Stop 29: Holiday House Walk Tour at Unskinny Boppy

It’s the final day of the 2013 Holiday Housewalk, and I’m SUPER honored to be a part of this outstanding group of talented women for another year of holiday home tours.  I am Stop #29 on the tour today.

Stop 29 Holiday Housewalk

Welcome to my home everyone!  The front porch is always fun to decorate, and this year I made a magnolia swag to surround the front door.  For those who asked, we used Heavy Duty Suction Cup hooks like these to get the garland to stay in place.  It’s been up for weeks and still holding strong!

Gorgeous Christmas decorations on a front porch. Magnolias and urns filled with greenery

 I hope you’re incredibly inspired to decorate your home for Christmas after seeing all of the beautiful houses on the House Walk. You’re in the final stretch of 32 total homes that will be featured this year.  Also, a big hello to everyone stopping by from Ella Claire Inspired.  

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Wasn’t her home AMAZING?   Every single house on the tour this year just blows my mind.  These ladies have outdone themselves!  I’m truly amazed by how much talent I’ve seen in all of the homes along the way.  You REALLY need to go see them all if you haven’t yet.  But first, let’s take the grand tour of my house all gussied up for the holidays.  Are you ready?  This is going to be a photo heavy post, so I am not going to do much talking unless there is something more that you need to know about the picture. 

The photos speak for themselves, and let’s be honest… I know they are the real reason you’re here anyway, so let’s do this!

Fill an urn with evergreen branches and a metal orb with magnolia blossom cones hanging inside

Oh, and by the way–I have THE most awesome blog readers in all the land.  My friend Janice from South Carolina (who I met at the Country Living Fair) sent me a gigantic box of magnolia leaves and cones from her yard for me to use in my Christmas decorations.  The box had enough leaves to make that entire magnolia garland over my front door, plus a huge bag of cones for more crafty goodness.  How awesome is that? She also included some pretzel/Rolo/pecan candies as a treat.  I meant to take pictures of them, but um….


They gone.

Fill a metal orb with evergreen branches and hang magnolia cones from the top. Pretty winter display

I’m gonna be honest here and say that I’m so impressed by all the ladies who got dressed up and took photos of themselves opening their front doors to usher you inside for their home tour.  Since it was 75 degrees (in December!) the day I was snapping these pictures and so humid that I needed windshield wipers for my glasses, I was a sweaty hot mess!   I’m sure y’all appreciate me not greeting you into my home in a holey old t-shirt with a porcupine ponytail and a sweaty brow.   You can just imagine that I looked like June Cleaver as I decorated my home when in reality I looked more like Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June than Beaver Cleaver’s.  But kudos to all the hostesses who can pull off both a Housewalk post of this magnitude and also things like, you know… showering… all in the same time frame.  Not to mention hair and makeup.

Let’s head inside for the rest of the tour!  I said I was going to shut up and not talk so much for this post. 

Starting now.

Beth Bryan's Holiday Home (www.unskinnyboppy...)


Simple holiday table centerpiece- evergreen in a glass vase filled with cinnamon sticks and cranberries tied with a burlap bow. 

TONS of great Christmas decorating ideas inside this post!

JOY letters and a white metal Christmas tree at www.unskinnyboppy

Wooden JOY letters - pretty Christmas decorating ideas by

Boxwood kissing balls and "Glad Tidings" label on a galvanized bucket for Christmas cards

Christmas tree in a basket- great idea to make a fake tree seem real.

See the rest of my Balsam Hill Christmas tree reveal here.

Chevron Alabama Christmas ornament

Vintage cash register set to December 25th (or .25 cents!)

To my facebook friends who correctly guessed that the picture above was a vintage cash register… you were right!  Here she is!

Vintage cash register filled with ornaments and set to "25" cents. Cute boxwood wreath, too!

Cute Pumpkin seed Christmas trees (easy DIY!)

 Check out my DIY pumpkin seed Christmas tree tutorial here.

Christmas decorating in the foyer and staircase

Wrap cranberry garland around birch logs for a candy cane effect. Cute!

See more of this junky Christmas vignette here on my Junkers United link party post.

Christmas in Dixie Chalkboard with rustic holiday decorating ideas

Fill an old box with Christmas lights and ornaments for an instant display. It looks like a box of magic!

Gorgeous rustic Christmas decor. Tree in a galvanized bucket, chippy old door with a wreath, and a Christmas tree made from architectural salvaged wood.

Pretty rustic Christmas vignette with boxwood wreaths and a cranberry topiary in a minnow bucket.

Pretty rustic Christmas vignette with boxwood wreaths and a cranberry topiary in a minnow bucket.

Ok, I have to stop here and tell you how excited I am about my mantel reveal this year.  My husband and I made this GIANT 42″ high reclaimed wood star for the Christmas mantel.  I am IN LOVE with this star.   It’s seriously like one of of my top three most favorite DIYs that we’ve ever done. 

You have GOT to see the full tour of this house all decorated for the holidays. Amazing.

  You have GOT to see the full tour of this house all decorated for the holidays. Amazing.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas! Love that giant reclaimed wood star.

I am going to tell you all about how we made the star, including a template for drawing your own, in a post scheduled for Friday (December 13th).  Please be sure to check back to read all about the making of this beauty.  You’re not going to believe how simple it was!  Also, I have to give a great big shoutout to my amazingly talented friend Tara at Between You and Me for making this gorgeous “Holly Jolly” Christmas sign for me.   I love it so much!  Tara was Stop #20 on the House Walk, so be sure to go see her holiday home. 

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas! Love that sign!

 Love these bedsprings turned plant holders.

Cute Bedspring planter on a Christmas mantel

Glass insulators turned upside down for candle holders


Wreath on the kitchen island- so simple and festive

I’ve got to give another shoutout to my friend Kelly at Eclectically Vintage for giving me the idea to spray paint this old Southern Living at Home metal stocking in her house walk tour earlier this week.  I have had this stocking for years but stopped displaying it because the colors were kinda dated.  Now?  Love it!  Also, sidenote: my catfish dish scrubber holder is finally making his debut on my blog.  I’m so proud. I’ve been meaning to blog about him for years.  Welcome to the blog, friend.

Spray paint an outdated metal Christmas stocking with a fun chevron pattern using Frogtape Shapetape for a fresh, fun Christmas kitchen window.


"JOY" letters in a window. Simple and easy Christmas decor


Birch Log candles in a wire basket make a simple holiday tablescape

Christmas tree in the dining room

Now that I have a fancy new tree for the sunroom, I relegated my old tree to the dining room to hold all of my crazy fun ornaments from years gone by. 

Because nothing says Christmas like a big shiny ball that says “I Heart Intercourse“.

Christmas decor in the dining room 

Just making sure you’re paying attention.

Vintage mailbox filled with evergreens and Ho Ho Ho on chalkboards

Holiday tablescape with pomegranates and artichokes    

Pretty back porch decorated for Christmas with vintage Radio Flyer wagon and an old sled.

This Radio Flyer wagon belonged to my husband when he was a toddler.  It’s been in our basement collecting dust, and when I saw it the other day inspiration struck.  What better way to display it than with a tiny Christmas tree and an old wooden sled? 

 Pretty back porch decorated for Christmas with vintage Radio Flyer wagon and an old sled.

Love this fun vintage Christmas vignette on the back porch!

Pretty back porch decorated for Christmas with vintage Radio Flyer wagon and an old sled.

 And that’s where the tour comes to an end.  What a fun week this has been!  I’m so excited to see everyone’s post today and finish up the Holiday House Walk 2013. 

May your days be filled with much joy and happiness this holiday season.  My JOY wooden letters came from Kari of Thistlewood Farms brother, who is raising money for his adoption by making the most beautiful reclaimed wood letters.  They make excellent gifts!  Check out the Son of Whale etsy shop for more details on where to buy reclaimed JOY letters for your holiday home.


 I’m so happy to introduce to you Stop#30 on the Holiday Housewalk this year is my beautiful friend Lucy of Craftberry Bush.  Lucy is hands down one of THE most talented, creative people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, so there is no doubt in my mind her home is going to knock your socks off!  Head on over and see her, and tell her hello from me!

Craftberry Bush Stop 30

I cannot end this post without saying a huge THANK YOU to my friend Jenn Rizzo for letting me be a part of this elite group again this year.  Jennifer is so incredibly kind and talented.  Her knack for encouraging bloggers to strive to be their best is always inspiring to me.  Jennifer, you are awesome, my friend!  Thank you times a bajillion for being our fearless leader this week!


If you want TONS more Christmas decorating inspiration, click here to see Jennifer’s house over at Stop #1 and work your way forward through this entire tour.  I can promise you will not be disappointed!

From my home to yours, we wish you a VERY happy Christmas and New Years!


Photo by the talented Lori Gordon of Shooting Star Photography


If you liked this post, be sure to browse all of my Christmas decorating ideas here.
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  1. Your home is drop-dead- gorgeous. Thanks for opening your doors to us!

  2. So beautiful Beth, but I wasn’t expecting anything less. I LOVE that little crate with the bulbs…it looks like a magical chest filled with gold…gorgeous and that little guy of yours, adorable for days! xo

  3. Oh boy, where to start – probably the front door because I love, love, love all the magnolia touches, from the garland to the orbs. Your star sign in the LR has great color & character, I love all the greens, and yes, I was paying attention and interrupted my reading with the entire blog story on your trip through Amish country – another terrific post (do you EVER have a bad post??). Thank you for the link to Kari’s brother’s shop (I’ve hearted that one for future reference). Have yourself a wonderful Christmas. I have lots of house tours to catch up on, but yours was a must read this morning – thank you! Now, I’ve got to get back to finishing up my own decorating!

  4. Just gorgeous! I love the wagon and the little wreath on your kitchen island. Every detail was thought of 🙂 Nicely done!

  5. it’s all gorgeous Beth!!! i love every little detail!

  6. That star! I need it … And the cash register and the birch logs … Oh and an I heart Intercourse ornament (for my hubby of course).

    Love that you were inspired to paint that stocking!

    I am jumping in my sleigh and coming for a festive cocktail now.

  7. Beth, Your home is one of my favorite! I see so many ideas to steal 😉

  8. Wow Beth, it’s beyond amazing! I love every little detail, the rusty springs especially your last picture with Santa, perfect touch!

  9. Stunning, as always …

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday!

    🙂 Linda

  10. Your home looks amazing! I love all the rustic wood you’ve used and especially love the amazing star on your mantel!

  11. Hey, I love your magnolia garland around the front door! How did you attach it to your house? I want to do something similar, but I am so afraid of poking a hole in the roof or something like that.

  12. Girl… Magazine Worthy. The End.

  13. Wow, AMAZING!! Your home is such an inspiration. Makes me want to come on in, grab a cup of cocoa and get comfy (swear I’d knock first) not stuffy at all! Your spaces are totally functionally, beautifully, inspirationally decorated. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Beautiful.

    But then I knew it would be.

    Thank you for making my heart smile today and putting a little extra “joy” into it.

    blessings to you my wonderful, wonderful friend!

  15. LOVE your style. I just found you through the holiday home tour. And funny thing…just when I scrolled past your entry sign, Christmas in Dixie came on my Pandora station. 🙂

  16. Amazing Beth! Absolutely amazing. That star?! I can’t wait for the tutorial, I might have my dad make me one! And I love all the boxwood wreaths. All of it is so cozy and beautiful!

  17. Thank you so much for the tour! Your home is so beautiful! I especially love the tiny lights on the pedestal with the pumpkin seed tress. Beautiful!

  18. Meg Karetny says:

    Sooooo pretty

  19. Make me want to come on in and have a cup of hot cocoa (swear I’d knock first). Looks beautifully decorated, still functional. Thanks for the inspiration! Going to go look for some junk to decorate with!

  20. Everything is absolutely beautiful Beth! Oh my goodness my heart skipped a beat with the vintage cash register! And your porch is absolute perfection. I love every thoughtful detail sweet girl 🙂

  21. It all looks so beautiful! You did a wonderful job!

  22. Beth- Oh my! Your home is gorgeous! I love it dressed for Christmas! Thanks for sharing with us so glad your site is back up.

  23. what an amazing shot of you guys with santa- my favorite picture here! it’s just adorable.
    love the mantle- those wood stars are amazing! beautiful- thank you for sharing!

  24. Love your home. I especially love all of the rustic wood…that little glowing box is so special! And the mug cozies!! How cute is that? Thanks so much for sharing. Have a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

  25. it’s all so beautiful!i could move right into your kitchen…so pretty!
    merry christmas!

  26. As always, love it ALL! But my most favorite thing is the insulators turned upside down for candles. Love, love, love. I have all mine clustered on the mantel with white lights under them. Love me some insulators!

  27. In awe. Everything is absolutely beautiful!

  28. This is beautiful! I love all the magnolia leaves.

  29. It’s beautiful!! I love it! : )

  30. First, your home is absolutely positively gorgeous!!!! Second, you had me laughing out loud! Seriously! Especially about why you don’t have a photo of you greeting us at the door (and the reason that hit my funny bone so much is because your description pretty much sounded like me just about every day of the week – especially when I am running around taking blog pictures. About to start pinning some of your beautiful images. Merry Christmas!

  31. I just love the tranquil color scheme of your home! Your holiday decorations are so beautiful! I’m about to go on a pinning frenzy here! I could pin it all! Happy Holidays and thank you for the inspiration!

  32. Shelley Wall says:

    Beth, thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I enjoyed the tour so much. Love your style and taste, and love the star you and your husband made. It’s gorgeous. I’m now following you on Facebook and Pinterest so I’m so glad to have been introduced to you today.

  33. Love your kitchen! Do you know the paint color you used in it? It’s the color I’ve been looking for my small bathroom!
    Great job on the decorations.

  34. Okay first. I have to say, this may be the first home tour I literally laughed out loud while reading! Beth, you seriously kill me and I love you my friend!

    Okay so second…dying! Seriously, every detail and that star that you and Jeremy made I can’t stand it’s fabulousness! It’s so hard to find something dramatic for a mantel, you knocked it out of the park! So beautiful, every detail. Merry Christmas to you and your fabulous family! Much love, Heather

    • I always aim to entertain! I think by the time I got around to actually writing my post I was so punch drunk and crazy that a whole bunch of randomness just fell out of my mouth. LOL Thank you so much for the compliments!! I hope you have a great holiday, too! I miss seeing you! The summer and October spoiled me. 🙂

  35. WOW!!

  36. Love your house and the Time you and your husband took to make it a true Holiday Home. What color is your walls in your kitchen?

  37. Beth, your home is simply magical. The house itself is beautiful, I love your colors, tall ceilings and all that natural light. Dressed for Christmas it is so festive and happy. Thanks so much for sharing it! I loved taking your tour! Wishing you a very merry Christmas with your family.

  38. Kelly @ thelilypadcottage says:

    Beth your house looks amazing!!! Straight out of magazine, so many beautiful touches! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous, great job.

  39. Love,Love it….you did a fantastic job,Love all the rustic. My favorite was the little wooden tree!!! Merry Christmas to you & your family!!!!!

  40. Your home is beautiful. So much inspiration for me! Can you tell me the name of the paint color in your dining room?

  41. Oh, my!! Beautiful! And so welcoming and warm as well. I just found your blog through Holiday House Walk and can’t wait to get better acquainted. 🙂 Did you make the burlap wreath on your front door? Everything is so lovely!!

  42. says:

    Your house is just beautiful! I love the wagon and sled on the front porch, so festive! Have a wonderful holiday season!

  43. I am anxiously awaiting your Star tutorial. I had started some and hit an impasse. I know your tutorial will be an AHAH moment for me and I can finish them. Thanks ahead of time. Everything is so lovely and I like how you don’t get it too busy.

  44. Beth, your home is just perfect for the holidays! I love all of the details and how nothing screams “stand away and don’t touch because this home is on display!” Instead, your decorated home softly says, “Welcome, come inside and stay awhile!” It is relaxed, comfy, warm and inviting, and absolutely perfect! (And the pic with Santa was an awesome finish too!)

    • That, my friend, is the greatest compliment anyone can give! I always want my home to be comfortable and inviting and never “hands off!” That’s what I strive for the most, and I appreciate you saying that! Happy Holidays, sweet lady!

  45. Ok, first of all, I’m cleaning up after I spit out my coffee reading the words “I Heart Intercourse”! LOL! I didn’t remember that it was the name of the Amish town you visited!! Hahahaha! Now that we’ve cleared that up 😉 I just have to tell you that I think you and your home are amazing!! Truly Beth you have done a spectacular job decorating your home for Christmas and every single detail is gorgeous. Well done friend!

  46. Jana Davison says:

    I am interested in buying a large and two small stars like shown in the pictures here. Will you contact me by email and let me know if you sell them and how much. Thanks so much!

    • Hey Jana! I currently don’t sell the stars, but I have a DIY tutorial coming up next week if you’re a DIYer! I am also on the hunt for the name of the guy who sold me the little star up top that I used as a template for the big one. If I find his name I’ll send it you way! Where are you located? Not sure if he can ship one as big as the 42″ one.

  47. Beth, it all looks so beautiful and inviting! LOVE the Joy sign! Merry Christmas! Meissa

  48. I love your house and everything in it! You do such a great job. What is the paint color in your living room? Is it the same as the rest of your house? Thanks so much



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