It is safe to say, that around here, we really love all things Christmas.
Already our glittery entry way lights have been used so much. It is dark here by 4:30 pm!
(challenging to take photos in too!)
In our kitchen we have a little, out of the way corner, that gets switched up all of the time.
It has been a baking corner, a coffee spot, a smoothie station and now it is the prime spot to make a hot chocolate with a side of candy cane.
For the Christmas season, our vintage jars now hold marshmallows, twisted colored peppermints and yummy chocolate squares that all melt perfectly into homemade hot chocolate.
room and dinging room.
and a chandelier covered in natural goodness.
There is something special about rustic elements mixed with shimmery shining elements. The combination makes me so happy.
We decorated this area with a simple boxwood wreath and some more garland.
We are still trying to find the perfect combination between adding real elements and ones we already have. I love the combination of adding outdoor natural sprigs of trees and bushes into our decor. The kids like to help as well. And by “help” I mean shake the branches like a Polaroid picture or like Taylor Swift when she sings “shake it off “.
I have just accepted the fact that we will be cleaning up needles and twigs for the subsequent entire year.
Pretty and out of the way of curious two year old hands.
This year we added tons of gold and metallic ornamental balls to our tree and the kids happily learned how to swoop and sway pretty ribbon.
Our DIY bells from last year and some new thrift store finds made this years tree.
(More on that in another post!)
This year our focus is on giving and loving others, rather then on receiving gifts.
I still couldn’t help myself though and have already wrapped a few necessity gifts under our tree, making it actually feel like Christmas is right around the corner!
Chalkboard labels from Michael’s and The Dollar Store make the perfect gift tags!
Across from the love seat and our golden tree, we have the brick wall we built up three years ago, when we were bright eyed and bushy tailed and had first begun our suburban renovation. 😉
Some more metallic pretties, some twinkly lights and some neutral accessories complete the look.
Again, by adding a few natural elements, we were able to get the most out of our faux garland.
We placed some pretty icicles on our chandelier for some whimsy and sparkle.
Painted candle holders, painted wooden tree stumps and slim silver candle sticks make a perfect varied centerpiece.
I have been looking for a chance to get to use my collected and mismatched gold tea cup collection.
This year, I taught my babies how to fold a napkin and how to place silverware. They felt so accomplished when everything was all set out and looking pretty and ready for some photos.
This years dining room table was all dressed up for a leisure family breakfast complete with a delicate gold rimmed teapot and sparkling apple cider to mix for a yummy kid friendly mimosa.
I am so pleased I get to show off how each collected tea cup and saucer is unique and beautiful in its own right.
Beyond our main living area, we haven’t gotten the chance to decorate too much.
I mean, it isn’t even December 1st yet, right??
So far, our upstairs hallway has been dolled up for Christmas with a sprig of pretty.
Just enough to draw you down the hallway.
Our family room holds our newly painted piano, which got a little festive with a collection of pretty blue glass bottles adorned with little green wreaths.
All my favorite colours all in one place.
Too bad there weren’t actually open waters and sail boats floating about during this time of year.
For now, I will just visually soak in all of the blues and greens and instead dream of next summer, while enjoying the joys of winter.
Through the years we have started our own traditions around here.
Our kids now get excited to have their own mini trees in their bedrooms.
You know, so all of the macaroni crafts and hand cut snowflakes have somewhere to hang loud and proud.
They love redecorating their very own tree, over and over again.
Just like their Mama. 😉
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Elizabeth PhillipsNovember 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm
Oooh,I absolutely love all of your Christmas decor! I'm going to have to steal your idea with the Nativity,because I also have a very curious 2 yr old! Blessings,Beth
marty (A Stroll Thru Life)November 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Oh my goodness, this is stunning. I love everything, so beautiful.
Bette CreekNovember 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm
Your home looks beautiful.
KerriNovember 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm
What a beautiful tour, Bethany! Love all the fresh greenery and rustic touches. My favourite part has to be the Noel letters on your plate wall! Just gorgeous. Hope you have a beautiful Christmas in your cozy home xo Kerri, A Pop of Pretty
Courtenay@Creek Line HouseNovember 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Too much! Too much awesomeness! Can't handle it! Aaaaaaa! But seriously, your home is breath-taking. Your family is so lucky to have you create such a cozy place for them to make all those memories. 🙂
Benny DanielNovember 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm
Oh my gosh! Your house is so beautiful! I'm finding myself at a loss for superlatives. Hahaha! I love the subdued and elegant quality of your Christmas decor. Everything is just perfect. How I wish your decorating skills rub off on me. Hahaha! Thank you so much for sharing that very lovely tour! Wishing you a happy thanksgiving!
Benny Daniel @ Finlay Brewer
Christina @ TheDIYMommy.comNovember 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm
JUST GORGEOUS, Bethany! So beautiful and glamourous. I love your porch and your little hot cocoa bar especially!
Krista thehappyhousieNovember 26, 2014 at 4:11 am
So pretty Bethany- absolutely stunning and gorgeous, actually!! Pretty doesn't even begin to describe it! I love all the blue in your living space- and it looks amazing with all the gold!! Wow!
Lisa @ Fern Creek CottageNovember 27, 2014 at 1:37 am
Wow, everything looks so beautiful and festive! I can practically hear the Christmas carols playing in the back ground. 🙂 How nice that you have it all up now to enjoy! I haven't even started yet.
Angie@Echoes of LaughterNovember 29, 2014 at 5:23 am
What a gorgeous home Bethany! You have an amazing style and I love it! The Christmas decorations are perfect and I adore the colours you used! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo
BreAnna PaulsonDecember 1, 2014 at 3:48 am
You are freakin' AMAZING! Funny story, I discovered and fell in love with your Instagram a few weeks ago through an Instagram friend, then I saw that you had left a comment on my blog's ABOUT page 2 years ago about how much we had in common! So I guess we're supposed to be BFF's? 😉
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