Christmas Home Tour 2017 & $300 Giveaway

It is time to share my Christmas Home tour 2017 & $300 Giveaway. As you may know, we are currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan (military life brought us here) we live in a Japanese apartment since July 2017.

I really haven’t shared much of the new place, so today you will get a little glimpse into our new place. You can find my 2014 Christmas Tour here, 2015 Christmas Tour here, here, 2016 Christmas Tour here and this post on how I transformed a regular Christmas tree into a flocked tree, here.

Hope you will also take the time at the end to enter the giveaway which gets you a chance to win $300, YAY!

Ready? I can’t wait to reveal my living & dining room while it is all decked out for Christmas. Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Decor

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Christmas Home Tour 2017 & $300 Giveaway

I do not regret that I scaled down to a slim Christmas tree! Living overseas where storage and apartments/houses are much smaller wasn’t an easy adjustment. But by making few compromises, we worked it out.

This year I bought gift wrapping paper from a dollar store. I got a two pack of each color for only 100yen each. We have a dollar store called Daiso here in Japan, and I always find something that wow’s me.

Christmas Home Tour 2017 & $300 Giveaway

Hi there, I just wanted to say “hi” and introduce myself to all the new followers.
My name is Betty, I was raised in Germany, fell in love with a Marine, moved to the US and had two beautiful children with him.
We also have a rescue cat named Sweet Pea, which loves to talk.
I am obsessed with essential oils because “health matters”. I can’t have gluten or dairy but LOVE bread!

Okinawa, Japan is currently our home, and YOU just walked into our life’s. 👋🏼 My goal in life is to live to the fullest, be kind to one another, and always inspire others to reach for their dreams!


Christmas Table Scape

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Ok, let’s talk about flowers for a second. This centerpiece is made entirely of real flowers, greenery, and even the cotton stems are real. Going out in town for something specific is always a challenge, but the florist I went too did an amazing job by putting this centerpiece together for me.

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The two decorative pieces on the side of my table are made of styrofoam and mini pinecones that are glued on and spray painted in gold.

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The table runner is completely covered in beads, which gave the tablescape the sophisticated look and feel I was going for.

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The Napkin folding technique, as I went through the 100’s of different styles on the interwebs. This one stuck because I was able to hide the silverware inside the napkin, and it was fairly simple to recreate.

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Living room

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Simple but cozy, is what comes to mind. I still love this sectional but wish we could update the fabric to something brighter, more neutral.

As you may have noticed, the two cushions on the right are missing my tufted buttons, this is only because I took a video of how to remove them so I could wash the cushion covers. Since I am the queen of the Ikea Cushion hack, this request was long overdue and will come to the blog in the near future.

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And yes, I do love Tupperware.

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  1. I can’t believe how beautiful you have made base living Bettina! Your decor is gorgeous as always and that tablecape is stunning!! How much longer are you in Oki? Y’all can join us on mainland next. 😉 Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

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