In this home tour, we look at how you can use classic Christmas decorations in new ways— mixing old with new.
Today is day five of the Christmas Home tour hosted by my darling friend Kelly @thetatteredpew. She has gathered over 35 bloggers’ homes for us to share. You will see firsthand how they have decorated their beautiful homes for the holiday season.
Suppose you have come over from Kate’s beautiful blog @southernhomeandhospitality. Welcome. I am sure you enjoyed Kate’s beautiful home in her traditional southern style. I enjoyed Kate’s recent post on how to make cheap garland look expensive, and she sure did a great job. f you missed it, be sure to go back to read it.
Now, I would like to welcome you into my home.
If you are new to my blog, I am Wendy from WM Design House, and I have been blogging for the past two and a half years. I have always had a passion for home decor and DIY projects. one of my favorite hobbies is sharing with others and teaching crafts. You can often find me in my She Shed working on a project or doing a live video.
This year for Christmas, I’m taking a decidedly festive approach to my favorite color, blue! Each room in my house is filled with various shades and styles of blues. For the holiday season, however, I am embracing this hue even more by adding subtle yet complementary touches of red and white for that classic Christmas feel.
The Living room with Classic Christmas Decorations
I have always adored blue and white decor and find it classic and timeless.
My love for the color blue has been a constant throughout my life, like an heirloom from my mother that I’ve carried with me. However, blue is more than just another hue – it conjures feelings of comfort and sweet memories during special occasions such as the holidays!
The blue and white ticking chairs are my favorite yard sale finds. I had them recovered) but look at the shape of these chairs. Love them.
My tree in the living room is a Noble Fir tree from King of Christmas. I think this is my all-time favorite tree. Honestly, it is such a beautiful tree. There is no need for decorations. However, that is not so easy for me ( I am working on that ). I placed the tree in a vintage sleigh and hung some vintage skates over the railing. The little touch of vintage skates adds a bit of nostalgia to the room.
I tried to keep the tree as simple as possible but wanted to make a statement. So, using the clip-on battery-operated candles, I made these darling shades out of paper (@shadesofjoy) and a touch of red trim. I love these sweet shades and the look I could accomplish with them.
The skinny red velvet ribbon flows gracefully on the branches’ ends with just a few touches of white Amaranthus. Lastly, I added a few white poinsettias and dimensional snowflakes for sparkle.
We enjoy the original fireplace in our home, built in 1898 with the Batchelder tile. The mantle is adorned with cypress greens and some flowing velvet ribbon. A touch of red is always a must with a few poinsettias.
Decorating my Dining Room with Blue and White with a Pop of Red
The dining room is right off the living room and is where we will gather this year to celebrate the holidays. This is the first year I have put a tree in the dining room.
I have used many of the classic Christmas decorations in this room and tied them in with my chinoiserie and white iron stone collection.
Can you believe I even hung my collection on the tree? You can read all about it here.
The table is set with classic Christmas plaids. I started with a plaid blanket from HomeGoods and cut it into four pieces to use as a runner. Hints of green and red and my chinoiserie ginger jars are added for the perfect touch.
Adding a personal touch to a table is essential, as I want my guests to feel special. Including a name card with a gift for my guests to take home will make them feel loved. This year, I made these sweet red candied apples. I love how they pop on the table. I used the same process to make these apples as the mushrooms on my family room tree.
It’s Christmas in the Kitchen.
This is the room where all the magic will happen, thanks to my hubby, who does most of the cooking in our home. He will serve a pork crown roast, garlic rosemary mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus, and yummy pears poached in a red wine reduction. My mouth is watering just thinking about the feast.
Since the kitchen is used so much, I keep my decorations simple and easy to move.
Placing garland and small bottle brush trees above the stove, a small tree decorated with my collection of vintage kitchen tools and red and white transferware is all it needs. I have a beautiful garland typically hung on the light fixture, but somehow it has disappeared this year. This must signify that I have too many decorations and can’t keep them all straight.
I will be reorganizing after Christmas this year, so I am sure it will show up.
The Center of our Home -The Butler’s Pantry/Bar
We love to entertain, and this is the hang-out spot in our house. We recently updated this room and are enjoying the new look. You can see the complete makeover here. These cabinets used to be dark brown, and the countertop was gold. You won’t believe the before pictures.
The new look has added so much life to the room.
It’s time to get busy and decide what beautiful cocktails we will make this year. Maybe a cranberry spritzer with a fresh sprig of rosemary sounds lovely.
Hot Cocoa will be served to the young and old. Everyone loves hot Cocoa. Especially on a cold winter’s day.
The candy jars are filled and ready for those little hands to dive in.
And lastly, I will add a jar of granola to snack on. t would not be Christmas in our house without a jar full of my award-winning granola. So I need to get busy and get that ready. You can see my recipe here.
The Heart of the Home is in the Family Room
This is the room where we spend most of our family time together. Hence, why they call it the family room. This year, for my classic Christmas decorations, I wanted to use things that I already had. My inspiration came from the garden. I have a collection of galvanized watering cans, vintage garden tools, birdhouses, and small garden items. So, I thought, why not just bring the garden into the house for the holidays?
And that is precisely what I did.
This is my third Christmas tree in the house, and it is also from King of Christmas (I love their trees). This tree is flocked, even though it is hard to tell as I have so much on this tree 😊
I hung watering cans, birdhouses, flowerpots, gardening tools, and just about anything I could find in the garden. Faux Amaranthus hangs so gracefully along with many other twigs and branches.
The ribbon is from D Stevens, with chambray denim on one side and a red and white check on the opposite side. I have to say they make the most beautiful ribbon. The ribbon in the dining room is also from D Stevens.
I placed watering cans, flowerpots, birdhouses, and other garden décor on the mantle and shelves to carry out the theme in the room.
Beautiful plaid pillows and my handmade chunky knit blanket add that classic Christmas feel I wanted in this room.
And, of course, lots of candles make the house smell good.
The She Shed Dolled up in her Classic Christmas Decorations
This is where I spend a lot of my time creating. I have filled this space with all the vintage treasures and things I love.
If you are unfamiliar with my she-shed, you can take a simple tour here.
I have a collection of vintage garden frogs, birdhouses, and clay pots that I display inside. This space is constantly changing according to what projects I am working on. When you create, you tend to collect a lot of stuff…. Hard to keep it all organized, but I try!
I like to keep her simple with the natural touches of Christmas. For example, I made paper snowflakes to hang on the inside ladder. This look is perfect with the natural greens and gold I have used.
I love looking at all her lights outside the kitchen doors.
That about wraps it up for me. I sure hope you enjoyed your visit to my home. Please come back again when you can stay longer.
My dear friend Ann @dabblinganddecorating is up next, and she is a master thrifter with an eye for vintage treasures! Her two east coast homes are full of unique finds she has collected over the years. She and I share a mutual love of all things blue – so prepare to be dazzled by her decorating skills.
Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours
As I mentioned, I am joining some of my blogging friends this week for the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours 2022. Thirty-five talented and creative women will open their homes up for you to tour all week. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.
The Tattered Pew- Happiness + Home
Shop My Christmas Favorites