Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Home Tour 2014

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I am linking up with Jen Rizzo's 2014 Holiday House walk today and want to welcome anyone who has wandered over here from that party! So far, I have pinned a ton of good ideas for future use from all the drool-worthy homes... I love seeing what everyone has come up with this time of year!
I'll try to keep my words short today so you can get busy looking but I need to talk for a minute about my holiday heart. Earlier this week, I posted a photo and question asking if anyone could relate to my minimalist longing during the holiday season, on Instagram.  It received quite a response and I wanted to delve a bit deeper into the subject because it seemed to resonate with so many of you.  As I decorated this year, I found myself sort of un-decorating.  In years past I have more or less over-decorated, but by about mid-December I find myself dying for less crowd-fighting, less spending, less schedule cramming, less indulging, less holiday decor... just less.  With this in mind, I found myself placing something out, then snatching it back because I didn't want to find myself stuck in the same patterns from years before. I found myself pulling things off walls and then breathing in deeply at the bare spaces.  I found myself fully decorating a wee little tree in my bedroom, only to rip all ornaments off an hour later and say, "better."  I realized that it didn't "all have to be put out."

You see, this time of year, the stores are overwhelming, the streets are jammed, the lines are long, the music blares the same tunes everywhere you go, the lights flash and glitter, and the receipts pile up next to your blood pressure.  I want to walk in from all that... and find peace. And more than finding peace... I long to offer it.  Our little home has become a haven of rest and comfort over the past year for many hurting souls and loved ones... and when the weights crush, I desire to be calm enough in my own heart that I can throw open the doors, reach out my arms and obediently pull those people in.  I was made to do that, and there are a few that teasingly call me "Mama hen."  (I love that just a little bit... and I do like to gather all my "chicks" close.)

In the spirit of creating peace, I put out the special and meaningful, scattering reminders of Jesus's birth in every space... and then I dropped a load of Christmas decor that I've been "hanging onto" for years, at the Goodwill so someone else can be blessed by my excess.  Afterward, I breathed in deeply, and there was room in my lungs.  In the decor overall, I could have gone much simpler than I did, but I had a small girl helping me... and I realized that I wasn't only decorating for myself- I am the keeper of their traditions and memories, so I forged on and found my groove in the balance of what felt decorated... yet peaceful.   In every space and nook of the house, is the ever-present reminder of Who and What we celebrate this year... the Prince of Peace.

My hope is that in this season of excess you can stop here for a moment, find inspiration for your home, and perhaps bask in a moment of peaceful quiet. If you want to get to know our house story better -how we transformed a little 1500 sq foot builder grade spec house into something that reflected who WE were, you can check that out over here.

 Thank you for coming... I hope you are blessed here. 
















 























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Sources: 
Glitter crown ornaments from Family Life Today
White nutcracker- painted by me, last year. (primed then painted using paints I had on hand, nothing special)
Pottery Barn inspired advent bucket calendar- DIY here, made by me.
Fall on your knees sign- From House of Belonging
O Come let us Adore Him sign- From Between You and Me
Tiny trees- Found at Michaels, several years ago.
Vintage Ornament wrapped canvas- my shop (FYI I close for the season on December 12th)
Various art prints- my shop
Bleached pine cones and dipped wood ornaments (Michaels) (on the draped garland) were in this post.
Nativity by Willow Tree (Yes, I painted them a few years ago.  I have never regretted that choice as the original paints felt a bit too country or something in my home... I love the creamy finish.) 
Hot cocoa bar canisters- grocery store (Fred Meyer)
Wrapping Paper- here and there + calligraphy pens for extra fun.  :)
Calendar on Fridge- Paper Source

Sources I always get asked; 
Bedding in Master bedroom- Ballard Design/ Bedrom wall paint Stormy Skies- Benjamin Moore/ yellow lampshades- Target
Hall shoe cubby- Ikea.  Other house paint Rice Grain- Sherwin Williams/ blue glass lamp from Lowes/ gray sectional sofa- Ashely furniture. 
Coffee Mug holder- World Market
Schoolhouse lights- Design Lighting
Barn lights over table- Lowes

50 comments:

Shannon Fox said...

Oh Sasha! I love it all! So peaceful and calm, yet Christmasy and happy all at the same time. Such a beautiful balance. Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! Did you make the little star garland on your wreath? And do you buy all those wreaths fresh? I stopped buying several fresh wreaths because I had such a hard time keeping them green and fresh till Christmas, even spraying them with water didn't help.

Unknown said...

Sorry, not sure why it says unknown when I signed in to my Google acct. This is Carlen. Thank you!

Meg said...

I echo your sentiments! It just doesn't feel right to go overboard with decorating. My heart wants simple and only reminders of what this season is all about. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts and your beautiful and peaceful home.

carissa said...

yep! this is still my dream house. i love every detail. you amaze me.

paige said...

sweet sasha girl, i love it! you did it!! it's peaceful and thoughtful and just beautiful....AND you have wrapped gifts!!! girl!!!
merry christmas sweet friend
you are loved

Lorraine Richie said...

Girl you are so precious and talented! This is what I long for as well. Thank you for the reminder a day encouragement to let go and let God!! What a beautiful, peaceful haven you have created! Be blessed my friend ♡

Deborah said...

So beautiful Sasha. I've been know to have a house that looks like someone exploded a christmas bomb that spreads to every square inch of my house. I purposely decided to go very understated this year and I love it so much I may just decide to completely purge my "way to many decorations collection" and disperse them throughout my family and continue with my new look. Maybe..... You are one of the bloggers who inspired me to do this. Thank you. Love the little tree in your room.

Lea said...

Absolutely stunning Sasha and so warm and welcoming! Thanks for sharing your heart, it always blesses me!

Jennifer said...

I love your simple table centerpiece! I checked your list of sources to see if you listed your candlestick source? I didn't see so I'm asking you now...sorry! Thank you ! What a darling house!!! You are a-amazing!!!!! Jen in Boise

Denise Greenwood said...

Sasha I love it and yes, as I was decorating yesterday I had the same feeling - the need for less fuss and more peace. Love your heart and your home!

Farmgirl Paints said...

It's perfect Sasha. I love everything!!!! My favorite is the chalkboard and your sweet bedroom nook and my guest room. Ha!! All of it.

Jackie at Roots and Wings said...

You really have a gift, Sasha. Your home is absolutely lovely and exudes His peace. I know it's a refuge for many. Thank you for sharing! I'm pinning away! ;)

Kym said...

It is beautiful no matter how you decorate. You have such a gift! Thanks for sharing and letting me relax in your space. Merry Christmas!

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful. Love it all!
Debbie

Fiona said...

Very lovely and serene. We have about the same amount of "Christmas" in our house, and it feels right. I've finally figured out that it's not the amount of decoration that sometimes gets to me, but the other mess accumulating around. Also, I pack some knickknacks away for December that are usually in the living room. But your house always seems tidy! Love your style, as always, and your beautiful reminders of Jesus.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thank YOU girl... so pleased you liked it!
S

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

The star garland is actually little star lights from Michaels. I got them a while back but I am sure they still have them.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love that I'm not the only one who feels like this!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You are such a sweetie.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Aww just love YOU! Yes the presents... that had to happen. I needed sanity MOST OF ALL! Haha.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh thank you girl. You bless me.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I have had that same bomb go off in years past. Haha!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thank you sweet Lea!! :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Darn I forgot those. I found them at Marshalls but then I spray painted them glossy white. Shocker that I would do that.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

We should start a club... a less is more club. Ha!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Your room. Haha well it is girl. You know it's open any TIME!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Aww thank YOU sweet Jackie. You have the kindest heart.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thanks girl... I always enjoy hearing from you. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

If you could see what I swept up from the floor yesterday you would have laughed. We aren't always clean and tidy around here! haha.

Melodee said...

all of your little touches are just perfect!

Jennifer said...

Recently you found them at Marshall's?

Between You and Me said...

it's all beautiful, friend.
I can so resonate with your heart for less decorating. I love small touches of Christmas, but "overdone" wears me out. :)

Gina said...

Me too...me too. :) Your home is beautiful!

Yolanda Green said...

I love every little detail! Now, where did you get those little yummy gingerbread men in the glass jar? I cannot find them anywhere and know that I saw them last year somewhere. Blessings!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I got them from Trader Joes. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thanks girl!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love that Tara- "overdone wears me out." Amen!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thank you Gina!! So appreciate the compliment!

Michelle M F said...

Hi Sasha, I love that you were so mindful with your decorating. That you not only want your home to look festive for Christmas, but for it to be a place of peace. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you want to offer peace. I just love that! What a lovely gift you are giving your family, friends and all who are blessed to enter your home. It is so, so pretty, and full of love and light. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

Jenny said...

So pretty! I love that you added lots of thoughtful touches throughout your home without it being overboard. Your Advent calendar is darling, and your garland is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa {Gracie Blue ~ the Blog} said...

Love your home!! So welcoming and cozy!!! One of my favorites for sure!! :)

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

Beautiful words and a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful!!! i love the photo over the bed!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your home is just gorgeous!

Dawna Motz said...

What beautiful simple touches throughout your home! Just the right amount of country and woodland for sure! Thanks for sharing!! Stoppin by from the Holiday house Link up Party

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

what a beautiful home. perfect for the season. merry christmas!

Hayley @Texas Girl in Philly said...

Your home looks beautiful, I love all the simple greenery!

Lori said...

I love your home - how peaceful and serene it is. Thank you for sharing it with us!

One question - what Pergo color/style did you use? Thank you again - and Merry Christmas!

Lori