Hi friends and welcome to Day 4 of The 12 Days of Christmas – Tour of Homes. The 12 Days of Christmas is a tour of blogger homes over 11 days (Dec. 9th-20th) with a link party on the 12th day (the 20th) for you all to link up your Christmas decor.
Amanda from the blog Dixie Delights was Day 3 on the tour (yesterday) and if you haven’t had the chance to see her beautiful home and gorgeous Christmas decor, be sure and stop by! So many wonderful ideas!
So on to Day 4 and my Christmas home tour…
On Day 1 of the home tours, my friend Jenny from Evolution of Style treated us with beautiful fresh snow from the midwest. There’s nothing like a pretty white Christmas. While I don’t have any snow for you today in warm East Texas (it was 60 degrees today), I do have a little something Christmas-y gracing my front yard and they are blooming Christmas camellia bushes.
I’m originally from Minnesota and was so surprised my first year in our home 15 years ago when our shrubs started to bloom these amazing flowers in December!! I had no idea what they were and my neighbor had to fill me in on this beautiful southern bush/shrub. I felt like I was given such a wonderful gift. Fresh flowers every Christmas. I use them every year throughout my home to decorate for Christmas and you will see them pretty much in almost of every room of my home during today’s tour.
So first, let’s head over to my front door:
This year I ordered a live wreath that was mixed with a little bit of everything. I worked in the tartan plaid ribbon. I do have to say, this is probably the prettiest wreath I think I have ever seen. I ordered it from Lynch Creek Farm.
To the left of my front door on my porch, I have a seating area:
Last week on the blog, I shared a tutorial/free printable for printing these fun “Merry” and “Noel” pillows by printing directly on fabric sheets in your printer. If you’re interested in making these, you can find that project/printable here.
One of my favorite things about where I live is that I am surrounded by trees and woods that are full of so much great stuff to work into my decor and arrangements. Because of the warmer weather, great stuff grows all year round and I have pine trees for pine, pinecones, berry trees (even purple!) and holly just right around my yard.
I just filled this beverage bucket of stuff from my front yard (I added some antlers) and added a poinsettia behind it:
We have a little tree on our porch and my daughter and I found these adorable ornaments that are birds and animals with hats and scarves on. We just thought it was perfect for an outdoor tree and they just make us smile every time we look at them!
This is what the other side of my porch looks like:
As we head into my home, we step into our entry way:
I had a piece of scrape tartan plaid fabric and just slipped it over the bench fabric and used a butter knife to push it up and under the metal base to secure. Just a quick and easy way to add a pop of Christmas if you have a bench:
This year I designed printable chalkboard Christmas gift tags, wrapping paper and a cute sign exclusively for LD Products and I just love how they look on white paper:
If you want to see the whole collection of free printables that we shared a couple weeks ago, you can find that post here.
To the left of my entryway is my dining room. This room is actually about halfway through being remodeled (we still have a lot to do). But before I show you what it looks like today, let me show you the before shot:
It took me almost months to stencil that wall almost 15 years ago. Today it looks like this:
Yep, it’s a pretty big difference! I should have done it years ago! The plan for this room involves a pretty chandelier from Restoration Hardware that’s on back order until January and some beautiful art. Hopefully, everything will finally come together in the next couple of weeks and I will be sharing the finished room on the blog very shortly.
Here are some close ups of my table, tree and place settings:
I found this pretty champagne bucket at Home Goods. I’m pretty sure I spotted it all the way from the parking lot and sprinted to it. Every girl needs a champagne bucket, right?
I went ahead and put out some of my Christmas camellia’s like I will do on Christmas, so you can see just how pretty these flowers are. They have the prettiest buds too and if I just change out the water, the buds will last through Christmas in my vases and open:
I have a little spot that I will use for desserts or appetizers:
Next up, my living room:
By now, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing about Christmas tree cones. I’ve been making them for three years now and I have had so much fun with them. This is the first year I put them on my mantle and I just love them there. You can find out more about my tree cones here.
Our Christmas tree (can you spot Elf?):
This nutcracker arrangement was one of my favorite projects so far this year:
I just slipped the nutcracker into the planter that was filled with florist brick and filled in around him with holly and garland.
Next up, my kitchen (I you can see, I started running out of light in my pictures):
I have a set of two of these large reindeer candle holders and these guys have been spray painted almost every color over the years:
This arrangement will last all the way through Christmas because I have mason jars filled with water/oasis bricks on the inside of the box. For more details on this wooden box that I covered with moss and how to make arrangements in them, you can check out that post here.
I think it’s best that I stop here. This is by far the longest post that I have ever written, yikes! Well.. If you made it to the end, thank you so much for visiting me today and next up for Day 5 of The 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes is fabulous Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles.
For a schedule for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tour of Homes, you can find that here.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
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