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Festive Christmas Home Tour for the Holidays

Is it too early to share Christmas inspiration? I hope not because today is all about Christmas ideas. I’m sharing a house full of Christmas – our festive Christmas home tour for the holidays.

Last year I shared our Christmas home tour – our entry, living room, and Sweet Shark’s bar – two days before Christmas. Not any time for you to use it as inspiration.

This year I’m sharing it early in hopes that some of the areas in our festive Christmas home tour will give you ideas.

These areas are what you would see and where you would spend your time if you were visiting our home. I’ll give you a peek in the dining room, too.

I switched up some things last year – some decorations are not in their traditional place. Things that are not typical Christmas decorations were pulled into the festive holiday decor.

Daily accessories that are not usually used for Christmas can definitely become some of your best holiday decorations.

So welcome to our home for a festive Christmas home tour. After a daytime tour, I’ll show you the house lit up at night. As you will see throughout our home tour, we have lights ~ both multi~colored and white ~ on anything that doesn’t move.

This festive Christmas home tour is part of the Celebrate the Holiday Blog Hop. My blogger friends and I are sharing a variety of fantastic Christmas ideas. We’re sharing early, giving you plenty of time to save and incorporate the ideas you love into your own Christmas decorating plans.

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If you are visiting me from Kristin of White Arrows Home, then welcome to my home and the Celebrate the Holiday Blog Hop. (I love seeing what Kristin shares from her log cabin in the north woods.)

If you are visiting Bluesky at Home for the first time, I’m so happy you are here. I’d love to get to know you better. If you want to know more about me, please visit My Story. Let’s see what we have in common.

Now let’s get this Christmas home tour started.

Start at the Front Door

When you step into the entry, your 325˚view starts with our dining room on the left, the entry and staircase straight ahead, and Sweet Shark’s bar on your right.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared our plaid Christmas tablescape set for a dinner party. The table is still 75% set. Here’s the pretty table you would see as you stood in the entry.

red plaid bow tied on back of chair

The flocked garland on the vaisselier decked with white Santas and wreaths on the mirrors are the focal points.

Christmas Entry with New Accessories

I mixed things up on the entry commode this year.

  • The entry decor begins with drapped garland across the top of our entry mirror. You can’t see, but there are lights on the garland.
  • Last year, my most favorite DIY ornament wreath brightened our front door. This year, I decided to bring more color and light into the entry by hanging it on the mirror.
  • A white snowflake runner that was on the dining room table last year is drapped across the commode.
  • The new items I used as Christmas decorations were silver containers that we already had: 2 ice buckets, a champagne bucket, a mercury glass vase, and a wine carafe.
  • Three faux Christmas trees and several picks of greenery made to look like trees provide the Christmas tree look I wanted. All the trees have lights, of course.
entry with silver containers and greenery

I used red and green ribbon around the base of the trees to hide the paper stuffing. I also added some white pinecone picks.

At the side of the commode, I filled my tall lantern with gold balls and topped it with a red sequined bow.

The Christmas Banister

Other than having greenery and lights, the banister got a new look. I added a few new items:

  • Several of our Christmas “stuffed” creatures are on the banister.
  • Red check bows are at the bottom of both sides of the banister.
  • Yes, you can see a bit of the living room mantel.

In case you noticed the board across the staircase, that’s to keep Nola from going upstairs.

  • I attached red, green and white ornaments to the staircase greenery in groups of three.
  • For the first timer ever, I hung our stockings on the front side of the banister. I thought this would be a fun change, both for the banister and the mantel.
  • You can see the small tree that we added in front of the banister, which is acutally in Sweet Shark’s bar.

This tree holds most of the travel ornaments that we have collected on trips over the past 25 years. The tree skirt was originally on the tree at our previous home.

Sweet Shark’s Bar

Moving to the right, we are in Sweet Shark’s bar. The curio cabinet holds some of our crystal glassware.

On the top of the curio is a green garland and four of our Mark Robert’s Elves.

We added some of our Christmas figurines on the shelves.

Our Christmas Lenox Holiday glasses ~white wine, red wine, highballs, and our newest addition ~ martini glasses ~ add the traditional holly and berries to the scene.

The bar is the star. The bulk of our elves perches atop the bar back.

On to the Living Room

On the other side of the staircase, I created a new vignette. Once again, I used one of my vintage boxes. Two of our larger Santas and a gold reindeer form a threesome.

Another Santa wraps his legs around the garland wrapped around our candle stand.

Moving into the living room, our mantel is always the focal point of Christmas decorations. With no stockings, I had room for garland, five Santas, and my felt garland.

You might remember the felt and felt ball garland that I made for the mantel.

On the hearth, I placed two twig reindeer. We have had them for years and they have been used in many places with different bows.

My favorite Christmas throw from Target rests in another vintage box.

Above the mantel, we placed faux garland with a big bow across the top of the fireplace. A cypress wreath – sans bow – fills the center of the fireplace.

I love the mix of wintery garland and the rustic look of the Santas.

On the sofa table, more Santas, a vintage red truck, and a metal lantern with red candles create another Christmas vignette. I made the pillows a few years ago. The two red throws from Target originally were on our bed.

Throws and pillows always create a cozy atmosphere. At Christmas, they add wonderful color, texture, and pattern.

Nola and her squeaky bear jumped right in the middle of the picture. Isn’t she cute? This is her first Christmas.

On our big picture window, we have a big wreath with lights and bows.

On the coffee table, our Santa and reindeer sit on another red table runner. A large red vase holds a red candle surrounded by greenery and berries.

Squeaky bear is heels overhead about the festive Christmas home tour.

My vintage ladder is a great place for plaid Christmas throws.

Across from our seating area is our bookcase. It always gets a festive Christmas treatment. Santas, reindeer, and a tall snowman fill the bookshelves. Garland with lights and another red check bow top the bookcase.

More lights are there, but you can’t see them until nighttime.

Bear, moose, and a rabbit painting contrast nicely with our blue planters and blue chinoiserie lamp.

The Focal Point of the Pretty Christmas Home Tour

We have smaller Christmas trees throughout our home, but the one in the breakfast room is the biggest and prettiest. The breakfast room is the only place we have found in our home for the tree from Balsam Hill.

Like any Christmas tree, this one comes alive at night.

Festive Christmas Home at Night

Christmas decor looks pretty during the day but takes on a magical quality at night. Discovering battery-operated fairy lights a few years ago completely changed how we decorate. Every year we add a few more BOLs and buy boxes and boxes of batteries.

TIP: buy your BOLs early and look for ones with timers.

Let the Christmas home tour at night begin. Again, we’ll start at the dining room, then move into the entry, the bar, and then into the living room.

There are lights on the wreaths on the mirror. They had not come on yet when I snapped this picture.

lighted entry Christmas vignette

The lighted entry is stunning. The board across the staircase is to keep Nola from going up the stairs.

lighted Christmas staircase
lighted Christmas staircase and Christmas tree on table
festive lighted bar
festive Christmas vignette with Santas
festive Christmas mantel
festive Christmas mantel
festive living room and Christmas tree lighted for Christmas
festive living room and Christmas tree lighted for Christmas
festive bookcase lighted for Christmas
festive bookcase lighted for Christmas

I do have to say something about the placement of the tree. Because of the three windows in the breakfast room, the tree lights are reflected. If you stand in the right place, you can see five trees. It also looks amazing from the outside.

festive lighted Christmas tree

Dear Reader, thank you so much for sharing this festive Christmas home tour. I love welcoming you to our home. I hope you enjoyed it and got ideas for your own home.

Now that you have toured my festive Christmas home, please visit Renae of Peacock Ridge Farm and her Beautiful Blue And White Christmas Stairway Garland.

I hope that you will PIN this festive Christmas home decor tour. Please visit all my friends’ Christmas ideas and PIN them, too. The complete list is below. You can assess by clicking on the images or the link to their posts.

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  1. Carol – first, thanks so much for hosting this awesome hop! I love celebrating the holidays. Your home is beautiful, I love seeing it decorated. I can’t imagine how long it takes to decorate all of those rooms! I am totally in love with the vessels you chose to add greens and trees to, the ice buckets, champagne bucket are great ideas.

  2. Wow, Carol. Everything looks so pretty and festive! I love all the lights! Enjoy your holidays, and thank you for organizing the blog hop. So many great ideas!

  3. Carol, I love how festive your home looks all decked out for Christmas! You’ve really gotten me in the mood for the holidays now. I really love the collection of silver buckets on your entry table. Thank you for inviting all of us to be a part of this holiday hop. It’s been fun to see everyone’s ideas!!

  4. What a gorgeous Christmas tour Carol! Your Santa collection is out of this world, and I’m loving all the beautiful ways you have displayed them. This is such a treat to see every space decked out for the holidays!

  5. Carol, what a festive and beautiful home! I especially love the silver containers full of greenery! Thank you so much for hosting our blog hop. I love seeing everyone’s creative holiday ideas!!

  6. Carol – Your house is so festive. I especially love the lights twinkling at night. Now I can’t wait to get all of my house decorated. Thanks so much for hosting this fun hop.

  7. Hello Carol-
    Thank you for the tour. Your home looks so bright and cheerful. The tree looks lovely lit up at night! Brilliant idea to use an ice bucket to hold a mini tree.