Country Christmas

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                                                                             Hello everyone,

                                                                                   I decorated the porch for
                                                                                   winter lately and a light
                                                                                   coat of snow adds to the
                                                                                   wintry look.


                                                                                          This little wicker chair was a thrift
                                                                                           find and I think it looks charming
                                                                                           sitting on our front porch with a
                                                                                           few touches of country Christmas.

                                                                            porch chairs


                                                                    I do love plaids at this time
                                                                    of the year.

                     I need to get the lights on my yew tree
                        in the corner and I can see it needs a bit
of pruning as well.

                                                                        I am hoping we keep our snow but some
                                                                        milder temperatures are headed our way soon
                                                                        so you never know.

                                                   I hope you enjoyed seeing a few
                                                              touches of my country Christmas
                                                              on the porch.

                                                                                   Thanks for visiting!

                                                                                                  Carolyn   

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BEFORE AND AFTER

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Back from vaca and all renewed!  Of course I obviously did not get my s*#t together so I didn't post on Friday.....buy hey give a sister a break right:)

Part of the problem is that internet is sketchy down there in La Antigua......that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.

Anyway more on my trip later.....today I have a little before and after for ya.

As in a master bedroom......which as we all know....somehow is always the last room that gets done!

Let's just dive right in....and please forgive crappy iPhone pictures.

Before

No judging....The first thing we did was put in hardwood floors to match the hallway.


But then we wanted a large carpet for coziness and the fact that she has an older dog who occasionally has "accidents" I used some inexpensive cut yardage to be practical.

I ordered this bed from Bernhardt Interiors.



These were some of the fabrics I started playing around with.....

I also ordered this bench from Amazon...

To be recovered and put under the window....

I picked out some pretty bedding from Pine Cone Hill....and used the Thibaut fabric for the pillow shams.




Another before.....

Because the light fixture had not been installed yet! And I had nothing for over the bed.

The real after!


So much better!

This Currey and Co semi flush is perfect for 8 ft ceilings!

Before

I added some color and pattern by using the Thibaut fabric in the curtains!  Kind of a change up for me as I usually do a neutral.

Who am I.....ha ha
After.....
We painted the walls Ben Moore White Dove....duh.

And added a Schumacher wallpaper on the bed wall for a little interest.

Before


After

I love how the bench turned out.


We also have new 4" plantation shutters coming.



I got these prints at HomeGoods but I needed to have them reframed.  The white was way too stark and I wanted them to be a little bigger.

Here they are.....much better huh? The colors were perfect and again adding another modern aspect!




These Pottery Barn Lamps....
I have the same bedside chest from Bernhardt Interiors.
I kept it symmetrical using the same on each side.


And I added a little stool for necessities :)


 
We also kept her original dresser and had the TV [she got a larger one] mounted.

Before

After



I've tried a lot of things over a bed but somehow a round object seems to work....#onetrickpony


And there you have it....

On Friday a full recap on my trip to La Antigua with my sisters!

I just heard on TV that there is 14 days until Christmas....whoa.

Shayfab









Christmas Dining Room & A Mini Tree Table Centerpiece

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Hey friends!
Can you believe we're just two weeks away from Christmas?
I know! Me either :)
Today I want to share with you our dining room that I've decorated for Christmas.  



The first thing you may have noticed is that I rearranged the room a bit. I turned our dining table around so you now face it lengthwise whereas the table was running the opposite direction before.  I also moved out our antique dresser to make the room feel more spacious. I just love the way a room feels after you switch a few things around. I didn't make any huge changes but yet the room now feels so new and different. 



The new furniture placement allows my table's centerpiece to now be the centerpiece of the whole room. And for my centerpiece, I really had fun creating a little rustic evergreen scene.


I'm displaying my small collection of mini Christmas trees that I've placed in various galvanized metal buckets.


There's just something about the look of pine trees in metal buckets that makes me so happy.
I think the two go so well together.


Other than the centerpiece I kept the room really simple.


I made the two pillows, that are providing a cozy touch to the room, out of old feed sacks. Because the writing on the sacks are in red and green, I thought they'd be great to use as Christmas decor.


On the butcher block table in the back are some stacked gift boxes, a bamboo plate rack, and a plant (in yet another galvanized bucket). Again keeping the look rather simple to let the centerpiece be the main focus.


I've had this little wooden green truck for a while now and somehow it's become one of my favorite Christmas decorations. I think it's so charming! It reminds me of when my boys were little.


There's also a large elk antler in the mix of trees. It adds to the whole rustic-mountain look. I tend to add lots of layers to my decorating and so this antler was a great starting off point.


I also love to mix rustic elements with a whole lot of white. I think the two balance each other out well. Kinda like Yin/Yang or Masculine/feminine. It always just works.


I was actually pretty surprised at how many little metal buckets I had once I started to pull them all out.


I even have more metal buckets that didn't make it into the room.  Apparently, I just have a thing for metal buckets. :)  You can even spot a few more in my corner hutches.


Whatever brings you Joy, right?


So there you go, our Christmas dining room!
What do you think?

Have you seen the other rooms I've decorated for Christmas yet?
You can see our Living Room HERE
Our Master Bedroom HERE
And a pretty little display that is also in our dining room HERE

I'd love for you to see all of my decorating thus far, so please take a look around if you missed anything. I'll be back to share some other areas that I'v also decorated for Christmas soon.
So stick around.

Thanks for stopping by,

Peace, Love & Season's Greetings,

Emily