Our Holiday Home Tour – Part 1

Hello friends!

Even though throwing a party the weekend after Thanksgiving made me a bit crazy, the upside is that my house is now decorated for the holidays.  Well, some tweaking is still going on, and my fireplace isn’t done (yet), but you know what I mean.  Here are some highlights!

When you approach our front porch, you’re greeted with festive winter planters that can work well beyond the holidays.  And of course, the wreaths on the windows – I have a wreath problem.  I admit it.

The planters are a mix of purchases and tree trimmings from my own yard.  I purchased the red branches from a local nursery because I love the red and the great impact they provide with their height.  I added the berries (faux) from Hobby Lobby and another faux pick that has pinecones on it.  The rest is all real from my yard.  Can I just tell you how happy I am that I kept my holly tree?  Really comes in handy this time of year.

I also added some swags to the stone facade that I purchased from the same nursery that had red branches. I added the gold ribbon, but the swags were a steal – $8.99 each.

I found great outdoor inspiration this year in the December 2012 Better Homes & Gardens issue.  Of course, I can’t find any of the images online to share, but trust me, it’s there!  I also found great ideas at my local nursery.  These planters are really easy to emulate at home – they had some beauties too.

These were particularly spectacular!  I love the tall birch branches – such great impact!

Once inside my home, you’ll find my staircase adorned in garland.  Since all of my prelit garland died this year, I started from scratch and used faux prelit garland, mixed with fresh garland for added interest and a more natural feel.

If you go downstairs, you’ll find the space where we do most of our holiday entertaining.  Again, I went a little haywire with the natural garland and used it along the bank of windows.   And yes, my wreath obsession continues inside the house.  I told you I have wreath issues…

The basement color here lends itself to traditional red and green (and yes, I did paint it recently – haven’t blogged about it yet).  I pulled the ottoman from upstairs to tie in the red down here a little more.  The “JOY” pillow is a new purchase from Kohl’s, and the little trees in the corners are actually intended for outdoor use, but have a tendency to tip over with a brisk wind, so I’m using them inside this year.

I dressed up my IKEA lanterns with some Christmas ornaments.

Inspired by Pinterest, I filled my wooden tray with fresh and faux greenery and then added mason jars and mercury glass with flameless candles.  No fire hazard!   

Here is the Pinterest inspiration.  Easy peasy, and totally cheap!  The only thing I had to purchase was the flameless candles – I had all of the rest on hand or snagged from the yard.


Boxwood wreaths ala Ballard Outlet, with $1 felt ornaments from Target.

More to come!  Have you decked all of your halls yet?

Linking to:
Jennifer Rizzo – Holiday Housewalk Linky Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Countdown to Winter Linky Party
The Nester – Christmas Tour of Homes


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    ~ rooms FOR rent ~
    December 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Looks great… Hoping to finish up mine today and get some pics up soon!! Your house looks so pretty.. can't wait to see the rest! ~Bre

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    it looks fabulous! i love the red branches at the entry!

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    December 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

    It all looks great Jenny. I love the wreaths. Your basement looks gorgeous for Christmas. I love how the red ottoman and the JOY pillow pop against all of the beautiful light.

    Have a great day.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 8, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Your house looks so pretty, Jenny! I love your use of greens everywhere. I have a bit of a wreath obsession going on this year, but I am slow to get it all up. By the time I'm done it'll be time to take it all down!
    Love your lower level space – all those windows are fabulous!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Terry Moore
    December 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Joining you at Jennifer Rizzo's Party! What a lovely decorated Christmas home you have.

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    December 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    So beautiful … I love all of the greenery … I can only imagine how wonderful your home smells! You can never have enough wreaths!

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    December 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    What a beautiful home! Joining from Jennifer's Christmas walk.

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    Miss Charming
    December 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Lovely home tour! (Especially all the festive greens.)

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    Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)
    December 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Very pretty, Jenny. I love all the greenery and your basement room with the bank of windows is such a gorgeous space. How great it would be to entertain there.

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    Pam - @diy Design Fanatic
    December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Your home looks gorgeous all decked out for the Holidays! So pretty. Stopping by from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

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    Jennifer Rizzo
    December 16, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Jenny, thank you so much for sharing your home! I love those wreaths!

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    Amanda Cunningham
    November 13, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Hello, your inspiration was from my blog post. I would really appreciate it if you could link me up! I give a total DIY on the project. Thanks!! http://www.kaleidoscopeofcolors.com/2011/12/winter-rustic-pepsi-crate-pine.html

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