Welcome to our holiday house tour! If you are stopping by for the first time, let me introduce myself. I'm Stevie, an Interior Designer from York County, PA where I live with my husband, Anthony and our dog, Chloe. This past April, we purchased our first home-- a charming farmhouse in a little town southeast of York city. This is our first Christmas in our new home, and I've had so much fun decorating! This year, I focused on the living and dining rooms, adding greens and seasonal touches that complement my home's neutral color palette. I bought a few new things (like the pale blue ornaments and bottle brush trees) but for the most part I used things I already had and DIY'd some decorations (like our snowy runner made from quilt batting I had laying around). I'm all about creating big style on a small budget!
Enjoy the tour!
>> DINING ROOM <<
First I made a runner using quilt batting I had bought for another project and arranged the bottle brush trees I found at Walmart on top. I took the mirror down to put up the embrodiery hoop fabric art (a DIY from 3 Christmases ago) and then had the bright idea to layer the mirror under the trees. It reminds me of a Christmas music box my Gram used to have of a little ice skater "skating" across a mirrored "pond". I filled in with a few candles and called it a centerpiece!
I've had this chalkboard since our first apartment. It was originally a yard sale painting of a creepy owl that Anthony insisted we buy. A year or two later, I gave it the Chalkboard spray paint treatment, which Anthony wasn't too happy about. Oops!
>> LIVING ROOM <<
The cutest photobomber you ever did see! Ok Chloe, one more and then it's time to go into the kitchen for a while.
It's a little early in the season yet, so for now we are displaying Christmas cards we receive on this little tray on our coffee table. Yes, 2 out of the 4 we've gotten so far feature my best friend and her new husband. The even the matchbook I use to light our candles is from their wedding this September. Lindsay, you're blog famous now!
My great-grandmother just gave me this ceramic tree. I had seen them before with colored lights, but never with these pretty white doves! It's my new favorite Christmas decoration-- perfect for this neutral loving lady!
I DIY'd this ornament yesterday morning before I took these photos. Lace from my mother's wedding dress that I used to wrap the stem of my wedding bouqet + a clear shatterproof ornament = the quickest, easiest DIY ornament ever! Plus it's pretty AND sentimental. That a win-win-win-win in my book!
I layered some clippings from the pine tree in our backyard behind these battery operated candles to decorate our window sills. Isn't the church across the street from us pretty?
It's December 12th and I already have one present wrapped and under the tree? I think that's some kind of record for me. This one's for our sweetie pie nieces, Haven & Glory. Of course they are the first on our list!
Chloe is very interested in our new stockings. Interested in eating them that is. I put them away overnight so she wouldn't be tempted and then forgot to put them back until I was almost done taking pictures. They are cable knit and faux fur and I found them at Christmas Tree Shops for $5.99 each!
For authenticity's sake, here's a full shot of the back wall of our living room. Those taped lines are my preliminary stage of measuring where I want to hang these shelves I've had painted and ready to go since August. They are on the to-do list every weekend I'm home but we just haven't gotten it done yet. Once we get them up and styled, this corner of the room will definitely feel more finished.
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