Christmas Home Tour 2013

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I have been a carol singing, bow-making,

garland-hanging, light-stringing fool for about

two weeks now.  

And I could not be happier.  

I have Decked the Halls and Fa’d the La’s,

and Jingled All the Way.  All in preparation for the

Home for the Holidays Christmas Tour.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I am a part of a group of 30 fabulous blogs who have virtually

opened their homes to you for a Christmas Tour.

Today is Day #3.  The full schedule will be posted at the

end…so please visit all of these beautifully decorated homes.

 I am also sharing at Jenn Rizzo Design for the

Christmas Tour Link Party.


I have so much to show you, so sit back and relax, and enjoy!


 The Foyer


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

This year – I wanted a more traditional feel.

I never thought red could be so beautiful with the blues

throughout my home,  but while strolling thru Pinterest

one night I saw a blue room with splashes of red –

and I absolutely fell in love with the look.  

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

(How to Make a Lighted Dough Bowl Project)

I also made a promise to myself that I would reuse and recycle

my Christmas decor from last year, and spend as little money

as possible this year.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home 

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home


The Living Room


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I love it when something that you see or you make gets your

creative juices going, don’t you?

Remember the $4 Goodwill Sweater Pillows I made recently?

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Those were the inspiration for this room…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Two additional smaller, white sweater pillows and some red

French Grain Sack pillows were perfect together.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Remember my “don’t spend a lot of money” mantra? I needed a simple

centerpiece for my coffee table.  A footed, white bowl filled to the brim

with blue, red and silver ornaments was perfect.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

This took less than 5 minutes and cost nothing.

I love this. It’s one of my favorite designs this Christmas.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I used my “12 Days of Christmas” numbered ornaments from

last year on the garland around the hutch.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Even Mr. Bunny gets into the Christmas spirit.  He is carrying

white bottle brush tree in his pouch.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

More blue and red touches are added to the

French Grain Stripe Painted Table.


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Next, let’s head into –

The Kitchen and Breakfast Room


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I am going to tease you with a few pics of the Kitchen and

Breakfast Room because I will be participating in another

tour next week – A Farmhouse Christmas

(I can’t wait!)

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Throughout the house, I used as much fresh and natural items as

possible.  Pitchers and containers of magnolia and balsam and

pine create the most wonderful smell throughout our home.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

This is one of my favorite English Pint Jugs.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Another tall, white pitcher is filled with cedar and berries.

A vintage glass Hoosier drawer contains fresh cranberries

and floating candles.


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Some of the new purchases I did make are the mini-boxwood wreaths

and the red-striped ticking ribbon you see throughout the Kitchen and

Breakfast Room.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I adore this ribbon!

I will be carrying this in my shop, Farmhouse Decor.

Here is a little sneaky-peaky of a cute corner of the kitchen…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

These Creamware Cupcake Stands have been one of my shop’s most

popular items this Christmas

I promise I will show more of our Kitchen next week.

Let’s go over to…

The Breakfast Room 


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Is it okay if I say that this is one of my favorite

Tablescapes I’ve ever put together?

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I will share more of this Tablescape with you on Friday

for The Scoop on a Handmade Christmas Tour.

(I know, I know – lots of tours, huh?) Laughing

Don’t you just love the simplicity of cranberries and

floating candles in Mason Jars?

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The hutch was filled with white dishes and accented with

some of my pink and white Staffordshire.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I used more of the red-ticking ribbon along with some

burlap jingle-bell ribbon.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I also used small bottle brushes throughout…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

… even nestled in snow in blue Mason Jars.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Here is another Lighted Dough Bowl, but this time I

used large Sugar Cones and fresh pine.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

My chandy got dressed for Christmas, too.

Lots of red-ticking and burlap jingle-bell ribbon…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

And, of course – I could not forget Cleetus now could I?

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

 He is sporting a magnolia and cotton wreath with a

large red-ticking bow.

The Dining Room



This is where the Christmas decorating gets a shot of traditional

plaid.  It’s a cross between an English-Christmas with some

Woodland decor, too.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

A lush, layered garland surrounds the print above the English

chest we use as a Buffet.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I wanted a “Ralph Lauren” feel.

I filled my favorite Staffordshire soup tureen with

red and white florals and lots of greenery and berries.


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Tall branches are decorated with glittered snowflakes and reindeer.

And speaking of deer…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Is this a handsome man or what?


More plaid ribbon and fresh balsam decorate the backs

of the chairs…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

By the way, those cute red and silver glittered deer you see

scattered throughout our home?  They were 2/$1 at

the Dollar Tree.  You’re welcome. Laughing

So what inspired this Ralph-Lauren/Woodland/English

Christmas Dining Room?

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

This magnificent fella!

Mr. Buck!

This is the second Christmas I have had Mr. Buck.

You can see last year’s mantel HERE. 

I used more plaid ribbon, interspersed with burlap ribbon.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Next week, I will show you the easy (and cheaters) way

to create these large, full bows.  I added feathers and fern

to give it that natural, woodland look.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The garland is a mixture of hydrangeas, hops, pinecones,

berries and pine wood discs.  I added solid red glass ornaments

for a pop of color.

On the mantel itself…two trees decorated with more

pine wood discs.

(My son cut these wood discs for me, btw, and they will be offered in my online shop, fyi)

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I also decorated $1 Dollar Tree candles with

scrapbook music sheets, jute and silver jingle bells.

So easy!

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I had my son cut me some pine “pillars.”

I heart this look.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

It is completely different from last year, and I could not

love it more.

Mr. Buck looks pretty happy, don’tcha think?  Laughing

I added stockings for my Grandloves…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Each stocking features a pine wood disc and initial…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

During the Farmhouse Christmas Tour, I have another

cute idea for using these pine discs that I will share with you.

The Lighted Birch-Log Basket and Urn filled with Magnolia

and Mini Ornaments completes the hearth.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Finally – no Dining Room is complete without a table

centerpiece.  I used an oversized wood tray and filled it

with an arrangement of red amaryllis, black lanterns

and more pink and white Staffordshire pieces.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The vintage ornaments were some which my parents

purchased on their first Christmas together.

They were married Dec 21st, 1952.

They have been happily married over 60 years.

God Bless them.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Finally…the tour comes to an end in…

The Family Room


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

Our tree, mantel and Christmas decor for the Family Room

completely changed from last year.  

The inspiration was a beautiful sage and caramel plaid

ribbon.  The color scheme of this room is sage, chocolate and

rust.  I wanted the decor more in line with those colors.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The English-Mahogany Mantel is filled with a pine garland,

jingle-bell ribbon and large plaid bows on each end.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The mantel holds a pair of gold reindeer I have had for several

years and adore.


A wood tray on the coffee table is filled with a magnolia and

cotton arrangement…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

… and a pair of faux antlers.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I am wondering how long this will look this way with a 7-yr old, a

4-yr old and a “I gotta touch everything I see” 18-month old.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I am hoping for at least a day. 


And finally –  our Christmas tree which I am so in love with.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

The beautiful Angel topper is new.

(50% off at Michael’s)

 Or, as Roo said…”who is that Lady on top of the tree?”


2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I plan on adding more handmade ornaments, but, for now –

it is decorated with cotton, sugar cones, grapevine, berries and

pine wood discs which are embellished with metal numbered tags.


One of the things I absolutely love is the wood box my son made

for me as a tree base surround.

I added a vintage wood child’s chairs, too.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I had a special little helper today while I was taking these pics.

He helped me place his bear under the tree…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

I snapped this picture of him….one of his quiet moments.

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home

And trust me – they are “moments.”  

Seconds later…

2013 Christmas Tour at The Everyday Home


Thank you so much for letting me show you our home.

I have so much more to share, but figured you had seen enough

for now.   #pictureoverload


Everyone who is part of this tour would like to

say Thank You to One Kings Lane  for being a sponsor and also

for giving away a $200 Gift Certificate.  We also have other

great giveaways as part of Santa’s Gift Bag.

Farmhouse Decor is giving away a $50 GC, too.

It’s easy to enter.  There are several chances to enter but

you only have to complete one step.  

The more steps you complete, the more chances you

have to win.  All winners will be announced next week. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Please make sure you visit all of the other Christmas Tours…


Monday, Dec 2nd

Worthing Court

French Country Cottage

Atta Girl Says

Town and Country Living

Decor Adventures

Lilacs and Longhorns


Tuesday, Dec 3rd

Marty’s Musings

Mom 4 Real

All Things Beautiful

Making Home Base

The Happier Homemaker

The Lily Pad Cottage


Wed, Dec 4th

The Everyday Home

Craftberry Bush

Celebrating Everyday Life with
Jennifer Carroll

AKA Design

Hymns and Verses

Our Southern Home


Thursday, Dec 5th

Stone Gable

Adventures in Decorating

Newly Woodwards

Setting for Four

Back Porch Musings

All Things Heart and Home


Friday, Dec 6th

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Cottage at the Crossroads

Top This Top That

Domestically Speaking

Mommy is Coocoo

Shabby Art Boutique


From The Everyday Home to Your Home…

We wish you a Blessed and Joyous Christmas filled 

with Happiness & Memories.



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  1. I love it all Barbara! Can’t wait to see more details of your tablescape! It was gorgeous!

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  2. Wow – that is quite the awesome tour! LOVE the touches of ticking… LOVE the sweater pillow… LOVE your sweet grandbaby pics! Ok yeah, I loved the whole tour!
    Beautiful home and thanks for letting us in for a little “holiday visit”! Gorgeous! xo

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  3. Wow! It’s gorgeous, Barb! I love all of the details…perfect! That red ticking ribbon is fabulous! But your cute little helper stole the show! :-) hugs…Debbie

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  4. Hi Barb- I tried to leave you a comment before and it disappeared somewhere. ugh. Anyway- I said it is all just gorgeous. Love it and you have done an over-the-top job. It looks great. I especially love your cute little helper- that is what makes it all worthwhile, isn’t it? xo Diana

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  5. Beautiful and festive, Barb! Enjoyed every bit of it! Especially loved seeing your grand! Love it!
    Now I need to get back to the “farmhouse”. You gave me an idea or 2.;-)

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  6. I am in love with all of your bows and ribbon! So much variety. Your home is beautiful! ~Sonya

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  7. I am in awe of your beautiful home! I love every square inch of it, but if I had to pick, I’d say the teddy bear by the tree is my favorite photo! Great job!

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  8. All the details are so well put together and just perfect. What a wonderful holiday home.

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  9. Absolutely festive and exquisite, Barbara – loving the cool ribbons and the lush greenery. I just love the combination of red and blue – especially if the blue is almost turquoise. Beautifully done!

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  10. Barb,
    Amazing Christmas decor!!!
    I love, LOVE, L O V E the blue with the Traditional red for Christmas in your living room!!!
    Thank you for allowing us to tour your lovely home!!!
    Deep the carols and thecreative decor coming, dear one!!!

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  11. You do not disappoint – so many beautiful details! Love it! Thanks for all the hard work you put into making this tour happen – it’s been so fun seeing everyone’s own style!

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  12. Kelly @thelilypadcottage says:

    Gorgeous!!! Not sure what I like best, every room is more beautiful than the next! Your table scape is amazing :)

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  13. Barb, you did a spectacular job! The photos are stunning and so is the decor. You know I love that ticking ribbon and the check! Fab-u-lous. And I know who I’m asking to make all my garlands and floral arrangments next year. I can’t believe how gorgeous and how full yours look — and how many there are.

    And those photos of Roo are precious. He looks like he was a good helper.

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  14. Oh Barb, all of your decor is absolutley gorgeous. I love it all, so pretty. You always do the best displays on your hutch and Christmas is stunning. Hugs, marty

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  15. Stunning. Beautiful. Gorgeous. I could go on, but let me just say it’s a showstopper.

    I’ll be back, any time I need more holiday decorating inspiration.

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  16. Where or where do I start… Oh I know… what a precious little guy!!!! Stole my heart! EVERYTHING is just amazing!!!! How beautiful/traditional/spectacular/ amazing/ Fa-La-La/ pillow ticking fabulous/ merry and bright…. and on and on. I love your breakfast room. I can just see it filled with family on Christmas morning!!!! You are very blessed and talented and I am very blessed to be inspired by you, my friend!

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  17. Barb, your home just shouts “Christmas!” I am amazed at how every nook and cranny is decorated and perfect in its own way. Amazing.

    I am so sorry for your hosting problems. Just know that it’s all beautiful and people will still come visit you!

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  18. Oh my Barb! Your home tour is incredible! You are so right about the red with the blue. It’s just gorgeous together! I am in love with that red ticking ribbon and most especially what you did with it! And that photo of your grandson hugging his teddy bear is just precious! I agree with Yvonne, you are one talented lady!

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  19. Barb! I don’t even know where to begin. Your home looks so warm and inviting. I do love the dollar tree candles with the music sheets.


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  20. Beautiful…I love traditional Christmas decor…!

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  21. Beautiful Barbara!

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  22. Your home looks amazing Barb! I love a classic Christmas and you did it gorgeous! So thrilled to be on tour with you :)

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  23. Holy wow! I’m fa-la-la-ing after taking your tour. Everything is simply beautiful. I am totally digging those sweater pillows. That’s one thing that just hasn’t gotten done yet at our home – new pillows for Christmas. I may be on the hunt for a sweater now

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  24. I love every inch of your home! It looks absolutely stunning.

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  25. Love Mr. Buck and the feathers in the garland!!! Lots of great detailing, Barb!

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  26. I think this is your prettiest Christmas that I’ve seen! I like the white kitchen cabinets so much better. The Staffordshire tureen w/ flowers and the fireplace garland are my favorites. The plaid and the red deers makes it sparkle!

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  27. Gorgeous, gorgeous Christmas decorations! Your home looks stunning!

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  28. So beautiful ~ I love your red and white touches and loving your kitchen peeks! Sharing!

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  29. Barb, I love your Christmas home tour! The use of red just pops! Your tree is so pretty; the pincones are fabulous! I can’t wait to see more of your kitchen. I love your choice of red and white ticking! Your home is so festive and pretty!

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  30. What a lovely holiday display….It is a pulled together with lots of charm! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  31. I am in love! Wow how beautiful!
    The Adored Home

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  32. WOW!! It’s a winter wonderland! Love everything, especially the pig with a wreath & the platter wreath over the sink!

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  33. Gorgeous , beautiful, stunning….I’m running out of words to describe your holiday home Barb! I love the Ralph Lauren look too – I scored two RL Crystal lamps just a while back – I love the classic yet sophisticated look of his style! I luv your cranberry votives – so simple yet timeless! Of course your red and white transferwear is so pretty too!! Luv it all barb – I’m giving you a big high five!! It’s been fun partying with you again! xo Heather

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  34. Everything is just beautiful. Don’t suppose you would want to share where you found Cletus? Love him!

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  35. Oh WOW Barbara! Every room is so lush and full of Christmas spirit. My very favorite is your Breakfast Room. Love the ticking ribbon and jingle bell burlap…the chandy is fab…can’t wait to see more on your tablescape (love those dishes)…and the hutch!!! Gorgeous!!! Your Family room tree is so charming! Thank you for sharing all of your gorgeous photos and your beautiful home with us! Thank you too for all the cute buttons that you made us. So fun being on tour with you talented gals! xoxo Janis

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  36. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    So many beautiful details in your Christmas home Barb… I really don’t know where to start. I love the fullness of your garlands with their greenery, berries and lush ribbons… and those sweater cushions are so perfect. Thank you for taking us on a tour of your Christmas home.

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  37. Barb – I can’t gush enough. Your home is just gorgeous! I love, love, love all of your lush arrangements and garlands. I can’t wait to see your cheater bow making tutorial. Wonderful, wonderful job, my friend! Oh and btw – Tuck said to tell Buck ‘hello’ and to ‘hang in there’. Pun intended. 😀

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  38. Everything is just beautiful! LOVE all of the ribbon! And, the pale blue and red combo is beautiful! Merry Christmas! Melissa

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  39. Barb,
    I love your decorating style and your projects. Would you kind telling me the name of the blue paint used in your living room? I just sigh when I see it! Do you still love it?
    Thank you,

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  40. Wow..
    What a beautiful house. Very nice and warm.
    Please let me in, hehe..

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