Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Blogger Stylin' Home Tours: The Thriftress

You guys.  I am so excited today to be part of the Christmas Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co.   If you are popping over from Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof, thanks so much for stopping by!

This home tour commitment has been a real blessing this year.  It has helped me to get the house decked out earlier than usual so we can enjoy it!  Especially since we will be out of town on Christmas.

Our family room has a high beamed ceiling and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace covering two thirds of one wall.  It lends itself nicely to a cozy lodge look and we love to be cozy in the room where we spend most of our time!
I usually accessorize with aqua and yellow in this room but for Christmas it's all red, white and gold.  I made these red plaid pillows this year by stuffing Target placemats with polyfil.
When it comes to decorating the mantel, as you can see I have to go big!  I scored the wood star from a friend's shop.  The original raw wood wasn't popping against the stone wall so I dry brushed the star with Pearl Plaster for a nice sheen.
I added more red to the room by mixing two new fair isle stockings in with two of our white fur ones. Love them with the alternating red and silver initial tags!  (Tip: I stuffed cardboard in the stocking to keep them from looking a little limp.)
I added a line from O Holy Night to the chalkboard to tie in with the big star.  I also wrapped red flannel ribbon around my white and gold vases for a little more color.  The white branchses were a great deal at Home Depot.
The coffee table has more red accents.  A red tray with a super cool graphic black and white candleholder from Ikea, red and gold ornaments and a bit of greenery from the yard.
The tree - we only have one this year since we will be away - is also in the family room.  The decorations are red, gold, rustic and woodland.  And this year Santa is keeping watch too!  I scored the vintage blow mold at the thrift store last year.  Love, LOVE him.

The tree may be in a galvanized tub but I love using my no sew red felt and burlap tree skirt underneath the tub too!
I wanted to try out Jesse's Easiest Tree Garland Ever this year to add extra dimension to the tree.  But grape vine wreaths were sold out.  Clearly everyone is reading Scout and Nimble and there's now a grapevine wreath shortage!  I had to settle for grape vine garland which is just not as beefy.  Next year I'm getting my grape vine wreaths early.

In the past I haven't done a lot of decorating in the kitchen but recently I added new shelves above the buffet that are perfect for display.

Of course the bull got a Christmas wreath for the season.  I found the Santa placemats at the thrift store. They are the same as the ones my Mom had when I was a kid!
Two of my favs together on the table: ironstone & vintage ornaments!

Over the sink I hung a wreath and snowflake garland in the window.  Snowy trees and a vintage Christmas platter flank the sink as well.  A little Christmas cheer here makes doing the dishes more tolerable.
Our last stop on the tour is the living room which recently went through a fireplace transformation.  I changed up the mantel and bookshelves a bit by adding mercury glass trees, vintage ornaments and a pine branch from the yard.

A simple pine bough is a simple touch of Christmas on the hearth.  I stuck it in a wine jug I was hoarding.  It pays to be both a wine jug chugging wino and a hoarder!
On the shelves and coffee table I used my go to simple Christmas decorating secret - Put an ornament on it!  Or in it or under it!  The vintage ornaments and garlands are from my stash and the nutcrackers are dollar store scores spray painted gold and silver.
My friends on the side table received a vintage shiny brite as well and a snazzy new tray from Michael's.  The lamp is actually a makeover of this lamp.  It recently got a coat of Paris Grey.
Above the sofa is a large world map.  I added gold vinyl letters using my Silhouette to spell out "Joy to the World".  I usually put up my vintage tree in the living room but this year I'm loving this simple touch instead.  So easy to remove when Christmas is over too!
Thanks for joining me for the Christmas Home Tour.  Merry Christmas!
Click here to take the next tour at Sweet Chaos Home.  Be sure to check out all the other FABULOUS tours in the blog hop too!

Lindsay - The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Roeshel - DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
Laura - Finding Home
Jesse - Scout and Nimble
Sarah - Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Angela - Number Fifty-three
Gwen - The Makerista
Brittany - Brittany Makes

Ashley - The Handmade Home
Anneke - This, That, & Life
Gina - Shabby Creek Cottage
Cassie - Primitive & Proper
Caitlin - Desert Domicile
Jenna - Rain on a Tin Roof
Sarah - The Thriftress
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home
Jamie - So Much Better with Age
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color

Emily - Jones Design Company
Jamie - C.R.A.F.T.
Lucy - Craftberry Bush
Michelle - Decor and the Dog
Whitney - The Curtis Casa
Kristin - Bliss at Home
Summer - Simple Stylings
Sarah - Lacquer and Linen
Danika - Gorgeous Shiny Things
Kelly - View Along the Way

Kennesha – Restoration House Interiors
Jenna - SAS Interiors
Chris - Just a Girl
Kelly - Eclectically Vintage
Michelle - Iron and Twine
Amanda - Our Humble Abode
Julia - Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany - Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay - Makely Home
Jennifer - Dimples & Tangles

Shauna - Perfectly Imperfect
Traci - Beneath My Heart
Jen – The Chronicles of Home
Jennifer - Tatertots and Jello
Kristin - Hunted Interior
Eileen - A Creative Day
Gabbi - Retro Ranch Reno
Shannon - Shannon Berrey Design
Lakeitha - Lakeitha Duncan
Kristen - KFD Designs
Jessica - Dear Emmeline
Sarah - Royal Marigold
Carmel - Our Fifth House
Danika - Gorgeous Shiny Things

Thanks for visiting!

Sharing with the Nester's Tour of HomesCoastal Charm's Christmas Home Tour Party and Evolution of Style.


  1. looks awesome! i love how your living room is looking and i love all the plaid touches!!!!
    also if you get a chance can you please switch my name with lindsay's of makely home? we swapped days! :)

  2. I spy THE santa LOL. Love your red plaid throughout and your tree is gorgeous.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. I love your plaid pillows! Everything looks so warm and cozy. Beautiful!

  4. Sarah, this is the first time I've seen your home and it is gorgeous and so cozy! I love all the red and white, too! ;) You make me want to go raid my Target for those plaid placemats...so smart! And those Santa placemats!?! We had those growing up, too!!! My jaw literally dropped when I saw those.... Gorgeous home, gorgeous tour!!!

  5. So much personality! Loving the plaid :) Thanks for joining, Sarah!!

  6. Just beautiful Sarah! And I'm especially loving the joy to the world on the map - genius!

  7. Sarah your home looks so cozy!! The vignette on the shelves in your dining room are my fave! I want your jadeite S&P shakers!! ;)

  8. Everything looks so pretty Sarah!! Love it :)

  9. Love, love, love! That JOY TO THE WORLD sign. Money. You did such a great job, Sarah! Following along officially and so thankful to Lindsay for introducing me to some bloggers that I haven't "met"! Looking forward to seeing more and see you over at my place on Thursday!

  10. Ok so if you happen to come home and notice santa is missing, have no fear! He'll be hanging out with me in Cali for the rest of the season! I just love him AND your gorgeous home.:)

  11. I LOVE that you found those placemats! Thrift me a set, too. Also, the pic at the end with the kids---too presh.

  12. Your home is so beautiful! I love the massive star in your living room and those placemats turned pillows (so clever!). The photo of your kids in front of the tree is the icing on your beautiful home's cake :)

  13. Always a fan of the placemat pillow :) best project ever!!
    Everything looks beautiful. Well done!!

  14. Your home is absolutely gorgeous...and so festive! I love your big star and those adorable stockings. Great tip for the cardboard too! :)

  15. It's so beautiful, all your details! So fun to be on this tour with you ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  16. Everything looks SO good!! :) Love the placemats turned to pillows and the joy to the world map!!

  17. You have such a pretty house & I am just loving your living room...especially those shelves!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-three

  18. Love the plaid Sarah! AND your tree is absolutely GORGEOUS!! xo Kristin

  19. So beautiful! I love the placemat pillows in your living room!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  20. Your house looks so cozy!! I love how you styled the shelves in your dining area and your tree is gorgeous!

  21. Love your living room Sarah ~ it is so cozy and a room I'd love to hang out in!

  22. Love all the plaid in your living room, great tour Sarah!

  23. Your stone fireplace surround is amazing and your home is adorable. Love the living room and all your shelves!!!

  24. A wino AND a hoarder...wow, big time :) I love that you went big over the mantle - you have the perfect ceiling for it!

  25. So beautiful and cozy and festive, Sarah! Your star is to die for and I really love the Joy map. I've got to do that someday!

  26. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


  27. Pretty stockings and the tree looks amazing so lit up! I love the open shelving, too.

  28. I love your star against your gorgeous stone fireplace! You definitely needed to go big or go home - well done! Beautiful tour - thanks for sharing!

  29. Sarah, you have such a cheerful and warm home, I love how you've decorated for Christmas with touches of red in your family room - the color works so well in there with the leather and wood, so cozy!! Thanks for sharing your home!

  30. Thanks for sharing your home - it's beautiful! Love all of the vintage ornaments and your plaid placemat pillows - genius!

  31. First, that last photo must melt your heart - so sweet!! Your family room looks like a big cozy lodge, and you've decorated it beautifully for Christmas! I have a thing for plaid this year, so my eye went right to your pillows and fun accents everywhere! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  32. Beautiful tree. I love that you used a bucket as a tree stand. I actually have a bucket like that and think I might use it on my tree next year.


  33. Wow, it's been waaaay too long since I stopped in and I'm blown away by all your beautiful projects! Your home and blog are both gorgeous and I have so many simple ideas (that I might actually DO) THANKS to you! Love your style! Happy 2014!


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