Quantcast

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Welcome friends!

I’m so excited to be sharing my home all decked out for Christmas with you today!  I’m even more excited to be joining 11 other bloggers today for our Homes for the Holidays Tour.  If you’ve landed here from Cindy’s, A Cottage Girl, beautiful tour, then welcome!  After you finish your stop here, be sure to visit the next blog on the tour, which will be listed at the bottom of this post.

Homes for the Holidays

Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, cozy up by the fire and enjoy my Christmas Home Tour…

When you first walk into our home, you are greeted by the stairs to the left and our formal dining room to the right. We haven’t had a home with stairs in over 5 years, and so when it came time to decorate for Christmas, my boys had only one request…

Decorate the stairs.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

 

My boys love being able to come down the stairs early, way too early, on Christmas morning and have the stairs all lit up as they make their way downstairs to their presents.

Since it was the one thing they were looking forward to, I made sure to do it while they were in school so it would be a surprise when they got home.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

When they walked in from school that day, their eyes lit up and my oldest said, “Wow!  I love it!  THIS is why I love having stairs!”

It’s the little things ya’ll.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

My farmhouse console got a Christmas makeover as well.  Just little touches of Christmas here and there.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

The tree at the base of the stairs is for all of the ornaments the kids have made or I’ve collected over the years.  It’s like a memory tree.  There are pics of the kids when they were little, ornaments from past students when I was teaching and ornaments to remember our boys’ first Christmases.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

From the foyer, you walk into the living room, and this is the first view of Christmas in this area.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

I was so excited to decorate our fireplace this year, but I have to be honest, I’ve seriously gone back and forth with this fireplace.  I’m just not completely in love with the decor just yet, and I honestly can’t put my finger on what it is that I don’t love about it, but for now, it will do.

I think my favorite part of our fireplace decor is the antique sled I picked up this year.  My boys are praying for snow so they can use it… oh goodness!  Please.. no snow!

Across the room, in the corner, is our big tree..

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

This tree ya’ll.. we’ve had this tree for five years now, and this year, all but one of the strands of lights worked, so I had to string all new lights on it!  Let me tell you.. it was NOT fun!  I was ready to throw this tree outside and light it up and watch it burn, baby, burn!!

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

Now that it’s done though, I’m loving it!

For my birthday this year, I got to go to Magnolia in Waco, TX (blog post coming soon) and I picked up this farmhouse scale.  I have absolutely loved getting to decorate it for Christmas.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

I’ve also picked up a few beautiful Christmas pillows, that you’ll see in the next few pics, from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Porter Lane Home.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

This Oh Deer pillow is just the cutest and I love it on our chair that sits next to our tree.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Here’s a view of our kitchen, from our living room, all decked out for Christmas.  I don’t decorate this space as much because the kitchen has a way of getting cluttered all on its own and it doesn’t need any extra help from me by adding Christmas decor to it.

I love small, simple touches in the kitchen.. things like a wreath on the cabinets, and fresh red roses.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Even our coffee station got into the Christmas spirit.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

And finally, one of my favorite spaces that I decorated this year is our master bedroom..

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Decorating our master bedroom is a first for me.

I mean.. who does this?

(Obviously I do! Lol!)

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

This room has quickly become one of my favorite rooms to walk into now!  We have loved how this pallet wall has changed the feel of this room. You can see how we did the pallet wall here.

Just by adding lights and garland to our headboard has made this room feel magical.

I encourage every one of you to do the same in your bedroom.  It’s just amazing!

Well, that concludes the tour for me, but be sure to check out the Homes for the Holidays Tour with some of my favorite bloggers below, and be sure to come back here later this week as I share my dining room all decked out for the holidays.  I’ll also be sharing one of my favorite Instagram homes with you on Tuesday.  It’s a showstopper friends!

Next on the tour, head on over to Jen’s, Noting Grace, tour…

 

Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays Bloggers:

Noting Grace

A Cottage Girl

Vanessa’s Modern Vintage Home

Farmhouse on Elder Hill

The Homemaking Momma

Uniquely Taylor Made

The Auburn Fox

This Rustic Cottage

The Tattered Pew

The Rustic Pig

Delightfully Noted

The Clementine Colonial

Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

I always said that I didn’t want to live in a “cookie-cutter house” ever again.  I didn’t want to live in a neighborhood where I could reach out my window and almost touch my neighbor’s house.

I enjoyed living out in the country and knowing that if my dog barked, it wouldn’t disturb the neighbors.  I liked looking out my window and seeing fields of grass and trees…not the house across the street or the neighbor’s back patio.  I really enjoyed having goats, and a barn, and a house that was unique and different.

When we moved to the Dallas area, our first house was on an acre.  Once we lost that house, you can read about that here, we decided to keep our search in the same area since we didn’t want to have to move our boys to another school.  They had already been in their new school for a little over a month when we moved out, and they were already starting to make friends.  We just couldn’t put them through another school change as well.

If you remember from my post, our time to find a new house was limited.  We had a week to move out of our current home and move into corporate housing.   We knew the longer we had to stay in corporate housing and keep our belongings in storage, the more money we were throwing away. We needed to find something quick, and we were anxious to feel at home again.   For some reason, the first home we moved into never felt like home. It felt awkward.  I can’t really explain it, but it was odd.  All I can think is that God knew that wasn’t the house for us and so He didn’t allow us to feel comfortable there.

With inventory low, we decided to check out a new development that was right across the street from the middle school my youngest would be attending in the fall.  They had a few open houses in the neighborhood, along with several model homes we could tour. The first house we walked into, we fell in love with.  Like, LOVED it.  We were really going through a tough time when we went to see this house, and it checked off almost everything on our checklist and gave us hope.  On top of that, it was a Highland Home, and we had lived in a Highland Home years before and loved the builder.  We put an offer in, it was accepted, and we had a move in date for a month later.

I truly believe this house is a blessing to us.  It may not be my farmhouse, or on land, or have tons of trees, but I have no doubt that it is a HUGE blessing from God.  I’ll share more in a bit, but first.. let me share some pics…

When you first walk in the door, you are greeted by the stairs.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

To the left of the front door is the office.

The Rustic Pig: House Tour

I won’t be sharing the office today because we are currently in the middle of changing it from my husband’s office, to my office, so I’ll share that makeover once it’s done.

To the right of the stairs is our formal dining room.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

As you walk through the foyer, there is a hallway to the left, just before you get to the living room.

Down this hallway is the laundry room, guest bath and guest bedroom.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Next is the living room and kitchen…

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Later I moved our cowhide rug closer to the side chair and added one of my newest signs above the TV…

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

(Sign for sale in my Etsy shop here.)

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The kitchen and living room is one big, open space.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

I think this coffee bar/butler’s pantry area is one of my favorite parts of the house.  It’s just so cute!

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Behind the living room is our master bedroom.  It is still a HUGE work in progress and I have an exciting makeover coming soon, but I’ll show you what it looks like now.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Then, there’s our master bathroom.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Finally, the playroom..

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

We also have a media room, but right now, our teenager has staked his claim of that room and we have yet to decorate it.  The plan is to move the playroom couch into the media room and then add a pool table to this room.  Our kids are really too old to have “playroom.”  This room pretty much always looks like this.  Well, until they decide to get out the Nerf guns.  Then this room looks like this, but with darts all over!

As I said before, I truly feel like this home has been a blessing to us.  It felt like home from day one.  We love our neighborhood and neighbors, and my youngest loves that he gets to ride his bike to school.  When you read that God knows the desires of our hearts, I am always amazed when things work out in such a way, that your only answer is…

..because God.

When we searched for our home, inventory was low.  There were only a few homes available and we really didn’t like most of them in our price range. I really wanted hardwood floors, a guest bedroom downstairs for when my parents visit, a large lot, a three car garage (so I had a space to work) and a house with a farmhouse feel.  It seemed next to impossible.

When we walked into this house, we immediately loved it.  It had the hardwood floors, the guest bedroom down, a three car garage, and although it didn’t have a large lot, it backs up to a greenbelt which is actually pretty wonderful, and it definitely has a farmhouse feel to it…because God.

This house had been a build for someone who backed out of it at the last minute, so it went back on the market right before we started looking.  It was only one of two houses that was ready for move-in… because God.

When we told the Highland Homes rep that we might be interested in the home, she went on and on about how they were getting ready to add a mudroom to the entry by the garage, tons of shelving and cabinets in the laundry room, and a wet bar area by the media room.  We loved it as it was, so to us, that was all just a HUGE blessing.. because God.

I never shared about the horrible realtor we had to work with that was responsible for the home we were trying to buy before.  I am not kidding…he made our life miserable from the very beginning.  Worst.  Experience.  Ever.  We should have known from the beginning.  Then, we met the Highland Homes rep for our neighborhood that orchestrated our whole buying process.  She was a total angel and just a huge blessing to us from the start… because God.

So if you are feeling as though God doesn’t hear your cries today, have heart.  He hears you and He is waiting for the perfect time to pour out His blessings on you… because God.

Love you,

Claire