Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday's Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour




Today is day four of the Cozy At Christmas blog tour. I'm on the stop today. Come on in and thanks for dropping by!



I'd like to take a minute to say Merry Christmas to you and a big thank you to Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles, who has devoted time and energy putting together 20-plus bloggers and organizing this blog tour!




Yep...I had to work this cute plaid pillow right in here at the start. 

Look at all the wonderful pillows a local furniture store had to choose from...



Hard choice! I finally bought that cute plaid pillow! It's sitting right here inside the door on this vintage bench, right under the still unpainted bead board wall.



If it looks like someone just threw these pillows on that bench, you would be right! I am not a "stylist" so to speak, so I just mix them up and put 'em down. Eventually things find a place to stay, if only for a little while.



The entryway is a little under construction, but look around anyway. We don't take ourselves too seriously around here obviously.



The ceiling light finally got put up yesterday after waiting 4 months for its turn at bat. The excuse we use is old knees and 12-foot ceilings... 'nuf said.

Behind the entryway bench is the wall/cabinet we had built between the dining room and the entryway to provide a little more privacy. 



Someday someone is going to paint the cabinet, the beadboard and the trim a lovely shade of white. Just not this week.

Everything in the living room seemed to be brown when I started decorating for Christmas. The other blogs this week were so colorful! 



I added my mother-in-law's vintage quilt to the back of this love seat to add a dash of patterns. The quilt was made by her family and friends way back when!






Would you believe I'm working on decorating our Christmas mantel for the third fourth time this month? There's one word that spells out the problem with our mantle...LIGHTS!



I bought two packages of old fashion, vintage style lights last month. I love them! They're bright, cheerful -- and best of all -- vintage looking. 

First I put the chalkboard on the mantle and wrapped just one set of the vintage style lights around it. Man, love at first sight for me...until night fell and we could hardly see for the glare!



Along the way, the lights got toned down and eventually this mirror found its way back up onto the fireplace mantle.



Here's how the mantle looks this morning...




Thank goodness it's early in the month. I still have so many great ideas from the other blogs on the tour that I want to try out this year.



The faux tree got put up as you can see. It's slim and 7 1/2 feet tall, and best of all, not flocked! Now it just needs some ornaments to go along with the built-in lights. 



We had a larger, flocked tree for the last 6 years, but it was so messy we only put it up in 2011 and again in 2013. Last summer we put it on the curb with a free sign, and it was gone quick. No more flocked trees for us!




I hope you can stop by the rest of the houses on the tour today. I've picked up some really cute ideas already this week and I'm hoping for more. 




Schedule For Thursday, Day 4







Thanks for dropping by!





24 comments:

  1. I love this. Your new tree is a darling! We just got flocked so we'll see how that goes. Haha. The bench is going to be wonderful. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your new plaid Merry Christmas pillow is perfect on your bench. You picked the right one!

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  3. I have always loved your house but the things you are doing to it to make it your own are wonderful. That pillow is darling...did you find it at Weirs?

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    1. Yes Stacey. Weirs it was! I am going to do another post this year on their wonderful country store. Sometimes I forget they actually do sell furniture.

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  4. I love your tree. I have been toying with buying a flocked tree or flocking mine. Good to know about the mess! I can't wait to see your new bench/ dining wall finished. I have a similar set up. I love, love, love your plaid pillow. Mad for plaid the last couple of years! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Your entryway is looking good, the light looks great. I envy you that bench.

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    1. I actually have thought of selling it several times as it's deeper than I want. But, I can't find anything to replace it at a reasonable price. I plan to make it one of my painting victims in the next few months.

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  6. Oh your post made me smile! As they say design is never done and that includes Christmas. I adore your gorgeous Santa!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed your post on this year's tour and last year's too. I always look right away to see if one of your adorable pups are showcased! I want one so badly.

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  7. Your home looks so beautiful! I love those reindeer antlers!! Everything looks so pretty! So glad to be on the blog tour with you! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  8. Your place looks beautiful, so charming and cozy. I was wondering about those flocked trees. I wanted to buy two little ones, actually went to the store to grab them. When we got there, the flocking was all over the floor and we said no way. I bought the plain ones. Glad to know I made the right choice!

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    1. Kim, I saw a post on a blog where the person wanted a small flocked tree, but had a plain one. She put it in a cardboard box and sprayed it lightly with store bought can of flocking. It looked beautiful and she said it wasn't shedding.

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  9. I am enjoying the tour. Your home is so pretty and I love the plaid pillow. That tree is exactly what I need. I'll have to think about one for next year. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Linda for your kind words. I have wanted a skinny one for quite a while. Last year I tried to buy one and they were all out. This year I bought one as soon as they came into the stores. I put it on a wooden stool so it's up another 18 inches, but we have tall ceilings.

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  10. OOO, and I am about to DIE for a SMALL flocked tree.
    Loving the tour...and the plaid pillow is adorable.

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    1. bj, I love flocked trees too. The one we had was just soooo messy. I don't think others have as much trouble as we did. It was over $200 back in 2011, so it wasn't a cheap tree...just poorly made I think.

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  11. Loving our Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour. Thanks for sharing. I'm crushing over your long, plaid pillow. I have a real obsession with plaid and Christmas pillows. Put those two together and well . . . ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  12. Even under construction, your entry looks charming! Love your mantel with your Santa. And the plaid pillow is so cute! I have a garland that is flocked - it's messy enough...can't imagine a whole tree with it.

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  13. I think I just want to come on over, sit right down, and sip so cocoa with you! It's so inviting. I especially like the quilt on the love seat.
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
    Laura

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  14. That pillow is so cute and your tree is darling! Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas decor! Have a Happy Holiday Season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  15. Weir's is where I bought many pieces of furniture in my house. Their country store is always a fun place to visit, too. Your plaid pillow is the one that caught my eye in your first photos, and it looks wonderful on your bench.

    Merry Christmas,

    Judith

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  16. I love your plaid pillow. I made a couple for flannel pillows for the living room. And then I found 2 huge plaid gift bags at TJ Maxx and stuffed them with regular bed pillows. It's amazing how a little flannel plaid can transform a room for winter.

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  17. Where there is a home, there is always work. :) Love, love your new pillow! I have been in love with plaid for years. Your new tree is perfect, and your 4th mantle is darling. ha, ha!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. You have built in lights on your Christmas tree? I'm jealous, what a pain in the arse they are to put on the tree each year. :D

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