Welcome all! Today is a big day for me– it’s a day I invite you all to take a little tour around my home all decked out for Christmas! This year I chose traditional colors of red, white, and green to decorate my home and I hope you enjoy this bit of inspiration.
I am honored to participate in Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk this year, which is a massive blog hop that lasts an entire week. Each day there are about 6-7 bloggers who share their home, each linking to each other.
If you are visiting here from my dear friend, Lucy’s blog, thank you for popping over! And if you happened to miss it, then you definitely want to fix that! Her photography and home are to die for!
By way of brief introduction, my name is Rachel and I live with my Brazilian husband and 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl) in the suburbs of St Louis, Missouri. We bought this brick ranch of ours nearly 4 years ago and have enjoyed fixing it up bit by bit, room by room. Also– please don’t compare your home to these pictures on this tour. I didn’t take these pictures all on the same day and our home is small– which means it gets messy very quickly. Right now only our front room is clean. Trust me, we have a very imperfect life which I really love. Obviously I want things to look pretty for pictures, but I share my home with you in the hopes that you will find something relate-able and inspirational.
This pic is from this summer, but gives you an idea of what our home looks like from the outside…
Now, welcome to our entry!
I always love styling our entry bench (a vintage church pew) for each season and this year I though it would be so fun to put up an advent calender!
This year I decided to go with a Scandinavian-inspired theme and use mostly reds and whites, and some pops of fresh or faux greenery. Just last Saturday I decided on the type of advent calendar I wanted make so within a couple hours I created this cute thing!
The design isn’t something that is unique– I saw the tutorial for it all over the internet. I just used a 1×3 for the center vertical piece and 1x2s for the “branches”. Then I just gorilla-glued some clothes-pins on the “branches” and glued a strip of holiday ribbon on each one. The draw-string sacks were actually wedding favor bags (I found at Joann Fabric). So simple and so fun! I have never had an advent calendar before this year!
Continuing with the Scandinavian theme, I found these cute wooden horses at World Market.
World Market also had the prettiest wrapping paper that I couldn’t ignore…
If you turn around from the bench, you will see our front sitting room.
I didn’t fuss too much with this room. I added this cute table-top fresh pine and strung some felt balls (HomeGoods) and lights on it. The buffet is something I built last year and the build plans can be found here.
Last week I had a photoshoot at my house (BHG’s Refresh Magazine– coming out in March) and I was lucky enough to keep this ENORMOUS fiddle leaf fig (yes, it’s real!). Hopefully I can keep it alive!
Pretty pillows from HomeGoods.
This room isn’t big, but cozy and that is what we love about it!
From our front room, you walk by the dining room (more on that in a minute) and into our family or living room.
I went very simple for our tree decorations this year. I let the actual tree shine a bit. It is a very realistic and full 7.5′ artificial tree from Home Depot. It is the Monterey Fir.
I decorated it using mostly mercury glass ball ornaments, some wooden mitten ornaments, and this garland of faux berries.
On the other side of the room I put a few faux table-top trees, but mostly just added lots of cozy textures with throws and pillows.
To see more of the living room go here.
Next up is our dining room. I, again, went very simple with a runner and pretty row of candles in regular white mugs. I stuffed in a bit of those faux berries here too.
To see more of this tablescape, go here.
Our kitchen is small but I maximize space by keeping counters mostly clear. I filled those side window shelves with ceramic houses from Target and bottle brush trees. The gingham curtains I added too (they are just no-sew ones I made).
And who can resist a coffee cake with sugared cranberries on top?
To see more of this Christmas kitchen, go here.
Lastly, I thought you might like a peek at one of my favorite rooms in the house… our bedroom.
I added new bedding and a glowy tree in the corner and it has really transformed the room!
The bedding is from Birch Lane and really stole the show…
It is always nice to update the bedding once the cooler weather sets in. I added a down alternative mattress topper, an nice warm comforter and quilts. It really makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning haha!
To see more of this bedroom, go here.
I know I buzzed through this tour without citing too many sources, so please leave your questions below and I will be updating this post as I have time this week! In the meantime…
Please make sure to visit sweet Kelly Elko by clicking on her button below! She has a fun eclectic vibe in her home that I know you will love!
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the tours today and this week!
If you by chanced missed this last year,
I wanted to share with you all now…
I drew this Nativity scene last year and offered it as a free printable on my blog.
Click the image to be directed to the post and to download your free copy!