2015 Holiday Home Tours: Maison de Pax

We’re in the home stretch of the 2015 Holiday Home Tours, and today I’m introducing you guys to Rachel from Maison de Pax.  I cannot wait for you to see her stunning home!


Merry Christmas! My name is Rachel, and I blog at Maison de Pax. I am so honored to be here today as part of Beth’s Christmas Home Tours. I had the privilege of meeting Beth two summers ago while I was still a starry-eyed (and completely clueless!) new blogger; she was just as incredibly kind, fun, and genuine in real life as she is on the blog, and I am so thankful for her and the opportunity to be here today.

I love this simple, white and green look for the holidays! Classic greenery and white accents for a Christmas Front Porch | maisondepax.com

We recently moved to what my 3 and 5 year old boys call “the country” (aka just over an acre about 20 minutes from downtown). It may not be exactly rural, but we’ve enjoyed the extra exposure to nature, nonetheless, and it definitely inspired me towards simple, natural decorations this year.

I love this simple, white and green look for the holidays! Classic greenery and white accents for a Christmas Front Porch | maisondepax.com

Since our last house was a 1940 colonial (you can see the full before and after tour here if you want) smack in the middle of the city, this 1990’s home has been an adjustment, but I’m so enjoying the challenge. Here is what the home looked like the day we closed if you’d like to see. Our entryway may be the most dramatic part of our home.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I decorated the stairs with garland (see my trick for making cheap garland look expensive here), put our winter woodland Christmas tree in the curve…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And topped it with these angel wings I made from thrifted sheet music. These are definitely my favorite creation this year – a beautiful reminder of the first Christmas.

How to make angel wings from vintage sheet music... Stunning! maisondepax.com

Our entry also houses a sweet sign (tutorial here) and our boot box which I built to resemble antique firewood boxes. You can get the full tutorial and building plans here.

Winter Woodland Christmas Home Tour (entry)

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

As you can see, to the left of our entry is our dining room. Though we eat most meals at our kitchen table, we use this room for homeschool, crafts, and games, so it gets plenty of use.

How to Make Cheap Garland Look Expensive - This is so beautiful and so easy! DIY cedar garland makes a gorgeous Christmas decoration in your holiday home | maisondepax.com

I did have fun decorating the china cabinet (which, thankfully, is safe from my 18 month old daughter).

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And just last week Mr. Pax hung this new chandelier for me, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it complements the space, especially my giant diy vintage map and my great grandmother’s dining set.

Gorgeous neutral dining room with French and rustic elements - decorated for Christmas holidays | maisondepax.com

The other wall holds my other great grandmother’s buffet topped with some more modern decorations, including this Christmas sign I made.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Through the dining room is our kitchen, which is way too hard working for many decorations, but a few wreaths and some mason jar luminaries give it a festive feel.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Looking back towards the entry, though, you can see both of my sign projects to help remind me of the reason for the season…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Heading to the right of the front door, you’ll find our living room.

How to Make Cheap Garland Look Expensive - This is so beautiful and so easy! DIY cedar garland makes a gorgeous Christmas decoration in your holiday home | maisondepax.com

The more open floor plan has meant my office area is a little more exposed than I’m used to, but I just love all the beautiful light.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Our fireplace makeover has helped make the whole space more cohesive.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

On the other side of the fireplace is our family room, with more twinkling lights and simple cedar wreaths.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I used my favorite stocking hanger trick to hang the ones I made from thrifted sweaters last year.Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Since we’ve only been here since the end of the summer, much of the home is waiting for makeovers. 😉 But I do have one more space to show you. I love to bring a little Christmas cheer into the master bedroom.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Simple touches (and a few more twinkling fairy lights) did the trick.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

You can find many more details and links to sources and projects in my complete Christmas home tours: part 1 and part 2.

And last – but certainly not least – if you like twinkling fairy lights, you won’t want to miss my annual night time tour. 25 other bloggers joined me this year, so you’ll find this and so much more…

Beautiful stairwell all lit up by Christmas lights | maisondepax.com

Thank you so much for “visiting” and thank you, Beth, for having me.

May you and yours have a beautiful holiday season!

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holiday home tours 2015Join me all week for more Holiday Home Tours! Here’s the amazing lineup:

Sunday Dec 20- Cami from Tidbits 
Monday Dec 21- Lauren from Bless’er House
Tuesday Dec 22- Michelle from Dandelion Patina
Wednesday Dec 23- Rachel from Maison de Pax

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  1. All lovely, esp your homemade signs & angel wings

  2. How beautiful it is. Its host and hostess must be very meticulous and artistic. This house will bring a lot of memorable experience to anyone there.

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