Holiday Home Tour - Part I

Today I am opening my doors and sharing my holiday home decor with you as part of the Holiday Home Tour hosted by The Avery Grace! I am one of eighteen bloggers and businesses asked to join and and I am so thrilled! I absolutely love decorating for Christmas. Growing up I couldn't wait for the season to start, and I was the usually the one bringing out the bins from the attic and putting out the decor. Christmas has such warm memories for me, and part of my decorating is not only to celebrate the season, but also to hopefully create those same warm memories for my own children. Much of what I have is something we use over and over; ornaments and decor that we've used year after year. I love the traditions that the season brings, and the meaning that those traditions bring. So welcome to our home, and come on in!

Fresh greens mixed with preserved boxwood wreaths

Welcome! Trumeau mirror in the entry is a French antique. Fresh cedar garland and a Restoration Hardware wreath.

I love mercury glass ornaments and use them in my Christmas decor a lot. Here are gold and green ones piled in a vintage silver pedestal bowl.

This is the main living room and the only fireplace in the house (I wish I had another!) Fresh and artificial garland decorate the mantel with another RH wreath. Candlesticks, urns, and artwork are all antiques.

These burlap stockings are one of my few new purchases this year. I wanted to have more of a neutral scheme in the living room for Christmas and these were the perfect find (Home Goods). I was so excited when I found them because they come with those adorable letters and they had all 5 of ours! I only realized later that there is a lot of "lettering" going on with the "Santa" stocking holders (Pottery Barn) above them. Might have to change that next year! 

I added pine cones to the mantelscape and mini pinecones are in the antique urn.

The large basket on the right of the fireplace is full of Christmas books. I give my children one every year so there are already quite a lot! The kids still take them out and read them every year which I love.

I've never done a themed or color coordinated tree until this year! Our ornaments are all collected and unique; I give one to each child every year and my husband and I give each other one as well. Because I wanted to have it more neutral in here, I simply didn't hang the ones that had a lot of red on them, but I'm pretty sure they will be back out before the holiday comes! Because they are so sentimental and special, I have a hard time not including them (even though I love the look!)

The bottle brush trees are a new love (read my post here) and are a mix of vintage and new from Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Silver tray is an antique.

Reproduction Santas meant to look vintage, but I love them anyway! More mercury glass ornaments in a vintage silver plate bowl.

Mini pine cones in a pedestal dish. Dish and silver tray are vintage. Candle on the right is my all time favorite Christmas scent and I can't find it anymore! It's Joie de Noel by Votivo and it is not sold near me anywhere (as you can see, I need a new one!)

My home is not professionally decorated and unlike some of the paid tours I've gone on, I don't have Christmas decor on every surface or in every room. With the exception of our new Advent calendar (you will see that in the second part of the tour in my next post) and the stockings, the only things I purchased were the fresh greens. I do try to add some live greens every year as they add such a beautiful smell and ambience. There is truly nothing like that fresh pine smell! To be perfectly honest, it's a little nerve-wracking to have to decorate for a tour as I've seen some of the gorgeous houses out there. But I've reminded myself that this holiday is not about having the perfect home, or the perfect presents; it's about sharing, and giving, and spreading love and good cheer. So I hope that you have found some inspiration for the season, or at least enjoyed looking around. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Hosted by The Avery Grace

If you want to see some of the other homes featured in the tour, all of the hosts and their links are included below!

The Avery Grace
The H is For
Inspire and Instyle
Design Roots 
Etcetera Studio

Superfluous Fabulous
Little Branches
Call me Ang

Life as a Rambling Redhead
Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds
Maison de Cinq (that's me!)
Windgate Lane

The Everyday Hostess
Oh Deery Floral
Life as the Mrs.

Happily Hayley
Steel Southern Pretty
ABS Home Styling

Also, I will be taking part in the Wow Us Wednesdays party at Savvy Southern Style and The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse this week - pop on over!

Also, linking to the amazing Jennifer Rizzo Designs and her link party for next year's Holiday House walk! 

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