Welcome to my home, aka Hansel and Gretel! This isn't my front door, but it's Mr. Snowman and he wants to welcome you to our home that is filled with character all year long!
I picked up this baby pinecone garland from a new friend the other day and knew exactly where to put it. These windows open our world to our back yard that is forrest as far as the eye can see. I wanted to pull a bit of the woodland in and these do just that! Aren't they sweet?
As we move through into what we call the "big den", our Dear Santa letter is empty? What in the world? I think what has happened is that is in mid-change-our-mind-mode. Do your kids do that? Mine are changing their minds everyday! I love to use natural ever green throughout the house. I didn't let them take too much off the bottom when I bought my first-ever REAL tree, because I knew I could use it all around!
This is one of my favorite spots in the house. It could be because I built that table. Yep, I built it will my two hands and a couple of saws! ;) We have a family friend that is a wood worker. He builds amazing furniture and he helped me at his workshop last Fall learn how to use a chop saw. I'm hooked!
Have I said this is one of my favorite spots, yet? You might hear that over and over in this tour. I'm pretty smitten with this house and love every inch. This is our smaller fireplace and I change this guy around weekly! A few staples are the deer that my husband shot and that big brown corbel? I like to pet that thing every once in awhile! It moves from one end to the middle, but is always on this mantel!
We believe in surprises at our house and our stockings need to be filled to the rim! That one with the pom-poms is mine. Santa knows how to fill that sucker up, too!!
This trim on this tree. Amazing, right? I love that chippy-lead-filled paint. It is all over my house! I made this tree from trim that was saved from a home that was built in 1890 in Montgomery. It had several owners and they all tried to refurbish the home until it was in a fire and would cost too much to make it livable. I work with a company that saves old things and got my hands on some of this trim. I've been saving it for something special and love how my trees turned out!
John Connor goes out into the woods behind our house and finds deer sheds. I have offered to pay him for more, but he's yet to find more. This mantel for the Fresh Style spread had so many sheds, you would have thought we'd been hunting all our lives! Thankfully, I have a friend that has and he let me borrow 20 or 30 sets!!
This cozy corner is new at Hansel and Gretel. I bought these tiny, yellow couches from one of my besties, Ashlee. They gave me more seating and makes this corner come to life where it was just a place to fill before. Now, we will use it for parities and my son loves to play Xbox from here!
I have an extensive collection of Penny McAlister. I cherish every piece and love to have all the bright colors filling my holiday spaces! If you are new to my home, you should read the story about me inviting the family that built this house over last Christmas. It was as if they built it for me!
Oh Christmas Tree!
I have to admit, I love this tree! It's the first real tree we've ever had and it couldn't be more perfect. It's so fat and full! I ended up not getting about 2 bins full of ornaments from the storage unit. I'm sure I could fill every gap, but I love it just as it is!
Channel letters are really popular right now and we have a pretty good collection at our house. I love this red F, it's probably my favorite!
John Connor painted this snowman when he was 4. I'm pretty sure I drew it and let him go with the paint. It's my most favorite of his art. That name? Kills me every time!
Emma's art on the chalkboard. She free-hand wrote it. I'm so jealous of her handwriting!
I had Southern Accents build me this tree about 4 years ago. They thought I was crazy. I think it's amazing! It's my all-time favorite!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!