Sorry, but it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. I’m smelling my glorious fresh tree, simmering cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stove (a cheap and oh-so-easy way to get instant Christmas smell), and taking on, as is usual for me at Christmas time, waaay too many projects. And I’m loving every second.


Project run down:

  • desk–almost finished! I just need to find knobs for that center drawer (I cleaned Hobby Lobby out of the knobs I used on the other 6 drawers and they haven’t restocked them yet). I wasn’t going to let that deter me from enjoying my new/old piece, though, so I am loving it in our entry. I have my eyes on one of these chairs for the desk, but it will have to wait. I did try placing my ceramic garden stool (seen below) there, but Ryan nixed that idea. Sometimes I let the crazy flow a little too much.

Aren’t these knobs dreamy? I love that the mercury glass-look gives a little vintage twist to the cut-glass knobs that are so popular these days. I’m just praying they come back in stock at the local HL.

And yes, I really distressed the heck out of this piece (inspiration here). The top turned out to be oak veneer that is loooooovely with its new coat (or three) of dark walnut stain.

Love all the pretty curves, too. Don’t ask me what the paint is called–I mixed it up using white, navy, and some weird green I picked up randomly from the local Habitat for Humanity restore. Once it was painted on the desk, it was just a little bright, so after my sanding/distressing step, I simply rubbed the same walnut stain I used for the top over the entire piece.

Yup, I still love it.

Next up,

  • nativity out–check! We work every day in December to teach our daughters why we celebrate Christmas, and I know of no better way to reinforce those teachings than to prominently display our beautiful Willow Tree nativity. The first few Christmases and birthdays after we got married, I requested and received a new set from this series. I love the simplicity and beauty of these pieces and will cherish them for many years.
  • wreaths that smell divine–mmmmm. We’ve been blessed with not one but two gifts of beautiful fresh pine wreaths this Christmas, both given to us by dear friends. I’ve always wanted to have fresh wreaths in our home but could never justify the cost for a disposable decoration when I still need items to add to my yearly collection. So having one on our front door and one just inside is heavenly!

  • mistletoe hung–yay! Just a fair warning to anyone who visits. You can see where this is in the very first images at the top of this blog post–a kissing cone! Made by my grandma, it’s one of my favorite decorations. Now I’ve just got to lure the hubster to the archway . . .

I’ve got two more big projects I want to complete this week–a Pottery Barn knock-off and a tree skirt to hide that ugly stand. Once I have those done, I’ll share my living room.

What does your house look like this Christmas? Leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!

Linking up with Miss Mustard Seed because she is the inspiration for this type of treatment!

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25 comments on “*insert Christmas cliche here*

  1. Sarah

    It all looks so cute! Your desk turned out so cute!

    1. jani Post author

      Thanks, Shaunna! Love all your stuff!

    1. jani Post author

      Thank you! Can I like this comment? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Jorja

    OHhhhh That desk turned out great! I have no vision for that sort of stuff, so it is so neat to see what you did with it.

    1. jani Post author

      I’ll bet you could do it, J! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Anneke {RustiChic}

    Oh my word -that desk is beautiful! And I seriously LOVE how you hung your wreath so much so that I think I’ll go hang mine like that RIGHT NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. jani Post author

      Thanks, Anneke! The hanger is super easy–$2 cabinet door from Habitat ReStore, mixed paint from the same place, and three hangers from Hobby Lobby. It can be useful for coats, too, but wreaths make it pretty!

    1. jani Post author

      Thanks, Kathy! Love your projects!

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      Thanks for becoming a follower–now I have a whole 15! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. jani Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! Love me some blog comments.


    love the desk the color is perfect. i would love to feature it on my revival monday, please let me know if this would be ok with you.

    1. jani Post author

      Thanks so much! I’d love to be featured–all the pieces I’ve seen so far on your blog are lovely.

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