Christmas Home Tour 2014

Happy Monday, y’all! Normally, I would share my weekend recap with you but it looked a lot like finishing my Christmas decorations and a whole lot of cleaning the house with a Christmas party or two thrown in there. I figured y’all really didn’t want to see a bunch of pictures of me in my pj’s working around the house but would much rather see the fruits of my labor so today I’m sharing my Christmas home tour!

I can feel my style shifting–in the past it’s been a lot of bright reds and greens with glitter everything and this year I really started leaning more towards the classic Christmas decorations by using a lot of real evergreen clippings and solid reds. While I did pick up a few new pieces, many of the decorations I have are the same as last year {who can afford a completely new “theme” every year??} but are re-purposed, pulled from the depths of my cabinets, or reversed fabric for a new look.  I did search high and low for some pillows and a blanket but with no luck.

I think the mixed style goes together nicely, though.

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the Sloans, where even our Christmas decorations are Clemsonized.


For some reason, I always start my home tours from the front door but we never use the front door. Like ever. So today we are starting with the back door.

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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. My house has to be the hardest space to photograph. While it’s a pretty open floor plan, the only windows are in the living room and the sunlight comes in very harshly if the front door is open. Since we’ve painted our bedroom a light grey, I’ve got an itch to paint the main living area a lighter color and paint the beams to to brighten it all up. Cory swore he’d never paint this space again, so we shall see.

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I don’t think I’ve ever showed our little kitchen because this is the first year I’ve ever put any decorations in it besides the cookie jar. Oh, so much green!

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Please excuse the puppy butt. With two wild pups, every shot can’t be perfect.


More Clemson decorations {I told ya!}


The Christmas tree is by far my most favorite part.


Cory made these penguin snow globes for me a few years ago and I just adore them. Yes, they are Dill pickle jars but they were made with love.

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I even added a little holiday cheer to the bathroom. Isn’t that penguin just adorable?

Thanks for joining my Christmas home tour! Let me know if you’ve done one too because I just love seeing how others decorate their homes!

You can see my past Christmas home tour  here.

this post is linked with two of my favorite gals, lisa and katie 

Fall Home Tour

You can catch up on all the details of my fall mantel here and my fall front porch here.

Fall Home Tour

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Welcome to our casa! It’s small and quaint but it’s ours. Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of year {it comes in a close second to Christmas} so I’m thrilled to be sharing my fall home tour today.

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As you walk in our front door, we have an a small foyer {more like a hall wall} leading into the living room.

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Please excuse my dusty table. You can’t win ’em all!

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If you are standing in front of the fireplace, we have a window looking into our kitchen hence the faucet you see in the back ground.

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You can see my Halloween Ninja Turtle pumpkin and chalkboard sign here.

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Can you tell I have a thing for owls?

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Don’t mind me Hampton. Just stay up on your perch the arm of the couch, looking out the window, while I try to snap pictures around you.

Real life.

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After walking through our living room, you come to our dining room.

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This china cabinet, y’all. I swear it’s the most awkward thing to photograph with hardly any natural light surrounding it. I’ve been dying to paint it a lighter color but Cory thinks the wood grain is too nice to mess up plus my Nana gave it to me and he thinks I’ll regret it.

I’m still not convinced. Sorry, Nana.

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I collect penguins, by the way, so my penguin dishes stay out year ’round.

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As we are leaving the dining room, our kitchen is on the left.

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I really don’t decorate the actual kitchen because it’s rather small but these cabinets are the ones above the microwave.

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And that completes my 2014 fall home tour. I hope you enjoyed the tour of our little casa as much as I enjoyed decorating it!

You can see my 2013 Fall Home Tour  here.

Fall Front Porch

Well, it’s more like fall front steps but that just doesn’t sound as good as fall front porch, does it? Maybe one day I’ll have a big front porch and really be able to decorate with lots of pumpkins, rocking chairs and a swing.

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Until then I’ll take full advantage of what I’ve got and since it’s not much, and can get kinda tricky, I use the trusty ‘ole motto of “keep it simple, stupid” and stick with the basics of hay bales, pumpkins and mums.

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I opted out of decorating for Halloween like I did last year but mostly because my Halloween wreath faded and I didn’t have time to make another one.

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Since my Halloween pumpkin topiary from last year didn’t match my fall decor, I decided to borrow Christina’s idea and paint our house number on a pumpkin from Michael’s. I was in a hurry and used a sharpie instead of paint but it doesn’t look near as crisp as Christina’s so I’ll probably go back over it with paint.

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I’m pretty impressed with the way my owl wreath held up from last year {and glad it did because I didn’t want to make another one!} even though it faded just a little, it still works perfectly for my fall front porch.

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Last year, I searched everywhere for mums that came in something more decorative than a plastic pot but didn’t have any luck. I felt like I had struck gold when I found these mums because they’re the perfect size, they’re in wooden baskets and they were only $10 a piece at Lowe’s.


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I absolutely adore this time of year, as well as decorating our house, so it makes my heart so happy to see my fall front porch all decked out in fall goodness. This year, by far, is my favorite way I’ve decorated the steps so I think I’ll stick with the hay bales, pumpkins and mums!