Thursday, December 15, 2016

Our Christmas Farmhouse

It's our second Christmas in this house. The entire time we were building I thought about Christmas decorations. Where the trees would go, where I would put garland, what I would put on the mantle, how I would decorate the outside.. That's the fun part.

This tree... I love this tree each year. White lights, bright reds and greens and silver. All of the special ornaments that mean so much to us are so much fun to get out each year.

I'm missing my tree skirt in this photo... 
Before I get any farther take a look at my little Santa babies... Ignore the black border - its a cell phone photo, but how sweet are they? The oldest is my sisters girl, Ella and the baby is my brothers little girl Palmer, otherwise known as my sweet pea. 

Back to it... Molly's dog bed and some festive toys. She ripped the alligator with the Santa hat the shreds before I could get a cute photo.

That pillow is so sweet.... If Pottery barn sells something hat has a yellow dog of some sort on it - you can guarantee I will purchase it.


I love Christmas Trees - and there are currently 5 in our house - but I also like to keep the decorations pretty simple and minimal. In my laundry room I have some simple paper whites growing away. They love the light coming in from that window.

Simple faux boxwood wreaths tied with red satin ribbon for our 'mudroom" area.... That actually never really has mud. ;) Garland on top with nutcrackers from my mother in law...
My garland looks a little wimpy here in the photo, I think the right side has fallen back some.

We purchased another 9 foot Christmas tree this year. Believe it or not my farmer actually loves the trees as much as I do. He even Facetimed me while I was at work and he was in the store picking this one out. But he did come home never ever wanting to go to Hobby Lobby ever again. ;)

This is an oversized tree. Large ceramic glazed lights, large oversized candy ornaments and candy canes and large white glittery picks. Its hard to tell in the photo because it doesn't photograph well, but this really is a fun tree. 

If you follow me on Instagram you know that Trader Joe's is my new favorite place... I got a ton of fresh greens there last week for a little Christmas Party we had last weekend. great blooms that are really cheap. I just loved it there. Did I mention how cheap it was. Tis the life a farmer at the end of the year. ;)

Preserved boxwood wreathes (that we still have from our wedding) hang on the hutch doors with a  thick red satin ribbon. 

These old fashioned Santa plates are from Pottery Barn. I exchange these plates out for each season, next up are white plates with bunnies. ;)

I shared this photo on my Instagram this morning - I love this sign from my friend Mandy's shop called Flawed to Fabulous.... It's so perfect for this spot.
Ignore my boiling pot of water on the stove - I think this is red beans and rice that I'm making... ;)
My table decorated with my Christmas dishes passed down to me from my mom.. 
A peak into the living room... My tree still with no skirt and Gilmore Girls playing on the tv. #reallife
My staircase.... Wrapped in over 100 feet of garland with simple red satin ribbons tied. 

My farmers office has a tree too... Muted green, gold and brown ornaments adorn this tree.

Another peak at both trees from the front of the house. 

Upstairs we have a tree with colored lights and bulbs. It needs a little white or silver I feel like to really stand out.... But for this year it will do.

A picture of the whole room. Such a sweet little area.

That's all I have for this year. I will be sharing photos of our Linebach cookie making and packaging project this weekend - perfect ideas for gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, etc...

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Farmhouse Holiday Sangria

Sangria and I go way back.... I have a different recipe for most every season. Remember my summertime and Fall sangria I posted earlier this year?

 And sometimes I make up recipe with different wines, juices and fruit at home. You can't really go wrong. It's the perfect drink to mix up if you are having some girlfriends come over. It's chilled, sweet(ish), and always a little festive/fancy. 

These carafe's (purchased at IKEA) are the perfect little serving item. They're so fun and add a special little flair. At brunches I've served juices from them and tied a colored ribbon around them. 

Add a handful of fresh cranberries. Then one apple

Pour in your wine...White Grape Juice, Club Soda and Sugar. 

Then add your sprig of rosemary.

Grab a couple of glasses and the perfect entertaining tray (like this perfect find at Home Goods)

Farmhouse Holiday Sangria


1 Apple
1 Heaping handful of cranberries
1 Large Fresh Rosemary Sprig (and more for garnishment)
1 Bottle of Pino Grigio
1/2 Cup of White Grape Juice
1/4 cup Sugar
1 can Club Soda

Monday, October 31, 2016

Farmhouse Decor

Farmhouse Fall Decor... I had every intention of posting this about a month ago, to give you all decorating ideas for you to use in your own home.... Then October happened - and we were OH SO BUSY. I think Fall has been busier than our Summer was.  And of coarse, everything sort of revolves around Harvest this time of year. So things like blogging, giving my dog her monthly medicine and still trying to keep up with mowing the grass once a week seem a lot harder.

Fall, like every other seasonal decor (except Christmas and my 4 trees) I like to keep pretty simple. In fact, I think my outside is decorated more than the inside is. Simple bundles of wheat and pumpkins here and there are my go-to.

I'm loving this basket hanging on the door as opposed to a wreathe. It was beautiful filled with red geraniums all summer. 

Our entryway - I still love that I'm using this dresser as a table. I get so many compliments on it, but the dark wood is stunning.

My farmers office is basically the same..... just a pumpkin added to the table.

Over the summer I purchased this pitch fork and thought it would be perfect for this office - and it is.... I'd also like to find a shovel.

The gallery wall of farm photos is my favorite - and always gets a lot of looks from new visitors. 

Burlap Harvest pillow on the extra bar stool that doesn't fit around our island. We use it when we have people over and need it but this is the perfect spot for everyday use.

Bats on the fireplace.... The cutest. 

Simple pumpkin under a glass cloche.

I only decorated with a few corn stalks that we picked early to check on yields - with these prices you take all you can to the elevator. ;)

My favorite candle - Orange and Clove.. it can be purchased at Nell Hills at Briarcliff in Kansas City.

I'm dreaming of a big, cozy creamy linen blend sofa... A few years ago this leather bulky thing seemed like a good idea. And it hardly gets sat on so I have a feeling it will be around for a while. ;)

Those bundles of wheat are from my Aunt's farm in Warsaw, MO. She gave them to me last year and they are just so perfect. They kept great and I love the "messy" bundle look as opposed to the perfect bundle of wheat. It gives it more of a rustic, real look. 

For normal day to day this big pumpkin is our table centerpiece. Nothing much but just perfectly simple for this space.

I started hanging plates here last Spring. I had 6 little white plates with bunnies not he from Pottery Barn and I knew I wanted to hang them somewhere. Over the fall I had adorable plates with Cherries on them and these Sparrow plates I got at Nell Hills are perfect for fall. They are a little more "halloweenish" than fall but I do love the simplicity of the white plate and simple design.

And to add a little "fancy" to the table. I love this design because it is still so simple and makes a statement. 

It was fun to photograph.

And last but not least - our back mudroom area. Summer sunglasses and hats get replaced with fall boots and scarves. And in true real life - my Nike shoes and pineapple flip flops made it into the picture down below. They do get "stashed" there daily. It's easy to slip on when i take the dog outside. 

Well that's it for the Fall Farmhouse Tour... I hope that you all have had a great Fall and a very bountiful Harvest.

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