Christmas Home Tour 2014

holiday home tour 2014

I’ve been so excited to share the Christmas Home Tour this year on the Home for the Holidays Blog Tour (scroll to the bottom for the complete lineup-you won’t want to miss the amazing blogs I’m lucky enough to join with this week!) We’ve made a lot of changes to the house since our last home tour-moving a lot of furniture around and rearranging to adjust to our new space as we get comfortable here (can you believe it’s already been 6 months since we moved?)

holiday foyer

This year’s decor is decidedly understated-I’ve stuck with my simple, clean, and neutral aesthetic, as you can see as soon as you come in the house at the entryway. Some fresh eucalyptus and small bowl of ornaments are the only holiday touches I added to our barstool-turned-table.

living room xmas home tour

Up the stairs and into the main living room and if you remember the previous home tour-you can see quickly that we put our old sectional back in this space-albiet without the chaise lounge which would not fit. (See the full sectional in last year’s holiday home tour at our old home.)

another view living room xmas home tour

I picked up the crocheted and sequin snowflake pillows at Target recently, and of course I love my white hydrangea bouquets-I’ve noticed that over the years they have become my favorite arrangement to have around the house.

close up hydrangeas home tour

Can I show you one of my favorite things? I bought this throw blanket at Target last month and I LOVE it-one side is cable knit and the other side is fleece-it’s laying on my lap as I type this post right now-so cozy for chilly nights!

textured throw home tour

We’re a little tighter on space in this home so the only place for the Christmas tree to logically fit was in a corner of the dining room just off the living room.

sharper xmas tree

With the 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments I participated in with 11 other bloggers (that’s 144 ornament ideas by the way!) I had plenty to decorate the tree this year! You can see all of my DIY ornaments from this year and years past here. The “Ho, Ho, Ho” letters were a purchase from years ago that I found in a bottom of a box…my boys liked when I tried them out on the tree so there they will stay!

washington dc ornament

In addition to our homemade ornaments our family has a fun tradition of picking up ornaments from all the places we live and travel over the years-my husband and I started when we were newly married and living in Europe.  This is the first year this Washington DC ornament will grace our tree-we bought it when we first came to the area this year!

travel ornaments

The Venice ornament was the first one my husband and I bought together-he was stationed in Vicenza, Italy when we met and got married.  The one above that is one we picked up on a cruise earlier this year visiting Grand Turk-there were wild donkeys roaming about all over the island so this Santa on a donkey makes me smile!

nyc ornament

I love this ornament too…in the summer of 2013 my little blog here had grown enough that I was able to afford to surprise my husband with a trip to New York City-his first time visiting.  It was amazing!

dining room xmas home tour

It’s a little odd having the tree in the dining room but it’s nice to be able to see it while we eat and still see it from the living room as well.  Do you like my brussel spout and cranberry centerpiece? I saw the brussel sprouts at Trader Joe’s when I was buying flowers last week and loved that they were on the stalk-I don’t care for eating them much but my husband does so I used that as an excuse to buy them!

brussel sprout centerpiece

They are so pretty-who knew?

cranberry brussel sprout centerpiece

Those pretty red napkins were a find at Homegoods recently-we always use cloth napkins and I’m a bit of a hoarder of them-I love picking up new designs…I excuse it by the savings I keep from not buying paper napkins!

christmas tablescape

Did you see the ornaments hung from the chandelier? This is one of my favorite things I’ve done with the decor this year…I think it’s lovely.

ornaments on chandelier

The ornaments were another Homegoods find as well…it’s been nice living near a Homegoods since our move in May!

family room home tour xmas

The couch that we originally put in the living room is now in the family room along with the chevron rug that used to reside on the back porch. I added my faux chalkboard art from years past to the gallery wall and added a cloche of ornaments to the coffee table-I love that my youngest is now old enough to not mess with anything I put within his reach!

close up cloche home tour

The other side of this room has the fireplace and Christmas mantel that I had shared with you a couple of weeks ago.

fireplace side family room home tour xmas

And to wrap up what may be my longest post ever-one more area of the house…the stairwell made me happy this year in that I had a banister for the first time to add some faux boxwood to!

stairwell xmas home tour

Aren’t those marquee letters cute-another Target find recently!

Wow! I commend you if you stuck with me that long! I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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13 Comments

  1. Totally collect ornaments from the Countries I visit as well! LOVE it! Makes it all so eclectic, and helps you remember those places! And ps, GORGEOUS HOUSE! Hahaha…I’m already thinking of how my home tour would look! Bahahahaha….#busted

  2. So lovely. I love how you’ve brought it all together. And I love your unique brussel sprout/cranberry display! Great job.

  3. Melissa – I absolutely loved your tour! All the special touches are totally doable and just make your home so very festive!

  4. I can imagine that it was a challenge to decorate your new home for your first Christmas there. You’ve made it look so nice and welcoming for guests. We also collect ornaments when we travel and decorating the Christmas tree becomes a trip down memory lane. I’m loving this tour and all of the ideas I’m getting from it.

  5. I LOVE your Christmas decor! Everything is so pretty, especially your tree! I too love the ornaments hanging for the light!

  6. Oh my gosh Melissa! I decorated with cabbages and here you’ve decorated with Brussel sprouts! Gosh! We must be on the same wavelength! I love your tradition of collecting ornaments from places that you’ve lived and visited. Your family tree will always be filled with memories. Pinning and sharing!

  7. I love that your tree has ornaments from your travels. I enjoyed the simplicity of your decorating too!

  8. Love your ornament collection Melissa and those brussel sprouts and cranberries are gorgeous together… so pretty! So fun being on tour with you!

  9. Your holiday home looks so bright and fresh, Melissa! And your brussel sprout centerpiece is so clever, what a neat idea!

  10. I too started collecting tree ornaments when we were on honeymoon and collect them still from our lovely holidays. It takes longer and longer every year to dress the tree as we have lots of ‘Do you remember when’ moments. Memories are priceless and many of our ornaments were for pennies. I now make a point of adding a special tree ornament in with wedding gifts to start the happy couple off.
    As for brussel sprouts – mix 1 tablespoon of wholegrain mustard and 1 tablespoon of honey, mix and pour over the sprouts. Toss and coat the sprouts and add slivers of toasted almonds if desired and enjoy! Try this, it might make a brussel sprout convert.

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