Christmas Home Decor Tour

December 9, 2013


Christmas Decor Tour

This is my first Christmas with a blog and I understand that it is customary to post a holiday home tour, however, what I am going to share is really more of a targeted home décor tour than a full house extravaganza.

Oh I decorate and I love all the colors and the lights, but as the years go by, I find that I spend less time filling every corner of every room with stuff and I only put out what I really, really love.


This doll was mine when I was a little girl. She plays Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and her head nods round and round like she is sleepy.

I have weeded out things that felt junky or that did not hold special appeal, sentimental or aesthetic, if I no longer LOVE it, it no longer gets displayed. I can say that I notice my cherished items more now, as they no longer have to fight for attention and I spend A LOT less time decorating.  That has left me with more time to truly enjoy the season.

Of course, I still love looking at all the houses that are completely transformed during this magical season, mine is just no longer one of them! I still think it's dressed with enough sparkle, Santas and that glorious color red to invoke the excitement of the season, but I'll let you be the judge!

I guess it's only fitting to start with the tree! It is not stylized or themed in any way at all. It will never win an award for its glamour or show. It is very simple and filled with ornaments that we love ~ every last one of them is special, sentimental, right down to the plain round glass balls. They were purchased on a fun family outing as a remembrance. Our tree tells the story of our family better than a photo album or home movies ever could.  To me, it represents our history and it is gorgeous.



The living room is really a winter room, complete with dark wooden beams and a stone fireplace. It is very at home during Christmas!


This year I added a snowflake pillow and I plan to make new stockings, but we'll see! *Update~ We had a snow day and made the stockings!


The kitchen, the heart of the home, is filled with Santas and lights. I just adore a simple sparkle.


The wreath over my hood is a perennial staple, but a couple of mini wreaths for company and an easy sign leave no doubt it's Christmas in here.


White flowers are elegant in any season. 


I'm crazy for Santa Claus...and anything red!


My kids' handmade paper chains hang over a faux wreath adorned with real lemons and limes.


Bathrooms are easy to decorate! It takes so little to add Christmas spirit in here!


Kitchen towels look great in the bathroom, too. I mean a towel is a towel no matter what room it's in!


Snow is the perfect accent in my blue master bathroom.


The master gets a quilt change and few precious additions, but honestly, the sign over the bed personifies my style lately~ even at Christmas!


The tree was given to me by kids years ago.  It looks perfect in here during the holidays.


The family room used to get wreaths in the window, but this year, I opted for an advent calendar garland. It's working out really well so far, we are all enjoying it!
  

Of course, there are a few other seasonal touches peppered around the house, a random reindeer, a tree in the finished basement, you get the idea, but I have shared the basic high points....and a lot of red! 

It's no wonder that this is my favorite time of year!

Merry Christmas to all and to all...well, you know! ;)


So this year was all about red...check out my rustic style Christmas here:


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59 comments:

  1. Your home just glows and shines Kim!!! Love all the whimsy little details all around!

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    1. Thanks Vel, you are always the first one to comment and you always make me smile! :)

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  2. I love your decorations! Like you, I love decorations that are meaningful. My tree looks so much like yours...tall and skinny with ornaments I have collected all through my life. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Debby, we bought that tree almost 20 years ago, for our first Christmas together in our tiny apartment. When we moved to our first tiny house, it still fit well, so we kept it...now in our second (still tiny) house it still looks just as grand...and skinny trees are hard to find! :) Merry Christmas! :)

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  3. Your home looks so warm with all the Christmas touches! I love all the red. I also love all the "little things" in the bathrooms and bedrooms. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Sometimes, the little things have the most impact! Thanks for the comment, Courtney!

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  4. You have a lovely home -thank you for sharing your Christmas decorations~

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    1. Thanks for coming by to take a peek, Susan. Happy Holidays! :)

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  5. It all looks wonderful, Kim! I'm with you on keeping it more simple and just using the things you love and have meaning. Have a happy holiday season!

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    1. JoAnne, thanks for the lovely comment and, yes, I do appreciate my simple decorations a lot more now! Happy Holidays!

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  6. Your home is absolutely beautiful! I, too, love red year-round. As I am older now (58) it takes everything I can muster up to decorate a tree. So, what did my husband want to do this year? Decorate TWO trees - hahahaha. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your home. It is truly an inspiration :-)

    Cate <><

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    1. Two trees are better than one Cate, especially if someone else is willing to do all the heavy lifting! :) Thanks so much for your very kind words! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Your home looks so beautiful, warm and inviting.....all dressed up for the holiday season:) I love the snowflake pillow in your living room and all the little holiday accents....everything looks exquisitely remarkable:) Have a wonderful holiday season! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thanks so much, Poppy I grabbed that pillow at Marshall's...I usually make my own, but that one was too pretty to pass up! :)

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  8. Your home is very pretty! I love the den with the beams on the ceiling and the stone fireplace. I loved the long ribbon on the wreath and at first thought you purposely draped it like that for style, then I read you were concealing the wires. GREAT IDEA! You may have cut back and simplified, but it looks very stylish and cheerful to me.

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    1. Kelly, thanks so much! I hate those wires! Electrical cords are my nemesis when it comes to decorating in general. If I ever renovate my kitchen again (I will not!) or build a home, I will certainly be positioning the outlets with my home décor needs in mind! :)

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  9. Love it....a lot of people always over do it so that it's way to much....I love how you decorated yours, with treasures.

    Great job!

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    1. Thank you Christine. I think I was guilty of going overboard in the past, but I am much happier with my "treasured" results now! Glad you liked it! :)

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  10. Hi and wow how beautiful your Christmas decorations are! Thanks for the tour of your house it is so pretty! I love the living room and you have a beautiful tree! The advent calendar is so sweet and special. Enjoy the holidays.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! You just made my day!

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  11. I'm visiting from Kim's party. Love your home and all your touches of Christmas.
    I'm your newest follower too! Stop by soon:)

    Rondell

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    1. Thank you so much, Rondell! I love new followers! ;)

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  12. Beautiful Kim! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE all of the red in your home. =D

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    1. Thanks Sally ~ yes, the red is kind of an obsession! Thankfully it works well at Christmas!

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  13. Everything looks so festive and beautiful! LOVE the "tour"! Merry Christmas! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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    1. Thanks Melissa, that was sweet of you to stop by and take a peek!

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  14. I love your home, Kim--especially the red! Great job of keeping everything simple and elegant. I always mean to simplify, but I end up going overboard as usual. Thanks so much for sharing your home! Dee :)

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    1. Yes, there is a lot of red here! Come January it gets toned down a bit! Thanks for coming by to "take the tour", Dee! Merry Christmas!

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  15. Kim! Your home is so festive. I just love it and your living room is so beautiful. I LOVE the red and white. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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    1. Thanks for the very kind words, Denyse! Happy Holidays! :)

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  16. Everything looks so warm and cozy. Your home is glowing for the holidays!

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    1. Thanks Laurel, I will miss the "glow" when it's time to un-decorate! :) Happy Holidays!

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  17. Your home is beautiful! I love all the rich cranberry red around your home! The wreath on your stove hood is so pretty!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I like drama in my décor and red seems to be the way! :) Happy Holidays!

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  18. I love your house! It's really pretty even without the Christmas decor, but then that adds even more beauty. I love how you put the lights up with the window valances, I might have to add that in my kitchen. I host a weekly link party that used to be just for vintage things, but starting this Tuesday I'm expanding it to include anything home-related, I'd love it if you'd join in! "History and Home Party", Tuesdays - Fridays, at We Call It Junkin.com Take care and Merry Christmas - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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    1. Hi Dawn, thanks for the sweet comments~ I love those lights, too! Sometimes, I leave them up until Valentine's Day! Shhh! ;) I will check out your party, thanks so much for the invite!

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home party, I hope you keep coming back, each Tuesday :) Wishing you blessings ~ Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  19. I love all the touches of red. Your living-rrom might be my favourite room with the fireplace and cosy sofas.

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    1. Thanks so much! We are loving that fireplace lately, with all the snow!

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  20. It looks gorgeous Kim! I love all the red and your snowflake pillows are adorable!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home tour:)

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    1. Thanks Krista, I appreciate your sweet words! :)

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  21. Oh my word, your whole house is decorated so beautifully. I love it all. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. You are always so sweet, Marty! Thanks for the party and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! :)

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  22. You've done such a great job of sprucing up your home for Christmas, Kim. I think the tree is perfect; it reflects your love for family, each ornament is a memory. That's as it should be. Your kitchen is so cheery. Love the red and white in your living room. I'd pretty much love living in your cottage. (Have I already told you that?) That fireplace, those exposed beams. All the windows and natural light.Yup, it's all exactly what I dream of. So inviting, warm and charming. Love it all!

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy, you're always so complimentary! Seeing my house through your words makes me love it even more! :)

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  23. Your home is so beautifully decorated, what a warm and welcoming place. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you Kathy, we are pretty cozy here! :)

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  24. You may have simplified, but you did it to perfection! Everything looks so festive and cheerful. I'm really liking the cute Advent calendar you did and have already pinned it for next year!

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    1. Thanks Carol, I really like the way the Advent calendar turned out. I'm so glad you liked it, too! :)

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  25. All of your red and white is decoration enough for the season and what a wonderful backdrop it provides for what you do. Minimal works for me!!

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    1. Thanks Lulu! Yes, my red and white keeps it pretty festive around here all year long! ;)

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  26. Love all your pops of red! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  27. Beautiful touches Kim! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over to check out your feature. Here is the link to the Showcase. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/12/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_22.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Kathryn, thank you so much ~ I am so excited! Thanks for your party week after week, for this (relatively) new blogger it has been a great way to meet others, find inspiration and learn!

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  28. Beautiful home with so many beautiful Christmas touches. LOVE your childhood doll, how special! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! I love that doll, too. I am so glad that my mom held on to her for me!

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  29. Kim...I LOVE your home decorated for Christmas! You know red is my favorite and you have it in abundance and so simply and elegantly done, too. Congrats on the feature!

    Wishing you and yours the most joyful and blessed Christmas!
    ~Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane! Your comments are always very sweet! I wish you and yours the most wonderful Christmas, as well! I hope you have a lovely week! :)

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