Country Living...Island Dreaming

December 8, 2016

Christmas House Tour

Welcome to my Christmas House Tour!  I am thrilled to join a group of fabulous bloggers for The Pink Door Holiday Home Tour hosted by Annie from All Things Big and Small.  I had the pleasure of meeting Annie this summer at the Haven Conference and I was honored when she asked me to be a part of her holiday home tour!

Let's get started by entering through my front door!
Christmas Foyer and Holiday House Tour
This is our second year of having a tree in the foyer.  This one is obviously artificial but my husband insists we buy a real tree for our living room.  We usually wait until about 2 weeks before Christmas to put that one up.  In the meantime, it's nice to be greeted by a tree when we open the front door.  (Not that we ever actually use the front door, but it's a nice thought!)

Red and Black Christmas Decor - Holiday House Tour
This year I decorated the foyer tree in red, black and white.  I used the same ribbon to make some bows for the stairs.

Christmas Home Tour - Calypso in the Country blog
I thought my black rain boots made a nice accessory...

Red and Black Christmas Decoration - Holiday House Tour
Why not put them to good use when it's not raining!

Red and Black Pillow for Christmas
I just happened to have a Pottery Barn pillow from last year that worked well with this year's colors.
Foyer Decorated for Christmas
As you can see, I haven't done much in my living room.  Once we bring home the real tree, I will decorate more in there.

In the meantime, please join me in the back of the house...
Christmas House Tour
We enter the kitchen through this doorway every morning so it was the perfect place to hang our Santa advent calendar.  My mother in law gave me this years ago.  My kids still love updating the date each morning.

Welcome to my Christmas kitchen!
Christmas Kitchen - white kitchen with red and green
Last year, I went very subtle on the Christmas decor in here.  We had just remodeled our kitchen at that point and I was still enjoying the newness of the space.  This year I added a few more decorative items.

Christmas Vignette with tiered tray and pine cones
I always like having something on the middle of the island.  This tiered tray adds some height but doesn't take up too much space.  We are constantly using the island so it can't be too cluttered.

White Kitchen decorated with red and green for Christmas

White Kitchen decorated with red, green and black for Christmas
As you can see, I coordinated the table with the same red and black colors I used in the foyer.

White Kitchen with farm sink in front of windows - decorated for Christmas
I also added a few red pieces over near the sink.  I love the way the red looks with all the white.

Red and Green Christmas Vignette
More red and green are carried over to the corner vignette.

Christmas topiaries in white kitchen
And here is a closer look at the topiaries by the window.  I almost covered the red pot in burlap to give it a more natural look but ended up leaving the red for more color.  Who am I kidding?  Actually, I didn't get a chance to buy the burlap...that's why I never covered them!

White Kitchen Decorated for Christmas
Here is the view from the family room.

White Stove Hood with Santa
Recently, I picked up this Santa on sale at Michael's Craft Store.  I thought he was appropriate for our family of skiers!

Glass Stacked Cabinets with mini wreaths
Last year, I thought about adding wreaths to the cabinets but never did, so this year it was one of the first things I accomplished in here!  The wreaths are from Ballard Designs a few years ago but I think they still carry them.  They are about 9 inches.

Chandelier with fresh greens for Christmas
Just like last year, I added fresh greens to the chandelier.  And just like last year, my hands got full of sap.  I think I finally got it off my hands...

Black and Red Christmas Table
As I mentioned, I continued the red and black onto my table setting.

Christmas Place Setting Ideas


Red and White Gingham Ribbon around silverware for Christmas
This is the same gingham ribbon I used to hang the wreaths and make bows throughout the kitchen.

Christmas Table with Cranberries
I always love adding cranberries in my glass hurricanes.  It's cheap, easy and they usually last through the holidays.  Just my kind of "craft"!

Chalkboard Christmas Plates
The bread and salad plates are from Homegoods.  I have so many small plates that I switch out for holidays.  Luckily, my white plates go with everything!

Open Concept Kitchen Family Room at Christmas
From the table, you can see into my family room.  I still have to do some more decorating in there but I usually keep it pretty simple.

Christmas Kitchen and Family Room
So far, a wreath and stockings are about as far as I have gotten.  (If you look very closely, you can see my favorite accessory, though - Rosie my golden retriever is on her chair!)

Stone Fireplace at Christmas
And that concludes our tour!  Thanks for stopping by!  Once we buy our Christmas tree, I will give you a tour of the living room.  At that point, I will also take you on a tour of the dining room, which is currently the dumping ground for all the gifts and things I haven't put away yet...

If you want to see what my house looked like in previous years, please feel free to click on any of the links below.


Thanks again to Annie from All Things Big and Small for organizing this Home Tour!  Be sure to stop by the other beautiful blogs listed below for more holiday inspiration!
               
           
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday


How is your decorating coming along?

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32 comments

  1. Very pretty, festive, and well coordinated. Love your kitchen!!!

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  2. OMG Shelley! Your home looks positively stunning! Love your accents of the red and black check ribbon and your tree and staircase look picture perfect! Love your wreaths in the kitchen. I put up boxwood wreaths last Christmas and never took them down!! Enjoy every minute of the holidays in that gorgeous home of yours!!

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  3. Love it all!! Your home is gorgeous!!

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    1. I love your kitchen so much - the white cabinets and the light fixtures! I love that you have a tree right when you walk in the house, I'd love to have a foyer big enough just for that, ha!

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  4. Your home is looking better than ever, Shelley! You know what a big fan of your kitchen I already am, so add some Christmas touches and I am smitten. The foyer is stunning too. I hope you make lots of fun memories this holiday season.

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  5. Love it, and your entry tree is so pretty. Of course you know I love your kitchen and adding the wreaths and red is just perfect. Great tour.

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  6. Shelley, the whole tour is so beautiful! I really love the classic color feeling. I went so offbeat this year that I'm now really enjoying a more traditional color palette, as if it's brand new. The black does add a bit of newness to it, as well, while keeping it all elegant and traditional. Beautiful kitchen too! Love the wreaths on the cabinets!! Enjoy the holidays!!

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  7. Love, love, love the reds! Everything is festive and beautiful.
    Brenda

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  8. Love your Christmas decor, especially all the coordinated red and black checks. I also think the cranberries are a great idea...had never thought of that! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Beautiful! I love the buffalo check, all the pops of red and the wreaths on the cabinets. Great job! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Shelley, your house looks beautiful adorned for Christmas. I love the red, black, and white color palette that you chose for your entry. I am swooning over your beautiful kitchen. It is gorgeous! Also, it looks like we have the same kitchen chairs. Thanks for taking me on the tour! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  11. Love how you carried the decorations throughout all the rooms and those wreaths from Ballard are so cute!

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  12. The tiny wreaths on the upper cabinets...oh my gahhhhhh!!! ALL the heart eyes for that detail!!!!!! xx

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  13. Shelley, Your home is beautiful. I especially like your kitchen with your wonderful window over your farm house sink. I have a farm house sink I love but alas no window! The bright and airy room is delightful. Love your boxwood wreaths, cranberry candle and plaid and white dishes.
    Great looking needlepoint stockings too. Have a merry Christmas.

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  14. Shelley, your home looks gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas! I love the tree in the foyer! Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  15. Oh your home is so pretty. What a lovely tour. I hope you'll add The Count Down To Christmas party to your list and come over and link up!
    Oh what a great post! I love this. And your tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you'll come over and link at The Countdown to Christmas!
    The party is over here:
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/
    You can link all your Christmas posts. I'd love to see your archives!
    Merry Christmas!

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  16. It all looks so pretty, Shelley! I really like all the red and green in your beautiful white kitchen, especially the little wreaths on all the upper glass door cabinets.

    Have a great weekend!
    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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  17. I'm such a fan of red white and black and I love the way you carried it out in your beautiful home. You did a wonderful job decorating it all looks warm and cozy!!

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  18. I am also a fan of black red and white during the holidays - your home looks lovely and i admire your kitchen lighting over your island!! Enjoy the holiday!

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  19. It's just beautiful Shelley, you did a fabulous job!! I love your red and black throughout and the mini wreaths in the kitchen are so charming! Enjoy the holidays with your sweet family! :)

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  20. I love your tour! Your kitchen is gorgeous!!!!

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  21. Oh Shelley, I almost used the same color palette in my decor this year! Great minds, think alike! Love everything dear especially in your gorgeous new kitchen! Thank you for joining the 12 days of holiday homes Link party dear! Hope you can visit my home tour too ! Merry Christmas!

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  22. Shelley, I love all of the greenery in your kitchen! Especially the little wreaths on each one of your glass front cabinets. Just a beautiful home, as always! Happy Holidays!

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  23. What gorgeous decorations! Love the overall festive atmosphere you've created in your beautiful home!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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  24. What a beautiful home!Thank you for the decor inspiration.

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  25. Shelley everything looks so beautiful and festive!

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  26. Shelley,

    Your tour is just beautiful! I absolutely adore a tree in the foyer! Wish I could do that! And the colors are perfect in your kitchen. I think my favorite thing though is your little wreaths on all your glass cabinets - and I always love greens around a chandelier. That's on my list for next year!

    Merry Christmas to you and your cute family!

    Sheila
    xo

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  27. Beautiful!
    Thanks for also sharing with AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Your home is beautiful! I can't get enough of the Christmas home tours. They make me so excited for Christmas. Thanks for sharing yours at the Wednesday showcase party.

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