Come along on our Christmas home tour as we share holiday decorating ideas in a modern farmhouse style for both inside and out.

I’m so excited to finally show you our whole house decorated for Christmas.  Well…at least many of our spaces dressed up for the holidays.  So, grab a cup of tea and join me!

Anne & I have been sharing some of the rooms in each of our homes. We started our Christmas home tour with my classic front porch. Then Anne shared her kitchen decor ideas, I just love her pretty 3-tiered stand. Next, we stepped into my dining room inspired by my collection of Rae Dunn pottery. And finally, we saw Anne’s family room all decked out for Christmas.

Welcome to Our Home

Classic Christmas Front Porch

front porch decorating for Christmas

One of my favorite features of our house is the beautiful stone. I think it makes for the perfect backdrop for our porch all decorated for Christmas with my childhood sled & skates. But I won’t chat too much about the porch since I did that in this post.

Front Gallery Room

living room with Christmas tree and gallery wall over couch

When you walk in our home the formal living room is to the left but we are far from a formal family so we just call it our front room. I just decided to add “gallery” to the title because…umm… ya know those gallery walls. LOVE them! The tree is the focal point of this room which is decorated in a neutral style with galvanized metal, burlap and wood ornaments. We usually have a pre-lit faux Christmas tree but we cut this tree down in the mountains of North Carolina on a bitterly cold day…so cold we didn’t realize it was waaay too small for our 2 story family room. Oops! But no worries…it was a happy mistake because now we have two real trees in our house.

close up of galvanized tray with candles, wood beads and photo frame

I found this sweet picture of my kids with Santa from years ago after I photographed the room but couldn’t help adding it to our tray. Boy, do I miss those days sometimes. Growing up too fast!

Front Staircase

staircase with lighted garland and plush snowment lining steps

We have a split staircase in our house…these lead up from the foyer. The singing snowmen from Hallmark didn’t make an appearance last year and almost stayed in storage again. But my 16-year-old son noticed when he helped carry down all of our bins. Well…he wasn’t thrilled with my plan to keep them in storage…so back out they came. And honestly, I secretly love them and use these stairs more now to just walk by and push one to make them sing. And even more importantly…I love that he wanted them out.

Dining Room

dining room table with chandilier and china cabinet

On your right when you come in our front door is our dining room. We don’t use this room very often but the simple painted white furniture makes it a fun space to add some neutral holiday decor.  

christmas vignette with mini christmas trees chalkboard and pedastal with glass jar

I shared all the details of our dining room decorated for Christmas in this post.

Master Bedroom

bedroom with checkered pillows

Want to know something? We have never decorated our bedroom for Christmas.  Nope, not ever in 23 years of marriage. Not even a holiday throw or pillow. But blogging this year has made me think outside my usual decorating ideas. And we actually are loving it, especially my husband (surprisingly)! 

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I found those great fur and buffalo check pillows at HomeGoods and the velvet green lumbar pillow at World Market. The pillows along with a couple of my favorite inexpensive burlap-wrapped trees from TJ Maxx is all we need for a bit of Christmas in our space.

Powder Room

christmas vignette with decor items and sign hanging above

Back downstairs is a small powder room. The wall cabinet is a great spot to display some more Christmas decor. The stained-glass angel was my mom’s. She hung it in our kitchen window every year before she passed away. It means so much to have a piece of her in my home during this season.

Console Table

console table with round mirror above and christmas basket

Our console table from World Market sits in the open hallway across from our family room. A few simple items give this table a clean neutral Christmas style.  

close up of candle on pedastal and glass jar filled with ornaments

The glass jar is usually in our front room with the natural wood and twine pieces but I love it here mixed with a few white & silver ornaments. (Note to self…turn off lights before photographing rooms…otherwise, you get that lovely yellow hue!)

close up of knit christmas basket filled with holiday card books

The basket was another HomeGoods find this season. I filled it with my DIY Christmas Card Books. Did you download our free printable cover to create a simple book to save all your photo holiday cards? If not here’s the link…it really is an easy craft and makes a special keepsake.

Back Staircase

staircase with lighted garland and gallery wall

We’ve had this garland for years & years. I really debating buying fresh garland but was concerned with it drying out and making a mess. Plus the cost…ugh! Maybe someday! For now, the white lights and burlap bows on our faux garland light up our staircase gallery wall.

Kitchen

kitchen window over sink with lighted garland hanging around window

I kept the decorating in our kitchen very simple. Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Brooke at Nesting with Grace, for the inspiration to add garland around the window with these twinkle lights. I just love how it looks at night…so cozy! The Rae Dunn Christmas canister that sits on the windowsill was a rare find last week. And to continue with the pops of red in our kitchen a cute wood sign, a wire basket of red & white dishtowels, and another basket on top of our cabinet.

close up of wreath hanging on door

A pretty wreath hangs on the back door that leads to our deck. I replaced a sad-looking ribbon that came on the wreath with a DIY burlap ribbon.

view of family room over half wall with tray filled with gold and silver ornaments

Looking from the kitchen into the family room is a half wall where a long tray holds glass candle votives and mini gold & silver ornaments.

Family Room

view of family room with fireplace and Christmas tree

Finally the room we spend the most time in…our family room. It’s the heart of our home…where we all gather on our big sectional to be together. And that stacked stone fireplace…ahhh…one of my absolute favorite features in our home. I may have a thing for stone. Haha!

fireplace mantel decorated with Christmas stockings and decor

I realize it’s not the most current style to space your Christmas stockings across your mantle. I always sigh at beautiful pictures of fluffy knit stockings that are scrunched to either side of a mantel…so pretty!

Growing up I had the same stocking my entire life…it was a tradition and I wanted the same for my family. We bought our Christmas stockings when we were just a family of 4…we found them in 4 different styles…they were perfect…until we became a family of 5. I loved these stockings but the store I found them in didn’t stock them any longer. Then one day I was in that store and there it was…just one lone stocking laying there on a clearance table…it was fate.

view of fireplace mantel at night with lighs

Our stockings are embroidered so they will always be hung on our mantle this way so that we can see the name. And sometimes your family tradition trumps beauty.

Christmas Tree

view of family room with Christmas tree and fireplace mantel at night with lighs

We go to the mountains every year to cut down our Christmas tree. Since the one we cut down this year was a bit small for our 2 story family room we bought this one from a local farmers market. Our Christmas tree decorations are always about family tradition just like our stockings. The tree is full with ornaments that we’ve collected over the years. Nothing matches and we LOVE it! It’s so personal and packed with years of memories for our family.  We gather together every year to decorate the tree. I even resist the urge to rearrange the ornaments after it’s finished. And it’s just perfect for us!

Thanks for stopping by my 2018 Christmas Home Tour.  We’d love to see pictures of your homes decked for the holidays!

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4 Comments on 2018 Christmas Home Tour | AnnMarie’s House

  1. Just toured both of your homes and enjoyed my virtual visits through each room . Would have loved your ideas years ago when your creativity would have been used more in my own house. Thank you both for sharing
    G and for your professional advise mixed with warm sharing of traditions! Love…

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