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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!