Holiday Home Tour: The Parlor + Easy Decorating Tips

Mattie is not happy I disturbed her napping *wink*

Mattie is not happy I disturbed her napping *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Hathorn Hall! Come on in and sit a spell for the 2015 Holiday Home Tour of Hathorn Hall–a completely renovated and updated 1920 home located in Northeast Tennessee. Today, we will be touring and chatting about the Christmas decorations in the parlor + easy tips on how to spruce up your own homes for this fantabulous holiday season with things you may already own.

SSL Tip: If your tree isn't as tall as you would like for it to be, build a wooden base for it and hide the "box" with a tree skirt (tablecloth, sheet, fabric...).

SSL Tip: If your tree isn’t as tall as you would like for it to be, build a wooden base for it and hide the “box” with a tree skirt (tablecloth, sheet, fabric…). 

This year I decided to put only one tree in the parlor (last year, I had three) because I wanted a simple, rustic winter-wonderland feel. To be honest, this year, I was feeling a bit lazy with the decking of the halls. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am totally feeling the spirit of the season, and I am totally excited about all the lights, sounds, and joy of Christmas. But sometimes, it is good to be a bit lazy and simple *big smile*

SSL: To save money, make your own burlap ribbon from burlap fabric.

SSL Tip: To save money, make your own burlap ribbon from burlap fabric.

I made all the little wooden Christmas trees from leftover wood I had stashed in the basement.

I made all the little wooden Christmas trees from leftover wood I had stashed in the basement. I added bells to them because who doesn’t love Jingle Bells *let’s all take a moment and do some caroling*

Normally, I weigh my Christmas trees down with ornaments. Like, seriously. But I am really loving the pops of red, green, and gold on this year's tree.

SSL Tip: Sometimes, less is more. Normally, I weigh my Christmas trees down with ornaments. Like, seriously. However, I really am crushing on the little pops of red, green, and gold + each ornament stands out and isn’t crowded, hidden, or tucked deep inside never to be appreciated

What winter wonderland would be complete without snowmen!

What winter wonderland would be complete without snowmen!

I got this adorable set of wooden snowmen from The Next Best Thing.

I got this adorable set of wooden snowmen from The Next Best Thing.

One thing I really wanted to do this year was to work with decorations and decor items I already owned, so I went “shopping” in my basement and cabinets for things to use. Focusing on the rustic, winter-wonderland theme made it easier to sort through over 20 years of accumulated treasures! Because, believe me–if I had not focused, I would still be in the basement looking *wink*

This collection of milk glass is perfect for the fireplace mantel. If you don't own any milk glass, that's okay because it is super easy to find at antique malls and flea markets. SSL Tip: Don't be afraid to stack pieces to create a unique look + add height.

This collection of milk glass is perfect for the fireplace mantel. If you don’t own any milk glass, that’s okay because it is super easy to find at antique malls and flea markets. SSL Tip: Don’t be afraid to stack pieces to create a unique look + add height.

Old basket + rolled up newspapers = easy, peasy decor that will last through the season. For a more festive look, add a Christmas bow.

Old basket + rolled up newspapers = easy, peasy decor that will last through the season. SSL Tip: For a more festive look, add a Christmas bow and/or tie the newspapers with ribbons.

I wrapped empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin in kraft paper + added big ribbon for a traditional and rustic look.

I wrapped empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin in kraft paper + added big ribbons for a traditional and rustic look.

Chair from the basement + basket I already owned = no money spent--which makes the hubby smile!

Chair from the basement + basket I already owned = no money spent–which makes the hubby smile!

More empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin *wink* I bet the hubby is happy about that because these Christmas packages cost him no money *wink*

More empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin *wink* I bet the hubby is happy about that because these Christmas packages cost him no money *wink*

Yep, you guessed it! *wink*

Yep, you guessed it! *wink*

The completed look--baskets and table I already owned + empty boxes wrapped in kraft paper (which I have lots of because of my framing and art). All of this equals happy husband (and more money for me to spend on art supplies *giggles*).

The completed look–baskets and table I already owned + empty boxes wrapped in kraft paper (which I have lots of because of my framing and art). All of this equals happy husband (and more money for me to spend on art supplies *giggles*).

Mattie photobombing--her favorite room is the parlor or perhaps the hubby's office. I guess anywhere as long as she is allowed to nap undisturbed!

Mattie photobombing–her favorite room is the parlor or perhaps the hubby’s office. I guess anywhere as long as she is allowed to nap undisturbed! P.S. taking photos in my house is a challenge because Mattie and Ziva love having their photos taken and posted on Instagram *wink*

This area will be spruced up with live greenery and winterberry branches before the neighborhood party.

This area will be spruced up with live greenery and winterberry branches before the neighborhood party. SSL Tip: Always leave room for live greenery and berries! 

View from the hubby's office

Lots of people have asked me to post more photos of the parlor’s fireplace from different angles, so they could see more of it. Here is a view of it from the hubby’s office.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the simple and easy holiday decorations in the parlor. Now, y’all, go and enjoy this special time of year + no fretting about decorating and holiday traffic *big smile*

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Twinkling Lights

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O Tannenbaum–the family Christmas tree in the hubby’s office–it has 20+ years of ornaments on it *smile*

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 holiday memories to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are going to take a twinkling lights tour of Hathorn Hall. Now, grab a cup of hot cocoa, bundle up, and sit a spell with me *smile*

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IMG_8720IMG_8717Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of Hathorn Hall’s twinkling lights. Now, I am off to wrap a few holiday gifts and watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel *smile*

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Dining Room + Butler’s Pantry

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. This week we have been holiday touring Hathorn Hall–a 1920 home in Johnson City, Tennessee. Several months ago, the hubby and I bought this renovated gem, and we have been personalizing since day one. But thankfully, these are fun projects–not the nightmare ones we had with Sloss Castle! Any who. Enough chit chat about renovating. Y’all come on in and sit a spell in the dining room–which I will fully reveal with details on a later post.

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran. This is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran–who is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

Wine sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile*

The wine rack/sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile* We needed a way to “hide” but not “block” the return air vent (I think that is what it is called–I would ask the hubby, but he is at a conference…and I do not feel like Googling it *wink*).

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I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood.

I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood. *This room has a wall of giant windows making it extremely difficult to take photos, but I love the windows–and have no plans to cover them!

The butler's pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

The butler’s pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

Today, I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler's pantry + a vintage Santa and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler’s pantry + a vintage Santa + a snack jar that a student gave to me many moons ago and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

Yesterday a nice lady asked me for my best Christmas decorating advice. I am no expert, but I would say decorate with what you love, with what means the most…display your collections together (Santas, snowmen, nutcrackers, trees…). Most of all–have fun with it and get your family involved with the decking of the halls *smile*

IMG_8625Before y’all go, I wanted to share with y’all a new Lolly Molly Art collection on which I am working + from where the inspiration came. Well, I am currently designing, building, and painting little wooden houses (from salvaged wood and other salvaged materials) because we have moved and renovated so much in the past few years that houses have become a part of who I am. *Stay tuned to an upcoming handmade goodness post all about my favorite artists that create little houses.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink House collection. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink Houses series. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to give and help these precious babies find a warm house to live in furever. And I bet y'all thought I was just a "dog person"--nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals...bears scare me...they are cute as cubs...but they terrify me...even at the zoo!

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to help these precious babies find a warm home to live in furever. And I bet y’all thought I was just a “dog person”–nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals…but not bears…bears scare me…even at the zoo!

There is so much goodness on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction–from jewelry to personally autographed Jeanne Robertson’s DVDs. I am currently bidding on a darling piece of pottery because I love pottery, a snowflake print because it reminds me of how awesome God is, and an autographed Jeanne Robertson DVD. There is nothing better than a bidding war *wink*

For more information about Sparkle Cat Rescue and how y’all can help, visit their website and Facebook page. 

Website Here.

Facebook Page Here.

Online Auction Event Here.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I am off to go check on my bidding statuses. Be sure to sit a spell with me tomorrow as we take a holiday lights tour.

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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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