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. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Our cozy cottage kitchen is all decorated for Christmas and I'm sharing it one more time before the big day. www.chatfieldcourt.com 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. www.chatfieldcourt.com 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. 😉

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

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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Christmas is almost here! We’re less than 2 weeks away already and I still have a ton of things to do. Before we start the celebrations though, I have a few more holiday posts to share.

Today I have another craft I’d like to show you, a DIY Christmas banner with birch wood slices. I started this project last December but, with the kitchen remodel in full swing, I never got past cutting the slices of birch and adding the eye hooks. When I found them in the bottom of one of my Christmas boxes a few weeks ago, I decided to finish what I started. 

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner using wood slices and red and black chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.com

If you follow me then you know that I won’t do a craft unless it’s quick and easy (and inexpensive) and this one checks every one of those boxes. I  know that, technically it took me a year to do, but I swear it was a quick craft.

Supplies

  • birch slices (I used 2 different sizes)
  • chalkboard paint (I had mine tinted red)
  • small paint brush
  • chalkboard pen
  • eye hooks 
  • twine

You can find birch slices in craft stores, but I had a couple of birch logs in the garage, so I cut them up using a miter saw. 

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner using wood slices and red chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comI ended up with 2 different sizes, so I decided to use both for my banner.

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner using birch wood slices and red chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comI didn’t want to drill a hole through the wood to hang it, so I just added an eye hook. Because birch is such a hard wood, I couldn’t get the eye hook to go in easily, so I started a hole by gently tapping in a push pin. 

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner using birch wood slices and red and black chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comOnce I had a hole, the eye hook screwed right in.

An easy DIY Christmas banner using birch wood slices and red and black chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comAfter the eye hooks were in, I was ready to paint.

I knew that I wanted to use red chalk paint, so I had a quart tinted at the paint store. I also used some black chalkboard paint that I had leftover from my “Vintage Mirror to Kitchen Chalkboard” project.

I used the red chalkpaint on the large wood slices and black on the small ones. Once they dried, I used a chalkboard pen to add my “HO HO HO’s” and snowflakes.  

A bit of twine through the eye hooks and it was ready to hang on our fireplace with the lightbulb banner that I made last year (from our burned out Christmas tree bulbs).

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner made from birch wood slices and painted with red chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comI was able to get a few good shots of our (always) dark living this past weekend, while the sun was out, so I’ll share the rest next time.

A festive and easy DIY Christmas banner made from birch wood slices and painted with red and black chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.com

A fun and easy DIY Christmas banner made from birch wood slices and painted with red and black chalkboard paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comAre you all decorated and ready for the holidays? Hope you have a great week!

 

 


A genius idea! A DIY Christmas banner made from burned out lightbulbs and mirror effect spray paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comChristmas Banner with Lightbulbs

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Hey there friends! Before we take a peek at our Christmas porch, I just wanted to thank you all for the lovely comments and emails from our cozy Christmas cottage tour. I really enjoyed reading each comment and hearing about your Christmas decor  and where you put your tree in your own home. I am truly grateful that you took the time to stop in to tour our home and share your thoughtful comments. Thank you! 

Now, let’s get to the fun part…our cottage Christmas porch. (I also added a quick video of the porch and a source list at the end of the post)

Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com

This is the first house we’ve ever lived in that’s had a covered front porch and we really enjoy it. The hubs loves sitting out there after dinner, on a warm night, and watching the world go by. I enjoy that too but, if I’m totally honest, I really love decorating it each season.  

Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, lanterns and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Finn loves to sit out here, too, and he’s ready to show you around, bow tie and all. 😉

Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas porch using a cute dog, fresh garland, lanterns and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I decorated the outside with the same thought as inside, traditional Christmas colors and lots of greenery.

Easy decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas front porch using fresh garland, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas front porch using fresh garland, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I didn’t do a traditional wreath this year. Instead I filled my hanging basket with fresh greens, berries and pinecones from our yard and added a couple of birch sticks. A bow around the basket and the front door is good for the season, and it didn’t cost me a dime.  

Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas front porch using fresh garland, lanterns, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com A large lantern and wooden trees were added to the IKEA Rast, that I turned into a garden tool storage chest

Decorating ideas for a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, lanterns, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com The other side of the porch is the spot we enjoy most. I got these outdoor chairs from Wayfair and love them. They are sturdy and so comfortable. It’s the perfect spot to hang out and watch the world go by.

Decorating ideas to create a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, lanterns, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com This past weekend, I hung wreaths with red ribbon on all of my front windows. I was going to use real but I found these nice faux ones for about the same price. I like that I can use them again, for years to come.

Decorating ideas to create a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com Decorating ideas to help you create a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland, candles and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com That’s it for the tour our cozy Christmas porch.

This isn’t the porch, obviously, but it’s the view you have when you’re standing on the porch, looking in the front door. 🙂

Decorating ideas to create a cozy Christmas porch using fresh garland and a few rustic touches. www.chatfieldcourt.com I shared a (very) quick, unedited video below to give you a different perspective on the porch. I apologize in advance for the cameo of the hubs as he rakes the 1 million leaves we’ve been blessed with. Just kidding…I think it’s more like 2 million. 😉

How about you? Have you started your decorating yet? 

Hope you have a great week!


 

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  • Galvanized Lanterns – The Home Depot (affiliate link)
  • Front Door Holiday Mat – The Home Depot (affiliate link)
  • Small Chest – IKEA Rast
  • Outdoor Chairs – Wayfair (affiliate link)
  • Olive Bucket – Flea Market
  • Plaid Pillow Covers (a few years ago) – Pottery Barn (affiliate link)
  • Small Black Lantern – Terrain (affiliate link)
  • Stick Star (a few years ago) – Target (affiliate link)
  • Vintage Window – Flea Market
  • Cream Throw – HomeGoods 

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Today’s the day…it’s my day to share for the Home for the Holidays blog tour, and I’m thrilled to show you around our stone cottage dressed for the season.

Not only am I participating in Sondra’s blog tour, but I’m also joining in on Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk link party, where she’s giving bloggers a chance to be a part of next year’s Holiday Housewalk.  In order to be chosen though, I need some likes on my photo. If you wouldn’t mind visiting and clicking “Like” on my photo, I’d appreciate it. Here is the link…Jennifer Rizzo 2016 Holiday Housewalk link party

Thanks!!!

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Ok, no more blog business, let’s start the tour!

We just moved into our 1946 stone cottage in July, so this will be the first Christmas we’ll be spending in our new home. I’ve been so excited about decorating and creating our cozy Christmas cottage that I may have started 2 weeks ago, which is the earliest I’ve ever started decorating, but it’s been fun taking my time and finding the perfect spots for all my holiday decor. (You can check out last year’s Christmas tour of our Illinois home HERE). I’ve also added a Source List at the very bottom of the post.

Our house is definitely a work in progress, which means some rooms are half painted (sad but true), there’s quite a few large, spackled holes in the walls that have yet to be sanded and the beat up front door still hasn’t been replaced, but it hasn’t dampened my holiday spirit. 

A rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com Our family has lived in a lot of homes over the years and, although it’s not the smallest house we’ve lived in, it’s definitely been the most challenging when it came to the all important tree placement. 

The entryway of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

You see, we have a tiny living room…tiny. There’s only room for a couch and a chair so adding a big tree, or even a little one, was out of the question. We discussed putting it in the sunroom but that’s tight too, so the only spot left was the dining room. 

The dining room of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

Not the most ideal and definitely not the best when you’re sharing on a blog. I mean, you can’t help but look on Instagram and Pinterest at all of these big beautiful family rooms with gorgeous 75 foot trees all decked out and ready for a magazine photo shoot. I have to admit, I love looking at them too but that’s not our reality.

So it was either the dining room or no big tree at all.

Not having a big tree wasn’t an option, for me anyway (although the hubs has a different view), so we started a new trend and put it in the dining room.

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I was a little bummed when it first went up because I’m so used to seeing it in the living room, but we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining room, so now we get to eat dinner by the twinkling of the tree lights. Not a bad trade-off.

We bought a new, slimmer profile tree last year from Balsam Hill and I’m so glad that we did. If we’d had a bigger tree, it wouldn’t have fit.

The Christmas tree in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I kept the tree pretty simple this year. Red, silver and a bit of gold, including the mercury glass ornaments that I made, and a bit of rustic, like the stick ornament I made last year. I guess it’s a little bit of everything. 

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of mercury glass. www.chafieldcourt.com

So, since the tree found it’s home in here, and we spend so much time in this space anyway, that’s where most of the decorating took place.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com When we first moved in, I envisioned this window decorated for the holidays with a beautiful live garland. It’s my favorite thing in the kitchen right now.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of live greenery. www.chafieldcourt.com

I used a lot of the holiday decor I already had packed away. Having never decorated this house for Christmas before, I didn’t want to go crazy and buy all kinds of new stuff that I didn’t need. 

Welcome to our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com I usually end up decorating with a lot of natural elements anyway, and don’t like to spend a lot on new decor that I don’t have room to store. 

The sunroom in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

So, that’s our cozy Christmas cottage all dressed up for the holiday season. I’m ready to enjoy it and make new family memories in our new house.

The tree at dusk in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. www.chafieldcourt.com

I’ve been busy decking the front porch too, and I’ll share that sometime next week.

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Holidays!!!

 

I’m so excited to join in on this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It’s gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

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Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle  

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels

 


Holiday Recipes

 


Holiday Crafts

 


Holiday Decor

 


Holiday Tablescapes

 


I also made the faux deer antlers that hang in the entryway and shared a free holiday printable so be sure to check them out, HERE

Sleigh Bells Ring Printable

DIY Faux Branch Antlers and a Free Printable 


 

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