Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simple Ideas to Steal from the Tours & Link up YOUR Holiday Home!

I hope you had a chance to soak up all the fabulous Christmas decor
from the 12 Days of Holiday Homes tours!
Now it's your turn ~ we'd love to see your home, and 
Jenny @ Evolution of Style and Amy & Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
are both hosting a link up party, just pop over to either of their blogs to join in
beginning at 9am EST.   

Here are a few of my favorite simple ideas from the amazing tours.

Simply stunning ~ tree decorated with lights and a banner garland...

Simply silly ~ a favorite Christmas movie poster... 

Simply serene ~ collection of white churches adorn the hood...

Simply striped ~ greenery and black and white ribbon table setting... 

Simply classic ~ iron urn filled with greenery... 

Simply sentimental ~ heirloom snowshoes... 

Simply stylish ~ rustic and glam mix... 

Simply charming ~ wreaths with pink bows...

Simply fun ~ advent stocking decor...

Hope you've enjoyed all the tours, friends!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Christmas Home Tour 2016 - Part 2

Have you all been following along with all the amazing Christmas Tours ~ I've already
 started a collection of ideas for next year! As promised I'm back with the rest our
 Christmas tour, if you missed Part 1 our Living & Dining Room tour is here.
 Today I'll be sharing our Family Room and Kitchen.

Welcome if you're coming over from Vel's @ Life & Home at 2102 she always does
a beautiful job, this year her stunning tree is one of my favs! 
Next up on the tour is Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick, she is a gem and crazy talented,
she was one of the very first blogs I read, I would've never dreamed I'd be on a home tour
 with her and I can't wait to pop over and see what she has for us!      

Thank you to the lovely ladies hosting the 12 Days of Holiday Homes!!
Jenny @ Evolution of Style & Christy & Amy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

~ Family Room ~

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my tour, I'm drawn to more simple Christmas
decor these days and foregoing all the stuff in lieu of mostly fresh greens from 
our yard and a few special items. I like to keep the colors cohesive throughout
the rooms and added a few larger blush colored ornaments to our tree.    

I loved the colors in this pillow from HomeGoods and gave in to my addiction.
How could I not, look how perfect it is with the floral artwork I found thrifting a
 couple years ago. I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it, but my friend and I were at
an antique store and came across a pair of huge brass lamps, and we each took one. 
The oversized pinecones are from a fun vacation in Lake Tahoe, I filled my suitcase. 

I added eucalyptus to the garland on on our mantel this year. 
I made the fur trimmed stockings a few years ago because we needed some that were
 larger ~ we love our stocking tradition! Santa always spoiled us with all kinds of fun surprises
 when I was growing up, and the tradition continues. 

Did you guys notice my BIG mirror was missing from my living room tour?
I (not really me!) moved it to our family room and love it. 

~ Kitchen ~

 The gorgeous Blended Bay wreath on my hood is from Lynch Creek Farms, and
  I couldn't be more impressed! I'd never ordered a wreath before, only purchased them
from a big box store, but I'm sold. It's full, lush and so fresh! 
I've had it on my hood for two and a half weeks and it's just as fresh as the day it was
 delivered. It would be a wonderful gift!      
I accidentally spritzed mine with cleaning solution instead of water one day
 (actually the only day I spritzed) :(  So, the bay leaves on the bottom left are a tad
wilted - 100% my fault! I felt so badly that I wasn't going to represent their gorgeous 
wreath well that I tried to find replacement bay leaf sprigs - no luck, so I'm
 coming clean. I'm so sorry Lynch Creek Farms, it doesn't look bad to me at all but 
I was afraid you'd notice! I truly love it, thank you!  

This simple corner has my grandma's vintage ornaments and the framed needlepoint
florals were done by Mr. Simple's grandma.  

I like keeping a few essentials corralled on this brass tray on our counter, and added
some striped wrapping and a floral pick to a candle to give it a festive touch.   

My sweet girl, Rio!

That's it for our tour friends, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.
 I love sharing our home with you, and always appreciate you reading and your
sweet comments!

If you missed it, our Living Room & Dining Room tour is here

You can keep up with Simple Details on Pinterest or Instagram

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Our Christmas Home Tour 2016 - Part 1

The Christmas tours are in full swing this week, and I'm happy you've made your
 way to ours, thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm sharing our living room and
 dining room, then on Friday I'll be joining another group and sharing our kitchen
 and family room.
A huge thank you to sweet Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for organizing another fun
 group this year and taking care of all the behind the scenes work to pull it all together.
 Welcome if you're coming over from Christina's @ Remodelando la Casa, she is darling
 and her home decked out for Christmas is always a favorite tour!  

After years of decorating with a lot of stuff, I've come to appreciate a more simple
style. Using fresh greenery from our yard is my favorite go to decor, and moving
our furniture, artwork and accessories around gives our rooms enough of a new
 look for me.  

~ Living Room ~

I painted our living room blush (Benjamin Moore - Queen Anne Pink) a few months
 ago and still love it! A pretty blush poinsettia was perfect with my favorite pillow
I found last fall and my Pottery Barn knock off pillow I made a few years ago.

A little holiday detail adds a festive touch to a piece of artwork.

I brought together a few pieces of milk glass for a simple vignette on my campaign chest. 

Do you guys remember this cabinet was an ugly brown Craigslist find that
I DIYed to replicate a pricey one that I loved!
I always hang over our fence and borrow a few pieces of chopped wood from our
 neighbor's pile and return them after the holidays. :)

~ Dining Room ~

You guys, I'm so done with the green in my dining room, it seemed like a good idea
 last spring. It's a south facing room with french doors and a ton of natural light, for a
good part of the day it's a tad bright. Haha! And, it photographs neon!  
It's project #1 for the New Year.

I found these fun gold pineapple pots on the clearance rack at H & M,
and added evergreen sprigs and eucalyptus. They make a great low centerpiece
lined up down the center of our table. 

My paperwhites are going strong.
 I love the statement they make when they're so tall, these are 30" high from the top of
 the pot. I do baby them to keep them from flopping over, turning them every day to
 keep them even as they lean toward the sun.
Oh my, that paint!!
Let's focus on the peek of my tree, I'll be sharing it with the rest of our tour on Friday.

My sweet friend Jennifer @ Decorating Delirium, is up next and her style never
 disappoints! She's a Craigslist fan too, and always shares her amazing finds!

Thanks again for stopping by, don't miss the other fabulous tours today!

Cuckoo4Design - Julia 
Remodelando La Casa - Christina 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Let the Christmas Home Tours Begin...

Hey everyone, are you ready for inspiration overload?
I can't wait to check out the beautiful home tours, I've already started pinning a few
 ideas for next year. I love it when I actually have a plan, which wasn't the case this year!
I've linked the schedules for the two tours I'll be joining ~ my goodness so many
fun bloggers ~ this will be good!
Pop back over tomorrow, I'm thrilled to be sharing my Living Room & Dining Room with
 a group headed up by sweet Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life once again!
On Friday I'll be back with my Kitchen & Family Room, and I'm saving the outside for
 that day, too. We're getting a big cold front, so I'm hoping to have photos of a Colorado
 Christmas Tour with snow!
Jenny @ Evolution of Style and Christy & Amy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
are our fabulous hosts and have a great line up I'm so excited to be part of!

Tuesday 12/13

   Monday - Dec 5
Common Ground - Debra
Decor To Adore - Laura 
Haneens Haven -Haneen  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen 
Nesting With Grace - Brooke 

Tuesday - Dec 6
Cuckoo4Design - Julia 
Remodelando La Casa - Christina 

Wednesday - Dec 7
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Lynzy & Co. - Lindsay 
Simple Stylings - Summer  

Thursday - Dec 8
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia 
Our Southern Home - Christy 
Setting For Four - Heather  

Fri - Dec 9
Far Above Rubies - Anita 
Duke Manor Farms - Laura 

Friday, December 2, 2016

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Happy December friends! 
I've been frantically excitedly working on getting our home decorated for my annual
 girlfriend party next Tuesday and a couple Christmas tours. It's always a hot mess and crazy
 until the decorating is off the list, but once my house is back in order I feel like I can enjoy
 all the festivities, traditions, baking and shopping. :) 
So that's on my agenda for the weekend ~ hope yours is a good one!     

Before & After ~ A Stylish Living Room
Painting the stone fireplace was a great call!

Beautiful collection of art for your home.

I'm obsessed with this creative layering idea, and there are lots of suggested combinations. 

Inspiring Before & After of a modest starter home.

A chic makeover of a 500 square foot apartment in NYC.

12 Days of Holiday Homes begins today with two beautiful homes!

Amanda @ Dixie Delights

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