Hey friends! I’m so excited you’ve stopped by here today, for my first holiday home tour, blog hop! This blog is still a work in progress to be honest but I didn’t want to pass up this fun opportunity! I was so thrilled to be approached to participate in this fun, virtual, event with 17 other talented ladies. If you’ve come here from Victoria Lambert Interiors, wasn’t Victoria’s home so lovely, all decked out for Christmas! Wow, holy smokes that garland on the railing was incredible! I dream of a big open railing like that one day. If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and check her out, as she was stop #1 on our blog hop 🙂
For those of you that may have read my last post (and first and only other post haha) you know that I love me a good holiday home tour! I cannot tell you how excited I was, to get to participate in one this year !
So, grab yourself a coffee or hot chocolate, turn on some Christmas carols (I’m listening to Michael Buble) and hang out for a while!
We’re starting here, in the living room.
My goal in the space was for it to feel so cozy and warm. I live near the Rocky Mountains, so I wanted an alpine vibe, faux fur, chunky knits, a forest of trees and slight wintery touches of snow, without a full flocked look. The candlelight is over the top but really adds to the warmth factor. Which is important, when you have essentially and all white house, with all white furniture….it can come across cold.
I’m so in love with how this space turned out. I added a few diy things this year but mostly, used things I’ve collected over the years. I’m always shopping after the holidays for things like quality faux greenery and Christmas ornaments. In the past, I’ve used real cedar garland but I always find that I’m disappointed with it’s appearance, after about a week or so indoors. This year, I had finally collected enough faux greens to create the garland along the mantle and add to the wreath above it. I picked up one small bunch of cedar when we got our tree at the tree lot, mostly because I wanted to compare it, to what I had at home. Honestly, I couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t. So I left the garland all faux and used the real cedar, in small spots here and there around the house. I love that this will stay green and vibrant and fresh looking, all season. Also, we do get a fresh tree each year, so I already get lots of that fresh Christmas smell in the house.
One of the DIY projects this year, were these precious knit stockings my mom knit up for our boys. I picked out the pattern here on etsy and she was able to whip these up in a couple weeks. I’m so happy with how they turned out. For a fraction of the price of comparable store bought ones and also, the sentimental value of being handmade with love by Nana.
This Christmas tree of ours has evolved over the last 6 years. When we purchased our first fresh tree, I picked up a set of bulbs to decorate it. For the first couple years, the tree was covered in only bulbs. I always admired the trees on display in Pottery Barn, for their large variety of ornaments. Over the last several years, I have made a conscious effort each year, to purchase a few ornaments. I’m loving the way it’s coming together. I have so many favourite ornaments on this tree. I always love to see our little ballerina, toy trains, rocking horse and nutcrackers. I love the nostalgic vibe of Christmas pasts I get from those ornaments and the way they sparkle, in the light of the tree.
Moving on to our dining area. We have a 1600 sq.ft. house, so this space is about 3 feet away from the Christmas tree in our living room and certainly didn’t call for a tree of it’s own (as many of the homes featured on Instagram have). Because our home is all open, I didn’t want to make the dining room too busy with décor. Just a simple centrepiece and a few sprigs of greens on the open shelves would do.
The centerpiece was a last minute, unplanned thing but I kinda like it and it was so simple. Originally, when we got our Christmas tree set up in the house, my husband had suggested that we could trim it in some areas (it was pretty wonky and lopsided in it’s growth). Anyway, I was quick to tell him how ridiculous that suggestion was and that it was definitely, a bad idea. Leave the décor decisions up to me lol. If you can imagine a very formal, rectangular shaped hedge, lining someone’s yard; this is what I assumed the tree would look like if we trimmed it. After a couple hours of having the tree up and decorated, I realized his suggestion may have been a good one after all. So we trimmed the tree, it looks much better, not at all like a hedge shrub AND ta-da… I suddenly had all kinds of fresh greens to use elsewhere! Conveniently, I also had a few mercury glass ornaments, that were too heavy to hang on the tree but too pretty to put away. So I threw them all into a tray with the trimmings off the tree and we now have a basic centerpiece.
In our Kitchen, once again I left the Christmas décor somewhat minimal. I’ve seen such beautiful Christmas kitchens, between Instagram and Pinterest. Pictures of sweet little wreaths, strung on the back of each barstool or on kitchen cupboards. My kitchen, as with my dinning room, is about 4 feet away from the living room. So it would just be way to much. I can’t tolerate too much clutter and the living room has A LOT going on lol. For the kitchen, I added a simple Christmas chalkboard. This was an oil painting I found at a thrift store and painted over, with chalk paint. I loved the frame because it matched our barstools perfectly! Generally, I use it as a grocery list throughout the year. I also added a small hot chocolate bar and a homemade gingerbread house.
One last space that I will show here, is my middle son’s bedroom. This is where Christmas begins in our home each year. It’s the first room to get a Christmas tree, the “kids tree” and where we spend a lot of our days to be honest. I normally don’t post this space on Instagram, because the colours don’t match my account haha. I’m a bit picky. Anyway, through the double doors off our kitchen, is our 4 year old, middle son’s bedroom. This space was super important when we were looking at houses. He uses a wheelchair and has overnight medical care. So we wanted a space for him on the main floor, for mobility reasons but also, a noise barrier overnight with caregivers awake, watching tv or making food etc. He can also sleep up to 18 hours a day. So during the days, it’s nice to have him right off the kitchen/main living space, where I can keep a close eye on him. You may have noticed we have no TV on our main floor. That’s because the TV is in Foster’s room (Foster is my son’s name). Since Foster spends so much of his time in his bed, it’s sort of become a family room of sorts for the rest of us. His brothers will climb up on his bed with him, throughout the day to watch a show. They play with their toys on his bedroom floor and this is where they decorate their Christmas tree. We don’t generally decorate the bedrooms for Christmas, or haven’t so far anyway. But a couple years ago I figured that a little boy, who spends as much time in bed as my little Foster bear does, should get a festive room and a fun Christmas tree. It’s not pretty lol, but it’s quite nostalgic. With silver tinsel, multi-colour lights and a bit of a “Christmas Vacation” vibe. The boys love it and they like to take the truck ornaments off the tree, to play with them throughout the day!
Well thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed our holiday home tour. Be sure to check out Kelsey’s beautiful home here Laila Belles next. I’ll also include links to all of our participating holiday homes, as their posts become available.
Follow along with the #OurHomesForTheHolidays blog hop:
Victoria: Victoria Lambert Interiors
Kendra: Little Blue House Blog (you’re here!)
Kelsey: Laila Belles
Kate: The Renovated Acre
Kristen: Tribe of Burton
Gabrielle: Military Mamas Farmhouse
Jennifer: Happy Home on Haddon
Carli: F.W. Made by Carli
Bindu: House of V Decor
Linda: The Home I Create
Kenyatta: My Design Rules
Leanna: Clare and Grace Designs
Ann: Dabbling and Decorating
Mary: Farmhouse Fixer
Beth: Cedars and Grace Co.