Hello and welcome to my eclectic Christmas Tour Part 1! (To see my kitchen and porch in part 2, click here). I am so excited to be participating in this year’s 12 Days of Holiday Homes again hosted by Jenny at Evolution of Style and Amy at 11 Magnolia Lane. You can find last year’s tour here, but if you visited then I can tell you this year’s is totally different. And if this is your first visit here, hi! I am Cassie and I love to create a happy and livable home on a budget for myself, my husband, my son and daughter, and our 3 rescue dogs. I don’t know about you, but I love to change things year after year so that no two Christmases are alike in my house. Today I will be sharing my master bedroom, dining room, living room, and kids’ bedrooms with you, and if you are looking for more inspiration be sure to visit Rachael at This is Our Bliss, who is also showing you her modern and glamorous home today.
(I am also sharing my post at Jennifer Rizzo’s Link party and Nesting Place)Grab your coffee or glass of wine, put your feet up, and get ready to stay awhile. We’re going to start in the master bedroom today, which I know is a funny place to start in, but this year it’s my favorite. I’ve added a shoppable gallery at the bottom of the post for you. It contains affiliate links.
We always decorate a live family tree, but this one has become the tree I make mine year after year. This year I made a peace sign topper and a “peace, love, joy” banner which you can read more about here. I’ve also created a seating area where we can sit and read or share a night cap. (Anyone for Irish coffee?) The pillows on the chairs were new additions this fall that I found at Nest Fest from Dressing Room Interiors… I loved their cozy cabin vibe, especially that A-frame house.
As you can see in the background, my accordion rack got the addition of a Moravian star garland my parents gave me several years ago. I love its natural simplicity. And that cute arrow bag from Indigo Tangerine has come in so handy this shopping season!
I’ve also set up a little wrapping station using a vintage black and gold trash can (similar here) to hold my Christmas wrapping paper. I sit on the floor in here watching movies while I wrap gifts.And on the dresser I added minimal decor in the form of some Christmas ornaments… it’s the hand that decorates the tree.Even though the tree is the star in here, my personal favorite is my bed… I just love how cozy it feels right now, and its Christmas adornments.Above the bed I’ve hung a beautiful and fragrant Three Cedars Wreath from Lynch Creek Farm. I go to bed every night before Chris, and I fall asleep by the light of the tree and with the fresh scent of cedar calming me. I simply used a wreath hanger on my curtain rod to hang the wreath.To make the wreath a little more “me” I hung my DIY dream catcher in its center. I also added a banner I made for our mantle several years ago in gold glitter paper. I usually put it out at New Year’s but it just felt right here. For times gone by…. Chris and I have been married for 13 years and this banner makes me think of all of the good times we have had, even though I know the best is yet to come! They just keep getting better.
And my favorite view… I just love how it all looks reflecting back from my mirror. And I have to tell you, after having this fresh cedar wreath above my nose this Christmas, I don’t think I can ever go back to not having one there.
On my own dresser, I didn’t add any Christmas decor. It’s sort of in a permanent minimal and natural state which works in all seasons… a white deer is always there as well as my black antlers and silver antler hook, but they feel festive this time of year.
Now that you’ve seen my favorite space of the house, let’s head to the living room, where we congregate as a family to watch holiday movies and play games. Snowball is here to welcome you. She’s our deaf miniature schnoodle that joined our family last Christmas. You can read her story here. She’s been such a sweet addition to our little family.We live in a smaller house, and we don’t have a family and living room… just one space that is both as well as an office area for my husband. So fitting the Christmas tree in each year is interesting, but we manage!Of course, you can’t see the tree above… We’ve squeezed it (as well as all of our plants that had to come in for the winter!) into a corner of the room next to our gray sofa.I’ll be sharing more about our tree on Friday, but it’s full of special ornaments and memories, and this year we topped it with an owl that Emmy brought home after shopping with my parents. She wanted to put it on the tree so badly, and it seemed to be a great size for the top. (It’s similar to this).
As you can see, I also am pretty sentimental and pull out the kids special handmade pieces each year, like the hand tree Emmy made in preschool.
In this space, I based my colors off of the pillows I wanted to use in black, white, and gold. I found all of my pillows on Amazon. (I love that place!)The navy vintage sofa has the same colors going on with the addition of some gray to balance out the other sofa. All of these colors are brought together in our mantle… the black, white, gold, and even a touch of blue.Our stockings always go out the week of Christmas so they aren’t hung yet, but I’ve used their hooks to hang my many garlands. As you can see, I love to layer garlands, and the vintage fringe stays up almost all the time.I wasn’t sure what I would do with my mantle this year, but then I came across a pair of vintage dove like birds at Sweet Clover and decided they were the perfect jumping off point, and I am calling them turtle doves. (You can find some similar ones on etsy here). I added some disco ball ornaments, vintage books, and mercury glass pillar candles.On the coffee table, I added an awesome constellation globe from Mova globes. When the sun hits it, it spins on its own! (I actually entered a design contest they are hosting and you can vote for me here– I am waaaaay behind. 😉 ) I also added silver and gold vintage ornaments, LED lights, and silver candles in these glass star candle holders I found at Sweet Clover.We’ll be heading into the dining room next, which you can see through the doorway in the living room here. You can also see our little office area, and if you look closely, our stockings currently hang on our vintage bookcase.Now let’s head into the dining room where the black, white, gold palette continues.
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Phew! That’s all I have for you today, but I will be back tomorrow to share my kitchen and porch. Be sure to visit Rachael today to see her gorgeous home tour. And you can start at the beginning and see all the homes in the tour below. Be sure to come back on December 13th when we invite you to link up your own holiday home tour.
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