Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our 2016 Christmas home tour! We were so excited to decorate our new home for Christmas.  We used a lot of what we already had but added a few new things this year as well.  We always veer slightly away from traditional red and green and go for more for jewel tones.  We like a lot of vintage things too.  So grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

I finally used my birthday gift card to a local store called "Morgan Imports" to buy this pre-lit white light Christmas tree.  I made some pink Pom Pom knit garland to wrap around. Later on, see below pic, I added some smaller Navy pom pom garland.  



The tree moves around some. Now it's in the office window.

I have a paper lantern star in the other office window.


This picture of our foyer doesn't have much "Christmas" going on, but rather a sneak peak into a project I have been working on all week -painting all of the downstairs interior doors grey.


Simple gifts make great decorations too.  I loved trying to decorate around this notion  -using things around the house and not spending money on decorations just to fill space.



I was a little obsessed with yarn poms this year. Here's another teal pom pom garland that I knitted and some grey finger knitted garland that my son makes. Inside the hutch lots of my Grandmother's ornaments are on display.





My "tablescape" for Christmas dinner includes English Christmas crackers for everyone and vintage C9 Christmas light bulbs fill my centerpiece.




Alas, Oh Christmas tree! We found a beautiful 9' Frasier fir from the NC mountains. It smells so divine and the multi-colored mini lights give it a vintage feel.




Our stockings were needle pointed by my husband's mom and the kid's stockings were done by my husband's God Mother.  Look, more poms!




Can I just say how in love I am with this pink bottle brush tree? I found it at Michael's and had to have it.  My Christmas cactus has lasted through a season, but already bloomed.  Mr. Fox fit the bill for Thanksgiving but seems pretty wintery to me.  The 4 doll ornaments are hand painted famous artists, a gift from Joe's aunt this year.


The small pink trees made it to our eat-in-kitchen where we'll probably have our desserts set out on Christmas eve.  We think they give this space a good dose of color and Christmas spirit.



I added more C9 lights to an apothecary jar with some battery powered white LED lights.  It makes an adorable center piece.


My DIY Feather wreath looks great in here.  I've also added some grey linen curtains in here this week. And hey Bentley (our dog.)



Our Kitchen island island got a grey coat of paint this week too.


The drink area has paper Santa and reindeer straws, some drink stirrers, and "Jingle Juice" napkins, all ready for Christmas Eve egg nog!


I love the view looking into the living room. We rearranged some furniture so it feels more open.


Another apothecary DIY moment going on at the kitchen island. It's a little "winter snow scene" I created with fake snow, some pink bottle brush trees, and a tiny sparkly reindeer.  Placed on a marble cheese tray and I'm crazy about it.



The guest bathroom has a few touches, Cranberry soap, some evergreen potpourri, and balsam fir spray.



Upstairs there are a few simple Christmas touches. In the Master bedroom I have a few Christmas tree sprigs next to the bed.


In the loft, a small green tree with purple glass balls and some vintage ornaments.



One of my all time favorite decorations is this hanging ball from the 70's maybe that used to hang in my house as a child.


E.claire's room has the Christmas blanket and pillow cases I made for her years ago, some neat LED snowflakes that hang in her two small windows and her pink tree.





The boys have their flannel deer sheets, their red plaid throws I made for them and their little green tree.




Let's take a step outside.  I absolutely love having a covered front porch. We can decorate out there like we can inside.  My DIY wreath, but with LED lights this year.


Our vintage sleds made pretty cool decorations (I think.) And a simple silver basket of pine cones from the yard.


We overdosed on outside colored lights, but what's new?  We added some fun round LED color changing spheres.


All lit up! Next year we need to figure out a way to get lights up on that second story.  It's quite the challenge!



And here's wishing you and yours a very sparkly and bright holiday season and a Very Merry New Year!

xo
Cathleen

2 comments:

Sarni said...

WOW - That is some mighty Christmas Spirit - Fit for a magazine showcase :)

Peahen Pad said...

Thanks! Merry christmas!!

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