UPDATE: Check out Kelley Nan’s current Christmas Home Tour for 2016 HERE!
I am so excited to invite you into our home this Christmas! Along with seven other talented bloggers, we have been preparing for the holidays and have been counting the days to welcome you into our homes for our Christmas Home Tour, hosted by The House of Silver Lining. Whether you are linking over from Mollie from Design Loves Detail’s gorgeous holiday home tour, or I am your first stop, I am so glad you are here! Be sure to check out the other homes who would love to host you, listed at the end of my tour. If you haven’t already, go ahead and turn on some favorite holiday tunes. If you don’t have access, just imagine the keyboard intro to Last Christmas by Wham! (I am a super fan of cheesy holiday tunes).
Note: You can follow along on Instagram at #WinterBloggerlandTour
Since this is the first Christmas in our home, I really wanted to make it feel like we were home for the holidays. Our last home’s size and color scheme was very different, so I did have to make some “investments” this year. Although we are in north Georgia and snow is a hit or miss each year, I wanted to create a winter wonderland feel with a lot of white, a lot of natural elements, and if you know me, of course a lot of sparkle. Please come on in and let me show you around!
While you won’t find much red on the inside of our home, I kept the outside classic, red bows and berries with green garland, white lights, and a few snow covered branches. The wreath was also a simple DIY.
Our entry is very small; once you come in, you will see most of the house from that spot. If you look to the left, you will see our sitting room…
… and to the right is the dining room.
Straight ahead, just past the stairs is our great room.
Let’s start off in the sitting room. I have metallics in this room year-round which makes incorporating those silver and gold Christmas touches an easy task.
I marked this room “complete” with dual magnolia leaf/champagne ornament wreaths for the french doors, a few Christmas trees scattered on our coffee and side tables, ornament filled apothecary jars atop the cabinet. and some winter touches to a round, mirrored gold tray. As you will see in our walkthrough, I went a little crazy with the faux snow from Pottery Barn. Even after a healthy “dusting” throughout the house, I had a LOT left over which will serve me for years to come.
Let’s head into the dining room next.
The large, gold bottle brush trees and white twig wreath were found at HomeGoods and I was thrilled to find these deer at my nearby Pottery Barn Outlet the day after Thanksgiving. A few stray ornaments and a little snow on the silver tea set rounded out this look. I like decorating with large pieces instead of a bunch of small items. It makes a statement but doesn’t seem quite so cluttered.
For this holiday table, I wanted the theme to be centered around stars- silver stars, gold stars, white stars… and, of course a lot of sparkle. I will be posting another tablescape soon so be sure to check back in!
Remember that tree I flocked a few weeks ago? (You can visit the DIY here). I love how it turned out! I kept it simple with a few birds, owls, and paper stars . It corners a window facing the street in front of our house, so you can see the lights aglow after dark.
I found both of these adorable reindeer (because what winter forest is complete without snow white deer?!) and apparently, they are on significant sale right now.
Instead of seeking out Christmas-specific napkins/napkin rings, I layered these cream and gold beaded napkins with these silvery gray napkins. I used a basic silver napkin ring and layered it with bells and a star ornament.
Next, we can make our way into the kitchen.
I’m already making plans for lit greenery on top of my cabinets for next year, but this year, I kept with my minimalist preference. Ok, maybe I just ran out of time haha.
The mercury glass apothecary jars and silver stick orb were of course, HomeGoods finds. I love the monochromatic look with such different textures. The cloches are filled with ornaments, snow, and a mini bottle brush tree; of course, they are kept company by the most incredible candle ever!
Adjoining the kitchen is the breakfast room. I took an inexpensive mini wreath, weaved some small silver snowflake garland throughout, secured it to the bottom of the chandelier with floral wire, and added a few pine cones. Dressing up a chandelier is an easy, fun way to change the look in your room; you can get as creative as you want!
I could have taken this tree and sat it in the center of the table and been done with it. But, I always try to layer. Add something to a tray and it immediately looks more purposeful and put together. I also carried the pine cones down from the chandelier to help with the cohesiveness.
I loved finding some of these ornaments to use as standalone decor. Again, much of what is pictured on my breakfast buffet is from my everyday decor. Incorporating seasonal to what I already have is key for me.
In the corner of our breakfast room, I keep a simple tree filled with classic ornaments and sentimental Christmas memories. My mom still gifts us a new ornament each year; a tradition I will always look forward to.
A funny story about that greenery wrapping the lantern chains- these were actually the ties use to secure the Christmas tree from the manufacturer. My husband cut them to dispose of, but me being the hoarder I am, hung onto them and decided that they could be re-purposed in this way. Here’s a little peek into the great room, but first, we are going to head upstairs.
The only bit of decor I added upstairs was in our master bedroom. And when I say “bit” I mean BIT. I learned a trick from my friend Kris (on Instagram, you can check her out at @drivenbydecor) where she added ribbon to pillows she already had. I thought it was complete genius! I did add these white and silver paisley, beaded lumbar pillows but kept the rest of my bedding the same.
A few simple florals and a $3 tree from the Target Dollar Spot were my only other additions.
When you walk out of the bedroom, you can peer down into the great room (we are getting there!) That large wreath is one DIY I am super proud of. I purchased it as a plain, green wreath, flocked it like the tree in the dining room, and then added ribbon, ornaments, natural elements, and embellishments to match my garland. A DIY will be coming soon.
I wasn’t originally going to put the faux snow directly on surfaces, but as I mentioned before, I got a little carried away. This console table was the first place I “went rogue”.
Details on my adorable, custom “Christmas in Dixie” pillow can be found on this previous blog post.
We have finally made it to my favorite room in the house – the center of our home and where most of “Christmas” is happening!
I had a hard time pumping myself up enough to re-style our built-ins. It’s one of those things that when you get it just right, it’s hard to make a change.
Each year, I frame our Christmas card and bring them all out during the Christmas season.
Oh, and hey! There’s some snow- I bet you weren’t expecting that! haha
I had new stockings (in Arctic Fox) made this year; it is the first time my husband and I have had stockings with our names since we have been married. Oh, and yes, Santa does fill them.
I was so excited to get a larger tree this year, I went a little nuts!
After my husband set it up, I spent three hours fluffing it…
…and another five hours decorating it. Spools and spools of ribbon, decorative picks, floral branches, balls, ornaments, berries, mesh, feathers… yea, it’s all in there! Keep following along with me to see a few close-ups.
My fall to winter pillow shift was pretty simple. I took off the navy and darker colors and added some more winter white, fur, and a few sparkles and sequins.
So, just as in my real everyday life, I had an “ah-ha!” moment halfway through the tour, ran to the basement, and grabbed a mini boxwood wreath. I knew it would be perfect for my handsome silver stag!
For our wedding reception a few years ago, I knew I wanted BIG statement lanterns to use on top of some of the tables. (Yes, I put 4′ tall lanterns on top of tables… five of them to be exact haha) I still have three and my mom has two of them on her southern front porch. I used a pair to bookend the tree and filled them with large ornaments and greenery wrapped around tall candle pillars.
My gifts have never looked as good as they do this year. My friend Tamara (whose home is also in this tour) launched her line of holiday gift wrap and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Admittedly, as the season goes on, the effort I put in my bow “art” starts to wane.
I have been asked how I decorate my tree and for any tips I may have. I only have one. Whenever you think your tree looks full and you are done, keep going!
I have also had questions on how my lights seem so bright. I didn’t add any light strands to the pre-lit tree. The white and silver glass, along with the tons of glitter provide awesome reflective surfaces. Again, the more ornaments you have, the more the light will be able to bounce around and radiate!
I want to thank you for letting me take you on a tour of our home! If this was your first time visiting, I hope you come back, and if you are a “regular”, well, I hope to “see” you just as often! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email. You can also sign up for my newsletter to have announcements delivered directly to your inbox. I hope you still have your Christmas music playing (or maybe you are humming Last Christmas in your head on repeat, which is also totally fine), because it is time to head to the next home in the tour! The next stop is my friend Haneen’s home; link over to Haneen’s Haven see her colorful, vibrant wonderland here.
You won’t want to miss any stops! Here are the other participating homes:
- The House of Silver Lining
- Addison’s Wonderland
- Randi Garrett Design
- Citrine Living
- Design Loves Detail
- Kelley Nan (you are here)
- Haneen’s Haven (next stop)
- Nesting with Grace
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season, filled with laughter, love, and blessings in abundance.
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Pillows | Thatcher Wing Back Chairs | Table Lamp | Garden Stool | Blanket Basket | Quatrefoil Mirrors Between Windows | Gold Foil Texas & Georgia State Art Prints | White Lidded Urn | Candle Hurricanes (SIMILAR) | Tree Art | Round Mirrors: World Market – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Wooden Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Coasters | Volcano Candle | Mirrored Console Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Log Carrier: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sheepskin (SIMILAR) | Silver Rimmed Hurricane: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Console Table Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Oversized Tray | Mirrored End Table (Formerly Palais Collection) | Mirrored Coffee Table (Formerly Palais Collection) | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Alarm Clock | Pitcher: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sofa: La-Z-Boy Aspen Collection | Fan: Progressive Lighting | Fur Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Greek Key Throw | Gray Afghan: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
FORMAL LIVING ROOM
Greek Key Ottoman | Floor Lamp | Silver Garden Stool | White Garden Stool | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | Ottoman Basket Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Chair | Pillow in Chair | Sheepskin: Costco (SIMILAR) | Tall Lantern: ZGallerie – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Table Lamp | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Apothecary Jars | Brass Candle Holders: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)| Sofa: Antique |Restoration Hardware French Casement Double-Door Cabinet in Black Oak Drifted | Side Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)| Baseket (SIMILAR) | Pier One Art – no longer available | Striped Pillows | White Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Gray Velvet Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Scarf: American Eagle (SIMILAR) | Sunburst Mirrors: Various Sources – (Similar HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE) | Quatrefoil Mirror | Wall Urchins | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Bar Stools | Marble Cheese Board | Wooden Paddle Board | Round Wood Wall Decor | Coasters | Pedestal | Ceramic Artichoke (SIMILAR) | Pedestal Bowl: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candle Holders | Refrigerator | Cabinet Pulls: Pewter (SIMILAR) | Pitcher: Crate & Barrel – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Faucet | Stainless Cooktop | Stainless Steel Canopy Pro Style Wall Mount Range Hood | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Cabinet Paint: Unknown | Granite: | Backsplash: | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Chairs | Table: Refinished (PROJECT HERE) | Chandelier | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | White Soup Tureen | Platter | Sideboard: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candelabras (SIMILAR) | Ice Bucket | Wine Cooler | Wine Trough | Cake Stands: HERE, HERE, HERE| Espresso Cups & Saucers | Ceramic Vase (SIMILAR) | Mirror: Hobby Lobby | Tall Lantern: ZGallerie – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Artificial Apples | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart | 12-Light Chandelier | Candle Holders | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table: (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Napkins | Silver Tea Service: Family Heirloom – (SIMILAR) | Table Runners | Waterford Padova China | Waterford Bassano China | Chargers (SIMILAR) | Pillows: HomeGoods | Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Bed | Night Stands | Ruched Duvet Cover & Euro Shams – white | Belgian Linen Diamond Quilt & King Shams – Flax | Sheets | White Tray | X Benches (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Spencer Metal Dresser | Star (SIMILAR) | Rug: HomeGoods | Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Mirrors: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Decorative Throw Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams
WHITE GUEST BEDROOM
Bed – Queen| Belgian Linen Duvet Cover & Euro Shams – white | Belgian Linen Diamond Quilt – white | Rug – 5×8 | Mirrored Brass Tray | Side Chair | Throw Pillows | Center Throw Pillow (SIMILAR) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Bench: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Mirror: DIY Project | Night Stands: DIY Project | Fern Prints | Frames: Michaels – (SIMILAR) | Throw: HomeGoods | Paint: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Curtains | Curtain Rod | Bedside Table Lamp | Bed: Ashley Furniture – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE & HERE) | Gold Tray | Ruched Duvet Cover – white | Quilt: HomeGoods | Round Center Pillow | Ruffle Euro Pillow Covers | Volcano Candle | Dresser: Rooms to Go – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE) | Mirror: HomeGoods | Lamps: no longer available | White Oval Mirror (SIMILAR) | Round Black Side Table: Target – no longer available | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams
*Note: Post contains affiliate links and sources throughout the post. Where product is no longer available, a similar substitute has been listed. | Willa Skye Home gifted the pillow covers for my home tour; I truly ADORE them!