Christmas Home Tour {Part 1}

I love Christmas? Did you know? How could you possibly tell??

But this year I’m not counting down. I refuse to. Friends have countdown calendars. The kids are reminded daily in school of how many more days are left until Santa comes. Shoppers are told how many shopping days are left(which, incidentally, is now the same as the # of days till Christmas since we no longer have closed stores any day of the week). And all of it~ just makes me feel sad.  I’m sad that everyone is counting down and focused on THAT day and not enjoying THIS day.  There is so much to pack into this season.  It is a season.  And that’s why I wrote about the ones who hate Christmas.  All of this counting down is making us feel rushed and hurried and bothered and flustered.  So, I’m not counting down.  I have  no desire to care or know how many more days there are until the 25th of the month, because, well, there’s a 25th in every month and it takes roughly the same amount of time to get there as it did last month.

In the hopes of redeeming these days, I instead focus on making a new corner of my home more festive.  More cozy.  More like a place I want to be.  So, I’m going to take you on a tour.  I admit I am not done.  I never really get done.  Christmas decorations often get tweaked and moved and adjusted in my house.   I’m still working on a couple of key areas that never really had the proper attention given to them.

Today, I will show you a peek at our master bedroom. It’s been a neglected corner of our house since we moved in August. A dumping ground for random bathroom items that don’t fit in either upstairs bathroom, a mis-match of tacky 1960s  rattan wallpaper and my desire to make it soothing and peaceful.  So, this is what I did….

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Bottle brush trees~which I love.

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Aren’t they so festive?

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Dayspring cloche (which is on sale right now for a steal!). Feels like a snow globe.

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Vintage 3 tiered serving tray($3) and vintage ball ornaments

Chenille bedspread-thrifted.IKEA lighted wreath. Cozy.

Chenille bedspread-thrifted.IKEA lighted wreath. Cozy.

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Buddy loves my bed~ and he suits the decor so I think I’ll keep him! ;)

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I love looking around my house to find what can fit with what I’m trying to do. I’ve had this little wood sign for years and it just suits my theme here so well!

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Reflection.

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I’ve had this Coca-Cola poster for several years~it is an original. Found this IKEA poster frame we’ve had for a long time and it just suited perfectly.

 

Tomorrow I will post my living room ~I’m still working on it so I need the day to get it done!

In the mean time, I have a little contest going on  on my FB page.  Go check it out.  “LIKING” my page gets you your name in the draw, sharing it on your page gets you another chance to win and finally, following me on Pinterest will get you a third chance to win!  Just a little seasonal fun and who doesn’t like getting something free?  Please share!

A Thoughtful Gift

Before I had ever heard about K-Mart, Walmart, Target or any other “big box” store, we had stores like Woolworths and Kresge Co.   When I was little we would travel 50 miles to town to the Woolworths for our department store shopping. It was a corner store with one door in and one door out. At Christmas the windows were full of cheery, festive displays. The wrapping paper was stocked higher than the heads of every adult and the ornaments were crammed into one tiny area at the front of the store.  Similarly, Kresge was an even smaller store in downtown Regina.  We would sometimes go there on our Christmas shopping excursions to find a deal or two. They had the most fabulous window displays with old time carolers, snowy scenes and always classic Christmas music playing.  When I hear “Silver Bells” it always reminds me of shopping in these two stores.  

We were poor when I was young.  We didn’t buy a lot for ornaments for our tree and they were lovingly packed away each Christmas to be used again and again.  I will never forget the shiny ball ornaments we had~ a couple of boxes only with varying shades of pink or silver, some with glitter designs and some without. What a sad day the day a cat climbed the tree, knocked it over and the ornaments came crashing down.  It wasn’t a surprise~ we would lose an ornament or two each year until finally there were none.   Try to find something like that nowadays? Good luck.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I was looking at photos of a business I follow on Facebook. This business is something I am interested in pursuing myself but for now I just look and get ideas.  The owner, Selena posted photos of her Christmas decor~ simple, elegant and vintage. OH, I was struck with this awesome wave of nostalgia to which I responded:

I certainly didn’t expect to get response!

Maybe it was the whisper of God in her ear that day, maybe it’s just that she’s a nice person~ I have no idea.  I don’t know her and she doesn’t know me but today  I received a package in the mail from her.  Contained within that brown box was THE MOST THOUGHTFUL gift I have ever received.  You might think it’s weird.  But it is more likely that it takes a lover of all things vintage to know when someone truly appreciates the simplistic beauty of these treasures from a generation ago.

It may not seem like much and maybe it isn’t to most, but when you get something that you didn’t even know you wanted and it speaks to your soul, that is a good gift.  Lesson learned: it doesn’t have to be expensive, big or flashy to make someone smile from a gift you’ve given, it just has to be intentionally thoughtful.

I have put them in my coke crate for now~you never know, that may change. But they're safe and cozy!

Head on over to Hazlitt Vintage Rental and check out her wonderful blog and inventory. And if you’re in Southern Ontario~ maybe you should consider her for your next wedding, party or event! Thanks again Selena for making my day!