About Jennifer Todryk
Hey there! I’m Jenn.

Things get a little loud and chaotic over here from time to time. I blame the three child beasts ... and Mike is loud too. But, I hope to bring you nothing but happiness, inspiration, good home decor and only the comfiest clothing recommendations because, who really enjoys pants .... ? And most importantly a good laugh. I hope you laugh a lot… even if it’s at my expense.

- Jennifer
December 16, 2016 | Home Decor

My Renovated Rustic Farmhouse Holiday Home Tour And Christmas Card Reveal!

by Jennifer

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My house looks like Christmas drank a little too much eggnog, stumbled into my newly renovated home, and then lost its cookies all over the place.

I repeat: Christmas threw up everywhere in here.

And I LOVE IT! I love it so much! Christmas decor just makes me happy and tingly and I feel like Olaf in Frozen where I just want to give everyone warm hugs! (One day my jokes won’t be a Disney reference, I promise.)

Know what doesn’t make me happy? Wrapping the same gift four times. That’s right, same gift, wrapped four times. My children have unwrapped the same boring, basic rectangular box FOUR times and it’s not even for them. I had just sent a text to one of my girlfriends about how in awe I was at the fact that my kids haven’t messed with tree one time and then they instantly start attacking this poor gift.

Besides that small incident, nothing can kill my Christmas spirit and I hope to always display that throughout my home during the holidays!

If you missed my first home renovation post, then I highly recommend reading it so you’re up to speed: Kitchen Renovation That Almost Killed Us. Go read it. We’ll wait here.

Today we will be starting this home tour in the entry, because that’s generally how guests would walk into a home, and you my friends, are all my guests. *wink face.

Below is the original entry. And no, we didn’t get to keep the piano. We did ask if they would sell it to us….


We ended up knocking down that wall to the right which now opens up to the kitchen. Best decision ever and all credit goes to Mike for that idea! We didn’t make any other massive changes to this space, we just changed out the light fixture, put gray paint on the walls, we painted the stair trim black to match the already black top part of the railing, and laid new carpet.

Then it became this…


Side note: Gretchen Rossi, one of the ladies from Real Housewives of Orange County, shared this picture on her Instagram page last night. So now we will probably end up vacationing together… because that’s what happens when someone shares a photo of your foyer. Thanks, Gretch!



The foyer dumps you straight into the formal living room. We call it “formal” because it doesn’t have a tv in the room (*gasp). It was a gorgeous space but since all of our furniture and decorations are more rustic/industrial, we wanted to bring that same vibe to the details of the house. Here she is in her original glory…


So, to start we took off the fireplace mantle and marble which revealed an amazing brick fireplace that was original to the house and had been recently renovated (we actually felt bad after we were told that information…) we painted the walls a delicious gray, and we changed out the chandelier and fireplace sconces.

After five painful months (that is the length of time it took to renovate the entire house, not just this room) it now looks like this…



The brick isn’t the original brick. The original brick was cherry red and I wanted no part of that, so we just covered it with a new color of brick which I think turned out amazing if I do say so myself! I’m digging the dark gray bricks!


The french doors are my favorite.

They are the toddler beasts’ favorite as well so the glass is constantly smeared with spit and boogers. So great.


I inherited this antique piano when my parents moved. No one can play it, but we can stare at it and bang on the keys whenever we want to.


And because the first fire had to be documented…


To me, the first fire is what makes Christmas official! So cozy! So fun!

A few minutes after this photo was taken our house was completely filled with smoke. We had to open all of the doors and lock ourselves in a room so we wouldn’t pass out. That’s the stuff you need a blog for, so you can let people in on what really goes on behind the pretty photo.

The living room then leads you into what we call the “brick room” which we named for obvious reasons. All of its walls are real brick! This is the room that has the double french doors that are pictured in the entry photo. So the room has a total of four french doors all which are always covered in toddler face-germ.


It was a Christmas jammie kind of morning.


Close up of this super old trunk that my mom gave me when they sold their house last month. It’s from the 1800’s and still has two original Railway freight passenger stickers on the sides! I’m obsessed with old finds!


I kept the Christmas decor to a minimum in the kitchen. I felt like less was more in this space. Every time I added more in I thought I was cluttering the space up!


I brought those topiaries shown above in from the front porch (because my mini Christmas trees are out there now) and I always wonder what kind of bugs I trojan-horsed into my house with these plants. *shudder


I think these barstools just steal the show and they are a Homegoods find! I found all three on the same day! All of my TJMaxx starts were perfectly aligned that day.



I’m very proud of this open shelving that I made by myself! (Well, a guy at Lowes cut the shelves for me and Mike hung them… so yeah, all by myself.)

Have you seen our most recent home tour? Click here!

Here are a few of our family pictures taken by the amazing Stephanie Rose Photography!


I mean, come on. I’m super biased, but those mini maniacs melt my heart, my face, they melt all of me.


Oh, just us on a bed.


Thanks to all who voted on my Life as a Rambling Redhead Facebook Page!



We HAD to put the dysfunctional picture somewhere and I loved the suggestion from a few of you to put it on the back! Brilliant!!

Thanks, Minted for making these cards so memorable! They also have a good selection of New Years cards if you’re like me and just can’t seem to get those Christmas cards out early (or on time). They have quite a few and will definitely be ready in time to ring in the new year!

Browse here: Minted Holiday Cards

 Thank you all for following me on this blogging journey! My family and I wish you a Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year!

God bless you and your little child-beasts.

HE is the reason for the season, friends.

-Until the next time this Redhead rambles decorates.

How my house looks currently…



You didn’t really think I was going to let you leave here without a good dose of reality, did you?

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Source List:

Living Room:

Couch, leather chair, Cedar block side table, and Rug – IOMetro (Exclusive to Dallas)

Coffee Table: World Market

Fireplace Scones- Restoration Hardware

Chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Sign above fireplace: Kirklands

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

Trim color: Sherwin Williams Pure White


Chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Rug: Local Homegoods

Bench: Hobby Lobby

Picture Ledges: Target

Paint color: Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray cut to 50% (made it lighter)

Trim color: Sherwin Williams Pure White


Island pendants: Restoration Hardware

Dining table chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Island stools: Local Homegoods

Entry Chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Kitchen Table: IOMetro

Dining chairs: Local Trade Days

Open Shelving: Made them myself!

Cabinet and ceiling paint: Sherwin Williams Pure White

Wall Paint color: I hand mixed gray, white, and blue to make this color! Therefore, it has no name.

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*In partnership with Minted but all opinions are my very own! 

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  • Your house is stunning!!!! You did an amazing job renovating it!
  • Merry Everything, my Favourite Humans! Sending you much love and light from NZ x
    • Mery Christmas, Danine! Been awhile since I've heard your voice!! (...or read your voice lol)
    • DANINE! I miss you. That is all :)
  • I just discovered you today whilst checking my FB; (your live video was suggested by fb). You were "baking" chocolate covered pretzels, but your humor is what kept me watching the whole duration; your moodiness reminds me a lot of myself and also you remind me a lot of my teenage daughter, Hanna, she's a crack up. But more than that, I noticed the Holy Spirit in you right away. It's funny how we have that discernment, but just to be sure I read some of your blog posts and it was just as I thought. So glad to see a sister in Christ being real and silly, and being blessed by the Lord. So happy for all your achievements this year, and glad you're not afraid to give props to God. Lord continue to bless you, sister, and your beautiful family. :-) Sincerely, Alma
    • This is the best comment ever!! I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long to get back to you! I am so glad that you found my page and find joy in what I am doing! I appreciate your support more than you know and I am loving getting to know you through our live broadcasts! Look forward to hearing more from you! :)
  • Darn spell check. Where did "moodiness" come from? It was supposed to say sense of humor!!!!
  • And I don't know why my picture comes up as Ethan Hawke. Weird. Ok. Bye. Sorry for all the posts.
  • Love everything! Especially like the black and white stairway. What paint was used on the banisters and the steps? Color, type, and brand would be nice! Please do tell! ~MEL
    • Hi, Mel! I am actually not sure what exact color we used on the banister! lol We were out of town and I told the painters "just paint it black!" I know it's Sherwin Williams! I'm sorry that I don't have more info!!!
  • I LOVE your home. Wondering how you did your stairs? Did you strip or sand? What color?
    • We just painted the stained wood black! We kind of had to because they had already painted the top railing black and we didn't want to stairs three colors (black, stained brown, and white). I'm not sure what exact paint color they used but it was a Sherwin Williams black!