Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Simple Christmas | Holiday House Walk 2015

Hi there, friends! 

Welcome to this year's Holiday House Walk with Jennifer Rizzo  and 30 other amazing bloggers. If you're hopping over from The Shabby Nest I am sure you absolutely loved all that she shared this year and hopefully you've been inspired in the best way for your own home or at least full of cheer and more ready for the season ahead! 

Come on in! 

I chose to highlight two of my favorite areas in our home: our dining area and our guest room. Neither of these spaces seem to get much of a rest which means that they are rarely truly perfect by any standard. This, for me, is what makes it fun to style it so often and add a little festive flavor to them. 

Welcome to our little cottage. 

If you've been here long enough, you know that one of my most favorite ways to inspire is through tablescaping and inspiring others to gather with those around them. So, it's only naturally that after you enter, that I'd invite you to the table. 

These menu cards are some of my favorite things to add detail and character to table settings and since I have yet to be gifted with the modern calligraphy gene, I asked my friend from Olive Branch and Co. if she would help me add that special touch. She does such a great job and I loved working with her! 

These napkins from Joss and Main were one of my favorite accents on this simple table. They are seriously my new favorite and I can't wait to put them to good use. The quality is absolutely outstanding. Extremely thick and a great weight of fabric. 100% cotton and oh so durable. In love.  

Another one of my must haves as we gather around the table during the holidays is bread. This loaf is sprinkled with just the right amount of salt and has great flavor. There's nothing like breaking bread and having a good conversation around the table with those that you love. I love it all year 'round but it's especially unique in this season for us. 

Showing off more of Melissa's great work. I just love the softness of the watercolors and the personality they add to each setting. 

This year really is all about making the most of what we have and keeping decor on the more minimal side. The table settings and what you will see below, are a reflection of our current hopes in life. Simple is really what fits us best this year.

That means fewer ornaments on the tree and less fluff around the house. 
Living in a smaller space has somewhat forced that mindset. I'm learning to be absolutely okay with it. 

And,friends, do you see this tree? 

It, too, came from Joss and Main. Who would have thought that you could order a fresh tree online from Joss and Main. But, we did it! And I tell nothing but the truth when I say I am SO in love with their packaging and delivery of this sweet little Frasier Fir. If you're still looking for one for yourself, you have time to hop on over and order before they are all gone. 

In the spirit of the minimal I also swiped everyting off of these shelves of ours and added some clay plates I picked up on sale at Crate and Barrel and some other found items picked up here and there to add a bit more texture and personality to the shelf without overwhelming it. 

Our guest bedroom serves a few gazillion purposes from kids' playroom to multimedia room to of course, a place for guests to rest their weary heads. We've had small spaces everywhere especially since we were military for 10 years but we've always kept a space for others to dwell in our homes. It's what we love and what's important so we try to squeeze it in wherever we roam. 

This is my favorite bed.  EVER. Seriously friends. 

I picked this baby up a couple of years ago via Craigslist for under $100 and I think it's the best money we've spent in years. Minus a few minor things like kids' savings for college and whatnot. 
I jumped at the chance to style it in some way and make it a part of this walk. 

The pillows I picked up from Restoration Hardware and the dough bowl was a purchase from a European sale in Oregon by a friend last year. I tried to style without all the greens and the bowl but then I figured EVERYBODY needs a little dough bowl action on their beds so...you're welcome. :)

So there, you have it folks. Our little slice of the House Walk. I sure hope you enjoyed it all and if you haven't had the chance to take a look at others from the beginning of the week, please head over to Jenn's site to see all the tours from the beginning. You will not be disappointed! 

You guys are so amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to Pin away and check out the Good Housekeeping for more Christmas and the Holiday House Walk Idea Board as well where I, along with others, will be pinning away all season to inspire you! 

Tomorrow we start all the goodness all over again beginning with Jenna Burger Design. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for her tour. I know it will be beautiful! 

Thanks again, loves and have an amazing week! xo 


  1. kennesha!! i love it. i love it. merry merry christmas beautiful one!!

  2. We love Restoration Hardware at our home and like the simple Christmas touches you so beautifully made in your cozy home. Merry Christmas and thank you for your service to our country!

  3. I love the simple yet beautiful feel to your decorating and your home!

  4. Visiting from the house walk. Your photos are so lovely. Thank you for sharing your space.

  5. Your images are so dreamy! I absolutely adore your style and you are so very gifted.

  6. lovely, kennesha! your photos are always so warm and inspiring!

  7. Friend, you never disappoint. Simply beautiful, simply you.

  8. You have such a lovely home! Thank you for opening your doors to us! So warm and cozy!!
    Susan kindred vintage

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us and being a part of the tour!



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