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!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.
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