I love the cozy feeling the holiday season brings. All the pretty lights, garlands, wreaths and ribbons placed throughout our home all in preparation to celebrate Christmas are all so comforting. This year I'm honored to be part of the 12 Days of Christmas Home Tours with such a wonderful group of home bloggers. Before I show you my tour, did you happen to see Pam at Simple Details' Christmas Tour yesterday. Her home is so beautiful and her décor is always so gorgeous. And today, Paige at The Pink Clutch is also sharing her Christmas home tour along with me. You will definitely want to check it out! And for a complete line up of the tours, I have those listed at the bottom of this post. So much inspiration from this talented group.
So are you ready to see my holiday home tour? Let's take a look...
The last couple of years, I've kept my holiday décor fairly neutral with a touch of red. This year my decorating color scheme was definitely influenced by the colors in this gorgeous artwork on my mantel from Minted. You can see a peek of it in the collage above. It's called Folksy Joy and I love the quaint, rustic print the artist created. Framed in the hand carved whitewashed herringbone frame, it added the perfect festive touch to our mantel. So this year I incorporated hues of blues into my holiday decorating and I'm so happy with the change!
For the front door and porch décor, I used a live boxwood wreath and live pine garland from Trader Joe's.
The mudroom and study/piano room are the first rooms you see when you enter our home from the garage or the front door, so I added a little Christmas cheer to each of those spaces. The boots and scarf are a couple of my favorite fashion pieces this winter and have been on heavy rotation. My stockings are from Etsy and the wrapping paper is from HomeGoods. The basket and red wood cranberry bead garland are World Market finds. The Christmas tree garland draped on the piano is a simple DIY from last year.
I usually like to write a one world message in the center of my boxwood wreath. Last year it was "joy" and this year with all the violent attacks recently "peace" seemed more fitting. Praying for peace.
In the dining room I set the table with natural color chargers, simple white dinner plates and these darling dessert plates I found last year at Marshalls. You can see the sweet deer in the picture above. They came as a set of four, each with a different design. I love them! For the center of the table, I used fresh garland, which last a pretty long time especially if I spritz it. I was a bit stumped on what to use for the center piece, so I went with this rustic galvanized planter that I had from Birch Lane and I filled it with small presents. I continued the blue color in here as well with the blue striped napkins.
In the breakfast room I added a couple of live boxwood wreaths on the shutters and a few holly berry clippings in the center.
And finally our Christmas tree. It's such a wonderful feeling relaxing at the end of the day near the soft white glow from this tree. As for decorating our tree, I like keeping it simple. We put all our ornaments on the tree from the homemade ones to the more expensive blown glass ones. The kids love seeing the ones they made or were given, and I love the memories each one holds as we unwrap them. I think it's so pretty and a little more special with them all together.
You can get a better look at my beautiful Minted Artwork on the mantel. It tied in so perfect with my home style and décor.
Someone else loves the Christmas tree too. My little shadow was by my side with every space I decorated and then joined me while I photographed too :)
So that wraps up this year's tour. Next up on Monday, Lauren from Bless'er House and Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House will be sharing their holiday homes. And for a complete line up you can see the whole gang below. We are also sharing on Instagram under the hashtag #12daysofchristmasbloggertour if you want to follow along there.
And finally a huge thank you to Jenny @ Evolution of Style for putting it all together and inviting me. And to Lisa @ Shine Your Light for the beautiful graphics.
12/3 Simple Details
12/9 Primitive and Proper