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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

December 21, 2012

It’s our 1st year at home for Christmas; we couldn’t be any more excited! The tunes are playing, candles are burning, and the fridge is stocked! Now all we’re waiting for is family to arrive and more presents wrapped under the tree.

Here’s a peek into some of my favorite scenes in the house.

Come on in!

Santa making his way through a snow-covered forest – ideal for a sofa table.

Tiny twinkle lights that almost glow. Selected his/her ornaments. She likes cupcakes. He likes hotdogs + wedding ornaments that remind us we’re the perfect “pair” (pear).

The old mirror into chalkboard routine. Remember THIS? Decided to bring it back again this year. Depending on the day, the saying may change. Oh so fun!

Candy cane and pinecone garland serves as a festive backdrop to holiday dining. Table kept simple and fresh – pine, cranberries, and seasonal pears (our favorite snack).

Oversized mugs rest on the windowsill for easy access. (you never know when a hot cocoa craving may kick in).

A trunk in lieu of a coffee table – topped with classic Christmas stories and still-unnamed-elf who makes sure no boys (big nor little) are getting into candy when they shouldn’t… wink wink.

Peppermint sticks, a toy solider, and reindeer – top our small secretary desk.

Snow globe terrariums present a magical wintery scene at the top of the stairs.

Festive sheets, yet another reindeer, and candles used for reading stories in bed with grandparents.

The view from the guest bedroom looking into the nursery. A natural woodland themed tree makes for the perfect place to play.

The main reason we decided to put a tree in the nursery – for reading bedtime stories as a family.

Flora and fauna that make the Master Suite whimsical and festive.

A fresh seasonal arrangement that brightens my reading nook.

The nativity that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas while keeping watch over our little ones.


  • Reply Lynn Hovis December 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Beautiful!!! Come decorate my house next year, pleeeeeease!??

  • Reply Christy Johnson December 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    OMG you have the perfect life! I so wish my house looked like this!!

  • Reply Vanessa December 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Beautiful!! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Julia December 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Wow!!! The magic of Christmas warms your home. My favorite part was the candles used for reading stories in bed with grandparents, and the holiday books under the tree in the nursery. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Reply Helena Antunes December 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Merry Christmas to all your family!!!!
    And only good things for next year :)

    Kisses from Portugal
    Helena PatrΓ­cio Antunes mother of two beatiful lights :)

  • Reply Brigette December 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful home! You’re truly blessed to be so creative with your home. Everything looks so nice and clean! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Diana Oates December 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You are mighty gifted girlfriend! So warm and cozy! Have a very merry Christmas!

  • Reply Courtney December 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Everything is so cute and cozy!! Enjoy your Christmas at home this year!

    xo, Courtney

  • Reply Steph December 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is just too beautiful. Merry Christmas! :)

  • Reply Amber December 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Wow!!! How do you find the time to do it all??!!! I always find cute crafts that I want to do, but then once I start, realize how much time it takes, and then give up! I have time once the kids are in bed, maybe I should take that time to do it! You are amazing and inspiring!!! Xo Amber!

  • Reply Lynette December 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Those little Snow globe terrariums are gorgeous! What a wonderful way to re-use the glass apothecary jars I bought to use for my wedding this past September! :)

  • Reply Nichol Syron December 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I am in aww of this blog! Thank you for the beautiful entertainment everyday! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Reply Nicole-Lynn December 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Gorgeous decor and home! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Reply Julie December 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    beautiful! where did you find the white garland that goes around the woodland tree?!

    • Reply missy December 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I made it out of yarn

  • Reply Marla December 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Beautiful. What a pretty house and so tiddy and neat. Hope you and your family have a blessed and merry Christmas!!

  • Reply Hannah December 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Your house is beautiful and so inspiring! What color green is your front door painted? I love it!!!

  • Reply Nicole December 22, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Love the books under the tree! I want to do a Christmas book advent for my daughter next year and would love to know some of your favourites! I’m finding it hard to find 24 great Christmas books!

    • Reply missy January 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      You and I are on the same page! I thought of the same thing when I put books under the tree. I’ll be sure and let you in on my list of 24 before next year!

  • Reply Mish December 22, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Your house looks amazing!

    I’m going to show my husband this post, so he can see there are people who make MORE effort decorating their house than I do!

    Merry Christmas :)

  • Reply Megan December 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Your home is absolutely beautiful! Love all the festive corners and decorations, especially the reading nooks/books and the Angel Tree Nativity Set! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Reply Stephanie December 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    nicely done! way to ring in the season without losing touch with the reason. and you have a lovely home.

  • Reply Laurie Hope December 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    What a Gorgeous Home you have! You have decorated it beautifully! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    P.S. May I ask what color/brand paint you have in your Master Bedroom? I have been searching for a neutral color that I like for so long! AND, where o where did you find the Santa tag on your front door? LOVE IT!

  • Reply Mariann December 23, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Great job Missy! You are so talented! I love the nativity scene. Would you mind sharing where you found it? I would love to have one for my classroom! :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mariann December 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    What a great job you have done once again! I am totally loving the nativity scene! Would you mind sharing where you found it? I would love having one just like it in my Sunday school classroom! Merry Christmas sweet Missy! :)

  • Reply Megan L December 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    So pretty!! It looked so warm and inviting! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks for always having such a fun blog for me to escape to for a bit!
    Megan L

  • Reply Kim December 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Love it! Would you mind sharing where you found the trees and reindeer? We are slowly adding to our Christmas decor now that we have a little guy and are home and I love what you have done! Thanks

    • Reply missy December 31, 2012 at 5:56 am

      All trees besides the berry one (target) were found at Home Goods. The reindeer are also from Home Goods. Kinda dangerous shopping there!

  • Reply Angel January 2, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Sounds crazy, but can I ask if you know the details of your carpet? There are so many variations of this same carpet out there. I wasn’t sure about going with a darker tan (although I need to), but I love the color of yours. BTW, your home is beautiful. You have great style in fashion AND decorating!

    • Reply missy January 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      You know, I can’t remember what the exact name is. We did buy it at Lowe’s and it was relatively inexpensive. It came in 6 different colors… ours is the one that looks grayish-brown. Sorry that isn’t of much help.

  • Reply Tiffany January 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I absolutely love your nativity set. Do you mind telling us your source?

    • Reply missy January 7, 2013 at 4:27 am

      It’s by Willow Tree. Definitely a keepsake that will be handed down. I cherish it.

  • Reply Cams January 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Can I live here? Your pictures are amazing…please do pass on any tips you may have.

    Cheers. :)

  • Reply Denise January 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    What color paint do you use on your warmly cozy tan walls? Love it! Thanks!

    • Reply missy January 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

      It’s called Bonjour Beige from Sherwin Williams. We absolutely LOVE it!

  • Reply NANCY ESPOSITO November 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Hello ,am so in love with your blog and absolutely love everything you post!! Am lloking at last years posting from Dec…can u tell me where u bought that leather and plaid chair u have,as well as the wicker chest u use as a coffee table????what great ideas u come up with….ty for your time


  • Reply Sarah November 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I think this is one of my favourite posts on your blog – so welcoming and cosy xxx

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