Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas in Yorktown

Christmas is by far, my favorite time of the year! And with this being our first Christmas in our home it is just double the excitement. Last year for Christmas we were living with my sister-in-law and I barely got the tree up by Christmas Eve. I was just not feeling in the spirit last year, so I feel like this year I am making up for lost time. I got started super early this year, and I'm sure those of you who follow me on Instagram have been sick of seeing my Christmas tree for the entire month of November already. In my defense, I did have a perfectly good reason to decorate early, because our local magazine, Bayou Life asked to feature our home in their December issue. Such a dream and because of that, I had to have it decorated the first week of November for them to shoot. I'll share the link with you soon of our feature when it is available. 

Anyways, onto the tour. I tried to keep things really simple this year. Christmas decorations can get really corny, really quick.....I'm pretty guilty of it myself, and I don't hate it in the least bit. But this year I wanted to do things a little different, so I kept it basic and neutral. As the season progresses I will probaly start breaking out the jolly Santas and all the red accents, but for now....

On the front porch I just threw a basic wreath on the front door and added a couple trees to metal buckets I usually have potted with flowers.

Stepping inside the front door to the living room.

For the sake of a good photo, I did convince my husband to take down our TV which is usually above the mantle for the magazine shoot. I am so sad that I can't keep this mirror up there though. It's so much prettier!

Our tree is one of my favorite things. I bought it from Hobby Lobby (here) six years ago and it's still just as perfect as the first day we put it up. True story.....our first Christmas married Andy and I bought a real tree. I always had a real tree to decorate growing up and I was adament on getting one for our first Christmas. We went to the farm, cut down the tree ourselves, it was shaken, and shaped, and packaged up, and put in the house, and decorated, and it was just PERFECT! All of my dreams coming true. Until a couple days later when I was sitting on the couch and noticed a big black blob on the ceiling above the tree. Thinking maybe it was a cobweb I thought I would brush it off the ceiling with a broom. And as I was doing so......HORROR!!!!!!!! A MILLION.....I'm so serious yall! A MILLION TINY BABY SPIDERS started descending from our ceiling. I'm getting the chills just thinking about it. So after an extensive pest control expense, that perfect little tree went right outside the back door into the pond, and we went and bought this sweet thing. NEVER again will I have the desire to have a real tree. 

Years ago we had a cat and our tree skirt collected a ton of hair, so I had the idea to stick our tree in an old metal tub I had. Now the tree stand won't fit inside of the tub, and until we had kids, we just propped it up in the bucket, but to make it safer and less likely to be pulled over, we actually cemented the tree into the bucket. Totally not practical when storing for most people, but if you are looking for an alternative, I've seen what they call a tree collar at Michael's which looks like a metal tub with the bottom cut out so it will fit down over your tree stand. Like why didn't I think of that.....because I would have totally gone on SHARK TANK! (Anyone else obsess over that show)

Most of the ornaments are from Target and collected over the years. The yarn stars I made myself by cutting the star out of cardboard and then wrapping and hot gluing the yarn around it. 

In the kitchen. 

The kitchen is very simple. I replaced my paper mache letters that usually say EAT with the word JOY.

In our master I just threw in a simple wreath above the bed and a basket full of trimmings from the back yard.

Continuing upstairs in the boys room, I added a sweet plaid moose that once belonged to my sister and I to each of their beds.

I also happened to find this faux tree at a garage sale for $5 and thought it would be perfect to put in the boys room this year so that they could decorate their very own tree. It's adorned in old family ornaments and lots of handmade goodies from when Andy and I were little. A few throwback Christmas photo ornaments of us back in the 80's and 90's that Madden found to be quite hilarious as well. He laughed the entire time he decorated. It was so fun for them to decorate a tree without  having me hover over them and secretly rearranging ornaments when they weren't looking. 

In the playroom, I drew a Christmas tree on our chalk wall, of course. 

It's also where we have the boys' Little People Nativity set up. Andy's mom bought it for Madden during his first Christmas and it has become a favorite tradition every year. The boys are able to explore the nativity all season long as we read and talk about the Christmas Story. 

And back outside on the back porch. 

Another simple tree thrown in a metal tub (have you noticed a pattern here). A couple stockings hung from an old ladder and my antique picture frame turned chalkboard handlettered with Joy to the World makes this tour complete. 

I hope yall all have a very blessed and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Basket Wall Hanging

I've been on the hunt for months now to find an old tobacco basket or grain basket. I have been wanting to reconfigure the wall that our dining room table sits on. Right now it just has that green framed chalkboard on it, and though I have really tried to embrace minimalism, I just can't. It just feels too plain....too much blank space, and I just really like stuff. Stuff and junk just make me happy.

 In my head I can imagine a large tobacco basket in the center of that wall with a Magnolia wreath hanging in the center and plate racks on each side displaying some pretty white plates. I hope you can imagine with me. Doesn't it just sound lovely!

However, with all that being said......I have not been able to find a tobacco basket anywhere and this post has nothing to do with my dining room wall. Scatterbrained, I know. Anyways, I was on pinterest yesterday pinning tobacco baskets and farmhouse walls and pinned this image via ThistleWoodFarms

It's the same idea I want to create with the tobacco basket, but this basket was just a regular basket and I happened to have a serving tray that I got from Target that was very similar (though smaller) sitting in front of me on my coffee table. So instantaneously, with no planning at all, I found a wall and put a nail through it.  

The tray I had was too small to hang on my dining room wall, so it would have to hang somewhere else. In our living room I actually already had this dried lavendar wreath hanging in this spot, but I have thought about taking it down several times, because I thought it got a little lost on the wall in the curtains. Adding the basket behind it, I think, just gives it that extra pop and adds so much more dimension. I am absolutely loving it and kind of mad at myself for not doing this idea sooner. 

My search continues for a tobacco basket or something equally amazing for my dining room wall. But for now, this little basket is satisfying my little farmhouse heart.  

What do y'all think? 


Thursday, October 1, 2015


The official start of fall starts in September, but I usually don't start decorating for fall until October. The main reason being because it stays so stupid hot here in Louisiana well into winter that it is hard for me to get motivated so early on. Something about seeing my mums and pumpkins just melt away in this heat makes it less fun.

I do adore October, however. So once it arrives I usually start getting excited about fall and decorating.  October is one of my favorite months and is always a super busy one for us. Along with celebrating Madden's birthday, and usually our anniversary early, and Halloween fun, we always seem to have a slam packed month. Because I love October so much, I tend to go all out with decorating. This year, however, I am trying to be pretty minimal because of all the chaos we already have going on this month and also because of a really exciting event that will be happening in November that I can't wait to share with you guys!

But start the tour..... I purchased all my live pumpkins from Walmart this year for like $3 a piece. I was super impressed to see that Walmart was even carrying the cute "Cinderella" pumpkins this year. Those pumpkins are my absolute favorite and I usually have to drive about 45 minutes out of town to a farm to find them every year. We will still load up the kids this year and take them to that little farm because they love the hayrides and being able to pick their own pumpkin from the patch, but for today I am super pleased with my Walmart pumpkins. I picked up the corn stalks from Lowes along with all my lovely mums.

I put more emphasis on the decor on our back porch since it is the door that most of our guest enter through. Our home sits so far off the road that nobody driving by can see any decor on our front porch and our back porch is the closest entrance for someone when they pull into our driveway so I treat it as my front entrance.

Our patio furniture is from Walker Edison Furniture. We got this set back during summer and I am still loving it just as much. It sits on our screened in porch and is the perfect place to curl up on a cool fall night and watch some football. 

Like I said the fall touches inside are very minimal. And I actually kind of like it. I added some plaid pillows and a few craft pumpkins from Michaels here and there.


So about those plaid pillows........I wanted to make some new pillow covers that would allow me to add a touch of fall without having to buy new throw pillows. After looking at the prices of fabric and determining how many yards I would need to make the pillow covers the price was ridiculous. But when I was in Target this past weekend, I came across this plaid table cloth from Threshold for $18.99 and was smitten. I decided it would make the perfect pillow covers. And guess what! I was able to make 5 pillow covers out of that one tablecloth and had enough scrap pieces to make a dish towel and 8 table napkins. WIN WIN! Now I kind of want to go back and buy another one to actually use as a table cloth, but how cute are my new pillows!

A little masterpiece by my sweet Madden.

Thanks for stopping by! 
XO, Brittany