Although we’re all ready for Spring to get here, I wanted to make this post before time slipped away with the upcoming wedding season. Besides photography, seasonal decor is my passion! AND . . . when I can combine the two, it’s even more fun :) Since Nathan and I were to host his and my side this year, I wanted our home to look extra special and magical. From December 19th through the 27th, it was a revolving door here with incoming and outgoing family. In addition, the amount of food that passed through this house in 9 days was OUTRAGEOUS. I baked approximately 300 Christmas cookies this year! To say that it was a busy holiday season would be an understatement. I mean, I put up THREE trees this year (only one shown here though). Anyhow, before even the first guest arrived, I took some “me time” and photographed all the decor I had put up. Now, even though it’s all down, I’m still enjoying it! LOL! I’m a hopeless case of festivity you might say.
Another reason for this post is to unveil our half bathroom renovation! It has sort of a rustic, vintage vibe so it fit well within this Christmas decor post. To begin our home tour, here’s RUPERT!!! :) Every time I look at the console table above, it amazes me that almost everything on it (including the table itself) was second-hand, found at a thrift store, or made by hand. Nathan would like everyone to know that he made and contributed the yarn pine cones (hahaha!). AND, wildly enough, the round coffee table was Nathan’s in college/a remnant from his fraternity house. It’s found a place in every home we’ve lived! Below, you’ll see some cute little “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” bags that I made with a rubber stamp and 5×7 cotton muslin drawstring bags that I bought from Celestial Gifts on Etsy. Just a little tidbit if you’re into that sort of thing :) Another one of Rupert because he’s the smiliest and loves home tours :) This was my first time EVER putting up Christmas lights outside! Figuring out the logistics and not overloading an outlet was the trickiest part but well worth it I think :) I had a Griswald moment for sure! hahaha! Last, but not least, is our NEW half bath! AH! It really needed some updates! I’m just glad that the rusted toilet bowl with a plushy seat is gone! It was BAD. Almost all the frames on the wall were found second hand and refurbished to fit in with the distressed wood mirror that our contractor made for us. His name is Charles from Florida Contractors and he is AWESOME! The Feiss light fixture with Einstein bulbs also added a nice old-school touch. All the pictures used were from various personal travels (Canada, Martha’s Vineyard, and Blowing Rock, NC) to maintain a woodsy vibe. For some of the frames, I had new glass cut, which I turned into faux antique mirrors to tie into the antique mirror installed in the living room. My favorite part of this bathroom is the deer head hook I found for the guest towel. It stays year round minus the wreath ;) Lastly, the other WONDERFUL tidbit that I wanted to share was that Delta’s Champagne Bronze fixtures are a match to Valspar’s Brilliant Gold metallic spray paint! We were able to save HUNDREDS by spray painting our water lines and valves for the toilet and sink instead of buying new Champagne Bronze lines from Delta. Since they were all exposed lines, it was important that they matched our other fixtures. It was a HUGE win for our budget. Just so you can truly appreciate the process of this renovation, here are some befores. The wallpaper came down the first week we were here and stayed like that for over a year. After the living room was finished, the bathroom seemed to be the obvious next project since the rooms are next to one another. The house is feeling much more complete now that this eye sore is gone! And . . . with that being said, I’m off to work on our master bathroom :) Until next time . . .