Christmas house tour

Welcome to our home!


It feels like in recent years, I've decorated until I get to the breaking point, and then I just stop when I don't feel like doing it anymore.  
This year, I had a lot of fun- maybe a vacation really was helpful. ;)

I purged a lot of stuff as I went through our boxes- stuff we've had that I just realized wasn't us anymore.

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Let's start on our porch!


I love decorating here! 
One thing I have always wanted to do was have an outside tree for our winter bird friends.
This year, it finally worked out.
The curtains that you saw for our fall porch, came down once the winter storms came through. They'll go back up for summer.



I had a pair of these blankets that I found a few months ago- I sold one almost immediately, and decided to keep the second one for the porch.


Everything is a lot more stripped down for winter, because we aren't out here a lot.
We see it through our living room window, and our guests notice it when they come over, but that's about it.
Too wet and cold to enjoy much now!


I added in bits of greenery and ornaments, lanterns, and a vintage sled.



Our entry way has a new tinsel tree that I bought from a vendor at Aunt Bee's House.
I was lucky to get one, because she could hardly keep them in stock!


I kept it undecorated this year- I will need to find some bits for it next season.

This glass glitter moravian star is one of my favorite Christmas decorations.  
I found it at Goodwill last year for $5, and it is originally from Pottery Barn.


Our staircase has greens and pinecones, and red gingham ribbon.
You can't really see it in the first photo, but there's also silver glitter garland draping down.


I made these stockings from vintage pillowcases that I picked up at an estate sale.  It's a great way to repurpose vintage linens that may be stained or damaged.  I chose all the ones that had beautiful trimmed edges.  I was planning on selling them this year, but I wasn't 100% satisfied with the cuffs.
Maybe next year!


We went slightly smaller (ha!) on our tree this year- 3 feet shorter than last year's tree!


It is a 10 foot Noble, and we had the best time getting it this year.
We really don't get a lot of snow since we are at a lower elevation, so for us, getting a tree in the snow is unique.


We always go to the same tree farm in Silverton, Oregon.  
Reinhart's tree farm is out in the country, and up a big hill.
It is always such a beautiful drive!
It had snowed a few days before, so the ground was beautifully white, but the trees were all bare; we had the beauty of the snow, but were still able to pick out a tree without all the branches weighed down hiding it's true shape.



I'm still looking to add more white to our tree, but with such a late start this year, it didn't really happen.
I made the letter banners last year, you can see my tutorial here.

I like to keep our holiday pretty simple.
Nothing terribly fussy.


Our dining room is another one of my favorite areas to decorate. 


I splurged this year and used fresh garlands in a few spots around the house.
The ones on our porch railing and here in our dining room all came from Trader Joe's.
It wasn't terribly expensive, but it always seems like a waste to throw it out after the season.
It definitely is pretty though.  I love how it looks.


Isn't the vintage clock fabulous?
I found it this week, and it is just gorgeous.  Sometimes when I am hunting for new inventory, I like to think of playing the game, "which one of these things is not like the other?"
The good stuff has a way of jumping out at you when you can start to see quality over true junk.

Someone replaced the inner workings with battery operated mechanism, but everything else appears to be original.  It is supposed to have a chime, but I can't figure out how to turn it on.


Our centerpiece is rustic and natural.
I love the rosy look to these pomegranates.


Next to our dining room is our antique piano.
We like to put our Christmas village on top.
We've had parts of it since our first year of being married.  We obviously haven't added a ton to it over the years- mostly because we've never had the room for a big collection.  If anything, I'd love to add some light up street lamps!
In the evenings when we start to turn down the lights, it's beautiful to see the houses lit up.


Next to our Christmas tree is this small bookcase.
I posted a pic on Instagram of this vintage painting (also bought from another vendor at Aunt Bee's House).
The color is beautiful, and I love the snowy church.
I'm hoping to add a little lace crown to the statue later this week.


I filled the tarnished bowl with lots of silver and pearl colored ornaments.


Our kitchen and nook area got a few festive touches too.
Again, nothing fussy- just natural elements brought in from outside mostly.


I added in laurel leaves and berries into my silver collection.


I haven't changed the slate chalkboard since I first wrote our initials on it.  I'm a romantic and a traditionalist, so here it stays.  I added in the snow couple next to it.  Jon bought it for me a few years ago, and it seemed like the perfect spot!


For our nook, I brought in some vintage tins that my mom has passed down to me over the years.  Normally I keep them in my studio, but they look great here for Christmas.
I think they were my grandmother's originally.


I just found the tablecloth this week!
I had pinned a similar photo to my Christmas ideas board on Pinterest recently, so when I spotted this one, I knew it would be a keeper.

The sap bucket and rosemary tree got a little embellishment with some baker's twine and a sparkly silver star.


Our family room mantel got a little more layered from last year's look.
My dad gave me the fence panel, and I love how it looks up here.


The deer were up last year, but I gave them some red jingle bell necklaces.
:)
I bought the vases from TJ Maxx, and filled them with mica snow and a few twiggy birch branches from our yard.


I also made new stockings for us this year.
That's one thing I'm not very sentimental about.  I think this is our sixth set?

I had hoped to have these done last year, but ran out of time.
These are white linen, and simply embellished with a little vintage lace and some French ribbon.


I always keep a stash of these sugar pine cones.  They work their way in from fall through Christmas.
This one got a sprinkling of snow under the dome cloche.

 I wrapped the prayer candle in some birch bark from our tree out front.
  Simple twine and a sparkle jingle bell finish it off.


Thank you so much for visiting our home during the holidays!
Enjoy the beauty and joy of the season!

xo Denise

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35 comments

  1. I love all your Christmas decor, Denise. Your smaller tree is gorgeous.

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  2. Just so very very beautiful! I decorate with lots of natural elements too. I found you through SSS Wow Us Wed. So glad I did! I am Kelly from www.mysoulfulhome.com. Will give a LIKE on FB & pin!! Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Your home looks so lovely. I like all of your Christmas decorations. I think your porch looks wonderful for the holidays. I love all the natural elements you have used and that piano is absolutely gorgeous! Merry Christmas!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  4. Your home looks beautiful, Denise! I love the rolled sheet music you've used throughout in different areas. It adds nicely to a vignette and the stockings. When we used to get a real tree {before we moved and while the kids were still at home}, I enjoyed the family time more than the actual picking of the tree. It was a great few hours to spend together as a family, without stress intruding. It looks like you all had a fun time picking out your tree!

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    1. Oh yes, we did! Thanks Kathy! We have great memories in the making with other family members who usually go with us. A fun tradition for sure! :)

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  5. Stunning tour, absolutely stunning! and I can why you could only get one of that small tree....It's adorable.

    XO,
    Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine! Trees are not expensive here in Oregon, and the tree farm we go to has a $30 flat charge, any size. Since we have the room, it's nice to go big sometimes, but also tough to fill in a big tree with enough ornaments and decor! ;)

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  6. Wow Denise, your home is absolutely gorgeous! The tree is so beautiful and I love the garland and stockings on the staircase! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! *blushing* :) Merry Christmas to you too!

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  7. Wow, your home looks gorgeous all decked out for the holidays. Love your pillow case stockings and those pomegranates look just like Christmas ornaments. Thanks for giving us the tour Denise.

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    1. Thank you Betsy!! I loved your show pics- I just realized I was in non-intentional lurker mode the other day when I stopped by. You are always an inspiration! Hopefully one of these days we can meet in the middle ;)

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  8. Hello Denise,
    Your home is beautiful...love how you decorated your mantel in the family room and those stockings are very pretty. Hope to see ya at my Christmas home tour party on Monday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Can't wait for your party :)

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  9. beautiful! i love the mantle and also love your porch- so inviting!

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  10. So enjoyed the gorgeous tour of your home so beautifully decorated for the holidays…love everything about it!

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  11. Very pretty and yet so homey! Loved everything!!

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    1. That is such a nice compliment Tonya! Thank you!

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  12. Denise, WOW, Your tree is gorgeous and your home is decorated beautifully for Christmas!! I am a new Bloglovin follower. Thanks for joining the Open House party and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  13. Oh My! There is just so much to love about your holiday decorations this year I can't possibly decide which are my favorites. I will say I love the porch and the stocking hung with the scrolls - such a nice touch. Lovely job, your home looks so festive.

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  14. Everything looks awesome, I just love the natural mix. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.

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  15. Your home looks so lovely dressed for Christmas! Beautiful tree, and I love your word garland.
    Mary Alice

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  16. Merry Christmas! I just hopped over from Jennifer Rizzo's holiday home tour party and enjoyed every inch of yours. Love it all! Each little touch you've put into your decorating makes your home looks so cozy and personal. And I will definitely have to remember pomegranates when I'm decorating next year - such a great idea for your centerpiece! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home.

    ~Chelsea
    chelseasgarage.blogspot.com

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  17. Your Christmas decorations is very beautiful! Love it all!

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  18. Love all your Holiday festive touches throughout your home:-) Hope all is well and maybe I'll see you at the Junk Salvation Show again this year.

    xoxo,
    Kathleen

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  19. Thank you for this home tour. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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  20. What a great tour, Denise! It all looks so lovely! I would never have known you'd just been away on vacation! I love all of the detail you put into it! Congrats on the feature at Common Ground! Hope to catch up with you soon!
    Blessings,
    Amanda

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  21. Your home is just lovely and beautifully decorated for Christmas! :)

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  22. Your home is always beautiful Denise, but your holiday tour is one of my very favorites! You have a lovely way of mixing traditional with modern for a really fresh, clean feel! Hope you had a great holiday! Happy New Year!

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  23. Pinned your hanging frame with ornaments!
    http://pinterest/harvestlane

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