What is probably my favorite annual blog day of the year is here — today, I’m sharing this year’s full Christmas Home Tour for 2021! Each year, I try to work with what I have — which admittedly is now quite a lot, in terms of ornaments, at least — repurpose, restyle, and re-room decor, and concept color schemes/themes I haven’t yet shared before. I may add a few pieces, but the main focus each year is on mixing different colors together and adding new ribbon patterns for a fresh look. I try to embellish what I have, I don’t use nearly all of my collection, and sometimes, I revive pieces I haven’t set out in three years or so. Also, I typically have in my mind at least a year in advance what I want to accomplish with our main living room tree. I knew this time last year that in 2021, I wanted a red and gold Christmas tree. So, that’s what I did.
Over the past year, several rooms have seen transformations or updates so I’m really enjoying having subtle new settings for our holiday looks. There are even a few updates we’ve made that I haven’t yet shared until today’s tour.
Each room has its own holiday vibe, with the open spaces being more coordinated than other rooms. Some are simple, some are classic, some are colorful and some are nostalgic. As I say each year, thank you for visiting, thank you for “being here”, and thank you for taking the time to check out what we’ve been up to this season. Come on in.
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Welcome! I’ve really leaned in to more simplicity over the past couple of years and I love repurposing pillows from fall and bringing them into winter — either by relocating them or by mixing and matching them with other colors or textures.
With full sized Christmas trees located in each room on either side of the entry (the dining room and conversation room), I opted to keep the entry more minimal. I brought in some more natural pillows that I used in the living room this fall (THIS sage green one has been used in just about every season this year The windowpane pillow from my go-to pillow shop is no longer available but they have some serious stunners in stock right now! You can check them all out HERE and I’m LOVING THIS ONE!
Sources: Green Pillow
And… I purchased even MORE of those favorite faux magnolia stems (HERE) for a simple but statement arrangement since I shared earlier in the fall. Each year, I scalp live magnolia stems where I can but it’s hard to keep up with them. After investing in a collection of faux, I loved them so much, I went back for more. I have seven stems in this big arrangement.
The Dining Room
And now, the room I was most excited to see come together, decked for the holidays! This past year, our dining room went from baby blue (remember last year’s icy twinning Christmas tree look HERE?) to a dramatic dark charcoal (see room reveal and details HERE). The color is “Iron Ore” by Sherwin Williams and it goes from looking like a dark warm charcoal to a soft black.
I would have loved to have seen a natural green tree in here, but in working with what I had, I used a needle-y flocked tree we had in the basement and used in this space last year. Well, it may have been the same tree, but the dining room looks totally different. I leaned into the flocked look and played up the traditional crystal that was already present, and here’s how the dining room looks this season.
Sources: Dining Chairs (similar) | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Lamps | Framed Art Print | Curtain Rod (120″-240″) | Curtain Rings | Dining Table – RH (similar) | Sideboard — RH (similar) | Christmas Tree Topper | Entryway Mirror | Chest | Large White Vase | Magnolia Stems | Jute Rug (3 x 5′)
I love the glam, I love the simplicity, I love the mood.
Sources: Dining Chairs (similar) | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Lamps | Curtain Rod (120″-240″) | Curtain Rings | Dining Table – RH (similar) | Sideboard — RH (similar) | Christmas Tree Topper | Lit Bottlebrush Trees (set of 3) | White and Gold Gift Box
For the table centerpiece, I went more pared down that I usually do, but I gathered lots of metallic and mirrored stars (previously crafted into a star mobile in Eliza’s nursery and used as the primary focal point in last year’s bedroom tree) in a pale, natural, organic bowl. This entire room plays back and forth between glam and casual — from the concrete style lamps and wool jute rug to the more glitzy chandelier and mirror. So, this centerpiece was an opportunity to dress up, but dress down in the same juxtaposed fashion.
There’s a lot going on on the sideboard just behind the table, so I didn’t want the table in the forefront to compete. One thing to note, too — I don’t typically use garlands, wreaths, and trees from the same collection/line, but I DO try to stick to the same feel — flocked with flocked and green with green. I don’t love a flocked accent right next to a green tree because it doesn’t feel like they’re intended to be in the same setting.
Sources: Dining Chairs (similar) | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Lamps | Framed Art Print | Dining Table – RH (similar) | Sideboard — RH (similar) | Christmas Tree Topper | Lit Bottle Brush Trees (set of 3) | White and Gold Gift Box
Also, this is totally the “year of the tree topper”! (My mom told me to say that). I never use literal tree toppers but this year, while I still went with my usual concentrated picks-as-a-topper on some trees, I couldn’t resist a few 4-d style star toppers and love how they turned out! I use THIS silver one in the dining room, but also purchased the gold version for a different tree!
Unlike most of the trees I decorate, I went ultra simple on this flocked tree. I think the snowy needles are decor and embellishment, all on their own, and the tree even comes with some pinecones. But, I used no picks and no ribbon (I know!)…. The only addition I used was some of my favorite frosted and mercury glass ornaments.
Like the table centerpiece, my usual shiny silver tea service takes centerstage and is flanked by crystal candle sticks, but I used some long wood bead garland strands I had on hand to add a more earthy and organic element. I finished it off with just a few frosty ornaments that are present in the tree. I think sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck thinking you have to stick with the same vibe… things that “go together”. But, I like to mix styles and finishes and it helps to keep things from feeling too stark, too formal, or too casual.
I didn’t do anything crazy with the bar cart to give it a holiday feel. I added a couple classic nutcrackers, some of my fave wire string lights, and tossed a few ornaments in a bowl with one straggler below.
I can’t decide which room is my favorite this year, but the dining room is definitely up there!
The Conversation Room
Meanwhile, on the other side of the entry…
Last year, the conversation room was painted but other than that, was barren and without furniture. We completed the room earlier this year (see the full reveal and details HERE) and I quickly decided this space would be the home to our most special memories. Remember the post on styling our glass cabinet with family mementos (HERE)? It holds our family ornament nostalgia tree (that got a size upgrade this year, in the 7.5’ version of our fave Costco Christmas tree!), toys, and all the best conversation starters. Here’s how our most special, sentimental space looks for Christmas this year…
Sources: Chandelier | Sconces (similar) | Rug (8 x 10)| Bird Art Print Pair | Coffee Table | Black Carved Tray | Wooden Beads | Coffee Table Seagrass Planter (similar) | Loveseat (mine is slope arm and regular depth) | Apricot Belgian Flax Linen Pillow Covers | Curtain Rod | Curtain Rings | Curtains — Linen Weave Vanilla Bean | Large Cement Vase | Smaller Cement Vase | Black Curio Cabinet (similar) | Black Seagrass Basket | Christmas Tree Topper |Green Pillow Cover | Twinkle Lights
Sources: Chandelier | Sconces (similar) | Rug (8 x 10)| Bird Art Print Pair | Coffee Table | Black Carved Tray | Wooden Beads | Coffee Table Seagrass Planter (similar)| Matte Black Capri Blue Candle | Large Cement Vase | Smaller Cement Vase | Black Curio Cabinet (similar) | Woven Storage Trunk | Black Seagrass Basket | Christmas Tree Topper | Green Pillow Cover | Twinkle Lights
Source: Live Beautiful Coffee Table Book
Totally an extra step and not necessary, I did do a few things to anchor the tree and make it look a little more uniform. Our ornaments aren’t coordinated AT ALL (which I don’t think they should be), so I added some warm gold balls, plaid ribbon, and a few wooden picks throughout. If you decorate a single tree and have collected ornaments over the years, hopefully this shows you can have family memories and still use embellishments like ribbon and picks! That said, my mom keeps her family ornament tree — her sole tree — to ornaments only and I LOVE how special it looks!
Sources: Sconces (similar) | Rug (8 x 10′)| Curtains — Vanilla Bean | Woven Storage Trunk | Large Urn | Large Cement Vase | Small Cement Vase | Twinkle Lights | Black Seagrass Basket | Christmas Tree Topper
Also, I already shared our book advent we’ll be starting on December 1, but y’all, I’m stoked! You can see the full post on that HERE.
While the entry had a large array of faux magnolia stems, I tucked a single faux stem (HERE) inside the small version of THIS black vase. If you want to get fancy, you can add ribbon to your vases but I preferred these in their plain state.
I have this year’s annual ornaments wrapped and ready to open, below the tree. Eliza is getting a set of THESE adorable paper dinosaurs (on sale right now), Dave is getting THIS bottlebrush set of safari animals to mark our first trip to the zoo, and there may be a special ornament collection down there for Gran Nan 😉 But, I can’t share that because she def. reads here, haha.
Source: Christmas Tree Topper
Sources: Loveseat (mine is slope arm and regular depth) | Plaid Lambswool Throw (similar)| Bronze Pillow Cover | Large Urn | Woven Storage Hamper | Curtains — Vanilla Bean | Curtain Rod | Coffee Table | Black Carved Tray | Wooden Beads | Woven Plant Basket (similar) | Sconce (similar) | Bird Print Pair | Large Cement Vase | Small Cement Vase | Curio Cabinet (similar) | Twinkle Lights | Christmas Tree Topper | Chandelier | Rug
From this spot, you can see three Christmas trees — the conversation room family tree, the dining room tree, and then through the mirror, you can catch a peek of the main tree — the red and gold Christmas tree — in the living room (we’ll get to that in a little bit 😉 ).
The Powder Room
This bright space got a little drama too, just in a different way! I don’t typically “do” anything in the bathrooms for the holidays but I couldn’t resist grabbing a few bunches of these ilex berry branches from TJs.
A total fire moment, I am crushing on this vibrant red against the blue and white so. so. hard!
FYI – as a caveat, they are mildly poisonous, so use with caution around pets/kids. That said, I’ve had them in water for a week and there’s been no shedding or berry drop-age.
You may have read a couple months ago that our kitchen will be seeing an accidental “phase II” upgrade soon (you can see the post where I chat about it HERE). Our kitchen cabinet contractor was actually ready to go a couple weeks ago, but I asked that we wait until January to move forward so we wouldn’t have to deal with the disrupt during the holidays.
The tiny butler’s pantry — the pass-through between the kitchen and dining room — already got a little backsplash facelift that you can (sort of) make out just beyond these seasonal bottles. Each Christmas season, we have an evening of “toasts” under the tree where we go around and say what we’re thankful for, and toast after each sentiment. I found these little initial espresso mugs last year for the occasion and Eliza adores them.
With so many functional kitchen items on display, I kept the kitchen simple. I swapped the runner back to THIS affordable jute runner, and added some cedar-style greens from Hobby Lobby in this terracotta vase (similar). I’ve used these stems for a few years so I was happy they had them again this year.
Sources: Woven Backless Counter Stools | Vase (similar) | Wooden Bowl (similar) | Spiced Cider Candle | Jute Runner | Round Marble and Wood Cheeseboard | Rectangular Wooden Cheese Board | Olivewood Salt Keeper | Small Olivewood Cheeseboard | Olive Oil Dispenser | Cabinet Pulls | Backsplash Tile
Some orange citrus with eucalyptus greenery and a favorite spiced cider candle (on sale right now!) scent round out this trio.
Lastly, I used a few bottlebrush trees from last year’s living room console table vignette — where varying shades of blue and green were mixed — on my pedestals. That’s it!
The Breakfast Nook
On the other side of the kitchen, my board collection has continued to grow and expand; I’m loving how they’ve spilled over into the breakfast nook area. Like other spaces, I used my fave faux magnolia stems — three are present here — and I pulled out a trio of my favorite silver reindeer. I used my regular garland and beefed it up a bit with live magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, and a few embellishments. While it doesn’t “match” the living room — and one major color isn’t present in this space — it definitely coordinated with all the other tones.
Sources: Beaded Chandelier | Braided Jute Rug | Dining Chairs | Glass Top Dining Table | Black Bowl | Sideboard (similar) | Large White Vase | Magnolia Stems | Round Black Cheese Board | Round Mirror | Curtains | Curtain Rod
My black wooden bowl has already moved around three different rooms since this fall. For the holidays, I added a few champagne and clear/gold balls with more wood bead garland woven throughout. A bowl with all the things — from ornaments to greenery to bells — is my favorite easy centerpiece.
Sources: Black Bowl (14″)
A few scattered balls from the table centerpiece onto the sideboard is solution enough to tie the two together.
But as light on color as this space is — aside from the greenery…
when you turn around and glimpse into the living room, there’s definitely a little more color 😉
The Living Room (with the Red and Gold Christmas Tree)
Enter — my red and gold Christmas tree!
Sources: Pendant Light | Woven Bar Stools | Chandelier | Rug (8 x 10′) | Wooden Wall Art | Wingback Chair | Leather X Bench | Map Art | Brass Party Tub on Hearth | Fireplace Screen | Built In Cabinet Knobs
Using both bright cherry red and deep cranberry, and accessorizing with a warm gold, our vibrant main tree stands out against our new-this-year-white-living-room.
Sources: Chandelier | Rug (8 x 10′) | Wooden Wall Art | Sofa | Wingback Chair | Flax Pillow | Leather X Bench | Redwood Linen Pillow | Map Art | Brass Party Tub on Hearth | Fireplace Screen | Large Vase on Hearth | Faux Magnolia Branches| Built In Cabinet Knobs
And while the tree itself is bold, bold, BOLD, I didn’t want to take the red too many other places in large doses. I wanted to leave the red and gold Christmas tress as the main area of impact and focal point and keep the rest of the room a little calmer and more relaxed.
Here’s a close-up of the detail. Along with the contrasting ribbon, the (tons) of berry picks keep the red and gold Christmas tree just a tad on the whimsical side.
You can find my Christmas tree ribbon tutorial HERE (now with video). While the ball ornaments and picks have been collected over time, these are the ribbons I used:
- Red & white striped ribbon
- Tartan ribbon
- Two-toned red and gold striped ribbon
- Burgundy burlap ribbon (layered with champagne satin ribbon)
- Champagne satin ribbon (layered with burgundy burlap ribbon)
And below the tree, I used the following gift wrap and ribbon:
- Brown kraft paper
- Dark red striped paper
- Red smudged paper
- Bright red velvet ribbon
- Dark red velvet ribbon
- Gold ribbon
Aside from the faded red linen pillows (redwood), I kept the rest of the throws in neutrals-leaning-toward-gold hues. THESE pillows have been used in just about every season in our house and they’re so versatile.
I used the same Costco garland I have for the past several years but embellished it just a little different. Along with the basic strand of lit garland, I tucked in some pieces of those faux cedar-like stems I shared in the kitchen, live magnolia and eucalyptus, and red and gold berries. It’s amazing how much more beefy your garland can get, just adding a little here and there — I think I actually may like decorating my garland more than my trees, haha.
I wrote a tutorial on how I hang and embellish my garland last year, HERE.
And. yep, more faux magnolia stems! There are seven in this arrangement.
I’ve continued to use my big brass beverage tub for chopped logs — if I was using it exclusively for entertaining, I would have to keep it in the basement. I love that it’s functional 24/7 this way.
I switched up very little of my regular everyday decor — I added a holiday accent here and there but when it came to my shelves, especially, I wanted to keep them on the “cleaner” side — especially because the tree is kind of… a lot, haha.
Sources: Chandelier | Rug (8 x 10′) | Wooden Wall Art | Sofa | Coffee Table | Coffee Table Tray | Coasters | Wooden Beads | Redwood Linen Pillow | Map Art | Brass Party Tub on Hearth | Fireplace Screen | Large Stoneware Vase on Hearth | Faux Magnolia Branches| Built In Cabinet Knobs
I did carry just a touch of red over to the bookshelves with my balls-in-a-bowl-go-to. And as I’ve mentioned throughout the tour in other spaces, arranging the shiny balls in a raw wood bowl keeps everything balanced since I didn’t want to go full glam.
I kept the side and coffee table areas simple and “kid friendly”. Eliza has been amazing about not getting curious with the trees. She was really excited about the ornaments the first day or two but after a few reminders (FYI, our trees started going up over a month ago), she hasn’t tried to touch them since. We live and play in our house hard, but decor isn’t new to her. She doesn’t get too enamored with anything because she’s used to it.
The living room doesn’t “match” with the conversation room (peep to the back left), but it coordinates. All of my rooms are styled differently but I try to keep the rooms that connect to each other from feeling like the house is totally disjointed.
The shallow bowl tray from last year made another appearance this year. Eliza loves pulling books from here and putting them back so it’s great she can have a “hands-on” area. Also, just in case it has to be said, I don’t leave lit candles down low when she’s home 😉
While I added red berries to the garland on the banister facing the living room, I didn’t add red berries to the opposite banister facing the entry. They both have the same champagne ribbon and while they are the same, each strand best fits the decor in each respective space — no red on one side, but red on the other.
Our holiday cards from years past are displayed on the console table (do you save a card for yourself to do that?!) and while I still had the stock photo in this year’s frame when I took these photos, our 2021 cards just arrived so I’ve already added our latest to the mix!
There’s definitely some shine from the glass balls and beaded picks, but I kept glitter at a minimum in here this year. I wanted the living room to feel “fancier” than normal, but wanted to keep it kind of “flat” and natural, too. Using lots of my regular woven textures instead of lots of reflective metals helped keep the glitz down a bit.
I may say this and I definitely think this each year, but I think this year’s main tree — our red and gold Christmas tree — may be my favorite we’ve done.
The bedroom has been… a journey. After the flood early in the year, this room became crammed with lots of plastic makeshift drawers, vanities, etc. While we still have some of that going on behind the camera, this is the most “normal” our room has felt in a long time. Our Bathroom still isn’t finished (we’re waiting on a backorder piece for our shower!) but I feel I can finally breathe in our room again! And, just in time because ready or not, those twinkles were coming in 😉
Sources: Bed | Bench | Rug | Chandelier | Belgian Flax Linen Quilt (white) | Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover & Euro Shams (white) | Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket | Teddy Throw | Fringed Throw | Bronze Linen Pillow | Teddy Pillow | Nightstands | Table Lamps | Sheets (700 CT)
With a gold on gold on gold tree, I went with neutrals and brown tones — again, I’ve used these pillows in pillow schemes in the living room during other months of the year!
This tree was so fun to create because like the dining room Christmas tree, I approached it with a simpler construction. It’s made of gold tinsel (from Martha.com) and there’s no ribbon — just loads of different sized gold ball ornaments and gold and pearl beaded clamp-style sprays.
Sources: Lidded Baskets (set of 2) | Side Table (similar) | Birds on a Wire Art 1 | Birds on a Wire Art 2 | Rug| White and Gold Gift Box| Gold Tinsel Tree | Beaded Clip Ornaments | Champagne Ornaments (75 pcs.)
I hope I get around to sharing what it looks like at night because that’s my favorite 😉
And lastly… the nursery.
Eliza’s first year, I went all out. I literally spent several days, just working on her nursery Christmas decor. Were you here for that? Last year, I simplified a little and this year, I brought the difficulty level and time consumption way down! Instead of decking her entire room, I focused on a tree. I used coordinating crib sheets she already had and swapped in some neutral and patterned pillows from our arsenal.
For her last year with a nursery, before she graduates to a big girl room this coming year, I just went for fun. She is so into colors, so… I just gave them all to her.
And look — another tree topper 😉
I layered in stripes and big dots and small dots and it reminds me of this ruffle ribbon shirt from my childhood that we got from a local church Christmas crafts bazaar. One of those “you just had to be there” things, but if you were, you’d totally agree.
She also has a little bottlebrush forest — mixed from former bottlebrush tree collections — and a nativity on her bookshelf.
Aaaannnd… that’s a wrap on our holiday home, 2021! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and my wheels are already turning for next year. We have a lot of fun projects coming in early 2022 — from the playroom to (finally), the bathroom we’ve been working on all year, to the kitchen, to Eliza’s “big girl” bedroom. And, we aren’t quite done just yet for 2021! I hope you’ll stick around and if you aren’t already, you can subscribe to emails at the bottom of the post to get all the latest updates as they happen!
Have you started decorating yet? Are you planning anything different this year? How many trees to you set up — one? two? five?
I hope you each have a wonderful holiday season and here’s to loving your own Christmas-decked, cozy spaces all season long!
Sources by Room
Sources: Chandelier | Sconces (similar) | Rug (8 x 10)| Bird Art Print Pair | Coffee Table | Black Carved Tray | Wooden Beads | Coffee Table Seagrass Planter (similar)| Cane Arm Chair | Lumbar Pillow | Faux Olive Tree | Olive Tree Pot (large) | Framed Landscape Canvas | Black Ceramic Vase | White Stoneware Vase | Loveseat (mine is slope arm) | Apricot Belgian Flax Linen Pillow Covers | Curtain Rod | Curtain Rings | Curtains — Linen Weave Vanilla Bean | Black End Table | Matte Black Capri Blue Candle | Large Cement Vase | Smaller Cement Vase | Black Curio Cabinet (similar) | Black Seagrass Basket
Woven Backless Counter Stools | Vase (similar) | Jute Runner | Round Marble and Wood Cheeseboard | Rectangular Wooden Cheese Board | Olivewood Salt Keeper | Small Olivewood Cheeseboard | Olive Oil Dispenser | Windsor Desk Chair | Apple Art | Pear Art | Framed Wall Art Print | Kitchen Faucet | Marble Tray (similar) | Cabinet Pulls | Backsplash Tile
Beaded Chandelier | Light Pendants | Woven Bar Stools | Braided Jute Rug | Dining Chairs | Glass Top Dining Table | Black Bowl | Sideboard (similar) | Large White Vase | Round Mirror | Faux Olive Tree | Gallery Wall Frames | Curtains | Curtain Rod
Chandelier | Rug (8 x 10′) | Wooden Wall Art | Sofa | Wingback Chair | Coffee Table | Coffee Table Tray | Wooden Beads | Leather X Bench | Redwood Linen Pillow | Teddy Bear Throw | Map Art | Brass Party Tub on Hearth | Fireplace Screen | Large Vase on Hearth | Faux Magnolia Branches| Built In Cabinet Knobs | Cream Tassel Throw | Side Table | Floor Lamp | Wall Art | Woven Box | Woven Tissue Box Holder | Console Table | White Ceramic Garden Stool | Large Tall Vase | Bud Vase | Small White Glazed Vase | Woven Look Planter | Blue Gingko Art Print | Beyond the Trail Art Print
Cane Sided Crib | Floor Lamp | Macrame Crib Skirt | Brass Frames (16″x20″) | Rocking Chair | Sherpa Bear Rocker | Striped Crib Sheet | Antelope Print Pillow | Boho Rocking Chair Pillow | Pouf | Sheepskin (SIMILAR) | Tassel Throw Blanket (Vanilla) | Song Lyrics (SIMILAR)
Jingle Bells on Stick | Honeycomb Stocking | Faux Fur Stocking | Stocking Hanger | Brown Kraft Paper | Alexa Smart Plugs | Sugar Paper Square Box | Deep Red and White Wrapping Paper | Smudge Red Wrapping Paper | Reversible Plaid/Polka Dot Wrapping Paper | Wooden Star Cut Outs | Gold Paint Marker Pen | Jute Twine | Velvet Ribbon | Lit White Bottle Brush Trees — set of 3 | Wire Lights | Gold Tinsel Tree | Beaded Clip Ornaments | Champagne Ornaments (75 pcs.)