Back To School Christmas - Holiday Housewalk 2019

Welcome to Stop 26 on the Holiday Housewalk! If you are visiting from Tidbits, welcome!

Wasn't that old home she shared beautiful? It's so much fun to see all the different holiday decor approaches and enjoy all of the the lovely designs. This year, for my Holiday Housewalk Tour, I did something a little different. The Yellow Cape Cod went "Back to School"!!  

My daughter's tough study schedule means she won't be home for the holidays until just before Christmas. Since she can't be here to enjoy our holiday decor, I decided to bring the feeling of being home for the holidays to her and her sisters living in the Zeta Sorority House at Michigan State University!

The day after Thanksgiving, I packed up the truck with loads of Christmas decor and headed to East Lansing to spend the night with her in the house to decorate our hearts out. It was so much fun to experience college life for a night. While I take you on a tour of the house all decked out for the holidays, I'll tell you how my weekend at the Zeta House went...

Twas the night after Thanksgiving and all through Zeta House, not a sister was stirring, and definitely no mouse.

My girl and I nestled all snug in bunk beds while visions of holiday decor danced in our heads.

When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter and I sprang from my bunk to see what was the matter. Cell phone alarm! It was 5 in the morn! Only TWELVE HOURS to get this mansion adorned!

The Keurig was there to keep us fueled all day long. Lots of joe would be needed to keep our game strong.

With fresh evergreens and a sleigh scored from St. Vinnies Thrift Store, I started to deck out the main entrance door.

Into the house I ventured to go, to give the Dining Hall a holiday glow.

On green! 
On white! 
On black and white lights!

The Dining Room tree has all the school pride. 
A "Spartan Approved" holiday vibe!

Now on to the Living Room! And, on to the Hall! 
We have lots to do before the night fall!

Up went a tree and up went the garlands. Gold ornaments and white fur were the themes for these darlin's.

Stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nick might show himself there.

My work at the Zeta House was complete. 
It was time to pack up and drive through the sleet.

To leave my girls behind for a short while, hoping this decor would make them all smile.

Later that evening as I laid in my bed, I received lots of text messages that read...

"Thank you, Mama Macklem, for all the decor. It'll keep us feeling cozy 'till we reach our homes' door".

Hearing those words made my heart feel so light.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!! 

Now it's time to continue the tour at City Farmhouse!

My Holiday Housewalk Tour was sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores. Many of the decor items used in this design were thrifted finds.

If you have a room in your home that needs a little love, now is the time to take advantage of our rare Black Friday EDesign Sale! This offer is good until 12/15/18 or we reach capacity (whichever comes first). 
Let's get started before I'm full! 

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  1. how fun is this! I am sure the girls were so excited to wake up and see the house decorated. Happy holidays!

  2. this is SO awesome! i love what you did, especially outside, and i hope i get to do this one day! you are such an awesome mom!!!!! and i also love that i can SO see your style throughout, even though it is not your home.

  3. Wow! That is so special. Loved seeing the sorority house decorated for Christmas! You did a wonderful job. xx

  4. World's best mom award goes to you! The girls must be thrilled!

  5. This is so cool, Sarah! Your daughter must have been like "Yah...that's my Mom!!!" I bet you are looking forward to her coming home. Enjoy your holiday together...I am excited for my oldest to be home from CCS (Detroit Art School) for a month! Keep in touch, and thank you so much for the share on IG. XO

  6. Oh I love this! I graduated from Michigan State and am a Spartan through and through! Go Green!

  7. She is so lucky to have you as a mom, you are awesome!!! Everything is just beautiful, I bet they are all thrilled!


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