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A Nostalgic Farmhouse Style Christmas in the Canadian Suburbs

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Hello, my friends! Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s the day I finally get to share the rest of our home all decked out for Christmas with you. This Christmas, technically our second in this house, I decided to go with very traditional red and green, warm and cozy decor. Sort of our take on a nostalgic farmhouse style Christmas in the Canadian suburbs, if you will.


If you’re new here, my name is Shannon Acheson. My husband, Dean, and I started this blog in 2010 when we were renovating a tiny little war era bungalow in Ajax, Ontario. We’ve since renovated and sold that house and another and are now making over a slightly larger home a little further east of the big city (Toronto). I tend to do the designing, writing and photographing of our projects. Dean is the one who makes our projects fly. He uses the power tools (I’m too clumsy). He puts up with my creative ups and downs (there are many). And he makes me laugh daily. Which is a really good thing, let me tell you! We’re happy that you stopped by our little corner of the world. (Man we need new photos!)

If you stopped by earlier in the week, you got to see a sneak peek of our Christmas dining room when I shared a holiday tablescape here on the blog. And yesterday, you probably saw the entryway and first floor landing area all decorated for the Holidays too. Today, I want to share the rest of the dining room, the living room and the kitchen with you. Hopefully it can inspire you in your own home decorating.

A nostalgic farmhouse style Christmas in the Canadian suburbs.

Our Nostalgic Farmhouse Style Christmas in the Canadian Suburbs

As I mentioned, I decided to go with traditional red and green warm and cozy decor this year for Christmas and call it a Nostalgic Farmhouse Style Christmas. Typically our home is filled with neutrals, but at this time of year – in the Canadian winter – I like to warm things up a bit. I used our base white and wood and black accented with dark red, plaids, checks and lots of warm, cozy textures.

The Dining Room

We shared a bit of the dining room decor in this post, but today I want to share the rest of the space. As you can see in the photo below, the dining room is directly off of the entryway, next to the stairs and the ‘hallway’ – a.k.a. that space between the pillars and the stairs.



As I’m sure you all experience too, making room for the Christmas tree often results in the furniture in our home playing musical chairs, so to speak. In our case, we had to move a large cabinet from the living room to the dining room to make room for the tree. Which then meant that the two industrial-style shelves that normally flank the dining room window needed to move over, as you can see above and below.


The shelves couldn’t go immediately side by side, due to the thermostat (our AWESOME new ecobee4 with built-in Alexa!).  So I had Dean put up two framed photos and our large arrow with a table underneath to fill the space.


Then we filled the shelves too. I kept some non-seasonal items like the large die box and our Chatbooks filled with photos from Facebook. But I also added several Christmasy pieces like snow globes, boxes, bottle brush trees and our Willow Tree Nativity set (<–affiliate link).



All of the table setting can be seen in this post – including sources for everything.


reindeer detail


Bits of the Kitchen

I wish I could say that I decked out the kitchen in Christmas splendor. But honestly, I just didn’t have it in me to clean it all – that room gets used all day everyday, y’all! – and then move everything around to fit Christmas decor. So it got a few little pieces, and that’s it. #reallife




Please forgive me, I just didn’t have it in me to decorate the kitchen any more than that!

The Living Room

The living room is probably one of my favorite rooms in this house. When we moved in, there was a lot of beige. And not the good neutral kind of beige. The yucky brown beige with absolutely zero character or texture. Until I painted the walls a nice white, called Eider White by Sherwin Williams, and the fireplace a deep, dark grey, called Peppercorn also by Sherwin Williams.


You can see my tips for decorating a fireplace mantel with a tv on it here. Oh and the tutorial for those neat little armchair tables is here.


Obviously the living room is where the Christmas tree ended up too, which resulted in all the other furniture shuffling that I mentioned.


We used almost all old ornaments that we’ve had for years. With the exception being three disc like ornaments (the skis and candy cane ones below being two of the three) that we picked up at the local garden center of all places! I did, of course, get new ribbon from Michaels to add to the color scheme.


I was also very happy to remember that we have a Christmas train to put under the tree which I totally forgot about last year!


Of course, no Christmas or winter decor would be complete without lots of blankets and pillows. Yes, they get tossed on the floor and piled every which way, but they are so pretty and so cozy that all the clean up is worth it.



I’d love to have a white sofa, but I talked about why white slipcovers don’t work for us. I do rather like our grey one, even though it will eventually end up in the family room for the kids.


Our coffee table got dressed up with a sheepskin from Ikea, our large cake stand, a boxwood wreath and a few goodies from H&M Home – the large box and the black candle holder.



And of course, the large reclaimed wood cabinet got a few little Christmas pretties of its own too.


And that’s a wrap on our nostalgic farmhouse style Christmas home tour!


Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tours 2017

Along with sharing our own home all decorated in Nostalgic Farmhouse Style for Christmas, I also have the pleasure of hosting the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour with Christina, aka The DIY Mommy. For over twenty-five more inspiring homes decked out in their Christmas splendor, see some of my blogging friends’ homes below. And if you’re coming here from one of their homes, welcome and thank you!

Canadian Bloggers Home Tour Christmas 2017 pin img


The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer


PMQ for twoAmidst the Chaos | Clean and ScentsibleA Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators


Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry BushSustain My Craft HabitHouse by the Bay


VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate


Home Made Lovely | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

A nostalgic farmhouse style Christmas in the Canadian suburbs.

Did you enjoy our Nostalgic Farmhouse Style Christmas in the Canadian Suburbs? Have you finished decorating your house yet?

P.S. If you like farmhouse style decor, check out our Ultimate Guide to Farmhouse Style + Farmhouse Decor here.

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