Holiday Home Tour 2022

Although tweaks occur on a daily basis, most of the holiday decorating is complete. Last week, I shared our driveway entry gates and front porch and today, I welcome you inside our home for a holiday home tour.

The Front Hall

The front hall is full of fresh cedar garland and red plaid ribbons. In previous years, the garland on the bannister was wrapped with string lights and this year I chose not to do so, changing it up a bit.

Front Hall bannister

In a corner beside the front door, a 7 foot tree is decorated in all things forest/outdoors~from owls and bears to pine cones and hiking boots. This small tree provides lots of sparkle at night and sets the mood for the holiday.

Front Hall view to Dining Room

My husband has all the holiday lights on a remote control so within seconds we can illuminate several rooms.

The Living Room

The large fireplace is the focal point of the room. A deep mantel allows for lots of material. I combine fresh cedar garland, magnolia leaves and faux greens and berries. Since the living room colors are cream and blue, there are blue and white pots that hold bright red amaryllis on each end.

As we get closer to the 25th, the tulipieres on the coffee table will be full of fresh red roses and carnations.

Several battery operated candles and strings of lights provide a warm glow.

A fragrant Christmas tree stands in the corner, but as of yet, it is not decorated. This generally happens around my husband’s birthday on December 13th.

The true meaning of Christmas is reflected in the Nativity scene located on top of the baby Grand piano. Baby Jesus makes an appearance on Christmas morning.

Nativity scene

Here’s the view from the foyer into the living room. Fresh cedar garland and red plaid ribbons adore each doorway.

The Dining Room

For years, I struggled with using Christmas colors in the dining room. When I finally make the decision to work with the colors in the rug, I now love the tones of blush and greens here.

Various bottlebrush trees in blues, greens and blush give height to the mantel. These were purchased from Pier 1 Imports a few years ago. The faux snowy tree is in a coral orchid pot from Dear Keaton. It is also available on Overstock for a few dollars less. I love the vintage Virgin Mary in the oval cloche stand which is a thrift store find.

On the buffet, the silver tea service sparkles with blush ornaments tucked about.

Nearby on a pedestal dish is a set of Christmas coffee cups.

Upholstered slipcovered chairs are adorned with preserved boxwood wreaths and a satin pink ribbon. Wreaths are from Ballard Designs and worth the purchase as you can use them year after year.

The Breakfast Room

If you missed my post last week, here is a picture of our breakfast room fireplace. Christmas art replaces the oil painting that hangs above the fireplace the balance of the year. Lighted trees, garland, pinecones, red ornaments complement the red/white beaded garland with tassels.

Family Room

Each year we hang artificial wreaths on the windows using a grommet system my husband created (you can see that post here). Behind the sofa we add two lighted trees which are really stunning at night. A lucky after season purchase, these trees are heavily discounted. With the newly reupholstered sofa (and a dog and cat that love sleeping on it), I use a holiday quilt to protect the new fabric.

All these layers remind me a bit of an English cottage feel~plus the cover keeps the sofa clean. Holiday pillows and quilt are from Pottery Barn

Last year, I did a holiday painting of our cat, Donovan. It sits on a brass art stand on the end table near the sofa.

On a nearby chest a holiday vignette of books wrapped in plaid paper, silver beads and a white pitcher with greens, adds more Christmas to this room.

The same plaid wrapping paper is on small boxes under the faux tree. The decanters on the brass tray have bells, pinecones and holiday greens. I love small lamps tucked into various places to provide a warm ambiance to the vignette.

The Kitchen

I certainly have way too many holiday towels, but it’s fun to hang them on the handles of the double ovens.

Above the gas range, the small shelf is ideal for decorating with Santas and artwork.

On the kitchen island, is a glass two tiered bakers display. It is fun to decorate it seasonally and each year I change it up a bit. By its side, is a short frosted artificial tree that is full of kitchen related ornaments.

I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of our holiday home. Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy Tuesday!

Christmas Recap

I am enjoying the lull after Christmas, finding it a bit hard to get back into the swing and routine of everyday life.  But bills need to be paid and laundry keeps coming, so today is my “get all the little piddly stuff out of the way” day.

But before I “get” to do the nuisance things, here’s a recap of our holiday.

The cookies were eaten.  Santa left his annual letter, responding to the hilarious ones the children still write for him. His large footprint was in ashes on the living room fireplace hearth.

My son was all decked out in his holiday suit for opening presents.

Baby Jesus was in the cradle, surrounded by Mary and Joseph.

There were presents under the tree and the stockings were filled.

We probably say this every holiday, but the tree this year was so beautiful.  It is still very fresh and fills the room with the smell of pine.

As you know, I am such a novice painter, but I tried my hand at my second holiday painting.

Some presents for the children included a painting of my daughter’s dog, Sox. Elisabeth absolutely LOVES this dog, who has been part of our family since 2007. I’ve discovered that animals are hard to paint!

Each child receives a snow globe (until age 21), so here is Julianna’s last one for her collection.

It was an ambitious project but I made two Christmas quilts for the girls, which I will write about later.  During the sewing process, I had lots of help.

After opening presents, we put the ham in the oven.  Instead of a formal sit down dinner, we elected to have a buffet of ham sandwiches on croissants, a salad, and leftovers from the charcuterie and vegetable platters. Very casual and very appreciated…

My son and I baked a cake together.  This recipe did not disappoint.  It is from Tessa Huff’s Layered cookbook, the Red Currant Chocolate Cake. The buttercream was flavored with a raspberry/currant curd and creme de cassis.

We are still enjoying all the lights and decorations and will do so until the Epiphany on January 6th.

I love this time between Christmas and New Year’s where the world seems to slow down a bit.  Enjoy each and every minute.  There’s a New Year right around the corner….