Welcome to our Christmas 2013 home tour from the suburbs of Ontario, Canada. Today I am participating in the
Did you see the 30 + homes featured this past week! So much inspiration no matter your decorating style!
For this tour I will be sharing the rooms on our main floor. I still have some work to do on the Christmas decor in our bedroom and basement guest suite.
We will start our tour in our front entry. Our half bath is off the entry area.
The stairs to our second floor and basement guest suite are to the right of the front entry. From here you can see past the living room and dining room to the family room at the back of our home.
I have shared the four main rooms on this level of our home in four separate posts. You can find more pictures and details on the individual posts by clicking the links.
Our front living room is casual and a bit rustic and is decorated year round in neutrals.
I enjoy finding new ways to use our decorations, both on our Christmas trees and in vignettes.
We buy several big inexpensive bunches of pine and cedar from the grocery store and spread them throughout our rooms.
The living room tree is decorated with pine cones, sleigh bells, jingle bells, rusty stars, large clear glass balls and small glass balls in shiny and matte cream, white and silver, as well as glittered deer head images on manilla tags.
We use cool white and warm white LED lights on this tree and it looks so pretty at night. Our presents are wrapped with brown paper, yarn, fabric scraps and homemade tags.
This year I bought silver glittered snowflakes and large plastic snowflakes, as well as a pretty burlap deer ribbon that I added to pillows.
Our dining room is across from our living room and is decorated in the same neutral colours.
I love the greenery and pinecones added to our white dishes in the pine china cabinet.
I sewed the little denim Chistmas stocking and added a dollar store wreath to a vintage gold frame.
Moving past the dining room is our family room where we watch TV and use the computer. The fireplace wall and TV nook are still works in progress (as is most of our home -ha!) It is in our family room that more red and colour starts to happen, but still with a neutral base.
Another simple dollar store wreath on a vintage gold frame that I made into a chalkboard hangs above the fireplace. The fireplace wall and TV nook are still works in progress (as is most of our home -ha!) so we are presently mantle-less and will hang our stockings with command hooks!
This tree has all of our family and special collected ornaments. The ornaments have a Canadian country outdoors theme with hockey, moose, bears, snowmen, pine cones, Santas, cows, horese, dogs and even Tim Horton's (a popular coffee shop chain popular across our nation.) Strings of red bead garland and black and red buffalo check ribbon adorn the tree, along with the coloured lights my guys prefer.
Favourite handmade items from years past join newly sewn pillows in the seating area.
Our kitchen, here, shares the back of our home and the cathedral ceiling with the office area of our family room. While the front rooms are lacking in natural light, these rooms are flooded with light from the patio doors, windows and skylights.
Painting the hutch in our kitchen and repainting the office armoire the same Mercury Glass white this year really helped the two rooms flow better.
I added more red bead strands, greenery and pinecones to my ironstone and vintage canning jar collection on the hutch.
The open shelves are much simpler this year with a growing collection of vintage aqua Crown canning jars and ironstone pudding bowls.
The deer sweater plates ($3.49 for a set of 4) are the only new Christmas purchases this year for our kitchen.
The work area of our kitchen from the patio doors and eating area. It is 15 year old builder basic and not fancy, but it's home and where our large extended family can visit!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I will share more rooms if time permits. We are looking forward to finishing these last few weeks of school and work and then settling into enjoying Christmas with our loved ones. I wish you and your families a blessed and Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
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