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Christmas Home & Garden

Holiday Home Tour

I hope this year’s holiday home tour fills you with joy and holiday cheer! There are so many amazing homes to visit on the internet this time of year, I hope my own home gives you some new ideas for future holiday

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Getting a glimpse into private residences and historic homes all decked out for Christmas is such a treat for me. The first weekend in December my community of Celebration, Florida always holds a Holiday Home Tour. This year I was so busy, I didn’t get a chance to tour the homes, but I am fully in the holiday spirit as you can see by following along through my tour!

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The Family Room

This is where the family gathers for relaxing evenings, or for me catching a Christmas movie or two! This room opens right onto our tavern room, truly open concept living!

Here is the view from the family room toward the tavern room. I wanted to soften this large opening with garland. I thought that garland all around the opening would be a little too much, so I went with this asymmetrical look. I used three different garlands and some loose artificial stems to create this full garland look to frame this corner of the entry to the tavern room.

Do you see the little glass mouse? He is a Steuben glass mouse, just one of a number of Steuben figurines gifted to me upon the passing of a dear friend. I thought of the line from The Night Before Christmas, “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” when I selected him to hang out here by these decorative book boxes and a couple of little trees tucked into garden urns.

Although each room has a bit of their own personality and theme for Christmas, I used white gift boxes tied with red ribbons throughout the adjacent rooms.

Other than the red and white boxes tucked in wooden crates around the firebox, the garland across the mantel is a combination of different garlands and an abundance of additional faux evergreen picks. I tucked a lot of sugar pine cones throughout the garland, and attached some in clusters hung from Command Hooks.

The look here is all about the reindeer. On one end of the mantel is a pair of Fitz and Floyd reindeer candleholders. The look like they are leaping through the woods. You might also see some of my DIY faux birch logs, created from pool noodles tucked into the garlands.

The other end of the mantel is adorned with a tall silver bucket decorated with stag’s head handles. I used fresh evergreens to fill this bucket. Since we have an artificial tree, it is nice to have some scent from the pines, spruce and cedar branches. Sofa pillow covers were switched out to Christmasy ones. These Chesterfield style sofas are so comfortable!

Two years ago I spotted this leaping reindeer at Michael’s and just had to bring him home. He decorated my Joy to the World tablescape that year. There was an ugly electric fireplace in this space when we bought the home, and living in Florida, we are just as happy with the space to decorate as we are to have a fire!

When I ordered this table, I remember telling a friend that I ordered a coffee table with a “bad” top. She asked why I would buy something with a ‘bad’ top. What I actually meant was a sufficiently distressed tabletop that could stand up to feet being put up on it for years and years! I have never been disappointed in my choice!

I think this stag’s head container was a Home Good’s find several years ago. I know it dressed the table for a Reindeer Christmas Tablescape. It was easy enough to add some artificial Christmas greens and assorted pinecones to the basket this year. A couple of wood slices are ready to display a collection of cheeses and crackers while a found antler shed from Montana continues the family room theme.

The Tavern Room

This is the room where my big farmhouse table is, and door that lead out to our patio and pool. The bar sits in a corner of this room as seen below. The big old armoire was once black, then we painted it blue and now it is a very distressed (not on purpose) white! You can see how it looked painted with blue milk paint here. Someday we plan to have our fabulous woodworker build a custom cabinet in its place.

Here in Florida, it is wonderful to have the sunshine dance on my beautiful hardwood floors! Those deer on the corner of the bar were a last minute Target find! I have had a pair of deer I have used over and over again, but the standing one had one leg lifted and he fell over more times than I can count. Everytime he fell his antlers broke! When I spotted these plastic ones at Target and knew they would replace the old broken antler guy! The beauty of these plastic ones is that they can be painted any color I want. They may be white next year…or even in January!!

The other end of the bar holds an oversized vase, once again filled with a collection of mixed Christmas greenery.

The table was dressed for the season with a bevy of gift boxes as shared in my Christmas Tablescape Wrapped up for the Holiday!

Who doesn’t want to dine under a assortment of Christmas gifts tied up with red ribbons?

Platinum Larabee Road dinner plates from Kate Spade for Lenox will be laden with wonderful meals come Christmas day! Salad plates adorned with holly were the perfect accompaniment to this festive tablescape!

After attending the Pinner’s Conference in Phoenix and trying my hand at Chalk Couture, I was happy to decorate my tavern room chalk board all by myself!

At Christmastime, every chair gets a little decor of its own. This one has a red throw and another pillow with a Christmas message!

AND…

You may be thinking, wait!! We didn’t even see the Christmas tree. Actually there are five of them I still have to show you!!! BUT I had no idea this post was going to get this long! So, stay tuned, check back, the living room, the front porch, AND my granddaughter’s bedroom are still to come!

Holiday Home Tour, Part 2

The rest of the home tour is live! You can see it here!

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

11 Comments

  1. Darlene Brown says:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My mother passed on Christmas Day in the afternoon, I was recovering from hospitalization for pneumonia. As you said she lives in my memories and my heart. I always hoped no family member or friend would pass during the holidays, but God had a different plan.

  2. Wow! It looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to see the rest. You’ve thought of everything and I really love the picture of you looking through the window.

    Your greenery on the mantel is so lush and beautiful and the package chandelier! Your chalk board looks incredible too. So fun to see. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Chloe, sending my love and hugs to you and your family. I love the lush greenery over the door and on your mantel. Everything is just stunning! And I love the picture of you looking out the window in that fabulous red dress!

  4. Like everyone else, I LOVE the photo of you through the window – you are beautiful! And so is your house! I got so many great ideas from this post, and I’m so excited to see the rest! Sending lots of love down to you my friend.

  5. Chloe, your home tour is just lovely! Everything is so pretty – I love the mantel, the chalk board, and how you decorated the entry to the tavern room. Your leaping reindeer is so gorgeous and the antler shed is a very cool find. Anyone would feel privileged to join you for Christmas in your lovely home. Take care!

  6. What a picture! You look absolutely beautiful there; it reminds me of a movie scene. Great job as always Chloe; your house looks amazingly beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  7. Your home looks lovely Chloe~I love all the greenery you used and the white boxes with red ribbons are so festive and pretty! Have a jolly holiday and Merry Christmas!

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