Welcome to our Christmas house! I’m so glad you are here. Please, come on in and look around. As I always say, “my front door is open to all friends old and new”! I’m hoping our home will get you in the Christmas spirit!
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Today is part one of the StoneGable 2020 Christmas House Tour. And part of the Blogger’s Best Holiday Home Tour.
When you are done part 1 of this tour you might like to see our 2020 Christmas Home Tour, part 2!
And our ONE ROOM CHRISTMAS BEDROOM TOUR HERE.
A big thank you to Kelly at THE TATTERED PEW and Mansa at THIS IS SIMPLICITE. A lot of work goes into organizing a big tour like this! Thanks so much, ladies! You have done a wonderful job! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this tour.
Welcome to all coming from THE FARMHOUSE LIFE. Don’t you love Kori’s Holiday Home? Just beautiful!
And welcome to EVERYONE! Let’s start in the foyer…
Our foyer looks like we just dumped a bunch of Christmas goodies right at the front door! Nothing like showing our Christmas spirit as soon as you walk in!
This little bench is so handy! Right now it’s filled with holiday cheer.
The vertical hooks come is so handy. They usually hold grab-and-go baskets but during Christmas, the hooks become another area I can decorate!
As you step into the foyer look up!
Aren’t these stars and snowflakes fun?
Our foyer is very long so I hung these paper pretties on fishing line from our loft. I wanted it to feel like you are walking through a snow squall before getting to the main part of our home.
I think it gives the entrance a magical look! A great way to set a festive mood as you come into our home.
Here’s where I hung stars and snowflakes from.
I thought it would be fun to give you a different perspective of our foyer from the loft. The Tanglewood House has very high ceilings and interesting architecture. That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with it.
The french doors on the left lead to my office.
The large round chandelier is one of the first things we added to our home when we moved in.
This was a super easy arrangement to put together. There are a couple tips and tricks that help so much. Once you know these, you can create all kinds of “boxes” for any season or holiday!
The foyer open up to the great room.
This year’s Christmas decor features lots of various Christmas evergreens, metallics and citron green.
For me, there are a few things I nail down before I even begin to think about actual decorating.
The color palette, the mood, and style of our Christmas decor must come first! Even before I hang a Christmas wreath on my front door! And that always ushers in Christmas decorating!
I had originally planned on using red with lots of white and Christmas greens this year. But I don’t think my house does red! Funny how our homes often tell us what they like.
I adore citron green and chose that instead of red. So this year’s color palette is white/metallic and citron green. Because our home is white and I have lots of neutral color furnishings they were a great foundation for this color palette.
You can see it in our CHRISTMAS BEDROOM this year. This room was the first room I decorated for Christmas and my vision of the color palette was carried out in there.
However, I used a brown velvet quilt on our bed and so I added just a hint of brown to the color palette.
You might like to see how I decorated our Master Bedroom for Christmas and get lots of tips to help you decorate yours too!
Okay, let’s step back into the main part of the house?
The mood I wanted our Christmas decorations to portray is best described by two words… light and luxury.
And the style this year is new traditional. I love farmhouse, but this year I took a more classic approach to our Christmas decor. I think this year more than ever, I’m craving traditions.
Hobbes, our little tiger cat welcomes you to the great room! Hobbes LOVES having his picture taken. When I take out the camera he’s often in the images!
Our great room is wide and the ceilings are very tall. Living in an open concept home is such a delight! I think of the great room as the center of our home.
The focal point of the great room (other than the tree) is the mantel.
After decorating the master bedroom I turned my attention to the mantel. I LOVE decorating a mantel! Mantels are not always easy to decorate. Here is a post that will help you master the art of MANTEL DECORATING.
Every year I try to decorate the Christmas mantel a bit differently. You can see the process for decorating this mantel HERE.
This year I fastened two pine garlands together and draped it on top of the mantel in an asymmetrical way. Learning about symmetry and balance is so important to be a good decorator. You can learn about BALANCE HERE.
I decided to add stocking to the mantel as sort of an afterthought. I’m so glad I did.
I have such an easy way to hang stocking! See it HERE.
Spindle chairs flank the fireplace. I’ve had these chairs for about a decade. They are so comfortable! Citron green velvet lumbar pillows add a bit of color to these chairs!
Other than the mantel our large white buffet is my favorite piece of furniture to decorate.
In an open concept home knowing how NOT to over decorate is so important. Because we can look into different rooms at the same time keeping layering simple is a must!
This year I did decorate my buffet more than normal! It’s Christmas after all, right?
One repeated element in our Christmas home this year are candles. Lots and lots of candles.
You can see HOW TO DECORATE WITH CANDLES AT CHRISTMAS HERE.
As the days grow shorter and the evening gets longer candle glow is so needed!
The Christmas tree in the great room is dressed up with metallic ribbon and ornaments. And a few green ball ornaments too.
I found the most beautiful boxes at Target this year! Yes, target! They are wonderfully made!
That Hobbes! Always in the image!
A green velvet leaf wreath rests on the mirror above the Curlacue chest.
The coffee table is simply decorated with a trio of trees, a pair of reindeer and a mercury glass lidded candle.
I look forward to digging out my Mongolian pillows and throws at Christmastime! And I keep them out all winter long.
They are an instant dose of beauty!
One thing I usually do not show on the blog are our stairs. There are just so many spindles and they are so… oak!
We have two flights of stairs up the the loft, bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. And decorating them for Christmas has caused me angst!
One of our big renovation projects in 2021 is to makeover the stairs. Oh, I have plans for them!!!!
I just could not see putting garland on those banisters! Way too much!
This year I tried something sorta different.
I decorated the newel post…
And added lots and lots of candles up the stairs!
Then I added a few little faux trees…
It’s a nice way accent the stairs without using garland!
Here’s another image of the great room but from the loft.
Thank you for visiting with me today! I hope you are taking some ideas and lots of inspiration with you!
Now, please head over to MIDWEST LIFE AND STYLE BLOG. Make sure to tell Jenn you came from StoneGable!
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