Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the 2016 Christmas home tour of my 1931 schoolhouse. 
I am sharing this at Jen Rizzo's Link Party

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I think this is my favorite Christmas decor/theme to date.  I started with a rustic vibe, that evolved into a rustic FARMHOUSE look as the decorating progressed. The pictures are plentiful and I am going to try and keep my words few.
We will start at the front porch, the original entrance into the schoolhouse. 

A red picket fence, fresh wreath (purchased from a fundraiser), old wagon, red metal snowshoes in a milk box
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 Last year's pallet tree, bird's nests with shiny Christmas balls
pallets, reclaimed wood, nests, porch decor,
 Wreaths I made with 3 kinds of pine and twigs
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Inside the front doors is a separate entry.  This entry is actually seldom used, especially in the winter.  But, I still added some fun decor.
entryway, chalkboard, santa sack, pinecones, old school desk, typewriter,
 A Santa sack ($3 at Michaels!!) stuffed with a pillow, a basket of pinecones, and a vintage child's typewriter.
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The typewriter got a Santa letter.
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 a large chalkboard
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And here is the view if you look back out through the door windows.
Christmas wreath, front door, cows, pasture,

There is another door in the entry into the great room.  As you walk in that door, my stockings and tree are to the right.
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 I made this pallet shelf from a 12' pallet.  It will have a new spot come January, but I am loving it as my stocking hanger.
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 I hand-lettered the reindeer sign and made the skis from a pallet.  I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red and Casement.  All the red you see is Fort York Red--such a great Christmas red. My daughter suggested the reindeer names for a sign.
Christmas sign reindeer names, Fusion Mineral Paint, hand lettered,
The deer was a gift from my sister last year (from Target).  The garland is a very good fake.
pallets, stocking holder, Christmas shelf, salvaged wood,
 I HAD to make new stockings--my white ones weren't going to work on my white wall.  I bought 1 1/4 yards of this red faux fur that looks like boiled wool at Goodwill for $1.50.  I was able to get 6 stockings from it.
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 I made a different cuff or topper for each stocking from vintage tablecloths, chenille bedspreads, old curtains. 
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I draped a sheet music garland I made a few years ago over the hooks and added the sweetest, tiniest, size 6 pair of children's ice skates. 
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My tree is decked out in red and white, with lots of snowflakes and pinecones, and those all so precious memory ornaments handmade by my kids over the years. It does have a white snowflake tree topper, it is hard to see in the pictures.
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To the left, on the opposite wall, the 6 original windows are dressed up with wreaths I made.
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Christmas windows, Christmas wreath, old schoolhouse,

I found this great vintage, farmhouse tablecloth at Goodwill.  It had some stains that I was able to wash out with Oxiclean and Borax.
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I changed up my centerpiece a bit since I showed it to you earlier since I switched to a more farmhouse theme. I eliminated the real antlers and added a mug of candy canes and some of my favorite little snowman plates (from TJ Maxx several years ago).
Christmas centerpiece, rustic farmhouse, vintage tablecloth,
I placed some small things on the windowsills like a sign (also from TJ Maxx) and my prized turn-of-the-century Night Before Christmas Book.
Christmas sign, twas the night before Christmas, antique book, TJMaxx,
On the kitchen counter, an old wood bowl holds vintage cookie cutters.
vintage cookie cutters, old wood bowl, Tupperware, farmhouse,

These lower library shelves all always such a challenge to decorate--they are small and dark. Some fake snow lightened them up.  I made fresh garlands to drape over the library rails.
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A wire basket holds my favorite kids' Christmas books, including Tasha Tudor's Becky's Christmas.
wire basket, fake snow, Christmas books,
And I had to jump on the rusty, tree holding, truck trend.
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My nativity sits at the bottom of the library stairs.
stable, nativity,

My level shelf under my BIG clock displays vintage letters spelling out NOEL and a pair of favorite, bitty red cowboy boots. 
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The view from the library.
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This door in the kitchen leads to the mudroom. It got a sign and tin with pine boughs--simple.
christmas sign, it's a wondeful life,

Through the mudroom door you will find my breezeway that also has a porch.  I kept the decor sparse.
porch decor, farmhouse Christmas, old mailbox,

Christmas porch, Noel sign rustic decor, farmhouse, old schoolhouse,

I still have a little tweaking to do and a few more things to show you.  But, I am loving the cozy, rustic farmhouse feel! 
Christmas home tour, rustic farmhouse,

 I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Thank you for joining me, please come again. 
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  1. Every thing is beautiful and I LOVE your tree, the best I've seen online!

  2. All of it gorgeous - but esp love that long shelf that hung the stockings!

    1. Thank you Trish! It was such an easy build with 12' pallet boards!

  3. Everything looks so pretty and festive, I've enjoyed the tour.

  4. Absolutely adorable. Love the Nativity and stable!! You are so talented and creative. It's the cutest.

  5. I love everything about your decorating style!!! Thank you for the tour many fun ideas and special touches-LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!!!

  6. I absolutely love everything you've done. It's a winter wonderland!

  7. Wonderful Becky! I'll bet Becky's Christmas goes wonderful for her.

    1. Thanks Bliss. The pictures in that book are so lovely, the story a bit slow.

  8. I look forward to each and every thing you post!! thank you for such beautiful and simple ideas!

  9. What a wonderful home! I love your beautiful windows and doors...such a special place to live! And the way you dressed it for Christmas is perfect! I love the chalkboards and signs...especially the great reindeer sign! All of your decorations make for a cozy, welcoming, beautiful that anyone would love to live in! Thank you for sharing with us!


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