I have a really fun treat for you today! Heather, from The Heathered Nest, is here to share a gorgeous room in her home all decked out for the Holidays!
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are headed our way. I feel like I *just* put the beach towels and swimsuits away. Probably because I DID just put them away…like three days ago. It’s hard to keep up sometimes, right?! But when it comes to decorating for the holidays, I always try to get a jump start because it seems like if I don’t start early the holidays fly by, and I don’t have any time to enjoy the smells of pine needles and cranberries and cinnamon. And I LIKE those smells and all those cozy decorations. So even now, before Thanksgiving, I’m starting to get a few things ready for Christmas…at least in parts of my home. I’m Heather, and I blog at The Heathered Nest. For those of you I haven’t met before, it’s wonderful to meet you, and I’d love to show you around The Nest. Since you’re our guest, I’m going to share the room we’ve made up for you…our guest room.
Welcome! Or as they say out here in the country, “Howdy, won’t ya take your boots off and sit a spell?”
Actually, I’m not totally sure that whole “boot” and “sitting a spell” thing is actually what they say. You see, I’m a city gal transplanted to the country. And so I kind of make this stuff up as I go along. My husband Dave and I bought this home about an hour outside DC last year, and we’ve spent the past year attempting to make it into our rural retreat. An escape from our formerly urban and way-too-fast-paced-life.
Anyways, we promise we’ll be kind and generous hosts. Maybe a tad crazy, as well, but only in the nicest possible way. See, we’ve got fresh towels and soap all ready for you.
We have three small kiddos at home, so most of our Christmas decor is bold and bright. We’re talking colored lights, animated Santas and sleighbells…even a couple of the cheesy outdoor inflatables. I can’t help it, that’s how I remember the halls of my childhood home being decked out, and I gotta say, there’s something beautiful in the madness.
That being said, I do need an escape from the AA-operated dancing Christmas trees and the singing snowmen once in a while, and our guest room is the perfect reprieve. This room is one of my favorite in our home. We installed the barnboard ceiling ourselves…there’s a tutorial on the blog if you’re interested in the how-to.
When we decorate, I like mixing vintage items in here and there when they’ve got a story they tell. Like these Shiny Brite ornaments that belonged to a great aunt. Or a candle with some vintage match books set in a piece from the Christmas tea set my Grandma gave me (it’s not an antique, but I adore it nonetheless).
It’s mostly neutral and natural in here.
And I love that. I think that when the kids are grown, this is the direction all of my holiday decor will head. Plus, this kind of decorating is easy…AND inexpensive. I collected the pine trimmings and pinecones from our own trees. The “Merry” chalkboard banner is from the $1 aisle at Target. I write a different word on there for each season and use it somewhere in the house. I have gotten all kinds of mileage from that $1. Burlap and plaid scarves are my other inexpensive, go-to items for Christmas decor. Both can be used so many ways…table runners, pillow covers, or just a well-placed yet kind of hap-hazard accent, like I’ve done on our ladder below.
It’s soothing to have a relaxed, simple palette.
So welcome, ya’ll. We’re glad to have you home for the holidays.
Come back soon. And if you stick around long enough, we’ll wrangle you into helping with a few chores. There’s always work to be done out here in the country. We’ve got pigs to slop! (Or maybe those are kids to feed). Regardless, thanks so much for stopping in. And from all of us here at The Nest, we hope your holidays are very merry and beautifully bright.
Come see us again anytime! We’d love to show you around the rest of the Nest!
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