Annie (Skudera) Barnatt bought a mirror from AJ and I a few weeks ago and I had the pleasure of quickly seeing her and meeting daughter Olivia (we were driving to NY to surprise AJ's mom and needed to make it there before she left work... of course after we left I realized I had white paint streaked through my hair... so much for making a good impression after not seeing someone for ten years) so I didn't get to spend any time with her but I feel like we could fill the day talking about decorating, paint colors, refinishing furniture and family. Annie and I went to high school together and she married her high school sweetheart, Brian, and had three adorable children. (Her sister-in-law is Jen Barnatt, who we featured earlier in this series.)
I'll let Annie tell you about her house in her own words:
This is our front porch, my favorite spot in the whole house. It's always so sunny. I love the simple green wreaths on the front windows.
I love hanging ornaments on the cabinets and putting red flowers by the sink; so cheerful.
The nativity scene is from Pottery Barn from a few years ago. I love how rustic it looks. The boys play with it constantly moving the figures around. It's on an end table in the family room.
The lights and greenery on the mantel are pretty and Olivia proof. I love the mercury glass with all the green.
This year I hung our stockings on the stairs so Olivia couldn't pull them down- at 15 months she is onto everything. The boys get so excited pulling them out every year and seeing their names on them.
I got this bayleaf wreath at Home Goods a few years ago. It's such a staple. It's over our bed around a wedding picture to make our bedroom feel festive.
Our first Christmas together, Brian and I went to Christmas Tree Shop and picked out all our ornaments. Theyre mostly glass blown traditional. I love then because we picked them together and I like pulling them out year after year. The Santa Claus postcards are something I couldn't resist buying this year from Pottery Barn while I was Christmas shopping. They're so nostalgic looking.
Brian doesn't understand why I love this gold reindeer. It's my favorite Christmas decoration. I love putting it out every year. Ironically this year it's on HIS dresser.
The dining room table is one place the kids can't reach so I take advantage. I always incorporate this blue jar in my decorating. It's my favorite. I found it at Pottery Barn years ago on clearance for $19.
Mason made me this little white angel in Sunday school. Its so sweet. I have it propped by the sink.
There you have it... Annie's version of Christmas!
Thank you so much, Annie, for letting us stop into your beautiful house. I love everything about it!