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It is finally one of my favorite weeks in blogging – Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk where I get to share all of the Christmas decorating ideas that have been forming in my head for weeks!

This is my second year participating, and just like last year, I am in the company of some incredibly talented bloggers.

If you are joining us here for the first time, I am Laura and this blog is the stories of our journey to making our home a reflection of our family – and what we find along the way.

If you are starting here, please stop by Dear Lillie, the stop before me.

Isn’t her style amazing?

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And, to see the tour from the start and follow along with each stop – visit Jen Rizzo for the whole fun tour.

And without further adieu, welcome to our home!

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This year I kept things simple - Reds, evergreens and touches of black and white.

And I couldn't be happier with how it came together.

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But truth be told, I have my daughter to thank for most of it.

When I first explained to her what my plans were for the mantel - there were no reds.

Just greenery and white candles.

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To which she replied, "But you have to have red for Christmas".

And as much as I loved my neutral decor last year, for this year, I had to agree.

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And that approach carried all the way through.

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You can find all of the details on our tree here, and you can also get the details on my 1-minute DIY ornaments and my "no-painting" chalkboard ornaments - no artistic talent required!

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And yes, I did cut the antlers off a plastic deer and glue them to my cow.

Doesn't everyone do that?

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Our table setting was super simple this year as well. And again - I will be sharing more on it later this week - all the details, including resources on how to create a similar look.

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I kept things simple and bright in the kitchen.

The "Merry" letters are simply chipboard letters from the craft store painted with red paint.

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I hung our Advent calendar on the side of the cabinet and our children have been enjoying taking out a note each morning already.

At a friend's suggestion, I have included some "coupons". Their first one was a free pass to not unload the dishwasher. They were pretty excited with that one.

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Our table has a paper chalkboard table runner. I used a chalk ink pen and wrote out as much of "The Night Before Christmas" as I could fit.

That is a really long poem.

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The rosemary plant from our outdoor fall decorating was brought inside and placed in a sugaring bucket with a red burlap ribbon.

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And our side table and gallery wall were updated with some simple greenery and ornaments and my collection of Christmas figurines - both new and vintage.

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I hope you enjoyed "visiting" our home.

Still to share - or living room and entry, the office all decked out for Christmas and the newly beautiful front porch. So make sure to stop on back.

Of course - the truth is - I also need to finish all those spaces as well.

In the meantime, you can see all of our holiday projects here - and then head on to the next stop...

Stop by to see Courtney from French Country Cottage.

Look at this kitchen!

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I can promise you that her decorating will blow you away, she is crazy talented.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and happy decorating!

Thanks so much for reading!

 

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