12.19.2013

Christmas House Tour 2013

Welcome to our Christmas home! We haven't quite lived here for a year, but we are making headway into creating a comfortable place for our family. Our living room houses our Christmas tree, which has plenty of homemade ornaments and some dried hydrangeas. I recently finished sewing the curtains (tutorial soon), which help make our room feel cozier. 
My husband and I finished making the chalkboard above our mantle (another simple tutorial coming soon). Branches from our backyard trees were helpful this year in decorating our planters which have rosemary in them. 
I really love fresh greenery, so I've been clipping some trees. Let's just say, my morning runs were not just for running but collecting greenery (only public trees). It was a two for one deal! 
Our tree doesn't get presents under the tree until Christmas eve, which makes things a lot simpler to not have the temptation for young children to start tearing at gifts. Maybe someday I will buy or make a tree skirt, but this year I put some extra fabric around it. 
My mom gave me her Christmas village- which I've always thought was darling. Now, my girls love to see the village and the little people. Oh, and somehow, our elf, Paul got in the village last night. Sneaky elf!
Our kitchen has the peppermint wreath and a little banner I made too (Target dollar isle silver letters). The centerpiece is a moss wreath (handmade) with pomegranates.
My daughter, Alison, created a cute chalkboard wall for all of us and made the snowflakes too. I think it's  important to have our children get involved in the decorating and crafts too, don't you think? 
I love how our stocking chandelier turned out! For the table I decided to stick with simple white candles and of course, more cut greens.
The buffet table has the advent calendar and goodies for cocoa. The small brass bar cart I got at a yard sale- (which I couldn't believe anyone would want to sell this- it's so nice). The chair I reupholstered (awhile ago), and was also a yard sale find. 
For our entryway, I put up a mix of natural berries (from our backyard) and fake ones on our banister going up the stairs. The black bench is a Craigslist find and same with the small blue table (that I painted).
           I hope you enjoyed the tour! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a very merry Christmas!

24 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Tracy. Beautiful decorations. I especially like the berries all through the house.

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    1. Thanks Amy! Don't you just love decorating for Christmas?

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  2. I can't tell you how much I love everything. Very classy and beautiful. I really like the fabric as the tree skirt. Beautifully done.

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    1. The fabric idea was a last minute decision, which I think looks great too! Thanks for your lovely encouragement.

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  3. Um, where do I start... this is ah-may-zing! Love the wreaths on the windows, the table setting, the clementine's on the mantle, the fabric as the tree skirt... it looks cohesive, beautiful and festive. Great job!

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  4. Tracy, your home is so pretty!! I love all your festive touches and the fact that you get the kiddos involved in the decorating…..that's what it's all about! I am so digging your striped fabric under the tree by the way - I have a small obsession with the black & white striped fabric at Ikea and will definitely be using that next year under my tree - thanks for the idea! Have a very merry Christmas with your family!

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    1. Lisa, thank you for your sweet comments. I have a small obsession with stripes in general. I'm glad I'm not alone. Your home is absolutely beautiful as well. You are the one who introduced me to the link party- thank you! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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  5. You have a beautiful home. Love your entry!

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    1. Thanks Kassie for your kind comments. I checked out your darling home too! So beautiful.
      Thanks for stopping by here.

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  6. So beautiful and meaningful throughout! I love the Nativity set and Christmas village and the colors in your decor. Fun chandelier!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I had fun decorating the chandelier and bringing out family heirlooms. Hope you have a merry Christmas!

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  7. Beautiful Tour! I found you through Evolution of Style. I really love your mantel and all the greenery. I bought mine, but have been tempted to clip away outdoors. You have inspired me!
    xo,
    Jennifer @decoratingdelirium.com
    www.decoratingdelirium.com

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    1. Jennifer you are so sweet! Thanks for coming over to my blog! Merry Christmas!

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  8. Love, love, love! Your chalkboard art and fireplace are gorgeous, and I'm smitten with your sweet chalkboard wall that your daughter created - so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jenny- thank you for your kind words. You totally made my day. Thanks for coming over to my blog.

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  9. Tracy your house is gorgeous! Your Christmas tree is one of the most beautiful that I've seen on blogland this year. And my girls would be all over that Christmas village that you have set up. I hope your Craigslist mojo rubs off on me because I've been looking for a bench for my entry just like yours - love it! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  10. Kris- thanks for stopping over to my blog! Your kind words made my day. Thank you! I also stopped over at your Christmas tour and I have to say its GORGEOUS! You have an amazing style. I love your driftwood wreath and mantle and bow pillow!

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  11. Wow, Tracy ~ what a beautiful cozy home! Wonderful ideas for the tree, your hydrangeas and pine cones make a huge difference. Your mantel is so pretty, I love the big diy chalkboard and the chalkboard wall in the kitchen! I could go on and on - such fun festive touches everywhere! And the outside, those wreaths!! Merry Christmas!! (Btw, welcome to the blogosphere, also the blue cabinet with yellow lamps, love!)

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    1. Thanks Pam! Your home is AMAZING! I love all your Christmas touches too. I am a new follower to your blog too. Thanks for stopping by here.

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  12. Tracy, your home looks so festive and homey. Thanks for showing all of the little touches. Great job!

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  13. Your home is gorgeous! I love it all, but especially your daughter's snowflakes on the chalkboard wall... I love personal touches like that. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Tracy, I loved your home!! You made it look so welcoming, festive, homey!! What an inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing your home tour with us!! I am amazed at how many hand-made things are around there! Really looking forward to exploring more of your blog!

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