Pretty Handy Girl’s Christmas Home Tour 2013

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Welcome, welcome! I see you made it here from Songbird’s beautiful home. If you are coming here first, be sure to check out Marianne’s home:

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I can not tell you how excited I am to have you in for the tour. Last Christmas we were living in a demolition zone. So, it feels wonderful to have our kitchen complete and be able to focus on decorating for the holidays.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

I’m also enjoying low fuss decorating. Like this fake wreath that looks fabulous when you tuck some live greenery inside (thanks for the idea Colleen.)

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Another lazy decorating trick is to wrap garlands around the chandelier.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

And the centerpiece is as easy as setting a tiered tray inside a store bought wreath. The runner was a drop cloth that I stenciled last year.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

I’m also on a frugal kick this Christmas. Who wants to pay for greenery when you can steal salvage trimmings from a landscape company and make your own garlands.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

My pen and ink sketched plates were a little lonely on the wall, so I pulled a few plates from storage and the rest I bought at a thrift store.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

The rosemary star wreath was plucked from the garden for a total cost of $0! I created a temporary valance with a tension rod and some fabric.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

By far my favorite spot to decorate this year is the two open shelves in our kitchen. I literally hung them last week. They were the final item on the “to do” list to complete our kitchen.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Those gorgeous corbels are from Southern Accents Architectural Salvage in Cullman, AL. They have an online shop where you can find the most amazing salvage finds! Or they can produce something custom, like my corbels. If you like them, you should contact Garlan and tell him you want my corbels!

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Speaking of antiques, do you see that washboard in the background?

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

That washboard hung in our kitchen growing up. My Mom recently gave it to me because it was made in Raleigh, NC (where we call home.) It is wonderful having a piece of my childhood here in my kitchen. I added some Christmas and winter themed post cards to it.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Our kitchen desk is decorated with a few candles, and other holiday décor.

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Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

I had fun building this rustic chalkboard to display a holiday message this year.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

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Our tree has actually been decorated a while, thanks to Michaels who challenged me to decorate a Dream tree.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

I made a lot of the ornaments from cheap $1 finds at Michaels.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

This year I wanted to indulge the kids’ desire to decorate and continue to encourage their creative play with their stuffed animals. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw our bursting population of stuffed animals. My boys are IN LOVE with all of them. So much so that they wanted to make gifts and stockings for each animal. I set up a little tree and ladder in the corner of our dining room. My oldest decorated the tree himself. And the clutter at the bottom of the tree are the gifts the boys have been making for the animals. So cute!

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I realized early on that our schedule was a bit too busy to visit Santa at the mall this year. I decorated an old metal tin to act as our North Pole mail correspondence with Santa. House of Smiths has a whole line of polka dots that you can use to decorate gifts, objects or your home! Check out the falling snow kit!

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Each December the kids leap out of bed every morning to open their  advent calendars. I was seriously thinking I might have to keep them up year round because it helps so much with the morning wake up.

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Speaking of sleeping, I’m a bit worn out. I hope you enjoyed the tour of my home.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

It was such a pleasure to have you here today. I hope you’ll come back soon. And now, hurry along because Traci is waiting for you at Beneath My Heart:

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Have you been following the Christmas Home Tour all week? You can catch up here:

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Happy Holidays, y’all!

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Comments

  1. Very pretty Brittany! I love how you used all the different types of simple garlands around the chandeliers! Very smart. Merry Christmas my friend!

  2. Great post Brittany! This looks amazing. I love how simple and elegant all of these decorations look with little effort.

  3. Stunning! I love all the red. It is seriously beautiful!

  4. What a fun surprise! I’m so glad you liked that simple wreath. Love the holly in yours, although I didn’t enjoy working with it and all the prickly points.

    Your home is just beautiful, as I knew it would be. Just goes to show how stunning “simple” can be!

  5. The home looks great and reminds me a lot of how my home growing up looked. Funny how that happens every now and then. Have a great holidays

  6. Love the red beads/garland on wire wrapped around chandelier in the room with washboard. Where did they come from?

  7. So pretty Brittany! I am loving that little wagon display, my favorite :)

  8. Love the banners you have on the shutters and the valance above your sink, all in all a beautiful hometour.

  9. Loved this post, Brittany, the house looks beautiful. And, I loved spotting my postcard ;)

  10. Everything is just lovely, Brittany! Those corbels are insane!!!

  11. Loretta Clark says:

    This girl is more than pretty handy. The decorations are brilliant! I’d love to have half the creativity and talent. Merry Christmas. Thanks for your blog. It is always good.

  12. Claire Adams says:

    LOVE….so pretty and cozy. I need to come over for a cup of hot cocoa and just take in your kitchen. :)

  13. It’s beautiful, Brittany. I know you must be so thrilled to have the kitchen DONE! We didn’t have the mess you did, but we’ve been redoing ours one project at a time. We have the countertop, faucet and sink left. Congrats on the great job!

  14. Your home is an incredible labor of not only love but a real showpiece to be proud of! Bravo Brittany! You certainly should be tuckered out & a long winter’s nap is due for you! Merry Christmas!

    • Colleen,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I am planning on taking a little time off. Maybe a day or two ;-). But, my son wants me to work on his room and he’s my cutest client, so I don’t want him to have to wait too long.

  15. You did a great job with you home and thank you for sharing it with us. Enjoy your holidays!

  16. Lovely! Please tell me, how on earth did you hang your plates (so invisibly) on the wall?

  17. LOVE your front double doors! Your home looks like it gets a lot of warm, natural light. I expected as much of a beautiful home from you. :)

  18. I love your clean, simple, classic Christmas décor. It’s lovely!

  19. Beautiful! So fun looking through them, thank you for sharing.

  20. You impressed me from the moment I jumped over from Pinterest to check out your “change your own outlets” post. When I got to the ceiling fan post (which I pinned to my DIY & Dumpster Diving board, you pretty much blew my mind. PERFEÇT amount of detail.

    But NOW that I know that you are as much a fan of Christmas decorating as I am, I think I’m developing a serious girl-crush. Watch for pings from ADD-and-So-Much-MORE in December. I’m sure you’ll be posting some things I know I’m going to want to share.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    - ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder -
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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