I am so happy to be sharing this Christmas Home Tour with you guys today, as part of the Simply Seasonal Holiday Edition, hosted by Organize Nashville.
I’ve teamed up with some super talented ladies as part of this Christmas blog hop, where we will welcome you into our homes for a Christmas Home Tour as well as offer some tips and tricks on how we all decorate for the holidays. If you’re here from Our Crafty Mom, then welcome. Don’t you just love Michelle’s cozy and classic style?
We’ll start our tour on my front porch, where I am currently “storing” this antique dresser that I plan on transforming into a bathroom vanity some time in the new year. So, I figured why not make it a focal point and add some Christmas cheer?
Tip #1: Find a piece that inspires you
Holiday decorating should create a sense of joy and magic, so choose a specific theme or colour scheme for your home. If you find an amazing garland, a pack of coloured ornaments, or even a fun little sweater reindeer that you love, make that your focal point and build your colour scheme around that.
I prefer neutrals, so going with a cream, buffalo check and beige scheme was an easy choice for me.
This fun advent calendar was a recent DIY project I completed. I transformed this thrift store wine rack into a cute alternative to the traditional advent calendar.
In my home, my cozy reindeer set the tone for the neutral décor with pops of metallic in gold, silver and gun metal grey.
I’ve had this white tree for years, and it usually gets set up in the basement, however this year I decided to make it our main Christmas tree while sticking to metallic, mirrored, and clear glass ornaments, all accented with white lights.
I found some cheap cream coloured sweaters at a thrift store and made a set of sweater stockings. These were then paired with some cute antler ornaments that I turned into a garland for my fireplace.
The living room leads into the dining room where I continue with the neutral and calm colours.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns
In the dining room, I used a grey plaid tablecloth, which coordinates with the wallpaper. These two very different patterns work together because they are in the same colour family so they don’t compete with each other.
I also used metallics and cream tones on my tablescape with the chargers, ornaments and Christmas village, which create a cohesive look with the adjacent living room.
Tip #3: Use Fresh Greenery
I typically use faux garland and wreaths in my home, but I also love to use fresh greenery whenever possible when decorating for Christmas. I found some inexpensive tree clippings at my local garden center and used them around my home as part of the décor. The clippings come in a big bundle and only need an occasional spritz of water to keep them fresh. I used the clippings above my mantel in a bough, on my antique dresser on the porch and then I moved on to the dining room table. I LOVE how these can instantly make any space feel Christmassy.
I even added some greenery to my vintage toolbox.
Off the kitchen is our den, where we spend a lot of time watching tv and reading. Since most of the house is light and airy, we decided that this room would have a more masculine feel. Maybe it’s a ying and yang thang…. Lol. This differing style from the rest of the house demands a different Christmas vibe as well, and I typically go more “rustic” in this space.
Check out how I made these easy wood houses here —–> Christmas Wood Block Houses.
Tip #4: Get Cozy
Let’s get real here… December is COLD! Although I can’t stand the cold, I do love a warm cozy fireplace. Getting cozy can consist of curling up in a warm fuzzy blanket, a comfy pair of slippers, or even investing in a fireplace. There are different fireplace options that suit any budget, and can all look fantastic. Plus, you need a place to hang your stockings after all. We have a total of 3 fireplaces in our home. The white one in the living room is an inexpensive electric fireplace I found on a local buy & sell site. Our den has a wood burning fireplace, which has its pros and cons for sure. I love the crackle and ambiance of a real fire, but it can be messy. And lastly, we have a gas fireplace in our basement (and I’ll be putting together a post all about the fireplace shenanigans soon).
Every Christmas, this room is devoted to our “Family Christmas Tree” where we put all our ornaments made by the kids, along with all their favourite decorations that don’t colour coordinate at all. We opted for a real tree this year and I’m loving the fresh pine scent.
Thank you so much for joining us on a tour and from A Purdy Little House, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and please be sure to check out the next Christmas Home Tour on our blog hop, which is the gorgeous home of Shelley from Roots North and South blog.
Also, please be sure to check out all the other Christmas Home Tours:
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
Friday, December 9
See you next time my friends,
Welcome to my first Christmas Home Tour. As Christmas approaches (and I continue to decorate), I’ll be doing another post featuring more pics of my home decked out for the holidays. I simply LOVE the holidays, and getting the house ready is a huge event for our family. Since this is my first Christmas as a blogger, I’m going to show you a series of pictures from Christmas’ past, as well as some current ones.
This is one of my Christmas tablescapes I did several years ago. I still love the peacock blues on the chair covers.
On the other side of my living room, I like to bring in more of the blue, gold and silver theme. My antique platter display also helps to tie it all together.
This 9 foot Christmas tree was a huge score. I purchased it off Kijiji for $125 about 5 years ago. To my surprise, the seller also included a huge tub of all her decorations, which set the tone for my blue, gold and silver theme.
For this vignette, I used “snowballs” purchased at the dollar store, and cut out the letters J, O, Y from gold scrapbook paper. Just a small dollop of glue secured the letters in place and can be easily removed when I want to use the snowballs for something else.
We can’t forget the front porch… Here is my chalkboard all festive and ready for the holidays.
Here is my tree all lit up at night. Although I’ve done the same tree topper for years, I added some twigs and branches to this one. I love the shadows it casts on the ceiling.
Another Christmas vignette from years past. This one was made with pickle jars and an apothecary jar. The faux snow and miniature trees were purchased at the dollar store.
My rustic fireplace was given a vintage winter sports theme, complete with skis, old skates, a vintage toboggan, and snow shoes.
This winter woodland critter table next to the fireplace was put together for the kids so they also could enjoy a fun and unique tablescape for Christmas dinner.
Rounding out the tour, we’ll end at my Christmas tablescape from last year. I will do a feature post on this tablescape in the coming weeks, so you will get the full scoop then 🙂
Thanks so much for joining me on this tour. See you next time my friends,