Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes 2015

Hello Friends!

It’s hard to believe this is the third time I’ve hosted the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes – crazy!  There are lots of great tours in blogland right now, and I’m happy that you’re here.

This year is going to be our biggest tour yet, and I’m excited to kick it off along with Amanda from Dixie Delights.  Each day there will be a new tour (or tours) on the list, so be sure to follow along – a full list of blogs and dates is included at the end of this post.

Let’s get to it!  Welcome!  I’m so happy you’re here!

This wreath is one that I bought from a local boy scout, and when they delivered it, they hung it on the hook that was already on the bench, and it’s been there ever since.  I love it – it’s perfect there, and the wreath is really beautiful.

For the front doors, I layered old with new.  The red cranberry wreaths are from Target (years ago), and I added new wreaths (also from Target).

Since I don’t have a traditional foyer, when you walk in the front door, the great room is to the right, and the halls have been decked.

Each year I keep thinking I’m going to change things up and go with a more neutral, natural look for the holidays, but when I found the truck + tree artwork at a local antique shop, it was all over.  I can’t get enough of anything trucks and trees this year – I’m a bit obsessed.  Can you blame me?

A Pottery Barn basket (from the outlet), with a bowl full of ornaments, mini lights, greenery and decorative berries is sitting on the ottoman.  If you don’t have any of these mini-lights, I highly recommend them – they’re so much fun and you can put them anywhere since they’re battery powered.

The print over my fireplace is one that I had enlarged and printed at the copy shop as an engineered print.  Super cheap, and high impact.  A win-win.
A great way to add pops of color to your holiday decor is by using candy.  These cherry balls are perfect for an apothecary jar.  I put a glass in the jar before pouring in the candy so that it takes up most of the center space, and you don’t need as much candy as a result.  Regardless, we’ll see how long they last.

Now we’re on to the dining room.  Can I just tell you how much I’m loving my dining room this year?  My gallery wall in particular.  It’s the 12 Days of Christmas from Lindsay Letters – how fitting for this tour, right?  They’re so stinking cute I can hardly stand it.  That girl has skills.

You should come over so you can see it in person and really appreciate the full effect.

I think my favorite print is the Eight Maids a Milking, but really, they’re all adorable.

via Lindsay Letters

I bought the whole set from her shop (and they’re on sale now), downloaded the prints, and had them printed at a local copy shop on heavy card stock.  They look fantastic!

I’m going to have to find twelve more prints to put in these frames once the holidays are over.  I really love the scale they bring to my dining room.

For my buffet, I found bunches of fresh boxwood at Home Depot and mixed in some decorative pinecones and berries in this cute basket from HomeGoods.  The “Joy” letters are from Hobby Lobby.  This bunch of greenery also has the battery operated lights – makes for a nice glow at night.

 

I used a collection of Christmas trees for the center of the dining table, and added some boxwood as well.

The boxwood looks cute in my Cutlery Couture silverware pouch too. 🙂

And yes, that’s a(nother) Car + Christmas Tree salt and pepper shaker peeking out of the corner, thank you for noticing.  I bought it at Fleurish.

In keeping with my wreath obsession – I added wreaths to the backs of my dining room chairs.  I should offer a prize for whoever can correctly count the number of wreaths I have.  It’s crazy, I know.

 

In the kitchen, I kept it pretty simple, adding some bright red kitchen towels, a white pitcher filled with greenery from my yard, a wreath (of course) and a cute mat, in keeping with my truck and tree theme I have going.

In the basement, I change things up a little bit when it comes to the Christmas tree, since the tree on the main level has all of the kids’ ornaments.  I went with some gold, silver and green, with touches of black as well.

 

I recreated my “JOY” letters this year on the window looking out to the backyard.  It was a last minute inspiration, and I’m really happy with how it looks.  The wreaths are from IKEA – they’re really a nice size and shape, and for $10, they were an impulse buy on my way to the checkout.

Again, a layered tray of ornaments and greenery – how can you go wrong?  All from items that I already had on hand (or in the yard).

 

I have been wanting a champagne bucket in my holiday decor for awhile now, and this year I made the splurge (thank you HomeGoods).

I still have some decorating left to do, but I’m certainly off to a great start!  Thanks for stopping by, and make sure you check out Amanda’s tour at Dixie Delights today as well.
Don’t miss the rest of the tours over the days to come, and a big link party at the end to share your holiday home!
If you missed the tours from the past two years, you can catch a recap of them below: 

Have you started decorating yet?

Linking up:
The Nester

42 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Your house looks like a model home Jenny! It's picture perfect! Love the pops of red you used in your family room this year, and your car & tree theme, so cute! The Lindsay Letters print set is amazing!!!!! And I love the lower level with the touch of black ribbon, so pretty!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you Lisa! I love the Lindsay Letters prints so much – they really are perfect for my dining room – so cute and fun. Can't wait to see your tour!

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    Vel Criste
    December 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    All I can say is that everything you added for Christmas is just Perfect! You have a beautiful home to begin with but you just upped it up more so with you amazing taste!! I can't pick a favorite detail since everything is something I would love to have in my own home too!!!! I am sure your whole family is looking forward to celebrating Christmas even more so!!!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Vel – I so appreciate your kind words. Looking forward to seeing your holiday home!

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    Cyndy Aldred
    December 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Absolutely stunning Jenny! So many creative touches and I had to giggle when I saw the champagne bucket!! It looks gorgeous. I loved the lower level so much last year with the navy and wow, love the charcoal/black mix. Perfection! Have a wonderful Christmas Jenny. Your home is just so welcoming and festive. xo

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Cyndy, you know that you're the reason that the champagne bucket is now in my house, right? 😉 Miss you on the tour this year!

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    Calypso In The Country
    December 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Your home looks gorgeous and you can never have too many wreaths! The champagne bucket is perfect for greenery. It really makes a statement…and speaking of statements – that gallery wall in the dining room! How perfect is that?! So pretty!
    Shelley

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Shelley! You and I were cut from the same cloth – there's no such thing as too many wreaths! Amen!

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    jenny, it looks so cheery and beautiful! love the living room as you know, but also that basement- the windows! they are so awesome with the wreaths and ribbon! love the mantle, too- everything looks so fresh and happy!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Cassie! Your colorful Christmas tree has my wheels spinning for next year's basement decor… 😉

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    Cindy Hattersley
    December 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Holy Crap no wonder you are tired!! A Christmas Gallery Wall! I love it! Love the recurrent truck theme…you really outdid yourself!! You made me tired just reading…time for a nap!!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Cindy – I couldn't agree more. Who knew Christmas decorating could be so tiring? Fighting with my Christmas tree lights certainly didn't help matters. 😉 Can't wait to see your tour!

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    Becky {This Is Happiness}
    December 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    So, so beautiful Jenny! Love your basement with all those windows…gorgeous! Everything looks so festive. Time to sit back and enjoy!!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you Becky – can't wait to see your tour!

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    pam {simple details}
    December 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Wow Jenny!!! I love how you create cheerful yet sophisticated! I'm smitten with those charming trucks & tress, too but you took them to another level! It couldn't be more beautiful, and your basement is such a perfect spot for a Christmas get-together now that you have time on your hands! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks so much Pam. I have my annual cookie exchange this weekend, so getting the house decorated is just one less thing to worry about. Now the stress switches over to party planning. 😉 Can't wait to see your tour – your home is always stunning!

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    Mary Ann Pickett
    December 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    How pretty!!! Love all the thoughtful splashes of green…a happy home. You need to have a Christmas party–after a little rest 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you Mary Ann! I have a cookie exchange this weekend, so it's kind of nice to have the decorating part of my "to do" list complete! 🙂 Can't wait to see your tour!

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Texas Decor
    December 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    This is absolutely lovely! Every bit of it! Such a fun tour!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Lisa – I love Christmas home tours so much – it's going to be a lot of fun to follow along. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Tamara @ Provident Home Design
    December 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful job, Jenny!! I love it all!

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you Tamara! I'm looking forward to seeing your holiday home!

  • Reply
    diann
    December 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I love your tree and truck theme – very cute! Where did you find the adorable truck and tree rug in your kitchen, please? I would love to get one. Your home looks so beautiful and festive.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Diann! I found the truck/tree rug at Homegoods of all places – for $15! I couldn't resist.

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    December 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I love your wreath addiction – so pretty and festive! And that new print with the truck and tree is beyond cute! Thanks for kicking the tour off in style 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Kris – I can't wait to see your tour this year – your wreaths on your dining room chairs inspired me!

  • Reply
    kris
    December 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Agree with just about everything everyone has said! Great job. Don't know what I like the most . . . maybe the "12 Days of Christmas" prints in the dining room. You mentioned wanting to find some new prints to use in the same frames after the holidays. One possibility might be to look at calendars. They have 12 illustrations of course, and some of them are quite charming. Botanicals might work well.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Kris! I was thinking a calendar might be a good way to repopulate the 12 Days of Christmas prints too – but I like the botanical idea too!

  • Reply
    Sheila Irwin
    December 2, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Jenny,

    Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself as I came over from Cindy's blog (Rough Luxe) and love your home. The tree/truck theme is adorable! And I always love pops of red at Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I'm looking forward to linking up to yours at the end!

    Best,
    Sheila Irwin
    http://www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Jenny
      December 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Sheila – I missed out on buying the truck/tree hand towel, which would have made my tour complete! 😉

  • Reply
    Sisk_Ohana
    December 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    May I please ask where your kitchen mat and print of the truck with the tree in the back are from? Thanks

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    Dixie Delights
    December 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I love it all!! My faves are the sweet wreath on your outdoor bench and Lindsay Letters gallery wall. Thanks for hosting all of us on such a great tour!

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    Lauren Shaver
    December 5, 2015 at 2:49 am

    So beautiful, Jenny! I can't get over that incredible living room of yours. Pinned! Thank you so much for inviting me along for the tour!

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful tour!!

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    SHERRY HART
    December 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful! Love the small wreaths hanging on the back of the chairs!

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    December 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Jenny, your home is absolutely beautiful! I love every inch of it! xo

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    Teresa Pisc
    December 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Oh how pretty! The ceiling in your great room is amazing! I love the neutral colors of your house with the pops of red and green. It looks amazing!

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    Celia Becker
    December 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Jenny, I learned of your blog from Cindy Hattersley at Rough Luxe Perspective and Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home. What a great idea for a collaboration! I'm enjoying all the posts. Thanks for organizing this!

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    Rachael Bliefnick
    December 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Jenny! First of all, thank you for hosting such a fabulous tour and especially for including me this year!! I have had the best time! Your home looks stunning (as always and each holiday tour 😉 )! I'm going nuts for your gallery wall and that champagne bucket – its the perfect festive touch! Love it all and thanks again! ~Rachael http://www.thisisourbliss.com

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    DD's Cottage
    December 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous home and gorgeous style!

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    Tricia
    December 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I love your style – it all looks so amazing! And I am just in love with the 12 Days of Christmas prints!
    Thanks so much for putting together this tour and a great group of women! This has been the best!
    Tricia @ Suburban Bitches

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    Julia Konya
    December 16, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    So unbelievable beautiful! I can't believe that is your basement too. I'm going to go into mine now and cry 😉 Merry Christmas

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