Oh my! I am delighted to finally be sharing my Christmas Home Tour with you today! Have you been visiting the other homes on the tour? They are amazing! Seriously – jaw dropping! (You can see all the links to the homes on the tour at the bottom of this post.) I began feeling really nervous about sharing my home after seeing the wonderful decorations of the other gals but thankfully I reminded myself that my home is first and foremost meant to be decorated for the pleasure of my daughter and me… and if others like it too, great! And that I can’t go around comparing my home to everyone else, that will only lead to an endless cycle of despair. So, without further ado I present to you my 2013 Christmas Home Tour – I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
We’ll begin in my dining area/keeping room. My mom gave me this beautiful Santa this year and it really inspired me to stick with a very creamy color scheme with my decorating this year – I’ve never decorated with such a soothing “winter white” palate before but I have to say I’m love, love, loving it!
I love the soft tones of the Santa and I think it blends well with these Gingerbread houses that my friend Marion made! Readers of my magazine will recognize these from the November/December 2013 issue!
Hanging under the Santa are these dropcloth stockings that I made for my daughter and I. I’ve always wanted to make my own stockings but felt a bit intimated – well, not anymore! I am going to be sharing a tutorial with you on how to make the stockings and the adorable pearl letter tags soon – stay tuned!
My Christmas tree is right next to the mantel. I was tempted to get a white Christmas tree this year but couldn’t find one that I loved so I stuck with a traditional green one and I have to say, I’m loving the smell of a real tree! This tree feels really cozy and old-fashioned to me. Like the trees I see in old movies like The Bishops Wife or Christmas in Connecticut – I think it’s because of all the tinsel. I love the tinsel!! I wanted to add lots of cream to it though and decided to drape Champagne colored tulle around it – it ties in perfectly with the dropcloths I’ve used on the stockings and in my living room! I’ll share more details about the tree and ornaments in another post. For now let’s move on…
I recently got a new (to me) dining table. Now, I loved my painted table and it’s in storage for the time being but I found I really needed a larger table in this area – especially for photo shoots and a neighbor of mine gave me an incredible deal on this set and I’m so delighted to now have a farm table with lovely cream chairs in this space. It fits the room perfectly!!
These mini gingerbread houses are also from the November/December 2013 issue of my magazine and are actually perfect for hanging on a mug of hot cocoa!
I found this glittery blue pickup truck ornament at Target and just knew he’d be perfect in my kitchen, and he is! A couple of mini white pinecones and some gorgeous turquoise garland (also from Target) are a sparkly contrast to the natural kraft chipboard tree forest – which not surprisingly also came from Target although I bought it last year…
I found this cool white metal Christmas tree at a local Antique shop and popped a gold ornament on top since the original finial was missing. The tree has candle holders on each branch but I haven’t found candles to fit the small holders yet and fortunately I like how it looks just as it is, scratches and all!
My chalkbaord wall got a holiday makeover too! I dream of getting a projector to do some really fun chalk art but in the meantime, I free-handed this “Gloria, Christ is Born” art. I added lots of swirls and a few stars to make it festive. This is also the home of our advent calendar. My daughter wakes up every morning anxious to open the next door!
Another great thing about the chalkboard wall is that it makes a great backdrop for my antique typewriter and gives me a place to show off my red ornaments that otherwise wouldn’t have a home in all this Winter White decor!
These bookshelves have been painted… my mother tirelessly sewed the slipcovers for these wingback chairs (although we’re still finishing one of them!). I totally couldn’t have pulled this off without her help! She’s been an amazing blessing to me as I got ready for this tour!
A simple button heart ornament adorns my antique secretary. Do you notice the drapes hanging by it? They are my brand-new drapes that I made! I’m going to tell you more about them in another post – there’s just not time here to share those details. So, again, please stay tuned!!
On the lower shelf of this table is a horse statue that I love – I’ve been looking for a statue like this for quite sometime and was shocked to find this one at Cracker Barrel of all places! Keep your eyes out wherever you are ’cause you just don’t know what you’ll find, is the lesson I’ve learned…
On my desk I also have another beloved old camera and a new Nativity candle. I like mixing things like that with an old pitcher and some greenery and favorite books. It makes a personal vignette and allows me to really “live” with the things I love and not have to pack everything away when decorating for the holidays.
And that about does it for me. There are lots more photos and tutorials I’ll be sharing with you in the days and weeks ahead so I hope you’ll join me for those. In the meantime, thank you SO much for visiting with me today and I hope you’ll visit the other beautiful homes on the tour and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!
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