Welcome! I’m so excited you’re here for my Christmas Home Tour. It’s Day Two of the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour hosted by The DIY Mommy, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post so you can visit all the other beautiful homes.
My front door is all dressed up for Christmas, I’ll be sharing more about it tomorrow for our #12monthsofdiy -so be sure to come back and see how I used yarn this year.
Now, come on in where it’s warm.
The first room in our house is the dining room. I’ve just finished re-doing it for the One Room Challenge -you can read all about it here. It was a big job, but I’m so glad I did. It was so fun to decorate my new white and bright Scandinavian inspired space for Christmas!
Near the front door I have a little console table, and it’s holding my diy mason jar oil lamps. There’s something about Christmas and lights.
I’ve stuck with the Scandinavian feel for Christmas. I love the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the clean lines, the simple colours, and all the natural touches. This has really been the Christmas of bringing the outdoors in.
I wanted to create a forest feel in here, so I cut down five little poplar trees and brought them in for the holidays.
I used some cement in some pretty galvanized buckets to hold them. It’s worked really well. On top of the cement, I added some faux snow. It’s like a wintry forest in here, and I love the fairy lights, especially at night.
Near the door, our little bar cart is ready for some holiday merry making with pretty vintage glasses.
I love the little stir sticks.
My sister gave me this pretty little terrarium for my birthday, and I turned it into a fun snow globe for Christmas.
I kept the dining room pretty simple.
I love using neutrals even for Christmas because it’s so calming and serene.
I used these pretty paint dipped candle sticks holders –see how I made them here, just thrift store brass candle stick holders with a little makeover.
At the other end of the room, is the beautiful vintage book deer art -you can see how I made it here.
I upped the merry factor with the addition of five pretty hoop wreaths. These are so easy to make, just some hoops and fresh greens wired on. I love the simplicity of them.
These wooden trees make it even more Christmas-y.
We got so many candy canes at our local Santa Clause Parade this year, so I added a few for a festive touch in this pretty little marble bowl.
I’m really in love with this new white, bright space, and I can’t wait to paint the rest of the main floor white.
The dining room leads onto the stairs, and the living room.
I like to put the Christmas tree at the bottom of the stairs so we can enjoy it from the living room and dining room.
In keeping with the Scandi vibe, I’ve kept it really simple and natural. I found my little Charlie Brown tree in the woods, and I love how bare it is. It’s surrounded by a few treasures, and our families Story Book Advent Calendar -you can read more about it here.
The stairs are also simple and natural, we layered grapevine and pine boughs that I gathered on a walk one day.
In front of the stairs is my new chair from Wayfair, and I just love it. I wanted something that fit the space, and was tufted, and neutral, and this little chair was perfect.
The little table is a new addition too, and the perfect place for a cup tea, next to the fire.
This years mantel is a little different and I just love it.
Corner fireplaces can be tricky so I used an old vintage window frame to fill up some space and a pretty branch attached to it.
I love how they look like snowy little specimens in their glass houses. They make me wonder if the fairies will visit?
On the other side of the room, a cozy chair to curl up in.
The side table is just some vintage crates, but works perfectly for a rustic touch.
My sweet sister came and rearranged my bookcases for me.
Sometimes you just need fresh eyes, and I love what she did.
On the other wall is the couch, and a pass through to the kitchen.
On the ottoman, a sweet little tray and some candles.
And up on the pass through, a sweet collection of vintage oil cans.
I’ve been collecting them over the last few years, I love the mix of shapes and metals.
Above the oil cans, is another branch, holding some pretty Christmas decorations.
And in the kitchen, we’ve been working on a few tiny gingerbread houses.
They look so pretty all decorated in white.
And then over to the kitchen table, with perhaps my favourite decoration this year.
I found this old wooden dough bowl at an antique fair last year, and I love it holding some of my vintage Christmas ornaments.
Over the years, I’ve picked them up mostly at second hand stores, and although everything else is neutral this year, I love this pop of vintage colour.
This little cabinet is a new addition this year, and was lots of fun to decorate. We got the most delightful puppy this summer and I needed some where to store all his bits and bobs. The cabinet has worked out great.
I set up a sweet little hot chocolate stand.
My girls love having all kinds of yummy marshmallows to choose from.
And last but not least, these pretty knit stockings hung on some birch poles I cut down in the forest.
Thanks so, so much for dropping by to see all my Christmas decorations, lots found on walks in the woods, or old favourites from years past, and a few new treasures thrown in too -the perfect combo.
The house all decorated for Christmas, life really is a party!
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Now, there’s lots more to see. If you missed day one, you can find all the links here, and don’t forget to check back each day this week for links to all the rest of the houses on the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour.