Welcome To My Christmas Home Tour

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Happy December, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  Every year I tell myself I’m not going to overdo it, take my time and enjoy the process, but then when the time comes, it’s just so hard y’all. I have definitely done better this year, but I need to keep pacing myself. I think the best way to avoid the stress is to plan in advance. You can go to this post here  Christmas Planning & Color Ideas to read some of my tips on preparing for Christmas and some color scheme ideas. I’m loving the way our holiday home is feeling this year and I’m happy to bring you along on a tour….

Welcome

This year I wanted to make some changes with our decor and keep it simple. In our old home we had several separate rooms so it was easier to allow different themes for each room. But with our new house, the open concept is a bit more limiting. When you have a large open space, it’s best to keep things very cohesive and simple otherwise the space can look very cluttered and confusing.

Also, selecting various focal point areas can keep the busyness and cluttered feeling to a minimum. If decorating overwhelms you, I highly suggest picking some of your favorite areas to concentrate on . This can take away the stress and expense of the overall decor. Sometimes, less is more and if you have focal points spotlighted, it draws your eye to one place instead of everywhere. Planning ahead can really help lessen anxiety over the decorating if that overwhelms you. Look through Pinterest or Instagram way ahead of time to get some inspiration and start gathering your decor early while the sales are good and the merchandise is still available.

This year for the front porch I decided to do a very similar look as last year. I love the outside to look more natural and prefer to use real greenery. Since we live on a lake in the country, it fits the look of our home much better. I kept it a little more simple and decided not to add any bows, ribbon or “foofoo” items and go with a more natural look.

PORCH

 

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The greenery arrangements in the urns were so simple. I just gathered greens from around the yard and put them together. You can visit this post for more details SPRUCE UP YOUR DOOR STEP FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THIS EASY GREENERY PROJECT  or you can visit my Instagram account for a video tutorial saved in my story highlights.

 

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Another area that is a great focal point is the entryway. This is the first place people will see your home so if you were to only decorate one space, this should be it. Make it inviting and tell the theme that will follow throughout the house.

This year my theme or the look I wanted was a lot of layered natural looking greenery paired with my black and white decor and pops of red. Y’all I haven’t used red in my decor for years. I’ve had a neutral Christmas home for at least 5 years. I was a little hesitant at first but we are loving how just a few touches of red add to the festivity of the whole look.

ENTRYWAY

We have a huge open concept home so there isn’t technically a foyer. So I’ve had to designate the entryway by the arrangement of the furniture. Our fireplace is one of the first things you see as you enter the front door, so I wanted to make it grand and tell the story.

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I started with the large sign as my focal point above the mantel. Any large sign or mirror would be perfect. Next I layered about 4-5 different types of faux garland and picks. I popped in a few flocked pieces to tie in our tree and a few other areas. I think the flocking can soften the look and make the greenery pop. Don’t be afraid to mix regular and flocked greenery I think they compliment each other nicely. I then added some antlers and pinecones for more natural elements and texture. The garland that is cascading on the right side is anchored at the top my a small finishing nail on top. You can also use command hooks for securing garland.

 

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For height to draw the eye up to the sign and fill in the space I added various sizes of black candlesticks. For light I’m using battery operated timer candles. Y’all these are fabulous for Christmas decor. I love how they automatically go on as the house starts getting darker, and they turn off when we go to bed. I highly recommend them and they are much safer than candles!( my son is a firefighter so all safety around here). I also added mini wired timer lights in the garland as well.

The white and black stockings stand out against the dark mantel and we hung them underneath with cup hooks. I did not want to cover up or take away from our beautiful new mantle. I then embellished the stockings with some little sprigs of red berries and eucalyptus to tie in the color. Little chalk board tags are used for each persons name.

I had originally added the red satin ribbon but after looking at it, I felt that they were too bold and took away from the greenery and my main focal point. I didn’t wasn’t the first thing people saw was the red ribbon.

 

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For another visual effect, I hung various ornaments to bring in my color theme with fishing line. They are anchored in the ceiling with clear tacks.

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A fun mix of pillows in the color scheme helped to tie in the decor and give a cozy festive feel to the room. For most of the vignettes or arrangements throughout the house, I utilized different sized dough bowls and layered in all the greenery varieties, and tucked in candles, pinecones or flowers.

The other focal point in our entryway is the console table. I kept it very simple highlighting the mirror  with a greenery swag and a papier-mache deer head. The deer was painted with white chalk paint and the antlers were glittered with gold. A few small finishing nails in the mirror hold the arrangement in place.  A simple arrangement and chunky wood candlesticks with birch candles and it’s done!

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Heres another vignette using galvanized houses in a galvanized tray. Tiny lights are inside the houses and light up at night. Then I just placed in some greenery as a final touch

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Another great place to spotlight is a stair banister. This is where you can really add some drama and festivity to the whole house. This year I draped 3 different types of garland starting with a pine that I added lights to. I use garland ties to attach mine to the railings. I then tucked in berries in a few places. I love making my garland cascade down the front of the banister and adding a large ribbon. I think it makes such a beautiful statement and actually if that’s all I had to do, it would be the stairs!

 

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At the top of the stairs, I just added 3 heights of flocked trees in old crocks and left them naked. I just love the simplicity but the sparkle it adds.

In the main area of the great room, I used pillows in various prints and textures to create the cozy festive feel since the tree is the main attraction in this room. This year we decided to place the tree in front of the windows looking our to the lake view. Best of both worlds here don’t you think?

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Here’s a little trick I use for placing ribbon on the tree and it saves so much money. All I do is cut 12″-18″ strips (I layered two ribbons this year) make sure they both are wired. Then just make a loop and tie off with wire. Just place the loop on a branch then tuck the end back in so it looks like they are coming out of the tree and wrapped inside. Easy peasy!!

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DINING ROOM & KITCHEN

Our dining room is basically part of the great room so I like to keep i simple. I added some very realistic pine to the chandelier and some over the back door. I change-up the table with various centerpieces throughout the season. I will be sharing several tablescape ideas next post so stay tuned.

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In the kitchen I went super simple. Above the cabinets I put my tree farm sign and some simple trees. A festive wreath on the stove vent and two cabinets wrapped with stripe ribbon and mini wreaths attached.

Then in my open cabinet I placed some small greenery and little house throughout the space. These little gingerbread houses were just painted white ceramic houses from the Target dollar section.

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Supplies:

Ceramic Houses

Brown chalk Paint

White puff paint

Small sponge brush

 

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The last space I decorated for this tour was our master bedroom. I never used to decorate it, but since its right off the main room, I love being able to see some small touches of Christmas in the room. And the twinkle lights are so cozy & romantic I must say! I just added som greenery on the headboard, A red Amaryllis flower and a festive, cozy pillow.

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On our bedroom mantle I started with some frosty, cascading greenery. I wanted to keep with the same colors coordinated in the room by using the white, creams & gray tones. So I incorporated my bottle brush tree collection and I love how well they go with the room. I also added my collection of vintage ornaments displayed on a cake stand under a cloche.

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I still have to do our big family traditional tree in our loft upstairs. I will share that when we finish it. It’s really my most favorite & treasured item because it holds all of our ornaments collected throughout my childhood and my own kids. Every year the received an ornament related to an activity or even that year. Talk about nostalgia! I can’t wait to share it so stay tune friends! Also, you can visit my Instagram page and go to my story highlights for details on video of  demonstrations and style tips on all the main areas.

I hope that you were able to get some inspiration and styling tips for your own home. I’d love to know what you think and feel free to ask any question, I’m happy to help. I appreciate you and I hope that you have an amazing Christmas holiday! Just remember the reason for the season and “do you” . Don’t compare or judge yourself against anyone else. Do what you makes you happy friends!!

HAPPY DECORATING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 3, 2018

  1. Jean

    December 3rd, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    You are amazing! I love your touch of creativity on everything you do! So enjoy following you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!🎄👍👏

  2. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Jean,
    You are so very kind, thank you. I love your feedback and hearing that you enjoy my blog.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
    ~Deborah xoxo

  3. Megan

    December 4th, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    OMG, you included a pair of skates that is so cute.

  4. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Megan,

    Yes I just love those little skates I found at a vintage flea market.
    Thank You
    ~Deborah

  5. Megan

    December 6th, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Your home and decor are absolutely stunning.

  6. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Megan,

    You are just so sweet thank you I really appreciate that.
    ~Deborah

  7. Dena Brown

    December 7th, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Love your blog….such a great decor inspiration.

  8. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Dena,
    Thank you so much I really appreciate that! I’m so glad you find it inspiring and I hope you’ll visit often

    ~Deborah xoxo

  9. Robin

    December 10th, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Just beautiful!

  10. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Robin,
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback, it’s so appreciated friend.
    Have a Merry CHristmas
    ~Deborah

  11. Irene

    December 10th, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Your house is beautiful! The pictures gave me a lot of ideas. Can you tell me where you got your rug under your dining table? I love it.

  12. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Irene,
    Thank you so much I appreciate that & so happy you were able to get some ideas for our own home, yay!!!
    I got the dining room rug from Rugs USA. It’s the Maui Jute style. I’m really happy with it.
    Have a Merry Christmas
    ~Deborah

  13. Karen Nelson

    December 10th, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Deborah, You have done a wonderful job making your home festive for this holiday season. Your home is absolutely inviting and warm. I love the neutral colors. It proves that we don’t have to use traditional colors to make the season bright. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  14. Martha

    December 10th, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Just beautiful!

  15. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Martha,

    Thank you that is so kind of you to say!
    ~Deborah xoxo

  16. Deborah Smith

    December 11th, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Every room looks so warm and inviting. Your decorating talent really shows in this home.

    Deborah

  17. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Deborah!!
    You are so kind thank you I really appreciate that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour.
    Merry Christmas,
    Deborah

  18. Anne Smith

    December 11th, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Love what you have done!!

  19. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 18th, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Anna!

    Thanks so much appreciate the kind comment my friend xoxo
    ~Deborah

  20. Linda P

    December 19th, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Love love your home .It has that comfortable and homey feel. Love the rug in your bedroom, can you tell me where it came from. Thank for all the great decorating ideas.

  21. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 31st, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for the kind comments and for following along. I got the rug from Boutiquerugs.com. If you want a direct link, you can go to the bio page on my instagram account and click the link there. On the menu select “shop my Instagram” then scroll through until you see a photo of the bedroom. There you will find links to products in the photo and the rug as well.

    Hope that helps. I’m having problems linking products on my blog so hopefully I can get that feature fixed soon.
    Hope you’ll visit again!
    Happy 2019!!
    Deborah

  22. Jen

    December 20th, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Deborah
    Great job…and so cozy!! What an awesome lake view. Looks like somewhere I would like to retire one of these days! Hey…that really does happen right!! Lol!
    Jen

  23. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Jen
    Thank you for the sweet comments, I so appreciate it. We love our home and aren’t retired yet, but feels like it with our location. We were fortunate to grab this place a little earlier than planned… Yes keep dreaming it will happen !!

    Happy New Year!!
    Deborah

  24. Marguerite A Cabello

    December 24th, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    What beautiful holiday inspiration , love your decor and lovely place are you on a lake and what state and lake is this ?

  25. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 1st, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Hi Marguerite,
    Thank you I appreciate that! We are on Callendar Lake in East Texas.
    Happy New Year
    Deborah

  26. Celeste

    December 25th, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I LOVE everything about this house!!

  27. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 1st, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Hi Celeste

    Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.
    Happy New Year
    Deborah

  28. Lisa Farris Milstead

    December 26th, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    It’s noon the day after Christmas and I stumbled on your tour while having my morning coffee! Ha

    Not only is everything stunning, but elegant and inviting at the same time. Just breathtaking!

  29. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 1st, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Hi Lisa
    Well merry belated Christmas!, hope it was wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and welcome to my blog. I hope you’ll visit often.

    Happy New Year!!
    Deborah

  30. Lindsay

    December 27th, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Christmas is all over, but I just looked at your beautifully decorated home and am already dreaming of ideas for next year thanks to you. I’m a little obsessed…lol!

  31. txbittons@verizon.net

    February 3rd, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Lindsay,

    You are so sweet thank you. I’m glad you are inspired, it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas!

    Thanks for following!
    ~Deborah

  32. Stacey

    December 30th, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I know it’s after Christmas, but I just saw your post. Loved everything especially your greenery and how real it all looked on your mantel and stairs. Is there certain kinds you like or the place you got them. Would love to know. Thanks for sharing your home!

  33. Judy

    December 31st, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I love your knit throw blanket with giant balls!!! It’s a stunner in many places! Where is it from?

  34. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 31st, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Judy
    Thank you for the kind comment. I found it through Amazon. If you go to my Instagram account bio link and select shop my Instagram or the LikeTo KNOWIT app & follow me I have a direct link to it.
    Happy New Year!!
    Deborah

  35. Juliene Clark

    December 31st, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    What is your wall color?

  36. txbittons@verizon.net

    December 31st, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    It is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore in eggshell.
    Thanks
    Deborah

  37. Patricia McKay

    January 1st, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I loved everything you have done… saved it all, this will be my look for next year.. yes, I’m sick… already thinking ahead

  38. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 11th, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Patricia!

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for your sweet compliment. I’m so glad you were inspired and already have a plan for next year! Hey you never can start too early for Christmas decorating. Plus if you have a direction early in the year, you can get better deals on the goodies you need.

  39. Michelle

    January 4th, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Your home is absolutely beautiful!

  40. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 11th, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    You are so kind thank you so much!

    Happy New Year,
    ~Deborah

  41. Kyla Jocson

    January 10th, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Your house looks amazing! I love those white socks on your fireplace, plus the greens on your porch! I would love to make your house an inspiration the next time I decorate for the holidays. Happy new year!

  42. txbittons@verizon.net

    January 11th, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Kyla,

    Thank you for the kind compliment I so appreciate it. So glad you enjoyed the tour.
    Happy New Year!
    ~Deborah

  43. Jacqueline H. Jones

    January 28th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Beautiful farmhouse style!

  44. txbittons@verizon.net

    February 3rd, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Thank you so much I really appreciate that!

    ~Deborah

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