Welcome to part two of my Christmas tour, ya’ll. I am thrilled to be posting in conjunction with the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour blog hop hosted by Lovely Etc. There is also a $500 Paypal giveway at the end of this tour. Make sure to enter!
Now , let me give you a big hug and and invite you in.
I am going to crank up some Dean Martin Christmas tunes and pour you a drink. All I have is champagne, wine, whiskey or water. Hope that isn’t a problem.
Now, let’s head over to the appetizers in my dining room. And if you are a newcomer, I suggest you check out the “befores” of my home. We have only been in our 1980’s rancher for eight months, but have already gotten so much accomplished with this fixer upper.
You can click here to see our home when we first moved in.
You see, we don’t do the traditional Christmas dinner around here. No formal dinner and no gift exchange.
In lieu of gifts, we each bring a nice bottle of booze to exchange. And instead of a sit-down dinner, we serve heavy hor d’oeuvres. Other than my 22 month old son (and the baby in my belly), there are no other kids in the family, so our get-together is a cocktail party of sorts. Because of my pregnancy, this year, I will have to be the party-pooper.
Around here, we believe Christmas is about quality time with close family. We wouldn’t want to distract from that by stressing over expensive gifts or elaborate meals.
And given the non-traditonal way we spend our holiday season, why would my decor be any different? No offense, but I am just not a “red and green” type girl. It looks amazing in some folks’ homes, but it never feels right with the rest of my decor.
So I do my best to incorporate my year-round decor into my Christmas design……rustic with pops of magical, glowing glam. Mercury glass, shiny lights, pine cones, garland and fur are my holiday go-tos.
Let’s move on to the kitchen…
I thought the metallic wreath would add some Christmas glow around my faux taxidermy.
And instead of fresh flowers in my turquoise vase, I thought pine sprigs would be more fitting for winter.
One of my favorite ways to add Christmas cheer to a room is by filling glass jars and vases with ornaments. These are actually antique glass ornaments handed down to me from my mother. They can’t go on the tree, because my son thinks they are “balls”. He has already shattered a few..so I removed them from the tree. I think they are safe here.
I can always manage to sneak a glass of wine in my scenes. I am such a Pottery Barn poser….and lord knows how old that wine is.
Moving on, let’s make ourselves comfortable in the great room.
To give the space a warmer feel for the winter, I exchanged my blue and white geometric rug for a cow hide rug layered over a large jute rug.
Just to let you know, my Christmas tree is not yet complete. You are going to have to check back December 10th, when I publish my post solely focusing on the tree.
Continuing my rustic glam theme, I chose to mix fur pillows and throws with sequin pillows. This way you get some rustic warmth along with a holiday glow through shiny metallics.
To me there is nothing more depressing than taking down your Christmas tree and decor once January comes (Okay, I am being a bit dramatic… holiday weight gain may top that).
Seriously though… I like to use decor that I can keep up all winter long. This is one perk of choosing rustic-glam decor. It isn’t so “themey” that it looks out of place once January rolls around.
I simply cannot afford to purchase designated “Christmas” decor only to replace it, after a month, with designated “winter” decor.
Remember….my tree is not complete. You need to check back here December 10th!!!
I would have loved to get a fire going for you, but because we have only been in this place for eight months, we kind of neglected fireplace maintenance and could not get a chimney sweep to come out for another 2 months. Crazy!!
Once again, I was able to place these glass, antique ornaments on display, in a safe place (away from my son who thinks they are “balls”).
After all of the booze you have consumed at my place, I have to sober you up with some cookies and milk- you don’t want to be “sloppy”.
After we are finished with the cookies, poor Santa may not have any left.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! So glad you could come over. Now go out there and design some good vibes.
Be sure to enter in the $500 giveaway below.
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.
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