Christmas Around the Cottage

The craft supplies and paint brushes are all put away but I’m keeping busy this week baking, getting the house ready for our daughter’s visit and wrapping gifts. I know you are all busy too, so I thought I’d pop in one more time before the big day and share a bit more Christmas around the cottage. (If you want to see more, you can check out our cozy Christmas cottage and front porch tours here and here).

Christmas around the cottage. Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comUnfortunately, the kitchen doesn’t look like this right now, there’s boxes and gifts and cookie making ingredients all over the place. It’s how it should look the week before Christmas, right? 

Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day.

Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. I took a few pictures of our living room dressed for the holidays. I haven’t shown this room a whole lot since we moved in. It’s a small, dark and awkward space and I’m still learning how to photograph it. I’ll keep at it and share more as I fix this space up. (Room sources listed at the end of the post)

Christmas around the cottage. Our cozy cottage living room is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comOur cozy cottage living room is all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comI couldn’t fit our big tree in here but I found a little one that was the perfect size. 

Our cozy cottage living room all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. Our fireplace isn’t in working order this year so the Yule log will have to do. At least there’s no mess to clean up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A peek at our cozy cottage living room all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. We’ll be spending a lot of time in this room during the holidays watching movies, playing board games and catching up with our oldest daughter. Sadly, our youngest won’t be able to make the trip out from San Francisco. 

A peek at our cozy cottage living room all decorated for the holidays and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.comMoving outside…

I couldn’t let the holiday season pass without sharing a fun tradition that takes place in our new neighborhood. I won’t get into the whole story but years ago a family in the neighborhood started hanging lighted balls in their trees during the Christmas holiday. 

Lighted Christmas balls hung throughout the neighborhood. Over the past 15 years or so, it’s grown to where most of the whole neighborhood is glowing with these lighted orbs. It’s truly magical to walk or drive through at night. 

Hundreds of lighted Christmas balls hung throughout the neighborhood. Actually, this tradition has turned into a fundraiser to help feed those who are hungry. It’s a wonderful and very worthy cause.

We wanted to take part, so we built and hung 15 balls in our own trees. Normal sized balls…just like everyone else.

Making lighted Christmas balls to hang in our trees. An easy DIY project. www.chatfieldcourt.comOf course, the hubs had to be different so he, along with a few guys from work, built this massive 6 foot 2 inch lighted ball. 2000 lights (I know because I picked them out) and weighs about 50 lbs. Ummm, yeah…it’s huge.

Making an extra large lighted Christmas ball to hang in our tree for the holidays.

I’ll be sad when everything comes down and gets put away. I don’t want to think about that right now though, I want to enjoy this coming week and all that comes with it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Hope you have a great week!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!


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  • Red velvet and plaid pillow – Pottery Barn (affiliate link)
  • Entryway bench – LL Bean (affiliate link)painted and upholstered by me 
  • Black Cabinet – Pottery Barn (years ago)
  • Mercury trees – HomeGoods, Pottery Barn (affiliate link) (collected over several years)
  • Round wooden mirror – HomeGoods
  • Silver mercury lamp and shade – Pottery Barn (affiliate link)
  • Grain sack stockings – Flea Market in Oakland, CA
  • Christmas tree –  Balsam Hill
  • Tobacco basket – Flea market
  • Mirror stars – West Elm (affiliate link)
  • Glass Lamp – DIY by Me
  • 3 tiered tray – Vintage Farmhouse Finds 
  • Wooden chair – Restoration Hardware
  • Pillow with red truck and tree – Porter Lane Home (Etsy)
  • Round jute rug – Overstock (affiliate link)
  • Dining room light – found it in a little shop at the beach in NC
  • Mini faux tree – Crate and Barrel (affiliate link)
  • Reindeer mugs on tray – HomeGoods
  • Red mercury glass ornaments – DIY by Me
  • Bar stools – Target (affiliate link)
  • Couch – Taylor King
  • Coffee Table – West Elm


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  1. Pat M.
    Monday,December 19, 2016 / 10:34 am

    You know I absolutely love your cozy home but what I want to know is where or earth you’re going to store that huge lighted ball when Christmas is over. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 3:55 am

      Thanks so much, Pat. Actually, I’m not quite sure where the ball will be stored. We haven’t crossed that bridge yet.

      Merry Christmas to you!!!

  2. Debbie Halcomb
    Monday,December 19, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Oh how magical the Christmas balls! What a wonderful tradition. I have the same question as Pat M. Where will you store the giant ball? Your living room is so cozy. As for the fireplace, I was wondering at first why you had a fire on the TV instead of in the fireplace. My first thought was, a fireplace on a fireplace? LOL

    Sorry your youngest can’t make it for Christmas. I know you will miss her. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 4:11 am

      The balls are magical. I’ve been trying to take pics and videos for 2 weeks and can’t do them justice. I’m not sure where the ball will live after the holidays. We haven’t had that argument yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, my friend! Next year you’ll be settled and celebrating in your new home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tracy
    Monday,December 19, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    I always enjoy your posts. Your house is so welcoming and gives me a very cozy feeling. Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 4:12 am

      Thanks so much, Tracy. I appreciate you stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  4. Mary
    Monday,December 19, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    I love your Liv.rm cozy & inviting. Would be cute if u lowered the to yo the floor in front of fireplace & then watched it there when the faux flames are turned on. Really sweet room. ??????????

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 4:15 am

      Thanks so much, Mary! Unfortunately the TV is fixed in that spot so it has to stay where it is. Good idea though.

      Merry Christmas to you!!!

  5. Debi Fostoff
    Monday,December 19, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your world with us!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 4:16 am

      Awww, thanks Debi! I love sharing with you all.

      Merry Christmas!

  6. Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Your cottage looks wonderful. I know you are enjoying your first Christmas in your new cottage and new state. Your kitchen looks so bright and welcoming. I love the garland over the window. Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year !

    • Kristi
      Thursday,December 22, 2016 / 3:26 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Leigh! We are enjoying our first Christmas in our new cottage and new state and we’re looking forward to whatever the New Year brings. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. Monday,January 2, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Hi Kristi, I’m just now getting to see this, turned off the laptop for a while. You have really transformed the whole place, it is charming, cozy and contemporary all at once. What talent you have ! The giant orb is over the top, it may morph into a permanent fixture in your garden. Happy New Year to you and the hubs. I can hardly wait to see what spring will bring.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 8, 2017 / 1:58 am

      Thanks so much, Tara, for your sweet comment. We still have a ton of work to do but we are thoroughly enjoying our new house. It was so fun fixing it all up for the holidays and I’m excited about the projects we have coming up. I’m so glad you stopped by. Take care and best wishes to you and Don for a happy and healthy 2017!

  8. Saturday,January 7, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Your home looked so beautiful dressed for the holidays. I hope it was a wonderful week for you and your family. Happy New Year!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 8, 2017 / 2:08 am

      Thanks so much, Kim! We had a quiet but awesome holiday. I’m just sad that it’s all over.

      A very Happy New Year to you as well!!!

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