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Our Pretty Modern Farmhouse Will Make You Want to Cozy Up for Christmas

In this post: Step inside our modern farmhouse in the suburbs for a Christmas tour you’ll want to cozy up in – even if things look a little different this year. 

2020 has been quite a ride hasn’t it, my friend? And honestly, all the craziness has had me going back and forth between feeling super excited for Christmas to feeling kinda blah about it. Which might explain why I’ve gone a little more simple with our modern farmhouse Christmas this year – I just didn’t feel like overdoing it. 

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Welcome to Home Made Lovely’s Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tour 2020!

If you’ve come here from Rachael’s (This Is Our Bliss), or any of the other Seasonal Simplicity home tours hosted by Krista from The Happy Housie, welcome! I’m super excited to have you here. 

shannon sipping from a MOM mug in a blouse with black shiplap backgroundI’m Shannon, author and founder of Home Made Lovely

I created Home Made Lovely to be THE everything home resource that provides all the how-tos and the loving, kick-in-the-pants encouragement that modern mommas need to create (and keep) a peaceful, put-together, cozy home!

And in this post, I’m sharing our 2020 Modern Farmhouse Christmas Home tour, plus a few ‘deep’ thoughts with you with the hopes that maybe it will give you a little inspiration and encouragement to close out this weird year. 

Don’t forget to visit Aniko’s (Place of My Taste) to see her stunning Holiday home tour, plus so many of my other blog friends who are sharing tours this week. Just scroll down for those – after you’ve taken our home tour, of course!

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fireplace and chair detail farmhouse christmas

Changing Christmas Plans

Way back in the spring when we were canceling several consecutive holidays and family visits one by one – Easter? Nope. Mother’s Day? Nope. Milestone birthdays? Nope. – I NEVER would have dreamed we’d be doing the same for Christmas. I don’t imagine anyone thought so. 

It’s my goal to always cheer you on and encourage you. I don’t say this to make you sad, honestly.

But rather I wanted to share with you where I’m at and how I’m feeling about Christmas in this very unusual year. In case you feel the same way too. 

white shiplap wall, beige ikea sofa, christmas tree all decorated

modern farmhouse decorated Christmas tree detail

farmhouse signs on sofa table deer head over beige sofa

You see, Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year.

With my sister and I as the only siblings in Ontario (our brother lives in Alberta with his fiancee – hi Will and Amber!), and our parents not having a place large enough to host all of us, she and I have gotten into a rhythm of rotating the hosting of the major holidays. Each of us takes a turn with every other one. So this year, Easter and Christmas were to be at my house, with Alex hosting Thanksgiving. 

Except Easter didn’t happen. Some major birthday celebrations didn’t happen. (Of course, they happened, we just weren’t able to be together.) 

And now it looks like we won’t be able to be together at Christmas either. 

We have rarely missed celebrating a major holiday together in the last decade or more – and only then because one of the kids was sick or something. Since they’ve gotten older, that has occurred way less than when they were little. 

To say we are all disappointed is an understatement. 

pine bookcase with doors beige sofa Christmas

gallery light faux arch window wreath

My sister and I didn’t always get along. But Jesus does wonderful things and as adults, we quite enjoy each other’s company. And it’s a huge bonus that our hubbies might as well be brothers themselves since they get along so well. Plus, our combined five kids have also really grown to love spending time with each other. 

All that to say that I was REALLY looking forward to decking the halls and making our house look all modern farmhouse Christmas-y for them to come and visit this year

The years they come here, I usually go all out and decorate big. And I tend to decorate a little less big when it’s just the five of us here. Not that I skimp on anything. I just know my sis likes Christmas a lot and she loves red way more than I do. 😉 

But I need to remember that just because events are canceled…

Christmas is NOT Cancelled

Okay, so Christmas IS likely going to look a lot different for most of us this year. Whether that’s because of not being able to visit with family in-person, or job loss, or sickness. 

And maybe you’re feeling like I do and don’t feel like decorating quite as much. Or maybe you want to decorate even more than usual. Either way…

We can still celebrate…because Jesus was born

Jesus came and changed everything:

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” – Matthew 1:23
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” – John 1:5-11

home made lovely kitchen xmas 2020

kitchen desk corner Christmas windsor chair

shiplap backsplash huge island gather sign kitchen

modern farmhouse kitchen xmas

I encourage you – and quite honestly, I’m encouraging myself a little here too – to be inspired by all the decor and home tours but to keep the true meaning of Christmas front and center. 

  • If you don’t feel like pulling out all the Christmas bins, don’t. Just sprinkle a little Christmas joy here and there. 
  • If you can’t visit with your families in person, try a family zoom call (or Skype – anyone remember Skype?).
  • Cook a traditional Christmas meal on a smaller scale for you and whoever lives in your house with you.
  • Maybe drop off a gift card for your neighbors for Skip the Dishes or Uber Eats. Or the LCBO if you’ve got fun neighbors like we do. 😉 
  • Make a donation (if you can) to the local food bank or shelter (visit their website or call to find out what they are accepting right now).
  • Look up and read all the Bible stories about Jesus’ birth.
  • Light a few twinkle lights – I promise they make everything better! 😉 

And if you’re the one in need of help this year, please reach out to your local church, shelter, or neighbors. We ALL need help at some point and there is zero shame in that. 

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Basically what I’m trying to say is that this year has been different than anything anyone alive has ever experienced before.

But we will get through it.

Just keep your hope and focus on the one true thing that never changes and He will give you peace. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

More Seasonal Simplicity Tours – Including More Modern Farmhouse Christmas Ideas!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series home tour week! We’re all sharing part of our home decked out for Christmas. Be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

Sharing with me today…


Two Twenty One / Cherished Bliss / Life is Better at Home / All Things With Purpose

This is Our Bliss / Home Made Lovely / Place of My Taste

And sharing the rest of the week…


The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Maison de Cinq / This is Simplicite

Chrissy Marie Blog / Modern Glam / Nick & Alicia


Cassie Bustamante / Cuckoo4Design / Lemon Thistle / Love Create Celebrate

tatertots & jello / Jennifer Maune / She Gave it a Go / Clean & Scentsible


The Handmade Home / Finding Silver Pennies / Joanna Anastasia / Amber Tysl

The DIY Mommy / My Sweet Savannah / Dans le Lakehouse / Fynes Designs


The Tattered Pew / Life is a Party / Rambling Renovators / House by Hoff

Deeply Southern Home / Grace in My Space /
Taryn Whiteaker Designs / Just a Girl and Her Blog

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Are you feeling like lots of decor or just a little this year? What did you think of our 2020 modern farmhouse Christmas tour?

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  1. Your home is so warm and inviting and your Christmas decorations are wonderful! Thank you for this blog post – it’s always good to hear that we are not alone in our thoughts. Hopefully this year will see people remembering the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.

  2. Love your honesty about the mood swings you are having this holiday season. It has been rather difficult to get in the spirit. So many traditions are not happening this year. No Christmas eve church service is one of the hardest .My husband and I have been married for 53 years and only missed only for snow storms or illness. I usually love decorating but this year had some mixed feelings about it. Ended up not putting up a tree but doing lots of greens, lights, seasonal plants and wreaths inside and out. May leave them up all winter because they do make me feel better. Tommorow I will start some baking and perhaps get to wrapping some gifts all purchased from Amazon. My 10 grandchildren will have to be visited via zoom even though they only live less than an hour away. Next year we will make up for the missed holidays.
    You are right Christmas is not cancelled.We celebrate the birth of Jesus and Gods love for us.
    Merry Christmas

  3. I feel exactly the same – vacillating between Christmas excitement and Christmas blah. Decorating our home made me so joyful and hopeful. I loved seeing your home decorated for Christmas, Shannon. Wishing you and your family and wonderful holiday xx

  4. Thanks for all the ideas, and encouragements. My family I love this time of year to. We usually have 30 to 40 families and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s okay that it will be just the three of us this year. It’s best to be safe and hopefully have many more Christmas, than to be sorry and have no more anything. So this Christmas, we just going to, “love the one we with.” Enjoying life, healthy, and the joy of Christmas.
    Happy Safe Holiday to you and your family.