Blue & Green Christmas Decor and a Home Tour

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Settle yourselves in for the most picture heavy post I have ever created! I'm just so excited to share with you my Christmas theme/decor for this year and I'm also tagging a home tour on to it!
Our home renovations started in the spring of this year and they started with removing the California, popcorn, stucco, whatever you want to call it, ceiling. It was a tough job of spraying water on the ceiling until wet and then wiping the stucco off, patching, sanding, priming and finally painting. We did this in our living room/dining room and last weekend just finished the kitchen ceiling.

On top of that we have redecorated from our previous tan walls and espresso wood to crisp yet warm white walls (Benjamin Moore's cloud white) and we painted our espresso electric fireplace in the same colour. I was inspired by a blanket we bought in the Scottish Highland on our trip this fall. The theme of our living room decor and Christmas decor is blue and green, the colours in Black Watch tartan. Let's take a look

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You made it all the way to the end! Thanks for sticking it out with me! 

Everything you see in the rooms has been acquired over a long period of time. My couch is a classic large brown leather and it is my dream couch. I've wanted this exact couch since I was about 14 and even though my dogs (whom I love and adore) have given it a beating, it isn't going anywhere. I do let my dogs on the furniture and in doing so, they dried out the leather on the seat cushions, which cracked and ripped. I made cushion covers out of brown fabric a few years ago and while there is a little fraying, they will make it until next spring when I look to recover them, and get a few repairs on the back and arms. The pillows on the couch were a total score, especially since pillows can be outrageously expensive. The navy blue ones were on clearance at Sears ($12 a piece), the green velvet ones are from Winners/HomeSense (2 for $40) and the small white and blue dot pillow,  I made that! I recovered an old down filled pillow with some fabric I used in an art project earlier in the year. 

The chairs in the living room were a Kijiji find for $80 for the pair. They are exactly what I wanted, the caning matches the chairs I have in my dining room, I only need to have the fabric recovered. In some lights the current fabric looks white and other times it takes on an odd yellowy-green tint. Not a fan. I would like to recover them in navy blue velvet but for now, they will do. The little circular table beside one of the chairs was a $2 find at Value Village. It's probably the cheapest thing in the room! All the blue and white pottery and the green glass candy dishes are all things I have been picking up at antique markets over the last few years. It's so great to finally display them and put them all together. 

Painting our fireplace took a lot of work and a lot of time. It is an electric fireplace from Canadian Tire and was a very deep espresso colour. I used special cabinet coat paint, the same one I used to refinish my kitchen cabinets, and it required three coats. Now that it's done, I love it but it did put me off trying to paint anymore before the holidays started. Our coffee table was a $50 Kijiji (just like Craigslist) find and while I do plan on painting it, I'm waiting until the spring now. 

Actually, the coffee table was a total miracle. I knew that this was the exact style of coffee table I wanted, but I couldn't find one anywhere! We went many, many years without a coffee table and I'm just so glad we finally have a place to store our remotes (in the small drawer) keep the kids video games out of view (on the bottom shelf) and a place to stack magazines and snacks on top. 

Each year I go all out for the holidays (well, except for that year we spent Christmas in Mexico) but this year with all the renovations and how busy life has been for our family, I decided that I wanted to go as simply as I possibly could. Not easy for a lady who thinks of herself as a more is better kind of gal. Our tree is about a foot smaller than we usually get and it's much narrower than we're used to, and I love it! With such a small room, that got even smaller with the addition of our big coffee table, it's nice to have a tree and not feel cramped. 

For decorations around the house I made some simple bunting out of fancy paper I bought at Michael's craft store and placed lights wherever I could. For flowers I stuck with evergreens, berries and white roses. Simple, elegant and actually my favourite flower arrangement this time of year. I wasn't sure if I would be able to find wrapping paper that matched my theme but lo and behold, Hallmark had green plaid and WalMart had sparkly blue. I picked up some pretty labels from Sugar Paper and the deer head stickers are from Michaels. 

Oh and yes, I really do have a record player. It works beautifully and is connected to speakers that are old school, large, and hidden behind a chair and the Christmas tree. Right now we are listening to all of the Christmas albums we picked up antiquing this summer. Usually you can find us playing Alabama Shakes, Johnny Cash or Elvis while we cook on the weekends. I love that our kids associate playing records with spending family time in the kitchen. 

Speaking of the kitchen, you may have noticed quite a bit of orange in there, I love orange! A long time ago, I remember an issue of Martha Stewart (did you notice all my Martha Christmas books on the coffee table?) where they showcased homes that used orange to decorate. There was this foyer painted in burnt orange with brown ribbon trim and I swore that one day I would have a country house and replicate that. But until then, I love seeing bright oranges in the kitchen. I just pick up a few things here and there and place them in the kitchen. 

I try not to add too much to our counters because this truly is a working kitchen. Everyone in the house has their speciality (mine and The Youngest's is baking, AMH and The Oldest are the resident chefs) so what I am really trying to say is our kitchen never looks this clean. This is absolutely styled for photos because usually there are piles of something on our kitchen island! I use the Kendra Bester Design tea and bar towels all the time in here. They look great hanging on my oven, who can resist the blue laurel wreath pattern, and they are super handy for drying dishes. We go through so many dishes in this house, I feel like the dishwasher never stops running and we hand wash what we can't fit in it. 

Well I'm off to sit in my new living room and read one of my Martha Stewart Christmas books for the zillionth time. Thanks for coming along on this tour! xx



1 comment

  1. You've done a wonderful job of decorating! Love the colours, the stags, the tartans and the flowers. Happy Christmas!

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