This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY


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Happy New Year!

Well hello, old friends! It certainly has been awhile. I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging, but I haven’t had time to write and honestly I didn’t have anything to write about. The baby has kept us both pretty busy these past few months. Our home projects have been traded in for diaper changes, feedings, baths, sleepless nights, and snuggles.children-distraction-001I’m certainly not complaining. Our little one truly is a blessing. But I do miss decorating and DIYing and sharing it with you on this little blog.

So for now I figured I’d play catch up and share some of my favorite Fall and Christmas decor that I managed to put together this year. (My apologies if you’ve already seen some of these on Instagram.)fall-living-room-decor fall-vignette-coffee-table fall-mantel-displaychristmas-tree-chalkboard christmas-stockings-staircase christmas-pillows-and-signs christmas-tree-reflection christmas-tree-presentsAlso, I just had to share some gifts I received for Christmas. Check out this crafting apron!crafting-apron party-craft-apronAnd how cute are these chalkboard mugs?!chalkboard-mugs(Thanks, family. You get me!)

Hopefully in 2016 we’ll get back to some more projects. On my wish list: new carpet and couch for our family room, a DIY coffee table with storage, and maybe a new front door. Hey, a girl can daydream!

Wishing you a prosperous, productive, and peaceful New Year!

 


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Christmas Crafts

As if this time of year isn’t busy enough with all the decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking … I decided to throw a few Christmas crafts into the mix as well. I just can’t help myself!

It kind of all started when I saw this cute sign at Marshalls.Rustic Christmas sign found at MarshallsI love its rustic vibe, but I didn’t love its $25 price tag. So I figured maybe I can make something similar.

I ended up using this framed mirror that I had lying around.Three pane mirror with hooks I didn’t want to keep the hooks, so I took them off and filled the holes with spackle. Wood filler would also do the job.Hook holes filled with spackle While I waited for that to dry, I covered the mirror in a brown paper bag and then some burlap. Once the spackle was set, I lightly sanded the entire frame. Then it was time to spray paint!Rustoleum spray painted red frame It only took 2 or 3 quick coats. After it was dry, I reinserted the now burlap backing.Red frame with burlap backing Then I simply used a snowflake stencil that I picked up at Party City for 99 cents. I used white paint I already had on hand and bought a foam pouncer from Michaels for around $2.50. Now granted my sign is a lot smaller than the one at Marshalls, but for less than $5 I’m pretty happy with it!

Eventually I would like to add some wording along the bottom, like ‘Let it Snow,’ but for now it still brings some holiday cheer to our living room.DIY snowflake signSnowflake sign and Christmas decor in living room In addition to the sign, I also made some fun, Origami stars using festive scrapbook paper.DIY Origami Christmas starsOrigami star made with scrapbook paper I’ve only done Origami a few times and the last time was probably when I was in 6th grade! But this video tutorial I found through Pinterest was really easy to follow! If I can do it, so can you!

And last, but not least — I couldn’t resist making some more no sew throw pillows! I followed the same method as my placemat pillows, but this time I used kitchen towels. The red one was actually plain, but I stenciled on a big snowflake!DIY no sew pillows with kitchen towels No sew Christmas throw pillowsIt’s another easy and inexpensive way to add some more Christmas cheer around the house!

If you want to keep up with more of my Christmas decor, please be sure to follow me on Instagram at @oldcolonialhome and check out the hashtag #oldcolonialhomechristmas 🙂

Merry Christmas, my friends!

 


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Colonial Home Christmas

Last Christmas I gave you my heart and the very next day you gave it away … wait, that’s a Christmas song stuck in my head. 🙂 What I meant to type was … last Christmas, I scored some pretty awesome discounted decorations at Hobby Lobby, and I have been waiting a whole year to use them!Christmas wreaths and bows from Hobby Lobby If you’ve been following this little blog for awhile then you may recall that I managed to get 5 plain wreaths, bows, and ribbon for less than $25! I was super excited! What am I going to do with all of those wreaths you ask? Well, we have a traditional center-hall colonial house — so it’s only fitting that we put them in each of the front windows! Like this:

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I absolutely love this look. It’s so classic. Plus, the house looks festive throughout the day, not just at night when the lights come on.

Luckily this decoration task turned out to be easier than I thought it would. All I had to do was attach the bows to the wreaths using the twist ties they come with.Wreath for window Then I just looped ribbon through the wreath and put each one out the top portion of our windows. I simply closed the window on the ribbon and tied a knot on the inside. The hardest part was making all the wreaths even, but all it took was a few little tweaks here and there. And that’s it!

Now we have (in my biased opinion) a stunning, Christmas card-esque house. I just want to stand outside and stare at it!Colonial house decorated for Christmas Colonial house with wreaths in windowsChristmas wreaths displayed in house windowsAs for the rest of the decorations, the wreath on the front door is also from Hobby Lobby. What I love about it is that it’s not just Christmasy and it can stay out all winter long!Front door decked out for Christmas We also added our antique sled that I picked from someone’s curbside trash last year. And I repurposed my metal bucket again, this time to hold some wood, tree branches, and pine cones.Antique sled and birch wood New this year is the little gold tree on our front steps. This was also a trash pick. (I think I have a problem!) I added the red ribbon to tie it in better with the rest of the décor.Gold and red outdoor Christmas tree Along with some lights and candles in the window, that’s all it took to make the outside of our home ready for the holidays. And here’s how it looks all lit up at night.House lit up at night The camera never quite does it justice. Christmas lights are so magical don’t you think? What are some of your favorite outdoor decorations?


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Home for the Holidays

Did any of you score some post-Christmas deals?! I usually avoid the stores after the holidays, but while visiting my parents I happened to see an ad in the paper for Hobby Lobby – 66% off all their holiday decorations! This was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t miss, especially since we don’t have a Hobby Lobby near us in Jersey. My mom was gracious enough to join me, and boy did she help me snag some good deals!

I knew I needed a wreath for our front door. I had picked out a typical green pine one, but she talked me into this one, and I’m so glad she did!

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It’s so unique! The best part – it was originally $70, I got it for $23! Here it is on our front door. I don’t think the picture quite does it justice.

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Since we have a colonial house, some year I wanted to get wreaths to hang on all of our front windows. Well, next year I’ll be able to! I also scooped up 5 wreaths, bows and ribbon for a total of less than $25!

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I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our family for all of their generosity this Christmas. Your thoughtful gifts are truly helping make our house a home. We are so blessed! Here’s just a small sampling (pillows were popular, which is great because they add such warmth!)

It's A Wonderful Life pillow from my husband

It’s A Wonderful Life pillow

Awesome handmade canvas throw pillows inspired by Etsy

Handmade canvas throw pillows inspired by Etsy, as well as a new velvet blue throw pillow

I Love You shams and new yellow throw pillow

I Love You shams and a new yellow throw pillow

We also received several gift cards, which will come in handy as I start to decorate more (look for a gallery wall coming soon hopefully). And we received new light fixtures for our entryway. Check back for that post shortly.

And of course, Christmas wasn’t just about the deals and gifts – it was a chance to celebrate our faith, spend time with our family and friends, and to slow down just for a little while. We hope you were able to do the same!


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Happy Holidays!

We hope your Christmas was filled with many blessings, love and joy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our little family to yours!!

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O Christmas Tree

What is it about Christmas trees? It’s kind of an odd tradition when you really think about it, but there’s just something so magical about them. My husband and I aren’t even around much to enjoy it, but we can’t imagine not having one. So over the weekend, the two of us set out to get a real Christmas tree. We went to a local place, and after about half an hour walking through the rows of trees in the crisp weather we finally decided on this one.

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They strapped it to the roof of our car and off we went back home to decorate it. Once we got it inside, as is tradition, I put on some Christmas music to listen to while we worked. We also had the fire going. There were a few issues with some strings of lights and I had to make an unexpected trip to Walgreens, but otherwise it was enjoyable. I think unwrapping the ornaments is my favorite part. It’s always a surprise – “Oh yeah, I forgot about this one!” And then finding the perfect spot to place it on the tree.

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And just when we finished, it started snowing! I love that! Here’s the final result. I had fun playing around with different camera settings.

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What’s your favorite part about trimming the tree?


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Deck the Halls

Since Thanksgiving fell so late this year, we quickly had to turn from thankfulness to the Christmas craziness. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t allow myself to get into the holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving, even if that does mean there are only 4 weeks left (eek!). That being said, we wasted no time this past weekend getting ready for the first Christmas in our new home.

The first thing I tackled – after cleaning – was the mantel. I didn’t really have a plan of attack. The only thing I knew I wanted to incorporate was a 6-pane window I found in the attic of our garage. So I started with that and worked around it using items I already had. One issue I encountered – there’s an outlet on the wall above the mantel, which you can easily hide with a picture or clock, but with a window, not so much. In comes the “Happy Holidays” sign. I decided to hang that from the window using gift wrapping ribbon and voila, the outlet is now strategically hidden!

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I continued to go through our Christmas storage bins, picking out anything that caught my eye and might work. I used pre-lit garland, candle sticks, my favorite chalkboard platter, and real pine cones left over from my Thanksgiving place card holders! Oh and remember those two wooden sleds I snagged for free (see post here)? I used the smaller one by the fireplace, adding a little faux garland to it. Here’s the final result:

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In the dining room, I changed out the table runner and added a simple glass bowl filled with ornaments. I also put a few decorative items on the ladder shelf, including 3 mason jars with pine cones inside, to carry over from the living room.

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Outside, I used the larger sled on our front steps. I added real pine branches, which I found in someone’s curbside leaf pile, and I used that same gift wrapping ribbon for the bow! I am beyond happy with this decoration. It was completely free!

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without lights! I placed candles in all of the front windows and my husband adorned the bushes. I love white lights, they’re so classy!

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Next weekend we get the tree! What are some of your decorating tricks?