Hi there, friends. Thanks for coming by and checking out our fabulous 2017 Holiday Home Tour. 16 of the finest design bloggers have gathered together to share glimpses into their homes decorated for the holidays. They are absolutely brilliant! Here is the scoop. I am going to share my Advent and Christmas Decor in the dining and living room here at Mommacan.com Then you will be invited to see 15 more stunning blogger designed holiday homes on this wonderful tour. You are going to love this! But first, let me take you on a wonderful Sparkly Christmas red adventure here at Momma’s house.
I fell in love with sparkly red at a very early age. My brother and I received shiny red bikes the Christmas my dad returned home from his second deployment to Korea. He wanted very much to teach us to ride bikes before his country called him away from home again.
I Heart Christmas Red
The bikes were a Christmas gift that I will never forget. My brother and I went in our PJ’s early Christmas morning and had the time of our lives riding up an down the street. My brother’s bike was decked out with 12 American flags and mine bedazzled with a straw basket. Both bikes were shiny as a new penny and as fast as lightning.
When Christmas comes it immediately shakes that memory out and dusts it off and I am able to relive that special moment of my childhood. I am a Christmas Red kind of gal and although you might see a dreamy white Christmas tree from me from time to time the main rooms will aways Sparkle Red.
Pictured is our fireplace warming the room, with red and white yarn stockings hung waiting for Old St. Nick to fill up with goodies. The coffee latte colored couch sports a couple of fun pillows and you can see our tree in the front window. This is the best window for a Christmas tree, you can see the lights when you drive home at night, and it is such a welcome sight after crazy Los Angeles traffic.
Especially dear to my Christmas heart this year is the (affiliate) ‘The Approach To Christmas’ Painting Print on Stretched Canvas. Wayfair offers a floating frame but I wanted to go with plain canvas. When it arrived in the mail I placed it on the wall and it simply disappeared into our white walls. I was not happy with it, the print is 4 feet wide and I really wanted it on that wall. I love the snow scene with the horses and holiday activity. So I did what all busy moms do, I googled a solution and found a blogger who knew my lazy DIY heart and lack of tools. Find the post here. I even took it to an easier DIY level and sawed the wood onsite at Home Depot and then wrangled my husband into fine-tuning the cuts at home. I stained it and did not even bother to let it dry completely in my excitement to see it on the wall. I just LOVE it!
Here is another photo of the framed canvas. This will bring so much joy over the years. A lovely Christmas print plus memories of creating with my husband.
The Christmas tray vignette was so much fun to create. I love using red candles for special events and Christmas is the perfect excuse. ( Bargain alert) . The tray was purchased for under 24 bucks at Pier One. Find it here.( Not an Affiliate)
I want to pop over to the dining room now and share my pretty blue pitcher. I was on the hunt at Homegoods, Pottery Barn, Pier 1 Imports, and local Thrift stores for a perfect patterned Christmas pitcher. I was not having any luck at all. Tired of basic white and wanted something with color to compliment my color Mexican-style Advent table runner. Pushing my cart, moping, feeling a little defeated when I saw this sweet blue pitcher. I did the typical drive by, but my interest had been piqued. I went around the corner and looked at an impressive stack of Rae Dunn but my mind was on that blue pitcher. Then it happened, you know the Homegoods panic attack.
Homegoods Panic Attack
A Homegoods panic attack happens when you see the doodad knick knack of your dreams and you leave it sitting on the shelf. By the time you start longing to take it home and give it a name and call it your own, the panic hits. What if someone else put it in their basket. I mean yes, you saw it 62 seconds ago, but it could be gone. You whip your cart around and make haste to that shelf where your new favorite design delight is waiting. You arrive and nearly weep with relief when your find ‘heart’s desire’ still sitting on the shelf, shiny and perfect. You have basically won the HomeGoods hunt and conquered the panic attack like any good shopper does, by claiming your prize.
Keeping Advent In Christmas
Keeping Advent in Christmas this year played a huge part in my Holiday Home Design for this blogger tour. I have kept baby Jesus in his secret hiding spot, waiting for Christmas morn. I have Our Lady of Guadalupe out to share in the Advent preparations as part of my Latin heritage.
I have really enjoyed incorporating a little bit of Latin into the dining room along with adding whimsical touches of my Southern Roots as well as remembering my sweet brother Michael.
Red Cardinal Christmas Tree
A simple Christmas tree filled with red cardinals in remembrance of Mikey. I don’t see many Red Cardinals here in Southern California but I saw them often growing up in Tenessee. They are beautiful birds.
The Advent wreath candles were used last year on a mirrored round tray. ( I just grabbed anything I could find in rose and purple. This year I added a layer using a metallic cake pedestal and some pine spray twisted to surround the pedestal. We are going to enjoy using this wreath throughout Advent.
I have never had any luck with Advent Calendars with my boys. One look at the chocolate treat calendar and bam! Every single day stripped open and enjoyed before you can say “Jingle Bells”. This year I have created a means to complete the journey through Advent and I don’t have to worry about sugar crashes. Each day, our son will find something special in this beautiful treasure box. It might be a handmade card wishing him a great day. It might be a small note asking him to help with the food pantry at Church or pulling up the elderly neighbors’ trash cans. It will often have photos with handwritten memories inscribed and genuine letters. I am welcoming a break from the frenzy of creating a ridiculous scene for that Elf. He is happy just to sit in our Christmas Tree!
I honestly enjoyed creating fun adventures for “Joe The Elf”, we will probably have him back for more next year. However, this year I look forward to sharing a beautiful Advent and Christmas Journey with my family.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a glimpse into this busy Blogging Mom’s home for the holidays. Please take the next step in the design Adventure and visit my friends in the “Holiday Homes Tour 2017”! I what I like to call the Stunning Blogger Designed Holiday Homes Tour!
Stunning Blogger Designed Holiday Homes Tour
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Home with Keki
What a Difference a Day Makes
The Project Pile
Lisa Designs Life
The Farmhouse Addict
Pearl Street Designs
An Eclectic Twist
Franc & Eli
Beauty For Ashes
At Lane and High