We hope you had a great Thanksgiving full of family, friends, great food, and hopefully lots of laughter!  Whether you are at home today recovering from the busy day yesterday, or out and about doing some Black Friday Christmas shopping, we know Christmas is already on our minds!  To kick off Marlowe Lane’s count-down to Christmas, we wanted to start by sharing a holiday tour of Kim’s house.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will also be sharing some easy DIY ideas on how to inexpensively decorate a Christmas tree, how to create a holiday pallet sign out of salvaged wood, as well as some other holiday DIY surprises! Stay tuned! :)


If you are here from Jennifer Rizzo’s best headphones under $100 holiday link up party, welcome!!!   For those of you who haven’t yet checked out all of the gorgeous homes on her Holiday Tour Party, make sure you do! She has a great line up of houses to view with lots of great Holiday ideas!


So let’s begin! Welcome to Kim’s house tour! It’s Kim here…and I just wanted to say thanks for stopping in :) I couldn’t decide how I wanted to decorate the Christmas tree this year but what I did know was that I wanted to use the decorations I already had while adding a few new pieces to the mix. oh, AND that it had to turn out somewhat good enough to share with all of you! Talk about STRESS! I decided to decorate the tree in red and gold (I already had a ton of decor in these colors) and I thought it would be festive. I also mixed in some burlap textures to make it feel more informal and cozy.  I created a decorative base by using lots of ribbon, bulb ornaments, and some over-sized large red stars I found at the Dollar Store! Click Here to see the step-by-step instructions on how I decorated my Christmas tree.After copy

We also included the home made ornaments that Shawn and I have made over the years because what would the Christmas tree be without the meaningful memories that we have created!? :) Here are two of our favorites…introducing Mr. (tin can) Santa Clause and Mr. (camera roll container) Grinch!

photo(3)Each year, our friend Adam comes over and immediately looks for these two ornaments on the tree.  It just wouldn’t be the same without the homemade ornaments!

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This is our super comfy sectional where we do lots of movie-watching in between the house projects and work :) While I hadn’t ever invested in holiday-themed pillows, I decided to splurge this year and bought a ‘Joy’ pillow from Target and a ‘Jingle’ pillow from Pottery Barn.  Shawn always makes fun of my obsession with throw pillows but they make me happy :) If you are looking for ways to save money but still want to do holiday pillows, I would suggest buying only the pillow cover and then using the pillows you already have to fill it.  OR you could easily DIY pillows, of course! :) More on that to come!

Stockings copyThis year we also added a nativity scene to our holiday decor collection.  Jesus is the reason for the season after all! And I like being reminded of that each time I walk into the kitchen. I found the wood rustic nativity scene (shown above) at Homegoods, and the white and burlap angels in a cute boutique on our trip to Nashville.

side tableOn the side table, I used an over-sized ornament I found at Target to add a touch of holiday-theme.  I also made magazines easily available for when we are just lounging around. Shawn is a big TV watcher but I tend to multi-task :)

santa clause heirloomIn our entertainment center, I switched out a book-end for one of our family heirlooms that I inherited from my mom.  It is very special to me because my mom had given my grandma this musical rocking horse years ago and I inherited it when she passed.  I enjoy using meaningful and special decorations when I can, so that we can be reminded of the memories.entry way copy

On our entry way table, I used three Crate and Barrel candlestick holders that we received as a wedding gift (thanks Em!) and exchanged the normal candles for red.  I found the sleigh picture frame at Khols and exchanged a wedding picture from the normal frame that is usually on the table. The metal lantern was on sale at Target last summer and I typically rotate the filler with seasonal items. For Christmas this year, I used two different sized candles, pine cone and berry mix from Pottery Barn, and then cut some of my DIY wreath limbs to add in some greenery. Click here to see how to DIY this wreath! (P.S. it is SUPER easy and only took 15 min!)

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On the buffet table in the kitchen, I used a serving tray from Hobby Lobby to create a mini-bar and also incorporated another Target over-sized ornaments as decoration. What you can’t see in the picture is that our buffet table is already stocked with wine so we are ready to entertain this holiday season! :)

Buffet tableOn the kitchen table, I found the two large gold Christmas trees at Homegoods and the smaller one at Hobby Lobby. I used small candle holders so that we could light them during dinner if we wanted and also incorporated pine cones to keep the more informal, cozy feeling going throughout the house.  Shawn likes to joke with me that “a glitter bomb exploded in our house” so I’m lucky that these don’t shed too much glitter! :)



tableWhile I know the top of the tree is a bit wild this year, I absolutely love it!  PLUS it was the easiest thing ever to create! I simply used floral filler sticks from Hobby Lobby.  I bought two gold floral sticks for the center and then used about 5 red feather floral sticks on the outside. The sticks were so long (about a foot) that they didn’t even need to be attached to the tree! I stuck them in and they haven’t moved since. (More details included in the post on how I decorated the tree here.)overview pic copy

And just in case you were wondering what the tree looked like at night, here are a few pics :)

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collage 3My mom created the ornament below a few years ago for me of my favorite horse Mikie :) This is proof that she is the reason Becky and I love to DIY!


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Collage 1And one last shout-out to my very loyal aussie, Jordan, for being great company as we decorated the tree!

JordanAnd one more picture because this just wouldn’t be a true Marlowe Lane post without a Before & After shot! The “Before” is from last year and the “after” from this year!  A little bit of ribbon and a few over-sized ornaments go a long way to making the tree look more full.


Hope you enjoyed our Marlowe Holiday Tour and let us know what you think in the comments below!  Check back frequently for our count-down to Christmas series!


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