Happy Saturday everyone! Today I am excited to have a very special Instagram guest, Laura, @ The Classic Cottage! You might remember her from early fall when she shared her gorgeous Fall Home Tour. Her fall decor was so stunning and her Christmas is just as beautiful. You are going to love her Christmas cottage! Welcome Laura!
Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Candy canes, hot cocoa, fireplaces burning, warm, cozy, knitted blankets, twinkling lights, the warm glow of the Christmas tree, jingle bells- these are the sights, smells and sound of Christmas time!
Let’s enjoy this wonderful season by getting together at my home for a little Christmas tour! As you enter in the front door, you’ll find the traditional colors of red and green on our entry table.
Several years ago, I made the large swag that hangs over the round mirror. I still love how it drapes over adding just a little shimmer in the greenery and burlap bow.
Our nativity is also here, the most important aspect of why we celebrate Christmas in our home. The birch candles and small trees add some texture with their rustic feel.
Next, we enter our dining room. Because its a very small space, I chose to decorate with neutral colors. Pale greens, copper, silver, creams and whites give this room a calm and cozy feeling. I love the sparkling, snow covered greenery combined with lambs ear. Their soft, velvety appearance provide a soothing look.
On our antique buffet, I’ve displayed one of my favorite pieces, a hand made, wooden nativity given to me by one of my sweet friends. I’ve had it for years and every year I pull it out I’m reminded of the sweet friendships I am blessed with.
On the shelves, I’ve displayed my village collection. We’ve always wanted a village, but I was never able to find one that fit my style until a couple of years ago. I just love the pine cone detail, adding just a touch of a rustic feel, combined with the white faux snow.
The silver pieces on the shelves and buffet belonged to my great grandmother. I love using meaningful heirlooms in our home and hearing the stories my mom tells me of how she remembers them being used.
The kitchen is the next stop on our tour, where there is always a candle burning, usually in the scent of caramel or cinnamon spice, and a teenager cooking or eating! I used my great grandmother’s tea cart to create our very first hot cocoa bar! My kids love having this and use it daily. My son especially loves having the candy canes conveniently at his reach! I made a small embroidery wreath to hang on our cabinets with some greens and small cookie cutters. The same cookie cutters are hung on plates above our kitchen windows to carry the theme through to the breakfast area.
The living room is next on our tour. Our mantel is dressed in faux greens, draping over the front and brass candlesticks that I’ve collected from goodwill and yard sales. I also added some faux neutral fruit, pears, apples and pomegranates along with some branches from the yard.
The piano has a small winter scene playing it’s part, complete with wood, burlap and twine trees. Some book page ruffled garland finishes off the look and hides all of the imperfections ( I stack the trees on books to add different heights). I hand painted the sign to my favorite Christmas hymn, O Holy Night, to finish off this small space. Our chairs and sofa have dark green velvet pillows to add an extra special Christmas touch. Our coffee table centerpiece consists of a small village of white ceramic houses on a wooden cake plate and surrounded by white sparkling faux branches.
I was so excited to have a staircase to decorate this year (this is our third home, but the first time we’ve had an exposed staircase)! I found this pretty garland complete with some flocked branches and little birch branches tied in bundles. It just adds a little something special to that area. Our little church pew, directly under our staircase, is modestly decorated, I added a quilt and a touch of gold with some lanterns. it is simple, but cozy.
Our large Christmas tree is displayed in this room complete with soft green, rose gold, silver, white, copper and birch accents. I couldn’t find a tree topper that I loved, so I created one out of book pages and some greens that I used in the rest of the house. This is the first “pretty” Christmas tree we’ve had since we got married 20 years ago! Our kids pick out an ornament every year and we’ve always used those mismatched, but oh so special treasures. This year, we decided to dedicate one tree to those special memories and display it in our bonus room. My daughter and I had so much fun decorating this pretty tree while the boys watched!
The last stop is our bedroom. Originally, I was going to go with all white decorations in here, but the more I thought about it, the more daring I became! I added red, (YES, RED!) and my husband and I absolutely love it! The flocked white wreath, and white little birds and plaid blanket at the end of the bed, the red throw on the bed and the greens hung above the bed add just enough Christmas in here to make it feel cozy and inviting.
I’ve enjoyed being a guest here today on Amber’s blog and sharing my home tour with you. Thank you so much for spending some time with me! I hope you enjoyed the tour, but more importantly, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with the ones you love.
Wasn’t that such a fantastic tour? Laura’s Instagram is full of beautiful Christmas photos too. She is definitely one to follow. If you visit Laura on Instagram be sure to let her know you found her via this post!
Thanks for joining us here today! Don’t forget to link up and party with my friend Debra at Common Ground and I for the Home For Christmas Blogger’s Link Party which is live now through Dec. 26th! So far it is going great with lots of wonderful holiday ideas being shared. See you there!
Christ Follower. Grateful Wife And Mother. Kentucky Girl. Music Teacher. Decorator. Gardener, Junker. Collector. Dreamer. Lover of Non-GMO Guacamole, Green Tea, French Country-Cottage Style, Old Houses And All Things Vintage.