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A Christmas Farmhouse Dining Room

I promised a few weeks ago that I would share a sweet friend of mine’s gorgeous Christmas farmhouse dining room, and then IT happened.

You know.. IT.

The IT that happens when you have absolutely no time for IT.

The IT that slams you flat on your back when you still have Christmas wrapping, and shopping, and cooking to do.

The IT that only happens when you have a bajillion sign orders to complete, wrap and ship before Christmas.

You know what IT is don’t you?

IT = SICK

Yep.  I got sick.

And.. it lasted a little over a week and all I wanted to do was cut off my head because it was stuffy and then runny and then stuffy and then runny and quite frankly, it was making me NUTS!

Praise God I woke up on Christmas Eve and all was well with the world again, and now that the Christmas whirlwind has died down, I realized I never shared this gorgeous dining room with you, and you guys.. you MUST see it!

One of the things I wanted to do on my blog this time around is share some design inspiration from friends, bloggers, and Instagrammers that I love.

And, Erin (Instagram: Cottonstem), is one of those design geniuses that I absolutely love.  She will probably one be of those Instagrammers that will become Insta-famous soon, if not already!  She’s just THAT good.

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

When I first started my Instagram account, this sweet girl commented on a few of my posts and the girl had me laughing from the get-go!  The more we talked, the more I knew she was the real deal.  Not only that, but this girl has an eye for decorating that just blows my farmhouse-loving mind!

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Her shiplap walls in this dining space are just to die for, and the chippy, antique fireplace has my heart!

I love how Erin uses antique pieces here and there in her decorating.  Besides the antique fireplace, she also used antiques seltzer bottles on the table, an antique sled above the fireplace, and an antique tobacco basket on the wall (seen below).

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Erin has explained that not only does she love to decorate, but she also loves to decorate on a pretty tight budget.  For example, the red grain-striped pillows, napkins, and table runner, along with the plate chargers are all from the Target Dollar Spot.

And, as you can see, the girl has a love for cotton.. hence her design business name.. Cotton Stem Interiors.

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Not only does cotton adorn her beautiful farmhouse table, but it can also be seen draped down and tucked in her Christmas tree.

I love that her tree has a natural feel to it.  There are no bulbs or ornaments on this tree.  Just simple, natural touches, that make you feel at one with nature.

I hope you love Erin’s Christmas farmhouse dining room as much as I do.  I’d love to know what your favorite parts of this room are.

For more design inspiration, be sure to follow Erin on Instagram.  You will truly be blown away by her style, and her use of creative writing will have you laughing out loud!

Erin lives in Oklahoma, and is an interior decorator, so if you need any help decorating your space, be sure to check out her website.  And, if you don’t live in Oklahoma, that’s ok too, because this girl can do an e-design consultants over the internet as well.  Check out her design packages on her website at Cotton Stem Interiors.

Love,

Claire

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