Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I hope your day is filled with the people you love, turkey, and more things to be thankful for than you can count. As I’m getting ready for the 2023 Christmas Tour on Monday, Nov 27th, I thought you might like to see last year’s home tour. There are lots of ideas and inspiration to use for your Christmas home. Remember to stop back on Monday! Here is a little hint of what to expect this year…
Enjoy last year’s tour!
Welcome to the 2022 StoneGable, Merry And Bright Christmas Home Tour! I’m so glad you are here!
I’m part of the Blogger’s Best Home Tours hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. Kelly has worked tirelessly to put together this Christmas tour of 35+ bloggers’ Holiday homes going on all week long! Today you can visit 7 homes!
If you are coming from Cecilia’s at My Thrift Store Addiction… WELCOME! I’m sure you loved her Christmas home and the way she incorporated beautiful and thrifty items into her decor!
I’m so excited for you to look around our Christmas home and I hope when you leave you will have lots of ideas to use in your home this Holiday season!
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Come on in the front door!
I think a wreath is a happy and hospitable way to welcome anyone who comes to our front door!
Most of the Christmas decor are things I already have. I like to challenge myself to use them in new and interesting ways.
But the wreath… it’s new! Cedar is a very popular green this year, and I am certainly on the cedar bandwagon! I opted not to use a bow on this wreath because it is gathered up at the top with twine. It’s a pretty and casual modern look.
This wreath is huge! So it can easily be seen from the road!
Come on into the foyer!
The heart of our foyer is this long white console table. And I packed it full of Christmas decor this year.
I’m not much of a collector but one thing I just can’t pass up are little trees! The console table holds some of my favorites plus a couple new additions.
You will see lots of little trees scattered throughout our Christmas home.
What do you collect?
One of the questions I get asked every year is how to decorate with what we collect. So this year I wrote a helpful post, DECORATING WITH CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS. And it has been one of my popular posts so far this year.
In the post, you can see the big difference in how I decorated last year compared to this year.
Did you notice the white and silver reindeer art? I love reindeer. They are adorable! But this reindeer is so majestic I decided to prop him up in the foyer to greet you!
This year I took pictures with lots of lit candles! I took the photos over a three-day period and the last day was so dark and rainy. So I lit some of the candles and enjoyed the ambiance as I took pictures.
On the bottom shelf of the console, you will get a little clue about a color that plays a big part in our Christmas Home this year!
If you love a Christmas home that looks cohesive and has a designer flair then the most important thing you can do is choose a Christmas color palette!
I’ve wanted to use red in my Christmas home for several years but I seemed to default to greens and neutrals which I love.
I decided early that this was the year to add red! A color palette helped me to keep on track. This year’s colors were inspired by last year’s CHRISTMAS MASTER BEDROOM.
I wanted to use the same colors plus a touch of red.
Here is my Christmas color palette this year…
A color palette makes decorating so much easier. You can see a very helpful post, HOW TO CHOOSE A PERFECT CHRISTMAS COLOR PALETTE here.
I think knowing our color palette and the style and feel we want our Christmas homes to radiate gives us a huge head start and makes decorating so much easier and enjoyable.
Let’s walk down our long foyer and head toward the living room.
Let’s take a quick pause by the stairs.
The stairs look a whole lot different than they did last Christmas! This past summer we painted them and added a runner.
They were originally golden oak. Lots and lots of golden oak! Two stories worth of stairs!
The trouble with painting golden oak is the strong and noticeable grain in the wood. My husband and son worked together and found a quite easy fix for making the wood look much smoother! And they used a sprayer to paint the spindles. It was a big project but so worth it!
I’ll share how we transformed our stairs after the first of the year.
Garland on the stairs would be overkill so I opted for greens, ribbons, and vintage-looking Christmas balls.
I also used my favorite battery-operated candles on every other stair. They look so pretty in the evening!
THE LIVING ROOM
THE WHITE BUFFET
The white buffet is the first thing you notice in the living room. And the little upholstered stools too.
I found them earlier this fall and could not resist! I put one on either side of the buffet. I’m a big fan of symmetry! You can see these well-made stools HERE. They come in several colors.
On top of each stool, I added buffalo check pillows and little frosted wreaths (see them HERE). The wreaths also hang in every window in our home.
I added a bit of red to this end of the living room with the red plaid gifts. I like this wrapping paper because the pattern looks light and airy for a plaid.
On top of the present is my favorite Christmas bow. Here is a post about CHRISTMAS RIBBONS AND BOWS with a little video about how to make these fluffy bows.
On the buffet are a few more Christmas trees from my collection.
Some of my trees, like the little one above, are decades old.
In the center of the buffet, I put together an easy arrangement in a hammered brass bowl.
Arrangements and vignettes are the backbone of my Holiday decor. They are easy to make and can be styled in so many ways!
HOW TO CREATE A HOLIDAY VIGNETTE STEP-BY-STEP will give you lots of ideas for making pretty Christmas arrangements too. And a peek at our Christmas sunroom.
The mantel this year has an asymmetrical garland.
The lit garland was hung using four 3M hooks. Lots of bits and pieces of greens were added to this garland to make it look lush.
I repeated the crisp brown and white ribbon that is also on the tree and on the newel post of the stairs.
I cut the ribbon about 5 feet long to keep making the loops manageable. And then I cut the ends of the ribbon into a classic French V’s.
On a last-minute whim, I added red wooden beads to the garland too!
I hung tree stockings at the short garland end of the mantel along with a few vintage Christmas ornaments.
Can you tell which stockings is mine?
I kept the brown and white pillow on the spindle chair from the fall. I love these pretty little pillows and they worked with my Christmas color palette.
THE COFFEE TABLE
In the middle-ish of the living room is the upholstered coffee table. This year I used a pretty glass mirror as a tray and added some of the smaller trees I collect that light up.
And I added a bit of seeded eucalyptus.
Seeded eucalyptus is much airier and lighter than greens. It lets the reflective beauty and light of the mirror show through.
THE CURLACUE CHEST
The Curlacue chest holds a white porcelain Holy Family.
Behind the little Nativity, I propped a light silhouette picture of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the star.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
This year, like last year, I used our heavily flocked Christmas tree.
I decorated it with mostly white, brown, bronze, and neutral ornaments and ribbons. And I used just a little bit of red too!
I like a tree that is full of things to look at! Ornaments, ribbons, ornaments, berries, and big stems of something pretty!
This is the first year I used a tree collar. It was white so I spray painted it an antique bronze to work with my colors. I’m now a fan! What do you think? Do you like a tree collar or skirt?
I started to wrap some of our gifts to coordinate with our Christmas tree!
Our six little grandchildren (6 and under) could not stop touching the tree! They especially LOVED jingling the jingle bells. And that made it snow all over the floor and they loved that too! And so did I!
I saw the wonder and magic of a Christmas tree through their eyes! Christmas is just so special with grandkids!
Now let’s head to the dining area…
THE DINING AREA
The dining area is on the backside of the Christmas tree! So when we are eating we can see the entire tree from the other side!
I got a new rug for this area. It came yesterday. I took advantage of the early Black Friday sales. I always get indoor/outdoor type rugs in our dining room. They are so much easier to clean up. You can see the new rug HERE.
This Christmas season I kept the decor rather simple.
But simple can be so pretty! I put greens down the center of our table and looped the same brown and white ribbon through them.
And then I added this beautiful Capiz leaf garland (see it HERE on sale now).
A shallow-footed bowl in the center of the table holds seven, ruby red pomegranates.
Well, friends, I have so much more to share with you like our Christmas kitchen…
And our sunroom…
And a couple bedrooms and more!
So stop back next Monday to see part 2 of our 2022 Merry And Bright Christmas Home Tour.
But now, please visit my very dear friend Julie at My Wee Abode. She is a California girl who is creative and one of the nicest people I know! When you stop by tell her I said Hi!
I hope you have enjoyed my tour and have found lots of ideas you can use in your Christmas home.
I’ve created a Christmas e-magazine for you! Make sure to sign up and get your copy!
Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours 2022. Thirty-five talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.