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 since last week. We started our Christmas home tour with my classic front porch. Then Anne shared her kitchen decor ideas, I just love her 3-tiered stand. Next, we stepped into my dining room inspired by my collection of Rae Dunn pottery. And yesterday we saw Anne’s family room all decked out for Christmas.
So, let’s get started with my 2018 Christmas Home Tour! Come on in…
Classic Christmas Front Porch
One of my favorite features of our house is the beautiful stone. 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 last week here.
Front Gallery Room
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 fake Christmas tree but we cut this tree down in the mountains of North Carolina on a bitter cold day…so cold we didn’t realize it was too small for our family room. Ooops! But no worries…it was a happy mistake because now we have two real trees in our house.
I found this sweet picture of my kids with Santa from years ago after I photograped the room but couldn’t help adding it to our tray. Boy, do I miss those days sometimes. Growing up too fast!
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.
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.
I shared all the details of our dining room decorated for Christmas in this post.
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 (suprisingly)!
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 needed for a bit of Christmas in our space.
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 moms. 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.
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.
The glass jar is usually in our front room filled with those natural wood and twine pieces but I love it here mixed with a few white & silver ornaments.
The basket was another HomeGoods find this season. I filled it with my 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 is the link. It really is an easy craft and makes a special keepsake.
We’ve had this garland for years. I really debated 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 lights up our staircase gallery wall.
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 dewdrop lights. I just love how it looks at night…so cozy! The Rae Dunn Christmas canister that sits on the window sill was a rare find last week. And to continue with the pops of red in our kitchen a cute red wood sign, a wire basket of red & white dishtowels, and another basket on top of our cabinet.
A preserved wreath hangs on the back door that leads to our deck.
Looking from the kitchen into the family room is a half wall where a long tray holds votives and mini gold & silver ornaments.
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. Ha ha!
I realize it’s not the most current style to space your Christmas stockings across your mantle. I always ohhh & ahhh when looking at beautiful pictures of fluffy knit stockings that are scrunched to either side of a mantle.
However, growing up I had the same stocking my entire life…it was tradition. 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 carry 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.
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.
We go to the mountains every year to cut our Christmas tree. Since the one we chose 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 tradition just like our stockings. The tree is filled 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. All 5 of us decorate our tree together every year. I even resist the urge to rearrange the ornaments after it’s finished. And it’s just perfect to us!
Thanks for stopping by my 2018 Christmas Home Tour.
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