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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Welcome friends!  I'm so glad you're here today for the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes, and part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour!  I'd like to give a big thank you to Jenny from Evolution of Style for organizing this tour and inviting me to join.  We had such fun last year I jumped at the chance! 

Come on in, and stay as long as you'd like!  

I saved some of the curly willow branches that I used for my Halloween Home Depot Style Challenge.  They are my favorite pot fillers in the winter, paired with fresh cedar branches trimmed from trees along the creek behind my house.

Rustic Lantern Set (affiliate link)

Last year I stuck with a palette of black, white, and metallics, but I missed the red I've used for years.  This year traditional red and green abounds, mixed in with a bit of plaid, blue and white pottery, and black and white accents.

I recently completed a mini kitchen makeover (if you can call painting cabinets a mini job...whew!) and it was so fun to dress it up for Christmas!

Thank you to my sweet friend Emily from Eleven Gables for this fun teapot... besides being perfect for my kitchen it whistles loudly and everyone in the family wants to use it!

Earlier in the year I got this fabulous mixer, and couldn't resist selecting my favorite color rather than a more practical, neutral choice.  There's always spray paint if I ever change my mind, but I haven't been sorry yet!  And, it fits right in for Christmas.  Several weeks ago Craftberry Bush offered this darling printable as a free download, so all I needed was a cute frame for an instant fun vignette.  The rainboots are a Smith & Hawken ornament from Target that I bought a few years ago.

The flour and sugar even got a bit of special attention for Christmas-

Did you read December's Better Homes and Gardens?  I thought it was extra good this month and found lots of inspiration in it's pages, including a similar tiered milk glass display that I adapted to use in my kitchen.

After spending the Fall on my mantle, my Homegoods planter head got yet another coat of paint and a few ornaments adorning his head so he's ready for the season.

You can see a little peek of this year's mantle behind his head in the previous photo.

For the eating area in the kitchen, I threw together all of the elements that I'm using this year... plaid, red, white, green, and black and white.  

This plaid wrapping paper from Homegoods made the perfect runner, and I layered Ikea chargers, red transfer ware plates, and Spode salad plates that are on loan indefinitely from my Mom.  I'm happy to have them living at my house for a while!

I picked up this metal tree at a thrift shop over the summer and used it as part of the centerpiece, as well as my favorite vintage choir boy candleholders that I bought from a rummage sale a few years ago.  I love the sweet expressions on their faces.

Well, I think that's enough for today, I'm sure you have a long to-do list to get to like I do!  I'll share the rest of my tour on Thursday, and would love to see you back here then.

**View Part 2 of my Christmas home tour HERE!**

Yesterday Kris from Driven by Decor shared her darling tour, go here to check it out if you missed it.  I just love her coffee table decor!

And tomorrow Cindy from The Creativity Exchange will share her festive Christmas home with us.

Here's the complete tour line-up if you need to catch up, there are some really terrific tours!

12/1- Evolution of Style: 
12/3- Dixie Delights: 
12/4- Simple Details: 
12/5- Shine Your Light: 
12/8- Driven by Décor: 
>>>>12/9- Dimples & Tangles:<<<<< 
12/10- The Creativity Exchange: 
12/11- The Little Black Door: 
12/12- Steward of Design: 
12/15- Tour Recap
12/16- Day for you to link up! (Check back here for details)

Thanks so much for coming today.  I'll be back on Thursday with the rest of my Christmas tour for the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours!

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  1. Your home is so bright and SO festive! LOVE it all! What a beautiful home you've made for the holidays!

  2. Your home is simply stunning Jennifer and I love all of your beautiful Christmas touches. So many wonderful ideas and your creativity always blows me away girl! Such a bright and festive home and I especially love your color palette mixed with plaid. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas Jennifer! xo

  3. Kris {Driven by Décor}December 9, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    So fun, bright, cheery, and festive - just love it!! My favorite parts are all of the little details like the decorations on your canisters, the little boots by your mixer, and the plaid scarf around the bust in your entry. It gorgeous and I can't wait to see the rest of your house later in the week!

  4. Stunning Jennifer! Especially loving the gold accents in the kitchen this time of year.

  5. i am not one for red and green christmas decor, but i LOOOOOVE it in your home!!!! it's AMAZING! the entry with the branches, the kitchen, the deer..... oh wow! i adore it!!!!

  6. Pam @ Simple DetailsDecember 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Jennifer, I just love the cheerful, lively vibe and all your stylish touches are amazing! The entry buffet is my favorite, I think, well one of them! You must have had so much fun decorating the new kitchen ~ love the wreaths on your pantry doors! Enjoy!

  7. Love your kitchen, it is so pretty and the decor is so cheerful and fun. I love how you pay attention to every single little detail. Gorgeous. Looking forward to the rest of the tour.

  8. Your home is so fun and festive, starting with your amazing porch! Your pots are fantastic and I'm a sucker for lanterns. Super job. Have a great Christmas!

  9. Stephanie @loveolympiajune.bloDecember 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I really love your kitchen eating area! It is so beautiful and well decorated. Thanks for the tour of your home!!

  10. Well, you did it again! Perfection! You know I love your teapot, but the mixer?! DARLING!! and the plaid sprinkled throughout is perfect! I am partial to your tabletop as well. Pretty sure you are the table master! I love your "new" kitchen! Just beautiful, friend!! xox

  11. Lisa @ Shine Your LightDecember 9, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Jennifer, as always your home is a feast for the eyes! I love all your pretty details everywhere, from the flour and sugar canisters to the fruit display, everything comes together to make your home so festive and beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing all your lovely ideas!!

  12. You have a beautiful home, Jennifer! My guess is your favorite color, mine, too. Have a great week.

  13. I LOVE your decorations. Gorgeous. I also love seeing the gold/stainless mix in your kitchen. I love my stainless appliances, but I also am a huge fan of gold and wondered how it would look!

  14. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch RenoDecember 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    You are so super talented....gorgeous as usual!!!

  15. Jennifer I love your bright cheerful home! And I LOVE the way you used beautiful teacups for flour and sugar scoops! I have to remember that one for someday when I have a kitchen big enough to have my flour and sugar on the counter like I've always wanted!
    I think feedburner must have quit delivering your posts to my inbox :( I'm adding people to my blogroll as I remember who all I used to get in my inbox so I can keep up better again!

  16. Kristin Strickler CadwalladerDecember 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    wow! The entrance to your home is a stunner! So bright and cheery! Merry Christmas!

  17. Beautiful! I love your home tour, thank you for sharing your beautiful space. The entrance is absolutely welcoming and the hallway area is stunning. I love the stars on the mirror! Amazing detail work through out the home. The tea cups inside the flour containers are lovely and I like the fruit stand.

  18. Gorgeous as always! I love all of the details you've added! Your outdoor pots are STUNNING, and how fun is that green kettle and Kitchen Aid mixer? Perfect for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Fantastic as always Jennifer! You need to be a stylist for a major magazine! Love your new kitchen pendants and your makeover. Have a wonderful holiday. xo Nancy

  20. have a way with color! Your home looks so festive and party ready:) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays:)

  21. So very pretty!!! Love all the details (especially the guy with the scarf!)! Your table setting is gorgeous!! Merry Christmas!!!

  22. Girrrlllll - Everything is amazing. I am always wowed by your use of color. I think my favorite this year is your entry. Or your kitchen. Or family room. Scratch that... I just love it all and cannot pick one :-) xoxo

  23. It's all just gorgeous, Jennifer. I love your green kitchen appliances and what you did with the mixer :) The milk glass with red and green fruit is really pretty, too. Merry Christmas to you!

  24. love it all! You're making me want to add some red back into my Christmas decor!

  25. You did a beautiful job. Your home just lends itself to a cherry Christmas and you made it so magical. Love it!!

  26. I love all the decorations! Your home looks spectacular! I especially love your dining room. And the entryway is stunning.

  27. Even though I'm just now getting time to visit some of my favorite bloggers' Christmas tours, I'm not at all surprised at how fabulous this is. Love all your eclectic Christmas charm!!

  28. Melanie@The Painted ChandelierDecember 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Everything looks so pretty, Jennifer! I especially love your beautiful front entryway and the curly willows and greenery. Your kitchen cabinet makeover looks so lovely, as do your kitchen table settings. Hope you are enjoying the holidays, friend! xo


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