Every year, I open up my front door and invite you guys in to see how we get all festive in our home. The ironic part is that between last year’s post and this year’s, I don’t think one thing has changed about my holiday decorations, and my house basically looks the exact same, buuuuuuut it’s a whole new house and a fresh start for the Shulls. If you would have told me this time last year that we were going to rip out the first floor and start all over, I never would have believed you…but here we are.
We’re still a work in progress over here. Andrew thinks we’ll have it all done by January 1 (we’ll see), so today’s tour is a bit abbreviated. The downstairs is almost entirely back together but upstairs is completely bananas. My closet and bedroom were finished the week of Thanksgiving, but I just moved back into my bathroom on Tuesday, so pics of all of that stuff still to come.
In the meantime, I say this every single year, but if you were here in person, I’d hand you a cup of coffee, you’d smell the pine candles burning and there’s a 99% chance The Carpenter’s Christmas album would be playing in the background. The only difference this year is that you would have to park your car between the porta-potty and dumpster out front 😉 .
Since nothing has really changed, it’s a lot of pics today and few words. Just a bit of holiday happiness from my home to yours. xo
Welcome, friends! I’m so happy you’re here!
All of my front porch stone friends come from Sandstone Gardens in Joplin, MO.
The only thing new I bought this year was new garland for our stairs. When I pulled the old garland out of the box, it looked super sad. Ha!
This room got a little makeover this year (pre-flood). I’m so happy with the walls (SW Latte) and the recovered chairs! Here’s a before pic from last year…
We didn’t put up the front tree this year because…we just didn’t have the energy 😉 .
I love it so much this year!
My grandmother painted these ceramic carolers in 1980! They’ve been passed down and now, they live at my house. They’re really special to me.
I’ll share a pic on Stories today, but he moves 🙂 . He “saws” all day long!
Hello, pretty new bathroom! This powder bath was gutted, and I decided to put a real neutral, subtle spin on it when we put it back together 😉 . You can read about this room’s makeover HERE.
I am so thankful we have our kitchen and family room back for the holiday season!!
We’ve come a long way this year…
…and basically ended up right back where we started 😉 . Everything is “new”, it just might not look new (even the sofa had to be replaced). Our fireplace wasn’t working until this week, so I’m happy to have it up and running again. This is my favorite spot during the holiday season!
This year, I didn’t put out all of our Santa pics, just some of our faves.
My forever favorite.
Do you see the elf ornaments? They make them in kindergarten. I am so excited to add Mades’ to the tree this year!!!
My grandmother also painted these in 1980 too 🙂 . Love them.
Speaking of things I love…hello, Frenchie!
Lots of kitchen happiness 🙂 .
The painted pieces are my most treasured.
The tree came from Hobby Lobby this year!
And that wraps up this year’s little tour. If you want to see the entire house decorated for the holiday season, you should read last year’s post!
Now, some of the most common questions I get each year after this post are:
1. WHERE DO YOU STORE ALL OF THIS? In plastic bins in my attic. Nothing fancy, just big bins. Andrew hauls them up and down the attic ladder each year.
2. WHEN DO YOU DECORATE/TAKE DOWN? I typically take Halloween/fall down the first week of November and put up Christmas. We take everything down on the December 26th and get the house back together before we head out of town.
3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO PUT IT OUT? One full day for both of us and then I typically do the upstairs in a few hours the day before or after.
4. WHERE DID YOU BUY____? I’ve had this stuff for years and years! Some of it, over 15 years! I would say that my go-to places for holiday decorations outside of specialty stores are Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby. My friends Amanda and Amy make all of my holiday signs that you’ll see and then my friend Lori decorates all of the plates and platters with my kids’ hand prints on them.
Okay, when do you decorate for Christmas? When do you take down? What’s your favorite room in your house this year? I want details!! xo