It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at this little house.  It’s my favorite time of the year and the sparkle of lights is just so stunning and peaceful. I absolutely love it!

If you’re joining me from Frazzled Joy  – Welcome. Isn’t her home awesome and ready for the holidays?

Winter Wonderland Inside our Little House

I love to switch things up every year and this year is no different. I started out with a blue and black buffalo check as my inspiration idea.  When I couldn’t find a mainstay of holiday decorating (blue and black checked wired ribbon) my plan was quickly derailed.   Believe it or not, I considered buying fabric and making my own ribbon.  Luckily, that only lasted for about a minute and a half.

Everything does happen for a reason. So when the perfect ribbon revealed itself to me, everything fell into place. I found the perfect wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby.  The perfect Christmas tree ornaments were at Micheals. Of course, it all matches my newly painted blue great room walls.

If you think changing your theme every year is expensive, I suppose it could be but not for me.  My base ornaments are white and that doesn’t change. I bought the ribbon at a very reasonable price at and added the blue ornaments (6 sets @ 50% off at Michaels). I have white snowflakes that I purchased at the Dollar Tree years ago and almost always use them but this year they became a focus when I found some beautiful paper snowflakes Urban Farm Girl in Rockford, IL.  They are a part of my mantle display.  I then decided to make my own DIY paper snowflakes for my packages.  They seemed like the perfect backdrop for name tags.

Both Handy and I grew up in homes where everything came out of boxes and went exactly in the same place every year.  How I developed a love for always changing decor is unknown. Why Handy still cringes every season (after 26 years) is also an unknown.  I like to think he secretly loves everything I do and I do know he’s proud of our beautiful home.

Winter Wonderland Outside this Little House

This brings me to the highlight of our Christmas House Tour.  I’m so proud to reveal our new front porch, finally finished and completely decked out in “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” decor.  A dusting of snow for picture day would have been lovely but that didn’t happen.  Mother Nature just wouldn’t cooperate.  Chicago weather – Go figure!

Skate on over to Our Crafty Mom and see Michelle’s holiday decorating at her home in Connecticut. Continue to follow along on this amazing Christmas Blog Hop.  You’ll find all of the links are below.

Thanks for visiting our Little House and I have more Christmas magic to share in the next few weeks



Petite Haus || Raising a Farmhouse

 Virginia Sweet Pea || A Purdy Little House

From House to Home || Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Back to the South || Frazzled Joy

Living Large in a Small House || Our Crafty Mom

Lincluden Cottage Life || White Arrows Home

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  1. I love your blue and white tree! I love the gorgeous ribbons on it! Your porch is beautiful too!

    1. Thanks so much Angelina – I have so much fun when you organize these awesome blog hops. My 2019 goal is to work harder on my blog and make a commitment to move from a little hobby to a more consistent part-time job. You hosting this events is motivating for me!

  2. Wanda | From House To Home says:

    Your blue and white Christmas tree is so pretty. I love how the snowflakes and the blue ribbon make it feel so wintry. I’m also totally jealous of your new porch. It is gorgeous!

    1. Hi Wanda – Thanks for visiting my blog. This Christmas was fun, especially with my porch being finished. I will look forward to each season this coming year 🙂

  3. Sue Purdy says:

    I’m loving all the blue touches in your beautiful home. And congrats on your new front porch. What a perfect spot. Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi Sue – I loved the blue too! I probably use most of it again next year – It’s so fun and fresh!

  4. Your home looks beautiful decked out for Christmas, Lynn! Your blue and white tree looks so pretty against your new blue walls. The outside of your home is charming ! I love your home’s color, entryway, and beautiful porch. I’m new to your blog, so I clicked over to see where you live and read that your home is on the Fox River. I once spent a weekend in Geneva and if I remember correctly, that town was on the Fox River and was so charming. My husband grew up in North Riverside.

    1. Hi Paula – Thanks for the kind words. Geneva is south of me and a very fun little town with great shopping on the river. We can’t go down that far by boat as their is a dam in Algonquin between where we live and Geneva. We can travel pretty far north almost to the Wisconsin border via boat. Living on water is a blessing and a curse! We focus on the good parts. I’m pretty familiar with North Riverside. Its another part of what makes the Chicagoland area so unique. I love the urban/suburban feel of that area and the old majestic homes.

  5. Your home is beautiful. It is so warm and cozy all done up for Christmas. So refreshing to see your wall and exterior color of Blue. The tree is also beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. This is my first visit to your blog and the title drew me in. Your home looks far from small to me. I downsized from a 3 bd/3 ba home to a TINY 570′ vintage farmhouse here in the Appalachian mountains. I also own a real tiny 8×18′ house on wheels so your home looks large in my eyes. I look forward to enjoying more of your blog posts.

    1. Hi Tonita – Thanks so much for visiting my little blog. Our house is 1300 sq.,ft. and it was really tight when there were three kids growing up here. It was only 1,100 and we added 200 more sq., ft., when the third child was born. We live on water so we can’t change the footprint of our home so adding an addition isn’t an option. That third baby is now 20 years old so the house is perfect for us as empty nesters. Hop on over to my blog anytime. My goal for 2019 is to take it from a little hobby to a part-time job.