Repurposed Christmas On Pearl Street

Super Simple Holiday Home Tour

Christmas is almost here!!  I am so excited!!  I can’t wait to see my kids and grandlittles all under the same roof and opening presents!!  It’s the joy and excitement on their faces when they open their presents that makes all of the preparation worth it!

I spend a lot of time decorating, not because I have 10 trees and a 100 boxes of ornaments or all new decor to set up, but because I want to make what I have look perfect and different from last year.  I may add a new piece (purchased or handmade) each year, but I use the same decor year after year.  Who can honestly afford to get new each year?!  Not this girl!!  So I get creative and switch things up.

I am so excited to join with my blogging friends to bring you a glimpse of “real life” Christmas with our Super Simple Holiday Home Tour.  Homes that are filled with spouses and kids and dogs that really live in the spaces we create!!  Sit back, grab a coffee or wine, and enjoy these wonderful home tours all shared for you at the end!!



Not so effortless decorating

The first things I worked on decorating were my mantle and my table.  After 3 different tries (and 4 days! Christmas decorating is NOT effortless and don’t let anyone tell you it is!) I finally settled on how I wanted the mantle to look.

It looked way to bare without garland hanging from it, so I hung the lighted garland and then put another section on the mantle.  I don’t have anymore lights so I added shiny Christmas balls to brighten it up.

All of the Christmas balls were purchased about 6 years ago on clearance after Christmas (that is THE best time to pick up deals on decorations).  They have held up pretty well so far and the ones with paint coming off, well I just put them to the back or turn the ball so you can’t see it.  I may get motivated next year and spray paint them all…maybe.

The print in the frame I got for free on the internet, and my Nutcracker is the newly purchased addition this year (but he was 1/2 off so I got him on the serious cheap!!)

Merry and Bright, Christmas on Pearl Street


Decorating our home for Christmas

decorating our home for Christmas

Decorating our home for Christmas

Decorating our home for Christmas

I put more Christmas balls in this old ammo crate along with some pinecones and made the jute tree sitting next to it.  Less is more I say.

decorating our home for Christmas

The heart of our home

Come on into the family room.  This is where we spend most of our time and this where everyone will be hanging out on Christmas.

I have wanted a fully flocked tree now for a few years.  Decorated with all white decorations…but that is just not in the budget.  So I set up the tree and then flocked it myself with poly fill, you can see how I did it in this POST.

decorating our home for Christmas on a budget

Then two of my grandlittles came over for a sleep over and put all the decorations on it…it had sat undecorated for a week.  I knew they would love doing it and it would knock one thing off my to do list.

Decorating our home for Christmas

Decorating our home for Christmas

They did a pretty good job!  I only moved a few ornaments, no one looks at the back of the tree anyway hahahahaha!  In order to give it a different look this year, I added the fabric garland (FYI, do that first) and called it done.

decorating our home for Christmas

Decorating our home for Christmas

As you can see, no presents are wrapped yet.  I am such a procrastinator!

I filled my carpenter’s box with greenery and even more Christmas balls and decorated the shelf my hubby and I put up when we first built this room addition.  Don’t you just love the wooden Christmas tree my hubby made from left over trim?  It was the perfect finishing touch to that shelf.  If you want to make one of your own head over to my friend Toni’s blog Small Home Soul to see how she does it.  It is super easy and so creative!!

Decorating our home for Christmas

Decorating our home for Christmas

Oh, and I did mention dogs…these poor little guys were really tired of me rearranging everything!

decorating our home for Christmas

There is also the slew of projects I wanted to do, but didn’t get done.  Working full time is an extreme deterrent to finishing everything you want to do!!  This poor drop cloth fabric will be pillows one day, just not for this Christmas, unless I do some serious focusing this weekend!!  Who am I kidding…I still have to wrap presents…priorities!!

decorating our home for Christmas

The moral of this story and home tour…you can decorate on a budget, with the same items each year and make them look new.  Real life is about the time spent with family, not the price tag or quantity of your decor.

Please don’t forget to visit the beautiful homes of my friends below!!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!

XOXO Susanne


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  1. Susanne, I love your beautiful grandlittle helpers and your puppies! And especially your tips for using online prints to brighten up. That ammo box and the toolbox with pinecones…nice touch! I am especially grateful that I am not the only one with fabric awaiting the magic pillow making elves! Wonderful glimpse of your beautifully decorated home! Fun tour!

    1. Thank you!!! Please let me know if those elves make it your house!! The little buggers sure skipped out on me, lol!!

  2. You already know how much I love all your holiday touches. You can tell you are very intentional with everything you do.

    PS…feel free to decorate my mantel. It’s a thorn in my side.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sweet Friend.

    1. I would happily come visit you in Texas!!! We could go to the Silos too 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet words, Merry Christmas to you!!

  3. I want a flocked tree too (maybe I will find one on clearance after Christmas!) ! I love how the “snow” you added glows with the lights, beautiful!

    1. I will be keeping my out for one too Stephanie!!! If not a friend shared a product to use that will look just like the real thing. I will share it with you 🙂

  4. Your home is so pretty decorated for Christmas. I love the flocked tree and also your pugs!! Have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Sherry!! If it can’t tell, they are a teensy bit spoiled, lol!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  5. I totally love your super simple approach to Christmas decor. And yet you have such a festive and fun home. I bet your grands were thrilled to help you with the tree —and isn’t that what it’s all about? Plus —you can send me your dining table arrangement any old time. LOL…. You know how much I love it. Merry Christmas dear friend. XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you sweet friend!!! The girls were super excited to help and I didn’t have a heart attack over them putting all the same color together, lol!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Susanne…your mantle is amazing and I am so in love with your flocked tree. It looks stunning! Thanks for giving me so much inspiration to change things up and move things around.

  7. Suzanne, your home is so lovely and I love your mantel! And your grands helping you decorate the tree is just the sweetest. Merry Christmas to you!!!

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Sarah!! I am surprised I didn’t have an OCD meltdown wth them decorating, but I didn’t…everything is so much different with grands 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  8. Susanne, it’s all so lovely. I love your “focked tree” and of the mantle is just beautiful. I do have some ornaments that have a little paint missing. I think that gives them character 🙂 the ammo box on your dining table is just perfect with a little holiday cheer and of course you know I love that jute tree. One of the things I regret is not getting some styrofoam tree forms so I could do a few things crafty to them this year. Thanks for the shout out about my Woodentree, I think I might cut the top piece off of mine because I like how yours is better 🙂

    It’s all very lovely and I’m excited for you to have your whole family with you this year gathered around that beautiful tree in your home!

    1. Awe thanks for the compliments Toni!!! I wanted to make a few more of the jute trees too, but time just got away from me. I think I will start after Christmas this year to get ahead on my holiday projects for next year…maybe 😉 Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  9. I just love that little wooden Christmas tree! And all of the wooden touches, so cozy!!

  10. I agree holiday decorating does take a lot of time and there are always more projects on the to do list. I’m impressed that you have a full-time job and still have the time to blog.Pretty amazing!!! Your mantle looks perfect and I agree with Lisa it is difficult to decorate a mantle well. There is an art to it for sure.

    I enjoy seeing your grandlittles (cute title) and I see a lot of our blogging group loves our fur babies 🙂 Happy Holidays

    1. Thank you Tonya!! Thank you for visiting, I wish I could ditch the day job and do this full time…some day 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  11. Lovely tour and I love the wooden tool box. I need one! lol

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