Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Good Old Fashioned Christmas



Come Christmas time one of our favorite things to watch is Garfield's Christmas, and if you are familiar with it you know the song at the end that goes "Let's have a good old fashioned Christmas down on the farm". Well we love that song and that is exactly the look I was going for this year. With all that we were able to get done on the house this year I feel like our farmhouse is really beginning to look how I imagined it could. Don't get me wrong we have a ways to go but we have definitely come a long way and it feels so good to have all of the ideas (well some of them) that have been in my head all these years finally come to fruition. I am feeling very lucky this holiday season to have such a wonderful family and to live in the home I always dreamed of.




Speaking of luck we were fortunate enough this year to get our Christmas tree from Green Valley Christmas Trees. It is an absolutely beautiful Balsam Fir that was delivered directly to our door on the exact day that we wanted it! It is super fresh and smells amazing and we couldn't be happier with it.




The day we decorate the tree is one of our son Eli's favorite days, he just loves unwrapping each and every ornament and looking at them.


Here he is explaining them all to Millie




This is really the only room I am decorating this year because the rest of the house looks like a construction zone right now. I took lots of pictures to make up for it though:)











We switched the couches to allow for the tree to fit in the corner of the family room which meant we needed a smaller table in this corner of the room. We moved in this table from upstairs and I think it will be staying even after we switch the couches back. It is one my favorite pieces of furniture and I just don't get to enjoy it as much when it is upstairs.




My five dollar cupboard, as I call it, is filled with white ironstone and antique red and white linens, a perfect match if you ask me.










I found some old fashioned looking ribbon on Etsy (sources to follow) and wrapped an old spool that I bought at the flea market for a dollar.












I finally broke down and bought myself a red stripe grain sack, some things are just worth the price. I loved that this one was a wheatier color because I wanted a little contrast with all of the white in this room.








And they just put a new Goodwill in our area and I have had very successful shopping trips there so far. I found both the ironstone bowl below and the toolbox beside it there for $2.84 each! I also found a little dresser that we turned into our bathroom vanity (blog post coming soon).



















The runner on the table is the one Neal bought me a couple of years ago. Sorry I don't know the source, wish I did because I would buy more. And because I didn't want to spend anymore money but I wanted more grain sack like pillows I sewed my own out of the red stripe dish clothes I bought at TJMaxx. The larger ticking pillow is from Big Lots.














I bought the  antique basket with the quilts in it at one of my favorite places to shop the Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op in Wheatfield, NY. My best friend lives two minutes from it, she is so lucky! We always go there when I visit her and I always leave with a trunk full of goodies.





I have been slowly building my red and white quilt collection. I like them faded, soft and worn.























I got the beautiful grain sack stockings from my friend Mel's Etsy shop Rustic Farmhouse Wares. I looked for years for grain sack stockings but could never find any I liked. When I saw that Mel was selling these I was SOOO excited. I knew they would be awesome if Mel was sewing them:) They are exactly what I have been looking for and are so well made. I love the rustic and simple look of them.











As for the ribbons I bought the wider one from Lucky Lady Paper Crafts and the thinner one from Boxwood Avenue, both on Etsy.







And it is not too late to order something from my Etsy shop (or have someone order YOU something)  Farmhouse Supply in time to receive it before Christmas!







In the spirit of Christmas I am doing my first ever give away! I will be giving away three of these rustic red and white stripe dish towels made by Bombay Company. I bought myself some and I just love them. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post saying that you want the dish towels (please only leave one comment)! You have until Friday December 18th to enter! I will announce the winner Friday!!!







In conclusion I think Garfield said it best "Christmas, It's not the giving, It's not the getting, It's the Loving".






~Merry Christmas~

60 comments:

  1. I love all the touches of red in the striping of the linens to the candy canes in the jars! I agree Christmas is best on the farm! You have done a beautiful job on your home,,,can't wait to see the rest of the renos!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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  2. Your farmhouse look is so pretty and serene. Love all of the red and white and ticking and ribbon, oh my. Hope your holidays are filled with joy seen through the eyes of your sweet children. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  3. Megan, your house is just beautiful! It is always such a pleasure to see your pictures on instagram and your blog. I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    -Emily

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  4. Your house looks so comfy and welcoming. I love the ribbon on the spool and the dish towels..Would love to hav them.. Have a great Christmas! Blessings!

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  5. I truly love your home what a dream come true...... Your children are adorable how special your son explaining each ornament........I would love to be put in for giveaway......

    Blessings
    Happy Holidays
    Rhonda

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  6. I've been one of your followers, wait that sounds like I'm stalking you! But I just love your home and your way of living a simpler life! Please enter me in your contest I would love to start a collection of red grain sacks xoxo sherri

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  7. Your house looks so festive. I love the touches of the old red. I would love the dishtowels (they remind me of candy canes)and I'm looking forward to your new bathroom post!

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  8. I recently found your blog and I am hooked! I check everyday for new updates as I love your decorating style. I also love red and use hints of red in my kitchen. Your house looks adorable decorated for Christmas!

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  9. Your home looks so pretty and festive. I love all the greenery and the pops of red.

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  10. Beautiful as always. I'd love the dish towels :)

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  12. I love all of your holiday decorations! Cute kiddos too! I especially love Millie's plump little cheeks. so cute.

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  13. I love your house and your style of decorating, I have gotten many of my ideas for my home from you. I would love to win the dish towels.

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  14. what a lovely look you have created!!!! and I LOVE those dish towels!!! :)

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  15. I love this room, Megan. It's such a wonderful and cozy spot for enjoying family and making special Christmas memories!

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  16. Love your decorating. Your home is so warm and inviting. Love those dish towels, too.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  17. I love following your blog and seeing your beautiful house! I love the towels. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  18. Your home is absolutely beautiful Megan! I love all of the simple, charming touches that you add throughout. Your style really speaks to me and inspires me so much when decorating my house. Thank you for sharing! By the way, I love the red and white dish towels and would love to win them!!!!
    Merry Christmas!!

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  19. Love everything especially the ribbon on the spool and the ironstone bowl! I would love to win the pretty dish towels!

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  20. So pretty. I love all your natural elements. Cute towels.

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  21. So beautiful! I always enjoy seeing your gorgeous home!

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  22. I too have been collecting red and white things for my home. I would love the dish towels!

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  23. As usual your post is just lovely. Your simplicity in your decorating is just so inviting. I have started a collection of red and white dish towels and am delighted with your giveaway. Of course I want one!

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  24. Beautiful post, Thank you so much! I am so ready for Christmas and would love to win the pretty dish towels!

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  25. I love how the white and bits of color create such a calm, clean and non-stressful environment! Merry Christmas! -Ashley

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  26. Merry Christmas, I love what you've done with your home. I'm from PA and the houses there are calling me back from Chicagoland! The red and white dish towels would look great with my french country farmhouse! Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  27. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your beautiful children and their Joy they have for your family traditions!
    Blessings
    Oh, yes those lovely towels would bring beauty to my farmhouse too! :-)

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  28. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your beautiful children and their Joy they have for your family traditions!
    Blessings
    Oh, yes those lovely towels would bring beauty to my farmhouse too! :-)

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  29. What a great christmas room, beautiful all the white with a little red and lovely those quilts!
    Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas!
    I wish I could win your towels but I live abroad so...
    Have a nice day!

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  30. Your kids are absolutely beautiful and I love how your son is explaining Christmas to his little sister. Your farm house looks wonderful and you have it decorated just the way Christmas was meant to be. Hope you have the happiest of holidays with your family..Merry Christmas..Judy

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  31. Your house is beautiful and I love the red accents in your family room, especially the quilts. I wish I could win your towels (I have lots of red in my kitchen) but I don't live in the US. Hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas!

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  32. I have the perfect place for the towels - thanks for the giveaway.
    bthompson617@yahoo.com

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  34. I would love the towels...Merry Christmas!

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  35. I love the dish towels. I also love red and white quilts. Red is my favorite color. I live in a red barn house and my living room and kitchen are red.

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  36. I would love the dish towels! I love the farmhouse look!

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. It looks so calming. Something I hope to achieve in the new year. I have also been following your posts on Instagram. I was wondering if you could post them to Pinterest so I can save them for next year.
    Thank you again,
    *Smiles*

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  38. I just found your blog and am IN LOVE! Home today with beautiful snow falling and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, so I am leisurely reading and enjoying all the pictures you have posted. I hope you have a very blessed Christmas, and the Happiest of New Years. I am now a follower!

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  39. I love reading your blog and seeing your lovely home. Would love to have the red stripe kitchen towels.

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  40. I'm a grandmother so i really noticed those cute little kids of your,i love your home it reminds me of the farm i lived on as a young child.Your quilts are lovely also,i pray you have a Merry Christmas.

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  41. Your home is so warm and comfy. I love the red touches with the whites and browns of the wood. I looked for years for a red and white quilt that I could afford, and finally resorted to making one. You are a lucky girl. Merry Christmas!

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  42. Just found your blog and it is wonderful. love the towels, so please enter me into your giveaway. Happiest of holidays to you.

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  43. That is the cutest Christmas tree!

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  44. Love your house! I started following your blog a few months ago, and was tickled to learn that you have a little Millie as well :)

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  45. I love your home and what you're doing with it. Can't wait to see the dining room. Your kids are darling. These really are the best years of your life! We lived in a farmhouse when my children were born, and I still miss it over 30 years later. Nd, oh yeah, who wouldn't want those towels?

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  46. I really enjoyed touring your home with all its simple touches. Those dish towels look wonderful and your children are adorable ♡. Enjoy them this Holiday Season!

    Xoxo
    Kathleen

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  47. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Looking at your beautiful farmhouse is very relaxing for me. Thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for the giveaway.

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  48. I want the dish towels. I so enjoy your blog, as I have followed it for quite some time. You have amazing farm house flair and style going on. I bought a tiny farmhouse (580sq ft) last April and and those red and white towels would look perfect in my kitchen. Many Holiday blessings to you and your family.

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  49. everything just looks so pretty, I love your touches of red and yes your kids are adorable so have a great Christmas from Indiana and a Happy New Year! xxx..

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  50. everything just looks so pretty, I love your touches of red and yes your kids are adorable so have a great Christmas from Indiana and a Happy New Year! xxx..

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  51. WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE TOWELS. LOVE YOUR HOME ITS WHAT I DREAMED OF TOO OLD NOW. WHAT SWEETIES YOU HAVE.if you like toweling go to buttermilk basin she has it in red brown and tan by the yard the price isn't bad.

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  52. you are being very generous with a give away if you e mail me your adress i would like to mail you a little something i made nancy turner at turnernancy32@gmail.com

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  53. Wow,what a great Givaway,My newest Love is Red and White dish towels,Runners,pillows ect❤️Thnak you for the opportunity!!

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  54. I love your blog and I would also love these dishtowels ❤️ Thanks!

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  56. Ooh Meg I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas! Your home looks amazing as always! I always find inspiration here! My family is about to move to a temporary rental and I'm a little bummed out and really hoping things work out and we will be able to move to a beautiful old home I found. So I came here for a little pick me up. Thank you so much for the shout out! Your home had the most perfect holiday touches!!

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  57. Ooh Meg I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas! Your home looks amazing as always! I always find inspiration here! My family is about to move to a temporary rental and I'm a little bummed out and really hoping things work out and we will be able to move to a beautiful old home I found. So I came here for a little pick me up. Thank you so much for the shout out! Your home had the most perfect holiday touches!!

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