Christmas in January


Tomorrow, I’m beyond thrilled to open my ragamuffin, imperfect, loved on, rental home for a six-room Christmas photo shoot for a beloved magazine.  (I think I can say which one, I’ll double-check and if so I’ll tell you in my next post, because don’t you want to read all about the shoot?).  We’ve had all our Christmas stuff out for an extra three weeks, and I’ve even been playing Christmas music.  It helps get my Christmas creativity flowing.

I really hope the photos are inspiring and motivating and show that it doesn’t take a bag of money and 15 red and green Christmas bins to have a Christmasy home.


I believe in mismatched sheets and unmade beds, trying to figure out how that translates to a photo that also represents us as carefree, creative artists but doesn’t embarrass us by screaming “people, she’s just too lazy to take 30 seconds and  make up the bed!”.  Not that it would be the end of the world if we made up the bed…


Out with the old, dead, BROWN tree, in with the new, Colonial, old-fashioned tree that I am now addicted to.



Mom helped me clean. I think it took her 45 minutes to sweep.  And she’s a fast sweeper. We have lots of floors.


I think I’ve wrapped more pretend gifts than real gifts this year!


PS, remember the last photo shoot we had in May and how I wrote all about it?  The magazine is out in many places now, and should be out this week everywhere it’s the Spring 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine.  That day was one of the most fun days of my entire year.

If you are new here, a great place to start is our home tour.

If you want to follow along with tomorrow’s goings on, follow me on instagram.  If you are annoyed at me talking about these photo shoots, you might want to block me on instagram for the next 36 hours.

In other news, did you see this?  I did it last year, along with thousands of other women.  YOU should join in this year!

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  1. Oh sweet friend – Thrilled and excited for you. Annoyed? Never! Off to pull up ONLY your instagram account for the day. ;)

    P.S. I still have my Christmas tree up and I don’t even have a magazine shoot at my home. I was just standing with you. Yes, that’s why it’s still up. Faithful friend and all. ;)

  2. I am bursting at the seams with excitement for you! {or maybe it’s all the extra Christmas fudge I’ve been eating anticipating your Christmas photo shoot!} Can’t wait to see all the Instagramming tomorrow! Fill up my feed girl! xoxo

  3. brittany rae says:

    Got more virus warnings today after trying to read this post. :-( Just wanted to let you know. Still on Windows, through google reader to your blog.

  4. So glad to see you will be your sweet self for another shoot!

  5. yay!!!!!! I can’t wait to see your gorgeousness. Instagram blowing up – go girl.

  6. Yay!! Exciting! And a Christmas photo shoot – how fun. Ah – I’m so excited to see all of the pictures!!

  7. I checked you out in line at Kroger Saturday!!! I’ll actually buy the magaine next time I go in, but I was distracted by a cashier and forgot to put it on the belt. The spread is fantastic!

  8. So fun and what a great excuse to extend the most wonderful time of the year a few weeks. I love the Do It Yourself magazine and can’t wait to buy your copy!

  9. I’ll be glued to instagram. Can’t WAIT to go get that magazine. You are my hero. But we all knew that. Love you,

  10. I’ll bet your kids enjoy the extended season! The dog sure looks happy! Congratulations!

  11. I didn’t know you had done the photo shoot, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was flipping through the magazine this weekend at the bookstore and recognized your living room. Of course I had to buy it. Great job! Congratulations!!

  12. Great news! Can’t wait to see. Hope to see you again at Haven!

  13. Oh, how fun! Congrats on your photoshoot! xo Kristin

  14. That is fantastic I’m so excited for you!! I’m looking forward to following along tomorrow I can’t wait to see!!

  15. Can’t wait to see the new magazine spread! Can’t wait to see who the new magazine shoot is for. I have some guesses!

  16. Thrilled for you! I am certain it will be worth every bit of work. Easy for me to say, right?


  17. i love that your husband and mom are right in there, rolling up their sleeves with you. that ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’ should help keep nerves from being too shot along the way!

    have a ball! we await the unveiling!

  18. So happy for you and the magazine shoots!

    I just took the home tour (again) and am wondering where you got your foyer mirror and large clam shell bowl?

  19. Super excited and can’t wait to see and read and hear all about the goodness!

  20. SO thrilled for you!

  21. Enjoyed the article in DIY this month and discovering your blog this past year. You are an inspiration to many and a joy to visit daily. Can’t wait to see the Christmas article.

  22. So excited for you. Glad your fun personality and beautiful home are getting all of the attention they deserve :)

  23. I spy, with my little eye, something that is. . .the perfect quatrefoil, on your bedroom floor! Sorry, i played that in the car with my 4 year old all morning, so it’s stuck. But anyway. I have been looking for a simple quatrefoil fabric that isn’t to-the-trade only or crazy expensive, and have had no luck. But whatever that is on your floor (sheets? Window panels?) Looks absolutely perfect and i could totally cut up sheets for the project i want to do. Care to share where they’re from? I promise to only cry a little if you say joss and main or someplace else that doesn’t have them anymore!

  24. FUN! Enjoy the extra holiday spirit. I always look forward to taking down the decorations, but then I get sad when they are no longer up to cheer up the dreary and dark evenings…

  25. I love that your shirt is have a nice conversation with the horizontal striped drapes.

  26. i want a photo shoot in my home just for all the fun of it!!!

  27. Hi. When I clicked on your “home tour” at the bottom of your post, it downloaded something on my mac (some sort of “mac cleanup” package). not sure if it’s a virus but it didn’t take me to your home tour.

  28. Are all the Christmas decorations driving you crazy about now? I can’t wait to get my copy of BHG….

    PS – I signed up today.

  29. Cannot wait to see the photos! Also, the pillows on your bed are divine– love the mismatched patterns.

  30. Love all the pillows on your bed and floor. Where are they from or are they all custom? Love your blog.

  31. Do we want to read about the shoot?? You’d better believe we want to read about it!! SO excited for you. :)

  32. Wow, awesome! congrats on that! :)

  33. Cant wait to see photos! Though I suppose I’ll have to. Haha! Also… I looked back and the post of your bedroom before you tackled designing it… its amazing how its transformed! Inspiring to see what a space can become.

  34. You make me smile all the time. That’s a gift, you know?

    SO thrilled for your day tomorrow; I wish I could be mistletoe hanging overhead to spy on y’all! Hmmm, just put a spy live-cam in a ball of the stuff and that’s the next best thing!!


  35. Congrats on the shoot! It sounds like you are having awesome time. Keep moving foraward the possibilities are endless. Keep making the blog girls proud.

  36. Jenny Kropf says:

    I’ve been getting the virus warnings for several weeks using internet explorer. I’ve had you bookmarked for years so that’s how I get to your site. It does not happen everytime. Sorry you are having to deal with this!

  37. Getting the better homes and gardens issue! Your messy pictures inspire me because even your clutter is pretty. If everything is pretty, it doesn’t look so bad when it’s unmade and on the floor, right? Congrats on the shoot!

  38. My friend recommended this site, and I’m so glad she did! I love it, and I’m now your newest follower. I’m off to take your house tour!

  39. Excited about your shoot–how fun! And, thanks for the reminder that you don’t need 15 boxes to have a pretty, Christmas-y home. That’s what I like about your blog! Love your motto, too.

  40. I l-o-v-e that new tree, and the loopy yarn on those packages! You are pretty much the coolest!

  41. I’m so excited for you. I’ve been following along on Instagram. Please tell me about your shoes in the Christmas tree picture.

  42. I love the eclectic mix of pillows on your bed. It looks very chic!

  43. How exciting! I can imagine that you are just over the moon. I am sure that the pictures will be lovely. you are so creative. I love your bedroom with the Evergreen branches. the pop of color is gorgeous! I can hardly wait to get my issues in the mail. so when does this issue come out? are we looking at next December?

  44. Super excited for you!! Can’t wait to see it!!
    God Bless! xoxo

  45. Very exciting!! I am going to go get that Spring issue! Can’t wait for Christmas one next Oct. Loved this past years’s. Your house is fabulous. : )

  46. I found your website via the magazine. I love what you’ve done with everything. :) I added you to my google reader.

  47. Did you give your grandfather clock a hair cut? How and what kind of paint spray/ brush?

  48. I’m way behind on blog reading, but I wanted to pop in here and say I’m happy for you because of your magazine photo shoot, and I”m happy for me because I just started getting my subscription to BHG DIY for a birthday gift! I’ll be able to point to your photos and shriek, “I met her at Haven 2012!” Don’t think I won’t! @:)

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