Welcome friends to the 2020 annual bloggers Holiday Home tours! I’m so excited that you’re here for the start of what will be an inspiring week of 24 beautifully decorated blogger homes all decked out for Christmas. A big welcome to readers following along the tour from Cindy Hattersley Design. Welcome to The Creativity Exchange!
I want to thank our organizers of the tour Evolution of Style and 11 Magnolia Lane! You can see this week’s tour schedule at the end of my post that details the spaces featured each day along with the bloggers who will be sharing those spaces so you can easily follow along.
Today is the first day of the tour featuring holiday decorated outdoor spaces/porches, which is the day I selected because I thought it would be fun to combine my front porch holiday tour with a BIG REVEAL that has been months in the making! We have spent the last six months completely remodeling the exterior of our home and I’m sharing the reveal the first time here today all decked out for Christmas!
Ever since we purchased our home more than 20 years ago, it was always my plan/dream to paint the brick on our home white and completely redesign the front windows to scale with our roof. When we first looked at this home, I immediately saw that the roofline was a New Orleans/Low Country design style and the arch windows were SO wrong (not only scale-wise but also design-wise) for the architecture and roof of this home. Finally this June, my dream came true and we started the exterior remodel and facelift and we’re almost finished.
So here’s what our home (built in 1985) looked like before we started the exterior remodel:
AND…. Here’s what the house looks like a few weeks ago when we finished the remodel:
and here’s what our new double front door looks like all decked out for Christmas:
(My new stairs and sidewalk were just laid and is still curing, which is why it looks funny!)
I am still in shock with the difference!! I have done a lot of exterior remodel designs for my clients BUT for my own personal home, I’m not gonna lie, being my own designer was a big challenge in the beginning. I finally simmered down and just stuck with my own design rules and it all paid off. Our home is more beautiful than the home I had envisioned in my head for 20 years. 🙂
I am so excited about having double French doors, especially for Christmas decorating!
I fell in mad love with the huge brass jingle bells that I found and was so excited to mix it with my garland of pine and fresh magnolia leaves from my parent’s tree.
I always use a really good faux garland as my base and then mix in fresh.
I picked up my gorgeous faux boxwood and pine wreaths at Layered Home, which is a beautiful design center in my hometown of Lufkin, Texas that I helped design this last year. I also do most of the buying and styling of the store. I just shared a tour last week on the blog of Layered all decked out and ready for Christmas here.
I added my favorite huge sugar pine cones to the wreaths and some white berry sprigs.
On the left side of the door, I did trees in baskets. The tall tree in back is also from Layered Home and looks so real! The one in front is real and from Home Depot.
The pretty natural and white basket is from Layered here and the black one is from Target not available anymore. The lanterns are from Target.
On the right side of the door, I did another real tree and a basket of clippings and wood.
Thank you so much for stopping by today on the tour! For those of you wanting to see more of my exterior remodel and find out all of the details, I will be sharing everything on Monday’s post with progress pictures, answering questions and tips for painting brick. You can subscribe to my blog here and receive notification of my post on Monday.
Next stop is Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, whose home is always such a beautiful treat to see! Directly below is the schedule and blogger links for this week’s tour! I will update links as home tours are posted.
Monday, November 30th (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces)
Southern Hospitality | Setting for Four | Southern State of Mind | Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss | Most Lovely Things | Cindy Hattersley Design | The Creativity Exchange
If you want to see my outdoor pool house Christmas tour from last year, you can click the image below to get to that post.
Have a wonderful holiday season friends!