Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014 ~ Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by for what I call my ‘Classic And Contemporary Home Tour 2014’!
I have been busy getting the house ready for Christmas this year and sharing a lot of the home décor projects on the blog. Today’s post is where I give a peek into my home to share with you what it looks like at Christmas.
I am also excited to say that I have joined up with fourteen other creative and talented bloggers who also have opened their homes to share with you what special decorative touches they create at Christmas time. The really cool thing is that we are from all over the place. What a wonderful opportunity for you to get lots of peeks to get ideas and be inspired for possibilities for your home too!
We call ourselves the ‘Procrastinators Christmas Home Tour Group’! We all love our blogging and decorating for Christmas but also juggle a lot of other responsibilities too. It is those other responsibilities that sometimes have to be the priority so for all of us it took a while to actually decorate the house, take the photographs as well as write and post the blog. In my case, I like to be really organized but I just didn’t want to rush my Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014 too soon and I honestly just got everything ready to go in time. I can’t believe it… Christmas is here in ten days!
Not only is this a group collaboration Christmas Home Tour but it is also an opportunity to enter in a giveaway. We are giving away two gift cards to a lucky recipient. One lucky winner will win a $50.00 gift card to use at OnLineFabricStore and a second lucky winner will win a $50.00 gift card to spend at Farmhouse Decor Gift Shop. Two winners will be able to give themselves a Christmas present! Stop by and visit at each of the home tours and join in the fun! The links are all provided for you at the end of the post.
Why did I call it a ‘Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014’? It is classic because I use the classic colours of Christmas including reds, greens and golds. I love the look of the blues and silvers but years ago when my daughters were young they insisted that we go with the classic colours and I have just stuck with it all this time. I also chose to go with a colour scheme that coordinates with the colours in the home. You will see what I mean when you check out the tour. It is contemporary because both my home and how it is decorated for Christmas are in that style.
I will be honest with you though. I am a bit nervous because as a blogger I have tended to give snapshots of my home when I share how I organize things around the house or my various DIY projects. In this post you will be seeing the main living area on the main floor. It is all open area where the living room, eating area and kitchen all one big space. The only rooms that you can close off on this floor are the mudroom, a bathroom and a dining room. Sp let’s get started and come take a peek at my…
Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014
The front porch welcomes you with this Starry Christmas Christmas Arrangement With Birch Logs that I made this year.
I made this wreath years ago even before I started blogging. You will notice a bit of theme with the poinsettias here and there throughout the house.
When you enter the house you see the staircase to the right. You will notice the advent calendar hanging there. I don’t have a DIY one. We have had this one for years and even though my daughters are in their twenties they still look forward to the treats every year. I also shared some Advent Calendar Learning Activities that are a lot of fun to do with the kids to help them with their learning.
The kitchen area is to the left. I didn’t decorate it too much because it will be full with family members helping with the Christmas baking and special meal preparations. I did treat myself to a vase filled with flowers and I created these candleholders with candles from the dollar store, acrylic clear snowflakes and dessert dishes that cost 50 cents each from the thrift store. I think they look pretty unique and very pretty against the black granite.
To the right is the large staircase that I decorate every year. I’ll be honest with you. It is a lot of fun to do but it is a big undertaking. It’s a lot of banister to decorate. The posts How To Decorate A Banister For Christmas and How To Make A Deco Mesh Bow Photo Tutorial give you my how tos.
Here’s a view of the staircase looking down to the kitchen…
… and here’s a view looking up to the staircase from the kitchen.
For the kitchen table I put together this centrepiece. I just placed two poinsettias in the middle along with some red sparkly Christmas balls and a bit of pretty green mesh ribbon. This wooden basket was a gift from some very dear friends a few years ago and it gets repurposed for the different seasons. You see it here in Milk Cartons Turned Into Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots and I Bought a Splash Of Spring!
The house has a lovely Christmas fragrance right now. I burn this candle throughout the day.
I also have pulled out my go-to cookbooks for Christmas and just placed them in this organizer so they are handy for all of the Christmas baking and cooking.
When you sit at the kitchen table and look towards the kitchen, this is what you see…
… and when you look toward the living room this is what you see. As I mentioned previously it is all quite open where one room just flows into the other.
I sewed the stockings you see lined up along the sofa table. The detailed photo tutorials are here in How To Sew A Christmas Stocking Photo Tutorial – Part 1 and How To Sew A Christmas Stocking – Printable Pattern Part 2. I upcycled the Christmas stocking holders using these silk poinsettias. You can’t see the out-dated stocking holders hidden in the back. The full story is here at Upcycled Christmas Stocking Holder and it explains why I did it.
Also on the sofa table are some vases filled with red, green and gold Christmas balls. The rectangular glass vase holds the Christmas cards. This is how I display all of the lovely cards for the Christmas season. I like to think they are a like a bouquet of Christmas wishes which I explain in How To Display Christmas Cards.
Come into the living room. It is a wonderful cozy place in the winter with the gas fireplace that we use a lot to keep this room toasty warm and for a wonderful glow and cozy ambience.
Here’s the Christmas tree. It’s a pre-lit artificial tree. I give the details for how I decorated it in How to Decorate A Christmas Tree: Step-By-Step-Tutorial. Notice it is topped with a big bow that I made and the bead garland is draped down the tree the same as the ribbon.
Here’s a close-up of one of the ornaments I had a lot of fun designing and creating. I call it an Organza Handmade Christmas Tree Ornament.
This gold candle and gold Christmas ball centrepiece sits on the coffee table. The green runner was a purchase from the dollar store for just $1.00.
Last but not least I decorated the mantel to coordinate with the rest of the Christmas décor in the house. All of the special pieces look quite striking against the mirror and the burgundy painted feature wall. Further details can be found in Tips For Decorating A Gorgeous Christmas Mantel.
Just one more beauty shot…
…and that ends the tour. Thank you soooo much for stopping by and allowing me to share my home at Christmas with you.
Now comes the really fun part. Have some fun peeking into the homes of the ‘Procrastinators Christmas Home Tour Group’! There are a total of fifteen lovely Christmas Home Tours all on the 15th of December! How fitting!