December 9, 2015

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!




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


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday
Maison de Cinq (that's me!)

Thursday

Friday


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! 


22 comments:

  1. Your home looks gorgeous all decorated for Christmas! I love the new stockings....very pretty!!!
    ~Des

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    1. Thanks so much Des! Yes, I love them too! Was so excited when I found them (and with our initials - couldn't believe my luck!

      Sheila
      xo

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  2. Sheila, your home is gorgeous! I love the colors you used - so elegant! I adore your front door and entire entry with that beautiful mirror! I will have to check out the rest of the homes after I pick up my computer from being repaired...ugh. I'm viewing yours on my phone because I couldn't wait to see your tour! Loved it!
    Cheers!
    Shelley

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    1. Awww thank you Shelley! You are always so sweet and complimentary. I appreciate your support so much! Now that this is over I can actually start shopping! (haven't done hardly any yet!)

      Sheila
      xo

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  3. Beautiful. Traditional and timeless!!!

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  4. Your home is beautiful and I especially love your entry way!

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    1. Thank you so much, so appreciate the support!

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  5. It's really beautiful Sheila! I love your entry and the styling with the mercury glass ornaments in the silver bowl. Enjoy the season with your family! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Pam! So glad you stopped by! And Happy Holidays to you too!

      Sheila
      xo

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  6. Your home is beautiful!! I love the boxwood wreaths on the front and the garland on your Trumeau mirror! Your tree is lovely too!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment Angelina! I really appreciate it and am glad that you were here:)

      Sheila

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  7. what a gorgeous home- love your entry and i love those little bottle brush trees in greens and whites.

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    1. Oh, I love them too Cassie - can't seem to get enough (I almost bought more today but stopped myself!)

      Thanks again for stopping by and for all the lovely words!

      Sheila

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  8. Beautiful home! I love all the green and gold, and that entry mirror is killer!

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    1. Thank you Arielle! That mirror is so special to me, so thank you so much for noticing!

      Happy Holidays to you!

      Sheila

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  9. It's just gorgeous! I love the elegant simplicity and the French flair. You have a really good eye :)

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! It means so much to have my vision complimented and also, that it has touched you as well. I am so glad you stopped by!

      Sheila
      xo

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  10. Your home is just so divine! I'm in love with your front door and how your decorated it!!!!Thank you for joining the 12 days of Christmas Blogger tour Link Party!Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much Vel! I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful homes and am so glad I got a chance to participate!

      Sheila

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  11. Your house looks just gorgeous. I love the fireplace and the fabulous stockings...that trumeau mirror with the wreath heavenly! So pretty!!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! When I found that mirror, I was beyond ecstatic. It is my pride and joy:)

      Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

      Sheila
      xo

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