Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Welcome to our home!  We moved into this home on Labor Day Weekend, just three months ago, and since then, we've been working on making it feel like "home."   To me, nothing helps do that more than decorating for Christmas, so I'm glad that the season is happening so soon after we moved in.

In this post, I plan to show some general overview shots of our home, and then in the next week or so, I'll follow this up with some more detailed views of things.  Come on in!


I highlighted our foyer in this post yesterday.   This tree is the first of what ended up being five different Christmas trees this year.  That's a record for me - so even though the house is smaller, the Christmas decor is bigger!

Through the double doors to the left off the foyer is our piano room - also used as a small library.


I like this little room, it's cozy and warm, and just right for our big comfy "chair and a half" with ottoman.  The rug is not really a rug.  It's a tree skirt!  I was trying to bring a little more green into the room, and haven't found an area rug that I like yet, so I just tossed the tree skirt down on a whim.  It's certainly not a final solution - especially since it doesn't have a rug pad under it, so when you step on it you're likely to slide right across the floor.  But hey, it looks alright for now.

The Christmas decor in this room consists mainly of Santa figurines on the bookshelves, some greenery and ornaments in a basket, and faux garland and Christmas music on the piano.  Simple!

To the right of the foyer is the dining room.


I'm so happy that the dining room was a pleasing color of green when we moved in.  Our old house had a green dining room as well, and so that made for an easy transition for all our stuff.  For Christmas, we've used green and gold, with soft pastel colored sugared fruits as the decor in here. I put fresh greens in a vase in an unstructured spray, and then used faux stems along the gold velvet runner.


The big gold deer is kind of like "where's Waldo" in our Christmas decor. I've had them for years, and every year they end up in a different spot.  They've never been on the dining room table before!   I think these papier mache gold deer are probably way out of fashion by now - they're 10 years old if they're a day - but at this point, I'm kind of attached to them.

In the rear of our home, behind the piano room, is our living room.  The tree in here is a real tree, and it contains all of our family heirloom and history ornaments - those that commemorate the special events in our kids' lives,  places we've been, and other special memories.


Our mantle has a deep niche designed to hold a tv, but we're using it to display some of our Santa figures.  We've got some faux greenery with lights, our stocking holders, and some small figurines and other mementos on the mantel.


You can see more of our living room in this post.

In our kitchen, I've put up a small artificial tree which displays peppermint and gingerbread themed ornaments.  it also holds our Disney-themed ornaments this year.


The kitchen was the most difficult place to decorate this year, because the layout is so different from our previous home. I had trouble envisioning what to put where.  But I think it is coming together alright, at least in the table area.

On the back porch, we have a small live tree, some party lights, and some "wishful thinking" snowflakes hanging in the windows.


This tree is decorated with faux berries, bird ornaments, and more snowflakes.


I hope you've enjoyed the overview of the first floor of hour home, all decorated for Christmas.  Over the next few days I'll share more photos of these rooms, and also some of our upstairs bonus room tree and other decor.

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you'll leave a comment to say hello.


Linking up to:

BNOTBP's Metamorphosis Monday
The Nester's 2013 Christmas Tour of Homes


  1. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


    1. Thank you, and good luck on your new venture.

  2. Your home looks fabulous! You are energetic to have just moved in and already decorating for Christmas! I like how you decorated the little tv 'niche area. Your dining set looks beautiful with the center of the table all decked out. Those are fabulous chairs- love the detailed wood work on them!

    1. Thank you! I've been considering covering up the niche above the fireplace, but at Christmas, it seemed like a good idea to use it for a deep display to augment the mantel. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. I am so impressed that you could get so much done so soon after moving in. We moved into our house last Oct. and I also decorated for Christmas, but couldn't find SOME things:):) Thanks for th wonderful tour! I would love to see your kitchen!!!

    1. Thanks! The house looks really different when Christmas decor is not up - lots of blank slates everywhere. :-) There's not much happening in the kitchen, but maybe I'll fix that. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  4. So pretty! Love all your Christmas tree's....and the décor!...I think this year is a record for me too...with the number of tree's I put up. I am up to 4

    1. Thanks! Christmas trees are addicting - and once you have more than one, it's a slippery slope to having them everywhere! Have fun with yours!

  5. Such a festive home - I especially like your tree in the foyer!

  6. Thanks! I see from your blog that you have a love of trees too. :-) Merry Christmas!

  7. Beautiful Jenny - really beautiful!