Hello, friends! You are witnessing a benchmark day here at Just a Girl and Her Blog... I'm about to share my very first home tour! The words "home tour" always seemed kind of daunting to me, so I decided to try to ease my nerves a little bit by pretending I was throwing a Christmas dinner party with you all as my guests. So let's just say you received this in the mail a few weeks ago and are now arriving at the Just a Girl and Her Blog residence...
As you walk up the sidewalk, the first thing you'll notice is my chic little black bench, all decked out for the holiday.
Since we don't have a porch, this bench has been a nice way to bring in some color and decor items to the outside of our home. We went simple with some greenery, berries, pinecones, and metallic ornaments.
Once you've finished checking out the bench, you'll approach the door, immediately recognize our felt flower Christmas wreath, and know you've come to the right place!
When you knock on the door, I'll answer and invite you in-- I'm so excited that you've come! Thank you so much for traveling all this way!
As I take your coat and hang it in the front closet, you'll notice that our command center has temporarily been transformed into a welcoming Christmas scene.
You'll ask about some of the details, and I'll explain that they JOY sign is just a simple scrap of wrapping paper with some card stock letters, and we'll laugh about the fact that I've still kept a bunch of the berry wreaths that I used for our Christmas wedding almost seven years ago and typically integrate at least one into my Christmas decor each year.
We'll breathe in the Christmas-y scent of the fresh pine branches in the basket, decorated with some spray painted pine cones and metallic ornaments, and marvel over the fact that the chalkboard art is actually way easier than it looks when you use my super simple transfer method.
Next I'll invite you into the dining room where the table is set for our Christmas feast.
Just beyond the table, you'll notice my grandmother's china cabinet, dressed with yet another one of our wedding berry wreaths.
Atop the cabinet, you'll see one of our nativity sets, graciously gifted to us by one of our wedding guests. It has become one of our most cherished items in our Christmas decor.
We'll sit for a while and chat over our delicious dinner, and during dessert (which is probably some version of my triple chocolate trifle) we'll look across the way to the living room and realize that it has gotten dark and the tree is absolutely glowing.
I'll tell you all about how we went for an "eclectic" look with our live tree this year, with the majority of the ornaments being silver, but having our special family ornaments sprinkled throughout.
I'll share how every year since I was a little girl, the first ornament I put on the tree was my little pink and blue doll house. It even has tiny furniture and a little Christmas tree inside and has always been my favorite. Hubby always insists on putting his Steelers ornament at the very top of the tree for all to see, and the Cs have a blast hanging some of their favorites as well. We'll get up and walk over to the tree to inspect it closer and find some sillier ornaments like a lobster (given to me by one of my bridesmaids who declared that hubby and I were each other's lobster-- anyone remember that episode of Friends?) and even Santa in a fishing boat reeling in a big catch! Our tree may not be fancy, but it has a little bit of each of us represented on it, so I think it's perfect. 🙂
At this point we'll look at the clock and realize we've been chatting so long that it is now late at night and time to part ways. Before you go, I'll be sure to invite you back next Monday, December 9th to finish the rest of the grand tour. I'll thank you so very much for coming and wish you well. We'll part ways, knowing that we'll see each other soon and keeping memories of a wonderful night spent with friends!
Looking for even more Christmas inspiration? Check out these fun projects from Just a Girl and Her Blog:
This is part of the Christmas Party Tour of Homes that is taking place all this week- 24 bloggers are sharing their Christmas homes over 4 days...
Here is a sneak peek at what is in store...
Tuesday, December 3rd
Wednesday, December 4th
Thursday, December 5th
Friday, December 6th
Thank you so much for visiting our Christmas home tour!
I want to hear about your Christmas decor! Did you go traditional or a little more unique? Do you keep it simple or go all out?