Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Christmas Home Tour

Hello friends! 
I wanted to share a little Christmas tour of our home with you today. 
This post is overflowing with pictures of my Christmas decorations and lots of my favorite things. 
There is nothing more fun to me than decorating for Christmas! 

So grab a cup of hot cocoa and make yourself comfortable while I show you around our Christmas home.

In the entryway, my chalkboard hangs with my latest doodle and the table is a collection of a few of my favorite Christmas things all ablaze with candlelight.

{Of course I will be posting the chalkboard template freebie and tutorial soon! See my chalkboard drawing tutorial here}

Opposite my chalkboard are the doors to our office where I made and hung two live wreaths, bound by cream, black, and champagne colored ribbon.  

Walking in to our living room, you can see the mantel all prettied up. 

I got a lovely 25 ft. long live garland from Costco, and I used it all over our home, including here on the mantel. I love the smell and look of live garland! 

I added bottle brush trees, candles, and vintage silver Shiny Brite ornaments. I also hung one of my vintage sheet music and German glass glitter "Noel" banners on the mantel. {see banners here}.

I love the look of all of these things layered together! 

We have a flocked Christmas tree and I decorated it with lots of mercury glass, berries and twigs, frosted pine cones, vintage pictures and fun ribbons. It is a hodge podge of ornaments I have made and collected.

I got these jars last year to hold a few pillar candles in the tree. The tree is so big that these big jars don't overpower the rest of the decorations. I love the warm glow it adds to the tree~ especially at night.

I used a vintage tablecloth from my stash for the tree skirt. One of these days I will get around to making a real one. Until then, I love the way this dainty little handmade beauty looks with the tree. 

On the end table, behind the couch, I have a set of tiered metal baskets that hold extra ornaments and bottle brush trees. I also put a couple of candle holders and have been lighting the candles in the evenings occasionally. It lets off such a lovely glow. 

Just had to throw him in here. Isn't he so cute!?  

I have been on a hunt for the perfect nativity scene for several years, and last year I found this one that I love. I think it is so sweet and beautiful. I want to paint the frame to match my decor a bit better, but I just haven't done it yet. 

I had put a few things together for a little party I hosted a few days ago at my home. I liked the way they looked, so I left them out in my dining room. 

Mugs, straws, spoons, napkins, plates... and of course take out boxes lined with red and white striped parchment paper for guests to take treats home! 

I haven't put my tinsel tree up yet! I am a little behind this year. I will be doing that soon {for a party} and, of course, I will post pictures when I do. 


The best part of decorating for Christmas is grabbing a cup of hot cocoa at night and sitting in the soft glow of the Christmas tree. 

Actually, the best part is the "ooooooooooo" my Ella says every time I turn on the Christmas tree lights. 

I know I am doing this a little backwards, but I will be posting some of these vignettes in a little more detail this week. I will also be posting a couple recipes soon. I have some fun things planned for the next couple of weeks! 

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our home this Christmas. 


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Living Life in the Lowcountry said...

Your home looks so pretty! I love the flocked tree!

must love junk said...

Gorgeous details! I love your wreaths and how you set up the goodies in your dining room! Love your style :)

Juliana Lopes said...

Hi Kristen, I have been a silent observer of you blog for awhile. I just lie to see how creative you are. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous all decorated for Christmas! I wish I had energy to do the same :) but with three little ones in the house I just find a lot of excuses!

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

Love it all! Oh can I just pack up your tree and take it to my house? I agree with Ella Oooooooh! :)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Your home is so beautiful, the best part is Ella's ohhhhhh:)

Tina said...

so pretty!! i love your tree!

Jill Hulsey said...

Oh My Goodness!!! It's Beautiful...Love! Thank you for sharing <3

Jennifer Taylor said...

Kristen, your tree is so gorgeous! And even prettier in person! You have mastered Christmas decor and spirit! Love you!

20 North Ora said...

Kristen - Your home looks so warm, cozy, inviting and ready for the holidays. I'm sure baby is enjoying the decor and especially the lights.


Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

It's all so pretty. Some of my favorite touches are the handmade wreaths, the black striped ribbon on the tree, the lace tree skirt and your kitchen set up.
Merry Christmas!

Shannon said...

I love your decorations and can't wait to see more. Where did you get your giant lantern, I love it and have been looking for a huge one for awhile?

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Hi. I've visited your blog many times. Your style is lovely and your daughter is adorable! I love your holiday decor. Just became a follower - don't know why it took so long! Have a Merry Christmas!


NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH, Kristen! Everything just looks everything just beautiful. It is just wonderful. Your home looks happy and sweet and well-loved. GREAT job- xo Diana

Stacey said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Such beauty, my sweet friend! I can just imagine little Ella's face at the tree lighting. I love all of your special little touches. The jars on the tree are a fabulous idea!

Kate said...

Your holiday home is stunning!!!! Simply elegant and divine! Have a wonderful week


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks awesome! i love the red books and the christmas tree skirt- fabulous!

Wendy said...

Your home is gorgeous! I love everything. I have poured over each photo. The tree is fab!

Katherine Wolak said...

Girl Im loving your home!!! The tree, beautiful decor and your wreaths are fantastic!!! LOVE every pics! Just lie a magazine!


Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I love it all! Looking forward to reading some of your older posts! Happy holidays!

Rachel said...

Beautiful - thanks for sharing.

Audrey B. said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your house!!! Can I come live with you?! :-)

Allison said...

Your house belongs in a magazine. Everything looks amazing! I love all your little festive touches and can't wait to see more!!

KarenB said...

Just breathtaking!

Charissa said...

Jess told me your house was adorable...and now I know why. I loved your Christmas home tour. It made me smile. I love the snowman's crown with the music paper.

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

I am so in love with your tree and all of your decorations! The Noel bunting is striking! Your tour just makes me smile!! Thank you for sharing!

Emilou said...

Beautiful, love your candles and old Christmas "postcards" in your tree!! Thanks for sharing.

shaggysheephome said...

The decorations are to die for! Why does your husband think about living in a piece of heaven. I love your tree and I'm buying a new one this year. I was thinking about getting a flocked tree. Is it hard to decorate???

City Farmhouse said...

Your tree is perfection!!! You have amazing style & taste and love visiting your blog:). Happy Holidays, Jen

lisaroyhandbags said...

so pretty! :)

Jennifer Rizzo said...

thank you for sharing your beautiful holiday home!!!

Terri Speer said...

Beautiful decorations and tree! When can you come decorate my house?? :)

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