Well everyone, last week I posted my first Christmas-themed post of the year and I wasn’t sure if you were ready for it. I was definitely anticipating some pumpkins being thrown my way, but it looks like I was wrong! You were ready to get into the holiday spirit and so. am . I. Let’s do this thing!
Do you have a favorite color scheme for Christmas decorating? I really don’t and it makes things pretty crazy around here sometimes. I love it all. I love the reds, the blues, the greens, the golds, the silvers, the sparklies, the rustic country stuff, everything. Just not all at once, which is usually what ends up happening. So I thought maybe I’d try to make each room a different color or mood or theme or whatever. And this mudroom is my RED room!
I was inspired by this awesome sign that Kristen from Spunky Fluff sent me.
You can get it in any color she carries, but I got mine in this classic red. You remember Spunky Fluff, don’t you? I shared one of her signs in a post about a month ago as well in my front hall.
These signs are all custom cut from plywood, with a low VOC finish and they’re absolutely perfect down to the last detail. Just what I needed to inspire me in my not-so-perfect mud room.
Plus the name of the shop is called Spunky Fluff. I could just keep saying that all day. Spunky Fluff, Spunky Fluff, Spunky Fluff!
OK, I think it’s time for me to lay off of the peppermint hot chocolate. 🙂
Last week when I was getting ready to dismantle the Fall Mudroom and put this together, I told Chris that he was definitely going to have to help me with it because it was just going to be too big of a job for me with this baby practicing his karate moves in my belly lately. You know what though? I actually managed to get everything together in the course of a few days with no help at all, thanks to all of these easy projects I came up with that took me no more than 10 minutes each. It all came together to create this great cheerful first impression that seems perfectly well-planned out even if I just stumbled my way into it.
I wanted RED so I went and found these red stockings in my Christmas bins and this red picnic blanket that was with the camping supplies.
Next I went and quickly cut all these cedar branches from outside, just whatever I could carry easily in one trip. I stuck them in the stockings and in a vase and around here and there.
I kept the same wreath and just stuck a few sprigs of cedar in there too. Wait, there’s no red here! Well, you might notice that the door used to be red, but I went and painted it gray a few weeks ago and I love it. I decided not to pressure myself to add any red here since it was already perfect.
My next mini project was to create these wall decals out of some leftover fabric from the nursery. This fabric came from Online Fabric Store and in the nursery it just looks like a fun updated polka dot, but on these trees it totally looks like snowflakes, don’t you think? I just free-handed these trees with the scissors and then stuck them to the wall with one of Kennedy’s watermelon-scented glue sticks. It took no time at all and really made it look fun in here.
Well, I needed some “space fillers” too so I grabbed a few random boxes (cereal boxes, shipping boxes, toy boxes) from the recycling pile and wrapped them in some plain brown paper.
Like I said, I was aiming for 10 minutes tops, so I didn’t do a great job, but it doesn’t matter. Brown paper always looks good. I tore some strips from the fabric to use as ribbons and tied them on. Done!
Just like that, the room was red and Christmas was here!
If you’d like to get your own Spunky Fluff (Spunky Fluff, Spunky Fluff) Let it Snow sign, or any of Kristen’s other super fun signs, we have a coupon code for you to use until December 31st. Just use the code CREEKLINE to get 20% off your order!
So that’s the Christmas mud room for this year!
Hope you’re ready for more Christmas because I’ve got a few projects up my sleeve that I’m trying to get done in between karate chops to my pancreas. More to come!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.