Christmas Home Tour

Christmas is just around the corner and today I’ll be sharing with you a little tour into our tiny L.A. home rental. The lovely home tours are hosted by the ever so sweet Ashley from Cherished Bliss and Country Living thank you so much being such amazing hosts! This is going to be a very merry cherished christmas week filled with holiday inspirations by some truly talented gals.

If you’re visiting from my sweet friend Fox Hollow Cottage, welcome! I absolutely adore Shannon and her beautiful cottage. And thank you for being here! I hope these lovely home tours inspire you to create something beautiful for your home.

 

As a military family moving every three years can be bittersweet, sometimes we have to leave things behind and start from scratch. As long as we have each other that’s all that matters. As a renter and sometimes living in military housing it’s been a big challenge and struggle for me to decorate without painting walls, changing light fixtures, or doing anything remotely permanent.

Sometimes you have to make do with what you have and that’s what I’ve done. I always had a vision of what I wanted our home to look like, but affording it was another story. I wanted to share and show you that even if you are renting or may live in military housing, you can still make it your home and love it. The home you’re in may not be your dream home, or permanent by any means but enjoy it, love it, and live in it!

Welcome to our tiny L.A. home all decked out for Christmas!

Last year my sweet mom brought over boxes and boxes of pinecones that she had picked up around her home. At first I was truly excited to see all the different types of pinecones and all the wonderful crafts I could use them for. Unfortunately the boxes of pinecones sat in our garage for a whole year! So I decided that it was time to make something with these pinecones and I chose to make wreaths, 8 of them to be exact. It was not easy but I was so determined to make them. After making them, pinecones took over our dining room area! You can’t have to many pinecones.. right?

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Then I made pinecone ornaments and filled our cabinet with pinecones too. You can never have too many pinecones.. right? 🙂

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Our dining room is very neutral and rustic, but our living room is bright and merry!

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Our home does not have an entryway, but I really wanted to have one. So I created one using a small and narrow shelf and bench, I also added this brick pattern removable wallpaper! It peels off just like a sticker! It’s a tiny space which works great in our small home.

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Our home may not be big or fancy, but it’s truly full of love! Thank you so much for stopping by, Happy Holidays sweet friends!

The next stop on the Christmas Home Tours is the very talented Sarah from Life on Virginia Street! Her home is absolutely gorgeous and I love her style!

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And don’t forget to visit all the homes on the tour!

 

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  • cassie primitive & proper
    December 1, 2015

    that pinecone wreath gallery wall is stunning- such a unique and beautiful idea!

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      cassie primitive & proper
      December 1, 2015

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Cassie! And I’m so glad you liked my pinecone wreath gallery wall, it was rough making them but well worth all the hot glue gun burns heheh

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    December 1, 2015

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  • Michelle Lepak
    December 1, 2015

    Norma, I am in love with your pine cone wreath wall! It is pinecone-tastic! Yes, let’s just say this is a word. You definitely created a cozy and festive home for the holidays. The natural elements are my favorite. So happy to be touring with you! Merry Christmas. Michelle @ Dandelion Patina

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      Michelle Lepak
      December 1, 2015

      Oh, Michelle you are so sweet! Those pinecone wreaths were rough to make, I can’t even count how many times I burned myself with the hot glue gun and got scratched and poked by the pinecones lol We couldn’t even use our kitchen because there was pinecones everywhere heheh It’s truly an honor to be part of this with you talented gals! And OMG your home.. where do I start.. it is stunning!! XOXO

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  • Debbie Refresh Restyle
    December 1, 2015

    Oh Michele, your home is gorgeous! I love all the pinecones!! After all the Country Living Cherished Christmas tours, I am ready for Christmas!
    Debbie

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      Debbie Refresh Restyle
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much, Debbie! I’m so happy we could inspire you and getting you into the Christmas spirit 🙂 XOXO

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  • Anna
    December 1, 2015

    Your home is stunning! I am so in love with your pine cone wreath wall, I think it’s my favorite thing from all the houses so far! I’m going to share it on instagram. 🙂
    Anna

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      Anna
      December 5, 2015

      Anna, you are the best! And Thank you so very much for sharing my pinecone wall, I truly appreciate it! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season 🙂 XOXO

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  • Shannon Fox
    December 1, 2015

    Norma!!
    Your tour is de-lish.
    LOVE the pinecone stuffed cabinet. It’s darling.
    Might have to try that in my apothecary cabinet sometime {wink wink}.
    The whole house is merry & bright and a real delight to tour!!

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      Shannon Fox
      December 5, 2015

      You’re the best Shannon! I thought I was getting carried away with all the pinecones lol and I LOVED your beautiful home tour too, it always makes me smile! XOXO

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  • The Refeathered Roost
    December 1, 2015

    Wow! I adore your pine cone wreaths and vignettes. Had to comment because it is so creative and eye-catching! My favorite tour so far!

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      The Refeathered Roost
      December 5, 2015

      You are too sweet! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it truly made me smile 🙂 I had a lot of fun putting everything together and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season! XOXO

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  • Andi C
    December 1, 2015

    I love everything you’ve done from the red and white colors to the pine cones! You have expressed Christmas beautifully!

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      Andi C
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much Andi! You are so sweet and I’m so glad you enjoyed my little home tour. Wishing you a beautiful Holiday Season. XOXO

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  • Kristin Bergthold
    December 1, 2015

    I think your home is charming, but the pinecone wreaths! Swoon!!! Everything is so beautiful.

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      Kristin Bergthold
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much, Kristin! Your comment truly means a lot, your blog is beautiful and delicious 🙂 and is always inspiring me! Wishing you the happiest of Holidays! XOXO

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  • Alicia
    December 2, 2015

    What a beautiful home tour… You have done a phenomenal job!…..I love the rustic elements! ??????

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      Alicia
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Alicia! It truly warms my heart knowing that you enjoyed my little home tour 🙂 Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays! XOXO

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  • Kelly
    December 3, 2015

    Merry and Bright for sure — and I loved the use of all the pinecones! Everything looks beautiful, Norma — and kudos for making your own entryway in the rental! Happy Holiday to you and your family. HUGS!!

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      Kelly
      December 5, 2015

      Aww, chucks! Thank you Kelly!! I thought I was getting carried away with all the pinecones lol and I LOVED your beautiful home tour too. Happy Holidays sweetie! XOXO

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  • Jamie | anderson + grant
    December 3, 2015

    Your pine cone filled rental is amazing! I’m completely in love with the different looking wreaths on the wall. Your entire house looks very pretty!

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      Jamie | anderson + grant
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so for your lovely comment, Jamie! I thought I was getting a little carried away with all the pinecones lol but I had a lot of fun putting everything together and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season! XOXO

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  • Elaine
    December 4, 2015

    Love everything especially your entryway. Elaine

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      Elaine
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Elaine! I’m so glad you enjoyed my little entryway, it’s one of my favorite spaces in our home 🙂 Happy Holidays sweetie! XOXO

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  • Krista
    December 4, 2015

    You had me at those wreaths. WOW! Absolutely incredible tour – I love all the natural greenery and then the hits of red and white. STUN-NING!

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      Krista
      December 5, 2015

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Krista!! I’m so happy your enjoyed my wreaths, it was rough making them but well worth all the hot glue gun burns heheh Wishing you the happiest of Holidays sweetie! XOXO

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  • April Hoff
    December 4, 2015

    I love your tour, Norma! I can almost smell the pine needles and pine cones through the computer…ha! It’s so fresh and natural looking, and I just love it!!!

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      April Hoff
      December 5, 2015

      You are to sweet April!! I’ve been enjoying everyones home tours, they are all AMAZING! 🙂 And I just LOVED yours too! Happy Holidays sweetie! XOXO

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  • Yvette
    December 4, 2015

    I don’t suppose you’d like to share your wreath making instructions or tips, please? Or single photos of each? Totally LOVE!!! Thank you for sharing and thank you to your husband, too, for his brave service. And to you–military life isn’t easy (I have two daughters married to Army men.) Christmas Blessings to you !

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      Yvette
      December 5, 2015

      You are so sweet, thank you so much for your kind words! Military life is something else, sometimes you just have to embrace it and enjoy all the little things that come with it whether it’s good or bad 🙂 I was definitely thinking about doing a tutorial on the wreaths because I learned that you should use high temp glue and a high temp glue gun instead of the low temp (which I used for the first one I made and the pinecones weren’t sticking together very well). The larger the pinecones are, it is best to wrap them around with floral wire then hot glue them together. I will make a tutorial on tips and tricks I learned while making them. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Holidays sweetie! XOXO

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  • Keila
    December 5, 2015

    What a stunning home Norma! It must be so hard moving every 3 years. You’ve done a magnificent job making everything perfectly elegant and cozy for the holidays! I love your taste and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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      Keila
      December 14, 2015

      You are the sweetest Keila! I’m so used to moving around, it’s almost become second nature heheh So glad you enjoyed my little home and I wish you the happiest of holidays and a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family! XOXO

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  • Donna
    December 5, 2015

    Norma, I believe I see pine cones from Lake Tahoe among the white dishes in your hutch. I collected several from Lake Tahoe more years ago than I can count & I just love the little stout shape of them. We, too are a military family & you are a testament that you can make any place home. Your pine cone wreaths are beautiful, as is the rest of your home. Have a very merry Christmas & a prosperous 2016.

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      Donna
      December 14, 2015

      Hi Donna! You are so sweet, all the pinecones you see are from Lake Tahoe.. my sweet mother went on a pinecone frenzy and collected tons of them lol The stout shaped ones are my favorite! They are so delicate and pretty. It’s so nice to hear from fellow military wives, Thank you! Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays and a Very Merry Christmas. XOXO -Norma

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  • Ashley Thurman
    December 7, 2015

    I absolutely love all the pinecones you’ve incorporated! Those wreaths!! Swoon!! So worth all your hard work! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us!

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      Ashley Thurman
      December 14, 2015

      Thank you so much, Ashley! And Thank you so much for having me be part of this beautiful Christmas home tours! I hope I didn’t over due it with the pinecones lol

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  • brocanteuserose
    December 9, 2015

    I LOVED all the pinecones! Absolutely darling, and as much as I love, love, love all the Christmas home tours, they do start to blend a little after the 100th one or so. 🙂 but yours stood out, in the best way possible!!!

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      brocanteuserose
      December 14, 2015

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m so happy you enjoyed my pinecones! I was a bit worried it was going to be to much heheh Have a wonderful Christmas sweetie!! XOXO

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  • Heather
    December 10, 2015

    I love your pine cone gallery wall – so clever!! I’ve collected pinecones from every one of our military postings….I love adding them to bowls in the fall and winter. Now I want to make wreaths! 🙂 Gorgeous tour!

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      Heather
      December 14, 2015

      Thank you so much and I’m so glad you enjoyed my pinecone wreaths! I love pinecones on bowls too! I may have gotten carried away with pinescones this year heheh Happy Holidays Heather! XOXO

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  • allison {a glimpse inside}
    December 18, 2015

    Girl, your home is gorgeous and love how you used the pine cones throughout! As a military spouse myself, I totally understand the figuring out ways to decorate a new place every few years. In fact, we just moved this summer and I still don’t feel completely settled yet. lol

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      allison {a glimpse inside}
      December 19, 2015

      You are so sweet! Thank you Allison! It took me a whole year for me to feel settled in heheh So yes, I totally know how that is 🙂 It so nice to meet other military spouses in the blogging world, it truly is a pleasure to meet you! I hope you settle in soon sweetie 🙂 Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas! XOXO

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  • Deb
    December 21, 2015

    Hi Norma,
    My first times topping by your page! Love your Christmas Tour. Those wreaths on the wall are so pretty and every little touch in your space is perfection! So glad I came across your page : ) Merry Christmas!

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      Deb
      January 2, 2016

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much for stopping by, it truly means a lot to me 🙂 And I’m so glad you enjoyed my home tour, I had a fun time putting everything together. Wishing you a Wonderful New Year!! XOXO

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  • Debbie Mae
    December 6, 2016

    You have inspired me to do something different, so my grandson and I are off to collect pinecones. I hope I can do it half as well as you did. Your whole home is stunning!!! Merry Christmas

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      Debbie Mae
      December 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Debbie! I hope you had the chance to make some beautiful pinecone decorations.. after all you can never have to many 😀 Happy Holidays!

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