Welcome To My Christmas Home Tour


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….


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.






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.



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.


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.



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.



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.



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.




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!



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



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!






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?


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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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.







Ceramic Houses

Brown chalk Paint

White puff paint

Small sponge brush




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.


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.





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!!









December 3, 2018

  1. Jean says:

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

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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

  2. Megan says:

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

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Megan,

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

  3. Megan says:

    Your home and decor are absolutely stunning.

  4. Dena Brown says:

    Love your blog….such a great decor inspiration.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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

  5. Robin says:

    Just beautiful!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

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

  6. Irene says:

    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.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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

  7. Karen Nelson says:

    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.

  8. Martha says:

    Just beautiful!

  9. Deborah Smith says:

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


    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

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

  10. Anne Smith says:

    Love what you have done!!

  11. Linda P says:

    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.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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!!

  12. Jen says:

    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!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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!!

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

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

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

  14. Celeste says:

    I LOVE everything about this house!!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Celeste

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

  15. Lisa Farris Milstead says:

    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!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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!!

  16. Lindsay says:

    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!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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!

  17. Stacey says:

    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!

  18. Judy says:

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

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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!!

  19. Juliene Clark says:

    What is your wall color?

  20. Patricia McKay says:

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

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      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.

  21. Michelle says:

    Your home is absolutely beautiful!

  22. Kyla Jocson says:

    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!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Kyla,

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

  23. Jacqueline H. Jones says:

    Beautiful farmhouse style!

  24. M Diamond says:

    Absolutely adorable…soooo. COZY!!

  25. Kim Broussard says:

    Loved your 2o18 Christmas Home Tour on Pinterest!! Question…where did you get slipcovered sectional & chairs in your great room? I’m in the hunt and these look awesome!


    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Kim,

      So glad you enjoyed it that’s for the feedback. The sofa is from Pottery Barn- Had it several years and very happy with it. The chairs we’ve had about a year and they are the Ektorp chairs from Ikea. I’ve been very happy with them so far. Both wash up so nicely in the washing machine.

      Thanks for following and reaching out
      ~deborah xoxo

  26. Diana says:

    This is gorgeous! All of it! Well done!
    Would you mind telling me if your arm chairs have covers on them? If so, where did you find them? I have chairs just like them and haven’t had luck finding slip covers.

    Thank you!
    Ps. Found you on pinterest:)

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Dianna,

      Welcome and thanks for following along. My chairs are the Ikea Ektorp and they came with the slip covers. Not sure the dimensions of your chairs but Ikea sells just the slip covers. You could check to see if they’d work for your chairs. They have color options too.
      ANd thanks for telling me how you found the blog…sometimes I never know.

      Thanks again,

  27. Mary says:

    I absolutely LOVE your style! Can you please tell me where you got that gorgeous plaid ribbon on the staircase? I tried doing an image search for it, but I can’t find it. I love the simplicity of it, and although I like buffalo plaid too, this is just different.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Mary,

      Unfortunately it’s not available anymore. I tried to find more for this year and the place I got it doesn’t carry it anymore. It was originally from Paul Michael Company.

      Thanks for following


  28. Chelsea says:

    I love every room you decorated!!! I have a wood mantle similar to yours. I never know which type of command hooks to use to secure the garland for a draped look, so it just sits on top of the mantle & doesn’t have the cascading effect I so badly want & love like yours! Do you mind sharing the link or the type of command hooks you use to secure all your garland, not just for the mantle? Every year I try to figure this out and I never can. I’m trying to plan ahead for this year. Thank you so much!!!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thanks I appreciate the kind feedback.
      On the command hooks you want to make sure you have the right size to accommodation the weight of the item you are hanging. However, I sometimes put a small nail in the mantel to anchor heavier items to stay.

      Thanks for following along,
      Deborah xoxo


  29. Mary says:

    I keep coming back to this post for inspiration for my decor. With the holidays coming up soon I am itching to decorate even earlier this year with everything going on. Can I bother you again? Where do you get your faux greenery on the staircase. I love all the different elements of it.

  30. Mary C says:

    I keep coming back to this post for inspiration for my decor. With the holidays coming up soon I am itching to decorate even earlier this year with everything going on. Can I bother you again? Where do you get your faux greenery on the staircase. I love all the different elements of it.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Mary,

      That makes me so happy you are inspired here! Thanks for the feedback. The main garland I purchased at Paul Michael company. Unfortunately they are already sold out this year. I’ve listed some similar sources but they all seem to be out. I think inventory in many stores is slim this year and many people have started early so they’ve been purchasing. I also like to mix garlands or add extra picks and stems to them to make them fuller. I’ll be sharing all the decor for this year soon.


  31. Maria kent says:

    Hi Deborah,
    They way you decorate your home is just so wonderfully beautiful! I love how clean, and heart worming it feels! All the extra goodies you add in, to make you feel like so cozy and warm. Hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to take some of your ideas, and bring them into my home. Thanks for sharing your home with us.
    Merry Christmas, to you and your family.
    Maria 🙂

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Maria,

      thanks what a kind compliment I’m glad you are inspired and that’s exactly why I love to do this. Give ou ideas for your own home.

      Happy decorating and Merry Christmas

      Deborah xoxo

  32. Patricia Galvin says:

    Wow! Beautiful home and thank you for sharing your decorating advice. I really love your dining table. Can you tell me where you purchased it? Happy Holidays!!


    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Thank you so much I appreciate that. The table is from Pottery Barn however I’ve had it at least 15 years or more so they no longer sell this style . It’s been a great piece of furniture and worth the investment.

      THanks for following along.

      Deborah xoxo

  33. Connie Moore says:

    I just found your post and love love your decor. I’m going to incorporate a lot of your ideas into our home. Thank you for sharing. 🎅🏼🤶🏻🎄

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Connie,

      Yay I’m so glad you are inspired. Appreciate the kind feedback!

      happy New Year!

  34. Cathy Black says:

    Your decorating is beautiful. You’ve given me lots of ideas. The large clock on the wall is exactly what I’m looking for. I have a pine cathedral mirror from years back and now would love to paint it black and integrate it into my dining room. Your home is elegantly cozy.. I have one idea for you…..paint the back of your buffet hutch black (at the end showing as you go up the stairs). …..small foam roller brush?

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Aww thanks so much I really appreciate that. I’m so glad you are here and were inspired. I actually have painted the back of the hutch quite some time ago.

      Thanks for following along
      xoxo Deborah

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