Monday, December 13, 2010

christmas home tour 2010

the nester is hosting a
christmas home tour today and i thought it would
 be fun to participate.

living in a smaller space has really changed
the way we live. everything is a bit simpler.
less clutter. everything has a function.

decorating for christmas this year was dictated
by this new way of living.

this is the first view as you enter our cottage.
i am in process of painting
all interior doors and am loving
that the closet door you see as you enter the
house now stands out. on it, i hung some
greens from the yard.

the faux board and batten to the left has
been  a great way to define and add function
to our entry. and for christmas, a simple red scarf.

this room is immediately to the left when you enter
the house. most of my christmas decor
this year was shopping the house and pulling
red in to various spaces, like the pillows in our
family room.

the kids and i also threw up some
christmasy words on the chalkboard.

our mantel, which you can see more of here.

again, just pulled in some red here. a jar filled with a strand of
red wooden beads and one filled with green moss
 and a few small pine cones. the candle
received a burlap and twine treatment like all my candles have
right now.

finding a place for a tree was a real trick in quinby cottage.
our options were really limited unless we wanted to
block our back door, which we did not.
so, we bought a small fakey this year, put it in a large galvanized
bucket and wrapped it in burlap. the tree is simply
decorated with white lights, twine, and ornaments
collected through the years.

we recently did a board and batten treatment in our
hall bathroom as well. i love it. for the holiday's
i just wrapped some greenery from the yard, a bit
of holly and some tree cuttings, with some twine and hung
them up.

i also brought in some red with some
candy canes. you know, because who isn't looking
for some peppermint while using the

over in the kitchen i am just hanging my red dish towels. . .

put out a little holly here and there. . .

and threw some vintage, red crates atop my 

and that's that. 

our simple cottage christmas. thanks for stopping by! 

now go check out all the beautiful homes linked up over at


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the simplistic but stunning decorating and such in your home. It is wonderful!

    Happy Holidays!!! ~ Im a new follower..LOVE this blog!

  2. I LOVE the simplicity you've shown. The simple greens hung from the bathroom hooks and the two soda crates are my favorite touches of all. Lovely!


  3. I love the simple cottage Christmas your board and batten too! ~Deb~

  4. So, so pretty! I love the simple gorgeous touches throughout the home... your beautiful home! Thank you for the great tour.

  5. So darling, everything is festive and cheery! Your house is too cute, can't wait to see more!

  6. Simple is wonderful! I love the stockings hanging by your mantel too!

  7. Your home is lovely. So many great, simple ideas to enjoy.

  8. I really love this simple approach to decorating! Your home looks so cozy and peaceful!

  9. So pretty, Stacy! My favorite is the greenery hung from your bathroom hooks. I love board and batten - very classic and cottage.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Your house is so cute and very flea market chic. I love it!

  11. love your house and your decorating! I am glad that I stumbled upon your blog, I am your newest follower! :)