Thursday, December 11, 2014

CHRISTMAS 2014 HOME TOUR {BLOGGER STYLIN' HOME TOURS}


Welcome friends, I'm so glad to have you here today!  I'm am always thrilled to participate in each installment of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours, it's one of the best blog tours around!


A million thanks to Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Company for organizing the tour and keeping the 40+ bloggers that participate informed and in line...that's no minor task!  If you're joining me from Beth's at Home Stories A to Z, thanks for coming over!  And if you missed Beth's tour, head over right away to check out her amazing Christmas kitchen.  I have a soft spot in my heart for kitchens right now (I just completed a kitchen refresh makeover).

My approach to decorating is to use what I love, find unique treasures (mostly from thrift shops, yard sales, and Craigslist), not be afraid to make something my own, always include bright pops of color, and just have fun with it and everything usually works out in the end.  If not, we just go back to the drawing board!


Lantern Set (affiliate link)

This year I went over the top with the red and green color palette.  Most everything I used was things I already had from Christmases past, or accessories I use throughout the year but gave them a little twist for Christmas.  I love how the Entry turned out so fun and festive!




In the Dining Room I corralled a collection of brass candlesticks on a large tray, layered it on a strip of fabric (just fold the edges under!), and topped it off with some fresh cut greenery and a few ornaments.





The strong dose of red and green continues in the Living Room.  I used feather boas on my tree many years ago, and came across them again as I was pulling out my decorations.  I thought this was the perfect year to bring them back!  This is our main tree, so it's a hodge podge of sentimental, hand made, and collected ornaments and sets.  The DIY silver tray photo frame ornaments that I made last year really stand out on the tree.







Anything around the house that was red or green was fair game!   I swiped the euro pillows off of my son's bed and a couple of old Southern Living cookbooks with festive spines.


 My in-laws spent several years as missionaries in Thailand, and gifted us with some gorgeous, unique nativity sets from their time there.  We have an olive wood set from Bethlehem, a Celadon pottery set from Thailand, and a glass set from Myanmar.  Such treasures!


I used these chalkboards last year, and they kept perfectly throughout the year.  I just sprayed them with a light coat of aerosol hairspray to keep the chalk from smudging, then replaced the regular picture that goes in the frames for the remainder of the year, storing the chalkboards in an out of the way spot.






More of my Christmas Mantle here.


My son has been crazy about trains lately.  He begs for us to take him to the tracks to watch for one to come by, and keeps track of everything he sees in a notebook that is with him at all times.  ;)  I happily agreed to his train circling the base of the tree.


My engineer at work...







See more of my Christmas Kitchen and Breakfast Nook here.


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Next on the tour is Summer from Simple Stylings!  I've already had a peek at her Christmas dining table, and oh my!  It was yummy.  Can't wait to see the rest of her house!

Here's this week's complete tour line-up.  You won't be disappointed with any of these fabulous homes!

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:
>>>Dimples and Tangles<<<  Thanks for coming!

Friday:

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34 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I love this!!!!!! The feather boa on the tree is so amazing and I'm totally adding that next year. You are so so talented! Xo

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  2. Julia @cuckoo4designDecember 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Oh my gosh Jennifer, I have said it many times but nobody knows how to decorate with green like you do and it looks so wonderful with all the red. Love everything so much

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  3. The layering in the entry and over the mantle is to die for! The feather boa garland is a fun touch too.

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  4. Beth @ designPOST interiorsDecember 11, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Beautiful! You alwasy fill every inch with so much love!

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  5. There are a lot of Christmas home tours out in blog land and I've looked at them all and I must say your's is my favorite! Unique but traditional colors with lots of pop! I've gotten several ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Stephanie @loveolympiajune.bloDecember 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    So fun and full of color! Beautiful!!
    Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    Stephanie

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  7. Yay, Lucinda! So glad you were inspired! Merry Christmas!

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  8. Ha! I felt like that trend might have been overdone years ago, but I used them anyway. Glad you liked it Mallory! Merry Christmas sweet lady!

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  9. Julia, thank you! That's a big compliment from you, your Christmas home is jaw-dropping gorgeous!

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  10. I'll say it again Jennifer - love the red and green!! So fun and so festive and so you! The train around the tree - perfect. Isn't it fun to see the kids' personalities develop as they get older? :)

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  11. your home is just so fun and breathtaking!!!

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  12. I love your red and green this year, how fun is that. I always love how you mix elegance and whimsy together so effortless. Beautifully done. I also love the pic of your son working on his train, so special.

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  13. Micki Voorhis ClemensDecember 11, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Your decorations are eclectic and fun and very different. Truly a surprise around every corner! Congratulations

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  14. SO great!! Love all the mix of color and texture!!

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  15. I am always dazzled by your designs! I'm a fairly young new homeowner and hope that over time my space comes together as well as yours. So inspiring. I especially appreciate how authentic your blog is.

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  16. Kristin Strickler CadwalladerDecember 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Wow! Bright and full of cheer! I adore your candle arrangement on your table and the ribbon and pinecones on the chairs :) Love when you do that. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet fam! xoxo

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  17. cassie {hi sugarplum}December 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    This is all so good, I don't even know where to start?!?! The entry, the stockings, the ornaments in the mixer!!! It's just perfection! You are a styling queen, my dear!

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  18. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch RenoDecember 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Your style is fantastic...I love each and every thing you do! The centerpiece of your dining room table is just stunning! I'm in love with your whole home! :)

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  19. Jennifer! As always, you have covered every detail. I love your home and the gorgeous touches you add to everything. Just beautiful!! xox

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  20. Lisa @ Shine Your LightDecember 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Wow! You are amazing Jennifer! So much attention to detail! Your home looks beautiful!!

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  21. Your home is just SPECTACULAR Jennifer!!!! you are awesome at decorating all year round! your home is brimming with ideas and inspiration! We're all so lucky to see your talent thru your blog!!!! LOVE IT ALL!

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  22. Jennifer, I could look at these photos a hundred times a day, and be inspired in different ways each and every time. Absolutely love it all!

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  23. Ok, of course I love it all. I've already gushed over your mantel! That train around the tree is just adorable though - something about a train around a christmas tree is just magical! And filling the Kitchen Aid with ornaments?! Genius!

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  24. Jenn @ My Fabuless LifeDecember 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I've been in love with your home since the day I first laid eyes on that green hutch!! It's all so beautiful! And I love the ornaments in the Kitchenaid!! I'm doing that as soon as I get home!

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  25. I'm not sure what happened to my post...hope this is not a repeat.


    Everything is beautiful ~ as usual! I love using red and green at Christmas...just feels "right" to me. :) I did a white and gold tree this year and it's pretty but I've decided the green tree with white lights is still my favorite.


    You have so many special touches it's hard to mention them all. Great job on everything!
    xo
    Pat

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  26. Aaahhhh!! Everything is so gorgeous! Stunning tour!

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  27. You truly have the most creative decor.... I enjoy your blog so, so much because it's fresh, creative yet do-able for those of us who need a little inspiration (ok-a lot of help!!!). I love the nativities

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  28. What beautiful Christmas home you have created! Love its uniqueness and special touches. Visiting from The Nester...hope you have a very merry Christmas!!
    Luisa

    Living and Learning with Luisa

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  29. Your home is gorgeous! Where did you get your tiered fruit basket?

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  30. Thank you! That is just 3 pieces of milk glass that I stacked together.

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  31. LOVE>>>>EVERY >>>>>>SINGLE>>>>MORSEL!!!!!
    I was hooked when I saw that bust withthe Stewart scarf...and, AND, AND the paper stars and pinwheels on the mirrors. And then the RED BOA on the tree...Clever, clever, CLEVER!!!!!
    Thanks for the tour.....

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  32. where do i go to find wreaths or some decorative feature for the base of candles that are on candle holders or candlabras

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