The Very Merry Christmas Home Tour

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A Christmas tour of my home and a blog hop too!

Hello, and welcome to A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour! I’m Victoria from The Home Envy and I want to first of all welcome all the readers who hopped on over here from Emily’s (Le Cultivateur) blog. It’s been such a fun tour so far, seeing all of my friends’ Christmas-y homes and now I’d like to share mine with you.

The first thing I do to get ready for the holiday season is get rid of all fall decor and get my outside ready. This is mainly because we live in Minnesota and waiting means frozen pots, frozen fingers and the chance of snow. I do my own pots and always like a wreath on the door. I also like to decorate our porch and, although it looks cozy and inviting, the temps don’t really allow us to enjoy this space in the winter. But it looks like it could be nice to sit, right? Well, that’s what I’m going for. My husband does the lights on the house and in the trees and bushes. This year he put up over 5,000 lights and I’m pretty happy with how it looks at night. Some light up birch trees on the porch also adds to the lights at night. The birch trees are dead ringers for those at Restoration Hardware, but I found them at Target two years ago for much less. Restoration Hardware is my home inspiration and I could buy everything on their website if the budget allowed (which, of course, it doesn’t)!

I’ve loved to decorate every home I’ve owned, but this one is by far my favorite. After this home, the kids will have to pack us up and send us to the old folk’s home after we can’t do the stairs anymore. I love this home. I want to do a shout out to West Bay Homes, as they are our builders as well as good friends. Rick and Kelli helped us create our dream home which we moved into about two years ago. We created a floor plan that reflected how we live. We kept our main living spaces open but have our privacy where we need it. And I can honestly say that we use every room in our home.

Kelli helped me decide on paint colors, light fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, flooring, tile - everything! I appreciated her help to make my home functional and pretty at the same time. It was her idea to do some statement areas, like wallpaper (see Butler’s pantry for example) as well as helped us design our built-in cabinetry throughout our home. Some of my favorites are the window seats in the family room as well as the window seats we put in the kids’ bedrooms. Their website includes pictures of our home that were taken when our home wasn’t all decked out for the holidays! You can go check them out as well as all their other homes they have built!

We decided against a formal dining room and instead incorporated a dining area that is open and near the kitchen and living room. A trestle table that has two leaves lets us expand table space when we need it. Right now this table is showing off my Scrooge Book Tree! I’m having a hard time coming to terms that I will have to dismantle the book treeit soon. I put some faux greens on my chandelier to change things up a little bit too. The candle holders are a HomeGoods find that I dressed up with some Hearth and Hand faux cedar wreaths from Target. I don’t know if they were intended to top candle holders, but I love how they look. What do you think?

During the year, I love neutrals in my home. I like some pops of color here and there, but I mostly stick to whites and grays in my main area. Our lower level is much more masculine with its darker wood, but I still use grays and whites down there as well. The bedrooms have color, and we did a forest of birch trees with wallpaper in the laundry room.

I love shopping at HomeGoods, so most of what you are seeing is a collection of my HomeGoods purchases from the last 10 years combined with items I collected or was gifted by my mom. I can’t say I have a theme, but I do love to enhance my neutral space with lots of mercury glass and golds. Pops of red and the greenery help make it more Christmas. Come January, my house will be back to the creamy whites and grays and not as cluttered as it may seem now!

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Its been fun decorating some of the unexpected areas of our home. One of the spaces I really wanted, since we decided to skip a formal dining room, was a butler’s pantry for storage. It’s such a pretty little space where I can store things like my china, tablecloths and other large serving pieces. With the glass cabinets I can also show off some of my pretty things as well as decorate it for the holidays. Silver-leaf like paper on the ceiling and a little chandelier makes the space extra pretty!

One of my new adds this winter was a scroll. I bought it as a local boutique and it has plenty of paper that I can use when I’m tired of what I have written on it. I bought a lettering book and tried my hand at putting something pretty on it. I think the Baby Its Cold Outside will take me through April here in Minnesota. So this paper may last awhile!

I will spare you my kids’ rooms, but they each enjoy decorating a small tree and having it in their rooms for the season. They have a pretty good collection of ornaments, so one day I hope they have a good start on their own tree and will have many special memories from those ornaments.

I hope you enjoyed my little peek into my Christmas home. I have enjoyed being part of this Christmas Home Tour with these wonderful blogger friends of mine. if you happened to miss any of them, please check them out. They are all listed below with a picture of their beautiful homes!

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And I want to thank you all who hopped over here from the other blogs. It was so much fun to see all these pretty homes and Christmas decor.

Now I am going to send you to Tara’s blog Stilettos and Shiplap to see her beautiful home all decked out for Christmas. Just hop on over to Stilettosandshiplap and continue with The Very Merry Christmas Home Tour.

Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you all peace, love and joy this holiday season and coming new year!

XO,

V

Here are all the bloggers on The Very Merry Christmas Home Tour:

Terrie/Decorate and More with Tip

Cate/West Magnolia Charm

Laura/Harper Home Designs

Emily/Le Cultivateur

Tara/Stilettos and Shiplap

Shae/Sweet Southern Grace