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Home for the Holidays: A Festive Christmas Home Tour

Get ready for the holidays with a festive Christmas home tour. Discover inspiring décor tips to transform your own home into a winter wonderland.

Can you believe we’re at the end of 2023 already?

How did another year go by so fast?

I swear the older I get the faster the years fly by.

But before the end of the year actually arrives we get to celebrate my favorite holiday…Christmas!

I just love decorating my house and creating a magical winter wonderland filled with greenery and twinkling lights.

Over the last several years I’ve begun to crave a warm and cozy feeling in my home during the holidays rather than a super bright and colorful vibe.

I love the calmness that more neutral colors bring into our home at Christmastime.

But don’t worry, I do add pops of red here and there, especially on my front porch…after all, it is the merriest time of the year!

So grab a cup of hot cocoa and let’s take a look around my Christmas home.

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I’m excited to be a part of the Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour 2023 hosted by our friend Kelly of The Tattered Pew.

A huge thank you to Kelly for all of her hard work organizing this blog hop with 30 amazing bloggers.

If you’re coming to our blog from our friend Kim of Shiplap and Shells we’re so glad you stopped.

Wasn’t Kim’s cottage just so charming all dressed up in green and white for Christmas?

There are two of us writing for Simply2Moms and today we’re taking a look around AnnMarie’s home all dressed up for the holidays.

Be sure to pop across the street to Anne’s Christmas tour while you’re here!

A Welcoming Winter Wonderland

small front porch with stone house exterior decorated with small christmas trees and greenery

Creating a warm welcome for guests and your neighborhood is simple to do with greenery.

Adding several small Christmas trees, garlands, and a wreath brings a feeling of a winter wonderland to my front porch.

Twinkling lights strung on the larger trees, garland around the door frame, and even on the wreath hanging from the front door showcase the decor at night.

Tiny faux pine trees tucked inside my DIY lantern planters on the steps are small enough not to get in the way when walking up or down the stairs.

Pops of red in the vintage sled and doormat coordinate with the red tartan plaid ribbon on the DIY fluffy bows.

How to Decorate an Enchanting Holiday Entryway

entryway with bench row of hooks above round rug in front of door all styled of the holidays

Once you step through my front door you’re wrapped in the warmth of the festive holiday season.

Your entryway is the first impression people get when they come into your home so you’ll want to create a cozy and inviting space.

A bench with comfy throw pillows and a blanket not only provides a place to sit but also the linens bring texture to the design of the foyer.

The neutral color scheme of the Christmas decor coordinates well with the other colors in the entryway.

On the opposite side of the entryway is an angled staircase that’s adorned with faux garlands tied to the banister with black velvet ribbon.

Beyond the steps is a black and white print hung on the wall with a small faux-flocked Christmas tree on a vintage stool.

I’ve only recently begun collecting vintage home decor and I’m hooked.

I just love to blend both the old and new in my home all year long.

Decorating a Neutral Living Room for Christmas

slim Christmas tree between two white chairs in front of windows in living room

My entryway is open to the formal living room or sitting room.

Although this room is far from formal since it’s furnished in casual white slipcovered furniture and both walls are covered in a mix of family photos and rustic wall decor.

A slim pencil tree decorated with a mix of DIY wood bead ornaments and handmade stamped ornaments fits between the two club chairs in front of the windows.

antique green bottles with vintage books and spools on coffee table in living room

On the coffee table, a rustic galvanized tray is styled with vintage books, wood spools, and antique green glass bottles.

The green colors combined with the wood tones create a warm vignette perfect for this living room.

Styling the Heart of the Home at the Holidays

Decorated Christmas tree in corner of room by stone fireplace and window behind

Just around the corner from the living room is the heart of our home…the family room.

My family (when they’re home from college, work, or other places) loves to spend time in this room, especially during the holidays.

Our Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the room and is adorned with meaningful ornaments that we’ve collected through the years since our family began.

Don’t you just love how the sparkling lights look at night?

It looks so much different in the evening than it does during the day.

You can see my candlelight home tour here.

family room with fireplace between windows and large ladder with plaid holiday throw blankets

The stone fireplace is one of my favorite features of our home.

The chunky wood mantel is decorated with faux garland and greenery stems to create a natural look.

An antique painter’s ladder displays a collection of cozy plaid throw blankets.

The festive holiday colors of the blankets provide a bit of color to the otherwise neutral room.

media center with large tv decorated with greenery and other Christmas decor

The large wood media cabinet is another focal point in the family room and gives me another place to decorate for the season.

Since the wood of the shelving unit is dark, I try to keep the decor on the shelves light in color.

The collection of white and beige bottle brush trees fill the middle shelf and add lots of fun texture to dark space.

On top of the large TV console, a trio of light-colored vases with greenery and lighted branches brings your eye up and fills the space.

view into family room with wood dough bowl filled with mini trees and gold jingle bells

Between the family room and kitchen is a half or pony wall.

It’s the perfect space for this long narrow wood dough bowl filled with mini trees and gold bells.

Bring a Little Christmas Magic to Your Hallways

console table decorated with antique garland ornaments bottle brush trees and greenery with mirror and lamps

The family room is open to a hallway that brings you to the kitchen.

So this hallway feels like it’s a part of the family room and kitchen area in our home.

I love to decorate this console table differently each season.

For Christmas, I added a faux cedar garland to the round mirror above the table and a vintage-style ornament garland across the front of the table.

A couple of mini cedar wreaths used as candles rings and some other festive holiday decor complete the look.

bar cabinet with greenery in amber bottle and small tree in wood bucket tobacco basket with wreath hung above

This bar cabinet is tucked in a little alcove at the end of the hallway and is another spot to style for the holiday season.

I kept the decor on the cabinet very natural with greenery then just a bit of sparkle in the gold votive candle holders.

How to Create a Simple but Festive Kitchen

trio of windows decorated with simple green wreaths and white ribbon bows

The decor in my kitchen is much like the rest of our home…simple.

I did splurge on these pretty wreaths for the windows at Hobby Lobby.

But found a very similar more affordable option from Amazon for you here.

I added a frayed white linen ribbon tied in a simple bow on each wreath and hung them with a command hook on the windows.

tray with reindeer and woven trees, candle and greenery

Trays are a great place to add seasonal decor in a kitchen because they can easily be moved out of the way when needed.

I always keep a tray in the middle of my table and in the center of our kitchen island.

During the holidays it’s easy to change up the decor and add some fun festive pieces.

wall glass drying rack with white santa mugs hanging in kitchen

Another spot that is fun the change during the holidays is my wall-mounted glass drying rack.

White Santa mugs, bells, and a couple of ornaments bring a little Christmas magic to the kitchen.

An Elegant and Inviting Christmas Dining Room

white poinsettia plant in basket with three gold candlesticks on either side in middle of dining table

Sophistication meets festive ambiance in the dining room of our home.

Last year we gave our dining room a little makeover and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary.

I have so much fun creating beautiful tablescapes but for every day it’s nice to have a simple look for the dining table.

hutch filled with china and greenery with small Christmas tree collection on top of cabinet

I dressed up our china cabinet with some greenery inside and hung a set of gold bells from the glass doors.

On top of the hutch is a collection of small faux Christmas trees.

Grouping several of the same types of holiday decor together has a bigger impact.

Christmas tree decorated with gold and bronze diy ornaments and garlands in white basket

In the corner of the dining room is a beautiful tree decorated with handpainted ornaments by yours truly.

I haven’t written a tutorial about that craft project yet but stay tuned it will be coming soon.

This 8′ King Noble Fir Artificial Christmas Tree is from King of Christmas and it’s currently on sale.

Unique Christmas Home Tour Stops

laundry room decorated for Christmas on shelves above washer and dryer

I bet you didn’t think you’d be stopping by my laundry room on my Christmas home tour, did you? lol

Well, I’m still in love with this space since we transformed our laundry room a few years ago so I like to bring a little festivity here too.

laundry room shelf with canister of detergent next to plaid metal bucket with wreath hanging above

I swapped out my everyday basket that holds laundry essentials for a festive plaid metal bucket.

A small preserved wreath looks so pretty hung between the upper and lower wood shelves.

antique scale and washboard next to plaid bucket on wood shelf

Another colorful pail and some pretty holiday greenery next to my vintage scale and washboard bring a little Christmas magic to a space designated for chores.

I hope you take the opportunity to fill your home with festive spirit this year too.

Next up on our tour is our friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest.

You’re in for a real treat as you tour her gorgeous home decorated with all of her beautiful vintage finds.

Have a magical Christmas friends!

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Simply2Moms Past Christmas Home Tours

Simply2Moms' Past Christmas Home Tours

Come visit our houses all decorated for the holidays over the past several years!

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours.

Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long.

You can visit each home tour by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Monday

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // Worthing Court Blog

Southern Home and Hospitality // Our Crafty Mom // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour Tuesday

A Life Unfolding // Living Large In a Small House // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Bricks ‘n Blooms // Cottage In the Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Wednesday

WM Design House // The Ponds Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells

Simply 2 Moms // Robyn’s French Nest // Amy Sadler Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Thursday

Midwest Life and Style // White Arrows Home // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Beautify // A Stroll Thru Life // Thistle Key Lane

Friday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Pasha Is Home // This Is Simplicite

Decor to Adore // Le Cultivateur // Peacock Ridge Farm

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