In this post: 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.


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!

Christmas decorations outside

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!

/winter wreath on door

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!).

front door hello

Living Room

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!

traditional red and cream christmas living room

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! 

deer head pillows

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! 

deer head christmas mantel

red plaid pillow detail

living room details collage

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. 

christmas decorated buffet

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.

cedar candles wire house


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!)

Christmas hutch

angels tin pail star collage


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…

kitchen sink

A few more potted winter plants (does anyone know how to keep poinsettias alive?) and some glowing candle light there…

kitchen breakfast bar

A little greenery, number art and stacking boxes up on top…

kitchen pantry shelves

And some simple paper snowflakes on the windows over there…

door window snowflakes

Which leaves plenty of space for holiday food preparation!

Dining Room

I loved decorating the whole house this year, but I think I had the most fun decorating the dining room. It is wonderful to have a farmhouse table again (we ate off a folding table for the first nine months we lived here!), and I adore our chandelier complete with faux greenery tucked into its arms.

christmas dining room from kitchen

And check out our new gray buffet! I think I’m in love. Both with the buffet…and with Dean for hauling it home for me! (Would you believe it used to look like this? All it took was sanding, painting and waxing! And I used regular flat paint from Sherwin Williams! Crazytown!)

grey hutch sheet music wreath chandelier

I whipped up this sheet music wreath the other night using Donna‘s pencil rolling method. I’ve wanted to make one for a really long time and I always thought it would be much harder and take much longer than it actually did. Hooray for projects that take LESS time than you think they’re going to – ’cause that NEVER happens!

sheet music wreath

Here’s our little Embroidery Hoop Ornament from yesterday’s post.

embroidery hoop ornament detail

I was so excited to find these bottle brush trees and tiny vintage-looking little house at Target last week. Look at me – I really am going lodge/woodland!

christmas decorated hutch bottle brush trees snow

I love me some mason jars and striped paper straws – perfect for any festive occasion! mason jar red stripe straws detail And these “snowballs” are actually ornaments with the tops facing down, surrounded by a generous sprinkling of fake snow. I LOVE fake snow! snowballs in a bowl

The tree has stayed pretty much the same since the Canadian Tire photo shoot, with the addition of our gingerbread salt dough ornaments and cookie cutter ornaments.

red white silver Christmas tree

gingerbread salt dough ornament in tree

tree cookie cutter ornament

I set the table with my favorite Urban Barn rattan place mats (bought on sale for half price!) and a mixture of white and red plates of different sizes and designs. I adore the striped napkins from Pier 1. They are actually summer napkins that I bought on sale in October, but they are perfect the perfect colors to add a little bit of Christmas whimsy!

christmas table setting white plates rattan placemats green stripe napkins

Our silver star / snowflake napkin rings get an encore use…for about the third or forth time since I bought them.

christmas place setting

And our new bar cart – a $9.99 Value Village (thrift store) find! 

bar cart

I just cleaned it up with some Brasso and gave the shelves a bit of a facelift with a stencil and some paint.

bar cart shelf detail

bar cart script shelf detail

A useful and sparkly find!

Family Room

There’s one room decorated for Christmas at our house this year that I’ve never decorated before…the Family Room.

This is a big deal because NO ONE has seen it yet!


We started painting the brown paneling at the end of August and have slowly chipped away at the details, like lights, curtains, art and pillows. It’s not quite finished, but what used to be dark and dreary is now bright and cheerful and fun!

family room couch wall

achesons sled

This room is a very multi-functional space: we watch tv here, we play here, we do homeschool here, we read here. (Sorry about the window glare – I totally forgot to use my external flash! Duh!)

family room window wall

family room coffee table detail

family room games table corner

After living in a tiny bungalow with a combined living room/dining room and no other common area for three years, our family room is something I’m very grateful for at this house!

family room couch wall 2


And last but not least…the bedrooms. Well really just a little peek. The kids rooms haven’t been decorated yet at this house (we’ve done a lot in a year, but just haven’t had time to get up there yet) and they’re rather messy. But each child has a tree of their own to decorate as they please… kids bedroom trees And we put up a simple garland with twinkle lights in our master bedroom. One day I’d love a big white or flocked tree in our room. But not this year. master bedroom

Thank you

Well that’s all.

Thank you so much for visiting our little house. We  hope you enjoyed the tour and were at least a little inspired to fill your home with both coziness and sparkle for the Christmas season!



Merry Christmas!

shannon round pic and xo signature

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  1. Oh my goodness Shannon! Fabulous!!!!! Every. Single. Aspect. Lucy’s pillows set the stage and you added to it. I am just coveting that new bar cart. I may have to scour the thrift stores to find one, too. 🙂 Thank you so much for joining in the All Things Home Christmas Tour. I loved your home. xxoo, Barb

  2. Oh, I just read Barb’s comment about the bar cart, and I was just thinking that I want one too. No, I NEED one for my dining room.

    Such a gorgeous home you have – so many wonderful and personal touches. Pinning and drooling!

  3. Gorgeous!!! You have such a beautiful home and all the Christmas touches are so festive! I’ve got a thing for deers this year too and yours are so fun! 🙂

    1. I know! I’ve gone back (and so have friends) but the store is all sold out. So happy I grabbed at least a couple!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I recognized Lucy’s pillows right away. They look perfect where you placed them. Gems to me sure. Happy Holidays!!!!

  5. Your home is gorgeous! And I adore that bar cart. I picked one up at an estate sale for $10 a couple of years ago and need to put the brasso to it like you did. Thanks for the inspiration and all the beautiful ideas. ~ Angie

  6. So much fun to get to snoop through a fellow Canadian’s house! I have the same grocery store poinsettia as you in the fun metal bucket, but I’m honestly terrible at keeping them alive. I’ve had it for 2 weeks so far, so that’s pretty good! I’ll let you know if I ever figure out the secret. Mine’s the white one this year, so I’m thinking maybe those are just luckier for me. 🙂 Thanks for the tour! Your house has so many inspiring little details!

    1. My aunt with an incredibly green thumb just told me this afternoon that poinsettias need lots if bright light, and don’t like to be overly wet. Here’s hoping I can make mine last a couple more weeks! Good luck with your white one!

  7. Love your home… so festive! Love the pops of red and the deer…. oh I love the deer! So thrilled to be on tour with you!

  8. Your home looks lovely decorated for Christmas. And we say ‘foyer’ the same way here too lol. I really like the woodsy natural touches.

    1. Thank you so much! I love that you scrolled through more than once. Makes my heart so happy. 🙂

  9. How did I totally miss that you homeschool? Or did we already talk about this and I forgot (which is quite possible!)

    Anyway…..I loved your tour and the fact that you still live in your home. I would feel perfectly comfortable coming to visit and chatting with you, and that’s what home is supposed to be. I like that you reuse and rotate things around while still having a beautiful home. Brilliant idea and money saver!

    So glad you joined us on our tour, Shannon!

    1. I honestly don’t remember if we’ve talked homeschooling either! We’ve always done it, but I don’t actually talk about it often on the blog. 🙂

    1. I bought the straws on etsy (I had aqua stripes for a birthday and orange for Thanksgiving) – but I saw red striped ones at Target last weekend!

  10. love love love all your Christmas touches and accents your home looks so cozy warm and inviting. And that bar cart stunning I love what you did with it

  11. Your home is gorgeous Shannon! Did I read right that you got those red plaid pillows from the grocery store?! If so do you mind divulging which one!? I’ve been on the hunt for a traditional red plaid to no avail!

    1. Yes, Jessica! I bought them at the Superstore in Oshawa. But every Superstore/Lobaws I’ve been to is now sold out and has been for several weeks. 🙁

  12. I love your Christmas Home Tour Shannon!! Love your Foy-yay!!! No I don’t know how to keep poinsettias alive – your’s look so lovely! I’m smitten with your embroidery hoop ornament! It’s been fun partying with you! ~Heather

  13. Your home is very lovely, and your Christmas decor is wonderful. I enjoyed seeing all the deer prints and ornaments. I had a feeling you might be Canadian, and when you mentioned CTire, I knew you were! I live in Winnipeg.
    Congratulations on being a home schooler, you are a brave mom.
    Merry Christmas to your family.
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. You have done a beautiful job from top to bottom! WOW! So many things I love…mantle, everything there!…dining room, simply stunning…bedroom garland, awww…family room, pillows and whimsey! I think I need to visit again and again to see it all! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! xoxo

  15. Hi Shannon and Dean,

    So glad to be on the tour with you and thanks for opening your home! Love the red, I was contemplating using it this year again, way to bring it back! And I loved all the small things you did, the garlands and lights, the candles in the cage house and the pillows! I’ve been wanting to make some festive pillows. It’s all lovely!

    Hope you both have a wonderful holiday season!

  16. Every room is just fabulous and I fell in love with your bar cart, I’m certainly going to look for one of those, I could use it in my diningroom. Love the red, I used more this year than I have before.

  17. Everything is so pretty! (Especially the buffet.) My favorite, though, is the bar cart. Such a great design.

  18. Hi there,
    Beautiful! I love your blog. I copied you and recently had two twin headboards made after I saw your master “reclaimed”wood project. I will send you a photo when everything is put together. I wanted to ask you who made your banner that you attached to the headboard that says LOVE? I want to copy that too. I notice it’s quite large (each triangle that is) Would love to have one made.
    Thanks so much! Happy New Year!

  19. Love the small details that make it feel so cozy and festive. Plus I’m Mad for Plaid right now! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  20. The posters in your family room….. I love them! Are they an Etsy find? I searched your blog and didn’t see anything. Thanks!

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  22. do you happen to know the the paint color used on the front door? It’s lovely and I would love to change mine.

    1. It’s Van Gogh Fossil Paint in Muddaritaville Sea Breeze. It seems the place I found it doesn’t sell it anymore. 🙁

  23. Thank-you for the tour of your home. I loved the color of your front door so was checking to see if you would list the paint color.
    I think it seems to be a dark blue-grey. Anyway it’s all so lovely. Thanks again for the tour.

  24. Your home is very inviting! Very cozy and warm. Is that a stencil or wallpaper In your master bedroom? Also like your bar cart from the VV as I call it. I’m from WA and have been shopping there for about 45 years! Also like to hit up the Goodwill as well at least once a week for treasures!

  25. Where did you buy the chandelier that is in your living room? I love your decor and have been trying to find one just like that!