Dec 12, 2013

christmas at my house

welcome to my house!
it has been so much fun decorating my house for christmas this year. finally being in our OWN home after renting for 5 years is a tremendous blessing!

i like the door color ("leap of faith" by benjamin moore) even more after seeing it with the fresh greenery!

if you follow me in instagram, then you saw that i bought some rope at home depot!
here it is! i just draped a few feet of it around the door, paired with the fresh cedar garland and some white lights.

the wreath is from costco. every year, they have beautiful fresh wreaths with a few pine cones and a few ugly things that i remove. you can see previous wreath makeovers here and here. this year, i used the nut + crystal clusters that i made two years ago, and paired them with pine cones and a tone on tone green ribbon. 

maybe next year, there will be a fireplace and built-in bookcases on this wall, but for now, my buffet is serving as a backdrop to most of my collection of mercury glass, some fresh garland, loads of ornaments and pine cones, and of course, my new nativity set.

the large star was a clearance purchase last year at pier 1. i love the hugeness of it!

another look at the nativity backdrop.

 i made this crystal + nut garland a few years ago, and i LOVE pulling it out every year and figuring where to put it. you can see how i made it here.

fresh garland, gold balls, pine cones and some fun pine cone balls with tassels (that i bought for 90% off two years ago and have never used!) adorn the stairs.

i put some garland and glass balls on the chandelier to free it up a bit.

 my entry table, with my antlers, a fresh wreath and some leftover crystal garland.
this vignette makes me happy. :)

 i "took back" the tree this year!
for the last 10 years, our tree has been a collection of family ornaments, and mismatched decorations.  while i have loved it, i was ready for a more grown up tree this year.
AND, we broke down and bought a fake tree this year. at first, i wasn't sure i was going to like it, but after having it up for a week, and having zero needles on the floor, i am IN LOVE.

our tree has a TON of glass icicles, gold, silver, and all shades of soft metallic glass balls, as well as a few dozen picture frame ornaments.

i actually made these little striped ornaments from some 47 cent paper mache ones that i found at michaels.

 (these are some more paper mache ornaments that i painted.) i like the touch of black that they add to the tree!

thanks for touring my house!
merry christmas!

PS--i am still struggling with my internet service. i am actually sitting at mcdonalds right now, writing this post. after 3 days, 2 technicians, and over 8 hours or visits + phone calls, my internet is not working at ALL. i am hoping that things will be fixed my this weekend. if not, i may just go a little crazy in the head.


  1. Everything is SO beautiful! I love all of your fresh garland everywhere too.

  2. Oh wow, everything is stunning and your manger is exquisite. So beautiful. Congrats on decorating your new home so beautifully. Everything is truly lovely. Hugs, Marty

    1. thanks marty! i have been waiting for years to finally feel at HOME on christmas! hope your holidays are wonderful!

  3. Still coveting your antlers. Steal one from Ben for me!!! Come on, you can do it.

    Your tree is perfection. Exactly what I'm trying to do... but not achieving. Gold balls: breakable? xo

  4. Beautiful.....from the moment you walk in! LOVE the door color (and name) with the garland and wreathe....those antlers...FAB! I have a few (cough: too many) of those stars hanging from my ceiling! Merry Merry to ya!

    1. hey man, nothing a few too many stars from your ceiling can't fix! i love stars! and thanks for such a sweet gushing comment. i am so not worthy, but keep gushing anyway!! ha! ha!

  5. gorgeous! i love, love that crystal nut garland, and your door looks perfect with the garlands!

  6. I love your entry and all of your Christmas decor. The bits of sparkle really shine. It is lovely in your home. Happy Holidays! xo Nancy

    1. thanks nancy! i so appreciate it! happy holidays to you too!

  7. Autumn, your home looks stunning. Somehow you manage to make pine cones look non-country. Fresh. I love the garland you've made and the rope? Dying! I need more rope in my life. You've made a beautiful home for your family to celebrate the season.

    1. thanks abby! and i agree---i need more rope in my life too!!

  8. Autumn, I have loved seeing your house come to life from the planning to the construction and finally being able to settle in. You did such an amazing job. It looks beautiful all bedecked for Christmas! The rope is such a great addition to the front door garland, so clever and different! Enjoy your new home this Christmas!