I am so thrilled to be part of a Holiday Home Tour alongside these super talented bloggers!
If you’re visiting from Kelley Nan’s blog, welcome to the Winter Bloggerland Home Tour! Her home is stunning, isn’t it? I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you find something within these walls that leaves you inspired or at the very least puts a smile on your face! If you’re new here, my name is Haneen, I’m a 37 year old mom of four with an art degree, currently pouring creative energy into my home while I raise my kids! There are so many art forms that are loves of mine- interior design is my current favorite. What better canvas is there than your own home? I am not an interior designer. I don’t claim to know what I’m doing- I claim to LOVE what I’m doing. Let’s start at my foyer…
This is my first year putting a tree in the foyer. It makes me so happy! What a fun welcome our guests receive… an entry to Candy Land! I started this look with a white tree from At Home. I knew a green tree wouldn’t do justice to the fun pops of color and bright candy ornaments. Plus I think the white tree, in addition to the fluffy white pillow stuffing I used as a tree skirt, really lends itself to the look of a soft white cloud or a big dollup of whipped cream! And leave it to Target and Hobby Lobby to have the most FUN ornaments ever…
How about this cupcake topper from Hobby Lobby?
I’ve had this chalkboard sign for a while now. I’ve used it for various birthday parties in my home (there have been lots- did I tell you I have four kids?) I thought it’d be fun to write Candy Land on it- really adds to the childlike feel of this whole space. It normally gets pushed into the ground, so to make this work indoors, I pushed it into a large foam cube- wrapped to look like a gift, of course!
I knew I wanted to do something different on the staircase. Garland is gorgeous, but an obvious choice. When I was browsing the Christmas aisles of Hobby Lobby and came across these oversized candy canes, I knew I wanted to use them, I just didn’t know how. Little did I know they’d be the exact height from step to hand rail. I just tied them on with clear twine. Perfect!
Let’s chat about the coveted red car from Target, shall we? This was quite the popular item this year, and I’m glad I snatched it up early! I’m such a sucker for the cute trucks with trees on top, I even found one in cream from Home Goods!
The cream one was large enough to hold some extra goodies in the trunk, so I found mini gift ornaments and piled them in, along with a light up necklace that was the perfect size to use on the tree. Looks so cute at night!
The wall that this mirror is on is stenciled. I’ve used several stencils throughout my home! Please feel free to browse the home tour in the menu bar on top!
Ok, let’s move on to our family room- the room with a mantel to decorate! You can find my full post on this DIY here, but to sum it up, if you don’t know me well, I LOVE COLOR, but found myself wanting to go neutral in my family room because traditional reds and greens don’t work well in this room. And so became one of my favorite projects ever…
This easy look was done with a branch from my backyard. I simply suspended it on string and adorned it with “snowball” ornaments and a string of white beads, and added the oversized snowflakes for a fun touch. The “MERRY” marquee sign and snowflake garland is from Home Goods.
Oh, hey look! There’s that truck again! Ha! This thing got dragged around from photo to photo. I just love it so much! I tend to move things around for photos. My art degree is concentrated in photography, and my dream job would be staging photos for a home decor magazine. I love setting up little vignettes. I’ll let you in on a secret- what makes a good composition for a photograph isn’t always real life, but I do it anyway because the photo is pretty:) For instance, these chairs actually go at the heads of our kitchen table! The way the room is set up, it doesn’t make sense to keep these two chairs in front of the fireplace, but it looks lovely in these photos, doesn’t it? 😉
What’d I tell you about moving things around for a photo?… These next two holiday pillows are from So Vintage Chic on Etsy.
I’ll give you a tip for getting your tree as sparkly as possible, and making the most of your lights… before adding your ornaments, fill your tree with clear bulbs! The reflection on the bulbs completely multiplies the lights. Makes it magical before you even add the real magic of your special ornaments! Also, if you have an old school tree like I do that isn’t pre-lit, don’t just wrap the strands around the tree in a circle. Wrap the lights going towards the center of the tree as well. You want the tree to glow from inside out!
Here’s a look at the whole room. It holds our traditional tree filled with green and red, and lots of ornaments that hold special memories (i.e. the ones the kids have made in school). It’s jam-packed! Side note #1: Who wants to remind my husband it’s time to get rid of that ugly fan??? Side note #2: Who wants to remind me next time to iron my tree skirt before photographing?
If you missed the DIY tutorial on how I reupholstered my ottoman (in photo above) with a fur blanket, you can find it here.
Anyone else hang their stockings in unconventional spots? I have a two year old that would probably yank the stockings if I hung them on holders off of the mantel, so the back staircase was the best option for these guys. I’ve always loved Pottery Barn stockings!
This Anthropolgie tree on my coffee table in my living room was a gift from a dear friend after the birth of my fourth child. Talk about a killer gift, post birth-giving! Who needs diapers??!! I love this thing! And oddly enough, it’s filled with hand made ornaments from the same friend. She gives these out every year at her annual Christmas party. What a friend, right?
^ That’s my son in his old man Halloween costume last year! Lol!
Let’s move on to my dining room. If you missed the blog post on this table setting, you can find it here. My dining room is decorated with rich Autumn colors, so the only Christmas decor that has ever worked in here is gold. I’m not complaining! I think it’s glitzy and glam. My two favorite “G’s!” I added some white this year to continue the winterscape I have on my mantel.
I love this fur runner! I bought inexpensive fabric from JoAnn’s to make it- way easier on the wallet! And it’s set on top of wrapping paper for a fun, layered look.
I absolutely love this centerpiece! It’s from Kirkland’s, and the box showed it displayed with a single flower in each bottle, but I shaved down the bottom of taper candles and put those in them instead. I love the versitality. I’m sure flowers will be beautiful come spring and summer, but for holiday entertaining, candlelight seemed more appropriate. All of the gold deer are from At Home, and the trees are from Hobby Lobby.
We’re in Michigan, so it’s time to bring our patio furniture indoors! But not without a quick few shots for any of you newcomers that haven’t seen our back porch before! We LOVE our sunroom. It’s been a work in progress…
This concludes my Holiday Home Tour, but speaking of newcomers, below is a single shot of some other rooms in my home so you can get a feel for my style. I put a link to each room as well if you’d like to see more photos. And please follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already! @haneens_haven
Can’t thank you enough for visiting today! Please leave a comment and introduce yourself! I love feedback and I so enjoyed opening my home up to all of you. Thank you so much to my friend Shauna at The House of Silver Lining for putting this tour together! Merry Everything to you all! No matter what holiday you celebrate, we can all agree it’s fun to decorate for them, right? I wish you all good health and fun times this winter season! Now please head to the last tour stop of the day: Nesting With Grace!
Don’t forget to visit all of the other homes on this tour! They’re waiting for you! 🙂