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!
If you are arriving here from Our Southern Home – Welcome! 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!
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?
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!
Throughout my kitchen, I added more faux greenery such as the garland over the window and the mini wreaths hung on the cabinet doors.
This year, I also filled a basket with artificial greenery to serve as the focal point on my stove mantel.
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.
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!
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?!
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.
In the back corner of my counter, I decorated a little vignette with classic red and green for Christmas.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Besides the white pitchers, baskets and trays are more decorating staples in my home.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!
Here is the full list of all the homes on the tour:
2023 Christmas Home ToursThis 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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