It’s that time of year. I *drool* over my favorite blogger’s Christmas house tours. Then I look at my own house, and sigh. I think “…maybe next year I can show my house…”. But in reality, I know that my house will never look like those houses.
And you know what? That’s OK.
As a blogger, I have to find a balance. I must take the “perfect picture” to have it get repinned on Pinterest, but it’s also deceptive. Almost every time I take a picture of something in my own home, I am shoving something else out of the picture. I want to make sure that you are aware that I don’t live in a model home. My home is very lived-in. We are new parents to a 4 month old boy. We live in a 1400 square feet twin home (about 100 years old) that has lots of work to be done. And we live in our house.
I want to show you these pictures because I’m sure many of you can relate. If you can’t, well, more power to you. I’d love to hear your secrets. If you can, then I love you.
See this Christmas tree? It was $35 at our local cut-your-own place. We get concolor fir trees because it’s best for my allergies/asthma.
See my curtains up on the rod because I’m scared of a house fire? (they’re next to the radiators). Also, Isaac’s jumper would definitely not make this repinnable, but he just loves to look at the lights!
We brought Isaac to get the tree in the front-pack and he cried almost the whole time. I had all of these visions of having the perfect time cutting down his first Christmas tree, and it was miserable. Ha! We picked the first decent one we could find so we could leave quickly.
On the bookshelf next to the tree I set up the branches from the centerpieces I made years ago. They’re in front of a 99 cent thrift store frame that I can’t figure out what I want inside. So it remains like that. Clippings from our tree’s bottom branches are on the bottom.
Those branch clippings were taken from the branches that are still on our front porch. It’s really not so far from our front porch to the trash can out back – but it’s just so COLD!
Next to the window – some simple Christmas decorations. I love the tree I got from Michael’s for $5!
I bought a plain fresh wreath at the Christmas tree farm with every intention to decorate it and post it. See how much I got done?
Maybe it’s for the best – it looks gorgeous plain! I can keep it up longer too.
I really love my Christmas gallery wall. It’s simple, festive, and didn’t cost me anything! This picture is true to real life – our couch’s slipcover is almost always wrinkly, and Buckley always claims the pillows for his own.
Although it pains me to do this, I promised honesty in this post – so here’s what I didn’t show in the picture above:
Yikes. But remember – we LIVE in this house. This was my workstation for writing out Christmas cards, thank you cards, and working on an Etsy order. It’ll get cleaned up…eventually. Oh and my Miele vacuum is out on the right – because I use it all. the. time. No use putting it away.
OK onto the next room. I prepped the staircase for our Christmas card pictures (and added the book page flower), but I think the clean laundry waiting to go upstairs is an especially nice touch:
Can’t forget to add that the radiators are a perfect drying spot for cloth diaper inserts:
I made a small vignette on top of a dresser in this room (tree: thrifted, sign: JoAnns, hurricane vases: West Elm, lantern: Hobby Lobby, candleholders from our wedding):
But what you don’t see is our diaper/baby station underneath:
Oh – and the space heater. Our house is so cold right now because of our unfinished kitchen floors…
Oh boy. Yes, our kitchen is a disaster. Yes, I hesitated a few times before I added that picture. Oh, and our dishwasher has been broken for a month.
So there it is – my very real, imperfect home decorated for Christmas. I love The Nester’s saying – “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”. Amen. My house is so telling of the stage of life we’re in, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. We live in this house.
Share this post if you can relate – or know others who can!
What is imperfect about your home this Christmas?