It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to get the chance to get a peek into the homes all your favorite bloggers beautifully decorated for the holidays! I LOVE this time of year and getting to check out my favorite home tours is definitely something I look forward to each Christmas season. I am SO happy to be back in the line up with Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. She always has the best home tours and I was just so sad when I had to step away from them for a bit while the house was being renovated. She was super understanding as she has had some renovations of her own going on, have you seen them? I love what she has done. But now, we’re up and running and I am SO happy to be back sharing my holiday home along-side my friends! If you are joining me from Julia’s blog over at Cuckoo4Design, welcome! Julia’s home is always so inspiring year round, and at the holidays it’s even more incredible!
This year we are decorating our new home, what has lovingly become known as the #1987FixerUpper over the course of the last 7 months. We took a home that was beautifully maintained, just in need of some updating and a few floor plan changes to fit our family and lifestyle a bit more, and renovated it over the better part of the last year. It has been a wild ride, complete with a cross-country move to live in the middle of the construction zone, but now that things are finally winding down, the pain of living through construction is becoming more and more of a distant memory every day. We are left with a home that I feel excited about decorating and making our own. Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour!
I have ALWAYS wanted a black front door. It makes it easy to decorate it for every season with fun pops of color. It might sound silly, but I kind of designed the whole house around this door. I knew I wanted a black, white and gray color scheme so that it was very neutral and would work with just about any decor. The door is painted TriCorn Black by Sherwin Williams. The door is one I custom designed with a wood shop here in town. Check out what this entry looked like before the remodel here.
Since we removed the lights that were once on these pillars out front, they are in desperate need of something to fill in the missing lights, the plan is to turn them into pillars with pretty planters on top…but that is a project that will have to wait until spring. Phase 2 of the #1987FixerUpper. 😉 Until then, I simply added a Trader Joe’s boxwood wreath and a bright red poinsettia in a galvanized bucket to each pillar and I kind of love it! 😉
These holiday greens buckets have been on my list for several seasons, but I never had anywhere to put them, or store them the rest of the year. Now, I have both, so guess who bought herself some buckets this year? 😉
These boxwood wreaths are always one of my go-to holiday decor items. They are relatively inexpensive (under $10) and stay looking beautiful all season long. They even dry nicely, usually staying green…long enough to use them all winter if you wish. I found this great red and black buffalo check wired ribbon at HomeGoods and it kind of became the theme for this year. They always have a ton of great ribbon in the store at this time of year, and it is a GREAT price. If you haven’t looked there for gift wrap, definitely check it out too! I made a simple bow it is seriously SO easy…and added it to the base of the wreath for a pop of color. I’ll try and add a tutorial of this simple wreath bow so you can make one too. I found these perfect little REAL Christmas trees at a local lot for $15 each and couldn’t pass them up for my buckets. They look so fun framing the doorway and because the weather is cold here, they don’t even need water and they should stay fresh through Christmas. WIN! The poinsettias are a $4 find at Walmart and the color is amazing! I just placed them in some fun buckets I already had and it jazzed them up a ton!
Can we talk about this door mat for a minute? I about screamed in the store when I saw it. I couldn’t have planned a more perfect welcome mat for this whole front door scenario if I designed it myself! And, bonus! It’s only $10!
We are still short (very short 😉 ) on furniture since this is a much larger house than our other home in CA, and, to top things off, the furniture we did have doesn’t really fit in each of the new rooms…but we are making what we have work for the time being and we have turned our shiplapped family room into a Farmhouse Christmas.
I was thrilled to work with Balsam Hill this year and get the chance to decorate one of their gorgeous trees. They had this beautiful Farmhouse ornament set and once I saw the plaid…well it was all over for me! I knew which ornaments I had to have!
Those plaid pillows on the couch are one of my favorite HomeGoods Christmas finds. They go with EVERYTHING and are just adorable. I saw more in store recently, so you can find them if you’re on the hunt! 😉 I love pattern and color, so I mixed my blue check pillows and gray stripe pillows that are always in the family room, with the plaid and some solid red to make it more Christmasy. The tray and all of the accessories are HomeGoods finds too.
Can you tell I love fresh greenery? It’s everywhere. 🙂 . That little Christmas tree is another Trader Joe’s find. I have a few of them scattered throughout the house. I’m also a sucker for vintage finds, so I loved this retro looking sign I found at HomeGoods. The beautiful white deer and those cute red and white boxes are, yep, you guessed it, HomeGoods finds too. I wonder where I spend a lot of time and money? 😉
Another fresh wreath over the mantel (I always love the layered look of a wreath over a mirror) and a fun marquee sign on the hearth and this room is looking pretty ready for Christmas I think! 😉
I decided to stick with all red wrapping this year because I love the bold statement it made just like the poinsettias and all the other touches of red around the house this year. I use presents in my decor all over the house, not just under the tree. They are so fun and festive, scatter them around! 🙂
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Thank you so much for coming over! I hope you enjoyed a peek into our home. Come back tomorrow…I’ll be sharing our Christmas entryway and kitchen. Wednesday I’ll be sharing a decked out holiday bedroom. Don’t miss out on the other 29…yes you read that right! 29 Amazing blogger Christmas Home Tours this week. Here’s the line-up to make finding them a breeze! Be sure to head on over to Bree’s GORGEOUS boho glam living room tour. She is such a talented designer!
Monday – Dec 4th
Tuesday – Dec 5th
Wednesday – Dec 6th
Thursday – Dec 7th
Friday – Dec 8th