I’m back to share a bit more of my home – Ok.. actually I’m here to share a re-do. I moved my tree. Yes. I moved a fully decorated tree. It’s much easier than it sounds. I simply slid it over a few feet no biggie. Especially since I’ve been known to do this before. The first year we were in Italy I moved my tree three times, I couldn’t figure out where I wanted it, and seeing it in the spot was the best option for me. I also do this with furniture. I can visualize until I’m cross-eyed, but seeing the furniture in the room in the space is what I prefer. When you move as much as we do, sometimes furniture doesn’t work exactly the way you thought it would, it’s all part and parcel with making military housing a home.
Anyway, in my last post I know I mentioned I wasn’t exactly in lov with it being in the corner. So I moved it today. I like it much better centered in our living room, like an anchor or something. Plus, it gives my daughter even more tree to explore. So far she’s broken 5 bulbs and I’ve had to redo the garland on the lower half at least as many times. It’s cool. She likes Christmas and I am fully encouraging her to LOVE Christmas. As I type this she is currently napping on the floor by the tree.
Seriously is there anything more magical than sleeping beneath a Christmas tree? I can’t really think of anything.
Here is my dining room table. I’d like to add some evergreen branches in the jug along side the cotton stems. These lanterns are pretty much on my table all year except for during the fall when they get changed out, but I like that they can be used for various seasons and holidays.
This little tree is a fun tree. The colors I use in the dining area are shades of green, red and turqoise or blue. It all blends in nicely and looks cohesive.
This is our advent wreath. It’s super simple. It’s not the traditional advent wreath you’ll see in many Catholic homes who do a wreath. I don’t have colored candles and there is no evergreen in it, but I like it and it works. It also stays out all winter long to help remind my family of Christ’s light.
As you enter my home this is directly in front of the front door. I really wish we had a bit more room as we don’t have a mud room so things like coats and boots get stored beneath the table and behind the door on a hook.
When we go out for walks, my husband and boys will give me pine cones. These ones have were collected in Florida and Italy.
This blue dresser is an antique I bought when we lived in Italy. I spruced it up and really have become attached to it. We recently moved it to the landing on our stairs, so I could place the tree in the corner. I may have moved the tree, but this dresser is staying where it is. I like it in this little nook.
I have been on the hunt for several weeks for stockings that were simple and white. I had envisioned having each of our names embroidered on them. I couldn’t really find anything I liked that didn’t cost about $25 a piece. I happened upon these in Target and was immediately drawn to them because of their simplicity, and a sort of vintage feel to them. At $3 a piece, they were also a steal. I’m going to make some dough tags with either initials or everyone’s name to hang by each stocking. I’ll be sure to post a tutorial on what I end up making.
That’s it for now. Be on the look out in a few days where I’ll share the holiday trees in our bedrooms.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Before her current gig working in social media management and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!