Christmas Home Tour + 7 Steps For Creating A Festive Christmas Home

Unleash the magic of the season with our 7 essential steps for creating a festive Christmas home! Make this season merry and bright with our savvy decor advice. And tour our home dressed up for the Holidays.


Welcome to our Christmas home! Come on in. I’ve been waiting for you.

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Decorating our homes for Christmas can often seem like such a daunting task. There is so much to do, beginning with lugging those big blue bins up from the basement or down from the attic. Do we really use all the decor in our storage bins? Most of us don’t! There is an easier way!

With these 7 tips and a tour of a few of our rooms ready for Christmas, I can help you be less stressed, more organized, and have a plan to dress up your home for the Holidays!

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I am thrilled to be a part of The Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour 2023. A big THANK YOU to Kelly at The Tattered Pew for all of her hard work organizing and hosting this tour. Kelly is as lovely and colorful as her beautiful home with vintage touches. I met Kelly at a blogging conference years ago. She is such a sweetheart!

If you are coming from her wonderful tour, welcome!

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I’m excited to show you how I decorated our home this year. Let’s start in the foyer and chat about tips 1 and 2 for creating a festive Christmas Home.

Tip 1- Choose The Perfect Color Palette And Theme

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Decorating for Christmas is so much easier when you take the time to establish two things before you add a faux garland to a mantel or one Christmas ornament on your tree. Choosing a color palette and a theme for your Holiday decor will give you focus and help you choose only what you need to decorate a gorgeous Holiday home.

I know I often sound like a broken Christmas record. But I am convinced that when we nail down Christmas colors that work with the colors we are already using in our home and have a theme that we can effortlessly thread throughout our homes, we can create Christmas decorating magic.

This year, I was inspired by a few things that helped me decide on a color palette and theme.

In the fall, I dried oranges and fell in love with them and their color. The oranges reminded me of stained glass, and I just knew I had to make them part of my Christmas decor color palette.

dried oranges

This year I chose a Christmas color palette that is so different than I have ever used. I was inspired by a couple of things. The oranges, of course, and an almost forgotten tree, I will talk about later in the post. Both of these things gave me the creative push I needed to get the wheels of Christmas decorating inspiration working.

The Foyer And Theme

Welcome to our Christmas foyer. Some of the items in the foyer might seem a bit familiar if you follow StoneGable because they are.

This year, the words transitioning decor have been playing in my head like an earworm.

I’ve been so fascinated with the idea of easing into and through and then out seasonal decor. So, I wanted to use some of the things from my fall decor, tweak them a bit, and use them for Christmas. There is no need to recreate the decor wheel! This is recycling at its most useful.

lanterns in the loyer

The lanterns on the foyer table were part of my fall decor. The candles had a blond-colored leaf collar around them. To make them more festive for Christmas, I added sprigs of evergreens and tiny pinecones. An easy transformation from fall decor to Christmas. I also added pinecones around the base of the candlesticks. The pinecones and evergreens give a nod to this year’s Christmas theme, Woodland Walk.

In the center of the foyer table, I added a simple bowl of gold pears, silver ornaments, pinecones, and evergreens. As you tour our Christmas home, you will see lots of repeated woodland elements, both real and faux.

Repeating things is an easy way to carry a theme throughout your home when you decorate for Christmas or any other time of year.

You might like to know more about Repeating Elements In Decor and how to use this concept like a pro.

The Color Palette

As I said earlier, I knew dried oranges would play a role in our Christmas color palette this year. However, instead of bright orange, I chose a more muted copper color.

Christmas color palette

In the foyer, I hung a wreath on the vertical hook with a beautiful silk copper ribbon tied up in a bow on it.

A pinecone and acorn ornament were hung on copper velvet ribbons from the wreath, and a set of vintage-style bells also hung on the hook.

I moved the basket from the front door into the foyer under the wreath. The colors this year might be a bit unusual, but hopefully as festive as more traditional ones.

Tip 2- Create Decorating Zones In Your Home

What are decorating zones? And why create them to decorate your home for Christmas?

Decorating zones are a way of sectioning off your home. It’s that easy! In our home, our foyer is one decorating zone, our living room, dining room, and kitchen are another decorating zone, and our sunroom is yet another.

Keeping my color palette and theme in mind for every room, I can feel comfortable decorating each zone with its own personality, tweaking it, and making it just a little different than other zones in our home.

The first decorating zone was the foyer. Now, let’s head into the living room, which is part of another decorating zone in our home.

The Living Room

While I kept the foyer light and airy, the living room and dining room have a moodier look. Same color palette, and same theme as the foyer, just interpreted a little bit differently. This is why knowing how to use decorating zones in our homes is so important! We can make subtle changes without these changes looking overwhelming, disjointed, or confusing.

The White Buffet

The white buffet holds the most important Christmas decoration in our home. Even more important than the Christmas tree. For it reminds us of the reason we celebrate Christmas!

The nativity is new to us this year. My two little granddaughters carefully took the nativity down off of the white buffet, piece by piece, and played with it on the floor for a long time on Thanksgiving evening. It was lovely to see them holding baby Jesus with such care and reverence. They took turns hugging him up to their faces. What a blessing to be able to see.

CHRISTMAS TOUR 2023 nativity

This is also the first Christmas for the antique mirror above the buffet. I thought this would be the right spot for a big evergreen wreath tied with a copper bow.

On the right side of the mantel, a white vase holds Norfolk pine and white pine with the addition of pheasant feathers and fairy lights. Norfolk pine branches are very popular this year. They are everywhere on the internet. I think they are so pretty and droopy, but I prefer them mixed with other evergreens. All evergreens look great mixed together. Give it a try!

All my greens are faux this year. No mess, and since I use them year after year, they have become an economical choice. You might like to see two posts filled with great information, tips, and ideas for using greens…

Best Tips For Decorating With Faux Christmas Greens

Tips For Keeping Live Christmas Greens Fresh

One of the easiest Christmas decorations you can create is a small bowl of ornaments with sprigs of greens. Instantly festive! To a small gold bowl filled with silver ornaments and small sprigs of evergreens, I also added pinecones, which are a big repeated element in this year’s Woodland theme. Such an easy idea.

When you don’t know what to put on a flat surface, craft a pretty bowl of Christmas joy!

The Mantel

I decorated the mantel in late fall with Norfolk Pine, pinecones, glass acorns, and pheasant feathers. Here’s how it looked…

With the addition of a few more organic elements like various evergreens, and more pinecones, the mantel took on a more Christmas look.

And I added a trio of neutral-colored stockings!

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A cluster of pinecones, pheasant feathers, and glass pinecone ornament adorned the center of the mantel.

The brown pillow on the chair is one of my favorites. I used it to decorate our fall home, and it works for our Christmas woodland home, too.

The Curlacue

I think the Curlacue chest is my favorite piece of furniture.

The Curlacue chest, like the rest of our Christmas decor, has a woodland flair. Three candles are encircled at their base by a simple and sparse evergreen wreath. The candles coordinate with the burnt orange velvet ribbon used to hang the acorn and pinecone ornaments on the tree.

The stately reindeer has been a few colors over the years. Now, it is gold. If you like the shape of a piece of decor but not the color, paint it! I kept his metal antlers their original color.

Tip 3- Add One Christmas Worthy Arrangement To Every Room

Not all the surfaces in a room need to be decorated. Except when it comes to Christmas! I like a little bit of the season sprinkled everywhere.

Make one beautiful arrangement for every room. Sometimes that is all you need for a festive look.

The Coffee Table

The coffee table gets a mention here because it is the eighth coffee table we have had in the living room in the four years we have lived at the Tanglewood House. And it’s a keeper! Thank goodness.

A large Advent dough bowl sits in the center of the coffee table, mimicking its shape. It has graced our sunroom’s coffee table, our dining room table, and the kitchen island, and now here it is in the living room.

The image below shows the living room with the candles lit. You can see how to make the Christmas Advent Dough Bowl HERE. Did you notice the dried oranges in the dough bowl?

2023 CHRISTMAS TOUR-living room, dough bowl

Tip 4- Make Your Tree The Star

Your Christmas tree should be the star of your home during the holidays! It should be dressed up in your Christmas color palette and theme, and all the decor in your home should work to support it. If you have lots of meaningful Christmas ornaments, you use year after year, add ribbon or colored balls to your Christmas color palette to help your tree look more cohesive with the rest of your home.

This year’s tree is so different than the trees in the recent past. When I was thinking about the theme for this year’s Christmas decor, I remembered I had this tree in the basement. Once we dug it out and set it up I knew a woodland theme was perfect this year. Unfortunately, the tree is no longer made, so I don’t have a source for it.

Some images in this post have the tree lights on and some off. It’s so much easier to see the details on the tree without the lights, but when they are on, the tree is magical. I think I’ve used the word magical four times in this post, but it’s such a good word to describe how Christmas looks and feels.

Wrap gifts in paper and embellish them with bows and other organics that work with your color palette and theme.

This year’s tree is filled with ornaments, real and faux, that represent things from a walk in the woods. Pinecones, acorns, and pheasant feathers mixed with velvet ribbons and homemade Christmas balls.

Some of the Christmas balls were crafted from old balls. The ornaments were painted and rolled in flour or cocoa powder to give them a pretty distressed look. Look for a tutorial on how to make them coming soon. They smell delicious!

Now, let’s head to the dining area and chat about Tip #5…

Tip 5- Light Up The Night

Lighting up Christmas nights with candles, lanterns, and strings of lights makes our homes look and feel so special. This is the time of year to use these accent lights liberally.

My favorite way to do this is with plug-in or battery-operated lights and candles on timers. No worrying about a live flame or remembering to turn off or on the lights.

The Dining Room

The tall centerpiece on the dining room table is a white lantern I’ve had for over a decade. Instead of using it as a lantern, I’m using it here as a chunky vase. It’s filled with Norfolk pine and a bit of snowy white pine, like the greens on the pendant light above it. I put fairy lights on timers in the pines so they light up when it begins to get dark outside.

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I think Norfolk pine branches look so pretty in a tall vase or container.

CHRISTMAS TOUR 2023- dining room, centerpiece. Norfolk pine in a white container

Instead of using tall candlesticks on the dining room table, I added two swags of evergreens with copper ribbon looped in them and brown votive candles with little tea lights.

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Tip 6- Christmas Music And Aromas

Fill your home with the scents and sounds of Christmas. Play your favorite Christmas tunes when decorating for the Holidays, and sing along. Decorating will seem much easier and a whole lot more fun!

Diffuse your favorite Christmas scents to help to get in the Christmas spirit. I like to diffuse Fraser Fir when I decorate my artificial tree. And a combination of cinnamon, orange, clove, and Fraser fir during the evenings when Christmas tree lights are on.

But my favorite scents are made on my stove in a Christmas Simmer Pot! Here’s a little look at what I’m making in my kitchen. A fresh Christmas simmer pot…

simmer pot

And one made with dried fruit and other ingredients for gift-giving…

dry simmer pot ingredients

Listening to Christmas music and beautiful aromas wafting through our home are the joys of Christmas.

Find out how to make both Christmas Simmer Pots HERE.

Tip 7- Take Pictures

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Do yourself a big, big favor and take a picture of everything you decorate in your home. Taking pictures serves two main purposes.

First, a picture is like a decorating assistant. It can show you what you can’t see. When I decorate my tree, I like to take a picture of different parts of it because the picture can show me if any ornaments are wonky. And no one wants wonky ornaments.

Pictures are also a fabulous record of how you decorated your home in Holidays past. Thank goodness, I have a record of my Christmas decor through the images on my blog.

And when you need to buy decor to fill in what you have already decorated, it’s so nice to have an image on hand when shopping!

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CHRISTMAS TOUR 2023-Advent Dough Bowl

It’s time I say goodbye for now and send you on your way to another home so you can find even more Christmas ideas and inspiration! The next home on your stop is my dear friend Suzy at Worthing Court. I love Suzy’s beautiful southern style and the talented way she decorates. Suzy will be visiting me in one week. I can’t wait!

Thank you so much for touring our Christmas home. I wish you and those you love a heart and home filled with love, peace, and joy!

Make sure to come back and check out all the bloggers sharing their Christmas homes all week!

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each home tour by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Monday

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // Worthing Court Blog

Southern Home and Hospitality // Our Crafty Mom // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

A Life Unfolding // Living Large In a Small House // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Bricks ‘n Blooms // Cottage In the Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Wednesday

WM Design House // The Ponds Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells

Simply 2 Moms // Robyn’s French Nest // Amy Sadler Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Midwest Life and Style // White Arrows Home // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Beautify // Thistle Key Lane

Friday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Pasha Is Home // This Is Simplicite

Decor to Adore // Le Cultivateur // Peacock Ridge Farm

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  1. Such a lovely and unexpected Christmas color scheme. What an inspiration, well done Yvonne!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love how you changed things up with new and fresh colors. I will add some dusty rose to my reds this year.

  3. Bonnie Chase says:

    Oh, how I really like the theme this year. The beautiful color palette is awesome. All of your warm colors and natural elements are just striking. The nativity is my favorite display of Christmas also. Yours is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie. I need all the blessings God can shower down on me. God’s blessings to you too for a Christmas full of love, joy and peace.

  4. Yvonne, the color palette you selected this season is lovely! I especially like the ribbon, ornaments, and bells on the wreath. It’s a pleasure to visit your charming home. Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. I was just touring your beautiful Christmas home too, Cecilia. That green book tree is so creative and festive.

  5. Suzy Handgraaf says:

    Very festive indeed, my friend. So pretty and great tips!

  6. Yvonne, your home is so beautiful. I love the nature inspired decor and copper accents. Just stunning. I love the cozy and peaceful feeling. HUgs and blessings to you.

  7. Lorraine Keller says:

    Hi Yvonne, I have followed you for YEARS and have never commented before. I absolutely loved the colors this year! I really liked the natural theme also. I am probably about your age and I am craving simplicity this season so I can focus on what’s important. Thank you for so much inspiration! Blessings, Lorraine

  8. Eileen Telesca says:

    There isn’t a season where your home doesn’t reflect the skill of your artistry & warm interior design. I thoroughly enjoy following you & the inspiration you provide! Have a Blessed & Magical Christmas!

  9. I always take pictures of my vignettes every season so I can look back on them. It helps me recreate, or to guide a new one with a similar look without trial & error.

    The fur throw really warms up your living room and gives off all sorts of cozy vibes. I’m loving your tree this year. It’s very different and has a woodsy look.

  10. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says:

    Yvonne, I’m loving your new color pallet and your beautiful tree. The pheasant feathers really take your Christmas decor to a whole new level. Your home is warm, inviting and absolutely gorgeous! Happy Christmas!

  11. Oh my word Yvonne! I had so much fun looking at all of the beautiful details in every single one of your pictures. SO many great tips too! But your new Nativity scene is just beautiful. Even better that your granddaughters played with it…that is how it should be. They will remember that. I remember doing this at my grandma’s house! Have a very Merry Christmas my friend, thankful for you!

    1. Thank you so much for including me in your beautiful Holiday Home Tour. Merry Christmas, my friend.

  12. Your home is just stunning all decked out for the holidays, Yvonne and I enjoyed reading all of your tips. Looking forward to seeing more inspiration during the tour this week. Pinned!

  13. This is beautiful! It is one of your very best decorating themes I’ve seen. To be very honest, I think you needed to add color and “umph” to your house since it is very neutral. This is just gorgeous!! Very well done 😉

  14. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    Wowza, I think I just found a new Christmas color palette! I love how warm and inviting your home looks and the dried oranges on the packaging are stunning! Hope you have a marvelous holiday season. Merry Christmas

  15. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Yvonne I love all of the shimmering metallics and glorious neutrals. You have outdone yourself! So happy to be on tour with you.

  16. I love the simplicity of your decorations and the simplicity of your tips! It all looks so effortless and elegant. Thank you for including your sources. Happy Holidays!

  17. Kate | Southern Home and Hospitality says:

    Yvonne, this different color palette of natural tones and copper is so lovely!! I love the pheasant feather touches and can’t wait to see the ornament tutorial. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Hi Kate, I’m working on the tutorial now. Coming to see your home this week too.

  18. Libbie Burling says:


    This color palette is inspired! Just gorgeous. Pinned for later.

    Merry Christmas!

  19. Terrie M. Schmidt says:

    Your home is always so lovely. But… it just screams fall decor to me. Maybe I am a traditionalist at heart.

  20. As always, your home is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. I love the color palette you chose, and every detail is perfect! Thank you for always sharing your expertise with us.

  21. Mary Shaup says:

    aweee Yvonne I loved this post and you are inspiring me on this color scheme this year! Loved your new Nativity scene its just so beautiful and totally took me down memory lane of being a kid. Thank you!!! Need to upgrade mine for my grandkids. Thank you for that reminder. Your an artist in your field. Merry Christmas and sending God’s blessings to you and your family and thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Just beautiful! Love the look. Can you share the link for the wreath on your front door? Merry Christmas 🎁

  22. Yvonne,
    Everything is so beautiful. I enjoyed the tour. Thank you for sharing.


  23. Jennifer Howard says:

    Always a gorgeous tour, Yvonne! I love all the natural touches…that’s my favorite way to decorate!

  24. Yvonne – Your decorating tips are so helpful. I love your color palette, it’s so unexpected and so beautiful. Your creativity has inspired me to rethink my theme for next year’s Christmas 😉

    I’ve followed you for years and I’m giddy to be included in a Holiday House Tour with blogging Royalty!

    1. LOL! I just visited your beautiful snowy home! I love how your small home is laid out! So fun touring with you, Lynn. Merry Christmas.

  25. Michelle E James says:

    Yvonne, thank you so much for your helpful tips! I always look forward to seeing your beautiful home all decked for Christmas. So fun to be “hopping” with you. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  26. Another beautiful tour, Yvonne! I love the copper accents that you used. Always nice touring with you! Happy holidays!

  27. Julie Briones says:

    Everything is so different, but so YOU! Love all the different elements, and the color palette is perfect for a twist on the Christmas season! I can’t wait to see it in all it’s glory next week! Woot!

  28. AnnMarie | Simply2Moms says:

    You have such a wonderful Christmas home Yvonne! I love the color palette you chose for this holiday season. It’s very warm and welcoming. Happy holidays!!

  29. Stunning! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. The color combination brings warmth and “sink in comfort” to your lovely style. Inspired as always!
    I have gone through the same amount of rugs as you have coffee tables. LOL
    I am looking to replace our oval coffee table.
    Would you please share where you bought your lovely coffee table?

  30. Natalie Kieffer says:

    Looks great! Very different for you but really beautiful – this brings great warmth into your home and says “Welcome Jesus!” ! Merry Christmas!

  31. RACHEL HARPER says:

    Your home tour is stunning as always and I love all the tips your shared this year. So fun touring together. Have a blessed day,

  32. Kim | Shiplap and Shells says:

    I’m absolutely loving your color theme this year Yvonne. No one decorates Christmas trees quite like you do. Your woodland theme is stunning. The pheasant feathers are the perfect touch. I always love the inspiration. Happy Holidays!

    1. Kim, how kind of you! Thank you so much. I’m heading your way today to see your home. Merry Christmas.

  33. Yvonne, it’s stunning! I love the burnt orange carried through subtle pops in your Christmas decorations. Hope you and Julie have a fabulous week together!

    1. Hi Tammy, Merry Christmas. I’m heading your way to see your beautiful Christmas home.

  34. Yvonne,
    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. You have helped me so much through the years. I love this years Christmas color scheme the best. Are there links you could share for the orange-ish items, ribbon, and candles, etc.? I love it the warmeth it gives.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am looking forward to the next year.