Welcome to my 2020 Christmas tour where I blend vintage and antique treasures with family keepsakes to decorate our traditional southern home in festive style. The look is timeless, colorful, unique and eclectic. Highlights of the tour include a forest of trees decorated with colorful Shiny Brite ornaments, a classic blue-and-white chinoisierie color scheme in the dining room, an elegant family room tree decorated with emerald green velvet ribbon and glass ornaments, a pastel collection of bottle brush trees and vintage McCoy pottery, and a serene master bedroom winter wonderland.
This year, more than ever, I’m so glad to have you over for my annual Christmas tour.
It’s been a while since we’ve hosted any guests, and I’m happy to have folks over, even virtually!
We went all out with the Christmas decor this year, adding festive touches in places we’ve never decorated before and spaces I’ve never shown before on the blog. The sparkling lights, glitter and holiday ornaments are bringing us such joy. Christmas 2020 will be different, no doubt, but it may be the most meaningful and magical one yet.
I hope you find some inspiration from our Christmas home tour and that it helps put you in the holiday spirit.
While I did buy a few new-to-me Christmas decorations this year online and through contactless local pickup options, my approach was really to use what I have since I’m not out shopping in stores. Besides, I have an attic (and garage) full of holiday decor! This really challenged me to be creative and use what I already had in different ways and in different spaces.
If you like decorating with a different theme every Christmas — go for it. But don’t feel like you have to do that just because that’s what you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Your holiday decor should make you happy!
Past Christmas Home Tours
If you take a look at our Christmas decor from years past, you’ll see that I use a lot of the same items over and over again. But I move things around in the house, switch out ribbon and make other small changes to create different looks.
- 2018 Christmas Home Tour
- 2017 Christmas Home Tour
- 2016 Christmas Home Tour
- 2015 Christmas Home Tour
- 2014 Christmas Home Tour
- 2013 Christmas Home Tour
2020 Christmas Home Tour
Enough with the reminiscing. You came here to see this year’s Christmas decor, and we’ll start on the front porch.
Christmas Porch Decor
This year’s decor is very vintage whimsy, with pops of red and green accenting the yearround black, white and gray color scheme on the porch.full disclosure policy here.
From the front porch, you enter our foyer, which might be one of my favorite spots to decorate in our home.
It’s where I showcase my prized collection of Shiny Brites and other vintage Christmas ornaments.
This year, I added a third tree – an inexpensive tabletop tinsel tree from Target – to the forest in the foyer.
I decided to decorate it with blue, aqua, silver and gold ornaments and “plant” it in a thrifted ceramic urn.
I love that this tree coordinates with my aqua bottlebrush tree.
My trick for keeping my Shiny Brite trees from tipping over? I put bags of rice or beans on the stands or bases, then hide them with a tree skirt or extra ornaments, in this case.
Nothing compares to my original tinsel tree, which is loaded with dozens of pink and green ornaments.
Every year, my collection grows. (Here’s what it looked like just a few years ago before I started actively hunting for them.) Some of the originals in my collection were my grandmother’s.
This bird is a new addition this year. After seeing this gorgeous image from one of my favorite Instagrammers, I want an entire tree filled with birds. Let the hunt begin!
It doesn’t feel like Christmas until I unpack these beauties and hang them.
I’m often asked about my taller tinsel tree. I bought it several years back at a local store and haven’t found the exact duplicate online. But this one is pretty close.
My pink flocked tree – a Big Lots find last year – also gets decorated with colorful, old glass ornaments that I have collected throughout the years.
This tree gets so much love on social media that I wrote an entire post about where you can find pink Christmas trees.
Our cat, Felix, loves to sunbathe on the rug in front of the pink tree.
Thankfully, he’s not one to bat at ornaments or try to climb the tree.
In keeping with the vintage, pastel vibe, I love using colorful bottlebrush trees on top of the painted buffet.
I also like filling compotes and glass jars with extra ornaments. The more, the merrier, I say!
Christmas in the Dining Room
From the foyer, you can see our formal dining room, which got a mini makeover with wallpaper a year ago.
I love coordinating my Christmas décor with the room.
The blue and aqua colors in the wallpaper, plus the chinoiserie bird motif, inspired the tree decorations.
And since I love using gold and vintage brass tones in this room, a gold Christmas tree is the perfect choice.
I used the same floral picks, aqua glass ornaments and oversized ornaments on the tree as I did last year. But I did use different ribbon — a wide blue velvet and gold mesh.
For our dining room chairs, I tied simple navy blue bows and pinned them into place.
The centerpiece is an oversized gold bowl, filled with preserved boxwood balls, blue and mercury glass ornaments.
Vintage brass candlesticks and other thrifted items line the table.
I used some bottlebrush wreaths, hung from blue velvet ribbon, to decorate our china cabinet.
This summer, we finally put a piece of wood across the top of the cabinet so I can easily display vases and ginger jars there.
I found the brass ginger jars at the thrift store (on two separate trips), and the French blue ginger jars with the Greek key design are from Lo Home. The woven footed basket is also a thrift store find. I added more boxwood balls and holiday florals to the basket and wove a simple icy blue garland through the vignette.
The vintage faux bamboo bar cart was a Christmas gift from my husband several years ago. I added a few simple holiday touches to it, including vintage ornaments and festive drink stirrers. I’m hoping Santa will bring me some opaline blue milk glass or a set of Portieux Vallerysthal glasses to add to my new collection. (A girl can dream!)
Vestibule Holiday Decor
From the dining room and foyer area, let’s make our way to the living room.
But first, we pass through what I call the vestibule. I know that’s technically what this room should be called since it’s inside the house, not between the porch and the foyer. But it’s what we call it.
It’s just a pass-through space, but this summer, I decided to create a mini gallery wall in here to showcase some of my thrifted and DIY gilded mirrors, artwork and other items.
For Christmas, I hung a bejeweled wreath I made on the wall and added some other festive holiday touches on both sides of the space.
I love how you can see the Shiny Brite ornaments reflected in this mirror.
Living Room Christmas Décor
Last week, I shared our main living room Christmas tree as part of the Celebrating Christmas tour with 20 other bloggers.
Our elegant Christmas tree, decorated with luxe green velvet ribbon and pink and green glass ornaments, is the showstopper in this room.
You can see more details of this tree, plus see how we’ve decorated it in the past, in this post.
But I did want to share the rest of this space with you.
The tree is such a stunner in that planter that I kept the decorations on it fairly simple. Just some pretty traditional plaid check ribbon woven through the branches and some inexpensive coordinating ornaments.
I continued decorating under the tree with stacks of coordinating books, leftover ornaments in brass and mercury glass vessels and a green flocked reindeer. (The dust under the tree is glitter dust – not anything I missed while vacuuming! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
I love this view and reflection of the tree just outside our bedroom. (The folding game table I painted doubles as artwork when it’s not in use.)
And I love how well the tree and the ribbon coordinates with my French settee. An inexpensive ruched velvet pillow cover and twinkling lights pull the scene together.
As in the dining room, I try to coordinate the Christmas decorations with our existing décor.
I added a some blown glass ornaments (some we made as a family and some that were gifts from my inlaws), assorted trees and knick knacks to the cocktail ottoman in front of our sofa. I filled a pagoda lantern with a pink mercury glass garland and tied a gilded lantern with thinner green velvet ribbon.
If you’re interested in the artwork above our sofa, I have an entire post about where I found these botanical prints. It only cost me a little more than $200 for all six prints and frames.
I have a few other Christmas items sprinkled throughout the living room.
The little pink writing desk beside the tree is always fun to decorate with mini boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments.
I have fun filling these brass and glass shadowboxes with ornaments, bottlebrush trees, hobnail glass, mini tea sets from my grandma and other collectibles.
I always have a mass of brass candlesticks on this table, and at Christmas, I love adding the brass deer I find at yard sales and thrift stores.
Christmas in the Family Room
From the living room, we transition into the breakfast nook, kitchen and family room area.
The three rooms flow into one another in our open concept home.
I didn’t really decorate the kitchen for Christmas this year since we won’t be hosting any parties. I also used the wreaths I usually hang on the cabinet doors elsewhere in the house.
But I did add some festive touches to the breakfast nook.
I never tire of setting the table with my Blue Willow dishes and blue and white pottery filled with roses, winter white hydrangeas and eucalyptus.
This is the room where we spend most of our time as a family, so cozy is the name of the game.
I also have to keep my mantel décor relatively simple since there’s a TV behind those cabinet doors.
I used an old strand of faux greenery garland and embellished it with a few eucalyptus branches and artificial berries. I like the simplicity and organic look of it, and the floppy, green velvet bows tied at each end.
Mercury glass candlesticks and lighted green mercury glass trees add just a touch of sparkle to the mantel.
I love the pops of green throughout this room. They were inspired by the green velvet ribbon I used on our main tree.
The buffet was a fabulous, bargain estate sale find with quite an interesting history.
Owner’s Suite Christmas Décor
I don’t always decorate our bedroom for Christmas. Some years, I run out of steam, time or motivation before I get there!
But this year, I wanted to create a wintry, Christmas wonderland in our bedroom. The look is similar to what I did a few years ago.
Again, our mantel has a TV above it – behind that nifty upholstered screen I DIYed. So I didn’t want any fussy or cumbersome decorations on it.
A small flocked tree stands to the left of the fireplace in our owner’s suite sitting room.
The hearth is decorated with wooden bird cages I’ve purchased over the years from yard sales and Facebook marketplace. To keep with the winter wonderland vibe, I added some glittery and snowy birch logs I made a few years ago.
It’s so beautiful and cozy in here when the fire is going. Our cat loves napping in one of the chairs near the fireplace. He pretty much claims every comfy spot in the house.
I added a few bottlebrush trees and some DIY mercury glass Christmas trees to the top of my dresser.
Loft Christmas Decor
Normally, the tour would end here. But 2020 has been extra, and I have a few more things to show you.
Let’s head upstairs to our loft, which has been my husband’s work-from-home office for the last 9 months.
I kicked him out for a bit and cleaned up to show you our built-ins decorated for Christmas.
This is where I showcase a lot of my pastel McCoy pottery collection, alongside some of my grandma’s artwork and our real-life books. Yes, I let my husband keep his comic book art books and wrestling coffee table books on these shelves. As much as I would like to have a perfectly styled bookshelf, we do still need space to store our books and our computer modem and router. Real life!
I added some paper houses and bottlebrush trees to the shelves with the McCoy pottery. I tied some fuzzy stockings to the backs of the upholstered barstools using some pretty aqua velvet ribbon. (I’ve bought this same ribbon in three different colors. I love just it!)
There’s no natural lighting in this space, so photography is always a challenge. But I still wanted to show you this pretty little space. And I know my fellow McCoy pottery collectors will enjoy it. I’ve been collecting McCoy for more than 20 years, and my love for it has not waned.
As youv’e read, much of my decor is the results of years of collecting and shopping at yard sales, thrift stores and antique shops.
But I have included some shopping links below, if you’d like to recreate the look in your home.
Shop Our Holiday Home
I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual Christmas home tour. My goal is to inspire you and to encourage you to decorate with what you love.