December 10, 2013

Holiday Home Tour

I'm so excited to be part of the Christmas edition of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours which is being hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co.

The tour's started yesterday and end on Friday. They're blog hop style meaning 10 bloggers will be sharing their homes with you each day this week! Click here for the full schedule :)



If you're stopping by from Cassie at Primitive & Proper, welcome! I'm glad you made it and hope traffic wasn't too bad ;)





Do you have a cup of your favorite holiday beverage ready? I hope so because I have a TON of photos to share with you today! And by a ton, I'm mean 50. Let's get started!



Welcome to our holiday home!



I decided to forgo a wreath for our door this year so I could turn it into a nutcracker (click here for the full tutorial). After I was finished with it, I noticed that it also looks like Santa so it's kind of a hybrid door haha



The one thing I wanted for our patio this year was an outdoor Christmas tree.



I got this 6' one for $23.97 at Home Depot on Black Friday. It came pre-lit with the pinecones and berries but I added the black and white striped ribbon as well as the red bow at the top.



I also wrapped a small piece of buffalo snow cloth around the urn base to act as a tree skirt.



It looks great during the day:



And at night! Although it could really use some more lights...



After our nutcracker Santa grants you access to the inside of our home, you'll see our foyer and living room:



Here's what our foyer looks like when you're leaving! Don't go yet, I have much more to show you :)





You'll see our living room after you make your way around our curved staircase.



Please ignore our naked windows. I *really* wanted to have our drapes hung before the tour but life got in the way.

Anyway, I set up a makeshift mantel for our stockings:



I added the basket underneath the table to corral gifts and extra blankets:



I also made sure to leave some milk and cookies for Santa. Or our dogs. Whoever gets to them first. I'm kidding. No dogs were harmed in the making of our holiday home!



We placed our Christmas tree in the corner of the room:



Here it is in all it's glory!



My boyfriend picked out the tree topper. Didn't he do a good job?! It fits the feel of our tree perfectly!



To say I'm obsessed with our tree is a complete understatement.



It has glitter and flocking and pinecones galore!



The wild variety of branches make it look real but it's artificial and amazing:



I added black and white striped ribbon to it as well as a boat load of ornaments:



Fun fact: 90% of the ornaments came from the Dollar Tree!



I used a vintage Mexican blanket as our tree skirt:



The whole thing comes alive at night when we turn off all the lights and let it glow :)



I could stare at it for hours and may or may not take it down until June.



We hung a faceted mirror above our TV. We then hung a jingle bell wreath from the mirror:



Here's how our living room looks if you're in the kitchen baking (or eating) some delicious goodies:



I added an ornament filled cloche to our coffee table and stole a pillow from my mom's house for our couch:



I added some 50¢ bows to our pendant lights:



Feel free to grab a candy cane or cookie if you need a little tour refueling ;)



The red roses were an anniversary surprise from my boyfriend! 3...2...1... "awwwww" ;)



Beyond the red bows, you'll see the death branch above our cabinets:



Let me explain. We made this branch centerpiece for our fall home tour. Ever since then, it's been hanging out on the top of our bar. I wanted to keep the styling above our cabinets simple this year so I thought I'd wrap the branch in some beaded garland and stick it on top of our cabinets.

Everything was fine and dandy all day until about 2 hours after I took these photos. I was sitting on the couch watching some TV when I heard some odd noises. I thought it was my boyfriend coming home so I didn't think too much of it until I heard a loud crash.

I jumped up off the couch to see the branch and the "T" in my EAT sign missing. I rounded the corner of our bar where I found the branch and my "T" on the ground, smashed to smithereens. I'm just thankful I wasn't chowing down on some cookies when it happened because that would've left a mark!



Let's head into our dining room before anything else comes crashing down:



I added some simple red bows to the backs of our dining chairs but...



I opted out of setting our table this year.



I had this simple centerpiece idea in my head and wanted to run with it so I did.



Our guests will just have to fill up on hot cocoa and cookies instead ;)



Speaking of hot cocoa...





I set up a hot cocoa bar!



Complete with Pirouette cookies and faux coal:



There's also some toffee bits, marshmallows, hot chocolate of course, mini chocolate chips, some crushed peppermints, and chocolate covered pretzels!





If you need a beverage refill, grab yourself a mug!



Here's the whole setup:



If you'd like to set up a hot cocoa bar for your friends and family, I put together a mini idea guide that details what I did and includes some topping and treat ideas :)

I wrapped our black and white abstract art like a present because it fit the theme better than the art did haha



I hate to say goodbye but we've hit the end of the tour so Rudolph will show you out!



Did you make it to the end?! If so, what'd you think of our holiday home?

If you loved it, please pin it or share it with your friends! Make sure to tell them about the cookies and cocoa ;)

Psst: the fun doesn't end here! Head on over to Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof's home for more holiday home inspiration! :)

Don't forget to visit these lovely ladies home's today as well:

Ashley - The Handmade Home
Anneke - This, That, & Life
Gina - Shabby Creek Cottage
Cassie - Primitive & Proper
Caitlin - Desert Domicile –– oh hey, that's me!
Jenna - Rain on a Tin Roof
Sarah - The Thriftress
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home
Jamie - So Much Better with Age
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color

If this is your first time visiting, thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed having you here and look forward to seeing you again soon :)



I'm sharing this post at:

Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk linky party



DIY Showoff's Christmas Tree Link Party

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Courtney and Megan's Holiday Cheer link party



Sarah's Christmas Tree Party



and at Inspired By Charm's Colorful Christmas Party!

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77 comments

  1. i have a vintage mexican blanket under my tree, too!!!!! LOVE! and the monkey with the hat is my most favorite thing- quirky and fun! your home is so festive and happy! LOVE!

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    1. Thank you Cassie! Yay for Mexican blankets! We're twinsies :)

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  2. I couldn't wait to see your tour, Caitlin! And it didn't disappoint ;) Love love love IT!
    So fun and modern and totally not overdone.
    I was going to say the same thing about your monkey. I want him!

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    1. Awww, thank you Julia! The monkey was a clearance find from Z Gallerie a few years ago. He's so quirky and fun and totally random but I love him :)

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  3. Love that you have an outdoor tree- may have to try that one. And the blanket that you wrapped the inside one is killin me!

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    1. That outdoor tree is such a good deal, you should try and pick one up if you can! The urn base is filled with concrete so it's nice and sturdy :)

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  4. Gorgeous! I love the bright red paired with your neutral colors. The red just pops so much! The Mexican blanket is great!

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    1. Thank you Megan! I love that Mexican blanket too.

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  5. Your front door is adorable! What a creative idea :)

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  6. Love your tour so much, Caitlin! All the red and white is right up my alley and it looks amazing in your home! The monkey with the Santa hat is awesome as is the little red bows on the back of the chairs. I love how you took traditional elements and put your modern twist on them! It's so unique and so you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jesse! I never thought I'd have traditional elements in my home but I think I modernized them enough to make them fit :)

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  7. No surprise here, but your home is GORGEOUS and PERSONALITY-FILLED! Amazing job :) And thank you for joining us. Love everything!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay! And thank you for hosting this amazing series! I love seeing what everyone has done so far and can't wait for the rest of the tours :)

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  8. SO cute! I love your front door!
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

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    1. Thank you Kelly! The front door turned out better than I expected it would!

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  9. Ok, so the red bows everywhere and present wrapped wall art!!! so fun! And your door...my kiddos would love to have our door decorated like that!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! Bows were the name of the game this year haha

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  10. I love love love your front door--- and also, that monkey at your entrance way is EXCELLENT. I don't think I've seen him before.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! I've had the monkey since our condo days and he's shown up on the blog before. I don't think I've ever shared a photo of him separately though so this is his big debut :)

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  11. Love it all! Great job! So happy to have found you via Lindsay and looking forward to now seeing more from you! See you on Thursday for the tour over at my place! Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Thank you Kennesha! Can't wait to see your tour!

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  12. Your home tour is AWESOME - I love it so much! And girl, your Christmas tree is insanely fabulous. Like whoa... :)

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    1. Thank you Brynne! I don't think our tree is ever coming down haha

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  13. OMG Caitlin! I love it all, but the front door of yours is REDICULOUSLY fab! Great tour chica!

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  14. As usual, you did a FABULOUS job!! Your holiday home is amazing! :)

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    1. Awww, thanks Gabbi! I'm really looking forward to your tour. Your sneak peaks have me intrigued! :)

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  15. your tree is beautiful! it really makes a statement in the room. and how nice of you to let your bf pick out the topper. that is an important job!

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    1. Thank you! I had a few topper ideas in mind but couldn't decide so I left it up to him. I'm glad I did because he saw something in that topper that I didn't!

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  16. It's amazing! I love how clean and crisp everything looks.. and that rug? to die for, baby!

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    1. Thank you so much Gwen! That rug is my favorite :)

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  17. So gorgeous as always! Love the front door! What a hilarious greeting!

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    1. Thanks Amber! I think our neighbors think we're weird for having a non-traditional door this year haha

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  18. Love how you decorated the tree...just perfect! And, your dining table is equally awesome. :)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  19. It's so pretty! Your tree is b-e-a-utiful!!

    Get my bed ready because I'll be down to eat those cookies!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Let me know when you arrive and I'll come pick you up ;)

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  20. Girl. You make Christmas look GOOD. And you have a hot cocoa bar? I love this!!!!

    And I can't even talk about how much I love that front door. Truly one of the most original things I've seen this year. I actually made my fence planters into "Santa" planters with belts this year. And now I want to redo the buckle based on yours. Because Im' crazy.

    Anyhoo, I love it all. I'm pinning like crazy.

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Kim! Those fence planters you describe sound super cute! Have you posted about them before? I don't remember seeing them...

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  21. The red looks so great in your space for the holidays! I love your cocoa bar :) xo Kristin

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  22. If there is an award for best Holiday Home tour you should totally win! I know it's only Tuesday but hot damn! That door! That treeeeee!! Ugh that tree! I love how you totally modernized Christmas! I mean really? You had faux coal! Talk about attention to detail! Totally appreciated!

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    1. Wow, Cindy! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Very sweet of you :)

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  23. Wow! Love all your creative decorating! The door is absolutely adorable, and wrapping the art was genius :) I am totally digging the pillow in your foyer. Enjoy your beautiful tree!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I'm sure you know this already but if not, that pillow is from IKEA :)

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  24. Um hello, how creative is that sheepskin nutcracker/santa door?! Wow lady, you are seriously talented. Your house looks amazing, I love everything. Oh and I'll be right over to have some coco ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! You're too kind! A cup of cocoa will be waiting for you when you get here ;)

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  25. Enjoyed the tour of your holiday home !! Really like your Woody with Christmas tree couch pillow.
    Merry Christmas !!

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  26. I love the nutcracker santa and how you wrapped your art! I got this adorable gold fox wrapping paper at target that I wanted to frame year-round, but just noticed it says "happy holidays" on it. So this would be perfect!
    Question about your door- it's orange on the front and blue on the back, right? I want to do something like this with our door- ours is green on the front and I'm thinking blush or coral on the back- what color did you do the side of the door? The little sliver where the latch is. I am totally forgetting the proper name here...! :P

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    1. That wrapping paper sounds great! You should definitely wrap some art with it.

      Yes, our door is orange on the front, navy on the back. If you're looking at the door from the orange side, the sliver on the left hand side is navy since that's the one that opens up into our home and can be seen from inside. The sliver on the right hand side is orange since that's the one that can be seen from the outside.

      It's a little weird to have two different colored sides but you never see them at the same time and only see them when you're opening or closing the door.

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  27. Gorgeous! I am especially loving your simple touches - like the pillow wrapped with red ribbon!

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    1. Thank you Jenna! Sometimes simple touches are the best :)

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  28. It looks SO GOOD! all that red really pops against your white walls :)

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  29. It's gorgeous! All of it! Your front door is Santa - genius. :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Hopefully the decorated Santa door will remind him to bring great things this year ;)

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  30. You have done a wonderful job starting with the nutcracker door - such a whimsical idea. I see whimsy throughout your home. Beautiful tree! And I do like the black-and-white ribbon and the hot cocoa bar is perfect!

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  31. Your house is the perfect description of "merry and bright." SO MUCH LIGHT! I love all the red and white. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the blanket at the bottom. Your front door is amazing. The hot chocolate bar is to die for. Everything is perfect. I want to be at your place in the warm AZ weather celebrating Christmas. Salt Lake is far too cold right now. Get me out of these mountains!

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    1. Thank you so much Kenz! Can you believe that blanket was only $10?! I couldn't buy it fast enough haha I hate to break it to you but AZ is actually pretty cold right now :( I mean, it's better than the 7º temps you're experiencing but there's nothing warm about it. I guess you'll just have to come find out for yourself though ;)

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  32. SO much eye candy! I love how bright and festive it all is, and the red with the black and white ribbon. Perfection.
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Bright and festive is what I was aiming for :)

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  33. Everything is so much fun! AND we're officially orange door buddies. They look exactly the same! :-)

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    1. Thanks Anneke! Yay for orange doors! They're so much fun :D

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  34. Love all the pops of read and your front porch area is so fun and creative!

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  35. oh my word this is absolutely fabulous! I loooooooove the simple centerpiece on the dining room table and your tree is gorgeous. plus i just keep imagining how warm it is there right now.... ahhh i girl can dream

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  36. Two things. Love how fun and jolly your decor is. And your front door makes me weak in the knees. Seriously.

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  37. I love everything about your style. So clean and bold. Love the reindeer and your white monkey too!!!

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  38. You are a master with the camera - really beautiful photos. There was so much eye candy I don't even know where to start, but you started it off with such a fun quirky bang with that door! Great job!!

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  39. So much good stuff here Caitlin! Your tree is gorgeous and I'm loving your front door. Do I spy an Ikea sheepskin? Thanks for the great tour!

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  40. Its really lovely to see this decoration in this Christmas season.. Attractive to see all these colorful decorations

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