Holiday Home Tour Day 4 {Forever*Cottage}

Welcome to Day 4 of the Holiday Home Tours. Today I excited to show you the beautiful home of Jill from Forever Cottage. Jill’s home is so warm and inviting. I love it all! Please be sure to visit Jill’s blog to pin any of the images so that she can get the page views!

Welcome to our Forever*Cottage Christmas home 2013. Our home is located beautiful Portland, Oregon. We are lucky to be able to have the opportunity to get a Forest Service permit each year to go and cut a natural Christmas tree.  This year, however,our girls really wanted the experience of picking out a more manicured tree at a tree lot.  So the tree you see below is the natural tree I insisted we get for our dining room and the fuller tree in our living room you will see is our tree lot tree. For the most part I really keep it pretty simple when decorating for the holidays – I love using natural elements – paperwhites, poinsettias, boxwood wreaths and natural garland.

The ‘star’ of our dining room this year is the new dining table that my very handy dad made for me! It is made from knotty alder and finished with both a mix of stain and watered down chalk paint to give it the perfect aged patina!

I kept the decorations on our dining room tree very simple – glittered pinecone ornaments I found at World Market and snow flakes I picked up at Target a few years ago.  The vintage olive bucket was bought with this use in mind – I love using it as a tree stand {I had to get very creative in order to make it work!}.

Our home is ‘great room’ style so the kitchen/family room/dining room are all one large space.  I do have a formal living room where we have our family tree and where we will open Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve – as has been our family tradition since I was a little girl. {Santa leaves gifts for Christmas morning.}
I am always a sucker for interesting poinsettias – I love these cream and pink ones!
This vintage bench in our kitchen is a favorite spot for my girls to do homework or talk to me when I am working in the kitchen – I recently had a custom cushion made for it which makes it even more cozy!
Our mantle is a bit busy but festive……
The glittered vintage Santa’s I have had for years.  I paired them with other stuff I have – vintage brass candlesticks, a vintage box and books. The grain sack stockings are new this year – I added my girls’ initials when I found these at Target – of all places!  
My greens are real – the boxwood wreath is getting a little dry and the greens on the mantle were just added today – I am hoping they make it through the holidays – I just can’t do the faux greenery!
My gold stocking holders were formerly red Pottery Barn Kids holders from YEARS ago – they were meant to hold a photo  but I sprayed them gold this year and then the glass with chalkboard paint and used a chalk marker to write my girls’ names instead.
I also used the same chalk marker to write a message on my vintage French bamboo mirror in our entry….
The pom pom garland is from West Elm. And of course, paperwhites add the perfect amount of holiday cheer!
Ah…here’s our lovely tree lot tree. Looks like a Christmas tree should look – my 11 year old is happy cause ‘it is so embarrassing to have a sparse Charlie Brown tree, mom”.
My manger scene got tucked into my table top greenhouse – replacing the dying sedum that were there before the holidays…..
Along with the mantle greenery, the coffee table in the great room has also been decked out in some holiday greens. Love these mini-cypress trees that you can pop into vintage vases or inexpensive Ikea pots.
I keep my kitchen simple….I am OCD that way….
It is likely that if you come to our home you will be greeted by these two knuckleheads – they sort of like to hang out on the front porch watching the world go by….
Thanks a bunch for visiting!  
MeRry ChIsTmAs to YoU aNd yOuRs!


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  1. Your home is so festive and beautiful. Thanks for allowing your readers to have a peek inside.

  2. Loved the tour and I’m crushing over that pine piece in the first photo as well as the table handmade by your hubby! Your home is filled with seasonal delights and obviously love! Merry Christmas!

  3. I love the simplicity of your Christmas décor. I did the same thing this year. Very simple but beautiful. I do have a question…is it hard to erase chalk markers? I haven’t been able to find one in my area yet. Merry Christmas.

  4. so pretty! not related to christmas, but i love the lantern over your table! xoxo

  5. I love it. Here in Germany we decorate the christmas tree normally 24th of december before we at the evening celebrate christmas. I think next year I will start some times before too.


  6. Gorgeous! I love your home! So welcoming and warm – I could snuggle right in!

  7. I love decorating with poinsettias for winter, and those ones are so pretty! Love the puppies on the porch too!


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