Hello, lovelies. Today, I’m happy to be participating once again in a Christmas Home Tour with a group of talented and creative Canadian bloggers who I admire so much!
One of the things I love so much about holiday home tours is all the inspiration you can get. If you haven’t started your Christmas decorating yet, you’ll get all kinds of great ideas by visiting just a few of the lovely homes in today’s tour. And, let’s face it. It’s always fun to peek inside others’ homes! I’ll give you links to all the other fabulous bloggers, but first welcome to our home, all decked out for a cottage Christmas.
My Christmas decorating this year definitely has a cozy cottage vibe, with lots of punchy red plaid. This is the first year in awhile that I’ve used red in my Christmas decorating. The last time I used it, I paired it with aqua. But red can definitely stand on it’s own during the Christmas season, and looks fab paired with simple greenery.
Our front porch has lots of cottage Christmas touches like a rustic sleigh that hangs on a simple pine wreath with red berries.
I am pretty much in love with this deer head pillow. I purchased it last year from Canadian artist and blogger, Lucy from Craftberry Bush.
I paired the pillow and plaid throw with the texture provided by these two little trees in red baskets. I love how they have a rustic, cottage Christmas feel.
Inside in the foyer, I’ve added a few nods to the season, but since it’s such a small space – and it becomes overtaken by winter boots (argh, they are my nemesis!) – I kept things simple.
In keeping with the cottage Christmas vibe on the front porch, our staircase is is decorated with black and white buffalo plaid ribbon set against some simple greenery and red berries, and a few rustic touches.
There are white lights in there too, and at night it looks really pretty against our foyer gallery wall.
In the kitchen, we have a few simple cottage Christmas touches. As a centrepiece, I used a boxwood wreath around a large hurricane filled with pine cones and mini birch logs.
I also added some greenery to the top of our white hutch.
I’m also setting up a little hot drink station for the kids on our bar cart in the kitchen. I didn’t give in to this trendy idea until this year, as our kids were too little up to this point to enjoy it. But now I think it might give the kids some independence. And, it’s definitely a fun tradition to start during the holidays.
One of my favourite rooms in our home is our family room. It’s where our fireplace is, and it’s the room where we spend most of our time.
The hits of red plaid in my cottage Christmas decorating make this room even more cozy than usual.
The family room is right off our kitchen, and the fireplace mantel is decorated in a cottage Christmas style, with lots of greenery and buffalo plaid. I really love the crispness of the black and white ribbon with the hits of red. The wooden deer head adds a bit more cottage whimsy.
Every year, we put our Christmas tree in the same place – right behind this sofa table which sits between our family room and our open concept kitchen.
This spot is a great location because we can see the tree from most rooms on the main floor. It’s nice and cozy to see it while we eat supper, or while watching a Christmas movie like “Elf”. (OMG, Elf is still so funny, it never gets old!)
I almost always decorate the Christmas tree with neutrals and/or blues. (You can take a look at last year’s here: French Inspired Christmas Tree in Black, White and Peacock Blue.) I’m not sure why I’ve avoided red for so long. It actually makes everything feel so much cozier!
On the tree, I used the same burlap as last year, but accentuated it with crisp black and white buffalo plaid ribbon. It is filled with lots of cottage Christmas decorations, like bird houses, rustic bells and red berries.
Finally, you can find this plaid deer head sign on our back deck. We don’t spend much time in the yard in the winter, but I can see this little arrangement from my kitchen window. I shared the tutorial for this easy diy project yesterday (see DIY Plaid Deer Head Sign).
There’s still some rooms to decorate around here, including the kids’ bedroom trees. But, for now, I am going to spend some time touring the gorgeous homes of my Canadian blogging friends who opened their homes all this week for Christmas home tours. I hope you will too!
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Until next time, happy holiday decorating!