My Rustic Glam Christmas Tour – Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Welcome to part 1 of my rustic glam Christmas tour, ya’ll. Pour yourself some whiskey or wine, crank up the Frank Sinatra holiday music and get comfy. If you are coming here from Lehman Lane, I am so glad to have you here.

In an effort to spare you such a lengthy post, I have broken up my tour into different parts (hence the “Part 1” of this title)…I got carried away with the photos.

Let’s start with the heart of our home, the living room.

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For those of you new to my blog, this room has gone through a dramatic transformation. We have been in our 1980’s rancher for eight months now, and have remodeled the home one room at a time. If you haven’t seen the before and afters, click here.

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So, I  tried the whole traditional Christmas thing long ago…ya know? With the red and green. It just never feels like “me”. Not to say it doesn’t look great in other homes, it just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of my decor.

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Because my house has such a light and airy vibe, I start my Christmas decorating attempts by first adding warmth with fur textiles like my cow hide rug and my furry pillows. To give the room some Christmas flare, I add pops of metallic “bling” with sequin  pillows and mercury glass candles.


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Loving this rustic glam candle holder I got from Homegoods. What I escpecially like about these decor elements are that I can leave them up all winter long…. they aren’t  so “themey” that it looks odd being on display past January.

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One of the most depressing things in life (ok, I am exaggerating a bit) is taking down your Christmas tree and decor on New Years day. Well, that and stepping on the scale after you’ve binged  on cookies for an entire month.

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I would describe my Christmas decor style as rustic glam. I love the bling and shine of  gold and silver metallics, but prefer balancing it all out with the earthy elements of all things rustic.

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I am such a contradiction…how could my decor not reflect that? Glam stockings against an earthy, rustic mantel? Such a reflection of the paradox I am.

By the way, my Christmas tree is not finished. You are going to have to tune back in when I release my post focusing just on the tree.

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Let’s move on to the kitchen.

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I didn’t get too carried away here.

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I just added a glam wreath around my rustic taxidermy.

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I also put up this cute little owl print I got for just $5. I have always had a thing for owls and I think the tones used in this piece provide some nice, winter vibes.

Now before I take you to the dining room, I need to warn you a bit…..

For quite some time, there have been no kids in our family (until my baby came along recently). That meant, Christmas was one big cocktail party for our immediate family. No formal dinner…no gift exchange… just the company of family with appetizers, adult beverages and Bing Crosby or Dean Martin playing in the background.

That being said…please don’t judge my holiday table. We are not alcoholics- I promise!

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As I said, Christmas in our family is typically celebrated on Christmas Eve. Everyone brings an appetizer and a nice bottle of booze to exchange in lieu of gifts.


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It really takes all of the stress and pressure out of the holidays.


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Enough of my tangent. On with the tour.

This year, I tried to use decor that I already owned, but I did purchase these wine glasses from Homegoods. I thought they would fit my rustic-glam theme perfectly.

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I added some garland in here as well. Garland is such a simple way to incorporate the Holidays .I love the warmth and rustic essence of it.

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Of course no rustic-glam table would be complete without mercury glass votives and pine cones.

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Another one of my favorite ways to add Holiday cheer to the home is by placing ornaments in glass vases and jars. The ornaments used in the display above are actually antique, glass ornaments handed down to me from my mom. Unfortunately, my son got into some of the glass “balls” and shattered them. So, I had to remove them from the tree. I think they are safe in the little jar.

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I also added some warmth to this bright and airy dining room by draping gray sheepskin and throws over the chairs. To glam it up a bit, I used some sequin pillows at the captain’s chairs.

Now,  it would not be responsible of me to send you off with all of this booze without making you first sober up on some cookies and milk.

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Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Now go out there and design some good vibes.

Please check out the other beautiful home tours on the blog hop! You will not want to miss out on all of the holiday inspiration. For all of you following the blog hop, Q-Schmitz Home Design is the next stop. Be sure to also check back here for Part 2 of my Christmas tour.

Monday, November 30th

Green With Decor

3 Little Greenwoods

Our House Now a Home

Lehman Lane

Designing Vibes

Tuesday, December 1st

Q-Schmitz Home Design

Our Crafty Mom

Domicile 37

Shabby Grace Blog

Dream Design DIY

Wednesday, December 2nd

My Life from Home

Up to Date Interiors

Elizabeth Joan Designs

Pretty Practical Home

Thursday, December 3rd

Casa Watkins

The Deans List Blog

Craving Some Creativity

The House Down the Lane

Vintage Romance Style

Friday, December 4th

Flourish & Knot

Around the Watts House

Karen’s Up on the Hill

What Rose Knows

Creatively Homespun

More about Designing Vibes

    1. Wow Erica! Your home is stunning!!! Your tree and dining table are perfect. We celebrate our family’s Christmas on Christmas Eve too:). I can’t wait to come back for the rest of the tour. Hope you are having a wonderful week and take care, Tara

    1. Erica, althought I don’t know you at all, I do love your style. I love the unique juxstaposition of glam and rustic it is so full of unexpected surprise. And the blue in the dining room is such a lovely color. Looking forward to part 2 of the tour. And how do you manage to do all this with a baby? My house was like a tornado had been through it when I had babies.

    1. Love the rustic glam Christmas decor. I know what you mean about the traditional red and green colors don’t always go with your home or personality. I’m adding rustic touches to my Christmas this year too.

    1. I was so excited to see your home all done up for Christmas and it is beautiful! I love that you made the Christmas decor flow so well with the rest of your home. All of the bright colors are perfection and feel so fresh. You did a wonderful job!

      1. Thank you so much, Natalie. The wall paint is Sherwin Williams Passive. At times it looks pure grey and at other times it has blue undertones. I paired it with ultrawhite trim paint.

      1. Thank you so much, Meg. I tried to decorate with things I already owned, but the antler candle holder was a plurge. I just could not resist. haha

    1. Your home is so beautiful, Erica! I love how bright and fresh everything looks–perfect for a young family. You’ve got such a great sense of style, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your home!

    1. Your holiday decor looks beautiful. I especially love the greenery swagged above your blue mirror, such a unexpected touch. Last year a few of my vintage ornaments got broken and I didn’t have the heart to toss them ( hoarder). Soooo I broke the pieces into smaller shards and added them along with glitter to some vintage salt shakers.

    1. Absolutely beautiful! Such detail with everything and a gorgeous phone. I bet it has been fun and stressful redoing each room.

    1. Would it be uncool for me to tell you I envy your style and have noticed so many incredible items in your rooms. Ok so I’m uncool. At 75 who cares huh? lol I still love your “stuff” in your home and how you arrange it
      After I found blogs I was so astounded by all the talent out there. It’s been about 3 yrs. now since I found blogs and am still enjoying all the talent so many bloggers display. I”ve always loved decorating, making my own embellishments and you gals have sure educated me and so inspired me. Not enuf hours in any day anymore to make projects seen on blogland, It’s a wonderful world.
      That blue mirror is so attractive, did you make that yourself? I enjoyed your post about covering popcorn ceilings with bead board. Oh how i’d love to do that but can’t see getting cooperation from hubs.
      Time for me to shower and go luxuriate in my fleece sheets. We live few miles west of Grand Junction, CO and it’s been a mite frosty around here lately, luckily I love it. Love wearing heavy coats, boots, scarves, all of it.
      Have great rest of week and upcoming weekend Happy daze

      1. Thank you so much, Jane! I really appreciate the sweet words. If you are talking about the blue mirror in my living room, I semi made it. haha. The frame was a wooden tone when I purchased it, but I “white-washed” it in a blue/gray color by Sherwin Williams called Riverway.
        Much Love,

    1. Like you, Erica, I’ve always LOVED the contrast between rustic and glam. I recently moved from a house into a condo so really had to dispose of many decor items. However, I did hold onto my favorite glam and rustic pieces and am so glad. To be consistent, I thought I should have one theme/vibe throughout but now after seeing your lovely home, I’m feeling validated mixing both glam AND rustic throughout! I laughed out loud at your “boozy” (yet glamorous to me, anyways!) bucket as your table’s centerpiece! How different is that!! I usually arranged lots of sparkly trees, candles, rhinestone garlands on the table (and also hanging from the chandelier), fake ice and fake snow, real flowers in tiny water picks nestled in real greenery, etc. and received many compliments BUT this year, since I have a bucket similar to yours, I think I’ll shock the family with your idea!! Sinatra in the background will add the finishing touch!!

    1. I love using non traditional Christmas colors too! Love your rustic glam style and that owl print is adorable! So many great things happening in your home. You’ve got a great eye for design!

    1. Can I come over for some Champagne? Your home is beautiful! I loved your Christmas tour. Thank you for sharing it at Create – Share – Inspire link party. We always love seeing what you have been up to.

    1. Woah…very glamorous girl! You totally rock that look in your home! I’ll be over on Christmas Eve for those drinks….. 😉

    1. My goodness… your home is so elegant! I love everything about this tour! I’m seriously swooning over your coffee table!!! So glad you participated in this Home Tour, it was an honor to be surrounded by so many amazing bloggers! Pinned! xo

    1. Stunning Erica!! Your home is so chic and glam with a lovely rustic feel!!! So welcoming! Pinned and shared my friend

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