12.17.2013

Our Christmas Home Tour: The Deets


Since taking you on my Christmas home tour earlier this week, I've gotten several emails with questions about our holiday decorations so I thought I'd share some sources with you today. The most asked question was about this adorable hot cocoa chalkboard sign:
I wish I could say that I created it myself but it's far beyond anything I could do with a piece of chalk. It's a print that I bought {here} from Etsy shop Lily & Val. Their shop is definitely worth checking out - it's full of the most amazing chalkboard art prints! After Christmas, I'm thinking about replacing the hot cocoa print with this coffee one since I'm planning to move our coffee maker over to that side of the kitchen. And because I am not a nice person without my morning coffee:
The barnwood frame surrounding my hot cocoa print is from Hobby Lobby - it held one of the DIY ticking stripe bulletin boards in our old house - remember these?
I actually kept the fabric covered bulletin board intact (I haven't given up on finding a home for it in our new house) and adhered the print to the front of the frame with a glue dot in each corner. 

I have another chalkboard print over our fireplace: 
This one is from Dear Lillie {here} - it's a $9.95 download that I had printed at Staples as an engineering print for under $5. Dear Lillie has a great tutorial {here} about how to have it printed out and how to create your own frame for the print. Doing an engineering print worked out great because the white streaks from this lower quality print help make it look like an actual chalkboard with chalk marks on it and you can't beat the price for a 24 x 36 print. But I wouldn't use an engineering print for any other type of art because of the streakiness.

There was one question about the greenery and wire basket that we have as a dining room centerpiece:
Those are preserved boxwoods that actually came in the wire basket - the whole shebang was $50 at HomeGoods. As you can see from my Instagram pic, I also scored on the birch wrapping paper and a cutting board hostess gift that day:
I've never had preserved boxwoods before so I have no idea how long they will last but I'm hoping to be able to use them well beyond Christmas. Any tips for prolonging their life??

On to a question about one of the Christmas presents that was stacked on the chair in our dining room:

Someone wanted to know where I got the black herringbone ribbon on the bottom present:

That's actually a cut strip of burlap - have you seen all of the amazing burlap designs at Joann's lately? I picked up a half yard of this burlap herringbone fabric there a few months ago but it didn't work for the project that I had in mind. 
I found it when I was digging around in my ribbon drawer and ended up cutting the burlap into strips, pulling several strands off both edges to create some fringe, and then wrapping it around the present like you would with ribbon. I love the look and hope to do the same thing with other fun burlap patterns next year.

Finally, a few people were wondering about the source of the jingle bells on our chandy:

I got the jingle bells by cutting apart this garland that I bought from Restoration Hardware on clearance after Christmas two years ago:  
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like RH is selling them anymore. Vintage looking jingle bells are a hard thing to find - do any of you know of a source?

That's it for my house - I hope that you've been enjoying all of the homes on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. Pam's house yesterday was amazing wasn't it?! If you haven't seen it yet, definitely jump over to Simple Details {here} so you don't miss out.  Pam combines elegance with touches of whimsy (she has the most fun leopard print details!) like no other. Here's a little taster of her gorgeous home all decorated for Christmas:


Hope you have a great Tuesday - anyone snowbound again like me?? 
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10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your sources Kris! I'll check it out for sure!

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  2. Thanks for sharing all the details. You really did do such a wonderful job!

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  3. You're too kind, thanks for the super sweet mention!

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  4. I need to get to Joannes for that herringbone burlap now! Love everything Kris….

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  5. I was going to ask you about that hot cocoa chalkboard print, thanks for sharing the source! Love your Dear Lillie print too, the scale of it is great above your fireplace!

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  6. Thank you so much for all of the info....your home is beautiful!
    I would like to ask one more question pretty please.... Where did you find the lovely runner on your dining table? It is gorgeous!!
    Thank you, and Merry Christmas.
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. No problem - it was from Crate & Barrel last year - I never even made it to a Crate & Barrel this year so I don't know if they still carry the same style or not. Thanks for the sweet comment and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  7. I just love it when I hear that someone got most of their greenery from their yard. It looks really beautiful. -Caitlin

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  8. I've had a couple of preserved boxwoods for over a year now and they still look great. I think mine came with instructions to spritz them with water ever so often and that's been working for me! P.S. Wish my presents looked that pretty!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip on the boxwoods Luisa - I have a knack for killing plants so I need all of the hope I can get. Happy holidays!

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