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A Christmas Welcome to Our New Home!

Hello friends and welcome to our new home for the holidays!

(STILL a work in progress!)

In August we moved into our historic 1920’s red brick home that we purchased and began renovating over a year ago. The renovations took much longer than expected  (don’t they always?) so we didn’t end up getting all the rooms completely finished and decorated in time for this tour, but we are really loving how everything is looking for Christmas so far!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      I am thrilled to once again be joining my friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life and 29 other bloggers for the annual Christmas Home Tours! If you are coming over from Thrifty and Chic or if you are just visiting, I am so happy you are here! A special thank you goes out to Simply 2 Moms for organizing this tour while dear Marty recovers from a recent surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.    

 

 

An Elegant Vintage-Traditional Christmas Porch and Foyer (sort of!)

I am excited to welcome you in for a preview Christmas tour! If you were actually here, you’d have to step over boxes and totes on the porch which we frantically pushed out the way to at least get a quick phone photo of the front door area. We just closed the sale of the yellow brick home this week (two weeks earlier than expected!) and we had to rush to get the last of our items out of the garage, basement and landscape. It took all weekend, and in some rooms it looks like we just moved in again! 

 

 

As a result, I didn’t have a chance to really finish all the details of my Christmas decorating in time for today’s tour. We plan to work all this weekend on unpacking and cleaning, so I will share a full tour including the porch next weekend. 

 

 

Nevertheless, you can come on in and take a look around at how Christmas and the house in general is coming along!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Last week I shared a peek into our foyer with a look at the round table styled for Christmas with traditional elements. It’s the very first thing you see when you step into our home so I wanted to style it in a unique and beautiful way.  Right after Thanksgiving I created a large arrangement for the centerpiece. I loved the fragrant gathered real fir cuttings along withfaux magnolias and red berries arrangment  and the other old world touches on the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wouldn’t be my signature Christmas decorating without vintage Christmas postcards! This beautiful card was an estate sale find from late summer.  

 

 

I love using festive fruits in vintage glass dishes to create an authentic old world Christmas look and feel.   There is such simple beauty and elegance in this crackled glass and brass footed dish filled with cloved tangerines and tiny lady apples.

 

 

 

The real branches started to dry out pretty quickly so it was time to switch out the center arrangement. I decided to go with faux this time and I also swapped out the vase for this new thrifted chinoiserie vase.

 

 

 

Behind the foyer table you will see that I have styled my piano simply for Christmas using a beautiful painting of a Scottish lady in tartan plaid as the focal point.  You will notice a lot more Scottish and English equestrian touches around our new home year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a couple of months of living here, I finally got started on the staircase mirror and frame gallery wall. You will see more of the entire Christmas staircase on next week’s full Christmas home tour.    

 

 

Foyer Mantel Styling Preview with Norfolk Pine Garland

  The first of two identical large mantels in in the foyer, facing the other one directly across from it in the living room. I haven’t styled them exactly the same, but they have similar elements including beautiiful greenery, red velvet ribbon, brass candlesticks and thrifted blue and white chinoiserie pieces.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I am so in love with the foyer mantel draped with a mix of two different kinds of norfolk pine garland a along with simple dark red velvet ribbon and fairy lights woven loosely throughout.  I recently found some fabulous chinoiserie pieces in a lot at an amazing price, just in time to decorate my two massive Christmas mantels with classic, traditional Christmas vibes.        

 

 

 

 

With the exception of the front door and sidelights, the foyer doesn’t have windows, so it gets dark a little earlier here. I keep the antique sconce fireplace lights and candles flickering all day in the foyer and it is sooo pretty and cozy!

 

 

 

The Christmas “chalkboard” is actually a Chalkboard Gift Bag Hack I shared a few years ago.  

 

 

 

 

  We recently installed our electric fireplaces in the foyer and living room, just in time for cozy Christmas! We are in the process of giving each hearth a makeover. I am deciding between a slate and a porcelain that looks like marble. You might also notice I switched out my rusty ivory urn vase for a chinoiseire vase when I had to toss out the large fir branch cuttings from my Thanksgiving-to-Christmas foyer table arrangement and replace them with some pretty faux evergreens, magnolia and red berries.

 

 

 

 

Vintage Traditional Christmas Living Room Mantel with Old World Elements and Thrifted Chinoiserie

I used mix of faux cedar and norfolk pine on the living room mantel, along with three of my new thrifted chinoiserie pieces. I already had a few  blue and white pieces on the built in bookcases, but with the addition of my new pieces I guess now I have officially crossed over into “collecting” beautiful chinioisire and blue and white pottery.  

 

 

 

Over the past few years I have been embracing a more natural and old world Christmas aesthetic, so a mixture of dried and fresh fruits are must-haves for this Christmas aesthetic. For several years I have used dried orange slices in my holiday decorating, but this year I added some pretty split whole dried oranges too.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

      They are a little more difficult to diy so I ended up ordering my whole dried oranges on Amazon.  

 

 

 

 

I share all the details about my chinoiserie finds and the living room Christmas mantel in a post on Saturday.      

 

 

 

 

Cozy English Cottage Inspired Christmas  Living Room (where the antique family heirloom organ finally finds it’s new home!)

  My family antique heirloom organ (a childhood gift to me from my late grandparents) was the last furniture item to leave the yellow brick home. Over the past couple of months of living here at our new home, I just had no clue where it was going to go! When we were forced to move the last of the our furniture this past weekend, I decided to try the organ along a boring blank wall in the living room and I ended up loving it!!!!      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        I had originally thought the organ would make the living room too crowded, but it actually didn’t take up much space and just made the living room seem more cozy and put together. And since I have had this piece of furniture in my life since I was four years old, it made it the whole room feel more like home.       

 

 

 

 

 

My grandmother always decorated the organ with little Christmas knick-knacks, candles and nativities. I love decorating it too!

 

 

I just found this tiny vintage nativity and it fits perfectly on one of the little shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

      The coffee table is styled with Christmas eye candy including a mix of vintage Christmas, everyday vintage pretties and natural elements.    

 

 

 

 

Just one single embroidered Victorian Santa stocking is hung by the chimey with care. It is our family tradition to hang our keepsake stockings on Christmas Eve.    

 

 

The beautiful poinsettia was a gift from my choir after Monday’s Christmas concert. They did a fabulous job this year!!!

 

 

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without my vintage style Belsnickel (or Belsnickle) Santas here there and everywhere and lots of plaid pillows and blankets throughout the house!  

 

 

 

But what about the CHRISTMAS TREE????

There will be an entirely separate post this weekend about “the great Christmas tree (s) fiasco of 2023,” but to summarize: Our Christmas tree was up and fully decorated the day after Thanksgiving, but one of the light sets blew a fuse that evening and we just couldn’t figure out how to get the other lights to come back on without completely de-decorating the tree. Ugh! It took several days to muster the energy to do it all over again! I have had just enough time to strip off all the old lights, restring the whole tree with 1200 lights and get about 3/4 of our ornaments on the tree in time for today’s tour. There are still a few details to finish, including finding a new tree topper.  In the post I will also  explain why we are still using our old tree and why I still use incandescent lights on my tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Each year our tree  looks similar, with a mix of various colored bulbs, keepsake and handmade ornaments, candles and velvet ribbon. Even though it isn’t quite finished, the tree looks pretty and now it feels like Christmas in our new home!      

 

 

A Peek in the Christmas Kitchen

I have had to use restraint with decorating the Christmas kitchen, because my husband plans to finish “phase one” of the kitchen renovation entirely by the end of next week.  With that in mind, I simply created a pretty Christmas garden-lovers inspired styled basket and vignette in the corner of the kitchen with papewhites, greenery, festive fruits, nuts and another favorite Belsnickel. You can see a peek of my new thrifted facebook marketplace vintage chandy in the mirror.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

        With all the construction still going on and a new load of boxes and totes to unpack, I will certainly be embracing a “less is more” decorating philosophy in the kitchen this Christmas.  Also, our son will be home from culinary school in New York and I want to keep the kitchen uncluttered so he can enjoy cooking throughout his break.  He was here for Thanksgiving and we had so much fun! Spending time with family and making new memories in our new home is what I am most excited about this Christmas.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this preview of how our new home is looking for the holidays and that you will plan to stop back by to see the “real” tour next week. If you are looking for TONS of Christmas inspiration, don’t forget to visit all the beautiful Christmas home tours via the links below. 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas! Amber  

 

 

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2023 Christmas Home Tours

This week Iā€™m joining thirty talented and creative bloggers to share our holiday decorating for our 2023 Christmas Home Tours. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful ideas and inspiration! I especially want to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour of homes. You can visit each Christmassy home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Monday blog hop participants.

Simply2Moms | Worthing Court Blog | Midwest Life and Style

DIY Beautify | Peacock Ridge Farm | The Stonybrook House

Tuesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Tuesday blog hop participants.

Our Southern Home | Calypso in the Country | Chalking Up Success

Pink Peppermint Design | The House on Silverado | Lyndale Drive

Wednesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Wednesday blog hop participants.

Southern Home and Hospitality | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | Whispering Pines Homestead

She Gave it a Go | Decor to Adore | Eleanor Rose Home

Thursday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Thursday blog hop participants.

County Road 407 | Thistle Key Lane | White Lilac Farmhouse

My Family Thyme | Southern Hospitality Blog | Clean and Scentsible | Bungalow 47

Friday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Friday blog hop participants.

Shiplap and Shells | It All Started With Paint | White Arrows Home

This is Our Bliss | Thrifty and Chic | Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Linda @It All Started With Paint

    I’m loving your new (old) home! It’s absolutely stunning and the old world charm of your Christmas decor is so warm and inviting! Can’t wait to see more!!!

    šŸ™‚ Linda

    December 8, 2023 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Oh Amber what a stunning tour! Every year I think she can’t possibly top last year…all of the lush layers are truly elegant and beautiful. Hope you can participate in the Homespun Holiday tour. Pinning and sharing!

    December 8, 2023 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    Absolutely gorgeous Amber. I love the new traditional vibe. That organ is amazing, what a perfect place for it.

    December 8, 2023 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Amber Ferguson

    Thanks so much Debra! I am so relieved that it fits so beautifully!

    So many things still need to be done! It takes time to make a house a home!

    December 8, 2023 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Amber I’m so excited to see so many beautiful photos of your new home! I love your holiday display on your round table. Both arrangements look so festive. I know you must be exhausted with so much to do in your new home, but WOW your hard work has paid off! Gorgeous tour my friend!

    December 9, 2023 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    It’s always such a treat to see your Christmas home tour! You’ve decorated everything so beautifully, Amber. I love all the garlands and layering of vintage items. It’s amazing how much you’ve done in your new house already. It already looks like a well-loved home! Thanks for the lovely tour and have a Merry Christmas, friend!
    Cheers! – Shelley

    December 9, 2023 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Jen

    Oh Amber, everythign is just stunning! Christmas perfection. So happy to be touring with you. Merry Christmas!

    December 9, 2023 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I am amazed at what y’all have accomplished! Every area and the surfaces you’ve decorated are stunning. I’m not sure I would have fooled with the tree but I’m glad you did. I can see how the lights make it finally feel like Christmas. Looking forward to the rest of your spaces. Especially the kitchen. Did this new kitchen compare to the most beautiful kitchen ever in the old house? If not, I know it will still look fabulous with your talented decorated skills. Merry Christmas!

    December 10, 2023 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      You don’t know how close I came to NOT doing a tree!

      No this kitchen does not compare because the other one just had a charm. But it is beautiful and far more functional, and I do love it more for that reason. It has made my life easier with some better amenities. It’s large and spacious and perfect for Liam to cook big family dinners. I doubt that this Christmas it will really be finished, but next Christmas it will be.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments. Merry Christmas!

      December 14, 2023 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I’m loving your new home Amber and can’t wait to see the kitchen. I live in a 1920 home too and it’s just amazing how much character these older homes have. I love all your mirrors going up the stairs. Your mantel with the garland and candles with glass cloches is so pretty. And your front porch! Every detail is so beautiful my friend. Merry Christmas!

    December 10, 2023 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply debbie-dabble

    Amber,
    I so enjoyed seeing these glimpses of your new to you home!!! It is really quite beautiful!!! I have always loved how you decorate for Christmas and can understand under the circumstances of unpacking and construction why you need to show some restraint this year…I am excited to see more in up coming posts!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! It is such a joy to see someone decorating in their own style and not another cookie cutter home like so many of them are anymore…..Enjoy your weekend even though I know you will be very busy!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    December 15, 2023 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Loved your home tour, Amber!! The new staircase wall looks wonderful. Glad you brought that idea with you. šŸ™‚

    Happy renovating over the next year and happy decorating to come,
    Christmas hugs,
    Barb šŸ™‚

    December 26, 2023 at 3:11 pm
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