The Hive Christmas Home Tour 2015- Front Room

Welcome back for our final installment of The Hive Christmas Home Tour 2015.  Our front room is the most colorful and whimsical room in our house at Christmas time.  I love my Christmas ornament wreath that hangs above my piano. 

On the piano I have displayed pictures of Christmas past.  It is so much fun to take them out each year and remember all of our fun Christmas memories.  

I use my front room shelves to display my Department 56 Christmas Village.

The Hive Christmas Tour 2015-Family Room and Entryway

Hello friends!  Welcome back to our Hive Christmas Home Tour 2015.  Today I'm sharing our entry way and family room.  Our home has a very open floor plan so the entry way, family room, and kitchen are all open to each other as you can see by the pictures.  For these rooms I basically stay with the traditional Christmas color scheme of red and green.  


One of my favorite things is our garland on the stairs.  We use this garland to display the Christmas cards we get from family and friends.  We love getting Christmas cards each year!  This is a simple way to display them so that they are easily looked at by even the smallest member of our family.  He loves to recognize loved ones in the pictures.


Our tree has spinning ornaments that are fun. Check out my Instagram feed to see them in action!  Notice the lack of presents under the tree.  I'm so behind this year!  I better get wrapping!


I love to use Christmas books as decor. 


Tomorrow I'm sharing our front room decor.  This is where I change it up a little bit and go with a more colorful decorating scheme.  I also can't wait to share one of my favorite collections with you.  

The Hive Christmas Home Tour 2015-Kitchen

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour!  I wanted to start with the heart of our home, our kitchen. I would describe my Christmas decor style as part vintage, rustic, retro and colorful.  

The focal point of my kitchen is my stove hood.  I've decorated it this year using greenery with various kitchen necessities tucked in .  I've used a retro beater, cinnamon sticks, a vintage Ball jar, a rosemary tree, and a Christmas plate and mug.  Hanging from the garland are homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments and vintage cookie cutter ornaments.  

Filling vintage Ball jars with epson salt, Christmas trees, bells, and ornaments, is an easy way to decorate your kitchen for the season.

These berry branches were perfect for my Christmas tablescape. 

I love tying mini-wreaths on chairs, and hanging them from windows.  This jingle bell ribbon was one of my favorite finds this season.  I found it at Home Goods!!!

I love collecting festive Christmas mugs.  These "Cheeky Reindeer" mugs from Pottery Barn are my all time favorite!  Aren't they darling?  You can spot them throughout my kitchen because I'm obsessed with them. 

I had a strand of vintage Christmas lights (note the little red balls on them) from my grandpa's house and I thought they were the perfect thing to bring a little holiday cheer to my vintage rolling pin collection. 

I hope you enjoyed our tour.  Thank you for stopping by!  Stop back later this week for more of our Hive Christmas Tour 2015.

Spring Wreath

My Spring Wreath and 10 Tips for Making Your Own Spring Wreath

Every time I see my spring wreath it makes me happy!  I just love spring time and to me, it just screams spring!  Spring is one of the best times of the year to create amazing unique wreaths.  There are so many options for fun containers and beautiful spring florals.  Here are my top 10 tips for creating a fabulous spring wreath:

  • Look "outside the box" or "circle" in this case to find a fun container to arrange flowers in.
  • Use a variety of flowers but not too many.  I'd stick with around 3 or 4 different types.
  • Coordinate the color of flowers you use.  You could also use different types of flowers that are all the same color.
  • Use flowers that are different in mass.  Some should be light and wispy, like the white flowers at the bottom of my arrangement and the twigs at the top. Some should be more substantial like the tulips and hyacinth.
  • Choose flowers that will vary in height.  Try to have something tall and wispy, something medium height for the main arrangement and then something spilling over or really low and level with the base.  
  • Keep each variety of flower grouped in a clump.  Clumping them together makes your arrangement more current.
  • Use a variety of textures.  In my arrangement I bring in different textures with twigs, moss, the silk florals and the bow.
  • You don't always have to add a bow, but when you do, keep it rustic and natural.  Burlap, twine and jute are beautiful options.  Keep the colors really natural, especially when using a lot of colorful flowers.
  • 3m Command hanging strips are awesome to hang your wreaths!  I have a clear one on the window to hang this wreath from.  You really can't even see it and I love that you don't have to nail something into the door.
  • Have fun and be creative!  Making wreaths is one of my favorite things to do.  Enjoy yourself!

Stop back tomorrow when I will be sharing some more of my all time favorite spring wreaths.

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