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it's a holiday special: the living room and kitchen

11.21.2014

I could pretty much say that every room is THE favorite room of the house... but this may really be the favorite. It has the biggest tree in the house, covered in ornaments from the past 31 years of my life and every vacation destination I've ever been to. It has five (!) stockings hung by the chimney with care. It has all our old Christmas family photos from when we had a dog to just one baby. It's red and green and pretty all over.
 



 









I saved all my Christmas cards from last year and have them displayed on the cabinets kind of like a Christmas present. I had the best time seeing what's changed in a year as I was looking through all the photos.... a friend newly engaged... all these new babies, so many people moving to different places!

 
 
 
   


Let me express my thoughts and feelings on this addition. It is not present in the aforementioned photos simply because it was a late addition and well... Call me lazy but I wasn't about to retake all the photos. Regardless. I had a vision. I found the wreath here. Weighing in at a hefty two pounds I thought surely a Command Strip meant for three pounds would do the trick. Sadly no. Three failed attempts and a broken Noel stocking holder later I gave in and simply nailed the ribbon to the drywall directly above the mirror. But for a few days the struggle was real. It was real. And. Boo on you Command Strips.

 This falls in neither the kitchen nor the living room category but I like my little chalkboard platter in the bathroom. The end.



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12 comments:

  1. Your house is like a Christmas wonderland! :) I definitely don't go all out in the Kitchen like you do, but I try to put some decorations there as well.

    :) Looks wonderful! And ps. I love your picture gallery wall!

    -Andrea

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  2. your decorations are just gorg! every year you outdo yourself i swear

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  3. so pretty! and you can admit it..you painted the living room green because you wanted it to be Christmas ready. everything really looks beautiful and I need your help decorating. I feel like Im not good at figuring out where to put stuff lol. Also, I display my xmas cards like that in the kitchen too. its adorable.

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  4. That gallery wall is unreal, LOVE IT! Of course, love the Christmas décor as well :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! So pretty! I am feeling warm fuzzys just looking at these pictures.

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  6. If Mr. and Mrs. Claus could see the Olsen house, they would hire you to redecorate their abode. You, Madam, are the Christmas Queen. I'd also like to know where you get those awesome chalkboard skills because me? I have none of the skills. I can draw portraits of people with charcoal and graphite but chalk and letters with drop shadows and squiggles? Fail. I fail.

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  7. I love the old christmas card keepsakes! We've only had one year of a picture card, but I plan on saving all those babies! They are the best to look back on. That tree is truly gorgeous too. I love evvverything. It is my fave room too! Did you draw the chalkboard? That is spectacular. If I tried that it would be a big fat fail.

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  8. As you knoe, I love your style. Add Christmas, just amazing! The wreath on the mirror is genius. :)

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  9. This is beautiful! I suddenly feel super inspired to get Christmasey! How exciting. Those first two photos are stunning man!

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  10. Ok so as much as I think you are in decorating crazy town? Everything looks so great, so I can't hate too much! Good work woman...love it all! And that photo wall is amazing!

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  11. This is my favorite as well. Happy sigh.

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  12. Again, amazing. So glad to see someone who decorates even more than I do. Your pictures are so good to! I love all the little things you have done to make it so special, like the mason jars in the window sill. The little touches like that really add up!

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