Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Tour of Homes!

Hello friends!

Welcome to the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes! 

I’m so glad you’re here, and am excited to kick off the tour by sharing my home.  It’s going to be a great twelve days of beautiful homes, so come on in, sit back and enjoy!

Mother Nature knew you were coming, and brought some Christmas snow just for the occasion.  It definitely makes the wreaths in the window look even more festive.  As my son put it, “wreaths are our thing.”  Suffice to say, I’m a wee bit obsessed it’s a recurring theme.

Come on in!  Don’t mind the giant, curious dog.

If you’re new here, the fireplace is a newly completed DIY project – a year in the making and the longest project ever.  Was it worth it?  Yes.  Will I do masonry again?  No way. Ever.
Suffice to say, it’s been a lot of fun dressing it up for the holidays.  Finally.


On to the dining room. 

The centerpiece is simple with candles and greenery from the yard on a silver tray.

I wish I could take credit for these cute Santa napkin rings – I actually picked them up at a garage sale earlier this year.  An easy DIY though.  So cute.

I think this is one of my most favorite Christmas decorations.  It was made after my great-grandmother died over thirty years ago, using her costume jewelry.  I love it, even in its faded glory.

Holiday decorating in the kitchen is pretty limited to (you guessed it), a wreath on my kitchen island.
Christmas cards are starting to trickle in, and I decided to make my sliver of a chalkboard wall into a holiday card gallery wall.  So fun – holiday cards are one of my favorite parts of the season.

Our basement is where we do most of our holiday entertaining, so let’s take a peek.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the wreath hoarding.

I’m proud to say that I actually made the wreaths that are hanging on my barstools.


We even swapped out the Indiana Jones movie poster for Buddy the Elf.  Love him.

I have been meaning to add a chalkboard to this unused niche, and I finally got to it.  Now if only I could get my chalk letters more to scale…

Since this is the entertaining space, we added a second tree down here this year.  You need a tree to enjoy with friends and family, right?  I love that it’s small, simple and easy to decorate.  There’s something to be said for simple when it comes to the holidays.

Finally, in the backyard, we added some real garland outside to make it a little more festive.
That wraps it up for me – don’t miss Day 2, tomorrow at Shine Your Light, and you can follow along on Pinterest too!
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    December 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Um, how is the second tree in the "basement" small and simple? Looks bigger than the tree I have as my main feature in my front room. I do like the ribbon tied around the fake deer's head.

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    Tina S.
    December 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    What a beautiful home! I am in love with the Joyeux Noel framed burlap print towards the end of your post. Pray tell where you got it because I. MUST. HAVE. !!!

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    December 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    love the wreaths and also your exterior paint, can you share the color? Debra

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    Rosie Ben
    January 10, 2014 at 3:36 am

    It's a lovely and beautiful place for spending holidays.I am planning to go for a holiday with my family members,for coming Christmas.

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    Brooke Charboneau
    November 14, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Is there a way to download the silent night poster?

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    December 5, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Anybody know the color of the blue paint in the family room?

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      December 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Palladian Blue – Benjamin Moore. 🙂

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    November 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Where did you get the lettered Christmas tree scroll hanging above your den fireplace? It’s so beautiful.

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      November 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      I purchased the digital image from The Caravan Shoppe, downloaded it, and then had it printed at a local Office Supply store. I love them!

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