Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Tours- A Patchwork Christmas

I am linking to the hundreds of wonderful house tours already listed at I'm so excited to share my imperfectly wonderful home!

It is truly time for Christmas. The snow is glistening outside, the little townhome I share with my new husband is decorated with things borrowed, things given, things lovingly hand-crafted. You see, this year we have a sort of patchwork Christmas. We are celebrating our first Christmas as a married couple, and we are patching together two lives, two families, two sets of traditions. Some traditions will be kept, some will fade away with the memories of Christmas past, and some new traditions will be gracefully stitched into our lives.

In keeping with the patchwork theme, we decided to forgo buying lots of new Christmas decorations, and instead we chose to "beg, borrow, and (not) steal" the things that we needed. So without further ado, we invite you into our home.

A tree with many borrowed ornaments, and a borrowed tree-topper (from my wonderful in-laws).

I gave it a new coat of paint- it looks so pretty and dainty on top of our 4 foot tree!

Some old burlap trees smothered in tulle for a fresh new look...

A birdcage decked in tulle, a handmade flower and vintage button graces the coffee table.

Some old couch cushions got a facelift with slipcovers made from an old sweater!

A centerpiece made from a milk-glass vase and some leftover trimmings from the tree. The colored table runner was a gift from my mom, and my mother-in-law stitched up the yellow one for our wedding.

Some glittery, crafted sticks adorn a shelf over our sink (I couldn't bring myself to take a picture of the sink... too many water spots!).

Some hand-painted candlesticks that I purchased on a trip to the Ukraine a few years ago are placed on top of our china cabinet next to a picture of my grandparents.

A wreath I found at Goodwill for 2.99 (I saw a similar one at a store on sale for 24.99!). And finally, more glittery, snow-kissed branches made their way onto my dresser too...

We plan to buy some new Christmas ornaments and decorations once the holidays are over and everything is on sale. But I will always remember this patchwork Christmas and how much fun it has been to create our very own celebration.


  1. Everything is just beautiful, you have a lovely home. Love your tree. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. What sweet and elegant decorations~
    I LOVE the sweater cover for the pillow~ That is just amazing...and so beautiful!
    Merry Christmas~ Maria

  3. Beautiful and chic! I couldn't believe there were 846 linked in with Nester! I clicked on yourse because you were last on the list (at 9:00 at least!) Adorable! Merry christmas!

  4. Beautiful wreath and great cushions! Beautiful job!!

  5. Thank you all for the lovely comments! I'm still new at blogging, and it's so much fun to see all the gorgeous decorations from all over the place!

  6. Your home is lovely! I adore your sweater slipcovers and I think the painted branches is a craft my kids would love to do.

    Thanks for sharing - Merry Christmas!



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