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A Rustic Modern Christmas Home Tour

A Rustic Modern Christmas Home Tour

If you are still looking for holiday decorating inspiration, you have come to the right freakin’ place, my friend. Along with 26 other bloggers, today I am opening my doors to you and sharing my home decorated for the 2022 Christmas Home Tour Blog Hop. Organized every year by my friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life, it is always an honor to collaborate with such talented women. I hope you enjoy!

Before we begin my Rustic Modern Christmas home tour, I would first like to give you a virtual hug. Welcome to my home!

modern holiday home tour decorating

If you are joining me from Kristin’s dreamy cabin, it is so nice to meet you.

My name is Erica and after years of renovating a neglected 1980’s rancher DIY style, my family and I are spending our first Christmas in a new home.

modern moody christmas decor living room

While I say “new” , I simply mean ‘new’ to my family and I. In fact, the home is actually a midcentury modern lake cottage which we moved in to at the beginning of 2022, after selling our first-ever fixer upper home .

moody modern christmas decor in glam living room

While this home is not a fixer upper per se, my husband and I have gradually been making cosmetic tweaks as budget allows.

neutral modern holiday decorating ideas

One of the first changes we made was painting our den black.

To milk the dramatic effect of the black walls in this room, I decided to have some fun with high-contrasting holiday elements like a white flocked Christmas tree and a light-colored Pampas stem wreath- creating a snowy, winter wonderland effect.

modern glam christmas decor living room

To glam the masculine-leaning space up a bit for the festive season, I incorporated “blingy” metallics like copper, mercury glass and Champagne-hued ornaments.

cozy rustic christmas living room with flocked tree

Because most of this year’s home decor budget was quickly spent furnishing my new home, my goal this Christmas was frugality( AKA only using items I already owned).

moody modern ideas for holiday decor

In fact, the only purchase I made this year as far as holiday decor is concerned was a faux fur throw and some plum-colored ornaments.

moody glam christmas decor ideas

I must say….I surprised my own damn self with my newfound willpower. Trust me…forgoing the retail therapy wasn’t easy!

modern glam holiday decor with flocked tree

Moving from the coziness of my den to the light and airy dining room, I decided to spruce up this open-concept space with some festive greenery.

neutral modern christmas decor in dining room

To glam up the rustic garland a bit, I incorporated a strand of golden bell garland to the mix.

modern organic holiday decor ideas
modern rustic christmas decorating ideas

Desiring more dimension in this otherwise neutral, minimalist space, I utilized the plum-colored ornaments , which I had purchased for my flocked tree, to add some pops of warm holiday color.

modern rustic holiday home tour

Creating a simple, modern centerpiece, I placed some cedar stems into a black, footed bowl along with a mix of antique glass ornaments and newer Champagne and plum colored baubles.

modern rustic christmas decor home tour

When you are needing to inject some holiday magic without putting a hurtin’ on your wallet, never underestimate the power of candle light.

organic modern christmas home tour and decor ideas

It truly makes all the difference and instantly elevates a space from ordinary to extraordinary.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas along with a happy holiday season!

rustic modern christmas home tour

If you are following along on the blog hop, Laura’s tour is next. I love how she always thinks outside of the box with her creatively themed tours.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. You don’t even know how much I appreciate all of your support.

Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life. Much love!

Monday December 5th

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Tuesday December 6th

Our Southern Home – This is our Bliss – The Stonybrook HouseA Pretty Life In The SuburbsUp To Date Interiors Shiplap and Shells

Wednesday December 7th

Whispering Pines HomesteadCalypso in the CountryWhite Arrows Home Designing VibesDecor to AdoreClean and Scentsible.

Thursday December 8th

CitrineLiving Pasha is Home County Road 407 Simply2MomsSouthern State of MindChalking Up Success

Friday December 9th

Hymns and VersesEleanor Rose HomeDimples and Tangles



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Lori J Leeper

Friday 16th of December 2022

I love how you used what you had. We don't need new every year. The black den looks beautiful and moody. Especially with the contrast of the flocked tree. Love the copper highlights. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Designing Vibes

Friday 16th of December 2022

Thank you so much, Lori. I hope you have a fabulous holiday season.

Kate @ Southern Home and Hospitality

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Erica, your new home is stunning! I love your dramatic contrasting neutrals with the white holiday decor against the black walls and the bling of the metallics - gorgeous!!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Thank you so much, Kate! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 11th of December 2022

I LOVE your home so much, Erica! Your dark walls are stunning and the simplicity of your holiday decor is gorgeous and still makes such a big impact. Your home is so inspiring. I want that sofa! Happy Holidays!

Designing Vibes

Monday 12th of December 2022

Thank you so very much, Kim! I hope you have a fabulous holiday season.


Saturday 10th of December 2022

So many warm and cozy vibes - I just love it!

Designing Vibes

Monday 12th of December 2022

Thank you so much, Alexandra! Wishing you a Merry Christmas. :)


Thursday 8th of December 2022

I’m loving your lake home and your Christmas decor coordinates perfectly. You inspired me to paint a small room 3 walls dark with wallpaper on the fourth. I was wondering about the curtain rods you have up with no curtains. Is this a new fad or are you just in the process of wondering what you’re going to do with those windows? I’m also a big DIY’er and a self taught decorator (known to drop the F bomb a time or two :) with bits and pieces of training. I’m always on the look out for new things I need to know. Thanks for your inspirations and Happy Holidays!

Designing Vibes

Friday 9th of December 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, Nancy. It sounds like we have a lot in common (including our love for the occasional f bomb haha). When you were asking about the curtain rods I was confused, but now I see what you are talking about. So, at the angle I took some of the photos, the curtain was obscured by my Christmas tree. However, if you look at one of the shots (taken on the other side of my couch) you will see how I do have curtains- there is simply only one curtain on side of each window (hope that makes sense). Wishing you and yours a happy holidays. xoxo