This is my FIRST EVER Christmas Home Tour, and for that matter, home tour period. I’ve shown bits and pieces of different areas of my home, but never a tour. So, be gentle with me haha! I know my photography could use some help, but it was the best I could do with what I know. Here is how I have been looking at it… if I compare myself to last year, I’ve improved A TON! So, that is really all that matters. I hope to improve next year from this year’s and so on.
For this post, I will be linking up with Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk Link Party:
Many of my friends participated in her Holiday House Walk last week, and everyone blew me away. Like… SOME day I hope to be able to decorate my home and photograph it as beautifully as those gals… I have SO much to learn! 🙂
Well, here goes!
This is my front porch, all decked out for the holidays! I wanted to decorate with things I already had and fresh greens, as much as possible. The cardinal pillow is by my girl, Lucy from Craftberry Bush. The flannel one and the 2 red ticking pillows are ones I sewed last week. For the seat cushion, I just wrapped fur fabric around it… I didn’t bother sewing it!
I used some satin, champagne-colored ribbon for all my greenery…
And you all woulda laughed at me, because I was driving along a somewhat busy road, and saw a bunch of bushes with red berries, so I pulled over, ran over and broke off a bunch, and jumped back into my car! I’m sure passer-byers thought I was insane, but I didn’t want to go buy winterberries… I was trying to make the most of my budget!
Come on in…
The first thing you see when you walk in, is the Christmas tree!
The theme for this tree was winter-whites. I wanted the fresh green tree (which only cost me $28) to stand out, so all the ornaments are white and cream.
The origami stars are some ornaments I did a tutorial on last year… and for the gifts, I chose to include something in the wrapping, that the receiver could keep and use in their decor, beyond Christmas. So, I made some mini preserved boxwood wreaths, music sheet wreaths, and music sheet pinwheels.
Please shut the door behind you….
I love this view. Filled with things I love: my gallery wall, the new paint color (Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore), grain sack pillows I sewed, thrift store cloches filled with rice lights, and a couple of chairs I sewed new grain sack seat covers for.
As you walk through the room toward dining and living rooms on the right, and look back, you can see a church pew I painted a pale blue, the mantel/shelf I built, the grain sack stockings I sewed, lots of fresh greenery, and a sparkling mantel vignette of blues/greens/whites. The Joy Love Peace sign on the right is a free printable from Yellow Bliss Road!
We are going to walk right by the dining room…
…and into the living room! This is my favorite room in the house. The kid’s fresh tree is so full and decorated with mostly edibles! We decorated it together, so it is so much more beautiful to me, than the other tree!
Dried oranges, fresh cranberries, popcorn, plus some white, sparkly pinecones tied with ribbon, and some plastic prisms adorn the tree.
I added some pops of red to the left bookcase, including a “Joy” printable by Jen of Chronicles of Home.
I did the same thing with the other side, adding my favorite ever Christmas decoration: wooden Santa nesting dolls! I also added another free printable by Kelly of Lilypad Cottage!
I switched out some drawings for antique Christmas music pages from an old hymnal, and strung little chalkboard pennants across them.
Now on to the kitchen!
Fresh garlands and lights are chillin on the tops of the cabinets, and little lemon cypresses (smells like lemon too!) flank my window.
I’m getting ready to make pomegranate-cranberry scones, a recipe which I will share this week!
My hot chocolate buffet is pretty simple and revolves around my obsession with blue Ball mason jars. I found an old milk jar crate which fit the jars perfectly. So I filled them with festive straws, marshmallows, andes mint chips, cocoa, and peppermint sticks! The sign is one I made, and am thinking about offering it as a free printable…. what do you think?
Now you can see my dining room! In case you are wondering, both of my brass and crystal chandeliers were craigslist finds, which I put a lot of polishing/ repairs and cleaning to. For any that are new around here, I refinished the dining set myself, upholstered the backs of the chairs, and sewed slipcovers for the seats a couple years ago.
I kept things simple but colorful on the table. Rosemary and cranberries with a floating candle, boxwood topiaries tied with ribbon…
… and some fresh December fruits in a tiered tray.
And finally, a little chalkboard art to finish things off… I love this song and I love this season!
We all have reason to rejoice because Christ is the reason for hope!
May you all have a Merry Christmas season and come back again for more makeovers, recipes, ornaments, and decor ideas! Plus I will be sharing more of my home tour, since I will be guest posting about my Christmas decor next week on Unskinny Boppy!