We all love a Christmas Home Tour! Get lots of ideas to decorate your home for the Holidays in Part 2 of our Merry And Bright Christmas Home Tour.
Merry Christmas friends! I’m so glad you are back for Part 2 of our 2022 Merry And Bright Christmas Home Tour! Our home is dressed up for the Holidays and ready for you to have a look around!
A big THANK YOU to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting this tour. Marty’s tours are famous as she has been bringing these special virtual open houses for years!
This year’s Christmas tour features 26 homes over 5 days. I can’t wait to see every one!
A special welcome to all those coming from Marty’s. She is such a blessing and always has so many wonderful ideas for every season. But I must admit Christmas as A Stroll Thru Life is my favorite!
Come on in friends, old and new!
We started our Merry and Bright Christmas tour last week so let me catch you up before we head to the kitchen and sunroom. You can see Part 1 of our Merry And Bright Christmas Tour HERE.
I collect all kinds of Christmas trees, so the foyer holds a little smattering of my collection.
I usually am quite edited when it comes to decorating, but this year I went a bit wild! Or at least wild for me. I embraced the maximalist in me and layered with abandon! Again, at least for me. The reindeer art was a big hit this year. I got so many questions asking me where I got him. I found him at a local shop.
The lower shelf of the console table will give you a hint about the colors I’m using in my decor this year…
I like to have something in my foyer that is a nod to the colors you will find in the rest of our home.
One of the most important things we can do as home decorators is create a color palette for everything we decorate! This is a designer secret and once you start doing this you will see just how easy it makes decorating!
The color palette I chose for this year’s Christmas decor is browns, soft neutrals, a touch of red, and lots of white. Green is a free color because there are just so many evergreens and such in our homes during the holiday season.
Our foyer opens up to our living room…
The stair on the left went through a major facelift! They were all golden oak. Two stories of golden oak! In Part 1 of the tour, you can get a better look at what we did and our pretty new runner.
Our living room also had a bit of red incorporated into our Christmas decor! But just a little bit!
And so did the dining area…
And even the tree had a hint of Merry And Bright red too…
You can see the rest of the tour HERE.
Now, that you are a bit caught up let’s head to the kitchen…
A kitchen is a busy place during the Holidays. Starting a couple weeks before Thanksgiving right through New Year’s Day. After the new year, I take time to reorganize my kitchen and give everything a good cleaning and decluttering. Make sure you stop back for new posts in January all about organizing.
Here is the kitchen looking from the dining area.
I like to add a statement to the corner of our countertop. It can be seen from the living room, dining area, and sunroom.
I found these pretty hydrangeas at our local grocery store. I just could not resist them and was excited to show them to you. The red hydrangeas were dyed but what a gorgeous color. Originally, I was going to use white with just a little green but when I saw the deep red hydrangeas the plan changed! Aren’t these unusual? I also added a few pods to the arrangement too.
This year’s tour name, Merry And Bright, was inspired because of the red I added here and there to our home and this…
The long row of cabinets on the back side of our kitchen has a long countertop. It’s where we keep our coffee maker and on the other end our pop-up bar.
I hung a little boxwood wreath on the glass cabinets with French red and off-white cotton ribbon. A few festive items were also added to the cabinet inside. Tall ceramic Christmas trees and a glass bowl filled with little Christmas balls set on some bits of green. And green goblets I often use in the glass cabinets that work with the Christmas color palette too.
While I was looking for flowers for the urn I also found some darling tree cupcakes. And since our three little grandsons were visiting I could not resist getting them a treat. What happens at Gigi’s house stays at Gigi’s house! I take my grandmother role very seriously!
So before they ate the cupcakes I put them on a cake pedestal and create a fun pop-up dessert bar.
When I saw these darling little cupcakes and got over my initial oohing and aahing my next thought was, “I can make these. How hard can it be”. So I’m making these for when our whole family is together at Christmas.
The I-can-make-this kind of thinking has led me to all kinds of projects I should have never started over the decades. But I can absolutely do the cupcakes!
I found these little melamine tree dishes and striped bowls at Target last year. I also got matching napkins. They are just so pretty and useful! I call that functional and fabulous.
The Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Prints are from Etsy. I wanted to add something festive to the kitchen wall and when I saw these I just fell in love with them.
They are a watercolor with a blizzard of snow going on in the scene.
Let’s head into our U-shaped kitchen. It is very open and perfect for cooking and having company!
I like to keep my working surfaces free from clutter and decor. So I try to keep decor down to a minimum, EXCEPT at Christmas!!!!
I like to have something seasonal in back of my faucet. The bar stools are on the other side of the counter and looking at a little bit of seasonal decor is so much more pleasing than just a faucet! After New Year’s Day, I’ll plant pots of herbs and put them in place of the long wooden bowl of greens and candles.
They will stay until I transplant them in the herb garden in early summer.
The oven is on the other side of the kitchen along with more cabinets.
I filled a big jar up with candy canes this Christmas. I gave one of the candy canes from the jar to my little four-year-old grandson and he said that it was too beautiful to eat. Oh, I LOVE 4-year-olds. Thank goodness I have four more grandbabies to go through their 4’s yet!
I also tied the same ribbon from the wreath on the lid of the split peas. I don’t like split peas but I love their colors.
The tray on the oven burners holds three red bakers with lids, my favorite candle, a little tree wrapped in brown paper, and two reindeer salt and pepper shakers.
I love these little reindeer!
Let’s head through the dining area to the sunroom.
I used a bit more red in this room! Although it is tucked around the corner from the living room it is open to the dining area and kitchen. But I felt a bit freer to add more color this year!
This little room lives large! Here’s where we read and chat and watch tv. It has lots of windows on three sides that delight us with gorgeous views of the golf course and Lancaster County countryside. It’s really perfect for Bobby and me!
For some reason, however, our family likes to smoosh themselves in here altogether. I’m all about togetherness but with 6 little ones, it can get a bit loud and frenetic!
Right now it looks calm and Merry and Bright! When I was cleaning right before this photo shoot I found a dinosaur and a penguin under the sofa.
No wonder in 2023 we are adding a big family room in the basement with a powder room, kitchenette, and a place to eat.
We downsized but our kids just kept having babies. Thank goodness!
I’ve rearranged the little vignette on the coffee table a few times. We did have real hydrangeas in the vase. When they were spent I replaced them with good fakes. The Hypericum berries are real and they last a long time.
How To Style A Christmas Vignette Step-By-Step will give you a formula for creating beautiful vignettes and lots of ideas for what to put in them.
I found the plaid pillows at the Pottery Barn Outlet on a super sale! It wasn’t Christmastime but I bought them because I knew I would use them and my girls would want to use them too! When I found them in my pillow cover drawer I was thrilled! I knew just where they would go!
Mongolian fur pillows come out for Christmas and then get put away when I decorate for spring. I have a couple large lumbar Mongolian and lots of 20-inch square ones. They find their way to sofas, chairs, and beds! And I have a couple of Mongolian throws I love to use on our beds. They always look so inviting!
I keep all of our ornaments stashed together by color. So when I got out the red ornament box after years and years, I was so surprised to find this pretty red vintage-looking ball!
This is our new swivel chair that was delivered yesterday. It’s nice to be able to swivel around and watch tv. It has a very small check-ish pattern in a pretty caramel color mixed with white.
On top of the garden stool next to the chair, I added another wreath, just like the wreaths hanging in every window with a wrapped gift on top of it to mimic the wreath and gifts on the ottomans in the living room.
I think I love the tabletop tree most of all the decorations in our home. We have had it for four years now and I always look forward to decorating it.
This year’s tabletop tree is so traditional! Red shiny Christmas balls and a plaid ribbon and a big bow at the top!
It hides the tree stand I even filled the white drink container up with red balls!
I wrapped a few gifts and scattered them around the tree. When I chose my Christmas color palette I chose the gift wrap right away.
I hope you have found a few ideas to use in your home. Our time here is up and now I need to move you on to the next home on our Christmas tour.
Alicia from Thrifty And Chic has such a beautiful, cozy vintage-inspired tour for you! I know you will enjoy it!
I wish you and your family a blessed and very Merry And Bright Christmas!
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