I’m so excited to be sharing my home with you today for the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour. This is one of my favourite tours of the year. If you’re stopping by from one of the other houses, welcome! My name is Dannyelle and I live just outside of Toronto with my husband and two girls, aged 10 and 13. This year my Christmas decor is all about black and white, nature, a rustic Scandinavian feel, and buffalo check.
The Front Porch
Outside, there’s a collection of foraged greens and stumps.
I wanted a cozy feel too, so I used my pom pom garland and yarn wrapped twigs too.
Now, come on inside.
This big mirror is in our entrance way and its reflection offers a glimpse of what’s inside.
The Dining Room
This year in the dining room, I decided to add a little drama with a buffalo check feature wall. I worked with Para on this project, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the details of how to create it with you in January. It was my daughter Maddie’s idea, and then I looked for inspiration on how to do it on-line. Be sure to check out my friend Thalita’s version at The Learner Observer.
I love the buffalo check wall, and it really wasn’t too hard to create either.
Just inside the door is this little console table, and I’ve added my vintage white tool box full of mini real trees. I love how simple it is. And of course, my racoon is looking pretty at-home in this little forest!
And over on my little bar cart, another pretty real tree. This one is nestled into my vintage silver ice bucket. There are lots of vintage treasures on the bar cart.
I had fun decorating the dining table with some brass candlesticks I’ve collected.
They’ve had a bit of a makeover with a paint dip effect –see how I did it here. I love the addition of the black and white for a modern feel.
The table runner is just a piece of fabric, I didn’t even finish the edges because I kind of liked the rustic feel, and think it will only look better as the edges fray more.
Especially around Christmas, I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in. This year I added in a pretty birch branch to my feature wall with a few pretty lights and some homemade black and white tassels.
I cut one papa tree, one mamma tree, and one baby tree. The vintage galvanized tubs are hiding the tree stands. I love their rustic charm.
I’ve decorated them in black and white, with some metallic and I love how simple and Charlie Brown they are. I also love that they’re grouped between the dining room and the living room, so we can enjoy them from both rooms.
The Living Room
In the livingroom I’ve continued the black and white and I love it.
I’m excited to be decorating for Christmas in the living room and kitchen for the first time since their makeovers in the last two One Room Challenges -see the living room before and after here, and the kitchen before and after here. I kept the fireplace really simple.
You can find a tutorial for how I made the macrame here. I made the simple hoop wreath out of…a spray painted hula hoop. I was clearing out the garage from summer toys, getting it ready for winter and I saw this hula hoop. It was in the goodwill bin but then I thought that with a little gold spray paint it would be the perfect big hoop wreath -haha. Upcyling at it’s best. 😉
I think my favourite part of this black and white colour scheme was finding all the perfect pillows for the couch -including the white mud cloth pillow. I love the mix of textures, and prints all brought together by the simple colour scheme of black and white.
For a touch of holiday, more natural elements like birch and fresh greens.
My little side kick Oscar wanted in on the fun, and it felt like he was posing for this picture. He’s our adorable Havanese puppy, just 1 1/2 and an amazing addition to the family.
This room feels so cozy. Although black and white might not be traditional Christmas colours, they really do feel so relaxed and easy to live with. And all the greens definitely make it feel Christmas-y.
The stairs are dressed with simple evergreen boughs. I normally make garland for the stairs, but these are whole branches. They were perfect since they were growing in this downward way. And I love all the pinecones that were already attached to them.
The living room leads into the kitchen. I’m so excited since we just finished redoing it a few weeks ago and I love cooking in it. We’ve started our Christmas baking and it’s a pleasure to cook in.
I’ve added some greens and a few little Christmas touches to my open shelves.
And our little eating area got dressed up for Christmas too.
On the table is my little Christmas fairy garden along with a couple pretty copper house lanterns from last year with some fairy mushrooms in them.
I love all the little details.
And on the little side cabinet we set up a sweet hot chocolate bar.
My 10 year old daughter did the pretty chalkboard art. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all the essentials.
Thanks so much for joining me for a little tour of my main floor all decorated for Christmas.
I’m joining a whole group of Canadian bloggers who are sharing their homes all dressed up for Christmas, so be sure to come back and check out their beautiful homes everyday this week. Special thanks to Shannon from AkaDesgin, and Christina from The DIY Mommy for hosting this tour. Look for more pics on Instagram #cbhometour