I really wasn’t sure I was going to get around to a tour of our own home decorated for the holidays. Mainly because I really don’t go all out with holiday décor, so I didn’t feel like my decorations were blog worthy. I’m nowhere near in Amy’s league!
But then I thought, ‘why be so hard on myself?’ If I went to someone else’s home I would treat them much more kindly than that. And as I would tell them, dust doesn’t show in photos, and I can always work around the less photogenic areas. So I decided to apply all of that to myself and just go for it.
So, Merry Christmas and welcome to our home.
Although our house does have a ‘front door’, we don’t use that door for anything other than heading out to the front three season porch in the summer. We don’t have a sidewalk leading to the front, so in the winter the snow makes it inaccessible anyway.
Instead we use our side door …
This is just off the driveway that leads to our carriage house …
You enter into the space we currently use as a dining room, and I’m afraid I can’t really share the entire room because this is also where I store my finished furniture. So I currently have a bench and a desk in the room in addition to the usual pieces. But I can share bits and pieces, like the Belgian bed bench that is next to the door.
I painted this bench way back in 2016 using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.
I added some faux greenery, a garland of little striped stockings and some colored lights to the top of the bench.
I display my non-collection of vintage tree toppers in the window to the right of the bench.
I shared how I created this display back in this post.
This little vignette of silver items is right next to the toppers.
This year I put my Dickens village above my Welsh cupboard.
I love how it looks up there, especially when it’s lit up.
As a bonus, it’s out of the way and not taking up valuable space on a table top or shelf. When your house is on the small side, I recommend taking advantage of space like this. I plug it all in to a remote controlled power strip, so with one click of a button I can turn the lights off and on.
Normally the wooden trug (can I call that a trug? or is it more of a tote? or a basket? I’m not sure) contains ironstone, but I filled it up with some faux greens and some old silver. I’m pretty sure my friend Jackie gave me that silver (does it look familiar Jackie?).
Next up is the kitchen.
There isn’t a whole lot of Christmas décor going on in the kitchen, but I do have this cute little spot next to the pantry door.
I just popped a little faux tree into one of my clay pots, and hung that little wreath on the cupboard.
I’ve always wanted to take the time to decorate the pantry itself for Christmas, but I’ve never quite managed it. Maybe next year!
I also have this little folding chair that I turned into a chalkboard. I used to change up the design every season, but I have to confess that the winter design has been in place for over a year now.
On the other side of the kitchen is the piano room.
If you look closely, you can see my garden tree outside the window. You’ve also already seen most of the décor in this room including my craft paper scroll sign.
My friend Sue gave me this little ‘believe’ pillow and it fits perfectly on the piano chair.
I added just a little touch of Christmas with this little felt wreath on my tiny cupboard.
Over in the other corner I have my favorite chippy chair that has been dressed up with a holiday pillow that I found at Turn Style last year.
I’ve had the reindeer feed sack for years, but I still love it.
The piano room also has my Specimens cupboard in it, and I’ve already shared the decorations surrounding it, but here they are again in case you missed them the first time around.
Just off the piano room is the q branch (a.k.a. my study).
This is where I have my tree with my non-collection of vintage ornaments.
The tall skinny tree fits perfectly into that spot next to my English cupboard.
I tucked this little chair in next to it, although I’m thinking that maybe I need to paint up a Christmas themed chair for myself for next year.
I made the ornament wreath hanging over my desk years ago. All it took was a lot of vintage ornaments, a styrofoam wreath form, a little hot glue and some patience.
The metal Christmas ornaments sign seems like the perfect addition to this room, since this is where all of my vintage ornaments are. I’ve got it hanging on my rooster cupboard.
My friend Sue painted the vintage truck for me …
and she even added the little Christmas Tree Farm sign on the door of the truck. Isn’t it adorable?
This finally brings us to the living room.
I had intended to put a tree in the living room this year, but the free faux tree I had was just a bit too big. But I still have a few small Christmas details in this room including the beautiful wreath that Amy made for me.
I just love it, and I hung it from my mirror frame chalkboard.
Remember the unfinished wooden nutcracker that I found at Hobby Lobby? I ended finding more of them at Michaels as well. Two of them found a home on the living room shelves.
The shelf below them has a tree made out of old newspaper.
A few Santa’s are hanging out on the yardstick shelves with my clocks …
including my Christmas Time clock.
I added the words to the clock using some red vinyl and my Cricut after seeing the idea on some clocks at a vintage market. So, to be clear, totally not my own original idea. In fact, if you go up a couple of photos you’ll see the “Spend Time Wisely” clock that I purchased at that market.
I may not have a full size tree in the living room, but just over in the hallway I have a little tree in a bucket on an old chippy chair.
The window at the foot of the stairs has a row of unfinished nutcrackers that also came from Michaels this year.
Last up is the cupboard hanging on the wall at the foot of the stairs. Do any of you remember this one? It was really gross when I bought it (see the transformation here). I ended up keeping it and hanging it here.
It doesn’t look very Christmas-y when closed, but when you open it up you’ll find a little wooden Christmas village.
Don’t tell anyone, but I leave that village in there all year. I just pop open the door this time of year, and ta da! Instant Christmas décor!
All of those little houses used to light up, but the batteries have died and I haven’t taken the time to figure out if they are replaceable or not. But it’s still a pretty display, even when not lit.
Fortunately I didn’t do any decorating upstairs this year, because this post is already kind of long! So I’ll conclude our tour here. I hope you enjoyed it!