Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chritmas Home Tour {A rustic glam christmas}

Around This Little Estate, we love Christmas. 


In other words, around here, we have been singing for weeks, "Let it snow, let it snow" so we can put on a fire that is so delightful, so we can hang all the mistletoe and so we can deck the halls with boughs of holly.  

Quick, let it snow let it snow!

 So we can hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch, so we can see chestnuts roasting on an open fire, so the tree tops will glisten and the children will listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.

Quick, let it snow let it snow!

  So we can see little tots with their eyes all aglow while outside it is snowing and blowing up bushels of fun, so we can strike the harp and join the chorus and so together we can sing fa-la-la-la la-la-la-la-laaaaaaaaaaaaaa.


It is safe to say, that around here, we really love all things Christmas.

This year we began decorating a bit earlier then usual, because as with everything around here, we like to involve our three children in all of our projects, which obviously takes twice as long. ;)

I have to say that leisurely decorating has been so organic and fun for all of us. Not to mention, decorating little by little has fit into my busy schedule as well.

We started by making our very own knock off version of the hand painted Pottery Barn sign.  
(Seen above)

Then we added some festive elements to our front porch.

Our design motto has always been to use what we already have and with this years Christmas decor, we did just that!

Inside we added some festive faux garland to our entryway. On top of that we combined some yummy smelling natural cedar and hickory branches, some pretty out door lighting, some outdoor twinkly deers (that opted for a warmer home this winter!) and some twirly ribbon and glittery ornaments.

Already our glittery entry way lights have been used so much. It is dark here by 4:30 pm! 

(challenging to take photos in too!)


We have two standing dressers in our entry way and both were similarly decorated this year.

Our kitchen is a hard working area that is typically cluttered with dishes and homework and lunch pails so I felt their was no more room need to fill it with Christmas decor as well ;)

I thought a few key pieces could be added, making it pretty without impeding on our constant cooking, baking and messes.


Our new shelves, that hold our every day dishes, got spruced up for the holidays. 

(No pun intended. This is cedar guys, not spruce.;))

In our kitchen we have a little, out of the way corner, that gets switched up all of the time.

It has been a baking corner, a coffee spot, a smoothie station and now it is the prime spot to make a hot chocolate with a side of candy cane.

For the Christmas season, our vintage jars now hold marshmallows, twisted colored peppermints and yummy chocolate squares that all melt perfectly into homemade hot chocolate.

Our kitchen island now holds two of the major food groups for this time of year.


Sprinkle donned Christmas cookies and the sweetest little oranges one ever did peel.

Beyond our kitchen we have made a little sitting area. It is now complete with a small, circular, painted table and a tufted bench for a more casual eating area.


Beyond our new casual bench and table we have our living room and dinging room. 

It is simply visually separated by a vintage blue chest and a chandelier covered in natural goodness.


Our living room holds our Christmas tree, our decorated mantle and a few sparkly and natural elements. 


Some ebony sequined pillow cases add a pop of glam to our light and bright room. 

The kids picked some pine cones and added them to our glittery centerpiece.

There is something special about rustic elements mixed with shimmery shining elements. The combination makes me so happy.


We added some more dramatic black, in chalkboard from, around our DIY gold deer bust that lives on our gallery wall.


Across the room from our gallery wall we have a love seat with a console table behind it.


This year, it is right beside our neutral, glittery, metallic Christmas tree.


We decorated this area with a simple boxwood wreath and some more garland.

We are still trying to find the perfect combination between adding real elements and ones we already have. I love the combination of adding outdoor natural sprigs of trees and bushes into our decor. The kids like to help as well. And by "help" I mean shake the branches like a Polaroid picture or like Taylor Swift when she sings "shake it off ".

I have just accepted the fact that we will be cleaning up needles and twigs for the subsequent entire year. 


Together, the kids and I found the perfect spot for our nativity set.

Pretty and out of the way of curious two year old hands.

Our Christmas tree has settled into the same spot it has loved being in for the last three Christmases.

This year we added tons of gold and metallic ornamental balls to our tree and the kids happily learned how to swoop and sway pretty ribbon.

Our DIY bells from last year and some new thrift store finds made this years tree.  

(More on that in another post!)

This year our focus is on giving and loving others, rather then on receiving gifts. 

I still couldn't help myself though and have already wrapped a few necessity gifts under our tree, making it actually feel like Christmas is right around the corner!

Chalkboard labels from Michael's and The Dollar Store make the perfect gift tags!

Across from the love seat and our golden tree, we have the brick wall we built up three years ago, when we were bright eyed and bushy tailed and had first begun our suburban renovation. ;)


Some more metallic pretties, some twinkly lights and some neutral accessories complete the look.


Again, by adding a few natural elements, we were able to get the most out of our faux garland.


Across from our tree and fireplace we have our little dining room area.

I glitzed this part of our place up with some dramatic black and white and of course, gold.

We placed some pretty icicles on our chandelier for some whimsy and sparkle.

A DIY black "NOEL" hanging now graces our DIY plate wall. 

Painted candle holders, painted wooden tree stumps and slim silver candle sticks make a perfect varied centerpiece.

I have been looking for a chance to get to use my collected and mismatched gold tea cup collection. 

Some Target gift wrap from last season tied the entire table together with all of its pretty tones while acting as a table runner.

This year, I taught my babies how to fold a napkin and how to place silverware. They felt so accomplished when everything was all set out and looking pretty and ready for some photos.

This years dining room table was all dressed up for a leisure family breakfast complete with a delicate gold rimmed teapot and sparkling apple cider to mix for a yummy kid friendly mimosa.

I am so pleased I get to show off how each collected tea cup and saucer is unique and beautiful in its own right.

Beyond our main living area, we haven't gotten the chance to decorate too much. 

I mean, it isn't even December 1st yet, right??

So far, our upstairs hallway has been dolled up for Christmas with a sprig of pretty.

Just enough to draw you down the hallway. 

Our family room holds our newly painted piano, which got a little festive with a collection of pretty blue glass bottles adorned with little green wreaths.


All my favorite colours all in one place.

HAPPY Sighhhh.

Too bad there weren't actually open waters and sail boats floating about during this time of year.


For now, I will just visually soak in all of the blues and greens and instead dream of next summer, while enjoying the joys of winter.

Through the years we have started our own traditions around here.

Our kids now get excited to have their own mini trees in their bedrooms. 

You know, so all of the macaroni crafts and hand cut snowflakes have somewhere to hang loud and proud. 

They love redecorating their very own tree, over and over again.

Just like their Mama. ;)

I hope you enjoyed sneaking around our house today. 

If you want to follow along with a bunch of creative and innovative Canadian designers and decorators you can follow along on the entire Canadian Bloggers Home Tour of 2014. 

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