Holiday Home Tour 2012

OK, so I *think* I’m done with the Christmas decorating.  When it comes to seasonal decorating, I have a slight problem, in case you haven’t noticed by now.   I have to make a full stop; otherwise, I could keep going until the 25th! But then I’d have way too much to take down later.  Plus, I have to move on to a million other things on my Christmas to-do list.  Like, for example, I haven’t wrapped a thing yet.  Nodda.  I like decorating so much more than wrapping.

Decorate a Traditional Christmas Wreath

So tonight, to procrastinate on the wrapping a little longer ;-), I thought I’d pull together a summary of all the random Christmas decorating blog posts that I’ve shared over the past month.  In the home decor blogging world, that kind of blog post is usually called a “Holiday Home Tour”. That label is a little misleading in my case.  I am only going to show you the areas of my home that are presentable at the moment.  Unlike a real home tour, I’m going to shield you from the mess of Christmas bins (and glitter) that still needs to be put away!

The Porch

Our front porch is decorated with real greenery, white lights and traditional Christmas colors.  I usually stick to red out there because it’s such a festive color, and is easily seen from a distance.  For the first time in a decade, I also used some gold in my Christmas decor this year.

Front Porch Traditional Christmas Decor

The gold and red polka dot ribbon that I used is traditional, but fun.  I’m a big fan of polka dots!

Front Porch Christmas Decorations

Earlier in the month, I posted a tutorial on how to makeover an old artificial wreath, and create the look of real greenery using just a few sprigs of cedar.

How to make a Christmas wreath

The Tree

Our Christmas tree sits right in the center of our open concept Living Room / Kitchen area. For the first time, I decorated a 100% neutral Christmas tree this year, using champagne, white / cream and chocolate brown.

Neutral Christmas Tree

I also gave a little Christmas decorating tip / tutorial on how I added ribbon to my Christmas tree, which was a little different than in previous years.  Last year, my tutorial on how to decorate a Christmas mantel (including how to add ribbon to a Christmas mantel) was really popular, so I thought this might be helpful too!

How to put ribbon on a tree

Our 100% neutral tree only lasted a few days! “Neutral”became “bleu-tral” when I added a pop of muted blue to the tree.  It still feels pretty neutral, but the touch of blue blends so much better with the room.

Blue and champagne Christmas tree

Blue and champagne Christmas decorations


Blue and champagne Christmas decorations

Woodland Christmas tree decor



Our Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree! (2012)

If you read my blog last Christmas, you might remember that I created a full-on Dr. Seuss-themed Christmas tree for our basement family room!  Well, it’s up again (yay!), and we’re still just as excited about it.

Decorate a Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree

The best thing is that this year, our 3-year old boys really ‘get it’.  Last year, they were kind of oblivious.  But now that they love “Cat in da Hat”, looking at the tree brings them endless enjoyment.

Cat in the Hat Christmas Tree Ornament

I didn’t make anything new for the tree this year.  I think I maxed out on handmade Dr. Seuss decoration ideas last year! (You can find a tutorial on how to make my Dr. Seuss decorations here.) But I’m loving the Dr. Seuss themed ornaments that I received last year as gifts, and a couple that I bought recently.  So, for those of you who haven’t seen last year’s posts on our Dr. Seuss tree, I thought I’d share some more pics!

Although it’s not strictly a Who-ville Christmas Tree, we definitely have lots of Grinchy ornaments on it! There’s The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog, and a bunch of Whovillers. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (with Jim Carey) is our 8-year old daughter’s all-time favorite Christmas movie.  OK, I’ll admit, I seriously LOVE it too.  It’s hysterical. (“Holiday, whoby whaty?!?” Classic!)

Whoville Christmas tree

Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree Decor



Free Christmas Printable: “I will honor / honour Christmas in my heart” (Scrooge)

Today, I wanted to share a free Christmas printable with you. Our 8-year old daughter recently performed in a local production of Scrooge, so as a tribute to that experience, I wanted to somehow incorporate a little bit of Scrooge in our Christmas decorating this year.  That sounds a bit bizarre, lol, since Scrooge gets a bad rap this time of year: “Don’t be such a Scrooge”, “Bah Humbug”, etc..  But, in the story, Scrooge eventually realizes the error of his stingy ways. Towards the end, he declares: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”  I’ve always loved those words, so I put them to paper, framed them, and displayed them on top of our hutch.

Free Christmas Printable - Scrooge


Cabinet-Top Christmas Display (Vignette): Floating Bulbs in Foliage

Hello again!  I just remembered that Rhoda (from Southern Hospitality) is having a ‘Christmas vignette’ link-up today, so I thought I’d pop back and show you how I styled up a little cabinet in our living room for Christmas.  I just realized, that sentence sounds a bit like gobbly-gook. If you have no idea what a ‘vignette’ is, or a ‘link up’ for that matter, not to worry!  There’s not going to be a test at the end of this post, lol.

For this Christmas “vignette” (display), I tried to carry our champagne and blue tree colors through to the living room since the whole area is open concept.  The tree is actually sitting in the middle of the living room and kitchen area, right behind that big white post.

Christmas decorating living room

I hung bulbs from some branches, just like I did on our mantel which is just across the room. READ MORE

Our Newly, ‘Bleu-tral’ Christmas Tree (Neutral + Blue)

The other day, I showed you our Newly, Neutral Christmas Tree, decorated mostly with champagne, white and chocolate brown decorations.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas 2012

If you caught that post, you might remember that this is the first year I’ve decorated a completely neutral tree. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, and I was toying with adding a little pop of blue.  (When it comes to blue, I have no self-control.)   So, after living with the neutral tree for a few days …drumroll… I decided to add a few muted blue ornaments.  Sorry to all you neutral lovers out there:  I think I broke the cardinal rule of “neutral”!

Neutral Christmas tree decorating

Even with the blue, I think it’s still pretty neutral. (Well, let’s just say it’s neutral compared with last year’s red and turquoise Christmas tree!)    So I guess now it’s a ‘bleu-tral’ tree!

Neutral Christmas tree decorating ideas

The icy blue blends READ MORE

How to Add Ribbon to a Christmas Tree

One question that we got a lot of when we decorated that Winter Wonderland Christmas tree at my daughter’s school, was how to add ribbon to a Christmas tree. So today, I thought I’d show you how I added the ribbon to my own Christmas tree this year.  I love getting new tips for Christmas decorating, so I figured that you might too!

There are lots of different ways to add ribbon to a Christmas tree, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. I didn’t use the popular sinamay / mesh on our tree this year, mainly because I couldn’t find a color that I was 100% happy with for our newly, neutral Christmas tree, decorated mostly in champagne.  But I did find a bunch of pretty champagne ribbon I loved, so I decided to go that route instead.

How to add ribbon to a Christmas tree

First, I should mention that I always add ribbon (or sinamay) to my tree before anything else.  It makes it so much easier than having to work around ornaments.  Plus, it allows you to get the ribbon deep into the tree, which is what creates the fullness you’re looking for.

To achieve a full look using narrower ribbon than sinamay, I used a little bundling technique. I picked out several different coordinating ribbons in different widths and textures.  Then I cut long strips from three different rolls at a time,  each strip about 4ft long. To get a flowing effect, I simply let the ribbon fall of the roll naturally.  I pinched all three strips in the middle, and tied one strip tightly around the others to create a little bundle.

Add ribbon to a Christmas tree

Add ribbon to a Christmas tree tutorial

How to put ribbon on a tree

To add each ribbon bundle to the tree, I placed it far down one of the READ MORE