We've got a little farmhouse modern Christmas home tour going on at our place, and we're so glad you're here!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la. / ‘Tis the season to be jolly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la...
Well our “halls” are “decked”…with cedar and ribbons and twinkle lights galore.
This week bloggers all over the internet are virtually walking you through their homes and we're happy to be participating as house number 16 of 30 in the All Things Home Christmas tour. And we couldn't be happier to show you our most complete house tour to date!
Welcome to our home – all decorated for Christmas!
We did have snow…briefly. Unfortunately I didn't get out with my camera to capture how beautiful the house looked with a fresh white blanket and it has all since melted away. (If you like snow, January is the time to visit us! Right now it's sort of cold…and a little bit crunchy.)
Although from the street our house looks like a bungalow, it's actually a back-split. Basically that means that on the main level is the living room, dining room and kitchen. Then the levels “split” – 5 steps up to bedrooms and a bathroom and 7 steps down to the family room, laundry room at the back of the house. Thus the term back split.
I kinda love our front porch – which believe it or not is significantly larger than the tiny stoop we had at our last house!
My amazingly sweet brother-in-law tromped through the bush at their farm (in the rain) to cut me all those wonderful greens and birch branches that fill the urns I bought right after we moved to this house last December. I think he honestly saved my over $100…buying that stuff in the city is expensive!
Would you like to come in? It would be rather silly to come for a house tour and stay outside, yes?
To be honest the entry hasn't changed much since our fall tour. I did manage to pack away the pumpkins, change the message on the chalkboard banner to say Merry Christmas and Dean installed new closet doors (thank goodness I don't have to look at that mess of coats and shoes anymore!).
Our entry foyer (btw, our Canadian-selves says it as foy-yay, not foy-yer!) opens up to our Living Room, which is all decked out in cream, tan and RED for the first time in YEARS!
For the last ten years we've had black leather furniture and I always felt the need to lighten it up with blues, greens and silver at Christmas time. But this year when I pulled out those colors with the new-to-us cream love seats, the room looked so monochromatic – and not in the good modern country neutrals kind of way!
When I bought two of my friend Lucy's deer head pillows (available here), I sort of fell back in love with the woodland/country/lodge look. I may be a city girl at heart, but I did spend a significant number of years growing up in cottage country!
From there it wasn't too hard to add Oliver and a generous dollop of red via a poinsettia (that's mysteriously dying rather quickly) and some $9 pillows from the grocery store!
Natural elements like garlands and cedar clippings from our own yard mix well with the cozy neutrals and candles are always a charming addition to casual winter gatherings.
My mom gave me this little wire house last fall and although I've displayed it before I think this is my favorite use so far.
And since we got a new hutch in the dining room, the very first one that Dean built for our family is currently residing in the living room filled with all sorts of goodies. (The bottom conveniently houses my camera gear, printer and laptop!)
Our kitchen obviously needs to be functional, even during the holidays. As such, decorations in here are minimal, but add just a little festivity to the space.
A couple of unadorned small potted evergreens, a red towel here…
A few more potted winter plants (does anyone know how to keep poinsettias alive?) and some glowing candle light there…
A little greenery, number art and stacking boxes up on top…
And some simple paper snowflakes on the windows over there…
Which leaves plenty of space for holiday food preparation!