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
Courtney and Megan's Holiday Cheer link party
Sarah's Christmas Tree Party
and at Inspired By Charm's Colorful Christmas Party!