Christmas Home Tour 2013


Merry Christmas friends!  Okay- I know it’s not really Christmas for another 2 weeks but today’s my turn to share my home with you as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour.  Let’s get started, shall we?

When you arrive at my house you’ll be greeted on the porch by my mason jar lid banner wishing you a Joyeux Noel.  (If you’re new here, I have a bit of an obsession with all things French…)

 Step inside and there’s a beautiful shimmery bouquet on a chippy white table (not my work- I bought this one a long time ago!).

Turn to the right and you’re standing in my awkward entryway in which hangs our advent calendar.  The boys actually have been really great about taking turns moving the snowflake every day.   😉

Walk a bit further and you will see our Christmas tree.

Most of my Christmas decor is red, white, and metallics.  In our former house, all of the decor was red and white- my couch and loveseat were even red.  I just love those colors together!

And on the hutch is the M&M Joy Art I made a few weeks ago.

Turn around and you’ll be facing my mantle which is nestled in the corner – and yes, that is a Christmas village below.

I’m a newbie to chalkboard art so I’ll have to do a little more practicing – go ahead and giggle… it’s okay.  😉

This snowman was one of my very first Christmas decor purchases – there’s a spring inside so when you touch the top half he kind of dances.

And here is my village.  For as long as I can remember, when I was a kid I always loved going to my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve- she has the largest and most elaborate “village” and I always joked that it was more of an entire state than a village.

Those memories have always had a special place in my heart, so last year I decided to start my own village.  I had 3-4 buildings last year, and then I bought several pieces at yard sales and another new one this year.  It has grown pretty quickly in the past year!

I added a few reminders of our trip to London; did you notice them?

The boys LOVE it.  I hope it brings them the same joy and wonderment that I felt staring at my grandmother’s village for hours on end.

Then on a nearby bookshelf you will find my sequin ornaments in this bowl…

And one of my favorite keep-away-from-the-boys ornaments of the Eiffel Tower.

Now let’s leave the living room and head into the dining area.

Little metallic ornaments take the place of candles for this event.

The table is set for Christmas Eve dinner!

This will be the third year that we’ve hosted for my parents and my sister and her family.

The decor is ready but I guess I better start working on the menu… oops!

This is my wedding bouquet; it has been living on this pedestal for awhile now and I thought it would make the perfect centerpiece.

After leaving the dining area, head over to the fridge (more white sparkling grape juice anyone?) and nearby you’ll find this display which includes the DIY Christmas trees I made last year and a glass ornament – which is also a keep-away-from-the-boys item.

Thanks so much for visiting my home today, come back again soon!

Be sure to visit all of the other stops on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour!

xo Jen

Monday DEC 2nd

FIRST HOME LOVE LIFE

DIO HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Tuesday DEC 3rd

AT HOME WITH THE BARKERS

RESTORING OUR 1890 VICTORIAN

Wednesday DEC 4th

FRESH IDEA STUDIO

THE GOLDEN SYCAMORE

HOUSE ON THE WAY

Thursday DEC 5th

CURB ALERT

PETTICOAT JUNKTION

Friday DEC 6th

ARTSY CHICKS RULE

RAPPSODY IN ROOMS

Saturday DEC 7th

SIMPLY FRESH VINTAGE

COUNTRY DESIGN STYLE

Sunday DEC 8th

MRS HINES CLASS

SNAZZY LITTLE THINGS

Monday DEC 9th

JUST PAINT IT

THE RUSTIC PIG

JUST A GIRL AND HER BLOG

Tuesday DEC 10th

OUR SOUTHERN HOME

VIRGINIA SWEET PEA

MEEGAN MAKES

Wednesday DEC 11th

SOPHIAS DECOR

A LITTLE CLAIREIFICATION

GIRL IN THE GARAGE  😉

Thursday DEC 12th

MOMMY IS COOCOO

LITTLE MISS CELEBRATION

INSPIRATION FOR MOMS

Friday DEC 13th

MY SOULFUL HOME

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DIYer

LILACS AND LONGHORNS

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40 Comments on Christmas Home Tour 2013

  1. JeaNette
    December 11, 2013 at 5:46 am (2 years ago)

    Jen, I would be right there with your boys looking at your wonderful Christmas village! I always find myself staring at these when I’m at the stores. I love your warm and inviting home and especially your Mason jar garland. Such creativity. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 Happy holidays and happy to be on tour with you!

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  2. Cindy Eikenberg
    December 11, 2013 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Jen! Everything looks so lovely and wonderful – I especially love your village, because we have huge village that we’ve been collecting for a lot of years. The red, white and metallics look fantastic – your wedding bouquet as a centerpiece on the dining room table is such a wonderful idea and looks beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us – pinning and sharing! Hope you have a merry wonderful week!
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  3. Holly
    December 11, 2013 at 7:29 am (2 years ago)

    It looks wonderful Jen! I love the little snow village – Mike’s grandmother gave us one when we got married and now that the boys are old enough, they love setting it up on their train table in the playroom at Christmas. I’ve never thought of looking at garage sales and thrift stores for additional pieces – that is a great idea! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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  4. Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers
    December 11, 2013 at 7:35 am (2 years ago)

    It is all so pretty! Love those ornaments as the place card holder, super fun! I have a village, I didn’t put it out this year… Thanks for the tour. ~Sonya
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  5. Paula@SweetPea
    December 11, 2013 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    Everything looks so pretty at your home for Christmas. I like your advent calendar and know that you children anticipate using it each year. I like where you placed your village because it’s a spot where it can be enjoyed by the entire family all of December. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!
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  6. Jeannie
    December 11, 2013 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    I love the traditional red & white. I enjoyed your home tour.

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  7. Meegan
    December 11, 2013 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    Jen, I am loving the charm of your Christmas ideas. I enjoyed seeing the Christmas village. I can only imagine the Christmas memories and stories the village could tell.
    Thanks for sharing your home on the tour. It’s been a lot of fun!
    Merry Christmas!
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  8. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    December 11, 2013 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    Jen, I like your chalkboard art, no giggling from me! My favorite is the fireplace with the red and white stockings and the red ball Christmas tree! Thanks for the tour. Have a great week!
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  9. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    December 11, 2013 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    Wow Jen – your home is just too pretty for words. Your tree looks amazing (um… can I please have that adorable Owl ornament??). And I cannot believe those JOY letters are made with M&Ms. Say wha?? Awesomeness right there. I love how you have your holiday village displayed (I seriously miss having a fireplace) – we need to add another building to our village ASAP. The barn was added after Christmas last year. Love that little fountain. I will now have to search all over the interwebs to find one.
    So glad to have been part of this tour with you!! Pinning now! xo
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  10. Jeanette
    December 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen, I love you Christmas village. I’ve been thinking of something to start collecting for Christmas and this might just be it. I vaguely remember my dad making a village when I was small. Mainly remember him using a mirror for a pond. Don’t know what ever happen to it. Thanks for sharing your home. ~Jeanette
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  11. Tami @ Curb Alert!
    December 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Enjoyed your home tour. I love all of the touches of red throughout and that Eiffel Tower ornament is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing all of it with us!
    Tami
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  12. Nancy @ Artsy chicks rule
    December 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful Jen! I’m loving all the bright festive RED in all the decorating this year! (I am usually not a bright red lover but I even used a ton in my decorating! 😉 ) Gorgeous and festive! I love your Christmas village too…how very cool.
    Oh, and those ornament place cards are perfect!! So creative! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

    Nancy
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  13. Dria
    December 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen I love your tour! Soo many beautiful things, the little trees you made are awesome! Love the advent calendar so cute! The french banner is adorable! I love all the red and white that you used those colors truly are Christmas to me!! You did a beautiful job 🙂
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  14. Crystal
    December 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s amazing Jen! It’s so beautiful and really captures all the fun and beautiful things of Christmas!! I can’t even tell you what is my favorite because everything was so lovely. I do have soft spot for the village as my grandmother, mother, myself and now my girls each have one. When my girls were old enough, we started buying them a house or something for their village every year that they got to pick out. Such fun memories and beautiful decor!! Loved your house!!

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  15. Shanna Gilbert
    December 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Your house looks gorgeous my dear! I love your little village and I’m envious of your Eiffel tower ornament! Such a pretty center piece on your dining table!
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  16. Christy@confessions of a serial do-it- yourselfer
    December 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Love all the red and white, Jen, especially your fireplace! I didn’t hang my stockings for the tour because none of ours match lol! I love your bench with the ‘Joyeux Noel’ banner outside too. What a great way to greet your guests! Thanks for sharing! XO

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  17. Alli
    December 12, 2013 at 3:27 am (2 years ago)

    Jen, your Christmas home tour is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love the village and I think your chalkboard rocks!
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  18. Sharon
    December 12, 2013 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

    Everything is so beautifully decorated, Jen. I love red and white..it’s so festive. I love the garland in the doorway leading to your dining room. And that snow village is so charming.
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  19. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio
    December 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Fun, festive and love the your red, white and metallic color scheme Jen! All the French touches from the mason jar banner to your Eiffel tower ornament and special edition to your new Christmas village…I just love it! Thanks for inviting us in and giving us such a great tour!
    cheers
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  20. Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms
    December 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Your home looks so beautiful! I love your handmade ornament ideas and your table settings are gorgeous! I love the red and gold together!

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  21. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns}
    December 13, 2013 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    It all looks so pretty, Jen! I love your tree — red and white is my favorite at Christmas too — there’s just something about it.
    After seeing yours and so many other Christmas villages on the tour I’m starting to think I might need to start one! But, where to put it?!!
    So happy to be touring with you! Merry Christmas!
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  22. Christy @ Our Southern Home
    December 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, how I love to look at Christmas villages. I have a small one that my daughter puts out every year. I really need to add to it. Yours is amazing. Love how you have it displayed! That M&M art is adorable!!! Your tour is just beautiful!!! ~Christy
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