Holiday Home Tour 2016
I’m so happy to see you again this year! This is my annual holiday home tour and each year I can’t wait to invite you in to see the decorations. (These are my home tours from 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015.) This year I tried to keep it simple, but I did take two days to make a really fun vintage sign. I hope you’ll come on in and see it (and the rest of my holiday decorating efforts.)
Before I start decorating, I like to choose a theme. This year I wanted to create a nature or woodland inspired theme. I pulled the storage bins out of the attic and assessed what I had to work with. Then, I made a list of some items I could use to fill out the room. Next stop was my local At Home store. This home tour has been sponsored by At Home. This year I’ve been thrilled to be an At Home brand ambassador. (You can see a photo tour of the At Home store in this post.
Or come take a tour of my patio decorated for a garden party using several At Home finds (feel free to stay a while if you need to shake off that winter chill by looking at summer photos.)
Finally, you won’t want to miss this drab to fab screen porch makeover that I accomplished with help from At Home.
Have you warmed up yet? Well come on inside and get cozy. I made you some hot chocolate and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies for the tour.
Did you notice the little silver twig tree? That was an At Home find, I couldn’t resist it. The little white lights make the tree glow at night. I also picked up some faux poinsettias from At Home and popped them in my 3 Step Little Red Wagon Planter.
May I take your jacket? You can kick off your shoes if you want to get more comfortable. The shoe storage bench and coat rack were early DIY projects. This mudroom spot is my sanity saver because it holds our daily assortment of coats, backpacks, shoes and socks!
These topiaries from At Home have seen a lot of use. I bought the unlit versions to save money and added my own lights for the holidays. But, honestly the lit versions are only $10 more, so splurge if you buy some for your home.
I decorated the shelf with some reindeer and two DIY cone trees (hot glue and moss or leaves). I also used some wall decal stars from my friend Leen the Graphics Queen (affiliate link.)
The “Post” box keeps all our epi-pens close at hand but not in sight. Anyone else have a collection of epi-pens? 😉
Come on in the living room and sit down. I just finished decorating the tree.
I brightened the tree with lots of feather boas and red ornaments. Plus, I added several of the kids’ ornaments they made in preschool. Those ornaments may not be pretty, but they are precious to us.
Want to make your own decorative bird house topper? It’s a fun little project that will satisfy your doodling desires.
I have to share with you these beautiful pillows I bought at At Home!
They look a lot like some higher end store pillows, but for much less. I especially like the faux fur pillows. They might stay on the couch year round.
Speaking of pillows, I had to buy Bandit a cozy bed from At Home. They have the best prices and selection I’ve ever seen for dog bedding. Good dog, Bandit. It’s about time you fell asleep. This dog is non-stop energy most of the time.
The other find I couldn’t resist at At Home was this pretty shell tray. They have an amazing assortment of trays in all colors, shapes and sizes.
I love using this easy to make shutter screen to display our Christmas cards each year.
This year I added a strand of lights and the vintage sled.
Did you spot my new vintage inspired sign?
I made it this week using all scraps from my workshop. Here’s the tutorial to make your own Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign!
I know I’ve probably overstated this, but At Home has everything for your home decorating! For instance, birch logs can be purchased in the wedding section of At Home. (I’m not sure why they are in that section, but they are.) They were 6 feet tall, but I cut each log into three for display by the fireplace.
I bought the white lantern from At Home to round out my collection. You may not realize it, but that little black lantern was actually transformed from a $5 dated light fixture.
A note about that metallic dot pillow—yup, you guessed it—another At Home favorite find!
Let’s head into the kitchen.
Every year, I like to make a little something I think the kids will enjoy. This year, I created a little snow scene in a cloche.
The cloche is actually the globe from a hanging light. I ditched the light and used the globe to make a fun little snow globe scene.
I used more wall decal stars from my friend Leen the Graphics Queen (affiliate link) to decorate the windows. These little stars add a festive feel in minutes.
On the other side of the kitchen is a desk aka our family command center. The raised desk was a DIY project I built using more ReStore cast offs. And the hutch was built using an old table top. . . seriously!
The little galvanized village scene was created using a variety of At Home accessories. The lighted pine cones came in a set of three and have a timer switch so they’ll shut off at night. That’s one less thing I have to turn off before bed.
I usually let my boys decorate a small tree. This year they added blue lights to this little faux ivy tree. I actually like the soft blue glow at night. My boys. . . they love to go against the grain. 😉
Thank you so much for coming over. I enjoyed your company.
Stop by sometime next week. I’ll be sharing my frugal holiday tablescape with you.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for At Home. I was compensated for my time writing this post. At Home also provided me with a gift card to purchase items to use in this post. All ideas and words are my own. I was not told what to write.
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Loved your tour? Refreshing!! Fun. We don’t have At Home store around here. Maybe they will eventually make it to my area!!! All you chose I’d have chosen too. Thank you for introducing me to a new store?
Wow! Such a bright and happy place……and your kitchen is divine!
I didn’t get a chance to look at this until today & I love how festive & beautiful your home looks. What a fantastic job! Merry Christmas!!! X
Thank you for the compliment Colleen!
Your home is beautiful as always and it feels like things i can put together myself! Also, I love At Home decor and wish our store was closer!
Thank you Mary, you’re too kind. You should see it now that the boys have thrown the pillows off the couch again. LOL.
I’m falling in love with metallic dot pillows! To me they’re so counter intuitive and are still so comfortable.
I love all the vignettes. At Home is a great place to pick up items to fill out a corner or create a focal point.
What color is your front door? I love the sharp green.
Thank you Maggie. Yes, At Home is a treasure trove!