A Classic and Cozy Christmas House Tour
Welcome friends! I’m so happy you stopped by today! If you’re looking for Christmas decorating inspiration, we have a treat for you. Today, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for our 2021 Christmas home tours hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. There are over 30 homes on the tour with tons of holiday decorating ideas! For my contribution, I’m sharing my classic and cozy Christmas house tour!
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Christmas Home Tours 2021:
Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from A Pretty Life! I’m sure you enjoyed Jo-Anna’s pretty and colorful holiday decor as much as I did!
When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!
Now, let’s begin my classic and cozy Christmas house tour!
Welcome to my home! Since we spend most of our time in the kitchen, I usually begin my Christmas decorating in there…
Classic and Cozy Christmas Kitchen Decor:
For the past few years, I’ve been hanging the mini wreaths on the upper cabinets. Then I try to get creative with a few new ideas to keep it fresh. This year, I mixed in some of my classic blue and white porcelain and displayed a larger wreath above the stove.
To coordinate with the blue and white porcelain, I added my wooden flower box to the center of the table and filled it with blue and white porcelain spheres and some red Christmas ornaments. Even though I loved the look, I later decided to set the table for Christmas instead! (You’ll see where I moved the wood box later in the post).
Since I didn’t want to buy anything new, I set the table with some of my existing Christmas linens. To continue the blue I already started in the room, I added my blue willow salad plates. A mixture of faux greens and clippings from my boxwoods took care of the greenery.
Actually, I did buy something…the cute silver reindeer napkin rings. On a recent Homegoods run, I found those. Since I have a few silver and gold reindeer around the house, they fit right in with my decor.
As I mentioned, I like to display wreaths on my cabinets. In fact, you’ll see that I love decorating with wreaths! They’re about as classic you can get for Christmas and I love the way they stand out against all the white.
Basically, I like to keep my kitchen Christmas decor rather simple.
On the shelf above my refrigerator, I just added a couple nutcrackers…another classic Christmas decoration.
In my corner vignette, I added more blue and white with some wooden Christmas trees and another wrapped in burlap. I like mixing rustic pieces with the porcelain to keep it interesting. This year, I also added a few snowflakes around. Recently, I discovered the best local store – Barn Picks and Stuff where I picked up some cute Christmas items like the wooden snowflake. Wait, did I say I didn’t want to buy anything new? Oops…I guess I forgot about that!
Well, at least I didn’t spend a ton of money…I picked up the large star in the window at Michael’s for like $4.99. Practically free, right? In fact, it inspired me to come up with my window decor for this year. If you look closely in the photo above, you can see some smaller stars hung in the side windows. I hung them with fishing wire so they’re a bit hard to see in photos. In previous years, I’ve hung ornaments and wreaths in those windows.
The snowflake doesn’t block a lot of light which is nice…but it does drop glitter all over…
Since our kitchen is open to our family room, we’ll head in there next…
Classic and Cozy Christmas Tour in the Family Room:
My dog, Rosie would like to welcome you to the family room! She spends most of her time in there so she thinks she owns the place.
As you can see, I continued the classic navy blue Christmas decor into this room. In additional to all the cozy pillows and throw blankets, I introduced some simple holiday decor.
Here’s a bit of advice, if you’re thinking about installing a stone fireplace, add some hooks or something so you can hang artwork or decor. Otherwise, you’ll end up agonizing over ways to lean things on your mantel! Since my wreath kept flopping all over the place, I attached it to a fabric covered art print which made the whole thing easier to lean. At first, I covered the piece with wrapping paper but then decided on the navy fabric to go with the room. Eventually, I’ll hang our stockings too, but this works for now.
By the way, the chair in the corner belongs to Rosie. Basically, it’s the only piece of furniture she’s allowed on (besides the kids’ beds).
Of course, she has to have her own cozy Christmas pillow!
Earlier, I showed you the wooden box on my table… As you can see, I moved it to the fireplace hearth and I love the way it stands out.
With a basket of firewood and some gold bells, the cozy fireplace area is complete.
Rosie enjoys the view from her chair!
Speaking of chairs, I added a blue and white pillow to the spindle chair across the room. Recently, I ordered the pillow from Kirkland’s but I might change out the insert to make it fluffier. If you end up ordering it online, just know that it’s a bit flat and stiff.
Now let’s head to the dining room…
Classic and Cozy Christmas in the Dining Room:
With navy blue walls in here, it was easy to continue my classic blue color scheme!
Since my dark cherry furniture is very traditional, I continued that look by displaying my classic blue and white pieces.
For my centerpiece, I kept it simple with a cluster of white ceramic Christmas trees. These were another purchase from my favorite local store…Barn Picks and Stuff. (Apparently, I’ve been doing more shopping than I thought!)
Anyway, I love their simplicity and they remind me of a larger version of the Farmhouse Pottery trees. A couple years ago, I shared a tour of the Farmhouse Pottery store at Christmastime which included the trees I mentioned.
Once again, I kept my table settings simple and classic with my blue willow plates. Last year, I set my table with my off-white wedding china.
For a little cozy ambiance, I lit some festive candles. Every year, I end up with fresh cranberries left over from Thanksgiving so I like to decorate with them for Christmas. They’re one of my favorite items to use as vase fillers.
To go along with my classic Christmas decor, I decorated my dining room tree with blue and white decorations. At the end of last Christmas season, I purchased the blue and white ornaments and this year, I picked up the ginger jars. On last year’s tree, I decorated with more red and blue.
From this angle, you can see my bar cart displayed in the opposite corner from the tree.
Before we head over to the bar cart, can we just take a moment to enjoy these mini wreaths with velvet ribbon? Although, this look is nothing new for many of you, this is the first year, I’ve hung wreaths on the back of my chairs – and I love them!
navy velvet ribbon / preserved boxwood wreaths / similar gold bells
As soon as I bought the wreaths, I planned on hanging them with velvet ribbon. It’s great when the look you envision ends up working out! Cheers to that!
And cheers to the bar cart all dressed up for Christmas. Keeping with my theme, I decorated with classic blue and white pieces mixed in with traditional Christmas decor. Once again, I made use of my left over cranberries and filled a few martini glasses with them.
For a super easy (and lazy) way of updating your artwork for Christmas, try this. Simply, tape a copy of Christmas music to your existing artwork. Then hang a wreath over the front with a velvet ribbon and instantly you have Christmas art. You’re welcome.
For my shelves, I just added a few cozy Christmas accessories (and yes, another wreath and velvet ribbon)…
And my dining room is ready for holiday entertaining!
navy velvet ribbon / preserved boxwood wreaths / similar gold bells
I hope you enjoyed my classic and cozy Christmas house tour!
Once again, thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting! Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below.
If you’re following along in order, Clean and Scentsible is next! I know you’re going to love Jenn’s beautiful decor!
Monday Dec 6th
A Stroll Thru Life – Up To Date Interiors – Our Southern Home – Southern Hospitality
This Is Our Bliss – Southern State of Mind – Inspiration For Moms
Tuesday December 7th
Making it in the Mountains – Decor to Adore – Pink Peppermint Design – Thrifty and Chic
Cuckoo4Design – White Arrows Home – Hymns and Verses
Wednesday December 8th
StoneGable – Whispering Pines Homestead – Worthing Court – Grace In My Space
DIY Beautify – Remodelando la Casa – LeCultivateur
Thursday December 9th
Designing Vibes – The Stonybrook House – A Pretty Life – Calypso in the Country
Clean and Scentsible – 11 Magnolia Lane – Chalking Up Success
Friday December 10th
Fox Hollow Cottage – Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Casa Watkins Living – Quarters One
Noting Grace – CitrineLiving – County Road 407
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What a pretty home tour, Shelley! I love all the blue and red accents you’ve used throughout your home. Love Rosie’s pillow too, and Rosie of course, what a sweetie! Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much, Jayne! Rosie loves making an appearance on the blog. Wishing you a Merry Christmas as well!
Oh i love it all. I have always loved your kitchen and I love those wreaths you add to your cabinets. That’s an idea I borrowed from you a few years ago for my own cabinets. I also love how you use wreaths throughout the house in so many different ways. This year using them on the backs of your chairs is stunning. Another great addition that I love is the huge snowflake on the kitchen window. All in all I loved it all as you can tell. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, your home is always filled with tons of inspiration.
Awe thanks, Marty! Your comment was so sweet! I’m glad you like the wreaths on the chairs. This year, I was so excited to try that look. And yes, that snowflake was such a find – with that price, I just had to buy it! Thanks again for including me in your tour!
Christmas in the kitchen is always my favorite!
Thanks Michele! It’s usually the most festive room!
Hey, Shelley–as a fellow lover of all things blue and white, you know that I love all of it! However, Rosie is my favorite “decoration” by far. We have a golden named Harley and he wants to be in every picture, too. Merry (early) Christmas!
Thanks so much, Christy! Yes, Rosie is my favorite “decoration” as well! Your Harley is darling too – goldens are the best! Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!
Your home looks lovely decked out for Christmas. I so much enjoyed every single picture that you shared.
Thanks so much, Paula! Glad you enjoyed the tour!
Your home is decorated so beautifully for Christmas…so many pretty and festive details! I absolutely love the mini wreaths in your kitchen, the mini wreaths on your dining room chairs, and of course Rosie…she’s perfect! Merry Christmas Shelley!
Thanks Jo-Anna! Those mini wreaths are fun to decorate with! Rosie is loving all the attention…thank you and Merry Christmas!
I absolutely adore your classic take on Christmas, Shelley. Your home is so beautiful! So nice touring with you!
Thanks so much, Erica! Great touring with you as well! Merry Christmas!
Shelley, I love your classic decor look and red accents on your blue transfer plates. The reindeer napkin rings are very cute and adding a sprig of boxwood was perfect. Each vignette is so charming in your kitchen.
I love having a tree in the dining room. Your simple elegant style is very attractive. Have a wonderful Christmas .
What a sweet comment, thank you Bonnie! Yes, it was helpful having boxwoods in my yard…I might as well save money somewhere! Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas!
Love how you incorporated the deep blue into your holiday decor, it feels so rich and classic! And Rosie is adorable 😉
Thanks so much, Cindy! It made sense for me since I already have so much blue in my home – I just have to be careful it doesn’t appear too patriotic! And Rosie says Thank you!
Hi Shelley! The wreaths on the kitchen cabinets are so adorable! My favorites are the ones on the chairs with the velvet ribbon, so beautiful! I love how you worked in the blue and white. Those willow dishes bring back so many memories for me. Happy to join the tour this year! Merry Christmas! Blessings, Lori
Thanks so much, Lori! Yes, I went a little crazy on the wreaths so I’m glad you like them! Great touring with you!
Shelley your home is breathtakingly beautiful! I adore the navy and red paired together. Rosie is such a charmer. Merry Christmas!
What a sweet thing to say – thank you Laura! And Rosie thanks you too! Merry Christmas!
I love your style, Shelley. I think my favorite would have to be the wreaths on the back of the dining chairs!
Thanks so much, Amy! Glad you like the wreaths – I was excited to try them this year!
Shelley, your home looks so beautiful and festive! Love the kitchen as always, but this time it was the dining room an of course, Rosie, the ones that stole my heart. Those boxwood wreaths with the velvet blue ribbons and cowbells are adorable!!
Thanks my dear! I was excited to try the wreaths on the chairs this year. And thanks for your kind words about Rosie…she steals my heart everyday! She’s going to be 10 next week!
Oh my soul, I love your blue and white with your reds and greens! Room to room, it all looks so perfect together. Your kitchen has to be a fave for me. The window with that beautiful view and the shelf over the stove, it’s gorgeous. Seems like the perfect place to entertain. So nice hopping with you this week. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.
Cindy, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much – your comment made my day! So great to hop with you!
I always love reading your tours! I love the colors in your home and your style! All so beautiful!
Such a beautiful home you’ve created, Shelley! I love seeing it all decorated for Christmas. I’m still drooling over your kitchen.
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
Awe thanks, Richella! You’re so sweet. Thank you for the feature!
I thoroughly enjoyed your home tour, your kitchen is especially inspiring! I had to save some of those images to my Kitchen board! Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a wonderful holiday!