A Magical Holiday Home Tour with a Strong Mantel Game
From the wreath trio above the gorgeous mantel to the decked out playroom, see how this neutral home tour was transformed for the holidays.
Home tours make me all sorts of happy. But holiday home tours? Make my inner Buddy the Elf come to life. And this one captured so beautifully by Ruth Eileen has my merry turned up on high. Designed by owner, Jackie of Finding Lovely, I keep bouncing from room to room soaking up all the Christmasy goodness. From the wreath trio above that gorg mantel to the decked out playroom, find the full tour in The Vault!
From Jackie of Finding Lovely... The holiday season is always a special time of year for us, with its mixture of nostalgia and sparkle. Then you add babies into the mix and it becomes downright magical, a true pursuit of lovely both in decor and experiences. We remodeled our historic home's downstairs this last year so this was really the first Christmas getting decorate the space. With floor to ceiling windows and white built ins, it dresses up well for the holidays.
Our home is neutral with pops of aquas and blues but come Christmas time, there is something classically lovely about notes of red. A spool of cranberry silk ribbon casually set on the mantel in passing inspired the whole palate—the interaction between the sea glass aqua and the rich cranberry red was lovely. Sometimes inspiration strikes in the simplest of ways.
Decorating began with the mantel, and I knew I wanted a wreath trio, I just didn't have wreaths. So I asked a sweet friend, Victoria Riepma from Something Felt, to make the felt flower wreath. It was stunning and inspired the gold metal flower wreath purchase from Wayfair. The small ribbon wreath was a true DIY, just ribbon folds, a foam circle and hot glue. The arrangement of wreaths works well because it highlights various textures and sizes and pulls in the inspiration colors. The faux cedar garland is from Terrain. It is interspersed with fresh pine and eucalyptus branches which have dried nicely. The stockings are from Crate and Barrel purchased a couple years ago and marked with glitter letters from Pottery Barn. Snowy houses, bottle brush and sparkly trees collected over the years are interspersed with a new gold Anthropologie candelabra to grace the mantel. The bookcases play on symmetry with matching DIY cloche bell jars from Home Decorators (filled with zinc house ornaments and faux snow from Terrain), a snowy photograph from Minted's Art Collection, Target finds and glittery ornaments sprinkled throughout.
In the window, the live center tree is decorated in aqua and gold and sparkling with a crystal garland from Ballard Design. The two matching faux noble firs, from Home Decorators Collection, are decorated in burgundy balls, the smaller ornaments wired together in a cluster for greater impact. They weren't quite tall enough so I set them on bowls, used a linen blanket found at Home Goods that I cut in half as tree skirts.
Given the bolder colors in the family room, I wanted to keep the adjacent dining room soft and neutral. The centerpiece is a cloche from Pottery Barn bought last year on sale and bottle brush trees collected on a recent trip to California. The mini glitter flower wreaths on the back of the chairs are from Magnolia Market and pinned in place. Sometimes the loveliest place settings are simple and sparkly with enough natural textures to ground the design.
The playroom is where our babies (and us!) spend a good portion of the day. It's whimsical and bright and come Christmas time brimming with cheer. I changed out the dish towel and added candy cane striped bowls from Crate and Barrel to the IKEA play kitchen, Christmas and winter books to the bookshelves, a kid-friendly live tree with a DIY Pom Pom garland and felt snowflakes from Pottery Barn kids. The felt Christmas light garland from Land of Nod was a favorite touch. In simple and inexpensive ways, Christmas cheer can be added to even the most used spaces. Merry Christmas!
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