Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes


I’m so excited to be kicking off this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes!  It’s sure to be packed with all sorts of great ideas and inspiration to get you in the holiday spirit. 

I’m also linking up to:

I have been painting most of my main level doing a lot of sprucing up around here to get ready, as I tend to go off the deep end and bite off big projects I could have tackled earlier in the year.  Let’s see, painted my cabinets back in November 2011, finally finished the stone fireplace in December 2013… But, I’m the kind of girl who works best under pressure!

So, I’ll keep my words to a minimum – let’s get rolling!

I bought a porch pot from a local nursery and placed it in this basket I had on hand for a pretty pop of holiday greenery.

You might recognize this bench – I got a wild hair and decided to spray it again in a lovely black/gray color and prop it out on the front porch for the holidays.  It’s a perfect fit, and may just have found a new home.

I’m all about high impact/low budget holiday decor, and I had this pretty, free printable from Nest of Posies blown up as an engineering print for less than $8.  Add a couple of dowel rods and some ribbon, hang it up with a festive drawer pull from Hobby Lobby, and you’re done.  What’s not to love?

I gave you a preview of my reclaimed mantel creation last week, and decided to keep it simple rather than overdoing it.  I added a bit more garland and our stockings and that’s it.  I swapped out the blue ottoman with the one from downstairs to keep everything on the neutral side.  Same goes for the red chair – it always comes in handy for the holidays. 🙂

And yes, that’s a new color on my walls, thus the holiday project insanity that I subject myself to every year.  But, I’m loving the color.  We went with Revere Pewter, and it’s truly a fantastic color.

You’ll notice another engineering print on the wall – that’s from last year.  I bought a bundle of chalkboard prints at Caravan Shoppe last year, and had two of them printed off as engineering prints.  They’re fantastic, and I always get compliments on them, and you can’t beat the price.  You get a collection to choose from for only $10.


The framed “joy” print is another freebie from Chronicles of Home that I had printed on high quality paper at Staples for $.67.  Isn’t it great?

I added small touches to our kitchen, a couple of wreaths hanging on the cabinet doors.  (And yes, I painted the kitchen too, thanks for noticing). 😉

Heading downstairs, this is where much of our holiday entertaining takes place.  I’m gearing up for my annual cookie exchange, as well as a party for some of my husband’s clients, both of which take place the same week.  The blue ottoman from upstairs fits in great down here for the holidays.

And yes, you’re seeing more free printables hanging up in the background.  I can’t get enough of them, and have also been using more of my fair share of 3M Command Hooks.  Those things are so perfect for the holidays (and no, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just love them).  I got this cute (free!) printable at Nest of Posies.

Is that car with the tree on top not the cutest?  Thank you Craftberry Bush for offering it up for free last month.

It’s even prettier with the Christmas lights reflecting on it.

I also have an addiction to Christmas trees, and added my own DIY version to the grouping this year.  The green one is my handiwork.  With a glue gun, a styrofoam tree form and green glass pebbles, I’m unstoppable.

My daughter was eager to jump on the Christmas decorating bandwagon, so we decked her room out in some classic red and green.  With the green walls already in place, her room was an easy transformation.

The drapes are actually tablecloths that I attached to drapery clips and hung to give her room a festive swagger.  The European shams are actually from my son’s room (and are blue and white striped on the “normal” side), just flipped over to the reverse side to reveal a bright red burst of color, with buttons that resemble Santa’s belly. 🙂

Originally, I had this wreath hanging up, but it didn’t look substantial enough.  

So, I doubled it up with a boxwood wreath to give it a little extra umph.

I also have a bit of a wreath addiction, in case you hadn’t already noticed.  I added a fun pom pom wreath I made that I hung on her bedroom door.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s tour at Amanda Carol Interiors!

If you can’t get enough, check out last year’s tours here.  More inspiration on the 12 Days of Christmas Pinterest Board.  Follow me on Instagram here.

Linking up:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Inspire Me Monday


  • Reply
    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    December 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Jenny, your house looks amazing!! I love all of your printables and your new DIY Christmas tree is so cute. And the JOY sign over your fireplace is perfection! It's fun to see everything on the backdrop of your new painted rooms – love that Revere Pewter. What a great kick-off to the Christmas Tour of Homes!

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    jenny, your home is beautiful!!!!! it looks amazing and it's just right- not too much! i love love love the living room SOOOOO much with the blues and the boxwoods. and also love how you used the printables throughout!

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    Calypso In The Country
    December 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Your home looks gorgeous! Wow, where do I begin…I want to first say that I love your new paint colors! Revere Pewter has always been a favorite of mine and I keep planning to paint a room that color one of these days… The blown up printables are such great ideas and I couldn't agree with you more on the command hooks! Your colors are so festive and I love the way you moved the blue ottoman – it looks perfect in there! Thanks for starting out my day with such beautiful inspiration! Great job!

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    Stacey {steward of design}
    December 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Jenny, your home looks great! The new paint color looks so good, and the switch of ottomans was a great idea. Love the bench on your porch too. From the wreaths to the prints.. I could just go on and on. Great inspiration. Now you can sit back and enjoy it all!

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    Shirley@Housepitality Designs
    December 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Your home is so gorgeous and so wonderfully decorated for Christmas!!!…love every detail!

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    December 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Everything looks gorgeous. I love your new wall color and I always drool over the ceiling too. Beautiful Christmas decor throughout.

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    Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    December 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Your home is lovely, Jenny, and all ready for the holidays! Love all of your traditional red and green, your printables, and especially the awesome engineer prints! Socking that idea away for the future!

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    Nancy {at} powellbrower at home
    December 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    What a beautiful home Jenny and I love the entry to the front! YOu have been so busy this year and it all looks fantastic. Happy Holidays! xo Nancy

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    December 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful! Where do you get your wreaths….I need to replace my outdoor ones and love the way yours look.

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    pam {simple details}
    December 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Gorgeous, my friend!! First, the new paint color is so great in there! Your engineered prints are such a beautiful statement and the price can't be beat. The family room, looks amazing in blue and gray, what a fabulous space for your parties ~ relax and enjoy ~ right after them!

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    Tara {The Silver Lining}
    December 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Your house is stunning!! Your holiday decorations make it even more beautiful too! Enjoy all of your holiday festivities that you are hosting. You are definitely ready! I'm going to have to mimick your JOY sign on our big chalkboard I think. 🙂

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    Vel Criste
    December 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Your home looks wonderful Jenny! Love the art you hung in between the windows! thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 2, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Jenny, your house looks beautiful as always but I especially love the blue in your lower level space!

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    Elizabeth BlueClearSky
    December 2, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Your home is beautiful and so nicely decorated for Christmas. 3M Command hooks are my go to as well. I use them on the insides of doors and cupboards, upside down, to hang wreaths. The Christmas printables look really striking with the white mats and hung between the windows like that. Your basement looks like a great entertaining space. I just finished painting most of our main floor too, Revere Pewter and Simply White. Love love it! It is great to have a fresh space for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing your tour.

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    December 2, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Your home is beautiful! Thanks for all the inspiration.

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    Shelia Dowd
    December 2, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Can I just say that I love every single room!!!! It's impossible to pick a favorite! You are ready for the holidays for sure!
    House of Highlands

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Loved the tour.

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    nest of posies
    December 3, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Ohmygoodness!!! You make those printables look so good!!! Thank you so much for the shout out!!! Your home is gorgeous.

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    Crissy @ House of Marlowe
    December 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Really beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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    December 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    So cheerful! Love the front porch….wish I had more space to do something like that! Merry Christmas!

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    Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home
    December 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Everything looks just drop dead beautiful, Jenny! Loved seeing the joy print in there too. Thanks for including a little bit of me in your holiday decor this year!

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    December 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    You outdid yourself, everything is just beautiful!

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    Dixie Delights
    December 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Everything is beautiful. I adore your JOY sign over the mantle! Those ceilings…

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    Laura @ Top This Top That
    December 4, 2014 at 12:26 am

    pretty tour. everything is so festive and well done! Happy Holidays!

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    Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather
    December 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your style – your home is so beautiful! So happy to have discovered your blog.

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    December 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! I adore your entire home!!! Love all the wreaths (i thought i had a problem!) and those prints everywhere (i kept pinning as i was scrolling b/c i loved them all!). Well done and Merry Christmas!

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    Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    December 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a happy holiday home! You did such a great job – I love your mantel and your daughter's room is just right! I love all the wreaths everywhere. So well done!!

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    Tracy Laverty
    December 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Jenny, I love your holiday home tour and style. The light you get from your sunroom is gorgeous. I love how you put boxwood wreaths up in the windows. So pretty!

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    Linda@Coastal Charm
    December 17, 2014 at 6:05 am

    WOW…what a beautiful holiday home you have…LOVE your porch and your mantel. I would love to have you come by and share it at my Show and Share party.


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    June 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    You’re house us beautiful! Love the colors! I really like your front porch pavers. By chance do you know what brand and color the pavers are?

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      June 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Ack – I don’t know the brand and color, I’m sorry. The pavers were here before we were. 🙂

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    July 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love the color of your kitchen cabinets. Would you mind sharing the color? Getting ready to paint mine. Thanks so much.

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