Today I am opening my doors and sharing my home all decorated for the holidays as part of the Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour! I am one of ten bloggers participating and I couldn't be more excited!
I absolutely love decorating for Christmas. It is definitely something I look forward to, and this year, I really wanted to make a change. I have been loving neutral Christmas decor for awhile now (see my post about that here), and during last year's tour I talked about my desire to do mostly creams and greens and get rid of the red, so that is what I've done this year. It's such a big change for me! Not only have I always had a lot of red at Christmastime, but I've had red in the family room/kitchen area for about 15 years now. And I have to say, I'm loving the result! It's such a subtle and peaceful look, it really relates to how I'm feeling decor-wise right now. I'm into simplifying in general, and the softer colors of greens, golds and creams fits that. I still love red and white for Christmas, and I'm sure I will do it again, but for now, this has my heart:)
For those of you who've followed me for awhile now, you know that I try not to buy too much new every year. 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. In order to achieve the new color palette, I simply eliminated the items I had that were red; I only had to buy a few new items to fill things out.
So welcome to our home, and come on in!
I used a live tree in the family room with a burlap tree skirt. Tree star is old from Pottery Barn but these and these are similar.
This little cabin/house was a find this year at Home Goods. I have bought and collected the little white houses before, but for some reason, this just spoke to me! I found some similar choices here, here, and here. The frosty white trees are old but these are almost exactly the same, as are these.
A vintage bottlebrush tree in a little vignette with some books and my absolute favorite Christmas candle, Joie de Noel by Votivo. My bottlebrush trees are in every room and I have both vintage and repro - I love both! Options here, here, here, here, and here.
More white bottle brush trees in a vintage silver tray.
Chippy urn is vintage. Some options here, and here.
Another antique French urn filled with pine cones and eucalyptus. Candleholders are vintage silver. Some contemporary choices that give the look here, and here and some mercury glass versions here, and here.
I love the look of the white chippy urn against the greens and browns. A couple of vintage urns here and here, or a reproduction here and a wonderful bowl that gives a similar look here.
I love decorating our range mantel - it's one of my favorite ways of changing up the decor for the seasons. Here I kept it simple with a small white wreath from World Market (similar but different option here), an ironstone platter, and two faux little pine trees, other tiny trees available here, and here.
The little tree is live from a garden center but I found wonderful options here,here, and here.
Another boxwood wreath from Target, a white pitcher filled with simple greens and eucalyptus, and some old chippy candleholders, similar choices here, here, here, and here.