Cozy Christmas Home Tour (Classic Decorating Ideas)

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 2023 Christmas home tours!   For my cozy Christmas home tour, I’m sharing my kitchen, family room and a peek into my dining room!  Come get inspired!

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Christmas Home Tours 2023:

Tour 30 homes over 5 days!

Christmas front porch with greenery and red decorations - Home Tours 2023

Before we begin, I want to thank Ann Marie and Ann of Simply 2 Moms for stepping in to host.  They were kind enough to help out Marty from A Stroll Thru Life who organized this annual blog hop.

If you are arriving here from Our Southern HomeWelcome!  Christy always does an amazing job with her holiday decor so I’m sure you enjoyed her tour! When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful Christmas home tours!

Welcome to my home!

A cozy Christmas home tour with classic decorating ideas…

Normally, I’d start at the front door but I’m not done with that area yet.  Today, we’ll start in the hallway leading to the kitchen. 

Just the other day, I had the bright idea to hang classic black and white family photos on this wall.  Previously, I had a floral wall hanging in this spot…which didn’t feel ‘Christmasy’ at all!  So, I spent more time than I should have measuring to get the frames straight.  Luckily, I didn’t make too many mistakes!

Hallway with black and white photos at entrance to kitchen with red checked curtains - cozy Christmas home tour

Anyway, these black frames ended up coordinating well with some of my family room Christmas decor.  Before I show you that room, let’s head into my Christmas kitchen.

Cozy Christmas Home Tour – The Kitchen:

Classic Red for the Holiday Season…

When you step into my kitchen, the first thing you notice is the red checked curtain panels framing the sliding glass door.  Normally, I have blue and white curtains in this spot but it’s been awhile since I’ve used the red for Christmas.  So I thought, why not?

Kitchen table with white chairs in front of doors with red checked curtains - cozy Christmas home tour

To dress up my chandelier, I added some faux greenery.  Years ago, I would attempt to use fresh evergreen stems but the needles would fall on the table and my hands would get sticky from the sap.  After going with artificial greenery, I haven’t looked back!

Red checked curtains and chandelier with greenery - cozy Christmas home tour

Throughout my kitchen, I added more faux greenery such as the garland over the window and the mini wreaths hung on the cabinet doors.

White kitchen with wood floors and stained island decorated for Christmas - cozy Christmas home tour

This year, I also filled a basket with artificial greenery to serve as the focal point on my stove mantel.

Stainless steel stove and white cabinets decorated with Christmas greenery - cozy Christmas home tour

When I found the plaid ribbon, I knew it would be perfect for the basket.  In fact, I was going to change the ribbon on the mini wreaths to smaller matching plaid ribbon but my order didn’t arrive in time.  Oh well, I still like the red snowflake ribbon I ended up reusing from last year’s tour.

Basket of greenery with plaid bow

To dress up my candles, I wrapped each one with the same plaid ribbon.  If you want an easy and inexpensive way to coordinate your accessories, add some pretty ribbon!

White stove mantel decorated with basket of greenery

Even though my original plan involved using red, green and white from the plaid ribbon, I decided to add some black with my buffalo check rug. This Christmas, I decorated mostly with items I already owned.  After all, I practically have a million Christmas bins in my basement, why keep buying more decorations?!

White kitchen with wreaths on cabinet doors

For my window area, I just kept it simple with a garland.  As I do some tweaking, I might hang some decorations in that spot like I’ve done in previous years. Or, maybe I’ll add some bows which seem to be really popular this year.

Christmas garland hung on transom window over kitchen sink

In the back corner of my counter, I decorated a little vignette with classic red and green for Christmas.  

Merry Christmas sign and decorations on countertop

On my window sill, I displayed a group of small white ceramic houses.  If you read my blog, you know I love decorating with these little houses at Christmastime.  To see some of my ideas, read – White Ceramic Christmas Houses (Why We Love Them).

White ceramic houses on windowsill

Some of these little houses have lights in them so they look really pretty at night when the lights are dim.  For some other ways to decorate a windowsill, read Easy Kitchen Window Sill Decorating Ideas for Every Season. 

Across the kitchen, I kept my decorating very simple.  Maybe I’ll still add some greenery to the pitchers on the shelf but I don’t want to overdo it.

Wall of white cabinets and stainless refrigerator

Usually, I keep a round tray on my island and change the decor with every season.  Not only does it make a nice focal point but using a tray is convenient if you have to make room to serve food.  For more Christmas countertop tray ideas read – Kitchen Island Tray Decor (a Cozy Winter Theme). 

White nutcracker, hurricane candle, galvanized metal house and white bird on rustic wooden tray - cozy Christmas home tour

Once again, I stayed with classic Christmas colors along with a white skiing nutcracker for our family of skiers.  In the glass hurricane, I made use of my extra cranberries from Thanksgiving.  For more ways to use leftover cranberries, read my simple ideas including some cute Christmas luminiaries.

In my glass cabinets, I displayed a few more Christmas plates along with all my glassware for entertaining.

White cabinets with glass upper doors - Cozy Christmas home tour

And I created another simple vignette on my glass tray.  Once again, some greenery in a white pitcher…one of my go-to decor ideas.

Countertop vignette with tray of glasses, nutcracker and white pitcher of greenery - cozy Christmas home tour

Speaking of white pitchers, here are a few more on my console table between the kitchen and family room.  Each season, I also do simple updates like color coordinating my napkins and stack of cookbooks.  

Console table decorated with baskets and white pitchers for Christmas

Besides the white pitchers, baskets and trays are more decorating staples in my home.

Santa vignette with white pitchers and greenery - cozy Christmas home tour

Cozy Christmas Home Tour – The Family Room:

Holiday Decor inspired by red…and black!

After adding my red and white buffalo check curtains in the kitchen, I felt like the family room needed equally bold colors.  Luckily, I still had my black and red pillow covers in my stash so I brought them out.  

Family room with plantation shutters and stone fireplace - cozy Christmas home tour

And since I was adding red and black, I went with a simple mantel using a mirror and fabric star.  Sometimes it’s hard to decorate a stone fireplace so I usually end up leaning the decorations.

Stone fireplace decorated with black mirror and red star - cozy Christmas home tour

If you’ve toured my house at Christmas before, you know that star usually makes an appearance somewhere!

Of course, if this were truly a “cozy Christmas home tour”, I would have a fire going in the fireplace!  Since my husband just mentioned that we need to have the chimney sweep guy come and clean it out, I’ll wait on that fire for now!

stone fireplace decorated with black mirror, red star and garland

This year, I didn’t hang my stockings yet.  Overall, I like the simplicity of the mantel for now.  Also, I’ve be been using battery operated fairy lights on my mantel and they are a game changer!  After years of struggling with extension cords, these things are so much easier!

As we head back to the foyer, you can see another decorating item from last year – my red snowflake pillow.  Like I said, I try to reuse as much as I can over the years.  For instance, in the background you can also see our old Santa advent calendar hanging on the wall.  Even though my kids are older, they still like me to put that up every year!  Ahhh…childhood memories!

Spindle chair with red fair isle pillow - cozy Christmas home tour

Cozy Christmas Home Tour – A Dining Room Peek:

Navy blue with touches of red…

As I mentioned, I just started decorating my dining room so here’s a peek of my tree in there!

Navy blue dining room with Christmas tree in bay window - cozy Christmas home tour

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my 2023 Christmas home tour! 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas season!

Once again, thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life and Ann Marie and Ann of Simply 2 Moms for hosting! 

Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below the collage.  If you’re following along in order, Chalking Up Success is next!  I know you’re going to love Jayne’s lovely home!

Christmas Home Tours 2023 Collage of decorating ideas  

Here is the full list of all the homes on the tour:

2023 Christmas Home Tours

This week I’m joining thirty talented and creative bloggers to share our holiday decorating for our 2023 Christmas Home Tours. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful ideas and inspiration! I especially want to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour of homes. You can visit each Christmassy home tour by clicking the links below.


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  1. Shelley,
    You know I already love your kitchen, but it is so beautiful at Christmas. I just love the charming use of plaid ribbon to add that festive look. I think I need that Christmas tree plate! ❤️ Enjoy your beautiful Christmas home with your family this season. Wish I could pop into enjoy a cup of cocoa with you.

    1. Thanks so much Christy! Glad you like the plaid…I always like adding some at Christmastime. And yes, it would be fun to sip some cocoa with you during the holidays! Cheers!

  2. Well you know I’m loving all your pops of red, Shelley! Your home feels so warm, cozy and magical for the season! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. Beautiful and festive Shelley! Red and plaid are my ABSOLUTE favourite this time of year too! You have so many pretty touches…I especially love the wreaths in your kitchen!

    1. Thanks Jo-Anna! Yes, it’s fun to bring out all the color and plaid this time of year. Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!

  4. Such a beautiful Christmas tour Shellie! I love the view from your front entrance into the kitchen with the red buffalo check curtains, how festive!!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much, Heidi! Once I put those curtains up, I ended up adding so much more color than I had planned!

  5. Everything looks beautiful, Shelley! I love your beautiful ribbons. It’s all very elegant. Thank you for sharing your cozy home tour and the links to your friends’ tours as well with Hearth and Soul. I’ve shared this post in our Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook. I would love for you to join! Hope your holiday season is wonderful!

  6. Shelley, I love your black and white gallery wall! I’ve been thinking about doing something like that too. I’m enjoying your cozy Christmas tour and seeing how you’re changing your decor around this year! Happy Christmas my friend!

  7. Your home looks so festive Shelley. The plaids are bright and beautiful and I love the added touch of wrapping the candles with the plaid fabric to bring it all together. Your Christmas wreaths hanging from the cabinets make the space magical. So much inspiration my friend. Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I’ve been hanging wreaths up there every year and now my family comes to expect them. Always fun to have those holiday traditions. Merry Christmas, friend!

  8. I love that you switched out the curtains. They are perfect! I wish I could find good faux greenery like yours around here. The stuff I buy online is always disappointing so I’ve decided I have to touch it first. Your Santa with the white pitchers is adorable as well. Everything looks amazing and so classic. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Cindy! I haven’t put up the red curtains in awhile but I was happy once I did it! Glad you like them and thanks for your kind words. Merry Christmas to you too!

    1. Awe, thanks Linda! It was probably my favorite room to decorate – and I’ll continue to tweak it for the next few weeks! Thanks again and have a wonderful holiday!

  9. Your home looks just lovely, Shelley, and I especially love the kitchen! I think it’s my fave room in your home! 😉 Pinned, and I’m delighted to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week.

    1. Thanks Barbara! Those battery operated lights were such a great invention! Thanks and enjoy your holiday!

  10. Your tour is stunning! I love all your classic decor and cozy touches. Your kitchen is beautiful and we have been stumped for months on how to finish the open space above our refrigerator. I love the open shelf idea and may “borrow” this to finish up or kitchen!

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much, Amber! I’d love to see how the shelf idea works in your kitchen! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  11. Your home is just so beautiful all dressed up for the holiday season! Your kitchen is gorgeous and I love your fireplace! Wishing you and the family a beautiful Christmas!

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