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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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  • robyn December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas Brandy to you and yours!!!! Your blog is a constant GIFT to me and inspiration to be a better wife, grandmother and homemaker!! God's Blessings on you all! In Him!

  • Becky @ Becky's Place December 24, 2017

    Brandy, it's all so very lovely. Have a beautiful holiday season with your family, and thank you for sharing.

  • Tina December 24, 2017

    Your home is always decorated so elegantly and beautifully. I know you were pleasantly surprised and touched for the beautiful reindeer gift.

  • Cindi December 24, 2017

    Thank you for the tour of your home. It was so fun and inspiring to see how you have decorated for very little money, but to lovely effect. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas -- as I'm sure you will.

  • Very pretty! Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Loyda December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas from Arizona ! Beautiful decor and home!

  • Andrea December 24, 2017

    I have never commented on your blog but wanted to let you know sincerely how much I appreciate your frugal creativity and family-oriented mindset. Nice to see someone else who is always looking at items not as a whole (what they are "supposed to be") but as component parts with potential (pj pants tie as wreath holder)! I have a smaller, 1700sf house now, so must be frugal with space even while storing these "parts", or my saving turns into too-many-bins, and hoarding!
    Anyway, I do love your generosity in sharing and hope you have a blessed Christmas season.

  • Karen December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas, Brandy! Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. Your home is gorgeous!

    Quick question - what's the piano book your daughters are playing from? I've been looking for an easy piano Christmas book for my daughter (we have one that is titled "easy" but it's still beyond her abilities at this point). Thank you!

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 24, 2017

    Brandy,

    I feel so blessed to have a tour of your beautiful home! You are so generous in including us in your thoughts and your home.
    A friend is stopping by after her church service today and dropping off some homemade chilli from her open house yesterday. Another friend has made non-allergenic cookies for me (quite the trick with my allergies). And she is dropping off the cookies this morning. I feel so fortunate! There is something about having faith that creates a heart-waring feeling. I'd like to say my thoughts also turn towards Tammy from this blog who has come through an anxious time recently. I'd like to wish her special Christmas thoughts. Tonight, when I enjoy a peaceful Christmas Eve alone, In my mind's eye, I will be picturing your children, Brandy, and yourselves standing around the piano. Perhaps the best frugality, that costs nothing, is a generosity of spirit. Thanks very much. Merry Christmas to everyone.

  • Gail Young December 24, 2017

    What a wonderful post, thank you for all of your ideas, Brandy! Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas, so lovely! Thanks so much for inviting us in. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Much love, from Tennessee ❤️

  • Lilli December 24, 2017

    I am inspired by all the beautiful ideas. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Lori December 24, 2017

    I love your home and all your inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing! One time you mentioned that your husband put polyurethane on your dining table to protect it. Do you happen to have a how-to link for that, or perhaps a future tutorial? I would like to do the same to my table, but my husband is afraid it will ruin the table. More details would put us both at ease! Merry Christmas!

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    It dries clear, so it doesn't ruin the table. There should be directions on the can. It's with the wood finishing products (like stain) in the store. The companies usually have tutorials on their website. It would be impossible to do a tutorial now as the table is done.

  • Terry December 25, 2017

    Brandy--I use a twin quilted bedspread as a tablecloth for my nice wood dining room table. I have received many compliments on it. Just be sure its not too puffy. Blessed Christmas to you and your family

  • Rhonda A. December 24, 2017

    Your home is so beautifully decorated, Brandy. Thank you for sharing how a home can be nicely decorated, even on a limited budget. I hope your children enjoy all their gifts under the Christmas tree!

  • Tami Lewis December 24, 2017

    You have a beautiful home....Merry Christmas!

  • momsav December 24, 2017

    Thanks so much for the tour! I especially liked the boxes that you use over and over. It was an “aha” moment for me! I will be looking for some after the holidays.
    I wish you and your lovely family a peaceful and joyful holiday!

  • Yvonne December 24, 2017

    Thank you for the home tour, Brandy. It is a feast for the eyes!

  • lizajane December 24, 2017

    Beautiful! I love seeing how you've decorated your house. Seems like I never have the time to do things like this in our house, but the reality is that I don't make the time; I'm very busy, but there is no way I can be busier than you are!! LOL Enjoy the holidays with your wonderful family, and thank you for all your inspirational posts throughout the year.

  • Terri C December 24, 2017

    Thank you Brandy for sharing. It's all quite lovely and simple but classic.

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