First Christmas in Nevada

November 26, 2017

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I’m super excited to share my holiday home tour with you today.  This is our first Christmas in Nevada. We’ve been in our house for a little over 7 months and I feel like it’s finally starting to feel like home. I feel like I’ve said it a million times but a house takes time. Those shows on HGTV that do a room in a weekend are lies people!

I’m also here to tell you my photos aren’t real life either. These photos were taken after my husband and I deep cleaned the house for the first time since we’ve been here. Usually the main level of the house is scattered with matchbox cars, juice boxes, legos and enough crumbs on the floor to feed a flock of birds.

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The foyer holds all the kids photos with Santa Claus. The garland up the stairs is both fake with pieces of real greenery and pinecones tucked into it. I’ve already made some changes going up the stairs that I’ll share with you later this week.

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I have plans on stenciling the foyer next year. I also have to paint the banisters because there are a million chips in it. The runner is from World Market.

You can see into the living room from the foyer. The living room/dining room and kitchen are all in one space and is open concept.

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When we moved to Nevada I got rid of a ton of Christmas decorations. I was surprised how much money it made at the auction. Regardless the things I got rid of didn’t really hold any special meaning for me. It was just items that caught my eye. I personally like to try to find pieces with meaning. I love handmade ornaments. I also let my kids buy an ornament every year and I buy a framed ornament with the year on it so I can put their photos in it.

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Boxwoods will always be my favorite. I love anytime of live greenery and to be honest there’s a ton of great faux greenery on the market now too that is great. I like to have my Christmas decorations up right after Thanksgiving so the faux stuff works best for me.

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The rosemary trees are from Walmart. They were under $5.00. They make great hostess gifts. I wrapped mine up with fabric and ribbon also from Walmart. They smell good too!


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I’ve had the Christmas houses for years. They light up. They are so simple and I’m a sucker for anything that twinkles at night. I think any easy idea to save some money is to buy some of those painted ceramic houses from the thrift stores (there’s a ton of them right now) and spray them with white primer spray paint.

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The garland is actually a feather boa. I love how soft it makes the tree. The cat loves that he has something to play with!! Look at him under the tree! My son’s favorite part of Christmas is the Lionel train set my husband bought for Cooper’s first Christmas. He says it’s for our son but I’m not sold on that.


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A holiday tradition is our hot cocoa bar. I love the Santa cups, they were a gift to me last year. I believe they were from Pottery Barn. These are hilarious though!  My son loves the marshmallows, or mushrooms as he keeps calling them!

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The Christmas tree was my parents back in the 1970’s. I love it! I know there are some people who like to buy new things each year and have a different theme. I really like to use mostly the same items each year that hold meaning and try to come up with a new way of using it. I love that my kids talk about the stories behind the pieces when I put them out. To keep my Christmas decor under control I have 2 bins. That’s it. If I buy something new I have to figure out how to get it into the bin or get rid of something new.

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Another hint is I pack away pretty much all my normal home decor (into those 2 empty Christmas bins) and put them in the garage for Christmas. The Christmas decor takes center stage.

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Here are some past Christmas posts if you’d like some more inspiration!
Christmas Porch 2016
Christmas 2015 Part 1
Christmas 2015 Part 2
Also some of my favorite things this Christmas.

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I’m really proud of the progress we’ve made. Thank you so much for following along! I hope your holiday season is off to a great start!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re having fun decorating your own homes. Please feel free to show me a photo from your house on my Facebook page!

 

 

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