Last week I was fortunate to be involved in two Christmas home tours. (Click here for part 1, and here for part 2.) Our home is very much what you see is what you get, but when it comes to putting those tours together, I definitely clean and tidy up more, hide the laundry, edit out the furballs that the vacuum missed. And then after it’s all styled and photographed, I carefully select the photos that I want you to see. Well, there are many other areas of our home that were decorated for the holidays, but the photos or spaces weren’t up to snuff, in my opinion. Today I thought I would take you on a tour of those spaces… “the untourables.” We’ll be visiting the playroom, the bathroom and mudroom closet, as well as taking a peek inside the dollhouse Emmy decorated for the season. Please contain your excitement on seeing these festive spaces. 😉
Our front entry opens directly into a small hallway as well as our staircase leading upstairs. Sawyer loves to have his nutcrackers in his own room (as they were last year); however, he was unable to keep his room tidy enough for long enough so that I could even find a place to put them. Win for the rest of the family, because now we get to see these guys every time we head up the staircase!He’s got quite the collection and it’s growing each year. I found him a new soccer player for this year, and Emmy picked out a giant one to give him for Christmas. Last year my parents gave him the wizard you see on the top step below.What I really love about these guys is that it’s a collection Sawyer deliberately wanted to start, and one day when he has a family of his own, these guys will grace his son’s room, or staircase, or fireplace… I just love that he will have these memories to treasure. His future wife thanks me, too.
To the right of the staircase is our small hallway, which features a closet we turned into a makeshift cedar planked mudroom. I’ve added a little “Merry” banner, and some other small seasonal touches.This area gets no light, so these copper geometric LED lights I found at the Christmas Tree Shops were the perfect way to bring in a little glow.Our lucite tray from West Elm is serving as a Christmas card collector this year, and I’ve added some fake snowballs for fun.
At the end of this hallway sits our pale pink bathroom. I have wanted to repaint it (even though I painted it pink not too long ago) but was outvoted by the kids, who apparently love it. I added a few small touches here, most importantly a pink tinsel tree.The bathrooms in this house are small; however, no space is too small to add some happy festive feels! Right?
Pink seems to be a theme in this tour as we head down into the playroom where we have another pink tree. (I am not much of a pink person, but sometimes these things just happen).This tree came into our lives 4.5 years ago when Treetopia asked me to create an Easter tree. Ever since then it’s become the traditional playroom tree, and the kids love decorating this tree. There are no rules, and they can fill it up as they wish. It’s a great opportunity to put out all of the non-breakable ornaments, and many of the ones they’ve made over the years. Oh, and the “snow” under the tree was Emmy’s idea. I had a bunch of decorations I hadn’t used, so I let her do as she wished in this room, with my help. She was thrilled to find “snow” in the boxes and placed it under the tree.This year, after school one afternoon, we all worked together to clean, dust and vacuum in the playroom with the promise of putting up the tree when we were done. I helped them so there was no complaining, and we all cleaned cheerfully. (I had to write it down because it will never happen again.) When we finished, I hauled out the tree and let them go to town, helping a bit because they wanted me to. Pulling out these kinds of photos and memories make it one of my favorite holiday moments, even if it’s the gaudiest tree in our home.
The day after we decorated the tree, Sawyer headed off to a friend’s house and Emmy and I took it upon ourselves to Christmas-ify the rest. In the back half of the space, Emmy and I added a few minor holiday touches. She added the red ladder, and I strung a pom pom garland I made above the TV and we added a chintzy silver and gold tinsel garland because why not.
Next to the sofa on either side is a small aqua table I painted 5 years ago. On one of them sits a small portable dollhouse. Emmy placed these vintage inspired snowmen around it as if they’d been built in the yard.In the front half of the room, we added a bit more and had a grand time with our chalkboard wall.I drew that pitiful abominable snowman, the north pole sign and snow. Emmy drew the adorable snowman to the right and the colors streaming behind him are the northern lights, which was her idea and her drawing.On the table Emmy added a tray my mom helped the kids paint, as well as a vintage Santa book, and a couple other vintage inspired pieces.
Above one of the bookcases, I hauled out a bunch of the kids’ Christmas artwork they’ve created over the years as well as framed sheet music and a wreath to help fill it up.This wall makes me smile so big! Do you see that black paper with the white dots and red pom pom? Emmy created that in kindergarten and called it “Rudolph in a snowstorm.” I can’t even!
To the left of this bookcase sits the dollhouse Emmy and I made over last spring. Over the years I’ve collected loads of miniature decorations for crafts of Christmas past, so I pulled those out and let Emmy go to town. She did all of the decorating in the dollhouse on her own, but I loved seeing what she did.In the kitchen she added some gold jingle bells to the table’s centerpiece. (Pardon the fuzz on the chair! I think it’s from the fake snow she put under the tree.)
On the second level, she added some miniature colored string lights to the hallway, and more bows and snowflakes in the bathroom. And of course, as you already saw, we believe in trees in the bathroom.And upstairs in the girls room, she added a sweet white tree with a candy cane.
That’s the end of my untourable tour… even though it’s not filled with beautiful images, these photos make me so happy. My kids are currently 9 & 11, and I am thankful every day for their continued innocence, their support, and their unwavering belief in the magic of Christmas. If I could bottle this time up forever, I would; so this post will always serve me as a reminder of who this season is really for.