Holy Moly Christmas is less than two weeks away.  How does that happen every.year.  I think I’m going to be so on top of things.  I start decorating early, I get Christmas shopping done early, my baking is done, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for two months now, but still….it creeps up on me.  Sometimes I wish Christmas was January 25th so it would help to speed up winter.  But alas, Christmas is upon us!

So I thought I’d share this little house that we are enjoying through this season.  It is the most festive I think it’s been, but yet it also seemed to come together the easiest this year.  My trick was lots of garlands and lights.  Ryan jokes that people don’t need directions to get to our house, just look for the glow:)  My mom ruined me for that.  She had lights everywhere.  And she left ours on 24/7, something Ryan doesn’t quite allow.  He does let me leave one of the railings on though, the one that runs upstairs.  I told him how magical as a kid it was for me to wake up in the night or early in the morning and be greeted by twinkling lights.  So good job mom:)  Ryan thanks you!

Our sitting area and mantle were pretty simple this year.


I made sure to be strategic about all of the pops of red.  I feel like if you introduce a color, you should be able to see pops of it throughout the house.  It makes it feel more cohesive…

IMG_5956The open floor plan makes it even more tricky since you can see almost every room of our main level from any given room you are in!

IMG_5959and my mantle was super simple this year.  But with everything else going on, I think that’s okay.

IMG_5962I had gotten these garlands from Ballard Design a few years back on clearance, although I still saw them in their catalog this year.  I contemplated selling them at Whimsy when I purchased the simple and inexpensive ikea greens, but am so grateful I didnt.  They have cozied up this space so well.

IMG_6103As for the rest….I just cut some left over birch we had in the shed and stacked it next to the mirror.



Nothing to it.



The christmas tree is a nice break between the sitting room and the living room.


Our normal place we cut down trees closed this year.  Sad, because it’s not always easy to find my favorite Charlie Brown trees.  My friend scoped a new place out and I was ecstatic.  This tree is actually classified as a balsam fir, although it looks a lot different than the shaped filled in ones you usually see.

IMG_6068I’m happy to report that the kids helped me decorate and this is the first year I haven’t had to move even one of their ornaments.

IMG_6069Train them young I say:)

IMG_6073and if you noticed…I got the back wall planked!!



It feels so good to have that project done!  And I also had fun putting together this little advent calendar that was a free printable from Ella Claire who is beyond talented and her blog is amazing!



I got the chicken wire frame from my sister.  Surprisingly it was left over from Whimsy and I was so glad it was!  It worked just perfect for this!



She also has blank cards that go in each envelope that you can use to put fun activities on.  I did this, I just didn’t put them in the actual envelopes because I didn’t want to try to get them out every morning.  The kids get so excited in the morning to see what activity is, anything from reading a Christmas story, opening a present early, making cookies, sleeping under the Christmas tree, or even having hot chocolate for breakfast.  Yes, we are rebels like that;)




and it’s the perfect size for over the couch.



I had these red vintage books sitting in the shed as well, and painted on a simple noel to add some Christmas cheer:)

A fun buy this Christmas season was my canvas print from Vol25.  I love the evergreen print, and figured it can make it’s home in man cave possible after Christmas:)



and if you noticed in the back, I added fabric curtain panels to my IKEA standing cabinet.  I am awful at organization and pretty bookshelves that are also functional.  So, the fabric had to be…and I love it.  I hides all the clutter and noise that comes from that cabinet and I no longer have to worry about it housing only pretty stuff!





and the last room is the kitchen.  Open shelves are fun to bring in some fun pops of color.













Although I adore Christmas and Christmas decor and creating traditions for my kids, I adore sharing with my kids the reason behind Christmas and why we get to celebrate such a special holiday.

We are so beyond blessed to know that Jesus came down in human form as a sweet little baby, to endure the suffering and pain this world brings, to take on all of our ugly sin that we commit every day, as well as all of our pain and suffering, so that we can eventually enjoy eternal life in a place that is so sweet, I can’t even imagine.  A place where part of my heart already is with a sweet girl named Jules;)  And THAT’S what truly makes this holiday THE MOST precious in our eyes.  And my prayer is that’s what my kids remember long after the presents are opened and the Christmas tree is gone.

Just as I was writing this sweet Kynlee said, “Mom, Christmas is all about friends and family and Jesus.”

Amen sweet girl!

Merry Christmas all!







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17 thoughts on “BEYOND THE DECORATIONS…”

  1. Love your blog! Love your style! Your home always looks lovely. Was wondering if you could share where your festive green/red tartan pillow came from? I’d love to get my hands on one! Thanks!

  2. I just discovered your blog. What a beautiful home you have! I was wondering if you could tell me where your end tables in your sitting room are from. I love them….and am in need of some new tables for my home. Thanks for sharing your home with us. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Sarah! They are actually from Target, not sure if they are still available but it was the Threshold brand. Hope that helps!

  3. What a beautiful Christmas setting. Makes me want to re-do my decor for the holidays after seeing all your red. Love it! Would you mind sharing where you got your deer pillow? Hope it’s not Pottery Barn
    because most of their holiday pillows are no longer available.
    Always look forward to your posts…you definitely have a gift for decor.

      1. I was afraid you were going to say that.Bummer is right!! Let me know if you ever want to sell your pillows, I love them ALL.
        Merry Christmas!

  4. I have been waiting for your Part II…Oh, you never disappoint Allie. Your home is so beautifully “decked out”. I drool over your all white and holiday red home. Very Norwegian feeling…. You and Ryan definitely have worked so hard to create such a cozy and family rich environment in which to raise your children. Your home is so magazine worthy. Wishing I lived in your area to be able to attend your Whimsy sales…. Hope the holiday season brings you peace and much needed rest…You two do rest occasionally…..yes?? Happy Holidays…

    1. haha…oh how I loved reading your comment. You are so sweet! Thanks so much and a very Merry Christmas to you as well! And yes, we do get a little bit of rest;)

  5. Love your house always…and this Christmas is awesome!!!
    I am always looking for a Charlie Brown tree no have not been able to find one since the farm by me closed down as well…to build more houses!!!
    I look forward to your posts throughout the year . Enjoy the holidays with your family and thanks for your inspirations!

    1. Thanks Deb! It’s from a gal on instagram called Ms. Craftberry Bush. She comes up with her own watercolor designs and then sells them on pillows, I love them:)

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