My Christmas Home Tour 2013

I have been keeping a pretty exciting secret!! 
I am so thrilled to be a part of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk as a surprise house!
I love Christmas and I have thoroughly enjoyed every stop so far on the housewalk. If you would like to start from the beginning, just head over to Jennifer Rizzo’s blog. Oh my goodness, there is so much lovely holiday eye candy! 
I am number 28 in the tour, and the lovely and talented Kristin {My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia} shared her home on the stop just before me. She has such a talent, doesn’t she!?
I hope you will sit back, grab a warm cup of cocoa and enjoy your visit to my home. 
I am so happy to have you! 

I love the color red, vintage decor, and all things Christmas! So, as you can imagine, I absolutely love decorating for Christmas. I hope you enjoy what you see :). I will be posting more in detail over the next week or so along with tutorials. If there is something you would like to know more about, leave me a comment and I will make sure I answer your questions in my posts. 
I recently changed the decor in the entryway and built this shelf {I will post a tutorial soon}, so I was excited to be able to hang a live garland in that space. There is nothing like the smell of fresh greens. 
I set up our big 9 ft. flocked tree in the family room again. I LOVE flocked trees. Ever since I was a little girl I knew that someday I would have a flocked tree. Every year I look forward to pulling her out and decorating her.   

Since it is such a large tree, most of my ornaments and decorations are also pretty large: big mercury glass ornaments, frosted berries and branches, big vintage postcard prints, and German glass glittered keys. 

I also used my favorite new red and cream striped cotton twill ribbon. 

I put a couple of my favorite big vintage baskets under the tree to hold our gifts {I better get wrapping!} and I love the texture they add to the tree.

In the dining room, I kept things pretty simple.
My book page wreaths that I made a couple of years ago, fresh greens, pomegranates and a few red and white vintage quilts that I stole from my mom. šŸ˜‰

In the family room, I made this little Christmas village.
I will post a tutorial on it soon. It was fun to make, and of course to add the glitter :). The candles cast a soft glow through the window cut outs. 
Above the village, I drew little snowflakes in chalk and hung the vintage sheet music Noel banner that I made last year. 
Oh how I love German glass glitter and bottle brush trees! 

This year I added a couple of Christmas touched to our bedroom. I had also stolen this gorgeous red striped duvet from my mom and it made the perfect Christmas accent with the fresh garland. 

In our office, I set up my tinsel tree. I had a few mercury glass ornaments on hand that I used as well as some little putz house churches, beads and ribbon. 
I made the rest of the ornaments from different paper elements: vintage book page pinwheels, snowflakes, and doves covered in German glass glitter. My total cost for decorating this tree this year was FREE! Can’t beat that! 
I put my little vintage travel cases and hat boxes under the tree just for fun. 


On the opposite wall, I hung the chalkboard that used to hang in the entryway. I also filled the little tiered baskets with Christmas ornaments and red books. 

In Ella’s room, I added a little white Christmas tree that I had in my stash. 

I put it in a little vintage rocking horse, wrapped in a vintage linen. I didn’t want to put any lights or breakable ornaments on it, so I just used this little beaded garland to add a little decoration.

I didn’t get a chance to add another tree upstairs in our bonus room this year because of the new baby, so I just added some simple little touched to add a bit of festivity. 
I turned the pictures over that I have hanging on my mousetrap wall art board. On the back of the pictures, I taped snowflakes that I cut out of red paper with my silhouette. 
I added some faded red pillows and wrapped a couple of the pillows in this striped twill ribbon. 

I just love to sit and snuggle with my newborn and enjoy all of the festive Christmas decorations. I was a very busy {and VERY pregnant} girl getting ready for the holidays and the new baby. I love seeing his little face as he looks at the Christmas tree lights. 
I hope you enjoyed my home. I am so glad you came for a visit!
I will be posting more details as well as tutorials in the upcoming week.
Now… the next stop on the Holiday Housewalk is the incredibly talented and gorgeous Beth’s home. I hope you will head on over to Unskinny Boppy and enjoy all of her gorgeous eye candy! 

Thanks for reading!


  1. says

    Congratulations on your newest addition! He is absolutely gorgeous! And your house is so warm and inviting. I am really, really loving how you decorated your trees and will be pinning them for sure. Have a great weekend!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  2. says

    Your house looks beautiful as usual Kristen and congratulations on new baby, he is perfect! I was actually a bit worried about you, you disappeared from my RSS feeds for a little while and the weekly link party that you helped host, but then I remember you were expecting and although I didn’t know the due date I figured it must be “time”! I’m so happy for you! Happy holidays to you and your lovely family!


  3. says

    I just found your blog while I was taking the Christmas Home Tour and what a gift it is!!! Your home and style are just breathtaking!! I’m going to subscribe so I can enjoy it each time you post!! Merry Christmas!!

  4. says

    Your tour is so stunning Kristen!!! I LOVE everything you create & photograph. Your style is so authentic and it just draws us in each time. I pinned a bunch and keep going back to see each detail, I adore you!!! And love the photos of your family & Peyton, he is really so perfect!

  5. says

    Just precious, Kristen! And that sweet baby, what a darling he is! Wishing your lovely family a truly blessed holiday! It makes me so happy seeing your photos and thinking about how joyful this holiday will be for you. xoxoxo

  6. says

    MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY HOUSE!!! You do an AMAZING job of pulling off a traditional, vintage, clean, fresh Christmas home! My favorite are your mother’s red & white quilts. Thank you for inspiring me… and all that with a new baby too… Im impressed!

  7. says

    Congratulations on your new baby….how precious! I love your home all decked out and I am also adding in bits of red this year. Can I ask where you got your red and cream cotton twill ribbon? I’ve been looking everywhere for something just like this with no luck.

    Thanks and enjoy the holidays with your lovely family♥


  8. says

    Beautiful! I love it all. I am not sure I have ever seen a tree like that–it is gorgeous. I also love all the simple touches you have made through out your home. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. says

    Kristen, I love your Christmas home. Love all the red and cream together! I share your love of flocked trees. When I was little we used to get a 12-foot fresh-cut tree that would be flocked professionally and then carefully transported to our living room with its cathedral ceiling. Dad would put it in a tree stand that rotated and played music. You would’ve loved it! I don’t know how you got all your decorating done with a newborn in the house, but you did a fantastic job. Give the wee one a kiss for me on his chubby little cheek! :)

  10. says

    Kristen I thought I recognized you when you came to buy the bench! This is April from Nampa. I’m so excited I got to meet you. Your blog is one of my absolute favorites! I have serious home envy. Your home is so beautiful and so are you. I also love your posts as we have had some of the same struggles. I have wept for you. You are amazing! I also love your entryway!

  11. says

    Congratulations on your beautiful, son. How lucky and blessed your sweet family is! Your home looks awesome, love the colors and vintage touches! Merry Christmas!

    Dennese xo

  12. says

    This may sound silly, but do you have a tutorial on how to make the book page pinwheels? LOVE how you decorated and wish you could come do my house! It’s GORGEOUS!

  13. says

    I’ve been loving all the Christmas homes on tour, but yours is the first I absolutely went ga ga over! I love your simple style, and all the grain sack patterns popping up everywhere. I get overwhelmed with the Christmas clutter, and prefer your simplicity hands down over anything else! I think we have very similar taste, and a love for vintage unique items. I did some pics last year of our Christmas home if you are interested in looking, over here – I could definitely feed off of some of your ideas. I couldn’t resist viewing the rest of your home and blog while I was over. Love your home and style!

  14. says

    Thank you for this home tour. You have beautiful house. It’s feel like I’m visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don’t want miss saying this.
    By the way, I’m Clotee. It’s my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


  15. says

    Thank you for opening your lovely home to us during the holidays Kristen. Your flecked Christmas tree is absolutely gorgeous – love the pops of red. Your vintage NOEL banner above the fireplace is gorgeous as well. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

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