Fun & Festive Christmas Home

17 December, 2013
Christmas mantle

Sooo…I just realized Christmas is one week away.  ONE WEEK AWAY PEOPLE!  Where in the world have I been?

I know that I have already posted today, but I really wanted to get this post out there…you know…before Christmas is over!  I wanted to participate in one of those blogger Christmas home tours, but sadly they are already over.  *sad face*  Oh well, maybe next year.

*WARNING*  There are probably about one million pics in this post…maybe even one million and one.

I’ve shared a few of our rooms already.  So, let’s see the rest of the hizzy shall we?

Pulling into our driveway, you’ll pass through a couple of brick mailboxes complete with some Christmas-y swag.

mailbox christmas decor

Wow…didin’t realize how disgustingly dirty our mailbox is.

*”Elves at Work” sign found at Kirkland’s this year.

*Swag made from faux garland, mesh ribbon, and ornaments.

Welcome to the Chandlers!

Christmas porch

christmas porch


I made this door garland about 3 years ago.  I tweak it every year, but I think it might be on its last leg.  Mesh just doesn’t pack very well.

Christmas door decor

christmas door decor

christmas door decor

christmas porch decor

*Door mat and elf boot ornaments found at Kirkland’s this year.



christmas porch decor


Christmas porch

Shared on Instagram @luchandler

Well, come on in!  I thought about greeting you at the front door all dressed up as an elf.  Then, decided that might be a bad idea.  A 7 month pregnant Mexican elf might look a little creepy.  We’ll let Bella greet you instead.Christmas home tour


Our entryway is pretty small, but I am happy to have a little room to work with.

christmas entryway


I made this little twig arrangement this year.  I simply stuck a styrofoam ball in the urn and evenly placed the twigs all around the opening.  Then, I filled the empty holes with some berry bouquets I found from a craft store.

Christmas entryway


On the other side sits Miss Curly Toes.  She sits and guards the presents under the trees.  All three of them…  Elves normally freak me out a little, but this one is a cutie…and her eyes don’t follow you as you walk by…

christmas entryway*Elf and hat found at Old Time Pottery

*Pillows from Belks (could DIY these!)

Every year I pull out our yearly Christmas pictures for display.  I have no idea how this tradition is going to work 40 years from now!

christmas pictures

Missing our first year and this years.

christmas entryway decor

Christmas entryway decor

I know this seems like an odd place to put a Christmas tree, but there is really no other place for it.  We normally get a nice 9 footer as our main Christmas tree, but I am the one decorating it and I just really didn’t feel like climbing up and down a ladder.  As you can see, this tree is simple and traditional with red, green, and gold bulbs.

Traditional Christmas Tree


My sad attempt at chalkboard art…

christmas chalkboard

I tried!

Right past our Christmas tree is our Christmas bedroom that I already shared with you.

Christmas Bedroom

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Our main living area…

Christmas home tour

Christmas decor

*Presents found at Old Time Pottery (cheapest place I’ve seen them)

christmas decor

*Christmas pillow from Belk’s.

Craig became obsessed with these snowmen and wouldn’t leave Pier 1 without them.  He really is a big kid at heart…

…but we all already know that don’t we??? 😛

Christmas decor

The little dog in the background is clearly not impressed…

christmas decor

Onto the fun mantle!

Whimsical christmas mantle


That white fluffy thing you see…it was kind of a mistake.  It was meant to be one thing and then it turned into something else.  Oh well!  I ended up wrapping a frame with a string of lights and then I added the “snow” around it.  It probably want make it to the creative frame hall of fame, but it will do for this year. :-)  I do love the garland that I made this year.  It’s just so happy!

Christmas mantle

The ornament tree is really a tealight holder, but I decided it was a little boring so I added the ornaments and of course Santa can’t forget our doggies!
mantle Collage*Dog stocking found at Kirkland’s…man they should pay me for this post!

On the other side of the living area is our more subdued sunroom.  It has been a favorite of yours so far!

Christmas sunroom

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Next up, is our super festive Christmas kitchen!  I had the most fun decorating this room!

whimsical Christmas kitchen

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Very Merry Christmas Kitchen

The dining room

christmas decor

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We are finishing up with the powder room…oh yes…I went there.

pink christmas treechristmas bathroom CollageGo here to see how I made the white wreaths!

Hallway table…

christmas decor

Go here to see how I made the Instagram picture frame!

Whew!  That about does it!  Now…the real question is…who wants to come help take it all down after Christmas??? *crickets*  :-)

It is now probably nighttime by the time you finish looking through all these pics, so let’s see what it all looks like in the dark!

christmas decor

christmas lights



My honey did a great job with the outdoor lights!

My honey did a great job with the outdoor lights!


Thank you all so much for visiting!  I really hope that you enjoyed our fun, festive, and cheerful home as much as we do!

Many blessings to you all this holiday season!!

Christmas family photo




I often share with these amazing peeps…

DIY Project Parade @DIY Showoff
Overflowing With Creativity @It’s Overflowing
Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things
Funday Monday @ Still Being Molly
Give Me the Goods @ Better With Age
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple Crafts
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tutorial and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
Make The Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Project Inspired @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Tuesdays Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
A Little Birdie Told Me Link Party @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Down Home Bloghop @ Tilly’s Nest
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Whimsy Wednesday
Fall into fall Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Work It Wednesday @ Place of My Taste
The 36th Avenue Party Time @ 36th Avenue
Inspiration Gallery @ Craftberry Bush
Inspire Me Please @  Liz Marie Blog 
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now Blog
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time
Link Party Palooza @ Lil’ Luna
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act

Also sharing at the Colorful Christmas Party at Inspired by Charm, Christmas Tour of Homes at Kelly’s Corner, & at Nesting Place, & at Evolution of Style

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  • Reply Jesse 18 December, 2013 at 2:59 am

    So fun and festive, I love it! Also, we should consider doing a link up party together! (Maybe after the holidays are over!) Email me if you want to talk about it! :)

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thank you! And that idea is something to consider! :-)

  • Reply Jennifer Dawn 18 December, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Wow! I’m quite impressed. Your house looks amazing!

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thank you Jennifer!

  • Reply pam ~ crumpety cottage 18 December, 2013 at 4:40 am

    It’s ALL beautiful. I particularly like that you drag out the ‘old’ Christmas photos to display each year. 😀 And the little elf and pillows on the bench below are so cute. For what it’s worth, I think your garland looks great ~ like it’s brand new. From the photos you can’t tell the mesh is anything but fluffy and new looking. Such a pretty job you did. You’ve managed to make every area of your home festive and lively and pretty. Thanks for sharing it.

    Btw, I found you through betweennapsontheporch. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thank you so much Pam! You’re right, the garland doesn’t really look as flat as I thought in the pictures! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  • Reply Mila 18 December, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Amazing pics! Everything is so festive and pretty .Next time post even more pics pls :)

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment Mila! Next time I will post double the pictures and say “Mila made me do it!” Haha!

  • Reply Jenny 18 December, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    What a fun home you’ve created! I really enjoyed looking at your home tour, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:30 am

      I think it’s pretty fun too! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Lynnie 19 December, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I like the front of your house the most and your cute little doggies!

    • Reply Luisa 20 December, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Thank you Lynnie…I’m pretty partial to the doggies as well 😉

  • Reply Kris {Driven by Décor} 21 December, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Luisa, you are just the cutest pregnant mom ever! How you were able to find the energy to decorate every inch of your house when you’re seven months pregnant is beyond impressive! Your house is so beautifully festive – hope you’re having a party or two so people can enjoy it in person! Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Luisa 22 December, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so very much for your sweet comment Kris! Seriously, will probably need a little help taking it all down…ha! Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Reply Jan 25 December, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Visiting from The Dedicated House Make It Pretty Monday. Your Christmas décor is beautiful. BTW, I love the wreaths you made for the powder room. I’m going to try my hand at one next year. Yours are certainly an inspiration. I love lots of lights and I love how they look at night. I sometimes wish we could keep them up all year, but then, they wouldn’t be special anymore then. So I’ll take mine down at the end of January :) Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Luisa 27 December, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thanks so much Jan! I love the lights too! You are probably right though…we probably wouldn’t appreciate them as much if they were up all year long. Hope that you had a very merry Christmas!

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