Welcome to my Christmas home tour! Back in June I gave Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. a big ‘ole “yes!” when she asked me to participate in one of her #bloggerstylinhometours series. It was exactly the motivation I needed. It was stressful but it feels so good to have our house all decorated for the holidays. Worth it.
If you are here from The Chronicles of Home, welcome! If you’re new here, here’s the basic gist of Go Haus Go these days. About a year ago, we moved out of our very-finished (and very loved) small home and into our dream home—a early 1900’s renovated American Foursquare—to make room for our growing family. We had twin boys in March! We’re navigating this new life of ours and as far as our home goes, we’ve just started the journey to make it a place that really feels like “us”—it’s a process that’s for sure!
Back to the home tour. Let’s start with the dining room, shall we?
There’s something new in this space… the table! We found it at a liquidation sale for an absolute steal. It’s very similar to the Pottery Barn Abbott table, if not the exact thing (the store said it was, but I’m somewhat skeptical)! Now all we need are dining room chairs. We’ll get there. I’m not rushing this purchase. I’d like to find something I really love. And until then, we’ll hang out with the IKEA outdoor chairs we’ve been using.
I hemmed and hawed over how to decorate this table for awhile. I had visions of candles and glass and glowing, but then I got to Home Goods and saw all of the trees! Sparkly, glittery, mercury glass-like, silver trees. I was sold. I bought several of them in varying heights. The table runner and cloth napkins are also from Home Goods. Everything else is stuff we had on hand. The big engineering print ($11 through Staples) behind the table is Aaron’s brain child. I really like it! He found a huge archive of Covington photos through the Public Library and he’s been collecting our favorites. This “Happy Birthday Jesus” pic couldn’t have been more perfect. When the holidays are over, we’ve been talking about putting our favorite photo finds in a huge gallery wall on this same wall. We’ll see!
Aaron and I dislike the chandelier that’s in here, so take a good look because it may be the last time you see it! I do have to give it props though—it makes the perfect base for our wreath pendant. To create the wreath, I just wrapped faux garland around the base of the light, wrapped it with battery-operated mercury glass bulbs (to match the trees) and finished it off with a big shiny ribbon.
I’ve come to realize that the key to good-looking “tablescapes” is to use as many layers as humanly possible. I could have stopped at the silver trees, but I took it a step further by adding in the texture of the gold trees, wrapping ribbon through the bases of the trees and then filling up all the holes with shatterproof ornaments.
Let’s move to the living room shall we? Just off the dining room is our living room. This room is normally filled to the brim with baby gear, but we’ve cleared it out just for you. 😉
I don’t know what it is about this house, but this place loves tomato red. I don’t know if it’s the light or the color of the wood floors… but a bright, tomato red color really shines in this house. I haven’t done a ton of decorating with red before but I think I’m going to keep it going. The old house loved cool, jewel-tone colors, so it’s a little bit of a change! The red print in the frame is a test print out of Aaron’s screenprinting stash. I swapped out the old print (which was blue and green) with this one. The color is perfect.
And last but not least, our entryway. This is my favorite “room” in the house—great light, the high ceilings and the staircase. Love everything about it. Out of all the spaces in the house, this is the one I want to tackle next. There’s a ton of room too and it’s one of those spaces that looks so good with a couple of pieces of furniture. A mail table, a bench and maybe a cabinet of some sort. But for now, it’s the perfect spot for our tree.
If our tree is looking a little bare, it’s because we’re not finished yet! Our “filler” ornaments are up, but then we fill the tree with sentimental pieces that mean a lot to us. Every year Aaron picks a Jonathan Adler ornament for me and they are my favorite thing. We also get an ornament every time we travel to a new place. Yes, I am my mother.
This is the first year where I’ve loaded our garland with ornaments. I love it! They’re not tied down, but it appears the branches are doing a good job of keeping everything still. This style of garland reminds me of department stores. Like a pared down version of Nordstrom decorations. If only!
I so hope you enjoyed my Christmas tour! It’s my first time being a part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours and it was super fun. I’m going to pass the buck now to Chic Little House, who has a home tour up today too. I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve.
There’s a whole group of us participating in Lindsay’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours. Here’s the full list if you’d like to start from the beginning!