Christmas Home Tour 2014
I have been waiting for this day for so long. Another holiday season is upon us and I am thrilled you are here to take the tour of my home decorated for Christmas.
Wasn’t it awesomely decorated? She has such a creative style! I am so happy to be on the tour for the second year in a row (click to see last years Christmas tour) and let me tell you… you are in for a treat!
Over the past year, I have made many changes to our beautiful abode and it has been enjoyable to put new touches on our latest additions. Without further ado, grab a cup of something, put your feet up, and enjoy.
Let the tour begin…
Our front porch + (new) front door are adorned this Christmas season with gorgeous greenery in a mix of cedars (thanks to my awesome friends at Lynch Creek Farm). The garland on the front columns & the wreath on the door beautifully surround our entry and create the most perfect welcoming feeling.
We just had this new glass front door installed a few weeks ago and even though it’s only primed – yes the brownish red color is how it came primed – I am loving how much light in filters into the front entry. I have more planned for this door (like a pop of color) but it’ll have to wait till Spring. For now, I hung this beautiful wreath and I am calling in done!
Come on in…
For seasonal decor, I don’t believe that every space needs to filled with floor to ceiling decorations. Often a few small touches, are ideal and just enough. Our entry isn’t overly spacious and with 5 of us, there is a lot of foot traffic throughout all hours of the day.
My holiday decorating approach for the entry/foyer space was to set the tone for the other spaces and to add a few festive layers to our everyday decor. I loved the ornament tree (small colorful ornaments hung from tree branches found in our backyard) that I created for our buffet last year, so this season I reenacted a similar idea on the gold dresser (which isn’t only glamorous but actually is functional too holding shoes, keys, and lots of stuff), and brought in a few festive favorites.
A few weeks back I mentioned my design ‘theme’ for this Christmas was to be inspired by nature. With that in mind while decorating, I was able to hone in on what made sense and to not overwhelm the spaces with non-meaningful things. The result being, we truly feel surrounded – inside and out – by many natural elements and things that we love most.
Along the stair railing, I hung a beautiful magnolia garland that I got from Balsam Hill – simple, but sophisticated. It’s artificial, but it has a realistic look without the fuss.
To the right of our entry is the office / living room. I love how the room glows in the evening with our sparkly white tree…
As you can see from the light that filters into the photo, this space is incredibly bright. I chose to display our all-white tree in front of the stair railing this year and decorated it with colorful ornaments in shades of pinks, purples, browns, and golds. It’s beautifully lit with white lights and finished off with my easiest + fastest + cheapest tree skirt EVER!
A mirror turned horizontal makes for the perfect seasonal coffee table vignette. The festive montage is topped with a few Christmas favorites including gold trees (from the Christmas Tree Shop), the light turned vase filled with ornaments, and of course Santa. Also displayed in a tray on the coffee table is a colorful poinsettia (
fake artificial) in a bright yellow vase (which I typically have filled with a fern). Pops of color all around…
As we come down the stairs each morning, this is the view we are blessed with…
As we continue on the tour, my living room/office leads us to the kitchen and dining space…
This is our main dining table for breakfast & dinner, so again the space had to remain functional for the every day, so a few seasonal layers were just enough to bring in the magic.
Above the sliding door, I added another (faux) magnolia garland and below is a simple boxwood wreath (last year from Lowe’s) hung from the door frame by a pretty gold ribbon. Hanging from the chandelier are some colorful + bright ornaments and for the table centerpiece, I used the stained wood box that I recently made and filled it with small Christmas trees, greenery, and more ornaments.
I love decorating with trays. It makes creating vignettes so easy & moving them (especially at the dinner table) is a cinch. There is no way a display like this directly on the table could be moved twice a day.
Here’s a closeup…
For the recent Craigslist-found china cabinet the I transformed, I let the color stand strong and draped a simple paper garland from edge to edge.
Using a round 1.5″ diameter paper puncher, I cut out circles from Christmas scrapbooking paper, and sewed them together with the method I used to make the crib mobile. So simple, yet festive.
The Christmas Countdown pallet tree that I made last year is still gong strong and is still one of my most favorite creations.
Here’s an overall view of the entire space…
As you continue from the dining room, the adjacent space is our family room where we put our feet up and chill. It’s a comfy space with a big ole sofa and a fireplace to keep us toasty warm.
This year we have a new (artificial) Christmas tree that is the focal point of the room. Our previous tree hit it’s life span. Of course once the old tree went curbside, the big debate of choosing between white or multi-color lights for the new tree began. Well this tree is the perfect solution… It has both! As easy as you can change the lights with a scroll of the mouse, is as easy as we can change from white to color with a click up a button. When in life, can you make everyone in the household happy??? Well I did it with this great find!
That cute, colorful yarn garland hanging over the window is a recent creation that I used this tutorial to make. I love how whimsical it looks. Here is another glimpse of it hanging on my fireplace that I shared on Instagram.
As you continue in the room, our fireplace is decked out this year with a little old and a little new!
The fun, vintage JOY sign is something I made a few years ago and is a favorite of mine as the focal point of the mantel. The wood sign made of pallets is layered in front of a larger espresso stained wood sign/backdrop. A few other glittery, sparkly favorites like the wreath, trees, and ornaments are scattered about.
To the side of the fireplace, I hung our Christmas Card holder. It’s a new spot for this DIY creation and I am really loving it. The cards are starting to arrive and before we know it, this card holder will be all filled up.
Here is a separate post with more pictures of the mantel!
And that’s a wrap. Thank you for stopping by for my Christmas Home Tour 2014. And don’t forget to give a little jingle, jingle on your way out…
I wish you a happy holiday season!
You may also be interested in checking out my Christmas House Tour from last year >>>
As well as ALL the creations I’ve ever made for Christmas time (5 years of seasonal projects) in my EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS post >>>