Day One: 12 Days of Holiday Homes

Hello!

Here we are again, ready to kick off the Day One of the 12 Days of Holiday Homes tour.  I’ve joined forces with 11 Magnolia Lane, so it’s going to be the best tour yet!  Amanda from Dixie Delights is also sharing her home today, so buckle up and check out the line up of bloggers that we have in store for you!  I’m so excited!  We’re also welcoming Lynch Creek Farm as our sponsor, and I can’t tell you how much I love the wreaths that they put together for me (and all of the bloggers).  They are second to none!

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While we’re talking about Lynch Creek Farm, let’s kick things off with my home, starting at the front door, decked out with their City Skyline wreaths, designed by Kate from Centsational Girl, no less!

Lynch Creek Farm Wreath

These wreaths are seriously gorgeous, lush, and so substantial.  I love how they greet you as you arrive at my home.Lynch Creek Farm City Skyline Wreath

Lynch Creek Farm Wreath

I really don’t have much in the way of a traditional foyer, so once you walk in the door, you’re greeted with my family room.  I have made some updates for the holidays – new rug and ottoman from Bargains and Buyouts (total steals – $225 for the rug, and $120 for the ottoman), and a new mirror from Ballard Designs Outlet.  That tall mantel is a tricky one to decorate, and while I wish this mirror was a wee bit taller, I love the shape and style, so it’s a keeper!

Christmas Family Room

The kids were in charge of the Christmas tree decorating this year, since I spent an inordinate amount of time dealing with sections of lights not cooperating on our “pre-lit” tree.  I was just done, and ready to let go of my OCD tendencies when it comes to the Christmas tree this year.

Christmas Family Room

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Decorating

For the ottoman decor, I took this round basket from Pottery Barn Outlet, and was able to drop in a boxwood wreath with a bowl of pine cones and mini lights (affiliate)  Voila – easy, pretty and festive.

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I picked up this cute little reindeer pillow from Homegoods for fun.dsc_0542

In my breakfast nook, I added some fresh greenery from my front yard to my big glass vase from HomeGoods.  I love adding fresh greenery during the holidays, and it’s even nicer when it’s free and comes from your own yard, right?

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Fresh Greenery Christmas Decor

In our formal dining room, I added the “Joy” letters that I’ve used several years now, in different places each year.  I love it in the dining room though, even though my son informed me that it says “Yoj” from the outside.  Thanks, son.  But, I’m adding wreaths to the outside, so it should cover it up, right?

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I updated my gallery wall as well, using gift bags as my artwork.  I was inspired after seeing some adorable gift bags while shopping at HomeGoods.  Sometimes inspiration just strikes you out of nowhere, doesn’t it?Gift Bag Gallery Wall

Gift Bag Gallery Wall

And yes, I still love anything cars/trucks + trees.

Christmas Gallery Wall from Gift Bags!

I bought a dough bowl when I went to the Country Living Fair in September, and it’s a lot of fun to dress up for the seasons and the holidays in particular.  I am loving pine cones this year, so I added some pine cones, fresh greenery, some fake greenery, and some ornaments to mine.

Christmas Dining Room

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Christmas Dining Room

These cute little plates make for a great accent on any dining room table.  Also from Target. 🙂

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In the past, I’ve never shared bedrooms decorated for Christmas, but this year things are a-changing.  After finishing my son’s room for the One Room Challenge, I was excited to add some Christmas touches.  It was really simple, and I used items that I already had on hand from Christmases past.  I’m still smitten for that truck and tree reclaimed wood sign that I bought last year from a local antique shop.  It’s adorable and makes such a statement.

Christmas Bedroom Decor

Gray, red and green really work well together, don’t they?dsc_0507

In my daughter’s room, we went a different direction altogether.  Since her room is done in more muted pastel colors, we went with that vibe and added some pretty holiday decor that works well with what she has.  

How cute are the little car and tree decals that I picked up at Target?  I love them, and the colors are just perfect for in here.  The “Joy” theme continues, with a cute throw pillow (also from Target) that was just made for this room.

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We added a tree to her room, but I’m thinking we might have to upgrade to a tall, skinny one, that’s flocked with white next year.  But for now, this one does the job, and she had fun decorating it.

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I added a cute little light up house that I found at Hobby Lobby, which continues the light and fresh holiday mood.

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A couple of additions to her shelves (including another car decal tucked away on the bottom shelf to the right), and we call it a day.

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Christmas Bedroom Decorations

I still have more work to do, I’ll admit.  The basement is still coming together, and we moved the tree next to my favorite Christmas movie poster.  It’s so pretty at night – a great place to curl up and chill to get away from all of the holiday craziness.

Elf Christmas Tree

Don’t forget to check out Amanda’s tour at Dixie Delights today, and all of the tours coming up over the next twelve days.  You won’t want to miss any of it – get ready to be inspired! 

Jenny from Evolution of Style
Amanda from Dixie Delights

Saturday December 3
Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane
Brenna from Domestic Charm

Sunday December 4
Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane
Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House

Monday December 5
Kelly Elko
Jen from Stylehouse Interiors
Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange

Tuesday December 6
Cassie Bustamante
Rachael from This is Our Bliss

Wednesday December 7
Heather from Southern State of Mind
Erin & Tricia from The Suburban B’s

Thursday December 8
Paige from The Pink Clutch
Becky from This Is Happiness
Vel from Life & Home at 2102

Friday December 9
Lisa from Shine Your Light
Pam from Simple Details
Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick

Saturday December 10
Julie from Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Kris from Driven by Decor

Sunday December 11
Heidi from Home by Heidi
Shirley from Housepitality Designs

Monday December 12
Erin from Sunny Side Up
Heather from The Heathered Nest

Tuesday 12/13
HOLIDAY HOME LINK UP

I hope you enjoyed my tour – looking forward to sharing more as I whip everything into shape around here.  Nothing motivates me more than a pending holiday party!

If you want to check out my tours of Christmases past, take a peek:

2013 Christmas Tour

2014 Christmas Tour

2015 Christmas Tour

Jenny

69 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelley | Crazy Wonderful
    December 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

    What a beautiful tour! Love the use of the Christmas decals, and I’m still laughing over the YOJ ????

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Shelley! Those decals were just perfect for her room – she loves them, and I love that they’re so easy and temporary. 🙂 Leave it to a teenage boy to point out the “Yoj”, right?

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        Rosemary Hayes
        December 20, 2016 at 11:26 am

        May I ask where you got the curtains in her room? I love the color. The decals are adorable too. Such a cute room.

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          Jenny
          December 21, 2016 at 12:23 am

          Thanks Rosemary! My mom made the curtains in my daughter’s room because I couldn’t find what I wanted in the stores! She’s got crazy sewing skills (that I have never seemed to be able to acquire). 🙂

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    Cassie Bustamante
    December 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    jenny, your home looks amazing- so lovely! i LOVE the deer with glasses, but my absolute favorite is the kids rooms! WOW! they are just awesome and perfectly done!!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Cassie! So much more fun decorating the kids’ rooms when they have a good “foundation” after the ORC! Now my oldest feels left out – I keep telling him I’m going to fumigate it when he goes to college and I’ll decorate it then. 😉

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    Cyndy k Aldred
    December 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Aw Jenny, your home looks so beautiful and festive (as always)! Wow! You’re so smart with the gallery wall idea! Love it! You always have so many creative ideas. Have a Merry Christmas my friend!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks friend! So happy to have you in the tour this year. I hope you’re feeling better!

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    Lisa
    December 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Your house looks beautiful Jenny!! I love the kids’ rooms, and those decals in your daughter’s room are seriously perfect! The two wreaths on the front doors are gorgeous!!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I’m so thrilled with the wreaths, I can’t even tell you. I’m wreath obsessed anyway, but these take the cake! Can’t wait to see your tour this year! Can you even believe we’re almost halfway through the school year? I’m starting to freak out at how quickly this senior year is passing!

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    Karen
    December 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Your home is lovely, very warm and inviting! I really like your decorating style. Are you willing to share the name of the paint color you used in the living room?

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Karen! The paint color in the family room is Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore). If there was ever a perfect paint color, I think this one is it!

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    Kelly Elko
    December 2, 2016 at 10:04 am

    LOVE your joy sign in the window, Christmas wrap art and of course Elf which is the best Christmas movie ever (the snowball fight scene). Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you Kelly – looking forward to seeing your tour this year. Thanks for joining in, I’m so happy to have you as part of the round up!

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    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
    December 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Your home is so festive! Using those bags as artwork is just genius! Love that idea – and loved the tour!
    Shelley

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Shelley! I don’t know why I didn’t think of the bags sooner – there are so many cute ones out there – lots of options!

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    Vel
    December 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I love how you moved things around your home this year! Like the JOY from the firep[ace to the windows and that gift bag idea is just so practical and beautiful! I bought a bunch of gift bags from last year to do just that, but didn’t get around to doing it !!!! Love, love, love the warmth and beauty of your entire home! thank you again for letting me join this fantastic tour! It truly is an honor! Cheers!

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      Vel
      December 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      P.S. I was going to pick the same wreath you chose but decided to go for a centerpiece instead!!!! Love it!

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        Jenny
        December 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        I love the wreaths! They’re so gorgeous!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you Vel! It’s hard to keep things fresh every year isn’t it? Buying some new goodies for the house always seems to help though. Can’t wait to see your tour!

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    Jane Giannoulas
    December 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Your home is lovely, crisp and inviting. From the framed gift bags to the decals (especially at that perfect desk!), it is simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and home. Merry Christmas!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks so much Jane. My daughter is super organized (unlike the rest of us), so the desk works out great for her. The decals are just the perfect touch.

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    Robin Love
    December 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I would love to know where you found the marquee sign for the ELF poster?

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It actually came with the house. I love it – so fun to change out the posters, but the Elf one is a family favorite, no matter what season!

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    Brenna@Domestic Charm
    December 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the holiday art gallery! Awesome! And I refill my dough bowl every season with something new. It’s one of my best decor purchases ever!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks so much Brenna! I love my dough bowl – worth every penny!

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    Amanda
    December 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Everything looks so pretty Jenny! I absolutely love your daughters room. The girly Christmas decor is adorable!

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      Jenny
      December 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Amanda – my girl loves the girly Christmas decor!

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    Shirley @Housepitality Designs
    December 3, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the beautiful Holiday Tour of your home. I am amazed at the wonderful Holiday gallery wall. I will definitely be noticing shopping bags more! The wreaths are spectacular…and how great that they were designed by the marvelous Kate….Merry Christmas!!! Love your gorgeous home!

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      Jenny
      December 3, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks so much Shirley! I love how everything came together – looking forward to seeing you home all decked out for the holidays!

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    Carol swanson
    December 3, 2016 at 7:39 am

    You did a fabulous job. So cozy.

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      Jenny
      December 3, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you so much Carol – mission accomplished!

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    Pam @ Simple Details
    December 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Wow Jenny, everything is beautiful! You’ve added so many great touches this year, but the gallery wall in your dining is my fav, so fun! I love the pretty edited vibe you’ve created, it feels so calming! I had the same lighting issues…grrr and bought the Lightkeeper you suggested, but unfortunately my lights didn’t cooperate! 🙁

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      Jenny
      December 3, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you Pam! Next time I’ll stop fighting with the lights and just surrender – too much time lost on that one! I’m definitely loving my gallery wall – such an easy way to change things up without breaking the bank, right? Can’t wait to see your holiday home! Thanks so much for joining in again this year. 🙂

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    Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
    December 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    It all looks wonderful! I almost used the same wreath and they look lovely on your double doors. Merry Christmas!

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      Jenny
      December 3, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Christy – I’m so smitten with my wreaths! Lynch Creek Farms does amazing work!

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    Kris {Driven by Decor}
    December 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Jenny, your Christmas tree is so crazy impressively big! And I want your cute deer pillow (I’ll be searching HomeGoods for that baby!) and LOVE your idea to frame the gift bags. Great kick off to our tour – thanks a ton for organizing!

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    Rachael @ This is our Bliss
    December 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Stunning, Jenny! I adore your theme of joy…so sweet. I’ve tried your gift bag idea before, but would never have thought to do an ENTIRE gallery wall with them!! Brilliant touches to the bedrooms and the fresh greenery looks flawless in that vase. Your whole home looks magical. Thanks for hosting again this year!!

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      Jenny
      December 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Rachael! I’m so happy to have it all done! Now perhaps I can relax a little bit? 😉 Can’t wait to see your tour!

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    Susan P
    December 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Your home is beautiful. How do you hang the wreaths on the glass? I would love to put a wreath on my front door, but don’t like those hangers that hang from over the top of the door. The door never closes quite right when using them.

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      Jenny
      December 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Susan. I am a big fan of Command hooks of all shapes and sizes. They even have some that are specifically made for outdoor use (which is what I used for my front door). Great invention for holiday decorating!

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    Kim
    December 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Wow! Such a beautiful home and holiday tour. Stopping over from Cassie’s (Love that red and grey kids room.)

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      Jenny
      December 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Kim! Gray rooms are really a great backdrop for holiday decorating! 🙂

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    Sewbusymom
    December 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Your kids did a great job on the Christmas tree! Live the idea of the framed gift bags

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      Jenny
      December 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks so much – I’ll never look at gift bags in the same way after doing a gallery wall. So many options!

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    Emy
    December 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    “YOJ” is a joke in our house too. Your home is lovely!

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      Jenny
      December 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      I added wreaths to the outside of the house too, so I’m hoping that “YOJ” isn’t so obvious anymore. 🙂

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    Hope
    December 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    So cute Jenny. Love the gallery wall,such a fantastic idea (I may have to try that myself!) The kids’ rooms are super cute. Love the decals. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

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      Jenny
      December 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much Hope. It’s been fun working on the kids’ rooms (when they’re semi-in-order, anyway). 😉 Have a great holiday!

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    Becky
    December 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    So beautiful Jenny! The gallery wall is so creative and love the kids’ rooms. Merry Christmas!

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    Amanda @ Dixie Delights
    December 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Jenny, Thank you SO much for pulling this tour together. As always, I love your home! I think the JOY on the windows is my very fave. Oh, and the framed bags – so smart!! xo

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    Christine Carrington
    December 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Jenny thank you for sharing your beautiful Holiday Home Tour. The wreaths are perfect for those gorgeous front doors. Please share where you found your Elf movie poster, my favorite Christmas movie.

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      Jenny
      December 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      I don’t remember where we got the Elf poster – online somewhere, no doubt! I love it!

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    Julie Ryan
    December 6, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Beautiful! And I love the City Skyline wreath (I picked that one too!) And the reindeer pillow! :Love!

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    Gail
    December 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Jenny, Your home is gorgeous! I can see all the love that you put into your home and the decor. Thanks you for letting us tour your beautiful home.

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      Jenny
      December 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words Gail. I’m happy now that it’s all done and I can sit back and enjoy it a bit! 🙂

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      Jenny
      December 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much Gail. I appreciate your kind words.

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    Vee
    December 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Where did you buy the shades in your daughters room from?
    Your house looks beautiful.

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      Jenny
      December 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you! The shades from my daughter’s room were actually from Menard’s, curtains were made by my mom. 🙂

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    Lynn
    December 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Luv it. Do u have a regular blog ? Do u remember where u got the picture in your daughter’s room BE HAPPY?

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    Lauren@SimplyLKJ
    December 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Your home is lovely Jenny. Adore the wreath in the basket idea. And, also love the Christmas gallery wall!! So festive. Merry Christmas!!

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    heather
    December 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Your family room is absolutely gorgeous decked out for the holidays! The coffered ceiling, the big tree by those huge windows, it’s LOVELY. I LOVE the gift bag gallery wall! So smart!! Merry Christmas to you guys!!

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    kathy olson
    December 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Where did you get the “Now Showing” frame for the Elf poster? I love it!!!

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      Jenny
      December 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      The movie frame came with the house when we bought it! I love it too!

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    Tricia @ Suburban B's
    December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Your house looks amazing! So glad you did the gallery of Christmas pictures again!

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    Kathy Trull
    December 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Love your home and the fabric of your roman shades in your breakfast nook! Do you mind sharing the fabric brand and design name? Thanks!

    Kathy

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      Jenny
      January 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words Kathy! Would you believe that fabric for the roman shades in my breakfast nook is actually a Target tablecloth? Yes, it’s true – it’s from several years ago, but keep your eyes peeled at Target for more awesome tablecloth options! 🙂

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    Jackie
    April 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Hi! Just stunning! Any chance you would share where your couch is from?
    Thanks,
    Jackie

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      Jenny
      April 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      My couch is from Arhaus – it’s the Emory sectional.

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