Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas House Tour 2012 Stop #7....SURPRISE!

What an incredible honour to be part of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday House Walk 2012.  And absolutely no pressure at all, save for the incredible line-up of homes.  Speaking of, please take a minute to stop by my sweet friend Kelly's home (stop #6) at Eclectically Vintage.  You'll be glad you did. 

Welcome to our humble home.  We recently painted our doors in a rich black and I just love how the large berry wreaths look against them.  I used local winter greens to decorate our planters, which will be further enhanced once sprinkled with snow later in the season.  While we have yet to receive any snow, it is cold outside, so please come in...

This year, I was undecided which theme or colour scheme to use for Christmas, but I knew that things would eventually fall into place.

Inspired by the beautiful colours of the grain sack ribbon pictured in the Souvenir magazine, I decided to use a clean and fresh palette for the dining room, integrating pops of red throughout.  Even though red is not my go to colour, I humbly think it works in this space.

I decided to decorate our new flocked tree with all homemade ornaments, hung using vintage clothes pins.


Faux grain sack ribbons, mini stockings and stars.  I love the tree as is and didn't want to saturate it with too many ornaments. 

Instead of a tree skirt I opted to use my collection of picnic baskets and adorn it with some of the kiddie's stuffed animals.  Not only do they look sweet, but they add a special meaning to the tree.  


There is nothing like the coziness of a Christmas tree glow to warm the home.  Sitting on this old farm bench my husband had built are a French chicken wire basket I made and three fresh pomegranates that emphasize the natural Christmas feel of our living room.

There are so many homemade elements in my decor that have special meaning.  The guitar in the background that our youngest son is learning to play, the homemade burlap vase with the number 9 (our house number and my husband's favourite number) and a little glittery skate cut out of music sheets that our daughter and I made. 

I adore that old wooden crate that used to belong to my late father-in-law.  I smile every time I look at it. 


Adjacent to our living room is our dining room, where I decided to keep the decor to a minimum.  I once again incorporated just a little bit of red to make it coherent with the rest of the decor. 



And for our hutch, I used a mostly white pallette to keep it fresh and simple.

Let's move on to our family room, where things are a little (a lot) different...

Our family room is where we usually entertain as it's adjacent/attached to the kitchen in an open concept.  As it's not visible from the living room, I have the flexibility to decorate it in a very different way. 

It's here where I like to pretend I'm a designer and play with my mantel.  Can you believe that I purchased that tree at a second hand store for $49.99?  I am so in love with it.  It's romantically soft and just screams white Christmas. 

I decided to keep a momochromatic scheme on the tree and add just a few turquoise bulbs here and there to tie in with the decor on my mantel, which I will share with you in more detail later on this week. 

Pearls, cream magnolias and some more homemade ornaments



I just love that warm glow.  It says home to me.

 Here is a tiny peek of our mantel...

 And my very first Christmas sewing project.

In preparation for this housewalk, I took hundreds of photos, which of course cannot be shared in one post.  But I will be sharing many of them in the next couple of days and would be honoured if you would come back to visit me. 

In the meantime, please visit the next house - Stop #8, the amazing Sadie Olive.  Once you do, you will understand why I am over the moon honoured to have been included in this housewalk.  


(click on the button to take you there)

Thank you so much for taking some time to visit our home - it has been our pleasure having you. 

And remember, you can find the entire list of homes at the talented Jennifer Rizzo's, who not only coordinates this amazing tour with such professionalism, but in a very caring manner.  Thank you Jennifer. 

I hope you have a beautiful and inspiring day! 

much love,














83 comments:

  1. Wow your decor is beautiful I love it all xxx

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  2. Wow! I just want to copy every single thing in your house! I love the skate, the grain sack stockings and I love, love your couches and chairs (I could never have white in my house it wouldn't be white for 5 minutes!) Beautiful home!
    Susan

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  3. Lucy, your home is BEAUTIFUL! I love how you've decorated for Christmas... your touches of red with the white is gorgeous and as always your homemade additions are lovely.

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  4. Your home is lovely! I adore that white tree! Simply gorgeous!
    xo
    jeanne

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  5. Your home and your decorating are absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. Your home is absolutely charming!!! Beautiful!! I wish going forward you'd speak to those framed nutcrackers I spied on a distant wall... did you make them yourself. Love them!

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  7. Oh so beautiful, Lucy!!!! I just love it. Stay warm. :)

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  8. Simply Stunning.. of all the holiday decor I've seen, this is my favorite~!
    well done indeed, Applause Applause

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  9. Lucy - it is absolutely stunning. Beautiful, yet comfortable for your family. Christmas with character and elegance. You are truly talented.

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  10. You have a beautiful home, Lucy, and I love how you've decorated it for Christmas! Your living room tree is gorgeous and I love the garland you used on it.

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  11. It is all so gorgeous, Lucy. Worthy of a magazine photo shoot for sure.

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  12. your home is just beautiful! i love the white with pops of red.

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  13. Your home is beautiful.....
    I love everything you've done....you put so much heart into each space, and it shows. :)

    Merry Christmas!!

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  14. I knew it! I started thinking she is being awfully coy about sharing her Christmas decor :) It looks AMAZING!!! I love your flocked tree and all the touches of red are just beautiful. Your front door might be my favorite, you have me wanting to start all over again :) Beautiful job, you are SO talented!

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  15. Oh Lucy I just love everything! The whole house is so lovey! It is a very pretty, serene, Christmas look. In fact I've bookmarked the page so I can come back later and really spend my time taking it all in.

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  16. Love it all, thanks for the tour") It was just beautiful!

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  17. Lucy it all looks so beautiful...you've created warmth and welcome and plenty of joy!

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  18. Lucy your home looks beautiful! LOVE your flocked tree.And what a cool idea to use picnic baskets as a tree skirt!
    xx
    Anne

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  19. Lucy!
    I'm in love - every single detail is perfect. The pomegranates and the red scale, the white tree (I got my first one this year too), your basket tree skirt and all the dolls sitting on top ... I don't know where to stop!

    So glad to be on the House Walk with you!
    Kelly

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  20. It's just gorgeous Lucy! I could sit and just stare at your photos all day! I'm loving this home tour!!!!
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  21. Your beautifully decorated home is fabulous, everything you touch turns to 'gold'! Beautiful job...over the moon!

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  22. Everything is so beautiful. Thank you for the tour!

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  23. Love all the white and the grain sack ribbons! Everything is gorgeous! Thanks for the tour!
    -Shelley

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  24. Just beautiful! I love all the white with pops of red. Those are some of the colors I went with this year too. Your blog is new to me. I'll happily check it out in the future and see what you've been up to in the past. Great photography, btw!

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  25. Hi! I found you through the housewalk tour! Your home is beautiful decked out for Christmas!

    Blessings,

    Doreen

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  26. Lucy I can see why you have been featured in so many magazines...
    Simply Gorgeous!! I'm a new follower...

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  27. I would love to see your hundreds of pictures, Lu. Everything you have done is beautiful. I am not a red person either but at Christmas I do love it- I think because it reminds me of all the traditional Christmases I had as a child- xo Diana

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  28. Simply stunning!Wow! I am in love with your white tree! And the pops of red you used were perfect. I am thrilled to have found your blog and look forward to your future posts. Thank you for sharing your amazing home on the tour!
    Kimberlee

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  29. Absolutely incredible Lucy! It looks magical, bravo ;)

    Fotini

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  30. Lucy,
    Everything looks AMAZING! I love the white tree, what a great find! Everything just looks so pretty, well done.
    Dannyelle

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  31. Dearest Lucy,
    Let me just say that I literally gasped when I scrolled down your page. You are gifted! I wouldn't be surprised to hear that you made a cover of a magazine sometime REAL SOON! I'll definitely be back! As a matter of fact I'm adding you to my sidebar right now. Bravo! Encore!
    Natalie

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  32. Lucy, seriously, you a brilliant home stylist. Everything looks so inviting and festive while still being soft and fresh. I just love it all!

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  33. I love it all!~ the decor, the crafts, the sentimental items,and the amazing photography. Thank you for giving us a tour and making us feel at "home"!! You're a great host.:)

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  34. Beautiful......love the pops of color. Can't wait to see more of your mantel !!

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  35. It's all so incredibly beautiful Lucy! I looked at your pictures over and over again. I cant wait to see more.

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  36. Wowee your home is just gorgeous! I especially love the flocked tree with vintage fabric running through. Thanks for letting us take a peek and happy holidays to you!
    xo~
    T

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  37. Oh my stars, your home is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I'm new to your blog and look forward to reading over your past posts!
    Hope you have a lovely day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  38. Lucy! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the fun surprises. Everything you do is stunning and this is no exception. Your tree is beautiful and I love how bright and airy everything is. Love love love :)

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  39. Your decor is so amazing! Wow! I love all of the white and neutral elements... so gorgeous. I can't believe you got the beautiful white tree at a secondhand store! What a find! Thanks for having us, Lucy!

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  40. Oh my goodness, Lucy. I just sat here going through your post with my mouth open in awe. Your decor is so fresh and beautiful down to every single little detail. Just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your home!

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  41. WOW you went all out!!! It is gorgeous!!! And I LOVE your red touches!

    xo

    :) T

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  42. Gorgeous, Lucy! I love the red and white ribbon and your beautiful flocked tree.

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  43. What an absolute delight Lucy. You always have such stunning pictures.. I love your photography!!

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  44. Lucy your home is beautiful..I love all of the white and that tree...AWESOME..

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  45. Lu...it's all just stunning! I want to curl up on your sofa with cocoa and take it all in! I love how soothing and pretty all the cord are with pops of red. Everything is gorgeous!

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  46. Lu, you have such an amazing home, i am so glad you were a part of the walk!!

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  47. SSSSSOOOOOOOOO beautiful! I love all the white and how gorgeous your photo's are. Love it! Pinning to the BHG blogger home projects board :)

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  48. Just gorgeous Lucy! Love all the little pops of red on your hutch.

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  49. Wow Lucy! Just stunning, you have an amzing eye and style. Your photos are so beautiful, so inviting, I LOVE it ALL, great job:)! Happy holidays, Jen

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  50. A million wows, Lucy! Every single photo is so gorgeous. I am doing red on my porch (I just started but am not finished yet) and was unsure of it but now after seeing your stunning use of it I am LOVING red! You pulled it off to perfection. I love your white tree too and so many of the special, personal details!

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  51. Hi Lucy, Your home is so lovely! Thanks for being on the tour. I just love the pops of red too and your tree is fantastic. Happy Holidays!

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  52. Your house is gorgeous! I love all the detail and white palette. So classy
    -Jen

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  53. Your home just blows me away! I love everything about it and really enjoyed seeing all your hard work!

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  54. You Lucy, so incredibly talented and blessed....
    You never cease to amaze me, and I'm so glad today was the day I took time to open my cell phone updates for your blog. Wow, did it ever inspire me...I haven't accomplished 1 thing towards Christmas celebrations this year. I adore your family room tree you found for a bargain, as it is beautiful in and of itself. As a Swede in heritage, I find your white with touches of red grain style a delight and something I could handle. Your results are subtle and beautifully executed. This weekend is my time I plan to decorate and get in the Spirit. Thank you for the push. Love your white slip covered pieces of furniture as well and all of your touches of magic.
    Gretchen

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  55. Lucy--you've done it again. Every detail of your home is cozy and gorgeous. And it's very evident you decorated every space with a loving touch. It's Christmasy and warm and inviting. ♥

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  56. Everything looks gorgeous and I am loving that grain sack ribbon!

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  57. Gorgeous! Love the faux grain sack ribbon touches.

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  58. It's absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it! and I so want that cream tree - if you get tired of it you can let me know!!

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  59. Your home is gorgeous, and I love the red touches!
    Brenda

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  60. WOW Lucy !!! Absolutely beautiful!
    HUGS, Gee

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  61. Beautiful!! I love everything!

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  62. Your home and your decorating skills are incredible! Congrats on being on the tour!

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  63. Lucy, your home looks absolutely gorgeous all decked out for Christmas. Makes me want to grab a cup of hot cocoa and curl up next to the fireplace. Love it!

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  64. Wow! Stunning!! I can't get enough of your pics..gorgeous home!

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  66. I love every detail! Your home is so beautiful :)

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  67. Your house is drool worthy! I LOVE your decor, well done chica!

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  68. Oh I am so in love with your home decor! It all looks wonderful! I have to ask, where did you find that faux grainsack ribbon? I love, love it on your tree!
    Maria

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  69. wow. just wow! your home looks so beautiful Lucy! out of curiousity are the ribbons on your wreaths IKEA towels? they look very similar if not.

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  70. AWESOME! Somehow in the hustle to get my own post finished I wasn't able to catch up on days 2 and 3! Your house is just spectacular, Lucy! Well done!

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  71. Lucy, you outdid yourself! It's all gorgeous. I was lovin' the French grain sack theme with red and white and then saw the monochromatic tree that you bought for under $50 and wow! All of it is just lovely. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

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  72. I would have to say that your home is my favorite so far. it is not to say that the others were not pretty, just a little over done for my taste. Simple, but beautiful is just right to me. Thanks for allowing us to view your lovely home.

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  73. Truly stunning...I'm new to your blog, can't wait till I have time to sit down and enjoy more posts!

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  74. The whole post is gorgeous.Oh to be young again! If I had a chance to do it all over and be young once more,I would go with your style. Maybe when I get to heaven :)

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  75. The white and red is fresh and light... beautiful home!

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  76. I really like your grain sack ribbon.
    And, that white tree...
    *swoon!*

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