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    1. Emily!! That is so sweet of you to say! Thank you!! Hey, we live it middle Georgia, it's not exactly the coast, but I love it so I go with it! I think you can make your home look coastal anywhere! :) Your home is absolutely adorable and beautiful the way you have it! It's so cozy and welcoming! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  5. love all of the cotton in the tree!! Would be perfect in my home :)

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    1. I LOVE your name!! Thank you so much! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  6. Your house is beautiful, especially with all of your Christmas decorations!

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    1. Thank you Emily!! It's a work in progress! :) Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  7. Gosh your home is stunning! It looks like something straight from a magazine!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much!! I can't wait to get an update on Mushy Mommy!!!!! :) Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  8. Gorgeous!! Your decorations are all so beautiful and look professionally done! Love how you put pictures out from when you were little too.

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    1. Thank you SO much!!! I am a very sentimental person, and I love childhood pictures, so it just seems appropriate! :) Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  9. You have such a GORGEOUS home!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Nicole!! Your home is beautiful and I can't wait to see how you continue to make it your home! Isn't it fun?! Have fun visiting with Jamie!! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! All of the greenery and the color schemes are just fabulous! I just love all the cotton blossoms and magnolias. Very unique and southern!

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    1. Megan!! Thank you so much!! I always try to stick to my roots-ha! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  11. So pinteresty!! Love it. I'd like to know where you got ALL your home decor!

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    1. Thank you, Jenny Beth!! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  12. Cherish, your home and decorations are so beautiful...and so YOU! I love it

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    1. Thank you so much, Allison!! You are a precious and beautiful lady, too!! I hope you and your family have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!! xoxo

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  13. Beautiful! All my favorite colors!!! I will be following your blog now. I just love your style.

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    1. Thank you SO much, Michelle!! You made my day! :) Have a blessed Christmas! xoxo

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  14. Beautiful, Cherish! I like all of it, but I'm completely in love with your mantle!!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you SO much, Tiffany!! :) I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! xoxo

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