It’s time for the Holiday Housewalk 2015

Hey guys!! I’m so very excited to be back for my fourth year with Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk.

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This is always the most fun blog hop for me, and this year is extra special since we’ve partnered with Joss and Main and Good Housekeeping!  It’s also my very first Christmas in our new house, so I’m able to give you guys some brand new scenery.  It’s ALSO the first home tour I’ve put up on my blog since I’ve been lazy bones all  year long and haven’t shared too much of the interior of the new house with y’all.  So, I’ll keep the words short and the photos long since I know that’s what you’re here for anyway.  If you’re just stopping by for the first time today, this is the last day of the 2015 Holiday Housewalk tours.  PLEASE be sure to go back and see all the incredible homes that have been shared this week and don’t forget to Pin, Pin, Pin to your hearts content!


If you’re stopping by from Jennifer Wagner’s blog, WELCOME!  So glad you’re here. Wasn’t Jennifer’s home gorgeous?  Every home on the tour this year just blows me away.  These ladies are crazy talented!

So, let’s start the tour! Welcome to my new home. The fall leaves are just past peak here in Central Alabama so the Japanese maple in my yard is putting on a real show and basically outshining all my Christmas decorations.

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We moved here in March 2015, when I was four months pregnant with our new baby girl. I also quit my job of 15 years to become a full time work at home mom.  Needless to say, this past year has been the year of the #lifechangelotto for me.  And I am happier than I’ve ever been.  It’s been such a wonderful year for us.

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Come on inside and I’ll show you around.

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One of my favorite things about this house is the LIGHT!  There are windows everywhere that let in insane amounts of daylight when the sun is shining. As a home blogger this is a great thing for me.

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Just like this post has been full of randomness so far, so are my decorations this year. Last year I bought these German cowbells at Epcot and I love they way they look on this stocking. Do you ever wonder what our ancestors would think about us decorating with burlap and cowbells and grain sacks and mattress ticking?

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I’m not sure if the person who used this apothecary cabinet for actual apothecarish goodness in the early 1900’s would ever imagine that it would be sitting in my foyer today, but here she is….

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It’s my most favorite piece of furniture in the wide world.  I found it at Scarlett Scales Antiques in Franklin, TN. Her online store is full of goodies.  You should check it out sometime.

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I’m still all about decorating with doors in this house.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they make such a pretty backdrop for decor vignettes.

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Hang something on the top and sit a few things in front of an old door and you’ve got yourself a beautifully decorated corner in a matter of minutes…

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This door sits over in the corner of my messy office that replaced the dining room in this house.

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I’m so excited to finally have a fireplace mantel tall enough to accommodate my giant tin tile piece.  I’ve had this sucker for over ten years and never been able to put it above a fireplace because all my ceilings have been too short.  Not anymore!  Hello vaulted ceiling of awesomeness.  Holiday decorations for the fireplace mantel-- Great Christmas Decorating Ideas inside this post!

So, this Christmas tree.  I know everyone else on this tour has their perfectly decorated trees with pristine, matching ornaments… but not me.  I am a firm believer that Christmas trees are all about memories, so every vacation or event in our lives is marked by an ornament on this tree.  See that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the center? That was from our trip to Hershey, PA and Amish country.  I have ornaments from all over the place, and every year when I pull them out we remember the fun we had on our trips.  I don’t care if it’s not the most stylish tree in the world, it’s my memories, y’all.

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Almost all the other homes on this tour also have huge stacks of perfectly wrapped presents under their trees. Instead, who needs presents when we’ve got this under our tree this year?  This little chick is currently sitting in my lap as I type this post one-handed, so please excuse any typos! 😉

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Up on the mantel I’ve got this HUGE faux cedar wreath from Joss and Main and I love it. It looks so realistic that you have to touch it to see if it’s not.  So, I hung it way up high where nobody can touch it and find out!

The blue wooden plank with pockets came from the Savvy City Farmer Booth at the City Farmhouse show along with those blue mattress ticking stars I found in DIRT Home + Garden.

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Raise your hand if you are also loving some copper accents right now?  ME!

These came from the Target dollar spot! Gotta love a steal of a deal!

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I have to give a very special shoutout to my friend Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for sending me these sweet grain sack stockings that she made with her own two hands.  I featured Rachel’s home in my Christmas home tours last year and she sent me this awesome pair as a thank you gift.  I love bloggers!

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How cute are these little glass hurricane lanterns with leather straps?  Love these!

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Here’s another trend I’m all about right now… flannel and plaid.  My inner Outlander fan SQUEEEED with joy when I found this red plaid scarf (plus it looks great in my decor!) Win/win.

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Ok, on to the kitchen!  So, here’s the thing about this house.  Since I turned the dining room into my office I had to move my dining table and china cabinet into the eat-in-kitchen area.  For now, it works.  Eventually I plan to move my office upstairs but it sure is convenient for now.

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Since this kitchen already has tons of green and white I added a few pops of red and boom. Festivus for the restofus.

Amaryllis, gilded acorns, pumpkin seed Christmas trees on top of a wooden bread board = instant centerpiece.

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To continue with the KISS decorating method I added this pretty red bunting and some square boxwood wreaths to my windows and called it done. Great Christmas Decorating Ideas_-12

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The layout of our new kitchen means I no longer have a window above my kitchen sink.  I’m kinda ok with that, considering I get to decorate the heck outta those shelves now.

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They are meant to hold dishes I guess, but you know I’ve gotta make it unique, so I strung this little “Get your Merry On” grainsack on a mini-clothesline with some greenery and added more chotchkes above.

The cute wooden Christmas tree is new but all the rest is old stuff that came out to play again this year!

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Ok, now it’s time for my final trendy thing I’m really digging on this year. Handmade wooden round and rectangular bread boards with handles.  I’m using them everywhere.  Like I cannot get enough in my life. How bout you?

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And a wooden bread board with a hot cup of tea wearing a sweater? That’s just holiday perfection right there, folks.

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I SO hope you guys enjoyed my home tour this year! Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please continue on to the next home on the tour–my friend Kristen at Ella Claire!  Take it away, Kristen!
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Click here to see all of my past Christmas decorating ideas.

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You can follow the hashtag #holidayhousewalk2015 and #jmholidaystyle on social media and be sure to check out our Good Housekeeping Pinterest board for TONS more inspiration!!

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Disclaimer: I received some free goodies from Joss and Main to use in my décor this year. Post contains affiliate links.

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  1. melissa newell says:

    Congrats on the new baby and new home! Beautifully decorated! Fun decorating this year! Being a SAHM is not easy some days, but I have faith you can achieve it all! Merry Christmas!


  2. everything looks beautiful, beth! i love the mantle and all of your rustic wood touches. happy holidays!

  3. Loved the tour, Beth and your tree is fabulous!

  4. Lisa Mothersead says:

    I just love your new home, esp the kitchen. Your previous Christmas home decor fits beautifully. Also, like your eat in kitchen. Makes sense. Merry Christmas!!

  5. I love all of your holiday touches! Thank you so much for being a part of the tour!!

  6. Absolutely beautiful, Beth! A home to be proud of….Your special touches add so much character to an already gorgeous space. So happy for you, and your special present under the tree this year. She is a lucky lady. 🙂

  7. Oh! Everything is just perfect and I love all of the wood and greenery. I am so doing a lot of this, thanks for the inspiration . A big shout out for that beautiful baby girl, ya’ll are truly blessed.

  8. Allison Maroun says:

    Seriously beautiful Beth! SO warm and cozy, exactly how Christmas should be! I love the pops of red!

    The doors are perfection!!

  9. I hope you have a great Christmas. That Christmas tree is packed!

  10. Gorgeous as always, girl!!

    For those of you who may be wondering, I spent a week here over the summer before that precious baby girl was born and it really IS this stunning in person!

    Everything looks so beautiful, Beth! I’m loving all those pops of red. And that plaid scarf? I’m making heart eyes at it. (You should talk J into modeling it for you. wink, wink)

  11. To die for home! I can’t get over those grainsack stockings! Love!

  12. Lori Kulczycki says:

    Your house looks absolutely stunning!! Everything is so beautifully placed! I love taking tours of your home and of course, you little kiddos. Your new baby girl is gorgeous and congratulations! Have a Merry Christmas!

  13. Your home is absolutely beautiful and stunning and so is your Christmas tree! Congratulations on your precious little girl and the blessing you have to stay home with her. I used to roll my eyes when everyone would tell me how fast time flys with little one ones but with my oldest turning 13 I wish I could go back in time and savor every second! Have a wonderful weekend and take care, Tara

  14. Love your style. Why?? Because it’s realistic…. It’s a look that is achievable, cozy and inviting! You didn’t have to spend big $$$$$$ for such a darling style. Super job!! Keep posting! 🙂

  15. Our tree ornaments go back to my childhood and I wouldn’t have a “decorated” tree if ya paid me. Yours is perfect.

  16. hope you’re getting your merry on with that precious little one. Sweetness. Happy Holidays!

  17. Hi Beth, congrats on your new baby! Love your home and especially your beautiful tree. It looks very similar to ours — lots of memories. In fact, in the photo right before the one of your little princess, there is a shot of the tree with an ornament in the shape of a gingerbread man. Is it ceramic? If so, I have the exact same one from my childhood and it adorns our tree every year! Merry Christmas! xo Bets

  18. Very pretty organic feel! Love the look. Thank you for sharing your lovely home and Christmas decor with us.

  19. gosh so beautiful! i love those german cow bells and of course THE BABY!! merry christmas!

  20. It’s all so beautiful, Beth. You have great attention to detail. Love your mantel and that big wooden star! Your little girl is just adorable!

  21. Your beautiful baby is the best gift ever..!! Enjoy your new home..!!

  22. Courtney @ Golden Boys and Me says:

    Huge congrats on some big changes this year, Beth! Your new home is gorgeous, as is your Christmas decor. But, most importantly, congrats on the new baby. She is just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  23. Beth, your home looks so pretty decorated for Christmas!

  24. Beth, your home looks so pretty decorated for Christmas! Your personality just shines in your decor, and I especially love your tree of memories!

  25. Everything is beautiful, Beth!! Congrats on having an amazing year. Hope to see you soon! xoxo

  26. Your tree is amazing! You and I share the same sentiment on trees. I would go nuts if I couldn’t have my son’s homemade ornaments hanging on my tree. That’s what Christmas is about. OK, maybe some other things too 🙂 Enjoy your holidays!

  27. I LOVE your decor!!! The red looks FAB!!! And your absolutley right – the tree is about memories!!! Congrats on your sweet daughter, gorgeous new home and being able to be right in the middle of it all!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  28. Really liked your office, since my office is in my home also. Especially the round blue and grey wood decoration (in front of your desk) that complimented the circular design in your rug.



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