Welcome to Stop 18: The 2014 Holiday Housewalk

Welcome to my Holiday home

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Housewalk at my house!!  This is the day I look forward to all year long on my blog, and I’m SO happy you’ve joined me today! I am honored to be Stop # 18 on the tour this week, with a total of 33 AMAZING homes to see all decked out in their Holiday finest.  If you want to start from the beginning of the tour, head over to my friend Jen Rizzo’s blog to see ALL the houses.   If you are joining me from Stop #17, The House of Belonging, then welcome y’all!  I am blown away by all the gorgeous decorating I’ve seen on the tour so far!  So much talent, huh?

house of belonging

Who is ready to get down to business?  Welcome to my home!  If you’re a regular reader, then you got to see a sneak peek at a few of my Christmas decorations already, like my simple DIY Reindeer moss wreath on the front door.


Don’t you love the little star garland?? I LOVE IT.


I found it at Jen Rizzo’s booth at the Kane County Flea Market in October, and knew immediately it would make an appearance in my housewalk post.  Trouble is, I gave this wreath away to the Birmingham Jr. League to auction off for charity and bye-bye star garland… What was I thinking?? I should have kept it for myself! I made myself a new wreath, but I need to DIY myself some of these little stars ASAP.

You’ve also seen the  glowing French shaving stand full of lights and ornaments from yesterday’s Junkers United post.  I love this stand so much!

French Shaving Stand Decorated for Christmas. Great for an entryway!
Over on the other side of my front door is this pretty little vignette.  I have this habit of throwing parties and then using the same party decorating ideas in my holiday décor.  This year, I’m re-using some of my Epic Outlander Premier party ideas and weaving them into my Christmas décor.  See the belt wrapped around the burlap on the pot? Totally Outlander party inspired!

Love the belt on the burlap around the tree!

You’ll see more inspiration later, but first let’s move up the stairs where I have another belted burlap Christmas tree.  These are actually Leland Cypress trees that I found at Home Depot, and I plan to plant them as soon as Christmas is over. I wrapped a burlap grain sack around it and tied it up with a thrift store belt.  Easy, simple and beautiful décor! My husband made me this reclaimed wood circle inspired by our giant star on last year’s Christmas mantel.

Old Sled with belted burlap tree and Christmas wreath.

The star will make another appearance in just a minute, but now let’s move on down to the bottom of the stairs…

Vintage church sign decorated for Christmas with rustic stuff.

My vintage church attendance sign got a cute little Christmas facelift with the help of my new Silhouette machine!  I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE!  Don’t forget to go enter the GIANT Giveaway we are hosting this week where one lucky winner will win a Silhouette Portrait machine of their very own.

So many great things happening in this photo!  Love the wood slice bunting and the vintage church sign with

Trust me, you NEED one of these machines in your life.  Silhouette has some great sales happening right now, so if you are in the market for one please feel free to click over to my affiliate link and promo code “BOPPY”  to purchase!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas on the Silhouette Portrait machine

I also used my Silhouette for the wood slice garland up top!  This was a SUPER simple and fun little garland to make in an afternoon.  I used the font “Goudy Stout” to cut out the letters.

You can click here to read the full tutorial on the wood slice garland. Fa la la la la la la la la.... LOVE this cute rustic garland!

Let’s move on over to the living room, starting with my sofa table.  Pretty lantern filled with ornaments and lights

I scored this big black lantern at Old Time Pottery for $39 at a Black Friday sale!  Thought that was a steal of a deal, and it looks pretty all filled up with ornaments and my wobbly little Christmas trees.

Pretty lantern filled with ornaments and lights

And now, the 2014 Christmas mantel!

Christmas mantel with boxwood wreaths

I am still loving my Holly Jolly Christmas sign from Between You and Me signs.  Have a Holly Jolly Christmas sign with boxwood wreaths on mantel

Of course the Gothic chalkboards had to make an appearance!  Raise your hand if you saw that one coming… When I find something I like, I stick with it. The wooden stars came from Perfectly Imperfect’s booth at Chapel Market last year.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas sign

But the real stars of this mantel show are those beautiful square boxwood wreaths from Balsam Hill!  They were kind enough to send these to me, along with the lighted one in the foyer.  I LOVE these wreaths!  They are so versatile, and the boxwood is a classic.  You can find all their boxwood wreaths and topiaries here. Boxwood wreaths on a chalkboard.

Now it’s into the sunroom for the Christmas tree!  This tree came from Balsam Hill last year, and it is still going strong this year! I even kept my same old burlap basket instead of a tree skirt routine because I loved it so much last year!

Pretty Christmas Tree in a basket- hides the base without a tree skirt.

Over on the desk in the background is a vintage typewriter that my dad bought for me.  I have a tear jerker of a story to go along with this typewriter, but I’ll save it for a less lengthy post.

Vintage typewriter with letter to Santa

I used it to create a “Letters to Santa” station along with a vintage mailbox where I will stick all of our holiday cards as they start to arrive this year!  Put me on your list! I love getting Christmas cards!

Vintage typewriter with letter to Santa

And here you go…the giant star makes another appearance this year! I just love this star so much.  It is one of my most favorite DIYs EVER.

Pretty Christmas decorations. Love that giant reclaimed wood star!!

Over in the kitchen the vintage cash register makes another appearance this year.  I love the Ca-CHING it makes.

Vintage cash register

Another square boxwood wreath from Balsam Hill finishes off my super simple kitchen window decorations.

Kitchen window Christmas decor

In the dining room, I continue my nod toward my love of all things Outlander with this plaid and burlap cloaked Christmas tree.  Christmas tree in the dining room with plaid

I twisted and poked just about everything and the kitchen sink inside this tree.  It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo to find stuff!  I just love it, though!  Makes me happy!  The other tree got all the sentimental ornaments, so this tree got all the pretty stuff. Christmas tree in the dining room with plaid

I’m keepin it simple on the dining table this  year with this cute twiggy reindeer inside a dough bowl.  Add some greenery, ribbon and jingle bells and that’s what I call a simple centerpiece.

Dough bowl with a twig reindeer and greenery- simple centerpiece idea.

If you guys are looking for a great gift to give the crafty DIYer in your life, be sure to check out Jen Rizzo’s book, Creatively Christmas!  This thing is CHOCK FULL of great ideas for Christmas decorating that you can DIY at home.  I am so honored to have a mention in the back of the book, as well.

Creatively Christmas book by Jen Rizzo

Thank you all SO much for taking the tour with me today! I hope you got some good take-away ideas on how to decorate your home for Christmas this year.  If you want to see more Christmas decorating ideas, you can check out my past Holiday Housewalk tours here:

2012 Holiday Housewalk

2013 Holiday Housewalk

I just love Jen Rizzo and ALL of the girls on this fabulous tour!! These Holiday Housewalk posts are hands down my most favorite posts to create/decorate/photograph/write/visit each year.  I am already looking forward to the 2015 Housewalk!  I hope to see y’all back here before then, though.  If you’d like to join me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest to find more ideas, I sure would be honored! Or, you can subscribe to my posts via email and I’ll come right to your inbox!


Now be sure to hop over to Stop 19 to continue this year’s tour with Ella Claire Inspired.

ella claire

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  1. Love your holiday decor, Beth. Both trees look great, and all your touches – the leyland cypress pots, the typewriter, cash register and, of course, your star! The Outlander them carries really well into Christmas. 🙂 Oh, and the barber sink is TDF.

  2. oh girl!!! i love it!!
    that star…sigh…

    now i have to go google outlander…i clearly don’t get out much
    merry merry!!!

  3. okay, your on my list! Beth, your home is always so much our fun to come visit. your pretty holiday touches in an already beautiful home are perfect!

  4. I love it all, the woodsy touches of nature are so fabulous. I adore that typewriter and cash register too. How fun.

  5. it looks great- i love the huge birch limbs the best! so fun in the entry.

  6. Your house looks darling! I love all your special touches – you are such a talented decorator!


  7. So pretty – I love that church piece in your foyer. Of course, I can’t think what the heck it is called right now! Off to get more coffee! Merry Christmas sweet friend!

  8. Beth I just love how you put your home together! Such great vignettes! Thank you so much for being a part of the tour!

  9. Beth,
    Your home looks outstanding!!! Looks like you are having a lot of fun decking your halls this year. Love that idea using a belt around a pot (going to copy that).


  10. Always such great ideas to steal…. I mean, copy! Just put the FaLaLaLa Banner on my to-do list.

  11. Sooo beautiful Beth! You worked your booty off! I was exhausted from decorating one small tree and throwing some stockings on the mantle! I seriously love those square boxwood wreaths, I think I might copy your kitchen window 🙂

  12. Really enjoyed my visit on the tour here! So many lovely displays! I’m like you “poking everything AND the kitchen sink” into my tree – so fun and looks great!

  13. Absolutely stunning Beth! I love it!

  14. Oh my, Beth, your home looks amazing!! It is so gorgeous!! I love your boxwood wreaths from Balsam hill and all of your outlander touches!

  15. Everything is just breathtakingly beautiful! My favorites have got to be that moss wreath and the “Santa Baby” on the typewriter!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous holiday decor! Love it all! Pinned!

  17. Beautifully decorated. I love all the details you added in every room. Lovely!

  18. I’m thinking that I need to come over and sit at that counter and ca-ching away!! Beth everything looks so gorgeous and your creativity amazes me my friend. Only thing that would make it better is if I could come a-knockin’ on your door and see it all in person!
    love you girl,

  19. So beautiful, Beth! I’m loving each and every detail. I’m sharing on my FB page tomorrow 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

  20. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  21. So gorgeous Beth! I love the wood slice garland idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah Macklem

  22. it’s beautiful…every detail.
    love the vignette with the star and of course, i love your mantle! 🙂

    aren’t the Balsam Hill products amazing? love that company!

  23. I just love your decorating style. May I asked what is the name of the color on your walls in your dining room and who it’s by? So beautiful.

  24. So enjoying the tour of homes! Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Gorgeous! And I love the cypress trees in burlap! So very happy to see my all time favorite star again this year. Your house is a joy!

  26. Your home looks amazing Beth. Thanks for the tour.

  27. Oops, you did it again! Once more, you’ve created the coziest Christmas house! Ho Ho Ho my friend – I think Santa will be slipping that sable under the tree!

  28. LOVE everything about your home! Thanks for sharing! Did you create the “little” in the “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” sign at the bottom of the stairs? I’d love to know what font that is. I just got a silhouette myself 🙂

  29. Wow Beth.. This is my first time to your blog.. I’m in love.. I will definitely be a follower. Beautiful Holiday styling.. Loved everything!

  30. Awesome, thank you!!

  31. Your home is looking so beautiful! I LOVE that reindeer moss wreath and all the vintage touches. So festive! I also just got a silhouette and going to pull it out this week to start all the projects I’ve been wanting to do with it. 😉

    • Ah, thank you so much Danielle!! You are going to LOVE your Silhouette! It was seriously love at first cut for me. Kolette Hall has some awesome designs in the store- hers are my fave, so be sure to check them out!

  32. Your tour is just fabulous, Beth! I love every single thing that you did.

  33. Dagmar Obert says:

    I frequented Kane County back in my Chicagoland days. So fun to see that name. Lovely home and enjoyed your boxwood wreaths on the Mantle. I have one too. I planted a boxwood shrub because I put out the wreath in the Spring for last Easter.
    Also wondered if the lighted balsam hill wreath was on a shutter or icon. Couldn’t quite tell. Great idea !

  34. Hi Beth, we ADORE your dining room tree. How great to have a sentimental tree and a fun, pretty tree. Thanks for participating in the 2nd annual Christmas link party over at our Design Happy blog. Happy New Year! Your friends at HomeGoods

  35. Hi Beth! I LOVE Everything! Question.. I am trying to incorporate the grey with my creamy kitchen cabinets and I noticed your grey wall color and think it may be perfect, could you tell me the name of the color? Thanks so much!!



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