Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Family Room

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free living to DIY projects. This week on the blog, we have been taking a holiday home tour of Hathorn Hall. Today we are peeking inside the family room (because I do not want to show too much of this space before its big reveal). The layout and furniture placement in this room are not very conducive for a Christmas tree; however, I will be adding touches of fresh greenery for a upcoming neighborhood event. The holiday decor goals for this space were simple, focus on the fireplace, display my Santa collection, and leave room for live, evergreen touches.

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The largest Santa was painted by Gran, and the little ones were gifts from students (back when I was a teacher–several years ago!).

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful teacher gifts.

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful gifts for teachers.

The little one on the left and the big one are both by Gran...and the Santa on the right was a gift from...y'all guessed it...a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students!

The little Santa Claus on the left and the big one are both by Gran…and the Santa on the right was a gift from…y’all guessed it…a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students *sweet moment*

Biggest St. Nicholas is by Gran, gifted Santa, and a vintage Santa cup...I just love Santa Claus!

Biggest St. Nicholas by Gran, gifted Santa in the middle, and a vintage Santa cup…I just love Santa Claus!

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

Simple, rustic touches--a basket with greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

Simple, rustic touches–a basket filled with faux greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

The tobacco sticks were tied together using basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The old tobacco sticks are tied together with basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The hubby's favorite chair is where I would have liked to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair...so it was a no-go *wink*

The hubby’s favorite chair is located where I wanted to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair…so it was a no-go *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the family room. I did not want to reveal too much of this space because fabulous things will be happening to it in the near future–so stay tuned for that! Be sure to join me tomorrow for the dining room holiday tour. Also, check out my Pinterest board For the Love of Christmas for decorating ideas and inspiration.

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Front Porch

Fluffy white pillows from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee. The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile*

The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile* The fluffy, silver pillows are from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot cider and chat about everything from mini road trips to handmade goodness.

I got this silver wreath from Lowe's several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

I got this silver wreath from Lowe’s several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hathorn Hall, and this week on the blog the Hathorns are inviting y’all to join us for our holiday home tour. The hubby has been super sweet to help me get things gussied up a bit + he took all the photos for me. He is the best *awww, sweet moment* Even though we still have a few projects going on, we wanted to deck the halls as much as possible this year because for the past few years, we have been way too crazy, busy renovating to decorate! Pssst. Don’t tell the hubby, but next year…I am really going to deck the halls!!

That is enough chit chat. Let’s get started with today’s tour–the front porch in the daylight. Stay tuned for the front porch all lit up at night–it is a little Griswold-like *wink*

Inspired by "real" Christmas trees.

Inspired by “real” Christmas trees.

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold netting = easy holiday decor

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold tulle = easy holiday decor

Bow made from gold tulle

Bow made from gold tulle and fluffed to look like a tutu–inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot.

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot. All plants are from Home Depot in Johnson City.

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Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don't y'all just love tartan plaid!

Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don’t y’all just love tartan plaid!

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

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Closer view of the garland

Closer view of the garland

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My sister made me these snowman pillow years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren't they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

My sister made me snowman pillows years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren’t they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

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Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the front porch in the daylight. Please join me tomorrow as we step inside for a look at the parlor.

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A Sneak Peek of the Decking of Hathorn Hall

The hubby getting his Clark Griswold on *wink*

The hubby getting his Clark Griswold on *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home decor to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are taking a little sneaky peek of the decking of Hathorn Hall. It has been a few years since I have had the opportunity to deck the halls–between moving and major renovations, we just did not take the time or have the energy to decorate for Christmas. This year we have decided to ease ourselves back into the spirit.

My favorite Christmas lights--I really love the opaque ones because they remind me of my childhood and Snoopy's dog house on  "A Charlie Brown Christmas"--love that movie...I am tearing up just thinking about it *sniff*

My favorite Christmas lights–I really love the opaque ones because they remind me of my childhood and Snoopy’s dog house on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”–love that movie…I am tearing up just thinking about it *sniff*

I used to be quite the Martha Stewart–before all the moving and renovating. Holiday parties, Christmas Open Houses–where every single room was decorated, a yard that could be on the cover of a magazine…to be honest, it was fun…but extremely exhausting. It was nice to have a break–even though it was an unintentional one *smile*

There is just something about decorating for Christmas that makes me feel like a kid again. Life slows down while the ornaments are being placed on the tree…while the nutcrackers are being unwrapped and set in place…while the stockings are being hung…yes, it a time when stories of Christmases past are told…when loved ones are remembered…when giving is more important than getting….

My goodness! I could rattle on all day about how emotional I get during this holiday season *smile* But enough of that! Let’s take a look at a “behind-the-scenes” of the decking of Hathorn Hall.

A bundle of tobacco sticks that I picked up for a buck a piece at a local antique mall. Hmmm...I wonder what this pile of sticks will become? Stay tuned to find out!

A bundle of tobacco sticks that I picked up for a buck a piece at a local antique mall. Hmmm…I wonder what this pile of sticks will become? Stay tuned to find out!

The beginning of the garland for the front door.

The beginning of the garland for the front door. P.S. All items for the garland are from Michael’s.

During the decking of the halls, Hathorn Hall was a hot mess!

During the decking of the halls, Hathorn Hall was a hot mess haha! Anyway, I could not find the garland I had pictured in my mind…so I created it using a ready-made garland, basic green garland, and ribbon.

I stretched out all the pieces needed for the garland and "wove" them together.

I stretched out all the pieces needed for the garland and “wove” them together.

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Not only is there a lot of weaving, but there is also a lot of fluffing involved in making garland!

Not only is there a lot of weaving, but there is also a lot of fluffing involved in making garland!

My best advice is to weave, fluff, and pull until you get the desired "fluffiness" and look.

My best advice is to weave, pull, and tug until you get the desired “fluffiness” and look.

A quick peek of the garland around the front door of Hathorn Hall

A quick peek of the garland around the front door of Hathorn Hall

I wanted my wreaths to be similar, but not match-matchy with my garland. This is the "base" of the wreath.

I wanted my wreaths to be similar, but not matchy-matchy to my garland. This is the “base” of the wreath. *P.S. Notice Ziva’s toy–she and Mattie had a good time while the hubby and I worked *smile*

My first attempt at making the wreaths for the front porch was a complete fail. So, I started over!

My first attempt at making the wreaths for the front porch was a complete fail. So, I started over! No harm in admitting failure *smile*

The hubby helping out with my epic fail wreath *smile*

The hubby helping out with my epic fail wreath *smile* P.S. Mattie was all tuckered out from all the playing.

Epic fail wreath on the bottom--makings of a successful wreath on the top

Epic fail wreath on the bottom–makings of a successful wreath on the top

It took a few hours to create the garland and the wreaths, but it was totally worth the time *smile*

It took a few hours to create the garland and the wreaths, but it was totally worth the time *smile* P.S. The TJ Maxx bag holds the pillows and throw for the porch.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we took a sneaky peek look of the decking of Hathorn Hall. Stay tuned to the blog for a Christmas Home Tour and to the social media for sneak peeks and happenings. Be sure to check out my “For the Love of Christmas” board on Pinterest for all kinds of wonderful decorating inspiration.