My Christmas Home Tour- {Christmas Tour of Homes}

12 Days of Christmas- Tour of Homes  {Day 4} The Creativity Exchange

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!


Dixie Delights


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.


Christmas Camellia Bush-Blooms in the south during Christmas {The Creativity Exchange}


Christmas Camellia Bush- Christmas Tour of Homes {The Creativity Exchange}


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:


Christmas Tour of Homes (Day 4) The Creativity Exchange

Christmas Tour of Homes {Day 4} The Creativity Exchange


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:

Christmas Tour of Homes-Day 4- The Creativity Exchange



Christmas Tour of Homes (Day 4) The Creativity Exchaneg


Free printable for printing directly onto fabric and making Christmas pillows. {The Creativity Exchange}


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.

Free printable for making these adorable Merry and Noel Christmas pillows.  Tutorial for how to print on fabric. {The Creativity Exchange}

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:


Fill beverage bucket with pine cones, wood and pine cuttings for a festive front porch {The Creativity Exchange}


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!

Birds with hats and scarves on. Perfect for porch tree {The Creativity Exchange}


Knit birds and animal ornamants with hats and scarves.  Perfect for a porch tree.  {The Creativity Exchange}

This is what the other side of my porch looks like:


12 Days of Christmas-Tour of Homes (Day 4) The Creativity Exchange


As we head into my home, we step into our entry way:

12 Days of Christmas blogger home tours {The Creativity Exchange} Day 4


Christmas Home Tour (12 Days of Christmas) The Creativity Exchange



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:

Tarten plaid bench mixed with pretty green {The Creativity Exchange}


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:



Free printable chalkboard Christmas gift tags and wrapping paper. Designed by The Creativity Exchange for LD Products

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:


Dining room before and after {The Creativity Exchange}


It took me almost months to stencil that wall almost 15 years ago.  Today it looks like this:


12 Days of Christmas Blogger Home Tours (Day 4) The Creativity Exchange


12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes (Day 4) The Creativity Exchange

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:

Dining room Christmas tree in Champagne bucket {The Creativity Exchange}


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?


Table Christmas tree in Champagne bucket {The Creativity Exchange}

Christmas tree in champagne bucket- 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour {The Creativity Exchange}


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:


Christmas camellia's for Christmas table- 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour {The Creativity Exchange}


I have a little spot that I will use for desserts or appetizers:


Small buffet area for the holidays {The Creativity Exchange}


Next up, my living room:


12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes {Day 4} The Creativity Exchange


Christmas Home Tour- 12 Days of Christmas {The Creativity Exchange}


fabric covered poster board tree cones from  The Creativity Exchange

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?):


12 Days of Christmas Home Tours (Day 4 ) The Creativity Exchange


12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes {The Creativity Exchange}

Blue and white for Christmas {The Creativity Exchange}


This nutcracker arrangement was one of my favorite projects so far this year:


Nutcracker coming out of urn mixed with holly and garland. {The Creativity Exchange}


I just slipped the nutcracker into the planter that was filled with florist brick and filled in around him with holly and garland.

Christmas ornaments {The Creativity Exchange}


Next up, my kitchen (I you can see, I started running out of light in my pictures):

12 Days of Christmas Home Tour {Day 4}  The Creativity Exchange


Christmas Home Tour {12 Days of Christmas} Day 4- The Creativity Exchange



Fabric covered poster board tree cones   {The Creativity Exchange}


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:


Reindeer candle holder in wooden box filled with poinsettias and magnolias. The Creativity Exchange


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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37 Responses to My Christmas Home Tour- {Christmas Tour of Homes}

  1. Lisa says:

    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!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  2. 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!!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  3. 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

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  4. 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!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  5. Kris says:

    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!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  6. Nancy says:

    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

  7. Stacey says:

    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.

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  8. Chuck Stemple says:

    Cyndy, your home tour is an absolute creative work of art. Tons of kudos.

  9. Cyndy, your home tour is an absolute creative work of art. Tons of kudos!

  10. Vel says:

    Your home is even more beautiful with all the Holiday goodness all around!!!!! Love all the details, very inspiring!!!!

  11. 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!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  12. 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!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  13. Megan says:

    Such a beautifully decorated home. Your dining room is looking great!

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  14. 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.

    • Cyndy says:

      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!

  15. 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.

    • Cyndy says:

      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

  16. 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!

  17. COCOCOZY says:

    Love your center piece and outdoor seating area. Those pillows are adorable!

  18. Your home is wonderful. How I would love to spend some quality Christmas time on the front porch! Every room looks beautiful!!

  19. 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!

  20. Thistle says:

    Loving your house tour! You had me at the trophy arrangement on the table! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Merry Christmas!

  21. Pat says:

    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.


  22. Cyndy, your home is amazing! That wreath! Actually, I love it all! Hope you had a very merry Christmas friend!

  23. 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!!

  24. Monica says:

    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.

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