Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour 2014

Well, I've been working like a little Christmas elf decking the halls of our humble home. I truly love this time of year with all the twinkly lights and sweet reminders of the Reason for the season. I was thrilled when Kendra of Joy In Our Home asked if I would like to be a part of her Holiday Home Tour series. I hope you'll stop by to see some of the other beautiful blogs that are participating (check them out at the end of the post).


Are you ready to come inside for a visit? Well, come on in! Take off your coat and stay awhile.
Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour
 Join me for our Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour!

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour ~ Wreath

We'll start with this super simple wreath I put together for the front door.  I used a pre-made swag that I purchased last year and attached it to a grapevine wreath with pipe cleaners and added a bow. Easy peasy... no fuss.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Bucket of Berries

As soon as you walk in, you'll see this sweet little bucket of frosted berries hanging on the entry wall to the dining room.

Snowy Entryway

My entry table has a wintery woodsy theme to it with pine cones, fresh pine clippings and birch wood ribbon. Some votive holders add a little sparkle.

Snowy Entryway

Snowy Entryway

Snowy Entryway with felt pine cones and birch wood ribbon

I especially love it at night when it is all lit up with candles. See those adorable felt pine cones? I'll show you how I made them soon.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining with Nutcrackers

Directly across from the entry table is the dining room, where I bedecked the table with my collection of nutcrackers. Yes, I still have the builder's gigantic mirror in here. It is a logistic nightmare with pictures. One of these days, it's coming down, and hopefully a built-in will replace it. ;-) But I digress...

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining with Nutcrackers

Here the table is set with dishes and glassware. In case you missed it, I shared my Dining with Nutcrackers post on Monday. 

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room

Some pretties on the sideboard... remember the Christmas Brooch Art from last year?

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room with nativity tree

A small nativity tree...

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Dining room nativity


Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Entry Bench

Moving down the hall, I have placed my Names of Jesus Wreath above the red ottoman/shoe box. 

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

Well, we've passed by the bar area (that may or may not be cluttered at the moment) leading into living room. This room is one of my favorites. It's where we spend a lot of time. We do our homeschool reading in here, piano practicing, and it's where we cuddle huddle in front of the fire on chilly nights. It's right off the kitchen, so I get to look at the twinkly lights on the tree and the mantle while I do dishes. (It makes the task at hand a little more pleasant, especially when I have Christmas music playing too.) Our tree decorations are a mixture of collectibles, special ornaments made by the kids, pretty ornaments found here and there, as well as ornaments we've picked up on our family vacations. So many precious memories of special people and happy times are housed on this tree.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room Mantel


Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

The piano was the preferred spot for my special nativity scene and the Merry Christmas blocks.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room nativity

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room snowmen


Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

My snowman family is stationed on top of the armoire... you can see the Hoopy Holidays Snowman  hanging on the wall to the left.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Living room

This little snowman figurine is snug under the cheese dome, creating a pseudo-snowglobe on the tray place on the ottoman. 

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

I kept the kitchen pretty simple. Just a little centerpiece on the table with one of my favorite little gingerbread men. I have a small collection of them too, but this little guy is the only one to make the cut this year. 

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

Of course, there is Christmas artwork on the refrigerator. I think I've told you that my daughter gets really excited about holidays. She loves drawing pictures and signs for all the special days.

Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen


Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen


Decking the Halls Holiday Home Tour - Kitchen

Well, that about wraps up the tour. We've ended right here in the kitchen where goodies await. Can I cut a slice of Crustless Cranberry Orange Pie or offer you some of our traditional Christmas cookies. These are Pfeffernusse cookies, but I've also been baking up some Almond Crescent Cookies. I'm sharing them as part of the #cookiecountdown2christmas over at Three Kids and Fish today if you want to go check out the recipe!

Thanks so much for coming over today to see our Christmas decorations. I hope you've been inspired to create some pretty little places in your own home. One of my favorite Christmas books, The Heart & Home of Christmas by Karla Dornacher, talks about decking the halls during this time of year. 

"Considering God decorated the heavens- His own dwelling place- it seems no less fitting for us to dress up our homes with strings of lights, carols that worship His Name, and symbols and seasonal reminders to help us celebrate the birth of His Son." 

I couldn't agree more.  I hope you'll go over to visit all these other bloggers who participated in this Holiday Home Tour. They each have their own style and spin on how they decorate for this beautiful season. Here they are:

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   
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A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  
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A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  
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A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!    
- Thursday -

A Holiday Home Tour at www.joyinourhome.com Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   
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15 comments:

  1. Hi Nici, wow you have a beautiful home. I love all of your a Christmas decorations. Your Christmas trees are pretty too. Enjoy the holidays and have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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  2. Nici - Your home is lovely. I especially like your woodsy entry and that super cute owl! And, yes - will you please slice a piece of pie for me? It has been great sharing tour week with you! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Nici, your Holiday Home Tour is lovely and you are a girl after my own heart with all the pinecones! The felt pinecones are dreamy!
    Merry Christmas!
    Karen's Up on The Hill

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  4. Hi Nici that little Gingerbread men is soooo cute...Had to pin!!!! I will have to try and craft a little guy like that with salt or cinnamon dough one day!!! Thanks for the lovely tour, Your house looks so festive and great! Christine from Little Brags

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  5. Nici, what a gorgeous holiday home tour! I especially love how you decorated the entryway mirror and that birch wood ribbon is to die for! So happy you are on the Holiday Home Tour with me!
    Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

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  6. Nici! Lovely home!! I love how well you captured the true meaning of the season in your decor!! I can't wait to add touches like those to my home :) Beautiful tour. Glad we could participate together on this blog hop!
    Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

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  7. I love your gorgeous tour! Your home is just so cozy, and I love your cute little decorative touches here and there!! I love that quote you quoted; it's so true!! So glad to be doing this tour with you! :)

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  8. Gorgeous and festive home! Love the nutcrackers on the table!!

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  9. I love the nativity tree! What a great idea! I love all the different touches you did to each space. Thank you for sharing!

    Shambray
    http://www.shambray.com

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  10. I just adore your snowman collection and those pinecones that are made out of felt? are so adorable, too!

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  11. So pretty! I really love the wreath you made for the front door and the felt pinecones are so cute!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing such loving and beautiful vignettes from your home :0)
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Suzanne

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  13. Nici, I love your holiday home! The snowmen on top of your armoire are adorable. Happy to be a part of this tour with you :)

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  14. Your home is so warm and welcoming, Nici! I love your daughter's artwork - she's quite talented! Perfect pictures for framing and enjoying every year! It's been so fun "touring" with you!

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  15. Your home tour is beautiful, Nici! I love how warm it is!! Love your woodsy themed entry table, the snowman under the little dome and your kitchen looks so welcoming with your baking! Love how you displayed your daughter's artwork as well! Loved having you on this tour, Nici! Thanks soo much for opening your home to us all :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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