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Our Daughter’s Bedroom for Christmas

Talk of the House - a girlOne last weekend before Christmas is upon us. The span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has whizzed by this year! (And yes, my to-do list is still miles long.) I hope to bring you a few short Christmas posts in the coming days as this year draws to a close. (That way you and I can both still enjoy blogs and have time to get things done on our to-do lists!)  Our daughter’s room is decorated much as it was last year, but since her room was redecorated this past year with new bed linens and drapes (and had the furniture rearranged), it looks a little different.  This is the view as you come in the door.

Talk of the House - girlI was able to use the same snow themed throw pillows on the bed this year (and I think they look better with these linens than they did with the previous ones.:))

Talk of the House - bunkbeds at Christmas

Talk of the House - bed pillows at Christmas

The desk has a jar of snowballs again, (and our temperature here this weekend is supposed to be in the 70′s. Real Christmas-y, right?)

Talk of the House - snowballs in desk jar

Talk of the House - girlA Hallmark cookie dish holds books on the table by her black checked chair. (I put the books there in the hopes of persuading her to start the Jan Karon books over the holidays.)

Talk of the House - daughterRed mittens and another jar of snowballs are back on the dresser again.

Talk of the House - dresser vignette in girlAnd the garland above the window has red mittens and little white lights that stay on 24/7.  They are our daughter’s favorite part of the Christmas decorations!

Talk of the House - Christmas garland in girlAnd that is all there is to see in our daughter’s room this holiday season.  Don’t open that closet door…it is full of all the things she brought home for her break from college. During her final exam week, a couple of boys up on the 4th floor of her dorm were playing around and accidentally knocked off the head of one of the sprinkler system shower heads.  They could not get the water turned off for a while, and it flooded the dorm. Yes, flooded. My daughter said the water was flowing down the stairwells!  She is on the second floor, and water was coming out of the lights on that floor.  So they had to vacate the building (yes, during final exam week!)  Such is the exciting life of a college student.:)

One last school day and it will officially be our Christmas holidays!  My morning duty is unloading the cars full of children and greeting them all with a “Good Morning!” You could feel their excitement Thursday morning, so I know Friday will be a lot of fun. (The teachers are just as excited!)  I will want a looooong soak here on Friday night.

Talk of the House master bathroom with wreath for ChristmasHave a wonderful day, and think of all the teachers, students, and school bus drivers on this very high energy day.

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Patty - December 20, 2013 - 2:02 am

Stunning red for the holidays. Beautiful room and a blessed daughter that gets to come home to this comfort and joy. Kelly, when you publish a decorating book make sure this room is included. Your talent is amazing. Merry Christmas and May God bless you this coming year with your hearts desires.

Stephanie - December 20, 2013 - 7:33 am

wonderful room, very inspirational! How do you make those snowballs? We never have snow where we live, I could make my own!

Gail - December 20, 2013 - 8:17 am

Kelly: This is one of the most inviting rooms for Christmas I have ever seen. Your daughter will be sure to come back home whenever she can. What a wonderful gift you have for decorating! And the bathroom is awesome! Hope you find time to relax and soak in that tub; I so envy you. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year. You’ve been such a blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to have found your blog!

Louvina - December 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

I don’t know what is best— waking up to one of your posts or viewing one before I fall asleep?!:) but this one really blessed my soul! Maybe because I have 2 daughters and a Grandaughter — but I just love seeing girl’s room and this one is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us during this very hectic week for you and ALL teachers! Believe it or not– I still miss my days of teaching especially during the holidays. Just love seeing the joy of Christmas and life through their eyes! Merry Christmas, Kelly— and thank you for all the JOY you have spread thru your blog! Looking forward to another year of Blog Friendship!:)

Katrina - December 20, 2013 - 8:37 am

Ahh.. the day before Christmas break begins…for the past 30 years one of my very favorite school teacher days!!!
I just love your house, Kelly!!! I hope that you have a long warm relaxing bath in that beautiful bathroom this weekend!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Jayne - December 20, 2013 - 9:03 am

I have garland on my daughter’s bedroom window as well. It needs a touch of red and I love the red mitten idea. I think I might put the mittens on the ends and hat in the middle. I may even get a scarf in there somehow.
I know you are so excited for the Christmas break. I will pray for you, and all teachers, on this last day of school. Enjoy your holidays. Merry Christmas!

sherri - December 20, 2013 - 9:06 am

again…such a cheerful room. got my morning started out happy!

KellyinPA - December 20, 2013 - 9:20 am

I love the red, white and khaki combo:) I’m sure your daughter is looking forward to coming home from the craziness of college life to her own little sanctuary in your home. What a blessing:)I hope you have a wonderful last day before Christmas vacation. I stopped in to see my grands (6,4, 2 and 9mos) yesterday and they were literally little jumping jacks, so excited!! I hugged their mama when I left. She will need a great deal of grace over the next week;)

Barb - December 20, 2013 - 9:22 am

Our daughter is coming home (weather permitting) tomorrow. You’ve inspired me to add some Christmas lights to her room. Looks great! I love the part of your post describing the excitement of the kids at school. Who can’t remember that feeling?! Merry Christmas!

karen - December 20, 2013 - 9:24 am

Her room is so pretty and I love to keep all my Christmas lights on too…Have a very Merry Christmas! :)

Sue - December 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

All the retired teachers know the excitement of this day. My daughter is the family teacher now and she is looking forward to this nice long holiday as I know you are. We teachers always loved Christmas on a Wednesday. Have a wonderful holiday.

Kim - December 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

Your home is lovely! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

khaki salmon - December 20, 2013 - 9:49 am

Gorgeous! Do you EVER sleep? :)

Jill - December 20, 2013 - 10:03 am

What a lucky daughter to get a room decorated so cute for Christmas! I would leave those lights on 24/7 too!
Today is my kid’s last day of school also. They were so excited this morning about having parties, watching movies, eating goodies, and passing out the almond toffee we made to all their teachers.
I better get busy wrapping gifts before they get home! Hope you have an enjoyable break, Kelly!

Polly in KS - December 20, 2013 - 10:19 am

**sigh** Your daughter’s room is simply gorgeous. I am a school nurse and I for one am so very glad today is the last day of school for awhile. Too much sickness going around! Get these students home so they can recuperate. Anyway – I am so looking forward to shortening my To-Do List while on winter break – yippee!

Kelly and readers – Have a happy one!

Debra - December 20, 2013 - 10:25 am

Oh Kelly, you are amazing! I am sipping my coffee and just checking a few blogs,(yours always) and here we are ..ANOTHER POST! Your feet must be moving in your sleep and your coffee cup always full. Your daughter is one lucky girl. Her room is adorable and I just love all your touches. You definitely are of simple mind and all heart. I love the bunk beds, as they bring back memories for me. As a child I had a bunk bed too. So fun and even better yet when a friend sleeps over. Well, I have twin grandchildren and only have a iron trundle for now, but I am thinking bunk beds for the future. Thanks for the beautiful inspire. I have to agree with others here, in that I hope you find time to take a relaxing bath in your wonderful claw foot tub. Enjoy your break..

Kaye Ann - December 20, 2013 - 11:29 am

I love the red comforters on the beds. I’m a total “red” fan too. So very sweet. I’d love to come over and take a soak in your tub! HaHa!

Martha - December 20, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Beautiful room!!! My daughter used to tease me about my obsession with red, but now that she is all grown up with her own home, she has fallen in love with red too. I think it is in our DNA. I love the red mittens….I had just noticed that the red wool gloves I had thrown on the kitchen table looked pretty there and then I read this…..see, great minds!!!
My daughter teaches kindergarten and her last day was Wed…..she always does a Christmas breakfast for her students the last day. She brings her griddle and makes snowman pancakes…it is a lot of fun(and trouble) and she was more than glad to see those sweet (wild) kiddos leave….

Marianne in Mo. - December 20, 2013 - 12:52 pm

I love the colors in this room. I may have to steal the scheme for one of my guest rooms. ;-))
What a mess those kids must have had at the dorm, I can’t imagine! Hope she did well on finals in spite of that!
By the time you see this, your last day will be behind you, and possibly that long soak as well. Now you can concentrate on all the last minute things. Have a wonderful day!

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Garden, Home and Party - December 20, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Your daughter’s room looks so festive and cozy. I love the garland over the window. You always bring the season into each of your rooms, something that has inspired me this past year of following your posts.
Enjoy your break. That tub should do the trick this evening. :D

Sherri - December 20, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Love, love, love!

Theresa in Nebraska - December 20, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Just beautiful! I love that garland.
Enjoy your time off. My daughter teaches high school and she is soooo ready for that break!

Susie in MO - December 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Enjoy Christmas break! I know THIS teacher is ready. My daughter and new son-in-law will be home from FL Monday and I will make sure to put a lighted tree in their (her old…) bedroom to keep it festive :-), thanks for the inspiration, as always.

Brandi D. - December 20, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I liked your daughter’s room before, but I LOVE it now. And so do my daughters! We are slowly redoing their room, but I can’t imagine it ever being as put together and serene as your daughter’s room. With three girls all in one tiny space… well, you can imagine.

My favorite part is that it’s all decorated for the holidays. I remember, as a little girl, watching the movie Prancer and being so excited to see the main character cutting reindeer out of a magazine to string across her window. I was the same way, always wanting my room (that I shared with my younger brother until I was 10) to be a festive respite from the world. I hope to evoke that same feeling for my girls.

I hope you have a relaxing Christmas break. :)

DeeDee - December 21, 2013 - 9:51 am


The changes made to your daughters room are beautiful & I love the toned down and more grown-up look! She must really look forward to coming home and relaxing in this sanctuary :) I’m not a “red” person, but I love, love love this room- job, well done! I think you deserve a cocktail while taking that long soak :)

Merry Christmas!

Michele - December 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Kelly, it looks great! What a beautiful, cozy room!
My daughter (7) happened to peek over my shoulder while I was looking at your pictures, and she’d be ready to move right in!

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - December 22, 2013 - 7:13 pm

I love what you have done with her room!!! I am SURE she felt loved and your anticipation to see her when she saw her room. While I am on break from school this holiday we are doing a “shifting of bedrooms………..” but I am loving the purging and redecorating process. I am using your daughters bedroom as some inspiration…’s beautiful!!!

phyllis - December 23, 2013 - 9:06 am

I can’t stop looking at this!

You truly are a decorator. Somebody is going to see your blog and try to court you away from teaching!

I’ve enjoyed all your Christmas posts!!
Merry Christmas, Kelly :)

Kelly - December 31, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Well, your daughter’s room is just the cutest! I pinned the picture of the window with the garland so I can refer to it next year. Did you get it somewhere special, or is it something I (NOT a DIY-er!) can do myself? I want to decorate for Christmas again already!

Kelly, your style is more traditional than mine, but I adore your house. I love seeing the pictures and reading your words, and I always feel uplifted after reading your blog. I didn’t quite know why until I read this post: your home oozes with love and care for your family. The love practically leaps out of the screen. Everything you do in your decorating envelops your home with warmth. I think it would feel like the house was hugging me if I came to visit!

Thank you for talking about your house and others on this blog. Your little Talk of the House community adores you. :)
Kelly, What a super sweet comment! I hope the house does ooze with love and care. It is a very traditionally styled home, but it has taken years of trying out different styles before coming to this particular “look” that seems to work best around here.
As far as the garland in daughter’s room, I bought the fake green cedar garland unadorned from a local shop. Unfortunately, they do not carry it anymore, and I have never seen it anywhere else. It really does look like cedar. I added the lights, bows, and mittens which could be done with any artificial (or real) garland. I am so glad that you like it.
Thank you so much for reading the posts and leaving such kind comments. I hope the new year holds many blessings for you!

Kelly - December 31, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Oops – can’t edit. I pinned the picture of the window with the *garland* not garden. :)

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