Welcome to my Christmas Country Home Tour! I’m so happy to have you join me today to kick off the first day of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Every year I look forward to this special week filled with blogger homes that are dressed in all their festive delight. You’ll find so much talent and creativity throughout the tour and it’s an honor for me to be included.
My tour was slated for Friday but due to a last-minute shuffle, I’m on the schedule for today. If you’re doing the tour from the start and working your way through each home, then you landed here courtesy of another Jennifer who blogs at Dear Lillie. Her home is amazingly beautiful and I’ve admired it for years!
Let’s get this tour started in my cozy (i.e. small) sitting room which was the first room I decorated after getting the tree up. The tree is always first because it sets the stage for everything else.
I’m using a combination of real and faux greenery this year. I miss the scent of a real Christmas tree but they’re too messy for me. So, a few real greens will need to suffice.
I found these pine branches during one of my early morning runs through the forest preserve. They were laying on the ground so I scooped them up and ran the rest of the way home with them. I knew they’d look wonderful in my Pottery Barn artisan vase.
A rustic wooden bowl holds a few pieces of greenery and painted paper mache ornaments on the coffee table. I found the ornaments a few years ago at Home Goods and haven’t seen them anywhere since then. Good thing I bought two dozen of them at the time – they weren’t very expensive.
The ornaments feel Scandinavian to me and I’ve always loved the way Nordic homes are decorated for the holidays
My pedestal reindeer bowl holds metallic ornaments and a few faux greens. Faux greens are easier to manipulate into place as opposed to the real thing. Their branches are bendy. That’s another reason why I prefer faux Christmas trees, too. You can bend and move the branches for better ornament placement.
My big cow painting is still in her place, along with the cow lamp. To keep the farm animal theme going, I added my little sheep planter and filled it with greens and more metallic ornaments.
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My vintage mantel also takes up residence in my cozy sitting room. This year I wanted birch logs with lights to mimic a fire.
Well, let me tell you – real birch logs are expensive. So I asked hubby to grab branches from our wood pile and dry brush them with white paint to mimic birch. Fairy lights add a finishing twinkle.
New to the Christmas decorations this year is a trio of white ceramic light-up houses that I found at Country Naturals, a local store in Geneva.
Let’s head into the dining room for the next part of today’s Christmas Country Home Tour. The dining room is adjacent to the entryway. I split this space into two sections – the entryway is on the east side and the dining room is at the west end. The room is long and awkward since it sits in the center of my circa 1875 house. I have to deal with traffic patterns and lots of doorways.
The dining buffet has a few festive vignettes and holds part of my white ironstone pitcher collection.
Christmas trees are my first love when it comes to holiday decorating. I found a small wood platter at Crate and Barrel to keep small green trees neatly coralled.
I chose a wood and dark green theme for my Christmas table setting this year. I’ll share more close-up pics of the table setting and centerpiece on Wednesday.
The dining room used to be the living room but due to the weird traffic flow, it made more sense to use this as a dining space. One of the first things I loved about this old home is the window at the bottom of the stairs.
The tobacco basket under the Antiques sign serves a dual purpose. It’s decorative, but it also hides the thermostat. Why do they always put thermostats in the middle of the wall where it becomes an eyesore? The basket is easily removed and replaced when you need to adjust the temperature.
More Christmas trees housed in a white enamelware serving tray decorates the console table A new felt snowman joins them for a little winter wonderland vignette. He stole my heart when I spied him at Cocoon – another small boutique in Geneva.
My newest Cedar and Balsam candle smells just like a Christmas tree. And when the candle is all burned, I’ll have a pretty vase left to use. I found it at Cocoon, too.
This year I kept the decorations fairly simple. I figured a lot of people wouldn’t be over so it’s mostly hubby and me left to enjoy them.
This is the first tree I put up this year. It’s tucked into a corner of the entryway side of this room. We live on a corner lot so everyone driving or walking by can see it through the double windows. I’m sharing my second true during the second part of my Christmas Country Home Tour which is next Tuesday.
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The tree wears primarily white ornaments, frosted pine cones, birch bark ribbon, and floral picks to give it a more realistic look. It took a couple days to complete. I kept eyeing it and adding to it until I felt like it was done.
A rustic bark and twig star is the finishing touch. I’m short, so hubby always gets to place the tree topper – just like the abominable snowman on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I should start calling him my “bumble.”
I hope you enjoyed my humble Christmas home tour. Next up is Annie at Zevy Joy – another blogger who continually inspires me. You’re going to love what she’s done this holiday season!
Each day this week, visit Jennifer Rizzo’s blog to find the links for the bloggers who are featuring their holiday homes. You won’t be disappointed!