Monday, December 10, 2012

I Survived the Plague.

I’d love to be all cliché and say “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” around our house, but to be honest, it’s been looking pretty Christmas-y in our casa since Thanksgiving ended.  I was all set to reveal our holiday décor last week, but I fell victim to “the plague” {also known as a wicked sinus infection}.  Thanks to some meds, my new bff...the neti pot and some major R&R this weekend, I’m feeling much better.

Which is wonderful news for you guys because I’m sure you’ve been dying in anticipation to see entirely-too-many pictures of our house decorated for the holly, jolly season that is upon us. ;)  Last year, we moved into our house on Christmas Eve...so our house was truly lacking in the decorations department.  In fact, we were lacking in most things at that point.  So this year, hubby and I were ready to go all out for the occasion!!  There weren’t many areas of the house that we didn’t attack with lights and/or garland.

Hubby took care of the outside, and did a pretty fantastic job.  If you follow me on Instagram {retroranchreno} you saw this shot of his handy work.


I took care of decorating the inside of the house.  We have a skinny, little pre-lit tree that we’ve been using since we lived in our old townhouse.  It was perfect for that space because it didn’t take up much room, and it’s also perfect for this house since we have an open floor plan without a “great” spot to fit the tree.  I love the corner we tucked it into…and how we added some red lights to tie it in with the rest of the house.



I couldn't help myself and decorated our TV console...with an owl, of course.



The mantle is one of my favorite places to decorate...and shocker, I included an owl there too.  He was just too cute and furry to not come home with me from the store. 





And onto our buffet...turquoise and red...YES PLEASE!





Our dining room and console tables got new DIY winter-ish runners and some fun decorations.  The fabric was on sale and exactly what I was looking for...perfect!




Our kitchen got some pops of Christmas...







And so did our barn door...it's my absolute favorite.


And in case you weren't 100% sick of seeing pictures...here are a few more for good measure. :)







Anyone else looooove to decorate everything for Christmas?  I'm pretty sure we aren't ever going to be a glitter-free house again.  It's all over, no matter how much I vacuum.  Whoooops!

And since we DIY'ed some new runners and a bunch of displays, I'm linking up to the final week of Kim, Michelle, Chelsea and Rachel's Dare to DIY (Deck the Halls) link party!


Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful series, ladies! :)

38 comments:

  1. The barn door decor is definitely my favorite too!

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  2. Wow! Love the garland above the kitchen cabs and the ornaments hanging from the dining room light!

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  3. Love, Love, Love EVERYTHING! Your house looks so inviting! Tell me you're hosting some sort of holiday get together!

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Diana! :) I really wanted to have some people over for dinner...but we are having trouble getting a date set. Everyone is so busy during this month. I really hope it works out though! :)

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  4. Your house is so pretty! I love your barn door and I'm so envious of your fireplace! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin! I'm so glad you stopped by. :)

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  5. I love your decorations, inside and out! I really like the mantel decorations :)

    You've given me some awesome ideas to decorate our apartment for the holiday season!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you very much, Carrie! I'm so glad you stopped by and I could help give you a little inspiration! :)

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  6. I love all of your decorations. Everything looks so put together. I need to work on that. Your owl on your TV console is adorable. He looks very similar to the silver owl I picked up at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago. I have a picture of him sitting in a pre-lit wreath on one of our cabinets on my blog.

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    1. That's so sweet...thanks so much Kala! Your owl is super cute...thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. It's so festive!! I love the barn door decorations.

    I'm glad you survived. It gives me hope. 20 more days of antibiotic and more steroids. Tell me I'll make it. :P

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    1. Thanks Michelle!!

      OH. MY. GOSH. You have to be on antibiotics for that long?!?! Awful!!! I hope you beat that plague's ass ASAP!

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  8. I'm so glad that you are feeling better! Your house and decorations look absolutely amazing! I love it!

    I also love the blog's new look! :)

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! I love this festive time of year!

      Thanks...I needed a change of pace. ;)

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  9. The inside and outside of your house looks freaking amazing!

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  10. I'm so glad you are feeling better! Your house looks incredible, seriously incredible. Your mantle makes me sad that I no longer have a mantle :(!! The view from the kitchen of the whole house makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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    1. Thank you, Lyndsay! I'm sure you could find a fun new area to decorate instead of a mantle. :) I'm super happy I have a mantle in this house. We didn't have one in our townhouse, so I bought one and secured it to the wall. It did the trick!

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  11. Looks great Gabbi! Glad you're feeling better! Beautiful mantel.

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  12. So glad to hear you are feeling better Gabbi!! Your house is looking beautiful! I love that you went all out and it really comes together and feels so cozy!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! So nice of you to say! :)

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  13. Everything looks so pretty! I'm really digging the houndstooth runner. So much so, that I think I need some houndstooth runners in my life. And all the twinkle lights are so festive. It's just lovely.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY!

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    1. I say go for it...I love ours! Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns. :)

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  14. Everything looks great! So warm and cozy and inviting.

    PS - Glad you're alive. :)

    PPS - Dig the new blog design!

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    1. Thanks Amy!

      PS-Thanks, me too hehe.

      PPS-Thank you! I definitely needed a change. I'm surprised I didn't screw something up while doing it. I'm not techy AT ALL.

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  15. I AM IN LOVE WITH THE BARN DOOR!! And I also love the ornaments hanging from the lights. Yeah for christmas!

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  16. I love it all (though I agree with you that the barn door is my favorite!).
    PS- Glad you're feeling better!

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  17. Everything looks amazing! I love the houndstooth runners and the fun ornaments hanging from your chandelier. And the barn door looks awesome, as always!

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  18. Everything looks so pretty! I love your house =)

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  19. You have such a cute house all decked out for Christmas! I've nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. Check out the details here: http://theturquoisehome.blogspot.com/2012/12/liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura! I really appreciate it! I'll have to post about it soon! :)

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