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2015 Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my first home tour. Ever. Being the amateur blogger that I am (and by amateur I mean I have to google "how to's" a lot) I have never participated in something like this.

I am honored to join a talented group of friends on this amazing Christmas tour. Make sure to check out each of their homes as well!!

Can you believe we're already talking Christmas? Where does the time go? If you're like me, the thought of Christmas decorating can be overwhelming. In Christmases past I have done extravagant and messy natural greenery. Every room was doused in Christmas magic. But, being the mom of three busy kids has given me a new approach.

This year I decided to stick with a sort of understated and cozy feeling. I wanted to keep things as they usually are and simply embellish what's already in our home year around. Plus, that makes clean up much easier!

With the addition of some poinsettias, plaid and wreaths...

The house is officially Christmas ready. Well, with the exception of our tree. That won't make its way in until next weekend.

The mantle is always my favorite to attack. Every year I tell myself, I'm just gonna do something simple and clean. I can never do it...I am a lover of greenery.

Thick, full, beautiful greenery! The base of this is full of faux greenery I have had in years past. Adding in some magnolia leaves and holly leaves from the yard makes it feel less faux. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE and prefer a beautiful cedar Garland. But, that can get expensive at an already costly time of year.

The addition of deer heads is no surprise around here to those who know us. And while I am not a hunter, I am married to one.

These stockings are a very favorite find on ebay. They are old quilts that were tattered and torn. And now they are something beautiful I look forward to bringing out every year.

Next up is the dining room. This year I departed from my traditional colors of red, green, navy, etc. to try something new. And it all started with a chair.

A granny chair, as everyone here likes to call it. I have lost count of the times people have asked me was I going to reupholster it. Heavens no!! The deep plums and cornflower blue colors are my favorite. And it tied in nicely with my old shutters. I don't know what it was about this chair, but I knew I would regret it if I didn't run back and buy it. It had been two weeks and I was SURE it was gone. Lucky me.

The white poinsettias and the understated greenery balance out the busy pattern in it so well. I mean tell me it is not the most chic granny chair you have ever seen!it won't stay here, but that's another project and another time.