Instead of sharing my home the first day of the home tours, I thought I’d cut myself some slack and push myself out to the last tour date this year. I’m glad I did, as Thanksgiving was super busy, and I’m pretty sure I would have turned into Blogzilla. I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the homes on the tour this year. I know I’m always inspired by the ideas that people come up with during the holidays, and I hope you were too. I owe 11 Magnolia Lane a huge debt of gratitude this year, because they picked up the ball and ran with it back in the fall after my brother-in-law passed away. I don’t know if we would have had a tour if it weren’t for them.
I figured I would break out my tour into a couple of parts so that you (and I) don’t get overwhelmed with it all in one post. If you’re visiting from Quarters One, welcome! This post contains some affiliate links.
The Front Porch
Let’s get the ball rolling with a look at my front porch. These porch pots are just two of the four outdoor ones that I have this year. I’m a bit obsessed with them, and have been making them like crazy. They’re so easy and inexpensive to make, and so eye-catching. I find that I do better with planting evergreens than I do flowers, so these are a good fit for me.
My “JOY” sign has been one that I’ve used in more than one place over the years – it was part of my holiday mantel one year – but I’m liking it outside on the front porch for now.
I have a couple of other pots out by our garage as well. If you want to learn how to make them yourself, I shared a full tutorial here.
I pulled out a Christmas wreath from the basement for the “O” and added some natural greenery to give it a little more life.
I love having double front doors, and these got a lift awhile back with some dark stain. But what really makes them shine is my gorgeous Southern Magnolia wreaths from Lynch Creek Farms. Their wreaths wow me, year after year, and I can’t say enough about the quality and substance behind them. Not to mention the smell – they’re deliciously fragrant when you pull them out of the box.
The Dining Room
Moving inside to the dining room, you can see that my love of porch pots and natural greenery continues. I think the champagne bucket arrangement is my fifth, but I love the look that you get with fresh evergreens. Added bonus that greenery like this is easily accessible around here and I can pluck some from my own back yard for free.
Ever since redoing my dining room as part of the One Room Challenge, I’ve had a lot more fun decorating it for the holidays. I’m keeping it pretty simple this year. I think the champagne bucket centerpiece does well enough to stand on its own, and I added some pretty Christmas trees on my buffet for good measure.
I ended up with a bit of a pinecone theme in here when it was all said and done. It plays well with the evergreens that I have in here.
My husband asked, “So, wood slices with pine cones on them is a thing now?” Yes, sir. Yes it is.
I added wreaths to the backs of the larger, upholstered dining room chairs this year, adding a little pinecone embellishment as well. I added a Christmas tree in the dining room for the first time last year, and I love it! Such a nice soft glow at night.
My Daughter’s Room
Since my daughter’s room is the only kid’s room in the house that isn’t a total disaster, I added a small Christmas tree to her room. The tree was in a red pot, so I dropped it into a basket and called it a day. The pastel ornaments work well with the color palette she has going on in here. This is another One Room Challenge project for me, and I’m happy to say that she keeps her room looking good. Her organizational skills make me happy.
Don’t forget to hop on over to Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss on the tour today. Her home is an absolute stunner – one of my favorites! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Here is a sneak peek:
Thanks so much for stopping by my 2018 Holiday Home Tour! If you missed any of them so far, you can check them out below. There is SO much inspiration to be had, you don’t want to miss it!