In previous year my home got all dressed up for Christmas… starting with the garden, working the way up to my verandah and then inside. I like when you can welcome your guests to your Christmas home with a beautiful vignette.
Now that we live at the resort, we no longer have a front porch or verandah to welcome our guests to our home, so the decorating begins as soon as you pop your head through our doorway from the reception desk.
So… ‘welcome’, please come on in.
This is our shabby white room. In an apartment with small dimensions, sometimes rooms have to be multi purpose… and this one definitely is that.
It’s our entry hall, eating nook, gathering room and passage way all rolled into one. And don’t even ask about the black table in the white room… it’s a story I’ll be sharing with you next week.
Adapting to a small living space was one of my biggest challenges when we first moved to the resort, but downsizing has had it’s rewards and I now quite enjoy the simplified lifestyle. I have to disclose that I do have a large storage unit that has half a house in it, so I get to swap things over and shop my own house for new things all the time.
For Christmas my dresser houses a collection of shabby vintage pretties. There’s a white Santa and a variety of book paper projects. You can get the tutorials on how I made the book paper rose tree here, the vintage birds here and the ‘Believe’ blocks here.
And at night the dresser is all aglow and a pretty welcome to our guests as they enter.
Our wreath got a winter white makeover using icy twigs and dried foliage from our garden and a couple of large white flowers I picked up at a local craft store. To make the icy twigs and foliage I simply applied white glue and dipped in Epsom Salts.
I continued this look up on top of our dresser and also added fresh pine branches. This adds a nice focal point, as the dresser top can be seen when walking up the stairs. It also smells ‘Christmassy’.
Then we have our version of elf on a shelf…. this is Gwendolyn, the good elf!
I thoroughly enjoyed making her.
Personally, I find the ‘Elf on a Shelf’ elf to be a little creepy looking, but we like our Gwendolyn. She gets to move around the room as she pleases and at night she holds a flickering (battery) candle for us.
With limited floor space, I utilize the cavity inside the spiral staircase for our Christmas tree. I’ve kept the tree decorations to a minimum too, because it just feels right for the small space.
I used white and red baubles on the tree this year because the tree leads into our lounge area… which is red! (are you horrified?)
Not a shabby colour I know, but it is a real pop of colour in our shabby white house. We are trying something different this year for the Man-of-the-house… you can see part 1 of my home tour and that red room here.
The lights on the tree are minimal too… for a very good reason. Having a timber lined ceiling and exposed beams means we can easily attach things to it… ours has 300 fairy lights that stay up all year through. They are on a clear cord, so you don’t see them unless they are on.
The garland extends up the staircase to the second level.
We love the twinkling fairy lights on here at night.
Thank you for popping in for my ‘Welcome Home’ Christmas Tour.
I hope you’ll check out my ‘Home for the Holidays’ tour next week, when I will be revealing my new kitchen. I think you’ll be surprised… it’s not what you’d expect from me!
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