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Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our home!

Christmas 2017 Entry The Prudent Homemaker

In the urns by the front door, I added some free Christmas tree trimmings and free pinecones. Many places that sell Christmas trees will give free Christmas tree trimmings if you ask.

I hung some wreaths I bought several years ago.

This year, I added the two lanterns by the door. The black one I bought used for $5 earlier this year (it turned out to have a broken hinge, but it still works fine). The red lantern has faux candles inside that don't light up and a crack in the bottom; my mom found it for free at someone's trash last year after Christmas and picked it up for me.

 

Christmas Entry Table and Living Room The Prudent Homemaker

We were gifted this poinsettia a couple of nights ago by some friends who came caroling at our door. I took out the roses and basil from this arrangement (which were done) and put the poinsettia in the middle instead with the dusty miller from our garden and the free Christmas tree trimmings.

Christmas Entry Table and Mirror The Prudent Homemaker

The wreath was a $2 garage sale find in October. I used a ribbon that used to be the drawstring to a pair of flannel pajama pants. The pajamas wore out years ago but I kept the ribbon. The urn was an $8 garage sale find in October.

Christmas 2017 Piano The Prudent Homemaker

 I bought our Nativity set 16 years ago with my husband at Walmart for our second Christmas together.

I hung the star music garland that I made for another Christmas. I used a vintage fur collar from my grandmother on the bust, and I added pinecones to the urns.

The Christmas book is one from which my daughters are currently playing. We sing Christmas carols every night as a family starting the first of December, and sometimes one of my daughters will play for us when we sing. I have been enjoying hearing them practice their Christmas music all month.

Christmas 2017 Living Room The Prudent Homemaker

A woman who works with my husband gifted him the beautiful live wreath that is hanging in the large window. I have two small wreaths in the end windows,  but I wanted another in the middle window. One day I hope to purchase a large faux wreath for this space.

Our tree is a beautiful faux one that we bought 11 years ago from Lowe's. It was the display model and they couldn't find the box. They charged us only $80! (This style of tree retails for $300 to $400).  We have it in a tree stand that is bolted to a little table (the table was free and my husband cut the legs down to make it a bit shorter). Having the tree on the table gives the illusion of a taller tree, and it keeps our toddler from reaching too much of the tree. He can reach the bottom two branches, so we don't have any ornaments on those branches this year. We have eight children, so this arrangement has worked well for us for years to keep the tree and ornaments save from toddlers.

The ribbon and ornaments on the tree are ones we have had for many years.

I made the tree skirt this year from some drop cloth that I had on hand. 

Christmas Gifts Under the Tree The Prudent Homemaker

 I have been wanting reusable boxes for years. I had a few velvet covered ones that were gifted to us years ago. I added the brown ones and the two white and gold ones that are on the table last year (I found them at Target in the gift wrapping section). This year I was very excited to see that Target was offering more reusable boxes in the Christmas section, and they were very similar to the boxes I bought last year. I bought several. I can use these every year for Christmas, as well as for birthdays, without needing to use wrapping paper. Since I hand make gifts and purchase many gifts at garage sales, I don't usually have boxes for my gifts. This will make wrapping so much easier for me every year. 

Christmas Gifts The Prudent Homemaker

I purchased a few spools of ribbon to tie the boxes closed. I also have lots of ribbon that I've saved from gifts we've received in years past that I use to close boxes.

I bought the gold and burgundy faux berries this year from a local Facebook garage sale page for $3 for 12 of them.

I bought some large and regular sized jingle bells this year as well to add to the top of the boxes. They still don't disguise the sound of Legos in the boxes, but they are a fun addition that I can reuse every year.

Christmas 2017 Table Runner 2 The Prudent Homemaker

The small wreaths I have in the windows at the end of the room are faux ones I bought for $2.99 each (on sale at Michael's) several years ago.

The pinecones were gathered from the side of the road.

The faux greens on the table are ones I bought years ago. This is my first year using them on the table; I usually place them on the piano.

The lanterns are ones I bought early in our marriage. The candles I've had for years, as I like the look of them during the day, but we don't use them at night.

The silver-plated bowls and urns are ones I've picked up for $5 and under each at garage sales over the last couple of years.

Christmas 2017 Table Runner The Prudent Homemakerjpg

 I purchased the clementines on sale for $1 a pound, which is a good price here.

Christmas 2017 Table Runner 3 The Prudent Homemakerjpg

The Meyer lemons are from my garden. The beautiful silver reindeer were a surprise gift from a reader who inherited them and didn't have a place for them. She didn't know it, but I had been looking at faux mercury glass deer very similar to these last Christmas. I was so excited to find these in a box from her as they are even better than what I had looked at!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

 

Merry Christmas!

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  • Beth December 24, 2017

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • KathrynH December 24, 2017

    What beautiful decorations: I love the mix of natural decorations with those picked up for pennies :) I love the idea of gift boxes - I'm desperate to cut down on single use wrapping paper and think reusable gift boxes are the way to go; thank you for the tip. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas from the other side of the pond!

  • Terry calkins December 24, 2017

    Brandy. After seeing your garden urn with foliage in it I went out to our yard and cut branches from out pine and spruce trees. They are arranged in a long planter above our roll top desk. I accented them with silk poinsettias left from making wreathes last year. I also ones off our sugar pine and baked them so I could use them in a crystal bowl on the dining room table. I will tuck in some fresh cedar branches for Christmas day. Later I will add some glitter paint to the pine cone tips, adding bows at the top, and they will be ready to decorate next year's packages.
    This year all of our packages were wrapped with paper and ribbon from my stash. I already have some ideas for things I want to make for next year's gifts. The weeks after Christmas, while it is cold and snowy is when I like to see for my gift cabinet. While the pressure is off, and the ideas are fresh. You are a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for all you do. Blessings to your family for a wonderful christmas

  • Mrs T December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas Brandy ! Thank you for showing us your lovely home and thank you also for this lovely blog and the support you give to all who ask. I read this blog every week but rarely comment, however your posts are inspirational and I look forward to reading them. I hope you have a happy holiday season with your family and friends.

  • Hilogene in Az December 24, 2017

    Brandy, thank you for the lovely photos! I kept thinking of Architectural Digest when I was looking at the photos, you have a lovely home and a great eye to see how to decorate. Merry Christmas! You have made the holiday decorations stand out without adding so much that it looks cluttered, which is very hard to do.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    Thank you Hilogene. I designed the wall in the living room --the windows, the molding (I put together 7 pieces for it) and my husband made it happen. He tore out the original wall.

  • Fran Hyam December 27, 2017

    Wow, wow, wow!!! Your husband did the windows and wall after you designed them!!! Wow yet again!!! Any chance of you doing a post and pics of the process and how you went about this amazing job between you. I know that such a post is not quite the style of your blog as usually it's so darned eye candyish, but I do love practicalities too and would love to know how you two achieved this stunning result.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 28, 2017

    We changed the wall 11 years ago, before I had a website. I didn't take any before and after photos. I wish I had! We made a lot of changes to the house when we bought it. Unfortunately, it would be impossible to show what we did without photos of the process.

  • PennyP December 24, 2017

    Happy Christmas to you Brandy and the family and a happy and healthy 2018. Thank you for the tour of your beautiful decorations. Kind regards to you and all your readers.

  • Nicole December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas Brandy and blessings to your family from mine. Thank you for another year of sharing encouraging posts on living life fully.

  • Roxie December 24, 2017

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Your home is so beautiful. Merry Christmas.
    (where do you store all your Christmas items the rest of the year?)

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    Roxie,

    Our house has neither and attic nor a basement, so keeping decorations to a minimum is imporatant to me.

    I have 2 12-gallon boxes in the garage on a shelf that have ornaments, the faux greens that are on the table, the tree ribbons, and our stockings. The nativity set and two more ornament boxes fit on top of those in the garage. I also have another box for Christmas lights, but our lights are so old that they are no longer working properly. I hope to replace them in the future.
    The tree and table with the tree stand fit in the rafters in the garage (we bought a tree storage bag for the tree). The wreaths are in large garbage bags stacked in my closet.
    We pick up the pinecones every year from the side of the road under a pine tree in the neighborhood.
    The gift boxes are stacked in my closet. Some will fit inside each other. I'll need to do some rearranging this year now that I have more boxes, but I will also use them for birthdays and I want to be able to get to them throughout the year. The ribbons and jingle bells can easily fit inside a box, and the faux berries inside another.

  • Heather in L.A. December 26, 2017

    Brandy,
    In reference to your Christmas lights going out. If it is the tree lights that need replacing, I suggest using icicle lights with green wires and white lights. I decorated 50+ trees this year and if it is a faux tree that is not prelit, those are my choice for ease of decorating and more control over the lights. Just string them like normal and tuck the “icicles” in and around branches. I use less strands that way and get more lights from it. Thanks for all you do, not just sharing your life with us, but providing a platform where folks all over the globe can exchange ideas and encouragement. I view what you do as a ministry.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 28, 2017

    It was a prelit tree, but as the lights died a couple of years ago, we undid all of the lights and used old strands we have. By replacing fuses, we had a lit tree this year. The lights are staying on the tree unless they don't work next year :)

  • Peggy Ann in CT December 24, 2017

    Simply lovely! Thank you Brandy for sharing your home decor with us. And thank you for hosting this site. For years now I have been inspired and comforted by those sharing their frugal ways. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And Merry Christmas to this family of online friends. May you all continue to be blessed as you have blessed others.

  • Darcy December 24, 2017

    What a beautiful home you have Brandy! Thank you for the tour. I am pinning your post as I have gotten some good ideas I want to remember for future holidays.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    Thank you for pinning it!

  • Gaila December 24, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your home with us Brandy! Your decor is timeless and elegant. As usual you inspire us all to use creativity and ingenuity in creating our own elegant looks for our homes. This year I have been really in to decorating and found that many simple items could make a wonderful display. I was laid off from my job in September and my last day at work was the week before thanksgiving. I have found that with the extra time I slowed down and really enjoyed decorating for the holidays. My house has never looked so festive!! It has been a reAl blessing. I have made more gifts which helped me stay within my budget for the first time in years. Seemed that in years past I would run out of time to finish all the gifts I had planned to make then at the last minute I would find myself running out to buy gifts to finish out my list. This year I had all of the gifts completed , wrapped and ready for more than a week! Merry Christmas to you and your family

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    Wow! Good for you!

    I always make a long list of gifts to make, but I can never complete the whole list. Items get moved to children's birthdays instead!

  • Maxine December 26, 2017

    Brandy, I gathered that life got in the way of all of the Gift a Day presents you planned to make. I am also guessing that you made some gifts that you've done in previous years. Even without tutorials, I'd love to see a list of what you ended up making this year. Then we can cross-check with Gift a Day posts if we want to see how it is done. I just love knowing what everyone has done!

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