A cozy, traditional-meets-modern holiday home tour with sentimental details and Christmas decor ideas for all budgets.
Merry Christmas, friends!
It feels SO good to finally say that officially now. (Even though I’ve been saying it “unofficially” for weeks… livin’ on the edge, I tell ya.)
I’m so excited to be part of Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk Tour again this year, and I feel so honored to be among the massive amount of talent in the participant lineup this week.
I am stop #3 on the tour, so if you want to see the tour from the very beginning, start here.
If you’re visiting from Shannon’s beautiful home at Fox Hollow Cottage, welcome!
Enjoy this virtual cup of hot cocoa and come on in!
Just don’t look in the closets. They’re booby trapped with all of our junk and unwrapped presents that we stuffed out of sight before you arrived. Oops… I didn’t say that.
By the way, if you’re new here, my husband Robert and I live in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC with our two little girls: Olivia (7) and Regan (1) and Lola, our Yorkie/Schnauzer mutt who thinks she’s the baby.
This is our third Christmas in this house, but believe me, this house has seen way more than that, about 56 more to be exact.
And this year, I filled our home with lots of my grandmother’s precious Swedish heirlooms, like this crystal bowl she loved. The tapered candleholder is a vintage piece from Sweden too.
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I’m a sucker for black-and-white family photographs, so I sprinkle them around every chance I get. It seems only fitting that our most precious family photos hang on the staircase in the very heart of our home.
And I framed old sheet music of “O Holy Night” on our thrifted foyer chest. My grandfather sang that song for a solo in church at his very last Christmas 10 years ago, so it always reminds me of him. He always said, “Sing or make a joyful noise, whatever you can do to praise Him.”
Foyer Sources: Chest (similar) | Mirror | Gold Mirrored Tray | Mercury Glass Candle | Garland | Pine Branches | Red Velvet Ribbon | O Holy Night Sheet Music Print | Amaryllis Flowers | Picture Frames | Wreath | Skinny Candles
Truthfully, 90% of the year, this room is our craft room, project room, displaced items room, whatever kind of room with randomness sprawled all over our semi-DIY dining table until we can start our home office makeover (which will be in 2020… fingers crossed).
But around Thanksgiving and Christmas, she’s finally shined up in all of her glory the way she was supposed to look. (And apparently our dining room is a “she” now, so just roll with it.)
If I can get away with just decorating and being the gathering place for our friends and family while everyone else cooks and brings the yummy food to sprawl around this table, that is totally fine by me.
But this tree was cute enough to leave half-naked.
With a mobile 13 month old running around, I didn’t feel like fighting the ornament battle. I let her play with these bell ornaments for 5 minutes until she lost interest after that. Christmas decorations are only fun when they’re off limits, right? 😉
Little tip: 1 strand of garland, 3-4 pomegranates from the grocery store, a yard or two of red velvet ribbon, and some taper candle holders is literally the easiest table centerpiece to recreate ever.
(Former English teachers don’t use the word “literally” unless they mean it. 😉 )
I really wanted to keep it fairly simple this year: the simple centerpiece, the dishes we’ve owned since our wedding, only a handful of ornaments to place on the otherwise bare tree.
“Less is more” is so totally true for us in this season.
Dining Room Sources: Christmas Tree | Wicker Chairs (similar) | Slipcovered Chairs | Rug | Table Runner | Chargers | Green Garland | Red Berry Stems | Bell Ornaments | Chandelier | Candle Holders | Flax Napkins | Art | Gold Flatware
There may or may not be dishes sitting in that kitchen sink. 😉 But you know what? We live here. We create memories here.
And even though this is likely the most tidy this kitchen has looked in weeks, I’m thankful when it gets messy again. It’s a sign of full bellies, good memories, and a happy family.
My mother’s, grandmothers’, and great-grandmother’s handwritten recipes framed on the wall will attest to that.
Kitchen Sources: Wreath | Garland | Cake Stand | Paperwhite Bulbs (similar) | Float Frames | Cutting Board (similar) | Wooden Gingerbread Houses | Cake Dome | Pine Branches | Stools (similar) | Wooden Platter | Pendant Light | Track Light
We call this space the “breakfast nook” when really it’s the “all meals” nook. But the fancy table setting is for special holidays only.
And I guarantee we’ll be wearing our footie jammies in this Christmas candlelight.
This little nook of our home has hardly any natural light at all, so it makes the glow even more welcome.
Breakfast Nook Sources: Table | Chairs (similar) | Mirror | Console Table | Goblets | Napkins (similar) | Chargers | Map | Holly Wreath (similar) | Boxwood Wreaths | Red Stripe Ribbon | Mistletoe | Brass Lanterns (similar) | Mini Tree (similar) | Wooden Bowl (similar) | Baskets | Rug | Chandelier
But this is where the real magic happens.
It’s where we have family game nights and curl up by the fire watching Home Alone for the millionth time and our little ones clamor around the tree and we read “The Christmas Story” and we celebrate the One who made it all possible.
And every year, the older I get, I find myself more excited about giving the gifts rather than receiving them.
I believe the best gifts of all are the gifts of quality time.
I believe that laughter is the most beautiful Christmas music of all.
And I want to hold on tight to every single little moment.
Because it doesn’t matter what ends up in the stockings Christmas Eve. It doesn’t matter if you checked your list twice. It doesn’t even matter if there are any gifts under your tree at all.
We already have so much to celebrate and so much to be thankful for.
So I hope, this Christmas, you don’t let the to-do list get the best of you. I hope you find peace around every corner. And I hope you know how loved you already are.
Living Room Sources: Christmas Tree | Stockings | Scandinavian Art | Basket | Cranberry Garland | Red Stripe Ribbon | Holly Stems | Paper Trees | Sconces | Gray Vase | Coffee Table | Rug | Accent Chairs | Ceiling Fan | Lamp | Fireplace Screen | End Table | Jingle Bells | Ottoman Bench | Mini Tree | Boxwood Wreaths | White Lumbar Pillow | Red Throw Blanket | Red Lumbar Pillow | Red Cable Knit Pillow | Gray Textured Pillows (similar) | Ivory Throw Blanket | Faux Fur Accent Rug | Vintage Christmas Tree Art Prints
Seeing Christmas through the eyes of my little girls makes me realize all of those things all over again. And it is absolutely beautiful, messes and all.
“May our hearts prepare Him room,
our lives reflect His presence,
our homes radiate His peace.”
The next stop on the tour is Bre’s beautiful home at Rooms for Rent. Go tell her hi!
(And if you missed it, you can start the Holiday Housewalk from the very beginning here.) You can also follow along with the tour on Instagram by searching the hashtag #JRHolidayHousewalk
Have a merry and bright week, y’all!