Hello there, friend! If you haven’t visited me before, my name is Jennifer, and I’m so excited to take you on a tour of our house on Derby Lane! With the holidays just around the corner, I have been pulling out storage bins and decorating for Christmas a little bit at a time. Welcome to our humble home, nestled in a small suburb just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Close enough to the convenience of a metropolitan city, but far enough that the land around us is populated by farms, schools, and beautiful communities.
Please come inside and look around….
Our home is approximately 13 years old and it was designed in the château french country-style. We moved-in about two years ago — me, my husband, our daughter and two sons, and our cat. This is our foyer, with my husband’s home office behind the french doors on the left, and our dining room is on the right. I have decorated three separate corners of the entryway in mostly traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and buffalo check (my favorite). My theme for the foyer this year is more of a rustic/vintage Christmas look.
When we first moved-in, this was a giant, bare wall. So, I made this mirror to cover a lot of empty space. This foyer table is from Target and I really love the size of it and the distressing of the finish. The large, lidded basket is from Pottery Barn. The ladder and the two olive buckets are from World Market. The two buffalo check throws, fur stockings, medium-sized basket, snowballs, white marble tree, the hand-carved wooden bowl, gold moose, and the wooden NOEL sign are all from Target.
In this corner, we have the wall-mounted coat rack I made from old barn wood and some vintage-styled hangers. The small, distressed bench was purchased at Hobby Lobby. And, the cute moose pillow is from Target. Both jute rugs in the foyer are from Overstock.com.
Finally, the right side of the double-doors is decorated with two daytrip-lidded baskets and the Moran coat rack from Pottery Barn. The red and green throw, the Christmas bells, and the santa hat are all from Target.
Here are a few close-ups:
As you leave the foyer, you walk right into the living room. Since the wall and trim colors in here are so dark, I wanted to brighten up the room by adding white, bright decorations to the tree and to the mantel.
For this tree my theme is red, white, and black. I don’t know why I am so obsessed with black and white buffalo check this year, but I am loving the contrast with my reds and greens. I used black and white buffalo checked ribbon from amazon.com as garland to wrap around the tree. The red, white, and gold ball ornaments are from many years ago. The buffalo checked ornaments, large, fluffy snowflakes, the snowman, and the two pillows in the chair are from Kirklands. The white, cozy throw is from Pottery Barn. The large, white, acrylic snowflakes and the buffalo checked gift wrap are from Target. For the white gift wrap, I just used the back side of some old wrapping paper I had.
For the fireplace mantel, I made the large, white backdrop and the Joy to the World sign. The pine garland, small tree in a basket, red and black check scarf, white porcelain houses, and the black and white stockings are all from Target. I really love these stockings and I think they brighten up the entire living room.
This cute little guy throwing the snowballs, is from Kirklands. He is sitting on one of my antique milking stools that I picked-up from a flea market. Under the white present is a wood slab from our yard that I sanded and coated with clear polyurethane. I use those all over the house. I think they add such a nice, rustic element to any room.
Most all of the pillows on the couches are from Kirklands, and the faux Poinsettias that are placed around, and the berry garland over my mirrors are all from previous years. I’ve had the gold reindeer with the greenery and bow for about 15 years. I just change out the bow if my color scheme changes.
The round mirror over the white loveseat was marked down many times at a consignment store and I brought it home and painted it to match the built-ins. I made the two rustic wall plaques on either side of the mirror and added wire baskets to the bottom and attached Pottery Barn hardware and iron and glass candle holders to each one. The two lamps on either side of the love seat are from Target.
On to the coziest place in our home — the family room. This room is my favorite because of the cushy, leather couch with the recliners on each end. And, there are huge windows in here, so we can watch wildlife in the back yard and look out at the lake — it almost feels as if you are sitting outside. So many things in here I’ve had for ten years or more. I made the “All is Calm” wooden sign. The deer head pillow and fireplace basket are from Kirklands. The woodland animal stockings and fur stockings are from Pottery Barn. And, finally, the two red wreaths are from Target. I use the same Christmas decorations every year, and throw-in a few new, small items if I find something really cute.
There’s just a small tree that we use in here, since this area gets a ton of traffic from the kids, their friends, and our pets. This tree is decorated with little woodland animals, buffalo checked wood signs, pinecones, stars, and burlap ribbon. My husband would prefer NO tree in here, so our compromise is a small, slim tree. It’s pushed out of the way of foot traffic, and it has just enough glowing lights to make it more cozy in here at night.
Here are a few photos of the Mudroom, Kitchen, and Master Bedroom.
Just off of the kitchen is our covered porch. We spend a lot of time out here, even in December and January. It doesn’t get extremely cold here, and we have the fireplace and a kerosene heater to help keep us warm. The kids love to curl-up, watch movies, and make S’mores over the fire. It’s a favorite of all their cousins, too!
And, just for fun, I wanted to share my Santas and Byer’s Carolers that I have been collecting for many years. For me, the older they are, the more cherished they become. It’s fun to display them around the house as part of my Christmas decorations. I hope to one day pass them down to my kids, and then to their kids, and so on. Hopefully, they will love their chipped faces, yellowed clothing, and dusty details as much as I have!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will visit again soon. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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