I have a really special post for you guys today! I’m so excited to be able to share part 1 of a tour of my friend Amy’s house all decorated for Christmas.
Amy is also a vendor at Reclaiming Beautiful, the shop where I sell on consignment in Stillwater, MN. I shared a Christmas tour of her house once before, back in 2016 (I’ll share a link to that at the end of this post in case you want to revisit that one). Amy, her husband and their four kids have moved since then, so this is a different house altogether.
We’ll get to that fabulous greenhouse later this week in part 2 of our tour, but for today let’s start inside shall we?
First up in Amy’s foyer is this narrow wall that she wallpapered in a buffalo check. What a great spot for some wallpaper with a lot of impact, right? And I love the simple way she’s decorated the mirror with a delicate garland and a trio of tiny flocked trees.
From here you just get a glimpse of the light filled great room to the right.
Unfortunately, I managed to neglect getting one big overall photo of that space. I tend to focus in on details and ignore the big picture, I’m going to have to work on that!
I’ll have to just try to describe the space, which is large, open and has a vaulted ceiling and includes a living room, dining room and kitchen. The space is large enough in fact, that Amy has not just one, but two live trees flanking one of the sofas!
Isn’t that gorgeous? I love that look, and I bet it looks beautiful at night.
Amy wanted me to be sure and tell you that she had to send the family to pick out the trees without her this year because she had Covid! So she takes no responsibility for the trees that were chosen. But seriously, did I need to tell you that? No. Because these trees are fabulous! And how she managed to do all of this decorating despite being ill is mind boggling.
I think Amy is the master of the faux fireplace. You’ll see a couple more of them on our tour, but here is the one in the living room.
Isn’t the idea of filling it with a snowy village just lovely?
I’ve stolen her idea of using vintage books to add different levels for my own Christmas village, and it worked great here inside her fireplace as well.
I’ve also been inspired to change up the walls in my own living room after seeing Amy’s gallery style wall filled with vintage goodies like this mirror …
and these fabulous old paintings of Minnehaha Falls …
As soon as the holidays are over, I’m going to get to work on my own wall.
I didn’t ask Amy about this next piece while I was at her house, but now that I look at it in photos I think it must have been vertical shelving with adjustable shelves meant for papers that she has turned on its side and placed behind her sofa.
It’s filled with vintage clocks, radios, books and a pretty Putz village.
The dining space is just off to the right from the living room …
Isn’t that light fixture amazing? I was really focused on Christmas decorations rather than the day to day features of Amy’s decorating and in hindsight I wish I’d paid more attention to the fixtures because as you’ll see, they are pretty fabulous. Ditto her furniture.
Amy is also a furniture painter. Be sure to check out her Instagram at skrallan.7 to check out some of her work. She is fairly new to Instagram, so please show her some love and follow her account.
Anyway, I wish I’d also gotten a better photo of that dining room table because it’s gorgeous.
And isn’t her tabletop Christmas vignette pretty?
I’m fascinated by the primitive look of this feather tree …
I love the simplicity of it.
This tall pine hutch fits perfectly in her space.
and it houses a Christmas village in white …
The kitchen is open to the rest of this space, and darn it, I didn’t get a good photo of the overall space. Once again, I was focused on the details.
You have to forgive me since I was clearly distracted by her gorgeous vintage scales.
And her really awesome Magnolia wallpaper …
Next up on our tour is the principle bedroom.
I love that Amy has put a live tree in front of the window, and when I looked at it more closely I recognized a few of the ornaments!
You’ll remember that I mentioned last week that I sold off a few pieces from my non-collection of ornaments. Well, Amy purchased quite a few of them. So it was fun to see them again on her tree.
I love the color combo that Amy has used in this room with it’s rich mix of green and gold.
And it’s carried over in the bottle brush trees on top of the hutch.
I neglected to ask if Amy died those trees herself, or if she just managed to find the perfect colors for her room.
Another faux fireplace fits in perfectly in the master bedroom.
It’s topped with a sparkling gold Christmas village.
Next on our tour is the bathroom.
I really wish I’d asked Amy where she found those letters, aren’t they awesome?
I think my favorite thing in the room is this cupboard though.
Amy has filled it with a bit of Christmas joy.
I hope you’ve been inspired by part 1 of our tour. If you were inspired even half as much as I was by visiting Amy’s home, then my job here is done. Well, it’s not really done, because I’ll be back on Wednesday with part 2 of our tour. So be sure to stay tuned!