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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Cyndy, your home is gorgeous!!! Those camellias – oh my gosh!!!! How amazing to have a blooming bush to use at Christmastime – the flowers look SO beautiful on your dining room table!!! I love how festive you’ve made your home, starting with the front entry, and continuing all through your rooms. Your little touches everywhere are so pretty. I hope you and your family enjoy it all through the Christmas season….thank you for sharing your holiday cheer with us!
Thank you SO much Lisa! I absolutely loved your tour and your home is so stunning! Your Christmas decor is just so elegant and beautiful! I’m loving your blog as well and so glad to be doing the 12 Days of Christmas with you! Cheers and Merry Christmas!
Amanda Eck says
Girl it is all so fabulous! and I would have beat others down for that champagne bucket!! what a score! Cant wait till the chandy comes. see you next Wed!!
Thanks girl! Yea, I was getting a lot of eyes while I was carrying it around! I know there were a few just waiting for me to set it down! LOL! Sad that the chandy didn’t make it in time for the tour 🙁 Oh well.. Yep, I look forward to shopping and catching up with you on Wednesday! Cheers!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design says
Your home is gorgeous and I love all the red decor. I would have literally fought you for that silver champagne bucket – literally. I love HomeGoods. I love your front porch and that little tree makes it so much more adorable. Thanks for sharing your home.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
Thank you so much Patty! I’m pretty sure my knuckles were locked as I walked around HomeGoods! Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!
Pam @ Simple Details says
Everything is beautiful, Cyndy!! And, I’d wrestle Amanda for the champagne bucket 🙂 what a clever idea to use it as your centerpiece, it’s a gorgeous statement with the arrangement n your dining room. (Btw, I saw your new plaster – wow!) I love your plaid x-bench and fun diy pillows! Glad to have found your blog through our tours, enjoy your pretty decor and the season with your family!
Thank you so much Pam! I am thrilled to have found your blog through the tour as well! How we did not know about each other in blogland is crazy! Now we know and I’m so excited to keep up with you! I’m looking forward to your tour on the 16th Pam!! Cheers!
Cyndy, if I had been at HomeGoods at the same time that you found that champagne bucket, we would have had to battle it out because it’s amazing as your centerpiece! Also love your arrangement with the nutcracker and the beautiful camellias. Your home just looks so beautiful and welcoming. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas there!
Thank you so much Kris! Yep, I had a lot of ladies eyeballing my pretty bucket as I walked around the store. I would have gone to battle for it for sure!! Ha! Thank you for your kind words and I’m so looking forward to your tour on Sunday Kris! Cheers!
This is fantastic Cyndy. Love your dining room and that centerpiece it TDF. Wish I had spotted that champagne bucket! I LOVE LOVE it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday to match your beautiful home! xo Nancy
Thank you so much Nancy for your kind words and for stopping by! I hope your have a wonderful holiday yourself!! Cheers!
Cyndy, your home looks fabulous! I am in love with your wreath and love how you put the ribbon through it. And.that.bucket! What a super find, and love how you used it for your centerpiece with the potted tree. Also, the Christmas camellias are beautiful on your table.
Thank you so much Stacey! I really got lucky with that bucket! Wish there had been more! Now what am I gonna do with my champagne this Christmas! Ha! I’m so glad you stopped by and I am really looking forward to your tour on the 19th! I’m loving your blog btw!! Cheers!
Chuck Stemple says
Cyndy, your home tour is an absolute creative work of art. Tons of kudos.
Chuck Stemple says
Cyndy, your home tour is an absolute creative work of art. Tons of kudos!
Your home is even more beautiful with all the Holiday goodness all around!!!!! Love all the details, very inspiring!!!!
Thank you SO much Vel for your kind words and for stopping by! Hope and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Cheers!
Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles says
I’m loving your fun pillows on the porch! And, all of those topiaries are the perfect touch. What fun it would be to make some of those!
Thank you Jennifer! Yes, the tree cones are really fun and addicting to make! I’m looking forward to your tour today and heading on over right now! So glad to find your blog through doing the 12 Days of Christmas with you! Cheers!
Mary Ruth says
LOVE all your decorations AND your home! You have evolved into quite a sophisticated look, loved seeing it all happen! Your dining room is looking elegant and can’t wait to see with all parts in. Happy Holidays!
LOVE your tree, and saw the elf… cute! Love that Champagne bucket, mantel and all the decor!
Thank you so much Mary Ruth! Yep, it’s certainly been an evolution! LOL! You always have the sweetest and kindest words for me and I can’t thank you enough for your notes. Thank you so much friend! Cheers!
Such a beautifully decorated home. Your dining room is looking great!
Thank you so much Megan!! I’m sad that the dining room wasn’t done in time for the tour 🙁 BUT.. Hopefully people will check back when I get it done in a couple of weeks. I was hoping to have Christmas dinner under the chandy this year. Hope all is well with you friends and I’m heading your way to check in on what you’ve been up too! Cheers!
Linda @ Calling it Home says
What a lovely home. I am jealous that you can be on your front porch in December. The pillow is adorable. I just love all the natural elements you brought inside.
Thank you Linda! Yes, I grew up in Minnesota and I always appreciate being able to enjoy the porch in Dec. I do miss the snow though! Thank you for stopping by Linda!
Judy Calderbank says
Hi Cyndy – your house is lovely – I have been checking out your Christmas tree cones – I am definitely going to attempt to make at least the small – not for this Christmas but will be a winter project
I LOVE your blog and appreciate all you share with us
Have Merry Christmas
Judy – oh oh and love the Christmas camellia bushes.
Thank you so much Judy! Yes, I hope you do try making the cones. They are really so much fun and a winter project would be fun! Thank you for your kind words and Merry Christmas to you to Judy! Cheers
Kim @ Sand & Sisal says
Oh girlfriend! I’m swooning over your dining room tablescape! Everything you ever touch is just golden! Gorgeous home tour! Can wait to give it a shout out on social media!
Love your center piece and outdoor seating area. Those pillows are adorable!
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
Your home is wonderful. How I would love to spend some quality Christmas time on the front porch! Every room looks beautiful!!
sherry hart says
Well you certainly got your “Christmas on” as they say! I always wanted a little front porch like that….and I would have fought you for that champagne bucket!
Loving your house tour! You had me at the trophy arrangement on the table! Thanks for all the inspiration!
Absolutely stunning! Here I am, a fellow Texan, and just found your blog. So glad I did and will now be a follower.
You have so many special touches…I do love the pillows and the cones! I’m going to check out your tutorials.
Megan // Honey We're Home says
Cyndy, your home is amazing! That wreath! Actually, I love it all! Hope you had a very merry Christmas friend!
Design Chic says
I just love your Christmas decor – warm, festive and fun. The centerpiece on your dining table is wonderful. Wishing you all the best in the new year!!
Everything is so beautiful…i love your champagne bucket good score!! and your cone trees i will go your link on DIY…i need to try this. Have a wonderful Christmas Season.