Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Decking the Halls: Christmas Home Tour 2014

Welcome to our Christmas home tour 2014! I didn't have a ton of time, or energy for that matter to do gobs of DIY for Christmas this year, but luckily I did last year. I did some rearranging...and of course...added a few flea market finds to the decor to change it up! 

First, our Fall front porch transformed into winter with more flea market finds added, greenery, burlap, and a few logs and firewood.

Too bad there is no SNOW in these photos! Still crossing my fingers for a white Christmas.

 The wreath on the front door was a makeover from Christmas 2013.

I scored this old sled at a flea market for 8 dollars. I love the arrow painted on it.

Come on in!

Adam really wanted the staircase wrapped in garland and lights, so he was in charge of this. It looks so pretty at night especially.

Our entry is much different from last year. We wanted a more open feel, so we removed the entryway furniture and Adam created a simple DIY barn wood shelf in a hot minute.

I filled a little sewing drawer from (you guessed it!) a flea market with some fake snow, and a couple of tiny trees I picked up on super clearance last year. I glued the little banner on the side.

I paired a few milk glass vases together with some red and green spritzes from ---get this----grocery store bouquet from this SUMMER. The greenery in it was still alive so I kept it...still looks good!

Remember my DIY burlap Fall wreath? I wasn't ready to put it away for the year so I brought it inside, stuck this colorful sign on the front. I think it transitions pretty well for Christmas too.

Our 2014 tree. I scored about 95% of the vintage ornaments on the tree at an estate sale this Fall for 7 bucks. I didn't even open the box with all my sparkle ornaments this year! These ornaments are larger so they filled the tree.  We stuck a burlap Merry Christmas banner towards the top instead of an angel or a star. I didn't have the right one for the tree top this year with the new look.

Behind the tree is our DIY etched mirror. If you missed the post with this DIY you should check it out. So easy!
The snowy trees in front of the mirror were from the same estate sale as the vintage ornaments...only 2 or 3 dollars for a bundle.

A close up of our tree and the vintage ornaments. I came home one day and there were candy canes on the tree too. Adam had to do his part.

These candelabras are new too. It was originally a 2 piece chandelier, but they look perfect as two pieces on our wall next to the fireplace. I purchased all the tapers at the dollar tree for 50 cents each.

The Buon Natale burlap sign on the table was a DIY from last year. Merry Christmas in Italian. I should probably make one in German too, since Adam's family is German...maybe next year.

We had a ski lodge theme house hop/progressive dinner last year, and we brought out these vintage ski poles again. Our house feels sort of like a lodge with the fireplace going in the winter. So it still fits.

All the stockings are stuffed already...except BabyN's stocking. I know rude of me...his gift hasn't arrived yet. I picked up the fox stocking at Target this year. I loved the little fox on the front and the sweater material matched our stockings just enough.
I think Scouty needs a new stocking as the velveteen doesn't really go with our sweater themed stockings.

We usually burn a wood fire a few evenings a week.  I found the fireplace candelabra at a thrift store for a few bucks. It's nice to burn unscented candles in there when it's too warm for a fire...or Adam doesn't feel like starting one!

A view of our catwalk upstairs. The cross country skis are my dad's. We also used these last year with the ski lodge theme party. We loved them so much up here, we put them back up.

I added a few vases with the gold spray painted pine cones from Christmas 2013. My mom gave me this cool old thermos last year. It doesn't work anymore, but it looks cute paired with my zinc N.

Above our china cabinet I threw more of the cheapo trees from the estate sale, a few log slices together,  and two blue ball jars filled with a snowy scene.

This took me all of 5 minutes to throw all of this together. It gives the china cabinet a little more height, and adds greenery to this side of the room too.

I made the BELIEVE pennant banner last year, with my friend Lora. Who also gifted me this St. Nicholas clothes line last week as an early Christmas gift.

Next to our china cabinet is a little stick tree. I added all of our special and sentimental ornaments to this one so they don't get lost on the big tree. We've been sticking our Christmas cards on the tree too for display.

Thanks for touring our decked out home. Hope you have a Merry Christmas...and a Happy New Year! We'll be back so so soon with nursery updates and a few DIYs we haven't told you about. Great things coming in 2015!

P.S. Our Christmas Home tour 2013 can be found here!


  1. Thanks dear Gabbi! I don't want to take it all down yet!Merry Christmas to you guys too!

  2. I'm coming over and stealing that candelabra, then making my getaway on your dad's skis!
    <3 Love the lodge <3

  3. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love all your decorations! I just took mine down and now my whole apartment looks so empty and boring!

  4. I know how you feel! We've started taking down a few things too!


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