This is my favorite post of the year, the culmination of months of work, planning and crafting and decorating. The day I get to open my home to you, dear readers and friends, and invite you along for a tour of our Christmas home decor.
I know there are a lot of new visitors here today for the Christmas in the 2014 Country Home Tour and Link Party. Welcome!
Mine is one of more than 40 decorated homes featured in this two-week event from Nov. 28 through Dec. 12. Please visit Creative Country Mom’s Home & Garden to see all the new stops on the tour each day. You can also add your post to the holiday-themed link party. Let’s enjoy a homespun, country Christmas with Brooke and all her friends at Creative Country Mom’s.
Settle in for lots of photos that I hope will inspire you and put you in the holiday spirit.
We’ll start on the vintage-inspired front porch, full of treasures I’ve collected at yard sales, estate sales and antique shops.
A merry and bright space…
…with ticking and holly and bright pops of red and green everywhere…
… and unexpected details.
You can see more of the porch tour here.
For now, let’s step inside the foyer, one of my favorite spaces in our home.
I decorated the buffet with vintage Christmas houses, like I always do, but I changed things up a bit this year.
You’ll notice I used lots of metallics here, and I carried that theme throughout the house. focusing mainly on gold.
It’s definitely a golden Christmas in the dining room.
I bought myself an inexpensive white tree ($40 at Walmart) since I’ve been coveting one for years, and decorated it with golden ornaments.
The dining room table is decorated rather simply (for me!) with white dishes and gold accents with just a little bit of red.
It’s a look that works for Christmas through New Year’s Eve.
Of course, I decorated the bar cart, one of my favorite Christmas presents from last year.
And do you spy the china cabinet in the background?
I topped it with my favorite glittery, golden garland, which I’ve had for years and move from room to room. (Last year, I used it in the living room.)
A few more peeks at the dining room before we tour the rest of the house.
A quick stop in the vestible, where my son Jackson set up the Christmas village and a tree all his own.
A funny thing happened as he was setting this up. I put something down the table and moved something around, and he was quick to reprimand me: “Mama, I’m decorating.” Clearly, he takes after his mama.
Because I do love to decorate.
Here we are in the formal living room.
I hung a simple magnolia wreath on the armoire doors I painted.
I used the same pretty green gingham ribbon for the staircase garland. While I loved last year’s gilded pinecone and magnolia leaf garland, I switched things up a bit this year, decorating the champagne garland with burlap poinsettia flowers and gold Christmas balls.
A few simple, natural touches here and there.
I do love a boxwood wreath, and I move these miniature ones throughout the house from season to season.
Let me introduce you to the newest member of the family, Felix, a stray cat who has taken up residence with us.
He likes to give me photography and decorating tips in between naps and trips to his food dish.
I know you want to see the tree. Well, one of the trees. How did I turn into one of those people with multiple Christmas trees?
I’ll blame it on my southern heritage and the fact that I just love Christmas.
Our main Christmas tree is not a designer tree or a themed one.
Instead, it’s loaded with our collection of ornaments. Some are vintage, some are handmade, some are heirlooms, some are precious and fragile and others are made of plastic.
But each holds a special memory and a special place in our hearts.
It’s always a challenge to see if we can fit them all on the tree because each year we add more to our collection. (I’m sure I’ll go out and shop the after-Christmas sales this year and buy even more ornaments!)
While it’s fun to go all out when decorating the tops of cabinets and tabletops, sometimes less is more.
I added a simple evergreen garland to the TV armoire and called it done!
My vintage Shiny-Brites are on display in a brass case.
A few more glimpses at the living room.
Now, let’s take a quick look in the master bedroom. I didn’t do much decorating here.
But I did add a few festive touches to the fireplace. It’s one of two holiday mantels I decorated this year.
Again, you can see the gold theme in the DIY Buon Natale Christmas banner I painted.
Let’s skip over the unmade bed, and head to the breakfast room and keeping room — our family’s main hangout space.
I gave you a tour of the keeping room mantel yesterday, so I won’t linger too long on those details.
Just a few views of the woodland meets plaid meets vintage decor.
Speaking of plaid, I fell in love with these bows at a local shop and had to bring them home with me.
I tied one to a lamp, and I think it looks like a streetlight!
The other is tied to my snowball bucket.
Here’s Felix again, taking a little catnap while I work.
These animals are no help when it comes to Christmas decorating and blogging.
A Christmas cookie for you if you can find our dog, McCoy, hidden in one of these tour photos.
I used a stencil to draw these antlers and holiday message on a vintage chalkboard.
It’s part of a woodland motif I have set up on my antique empire sideboard (also known as the Lego storage cabinet!)
I hope you’re not going into photo overload yet.
There’s a lot to see and a lot I want to show you because I love loading on the details with my Christmas decorating.
Like these evergreen-stuffed stockings and ornaments I tied to our breakfast nook chairs.
I’m so glad I bought an assortment of these ornaments last year at Lowe’s because they’re so versatile.
This next photo is one of my favorites because it’s not Christmasy. But then again, it is.
I love this assortment of old kitchen utensils with the red paint chipping off their handles. I bought these for Christmas, but I think I’ll display them in the kitchen all year round.
I’ve so enjoyed our visit this morning, and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
And don’t be a stranger, OK?
For more Christmas decorating ideas and inspiration, check out my past holiday home tours.