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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Thinking about how you want to decorate your home for Christmas this year? From the front entry to the main rooms, we will be ready for the holidays. I’m excited to share our merry and bright Christmas home tour.

Let’s just admit it: it takes a lot of time to decorate your home for Christmas. On average, it takes us at least a week to decorate the trees, the wreaths, the garland, and other Christmas vignettes. If we have other obligations (who doesn’t?), it can take up to 10 days.

But that’s OK. When all the stockings are hung and the halls are decked, it’s really the most magical time of the year.

I’m excited to share our home dressed up for the holidays for Day 5 of Christmas in July. It’s time for a little home tour of our Christmas decorations.

We reuse our garland, indoor wreaths, Christmas trees, and other Christmas decorations every year.

Whether or not you reuse your decorations from year to year, filling your home with Christmas decorations makes the season merry and bright for the holiday season.

I wish I could snap my fingers and like magic, the house would be completely decorated like on Instagram or Facebook. As we all know, in reality, our homes are not like that.

Here is what our home looked like for Christmas last year. Last year I did make several new decorations that dressed up our home and mixed them with older decorations.

My approach was to try to be more simple and emphasize “try”. Fewer decorations, but still with warmth and that feeling of merry and bright.

Ready for our Christmas holiday home tour?

Christmas Home Tour Begins in the Dining Room

For the first time ever, we put a tree in the dining room. This was the tree that had been in Sweet Shark’s bar. We set it on the bar cart in our bay window.

I began to use a new for us pink and blue color scheme in the dining room.

Christmas tree on bar cart

First, I placed a white fluffy, “snowy” piece of fabric on the bar cart. Then I added white lights.

To hide the base of the Christmas tree and the light packets, I added a piece of lightweight felt over them.

For ornaments, I used some of our silver bells and balls plus some small “animal” ornaments. Pink and blue ornaments complete the tree. It’s nice to have a tree that can be seen from the front yard.

Christmas tree

Once our new tree was finished, I realized that there wasn’t enough room for the silver wreath that normally hangs in the bay window.

Since the silver wreath wouldn’t be in the window, I decided not to use the silver garland with snowflakes and big silver and gold bows. Sometimes, it’s nice to give decorations a “break”.

Instead, I decided on a simpler look for the garland above the vassilier. We used a regular green garland with colored lights and no bows.

I left several of my blue chinoiserie planters on the hutch. I added some of our Lenox Eternal dinner plates.

Dining room hutch decorated for Christmas

For more Christmas decor, white reindeer, bottle brush trees, and a few Santas add to the scene.

I had ordered blue velvet ribbon and used it to make bows for the gold reindeer.

reindeer on hutch

On the mirrors, I wrapped thin garland into a circle for a wreath. and used some of the blue velvet ribbon to hang the wreaths.

wreath of mirror with blue velvet ribbon

On the dining room table, I’m using more chinoiserie planters and pink poinsettias as a centerpiece.

pink poinsettias in blue planters

A Little Pink and Blue in the Entry

For the entry vignette, I went with a pink and blue theme. You’ll see that I also used the new color in some other areas of our home.

For our entry mirror, I used the multi-colored ornament wreath which is one of my very favorite Christmas DIY projects. It’s still one of my favorites.

pink and white Christmas trees on white tray

I placed a flea market tray I purchased years ago and painted white.

On the tray, I placed three pink bottle brush trees that I bought at the cutest store, Talking Out of Turn, in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. The area is a delightful scene of funky shops and cool restaurants – it’s definitely a place to go if you are visiting Dallas.

In front of those pink bottle brush trees, I placed three small yarn trees.

I started making yarn trees for this vignette for the living room coffee table. I previously shared how to make yarn trees for a vignette on our coffee table.

Yarn Christmas Trees with star toppers

To finish off the entry, I added a string of white fairy lights covered with snow and some new pink and blue ornaments. Two fabric reindeer (not new) fill in for some whimsy.

Christmas Home Tour: the Banister and Sweet Shark’s Bar

The staircase and Sweet Shark’s bar are the main focal point of our entry.

For the second time, I repeated placing the stockings on the front banister. The only new addition is a stocking for Nola that I purchased on Etsy. She is so proud of it!

staircase with Christmas tree and santas

The tree that was previously in our bedroom is now in the bar (Sweet Shark didn’t realize that it had white lights on it; next year we’ll change them out to colored ones.).

This tree holds all our ornaments from our travels. I love the memories that they evoke each year. Last year’s new ornament wass from our trip to Alaska in May.

lighted Christmas tree

For a different look, I gathered several of our Santas at the base of the stairs next to the tree.

Santas by the tree

Guess whose favorite place is on the stairs? Nola loves to watch the world from this spot. The board across the step is to keep her from running up and down the stairs.

labradoodle on the stairs

Christmas Living Room and Tree

On the way into the living room, I placed my pink, white, and blue yarn trees in a blue tray with gold handles.

moose with blue ribbon

For our living room mantel, I reused a cypress wreath adorned with lights. I made a brand new bow with pink velvet and glitter ribbon.

Christmas wreath with pink bow

I also added a couple of the white Mark Roberts elves to the wreath.

Christmas wreath with pink bow

For the mantel, I added just one strand of garland and three strings of fairy lights. White faux pine cones and pink and white ornaments are tucked in the garland.

pink and blue felt ball garland on Christmas mantel

I draped two new strands of wool felt ball garland in pinks and blues. I first made this type of garland (mixing balls and Christmas trees) last year for the mantel. This year I used it on the stove hood in the kitchen.

pink and blue felt ball garland

To flank both sides of the garland vignette, I used three styles of candlesticks. For the tallest ones, since we can’t reach them, I ordered battery candles with timers and a remote.

Christmas mantel

On the coffee table, I continued the pink and blue theme.

Christmas vignette on table

My moose sports a pretty blue bow.

moose with blue ribbon

Our Christmas tree fills the breakfast room as usual.

Since no one will be here for Christmas, all our presents have been mailed. I have a couple of small presents yet to wrap for Sweet Shark.

Christmas tree

Our silver bells and balls and other ornaments that we have collected over the years grace the tree. I purchased several new vintage ornaments at one of our local antique malls. The lady who has the booth where I bought them actually lives down the street from me.

Christmas ornaments
vintage Christmas ornaments

As usual, our Christmas tree, like most, is at its best when the lights are on.

lighted Christmas tree

New White Bedroom Christmas Tree

The last area of our Christmas home tour is our bedroom.

I really wanted a new white Christmas tree in our bedroom this year. I found the perfect white 4-foot tree online. And it came with white lights!

I did add two more strands of pastel lights that I found in my box of fairy lights.

white Christmas tree

For the ornaments, I used the jewel ornaments that I made. I also made some ornaments with small felt cut-out circles in pink and blue that I glued to styrofoam. The rest of the ornaments are ones I either had or new vintage ornaments from the antique mall.

white Christmas tree with ornaments

Below the tree is a piece of glass I made to look like mercury glass years ago. On top sits our crystal Santas, angles and trees. Silver beads and pink balls complete the look.

Crystal figurines on the table

I already shared the Christmas tree vignette that I created for our console table in the bedroom. I love those felt ball trees.

Christmas trees on tray with garland

That is the end of my merry and bright Christmas home tour for this year.

I hope this little bit of holiday decor in my Christmas home tour brightened your day, lightened your heart, and put a smile on your face. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

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  1. So many fun colors and textures! I celebrated Christmas in July taking some time to work up some Christmas themed crafts (I always run out of time later in the year!), and was just thinking I may want to change up the usual decor this year so I started brainstorming ideas so I can get a jump on shopping and planning a bit. Feels so much better than waiting until November to do it – ha!

  2. Already getting ready for Christmas – WOW! As we downsized dramatically about a year ago, fortunately, it does not take me more than a couple of hours to do the Christmas decoration as I only have ONE room to do.
    Thank you for sharing your links with us at #272 SSPS Linky. See you again next week.

  3. Carol, your Christmas in July home tour is georgeous!! And Nola looks so comfy on her perch on the steps.
    Visiting today from SSPS 272 #137&138.

  4. What a lovely post; it did gladden my heart to see your beautiful home all decked out with treasures! Hope you and Sweet Shark have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. Carol, as always I have so enjoyed seeing your decorating ideas which always spark some new ideas I can use myself. I am always looking for decorations that can be easily assemble/disassembled for storage and the reindeer on your console table in the bedroom caught my eye. Did you make them by any chance? Thanks for sharing your good taste with the rest of us.

  6. How sweet is that bedroom tree, so cute. We aren’t having Christmas here after a year of heavy entertaining, so the outside is max, and the inside not so much. We still haven’t put up a tree, this year only a small one in the new front window! Lovely post Carol and hope you have as much fun as your decorations are! Grins, Sandi

  7. Carol, your home is decorated so beautifully! I love your blue and pink theme! Hope you and Sweet Shark have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Wonderful Christmas tour Carol! It really is merry and bright and magical too! The blue bow accents are so pretty with all your colorful decorations. Love it all my friend! Happy Christmas!