Thursday, December 19, 2013

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I've so enjoyed seeing all of your homes decorated so beautifully for the holidays, so I thought I would give you a little tour of my home, which was thoughtfully decorated for the season by four small children.

Let's begin in the main part of the house. When planning your holiday look, it's important to stand at the front door and imagine the first thing a visitor will notice. Here, we were going for a more casual look that says to guests, "Come on in! Take off your shoes! Relax! Throw some trash on the floor!" (There is also a Christmas tree in the corner, behind the carseat) (Also: laundry)

Keeping the wings of the table down instead of decorating with a beautiful runner and seasonal pottery says "I don't want you to concuss yourself on the table as you chase the dog through the living room."



Next we move into the kitchen where we have left the autumn decorations up to lend a sense of cohesion to the end of the year celebrations. And of course, a yogurt-covered toddler adds whimsy to any room!



Make your guests feel welcome by arranging a thoughtful coffee station in the kitchen. Scatter some used Kcups around so they know you want them to relax. Overripe fruit and an empty half and half container complete the look. For homes with infants, a breast pump in the dish drainer says "I have given up, did you bring me a lasagna?" A bag of candied almonds are tasteful holiday treats, but know that you will be waging a constant battle with the children who are only hungry because they see food and they are bored.



And finally, I like to keep our holiday cards in a basket next to the sink, next to our Thanksgiving-themed preschool craft project and our Spiderman action figure. That way I can admire them and be filled with holiday cheer while I am washing dishes and yelling at the children "COULD YOU PLEASE FIND SOMETHING TO DO MY GOD WHEN IS SCHOOL STARTING AGAIN?"

7 comments:

ferfischer said...

oh girl - perhaps I will be inspired to post our holiday stuff too. It is very, very close to this. :)

sarah said...

This makes me feel so much better! I threw some decorations and lights on our tree and haven't looked at it since. I threw some glittery ornaments in a bowl and put them on the coffee table. Our "be thankful" sign is still up above the mantle, and our holiday cards are piled up on the dining room table with all of Ethan's school work. Kindred spirits!!

Sarah said...

LOL--what about the giant pile of plastic nativity people? We def have that going on.

Chiconky said...

And the 47 empty plastic bags on the kitchen counter! I've also added a casual air by artfully piling six loads of laundry in front of the tree.

Erica said...

I was panicking about having a couple of people over the other night and when Dan asked what I wanted to focus on about the house I said "I JUST WANT IT NOT TO SMELL LIKE POOP ANYWHERE." So.

LL said...

Love. This is why you are one of my favorite people and I would accept an invitation to come to your house (decorated for the holidays or otherwise) at any time :). Ooh and we got your Christmas card the other day- loved all the names in the "to" and the "from!" Who would have thought when we met for breakfast all those years ago that we'd have a combined 7 children :). I love it.

Candy said...

We got your xmas cards too, Yay for great candid photos. xox C&D on Endeavor