Holiday Home Tour

Every year, I look forward to the many holiday home tours that pop up in blogland.  There is so much creativity and inspiration out there! 

Yesterday, I hosted a small brunch at my home and decided to snap a few pics after the fact (had to document a time when the house was clean!).  We haven't finished decorating (we don't even have a tree yet), but I wanted to share just a few snippets of our home during my favorite season.  I've incorporated more fresh greenery this year, and it makes such a difference; it has a presence that allows you to decrease the decor throughout the rest of the room, providing the cozy & simplified feeling I was after.  

(As an aside, if anyone has a photography class or book they can recommend, please share! Our home faces south, meaning some rooms are always too bright and others are always dim; a challenge when shooting interiors.  I'm always trying to improve my novice skills, and would love to learn more!)

Welcome to our home! This year, I finally found a local source for the temple bells I have admired for years.  I love their soft clanging sound, and the contrast of the bells against the greenery.

Our O Holy Night sign from Between You and Me signs always takes a place of pride on the mantel. I added fresh garland on the mantel this year, and it smells so good.  See the plant on the fireplace? Had to move it up there when little fingers kept pulling all the leaves off ;) 

Not sure if I've ever shared a full shot of this side of the room, or at least not a finished shot of the built-ins.  I am so happy with the way they turned out, and even though a few contractors scoffed at me for designing them in a space that only allowed for them to be 8 inches deep, I think they add so much character to the room.  

Fresh greenery, a mini tree in an antique pot, and my girls' silhouettes.  Simple changes to the room that make me love it even more.  

Found this pot over Thanksgiving while visiting my in-laws 200 year old farmhouse, and it is a perfect home for this mini-tree that we will plant in the yard next spring.

The garage door all dressed up with a boxwood wreath (an ineffective attempt to hide the clutter in the garage lol).  And a handprint Santa to send us out the door each day.

The master bedroom received a few small touches of Christmas for the first time - my favorite pillow on the bed and a small wreath hung on the door.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas season! Thanks for visiting our home!


  1. Holly,
    Thanks for the tour! You're home looks so warm and beautiful! Glad we found each other on IG...enjoying the inspiration from all your pretty posts!
    Michelle...Meelie and Pidge

    1. Thank you Michelle! Yes, thank goodness for IG and the friendships it brings! xoxo

  2. Simply beautiful! I love all the touches you have added to your rooms. Your built-ins are beautiful! If you are looking for photography info, I would recommend the basic classes from Shoot Fly Shoot to get you started. I took them about 4 years ago when I knew nothing about my newly purchased camera, and it truly helped. I would also recommend a tripod for shooting in dark areas. It does not have to be an expensive one..a simple one will do the trick. I am asking Santa for a budget lighting kit this year because we have such dark areas in our home too.

  3. Thank you Kelly! You're the second person to recommend Shoot Fly Shoot, so sounds like I need to check them out!

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  5. That's great Holly!! your collections and combinations are really inspiring... Keep at it. Glad to be able to read your recommendations. and thank you for giving us your time!!

  6. I like your as you show in your post, I am also very inspired with your such types of decoration, Thanku for sharing with us of this inspiring home story, Keep it up.
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