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Rose Gold Holiday House Tour Part 2 2016

I hope you saw my Merry & Plaid holiday home tour part 1 and the reveal of my blush and rose gold tree.  If you missed those posts I would love for you to go back and check it out.  Then join in again to this tour.  If you are new to my blog, welcome.  I’m Jennifer, an interior stylist, and I just love Christmas.  I am one of those early Christmas decorators.  Since I have so much to do, I always start before Thanksgiving so when I return home after the break the house is decorated and I can take pictures and edit. This year I decided to go with a rose gold and blush theme for my tree in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is the hub of our home I change that tree every year.  I enjoy coming up with something new to express my creativity, but of course there are some traditions that stay the same no matter what.

My daughter is a senior this year and Christmas as we know it will drastically change for our family.  As your kids get older things slowly change and your traditions evolve and gradually change to match their age. I am trying to hold on to our Christmas memories and make this an amazing holiday for my family.  Every year we do a fancy brunch at The Founder’s Inn.  This is one of our favorite days of the year.  We get all dressed up and enjoy each other while eating amazing food. We take tons of pictures and walk around seeing all the beautiful decorations and lights.  I’m so looking forward to spending this time with my family.

 Rose Gold Holiday Home Tour 2016 Yours Truly Jenn

If you collect neutral ornaments such as silver, gold, and glass you can easily change your ribbon and add a few colored ornaments and you have an inexpensive way to change your theme.

Rose gold and gold metallics were used on this tree along with blush ornaments.

This is a green tree that I add lots of other limbs to each year to give it a flocked look.  It also gives my trees that layered look so there are no big gaps or holes.

This 7 1/2 foot tree is accented with mixed metallics and blush ornaments.

I love decorating the bottom of the tree with beautiful packages that match my theme.  These blush packages from Sugar Paper for Target are the perfect fit.

Lovely talescape with blush Christmas tree.

This is the first Christmas that I have my new kitchen table.  I love the way this rose gold look just shines against the tree.  I know I’m obsessed with rose gold jewelry and now I think I’m obsessed with rose gold dishes too.

Green, gold and copper Christmas tree

I loved all the accessories on this tree.  The copper ornaments, the gold pinecone picks, and the gold netting just really show up well on this snowy white tree.

Snowy Balsam Hill tree decked out in green and gold.

I purchased these packages and this green and gold ribbon from Dillard’s at the end of the season last year.  I love getting beautiful stuff by shopping the day after Christmas.

Ribbon and gold netting to accent the trees.

Purchase a few bigger ticket items each year and your Christmas collection will quickly multiply.

Zgallerie deer help decorate the bottom of the tree.

I purchased these white, glittered deer from Z Gallerie at the end of the season last year. I thought they would make a beautiful base to one of my trees.

Check out this Christmas entryway decked out in green and gold.

I am proud to show off my daughter’s senior pictures which we recently displayed in the foyer.

Green and gold entryway

We have an amazing photographer we have used for the last 5 years.  If you are looking for a  photographer in the Hampton Roads area, check out Jason Williams at Elite Photography.

Green and gold accents in entryway

I decided to go with a neutral and mixed metallics theme this year.   I am working with several design clients and I wanted to keep my decor simple this year.  I think your decor can be quite beautiful when you think out of the box.

Gorgeous gold and white mantel

I purchase all of my garland from Frontgate.  I have been so pleased with their Christmas decor.  I also put them down my two story staircase each year.  We have had them 7 years and they are still going strong.  Mine have pinecones and red berries already woven through the garland.  I ordered the Classic garland.

Love the stone on this Christmas fireplace! Yours Truly Jenn

I added snowy picks to my garland to give it a flocked look.

I recently bought these faux fur stockings from Dillard’s.

Love these white faux fur stockings.

I’ve always loved decorating the mantel.  This is the very first thing I decorated this year and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out part 2 of my home tour 2016.  I know Christmas posts really get people searching around to blogs they have never been before.  I hope you saw something you liked and will come back in the future. Have a fabulous holiday with your family and friends and have the best 2017!!

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

 

 

 

Merry & Plaid Holiday House Tour

I’m thrilled to be participating in Jen Rizzo’s holiday house walk link party for the third year. This is my favorite post of the entire season. Jen’s house tour began last week and featured over 30 homes with beautiful holiday decor. It is so amazing you need to check it out if you haven’t already.  I can’t believe you get so much inspiration in one place. Last year my theme was perfectly plaid and I used red, black, buffalo check and plaid patterns to decorate my tree.  Well I just couldn’t totally give up that plaid because I loved it so much so I decided to do my bedroom in plaid.

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I’ve never decorated my bedroom for Christmas before.  I have always envisioned my room decor being quite soft and romantic similar to the tree I do in all white or the one I did in pinks and golds.  However, I just loved that plaid so much and got such a great response from it I wanted to throw it in somewhere.  I thought my room would be a great place since it was out of the way.  I have a first floor bedroom that is off the main living space.  It can easily be closed off from the rest of the house. So sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy the tour.

Merry and plaid bedroom Yourstrulyjenn.com

I wanted to put a little tree in my room this year and I’m so glad I did.  I’m not sure who loved it more me or my husband.  He wakes up and goes through the house turning on all the Christmas lights.  It makes the house so cheery when I get up to make the school lunches.

Plaid, buffalo check, and red ornaments www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I reused the square boxes and ribbon from last year.  Everyone in my family knows to save my “pretty” boxes.  Of course the round boxes are new from Sugar Paper this year.  I just love everything they make.

Beautiful packages finish off the look

This plaid tree skirt is from Pottery Barn and is personalized with our family name.

Merry and plaid bedroom with red and white wreaths

This year, I really made an effort to take decorations I already had and tried to work them in a different way instead of buying new items.  Those wreaths on the mirrors were wreaths I used for a wedding reception.  I used the ribbon from the tree, red flowers, and picks to add a Christmas look.

White wreaths with red Christmas accents.

The buffalo check throw and plaid euro shams are from Pottery Barn.  The small black buffalo check pillow was from Target last year.

Gorgeous Christmas dog!

My 7 year old tea cup Maltese is the baby of the family and is completely spoiled rotten.

Breakfast in bed

What a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and read your morning paper.

Red, gold, and white dining room tablescape

I started doing this table in gold, white and greenery, but it just needed something more.  When I added my Lenox Christmas salad plates I knew that it needed that hint of red so I kept going.  I added the red polka dot napkins at every other place setting and the red flowers in the centerpiece.  That is just what it needed.

I love the crystal on the table

The plates are Eternal by Lenox and the crystal stemware is also by Lenox and has a gold rim.

Red and white roses add the final detail to the table. Yourstrulyjenn

The polka dot napkins are from Pottery Barn.

Red, white, and gold tablescape Yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you enjoyed the first part of the tour.  I will be uploading part 2 later this week.  The color scheme in the next tour is completely different so I hope you like it. I’m done decorating, but shopping is another story. Oh the stress.  But I need to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place and try to chill out.  Thank you for stopping by.  I would love for you to check out my social media where I post daily inspiration.  Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Isaiah 9:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

My Christmas Trees

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Putting up the Christmas tree is the best part of decorating for me. I love the anticipation of putting up my traditional trees and then thinking of how I might change a couple to give them a slightly different look. It is all so exciting to me. Is it a little crazy that I already have a couple ideas for next Christmas swirling around in my head? It used to be the most nerve wracking part of decorating, because the trees really are the show stoppers. They take center stage in a home. I have always wanted to be good at decorating my trees, but it really is an art form that takes some practice and skill. I finally have a good formula for decorating my trees. I’ve also been collecting my ornaments for about 30 years. It is definitely not something you can just go out and purchase in a year or two. I personally believe you need to spend your money on a good Christmas tree first and then start collecting the ornaments for the look you’re going for.

It always makes me so sad when I see an estate sale with tons of ornaments they’re getting rid of. Not only did they have sentimental value to the owner, but costs thousands of dollars. You can acquire ornaments by going to garage sales, after Christmas sales, using coupons, and going to the dollar store. If you want a certain style tree, I would not settle. I would wait patiently and set out to find exactly what you’re looking for. Start with an amazing tree and fill in the ornaments as you find them. You can also change your tree drastically by just changing up your garland or ribbon. This is a cheaper way to get a different look without changing all your ornaments.  I have found using the wired ribbon is the way to go.  It is much easier to manipulate and place where you want it to go.

Below you will notice all my trees are very different, but all look uniform and done in the same format.  I will show you my trees in this post.  The next post will break down the materials used step by step and how I decorated the tree.  Keep in mind, all of my trees are artificial.  My husband is allergic to the real deal so we haven’t had a real tree for about 18 years.

black and red plaid tree Collage

My perfectly plaid tree was my favorite to decorate this year. I just love the colors and the ornaments.

 

white tree Collage

 

woodland treeCollage

These are my three main trees and I love each and every one of them for different reasons. We also have a 9′ family tree that my kids decorate with their Hallmark and homemade ornaments.  I featured that tree last year.  The lights are starting to go out in certain places on that tree and will be replaced next year.  Wednesday’s post will give you a play by play on how I decorate these trees and what specific items I use to decorate each tree.  I also specify where I purchased the item so if you’re interested in picking something up you can check it out.  I would love to hear all about your trees in a comment below.  What is your theme this year?

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Christmas Home Tour part 2

I hope you saw the first tour and decided to come back for more decorating ideas.  There were just too many pictures to add so I decided to make this a two parter. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I thought it would be fun to add some frequently asked Christmas questions as well. In my next holiday post, you will specifically see my trees and it will be broken down into how I decorate each tree step by step. Snuggle up and enjoy the last part of the tour.

Plaid table setting

My MIL gave me this centerpiece years ago. I just added the plaid ribbon.

How did you decide on your theme for this year? I found several pieces of inspiration such as a plaid box, a buffalo check pillow and a great ribbon and decided to use these items to build a plaid theme for this year. I was so excited because plaid seemed to be everywhere even in a ton of fall looks. I had no trouble finding everything from plates to wrapping paper. I had a blast creating the look I was going for. I hope you like it too.

Williams Sonoma Plaid plates

I love the Plaid plates from Williams Sonoma.

 

Traditional red and green with plaid

Sometimes I just love to go back to traditional red and green.

You should never overlook details like setting a gorgeous table. You don’t have to have fancy dishes. White works well and then spice things up with colorful napkins, table runners and place mats.

Traditional table setting

I did the table a couple different ways, but this look was most traditional.

 

gold reindeer table setting

This table setting was a more glam, glitzy look.

What is your best Hosting tip? Do things in advance like setting your tables and moving furniture. This will give you time to attend to the smallest of details which your guests will surely appreciate.

Glam table

Use flowers to adorn your table. It gives the table a beautiful look.

 

2 dozen red roses

Two dozen red roses definitely add a special detail to this table.

What is the entertaining rule you live by? Shop your home first and see what you have. Most times you already have what you need and can mix and match things from other holidays to create a beautiful look.

gold reindeer

I got these gold deer from Target. They also had them in silver.

 

snowflake ornament

I put the snowflake ornament on everyone’s plate. I think it adds a nice touch.

 

coffee vignette

Set up a little coffee station vignette to give your kitchen that Christmas touch.

Favorite Holiday Tradition? I always make Christmas breakfast and then we eat lunch at my mom’s house after we open gifts. I love that we’ve done that for years.

mirrored chest

This mirrored chest is in my mudroom. This is the fanciest it has ever looked. My husband usually uses that dough bowl for his keys.

 

cranberries for Christmas

Using cranberries in your Christmas decor is quite easy and inexpensive.

 

beautiful packages

Beautiful packages can really make your decor stand out.

What is the secret to trimming a perfect tree? Fluff the tree first. Once it is out of the box fluffing an artificial tree is the most important step to making it look more realistic. Also, if you have an artificial tree, stick some real branches in bare spaces.  This makes your home smell really nice and gives the look of a real tree.

metallics

I love how this look came together in my upstairs hallway.

 

Metallics in decoarting

Metallics were very popular for decorating this season.

I hope you made it to the end.  Thank you for stopping by.  If you didn’t see part 1 of my Chritsmas tour, you can check it out here.  Also, I did a collab with my friend Michelle and you can check that post out here.  Please leave me a comment telling me one of your family traditions.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Yours Truly Jenn Holiday House Tour

I am so excited to be doing my first Christmas home tour.  Thank you Kelly for opening your home and allowing me to participate in your house tour.  I really enjoy the holidays and I try not to get stressed with the hustle and bustle that can go along with Christmas.  My home is a place of peace for my family and me and I hope you will feel that as you are viewing.

WELCOME TO OUR HOME

9' Hallmark tree

Our main tree with Hallmark and homemade ornaments

This is our 9′ main tree in our living room.  If I only put up one tree, this would be it.  I have all the Hallmark ornaments, homemade ornaments, and ornaments I’ve collected over the years on this tree.  My kids decorate this tree by themselves.  They leave the decorative themed trees for me.

Kitchen view

View from the kitchen

My mantel is simple, but elegant.  I have to work around the tv, but I like the way it turned out.  This year I decided to keep with the traditional green, red, and white color theme.

mantel photo

My red and green mantel display

mantel and tree

The mantel and our main tree

I have several other trees that I decorate.  However, I’m not going to post them all in this house tour.  I try to do a theme and color coordinate the trees around that theme. I decided to do our den in a winter wonderland theme.  I used silver and white and a ton of glitter.  I don’t know if I will be able to vacuum up all this glitter.

Let it snow

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow display

winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

White and silver tree

My white and silver tree

I hope you enjoyed some of my holiday decorations and trees.  Thank you Kelly for

allowing me to post on your blog.  I really appreciate the opportunity to

share some of my home with all of you.  You can also find some other pictures of my home

decor on my instagram.

Yours Truly,

Jenn