2018 Holiday Home Tour Part 1

Instead of sharing my home the first day of the home tours, I thought I’d cut myself some slack and push myself out to the last tour date this year.  I’m glad I did, as Thanksgiving was super busy, and I’m pretty sure I would have turned into Blogzilla.  I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the homes on the tour this year.  I know I’m always inspired by the ideas that people come up with during the holidays, and I hope you were too.  I owe 11 Magnolia Lane a huge debt of gratitude this year, because they picked up the ball and ran with it back in the fall after my brother-in-law passed away.  I don’t know if we would have had a tour if it weren’t for them.  

I figured I would break out my tour into a couple of parts so that you (and I) don’t get overwhelmed with it all in one post.  If you’re visiting from Quarters One, welcome!  This post contains some affiliate links.

Holiday Home Tour for 2018

The Front Porch

Let’s get the ball rolling with a look at my front porch.  These porch pots are just two of the four outdoor ones that I have this year.  I’m a bit obsessed with them, and have been making them like crazy.  They’re so easy and inexpensive to make, and so eye-catching.  I find that I do better with planting evergreens than I do flowers, so these are a good fit for me.

Winter Porch Pots

My “JOY” sign has been one that I’ve used in more than one place over the years – it was part of my holiday mantel one year – but I’m liking it outside on the front porch for now.

I have a couple of other pots out by our garage as well.  If you want to learn how to make them yourself, I shared a full tutorial here.

How to Make a Winter Porch Pot

I pulled out a Christmas wreath from the basement for the “O” and added some natural greenery to give it a little more life.

JOY Christmas Sign on Salvaged Door

I love having double front doors, and these got a lift awhile back with some dark stain.  But what really makes them shine is my gorgeous Southern Magnolia wreaths from Lynch Creek Farms.  Their wreaths wow me, year after year, and I can’t say enough about the quality and substance behind them.  Not to mention the smell – they’re deliciously fragrant when you pull them out of the box.

Double Front Doors with Christmas Wreaths

The Dining Room

Moving inside to the dining room, you can see that my love of porch pots and natural greenery continues.  I think the champagne bucket arrangement is my fifth, but I love the look that you get with fresh evergreens.  Added bonus that greenery like this is easily accessible around here and I can pluck some from my own back yard for free.

Ever since redoing my dining room as part of the One Room Challenge, I’ve had a lot more fun decorating it for the holidays.  I’m keeping it pretty simple this year.  I think the champagne bucket centerpiece does well enough to stand on its own, and I added some pretty Christmas trees on my buffet for good measure.  

I ended up with a bit of a pinecone theme in here when it was all said and done.  It plays well with the evergreens that I have in here.

My husband asked, “So, wood slices with pine cones on them is a thing now?”  Yes, sir.  Yes it is.

Pine cone dining room table setting

Dining Room Christmas Centerpiece

I added wreaths to the backs of the larger, upholstered dining room chairs this year, adding a little pinecone embellishment as well.  I added a Christmas tree in the dining room for the first time last year, and I love it!  Such a nice soft glow at night.

Wreath on chair

My Daughter’s Room

Since my daughter’s room is the only kid’s room in the house that isn’t a total disaster, I added a small Christmas tree to her room.  The tree was in a red pot, so I dropped it into a basket and called it a day.  The pastel ornaments work well with the color palette she has going on in here.  This is another One Room Challenge project for me, and I’m happy to say that she keeps her room looking good.  Her organizational skills make me happy.

Girl's Room Decorated for Christmas

Don’t forget to hop on over to Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss on the tour today.  Her home is an absolute stunner – one of my favorites!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Here is a sneak peek:

Thanks so much for stopping by my 2018 Holiday Home Tour!  If you missed any of them so far, you can check them out below.  There is SO much inspiration to be had, you don’t want to miss it!






  • Reply
    December 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Jenny, your home is so pretty!! Love the dining room and the sweet pastel decor in your daughter’s room. But my favorite thing has to be your pots with the greenery!! LOVE them – and now I’m headed to your tutorial! I did one this year but as you’ll see, it’s not nearly as nice as yours so I need some coaching;)

    Thanks again for having me my friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    • Reply
      December 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Sheila my friend! I adore your front porch so much – it is absolute perfection in my opinion! Thanks again for joining the tour this year!

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    Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
    December 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Jenny, the pleasure was all ours. Your home is, as always, so beautifully decorated with such attention to detail. Those pots are the best! Merry (early) Christmas!

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    December 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Jenny your home is beautiful! Your front porch is so inviting. I love how you decorated your dining room!!! The silver urn filled with greens is gorgeous!!!!
    Thank you so much for including me on this fabulous blog tour! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    December 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Jenny your home looks beautiful. Your front porch looks so welcoming. I love how you decorated your dining room! I think your silver urn filled with greens is gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for including me on this fabulous blog tour. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas season.

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    Lisa Scibilia
    December 3, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Jenny I love your front porch, it looks so welcoming and festive! And how cute is the tree in your daughter’s room! I am working on getting petite faux trees for all our bedrooms as I see them on sale so everyone has the twinkling lights to enjoy at night. Hope you enjoy your beautiful Christmasy home and family this year especially. Lots of love to you and yours.

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      December 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you Lisa – thinking of you and yours this holiday season as well. 🙂

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    cassie bustamante
    December 3, 2018 at 7:21 am

    your daughter’s room looks so pretty! i also really love all of your natural touches, jenny. merry christmas! hopefully i can join you guys next year if you’ll have me back. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      I would love that Cassie! You’ll have a new house to decorate and share next year – how fun will that be?

  • Reply
    December 3, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I seriously just LOVE your dining room! I followed you through the whole One Room challenge and was so excited to see it complete – and I still love the look! It’s probably one of my favorite rooms in your house. I loved the Christmas tour too!

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    Kristin salazar
    December 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Jenny, your home is gorgeous! I love your dinning room, its turned out so beautiful and your daughters room is super cute!

  • Reply
    December 5, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Jenny, once again, thank you for the kind comments and thank you for hosting this tour! My sincere condolences to your family over your loss this year. What a gorgeous home you’ve styled for Christmas. I pray the holiday season is a blessed one for you all!!

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    Rachael @ This is our Bliss
    December 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Simply beautiful!! I love how crisp and clean your dining room looks! Your place settings are darling! Thanks for hosting another wonderful tour and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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