Home for The Holidays: Christmas Home Tour 2017

Home for The Holidays: Christmas Home Tour 2017

Hi everyone and welcome to my first annual Christmas Home Tour. On this home tour you can see my home inside and out, all decorated for the the holidays. I am also hosting with several talented Home Decor Bloggers and we have created a Home for The Holidays, home blog tour Extravaganza. You will be able to see several beautiful homes all decked out for the holidays, so be sure to check out all the links located at the bottom of this post!

I always like to start with the front porch and home elevation. This year we decide to keep a very classic home for the holidays feel by using all white lights, and evergreen wreaths from Frontgate. This is in direct contrast of last year’s theme, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with colorful lights and a playful grinch ripping those very lights off of my home.

This year I have opted to add a red and black Buffalo Check ribbon to the wreaths and front porch tree. Even though the Buffalo Check gives a more rustic feeling to our home I felt like the red and black matched nicely with our nutcrackers that are flanking either side of the front porch.I found these fun boxwood letters that say NOEL at Ballards, and added more of our Buffalo check ribbon to string them together. I though this side railing was the perfect spot for these. Last year we did a light up garland but this year I wanted to mix things up a little bit.  I opted to do a different type of wreath on the front door to make it seem special. This lovely pinecone wreath started out in a natural brown color; which did not show up on my stained walnut door. So, I decided to hit it with a little silver spray paint to give a more festive feel and stand out. 

As you step inside foyer good old Ryan, my ceramic Boxer butler; who is a perminate fixture in my home, is all dressed up and ready to greet you for the holidays.  

This is our foyer table located in the entry way, which I decide to keep very simple with those infamous Pottery Barn reindeer everyone on the planet has, LOL. He is joined by my waving Waterford  Santa Claus. You also might notice a little mistletoe hanging from the foyer chandelier in the mirror’s reflection. I just love keeping old holiday traditions alive. 

Off to your right is our formal living room with a brand new 7  1/2 ft tall flocked tree. As seen in a recent post where we were asked to partner with Arhuas and the American Forestry Foundation to create a info graphic about “Going Green for the Holidays”.  This is our winter white Lenox tree, adorned with 20 years worth of collectable annual ornaments from Lenox China Company. While this is a very pretty tree in my home it is also very sentimental as it carries our very first dated wedding ornament. I like to decorated with authentic things that mean something to out family and will invoke happy memories. So I am afraid that while the color scheme, ribbon and picks may change this tree will always be filled with Lenox Ornaments. I also have placed few of my large nutcrackers on display in this room as well. I have a bit of a affinity for nutcrackers and have decided to scatter them through out my home this year. We are also doing a fun Instagram video twice a week until the holiday of my Suite Singing Nutcrackers. Be sure to check it out as they are pretty funny and suitable for the whole family.  As you head out toward the great room you will pass by our dining room. This years tablescape is themed The Holly & The Ivy, which is over flowing from this amazing “yule” log centerpiece. To keep with the rustic feel, we added a set of slim pines, a few more nutcrackers and this sweet vintage wooden toy train I found at the antique market.  
We have set the table with gold chargers, red napkins and our Holiday Holly Berry china, also by Lenox. You can check out more details on this fantastic tablescape on my blog post The Holly & The Ivy which will be available on December 11th. As you head out of the dining room you are greeted by our festive holiday family room. This room is home to our impressive 15 ft travel tree. All of the ornaments on this tree have come from all of our travels over the years. This is such a fun tree to put up every year as we reminisce about our adventures of traveling around the world. This year I have carried the check theme into this room with a scarf garland instead of ribbon and red glittery stars, for my Christmas in the Stars theme. The mantle is only a small piece of garland, as not to block the almighty television. It is filled with berries, and velvet poinsettias added in for color. The television is flanked by Santa boot rosemary trees, while my frisky reindeer frolic on the hearth. Please know you will never find a real poinsettia in my home, because I have cats, and the poinsettia is highly toxic to all pets, dogs and cats. See our post “12 Pet Safe Houseplants” for the complete list. As you can probably see, we have a lot of garland spanning through out the house. I liked the natural look of the thinner garland on the balcony railing adorned with a simple strand of pinecones on a knotted burlap ribbon. I am finding that I prefer similar decorations these day, about 5 years ago these things would have been covered with bows and lights. So, I am slowly transitioning to a simpler kind of Christmas decor.The staircase has a thicker more dense garland and is filled with berries, giant pinecones, magnolia leaves, pine, cedar, and cypress greenery for a live look with out all the shedding mess. We have added some fun holiday pillows to the drop zone area and cleared the coat rack since we will be receiving many guests over the holiday season.  This time of year, I always like to add little unexpected treats through out my home too. It makes the decorations fun for the kiddos that stop by, and even the adults. This little elf tucked away into the garland has a treat sack full of soft chewy peppermints.
Upstairs in our twin guest room, we have added a small corner tree, filled with metallic butterflies and sitting a top a festive drum. I really love how the top butterfly actually looks like a star on top of the tree. We also wrapped the iron headboard with this flashy sequin Christmas light garland and added a fun jingle bell star pillow. Since this is normally a children’s guest room we have included some fun holiday toy’s and books for nighttime reading on the dresser. A New York Christmas, which we picked up several years ago at Tavern on the Green, while having it was autographed by the author,  depicts a little boy’s adventure in NYC at the holidays.   I really like the idea of having Christmas decor in the guest rooms but on an understated level. The queen guest suite has an old knitted vintage stocking sock at the foot of the bed and simple “Cheer” Pillow on the bed.  
And of course a few strategically placed nutcrackers to carry through our holiday theme.   My office is home to the girliest of the Gainer Christmas trees. This is my vintage costume jewelry tree, and it carries pretty pieces of vintage jewelry from my mom, both of my grandmother’s, my great grand mother and even my brother in-law’s mom. Since they were mostly circa 1950’s I opted to add tulle to the tree creating a crinoline style skirt.  I love Christmas so much, we even have a tree in our master bedroom. As a kid, I would always fall asleep waiting up for Santa under the Christmas tree. Now as an adult there is nothing better than going to sleep with Christmas lights in our bedroom. The wall timer takes care of turning off all those lights for me after I am fast asleep.  The tree ribbon and woodland decor is loosely based off the Fairisle Quilt set we have on the bed. I have actually repurposed this ribbon from our previous outdoor wreaths it was still in such good shape I could not bare to toss it out.  The Faire Isle quilt set is completed with bright holiday red cable knit pillows and a super lux throw from Pottery Barn.  This is such a comfy cozy holiday bed, absolutely fit for a king. For any other inquires about my daily home decor please see the Shop My Style tab. 
Depending on my mood for the day…. I have the option of flipping this large bolster pillow to read either Naughty or Nice. It is kind of a fun thing to gage how you or you suppose is feeling that day depending on who made the bed and what side the pillow was left on, lol.  I also decided to carry this theme into the his and her master bath vanity’s as well. I bet you can’t guess who the naughty one is????? One thing I would like to share with you is the Senticles we use for our trees.  We really love that fresh cut smell of a real tree.  This is the one thing that is always missing, for me, on a artificial tree. I make sure to get a container per tree, and I even use them in my garlands. Even though there are 6 scent sticks inside, I like to place all 6 on one tree and I place them near lights to help activate the scent. 



To me half the fun of the holiday, is seeing all the Christmas lights. We have a tradition of driving around and looking at Christmas lights in our local area. Each year we pick a new location to visit and of course we have our favorite standbys we always have to see. I did not want you to miss out on the lights. So, I added a few of our after dark photos to the end below: 

“Home for The Holidays” Blog Hop

Below are all the links for this years talented participants. We also have created a pin so you can bookmark them all for later. You can actually tour a new home every other night, until the New Year!!!   |Shining on Designs|  |Home with Keki|  |The Project Pile|  |Lisa Designs Life|   |EH Design|   |The Holtz House|  |An Eclectic Twist|  |Momma Can|  |Pearl Street Designs|  |Semigloss Design|  |Franc & Eli|  |Beauty For Ashes|  |At Lane and High|  |The Farmhouse Addict|  |What a Difference a Day Makes|


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  1. Jennifer, your home looks just gorgeous, as usual! I love, love your outdoor decor, especially! It’s like the perfectly lit up home that needs to be in an ad for Christmas lights! Just gorge!!!!!

  2. Jennifer I am so impressed with what you have done with your home. Your front porch is amazing! And I just love all your nutcrackers! I lived in Germany with my parents when I was very young and they collected them while we were there. I just love them, they bring back fond memories of family! So glad to have done this tour with you all!

  3. Wow! What a beautifully decorated home! You are giving me so many decorating ideas for next year. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful home!

  4. Could your home be any more gorgeous? I can imagine all of the hustle and bustle on Christmas morning. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  5. Your home looks really beautiful. I love all of the Christmas trees and the many details planted in each room. The Christmas lights with sequences hanging on the bed are super cute too!

  6. Jen, your Christmas decor is simply beautiful. I love all the different trees. The one with your grandmother’s things is so special. And that Lenox tree is so gorgeous. But my fave is the travel tree; it inspires me to collect ornaments from our favorite places. The return to simplicity you mentioned is on my horizon too. Love that simple garland on the banister. Thanks for welcoming us into your home and for hosting this fun tour! Merry Christmas!

  7. You have a beautiful home! That tree is simply charming and WOW, then at night with all the lights – it truly puts me in the christmas mood. Thanks for sharing your blessing of a home. Happy Holidays.

  8. gorgeous! you have a beautiful home <3 You're so ready for the holidays 🙂

  9. Jen, your home is gorgeous! I love all of your decor and how your spread some Christmas cheer throughout your entire home. Thank your for sharing your home with us and for putting together this tour. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Thank You Heather, I appreciate you stopping by leaving me a comment 🙂 Your house was absolutely gorgeous too so happy you decided to join us for the blog hop!

    • LOL I am still laughing about the energy part….. I am still recovering from such a busy November, it is hard to to be on the front side of the holiday curve, never enough time!!! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment!!!

  10. I loved the way you have decorated your home. It reflects your refined taste and creativity. The red and black theme stands out. The outdoor look of the house is my favourite though!

  11. Jennifer, I love all the pictures of your home but especially the outside all lit up! It is really sweet how you add some treats for the kiddos in places they might not usually expect, great ideas. Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us!

  12. Oh wow! That 15 ft tree definitely is impressive, especially when it’s all lit up at night! I am also a huge fan of nutcrackers, but I need some tall ones like you have. Now I have a shopping project!

  13. I have enjoyed every moment of this holiday tour. I really wish I could jump on the porch and have some hot coffee and cookies. I love rocking chairs. So many pretty trees. I just love Christmas trees and you have elegantly placed them each time. Thank you for allowing us to peek into your lovely home!

  14. Beautiful collection of trees! Love the rose centerpiece, too. Oh and that houndstooth rug! Swoon. Fab and festive tour !! Happy holidays ~~ Susie from the Chelsea Project

  15. Jennifer, you have such a stunning home! I just love everything about it. Your Christmas decor is perfection! Thank you so much for hosting this tour my friend. I am so proud to be a part of it with you and all the other wonderful ladies. 🙂

  16. Just WOW, Jen! Everything is so so beautiful. I’m in love with what you did for your tablescape. Seriously stunning. And also, the outside of your home is #Goals! I hope mine can look like that someday. 🙂

  17. Wow Jen your home is a winter holiday wonderland! The tree is stunning! And your dining tablescape is to DIE for! Gorgeous and beautiful!!!

  18. Jennifer your home is amazing!! So much Christmas inspiration. I love your butler, Ryan, how cute is he?!! Your outdid yourself on this Christmas tour…just gorgeous!!!

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