Christmas 2012

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Just a little tour around our house this Christmas – enjoy!

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We may or may not have six trees in this house . . . the main one in the front family room, another two in the back family room, one in the entry, a little one on a table and each of the boys wanted a tree in their room for all of their special ornaments.

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And just this morning switched our Christmas chalkboard wall to welcome in the New Year.

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fall

 

I love fall – and as we’re getting dangerously close to moving onto Christmas at our house so I wanted to share our little fall projects.  You’ve seen the fall mantle already, but isn’t this chalkboard wall fun?  I totally and completely stole borrowed the idea from Michael at inspired by charm (somehow found his blog a couple of months ago and have since then developed a little style crush).

And we have Pinterest to thank for this door . . .

And while this Thanksgiving wall will be short lived the boys like the wall right now – especially the gravy part.

On the right above is my little turkey, Logan’s turkey and Josiah’s pie.

And you might notice below the fun new dining light -it took some convincing but I finally talked Zac into it.

a chevron wall

 

Meet the office – it’s no where near finished.  I’m a little stuck with it – I know we need a better solution for the whole desk/computer/printer/thousand cords mess, I just can’t figure it out.  For now this blank wall needed some love.  I asked Zac to tape off a chevron wall for me.  Since he used to be a geometry teacher I figured it’d be right up his alley.  It took forever three nights because he made it perfectly perfect.  Lots of measuring, levels and other various tools that I don’t know the name of.  And I love it!  Thanks best husband ever!

 

After he taped the wall off I painted over where I was going to add the new color with the existing cream wall color.  Zac figured this out a few years back – it seals in any gaps between the tape and the wall with the color that’s already there.  Then I went over that the next morning with the grey that we have in the hallway.  The tape trick works great on fancy painters tape and plain old masking tape (I even tested it – see below).  It was a perfect way to unite the cream of this room with the grey from other parts of the house.

 

Needless to say I had a heap of tape after I pulled it all back.

 

Here are some other little peeks at the office.

 

Here’s what the room looked like the day we moved in:

 

Anyone have any good ideas for a desk solution?

room reveal: Josiah’s bedroom

 

We actually had this room 99% finished back in July.  I just had one thing to add before I took the photos of it.  Anyhow, we tackled both of the boys rooms at the same time, check this out.  Josiah’s room is so fun – he loves maps so off we went.  Here’s the before:

And the fun afters . . . the desk was my great-grandma’s.  My Mom gave it to Josiah and it is a sweet reminder of his great-grandma who had it last.  He loves it and spends tons of time re-organizing it.  Besides that, the dresser and one cube of shelves everything else is new.  The walls are a green that we pulled from the huge map – yay for an awesome Ikea statement piece.  We left the bunk unfinished because the wood tones are in the map too.

I love how Ikea has all those inspiration room sets when you first walk through – thanks for the great idea to put a couple of magnetic boards behind the map!  Josiah loves that it doubles as a place to display whatever he wants.  He sleeps on the bottom right now and uses the top bunk as a little reading nook.  We’re thinking eventually of taking the bottom bunk out and making a little fort down there of some sort – we’ll see.

That ninja quote on the left (below) is soooo Josiah.  I saw it somewhere and knew it had to be in his room somehow.  I just made up a little deal in Photoshop and had it printed on a fabric wall cling (it made another appearance here).  Love it!

Josiah’s closet was another one that needed a little help to make it useful for him.  I’m so thankful for my super handy husband who added some shelves and lowered the rod for him.  So much more functional now (Zac’s is currently in the laundry room tending to another closet – I can just feel the functionality coming!).

fall mantel

 

I’m getting real close to finishing all my wedding edits from the summer – when that happens watch out, I’ll be posting like a crazy woman.  For now a quick update to the mantel for fall.  We’ve had the most amazing fall weather  – like crazy amazing for Oregon.  Sun since the 5th of July.  I love it!  But rain is in the forecast so we’re kinda excited to actually have a fire – we haven’t had a fireplace that worked in our house in about 10 years.  Anyhow, back to the mantel . . . a few gourds (a baseball placed by Josiah) was a good start.  You know that little $1 section when you first walk into Target?  There was a little pack of cute fall cut-outs – punched some holes and hung them up with some string – $1 fun 🙂