24 Days of Christmas: 2017 Christmas Home Tour

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I am so excited to share the 2017 Christmas Home Tour with you this year! I feel like this is honestly our prettiest Christmas ever. It hasn’t been the best of years, so I did more this year than I usually do.

This is our main tree, in our living room. I used the same red and gold ornaments as always, but this year, we added some gold ribbon.

This lovely tree lives in our dining room and has ornaments from my childhood on it.

My girls have white trees with pink and purple ornaments. Here is my oldest daughter’s tree.

Each year, we get them a new ornament for their trees. Some of our favorite “Emorie inspired” ornaments are on the tree.

Aubrey’s tree sits atop her end table to discourage her from messing with it. It doesn’t help- she still messes with it.

Like her sister, she gets a new ornament each year.

Our tree in the office contains all of our personal ornaments as a family. We buy a new ornament each year and put it on this tree. Nothing on this tree looks alike or matches at all. It’s random, it’s crazy looking, but it’s my favorite. Lots of memories on this tree.

In our room, we added a tiny little tree this year and this cute terrarium I found at JoAnn’s.

This cozy corner of our bedroom is decked out with a Christmas throw and a pillow with the famous red truck.

Our nativity lives in the living room. It’s even more special to me this year as my grandpa built the manger and he died this year.

This red berry wreath lives on our front entry mirror.

Our living room couch (soon to be replaced) has these super cute Christmas pillows in it:

Including this one I made last year from placemats:

Our office, Home of the random tree, also features this “Christmas art,” which is really just some gift bags that I framed last year.

This galvanized pail Of ornaments lives here, too.

Our other nativity scene lives here as well. My grandma bought me this one and I think they’re lovely.

Our faux mantle is looking extra cute in our dining room.

I found this cute battery operated lantern at Walgreens:

I changed up our fall vignette just a little for Christmas:

And decked out our China cabinet like this:

I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Home Tour this year! Join us this week for handmade ornaments and more.

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Our plans for the playroom

I shared last week that we are planning to change the layout of our home. Currently, we have a galley kitchen, a nicely sized dining room and two bonus rooms. Our back bonus room is being used as a playroom.



 It’s a nice sized room with two big windows that let in lots of natural light. This room is located at the back of the house, and is right beside our current dining room.

Our current dining room looks like this:


What I want to do is move the dining room into what is now the playroom and make the current dining room the kitchen. 

There are some architectural changes to be made, but they’re minor. Our playroom has three large passthroughs that I would want filled in. 
And this weird little pass through between the dining room and playroom.


I’d love to turn this little pass through into a tiny bar, similar to this one. 


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I really love these bar stools. 


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I’d change out the faux slate laminate we currently have and replace it with the red oak we have in the rest of the house. 


I would also add the same picture frame molding that we have on the walls in our current dining room. 


I’d also use the same furniture, drapes and rug.

Mainstays: Trellis Curtain Panel

                Rug: similar

I would leave the leaf in the table and get two upholstered chairs to serve as the head chairs. 


Wayfair: Upholstered Dining Chair
I’d also get a really nice chandelier, similar to this one:

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Let’s put all of that together with a moodboard. 


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our future dining room. Soon, I’ll share our plans for our kitchen. 

Oh, and P.S.: Guess what starts on Friday????


Yay!! Aren’t you excited??

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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Our Christmas candlelight tour

Merry Christmas Eve to all of you. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas season and your homes and hearts are full of love and light. 

I’m going to just let the pictures do the talking. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 




Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Home Tour 2016

Our Christmas tour has been a long time coming this season.  I love decorating for Christmas, but I especially love being able to share it with you.

When you walk in our front door, you’re greeted by this view.

This is our main tree and it features green, red and gold Décor.

Our nativity scene, complete with a Manger my grandfather built, sits on our entry way table.

Our apothecary jars, which are full of ornaments, sleigh bells and pine cones, live here as well.

In our kitchen, our window provides a pretty look at our dining room.

Our kitchen is small so I just put some snowmen, Christmas towels and a snowscape in here.

Our dining room is the site of our music tree, which contains the ornaments my mother used on my childhood tree. Our pretend mantle is here as well.

Our table boasts a simple centerpiece using an antique dough bowl and some greens.   We use this table daily so I wanted a centerpiece that wouldn’t interfere with that.

In our kids’ playroom, we kept it simple with an advent calendar and some snowmen pictures.

Our office is the site of our family tree, which contains all of our personal ornaments.

We also scattered some bowls of ornaments on the bookshelves.
Emorie has a small white tree that is filled with her own personal ornaments. This year, she decorated it herself. The sweater trees I made last year are in here as well.

Aubrey has her own small tree in her room, too.

In the hall bath, you can find our Mercury glass ornaments, a Jim Shore dog who bears a strong resemblance to our Lab, and more snowmen.

In our bath, you can find our milkglass and ornaments vignette, which I love.

I hope you have truly enjoyed our home tour.  We hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season.

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Fall Home Tour 2016…for now 

For now? What’s that mean? I know you’re probably wondering. Well, for starters, I’m nowhere near done with my fall home tour and I’m nowhere near satisfied. I did things way different this year, and plus, it’s still in the 80’s and higher here. Still too hot for mums and hardly anyone is selling pumpkins or gourds yet. I’ve had to make do with my glass pumpkins, resin pumpkins and even Styrofoam pumpkins and I’m not liking it.

So I guess here’s the fall home tour till I can get myself some real pumpkins.

First, this centerpiece. It’s my antique bread pan with a milkglass pitcher. I filled that pitcher with some feathers, fall grass and some faux sunflowers. I love me some sunflowers!!

Some faux leaves, some Dollar Tree gourds and pumpkins and pine cones line that bread pan. I left that burlap table runner from spring and summer right where it sat. It’s been with us for three seasons. It’s versatile like that.

Aren’t these sunflowers pretty?

I don’t currently have a mantle, so this ledge in my dining room has to suffice. It’s in a pass-through between our dining room and playroom. 

I found this vintage milk pitcher at the thrift shop. It’s cute with those faux sunflowers. 

What’s this? More burlap? Another pinecone? Yep.

I found this plate last year at Walmart.  I like the leaf detail on it. It is quite pretty. 

I like typographical art,  but especially what this says.  Since I start my morning in this dining room each day, I thought this would be a nice reminder to stay grateful.

Well,  they may not be real pumpkins but they’re still pretty durn pretty.

This burlap banner is one of my easiest DIYs yet. 

This bean pot always lives on my China cabinet but I thought I’d put some pinecones in it. Are you noticing a theme yet?

Our sofa table got some fall dressings, as well.

Wait…could it be possible that there are more pinecones?

I thought these pillow cases I bought on ETSY last year were perfect in our living room.

A cute little pumpkin just chilling on our end table.

The sideboard in our office really didn’t change much this year.


And then I just did this small, cutesy little vignette in the hall bath.

This concludes our fall home tour 2016…for now. I can almost promise you it’s going to change, and probably more than once. Y’all bear with me…and come back to see my changes, ya hear?

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Spring home tour

I didn’t do much this year for spring decorating. In fact, I’ve had a lot of transitional decor out since Christmas so I decided to keep using it. I did add a few things, and some of it you’ll likely recognize from last year.

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First off, I made these moss balls and put them in a basket on our office book shelves. I love the simple way they add some green to the room.

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Also in the office: this green topiary with some burlap covered books.

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These are some DIY apothecary jars on our front entry table. I used some leftover Spanish moss from the moss balls to surround the candle (it won’t be lit), some dried grapevine to make a nest for this cute little bird, and some more grape vine to put under the eggs.

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These cute little bunnies and this cute little nest live in my kitchen.

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Remember these tea towels from Target? They’re in my kitchen too.

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My “fake mantle” in the dining room. It has a cake plate with a DIY nest and some eggs, a glass bird on a nest under a cloche, a bird print, a hobnail candle holder, and a boxwood in a galvanized pail.

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This is my dining room. I have a burlap runner, some topiaries on the china cabinet and in the window, and some more boxwood in galvanized pails. Apologies for the poor picture quality 🙁

This concludes my very toned down Spring decorating. Stay tuned for more.

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Christmas Home Tour 2015

As you well know, the name of this blog is “Organized and Simplified.” Christmas at our house is organized, but simplified? Ha.

We just had a baby last month. Anyone who is smart would simplify their Christmas and downsize from their usual Christmas decorating. I’m not that smart. I absolutely love decking the halls, and decided to go big or go home. Besides, next year we’ll have a mobile child who’ll be undecorating the trees, so I decided to save the downsizing for next year. I hope you enjoy the tour. I’m posting our outdoor decor next week.

First of all, when you walk in our door, here is our fake mistletoe. It’s fake because we have kids and pets.

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Beyond that, you see our main tree in the living room.

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Also in the living room is our nativity scene. The barn is special because my grandfather built it for us. The nativity figurines are one of the first Christmas decorations I bought when I purchased my first house.

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The DIY apothecary vases are filled with glass Christmas balls. I love the look of the glass and ornaments together. Plus, the Christmas bells were a cheap purchase last year, but were exposed to heat and moisture. Now they have this fantastic patina and they look old!

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I love this candle holder.

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In our office, we have a small tree with all of our personal ornaments. I love this tree. Yes, nothing on it matches, but I love the memories it contains. All of the ornaments here were given to us as gifts or given to us to commemorate milestones in our lives (vacations, new home, new baby, our jobs, etc). It’s so much fun to reminisce when we are decorating this tree.

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In our dining room, we have what is known as the music tree. This tree is special because it is a tree my mother used during my childhood. The ornaments were also my mother’s from when I was growing up. She didn’t want to use them anymore and I couldn’t let her get rid of them 🙂 This is also the tree that held up my home tour- every single strand of lights burned out about 12 hours after I put them on…and about 14 hours before my home tour. Boo.

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We don’t have a mantle in our house right now, so this ledge is the closest thing we have. I thought it would be a nice place to store our stockings.

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Our china cabinet is adorned with boxwood and a patchwork picture frame.

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In the kitchen, we have a cute snowman family.

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In the window between the kitchen and dining room, we have a tiny tree and antique candelabra.

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In our hall bath, we have more snowmen and a glass vase with mini ornaments.

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In our daughter’s room, she has her very own white tree! Each year, she gets her own ornaments from various family members and we love putting them on her tree each year.

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I made these sweet trees last year.

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Obligatory pictures of two trees in one picture.

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Stay tuned for pictures of the outdoor Christmas decorations.

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Summer home tour

Welcome to our summer home tour! My summer decorating isn’t very extensive, and it mainly just spans the kitchen, living room, and dining room. I loved my spring decor so much, I didn’t want to take it down.

On my front porch, there is a summer themed wreath. We don’t have much of a porch, and hopefully, this fall, it’ll be under construction. Of course, we are flying our Old Glory.

On the sofa table inside the door, we have a jar with some sand and shells, and three large apothecary jars with sand, candles and shells. We brought in a little beach to our farmhouse 🙂

On our kitchen table, we have a distressed wood tray with a bowl of apples, a mason jar with some faux flowers (not my favorite, but my kiddo has allergies), and two mason jars with battery operated votives.

Our “mantle” in the dining room has two jars with sand and shells, and some colored glass. There are also faux hydrangeas and the same faux white flowers from the table. 
In our kitchen, we have a white tray with blue pottery and a jar with a red ribbon. A simple vignette 🙂
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It’s here! 2014 Christmas House Tour!

I hope everyone is doing well. I have finally finished all my Christmas decorating and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. I probably did more decorating this year than ever and I love how it looks. I will be a little sad when it is time to take it down and pack it all away. Currently excluded from the tour are our master bedroom and bathroom and our nursery.

First up, here is the exterior decor on the front of the house:
We have candles in the windows, and wreaths on the door and windows on the front of the house. Our porch is small and I was honestly scared to take up too much room lest it get knocked over or become a trip hazard. I am still trying to decide what I want to do to our front porch. I bought some garland to put around the front door, but I am going to trade it for some different garland I think will look better. We typically put a wreath on the garage window, but we have not done it yet.





And here is what our house looks like at night.

In our living room, which is right inside the door, this is what you will find:
This is our main tree, decorated with red and gold. 

Some DIY art, blocks that spell “JOY” and a Jim Shore dog that looks remarkably like our yellow lab. 
 
I already owned this Christmas pottery bowl from “Cagle Road Pottery” in Seagrove, NC, which I filled with gold ornaments. I am from Randolph County, NC, which is where Seagrove is located. 
DIY apothecary jars using Dollar Tree vases, Dollar Tree candlesticks and Dollar Tree ornaments? You bet. 

My beautiful nativity, with a manger built by my grandfather. I absolutely love this. 
In my dining room:
I always say this, but we have yet to find a table and china cabinet we want to buy. I know it looks a little sparse in here, but we are hoping to soon have something more in this dining room. 
This is certainly a nostalgic tree. The tree formerly belonged to my aunt and the music note ornaments on it were used by my mother when I was growing up. 
I went with a simple tablescape. A red and green plaid runner, a white table cloth, red chargers with red dishes, and some pine cones and holly sprigs. The arrangement on the pedestal is holly and pine cones. 
We have this weird window looking from the dining room into the playroom. I like to decorate it like a mantle. The picture was given to us as a gift at a Christmas wedding shower, the lanterns are left over from our wedding and filled with metal bells, and the candleholders are from the dollar store, and are filled with dollar store ornaments. I hung our stockings here this year, too.
Kitchen: 
Our kitchen is off our living room and dining room, and is on the small side. 
The window above our sink looks into our dining room. 
Playroom:
My daughter’s very own tree resides here, complete with Rudolph, and her personal ornaments. Every year we buy her a new ornament for her tree, and so does her grandma. 
A basket of Christmas books next to her Anywhere chair. 
Office:
This is our personal tree, in which all the personal ornaments people have given us live. I absolutely love this little tree. 
Here are some of my favorite ornaments on this tree:
And here are some of the decorations that are adorning our bookshelves:
Our second nativity scene lives here, too. I would love a manger to go with this one. 
Hall bath:
Another left over lantern from our wedding gets a small, inexpensive Christmas floral topper. The little candle holder is from a local store. 
Emorie’s new room: 
Emorie’s yet unfinished room has these cute little DIY “sweater trees” I made and stashed on the top of her dresser. I printed off some graphic art and popped it into a frame. 
Back porch:
We have our table set, but since it is raining, we do not have our napkins or our pillows in the rocking chairs. We do, however, have some simple wreaths on the french doors. 

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