My house is completely decorated for Christmas and I have to admit that sometimes I look around and think, “Why do I have so much stuff?” I mean…there’s a lot of stuff and the biggest challenge is what to do with the other stuff that gets replaced with the Christmas stuff? Do you have this same problem?
Want to know where all the year-round stuff is? In my office, that’s where! I could open a store! Next year…I’m determined to figure out the stuff situation and I think I have a plan…keep reading.
I spent today with the incomparable Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse fame while she was decorating the Evans home in Westhaven for their Parade of Homes (click the link for details) that runs from Saturday, December 6 – 7 and benefits the Hillsboro Band and I’m here to tell you…that you CAN do FABULOUS without all the stuff and a huge investment!
You need a little imagination…and the desire to bring the beauty of nature into your home.
The Evan’s home is the epitome of style, elegance and character. Robin Evans has a love of collecting vintage finds and adding modern accents. From Louisiana originally, she wanted to bring that charm to her new home in Westhaven. She and her husband took a spec home and added rustic details to give it more character and today, it’s a charming testament to the family’s personality. Kim Leggett was the perfect fit to create the Christmas feeling that Robin wanted to feature for the Parade of Homes tour.
Lucky me – I was invited to watch this transformation take place and I’m still amazed at what can be accomplished with the simplest of items…like burlap, muslin, jute rope and a whole lot of greenery! You should know that the entire home was decked out for Christmas for less than $500! It’s remarkable. “We wanted it to be all natural – 90% gathered from a yard, leftover garden or a fence row. We also wanted it to be so easy that anyone can do it,” Kim told me.
After watching this installation, I can assure you, that ANYONE can do this because the truth is…it doesn’t have to be perfect – in fact…it shouldn’t be perfect. “It should feel seamless and when you spend too much time trying to be perfect, it just doesn’t work.” So don’t try and be perfect.
Look closely at the table setting because Kim used frayed burlap for placemats and a muslin table runner acts is home for the fresh greens which Robin purchased at Lowe’s. All the bows that adorn the wreaths are made of muslin that has been ripped into strips! (And here I spend hours tying bows!) And the little candle rings…well they’re from the burlap shavings from the placemats. Everything is readily available and affordable!
The mercury glass is whimsically placed throughout the house and adds special touches of glimmer silver.
The backyard is also decorated and so inviting…
And finally the Christmas tree…simple, elegant and yet…still filled with that country charm.
Truly…truly…anything goes and I think the secret to all of this is just to give it a whirl.
Here’s one of my personal secrets…until I moved to Franklin, I never went to home improvement stores mainly because I felt LOST…but now…Lowe’s is one of my favorite places. Sometimes I just go and wander the aisles!
Here’s Kim’s quote of the day and one I’ll never forget!
“Jute rope in any size and color will always be your best friend for life! And… Lowe’s is also your best friend.” – Kim Leggett
The Evan’s home is ready for the tour and it absolutely oozes with style and personality. It’s country with sophistication. It’s friendly and you know that an active young family lives here. It’s absolutely brilliant to be able to decorate an entire home for a Christmas Parade of Homes tour for under $500.
If you live in Franklin, make sure to stop by and see the home in person so you can really get a feel for how this Christmas transformation happened. You can get all the details here.
I can’t wait to share the tree that hangs above the fireplace with you. You aren’t going to believe how a few branches can transform into a tree! Stay tuned. It’s up next but it starts out with this!
Once again…Kim Leggett amazes me! Thank you Kim for the constant inspiration. (I’m off with my clippers to the cypress trees in my neighborhood.)
Receive all the latest news about Franklin PLUS my FREE Report Must Attend Franklin EVENTS!
Subscribe to get our latest content by email plus your free report Must Attend Franklin Events.