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Blue & Red Christmas Home Tour Part 2

So today I'm excited to continue on with the tour of our holiday home! In case you were snoozing last week (*yawn* which I don't blame you! This time of year is exhausting!) I invited everyone in for our first Christmas tour of the season, which happen to include our entryway and dining room all decked out in my blue and red holiday color scheme. 

It was a risky choice of colors to go with and boy did I sweat bullets when I went to hit "publish" on that tour, but based on the feedback I've been receiving here and on Facebook and Instagram, you guys seem to really like it! Phew. I personally love that it's traditional with a non-traditional twist. If that makes any sense?

Today I'll be sharing a handful of spaces, including one of our Christmas trees (at last count, I think we had 4, but 2 are smaller so those don't even count in my bookπŸ˜‰), so let's get to it!

Living Room

plaid christmas decor ideas
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Ornaments (similar) | Plaid Basket (T.J.Maxx) | Rug (Plush Rugs) | Bells (Hobby Lobby)

I only share a little peek into this room because it's a space we haven't really worked on since moving in (Ha! Which was 4 .5 years ago!) You'll see we still don't even have curtains in here! In the mean time, I love to add what I refer to as "Mommy's Decorator Tree" in here so it looks somewhat festive and cozy for the holidays. We have a nice twelve-footer in the family room that we use as our main tree and to open gifts around, and this tree gets to be ALL mine to play with.

It's the tree the hubby and I bought when we were first-time home owners, and it's definitely seen better days but it works for now. I kept it rather simple with a few strands of blue velvet ribbon from Michaels and array of blue, red, and gold ornaments. I have to say my favorite thing about this color palette, is the rich tones against the dark greenery!

Christmas color palette

And can you guess what the "ribbon" on the packages are? Yep, more torn up thrift store plaid shirts! Some of you may remember from last week's tour how I shared this budget-friendly tip! You can revisit last week's post to see how I used them as a tree skirt and napkin decor. For $4 and 3 shirts I've really gotten a lot of use out of them among our Christmas decor.

 My Aunt from Wisconsin came to visit not too long ago, and I got to take her to a few of my favorite antique stores (she has a love for decorating too!) The plaid throw was a result of that adventure. I was so excited that it included all of the colors I was looking for. The white and gold "joy" pillow and bells were a purchase from last year and help break up some of the darker colors.

plaid christmas decor

Some of you may have heard me mention a time or two about how vintage children's chairs just seem to appear in my trunk any time I come back from an antique or thrift store. It's a really strange phenomenon, huh?

I really can't help it, I want to save all the little old chairs!  This child's Windsor chair was a set of 2 that I scored at Goodwill in the summer. I just like dressing them up for fun . Oh, and sometimes my kids sit in them tooπŸ˜‰

Christmas chair decorations

simple christmas tree ideas


kitchen christmas decor

I went with the NOEL on our top shelf in the kitchen eat-in area again because I really liked how it looked last year. I know as bloggers we feel the pressure to come up with all new ideas every year but sometimes if ain't broke than don't fix it. Plus, I find it challenging to decorate shelves so this was my lazy way out! Wink, wink. I did, however, add a strand of faux and real garland to dress it up a bit. It kind of reminds of messy bead head. Haha. Yes, messy bed head garland should be a new thing!

For the bottom shelf, I kept our white pitchers and just added a few touches of copper and brass to warm it up a bit. I found the trumpet candlestick holders at the thrift store and thought they were really sweet. The colored ornaments and the painted pine cones helped tie in the color palette I've used through out our home this season.

christmas shelf decor ideas

christmas shelves

As far as the tabletop, a festive arrangement of well, random stuff. As you can see I really like that plaid wired basket and the little glass cloche is the perfect place for a gathering of more ornaments and pine cones.

christmas shelf decor

I bought the navy velvet pillow covers a few weeks ago and have to say I was super impressed with the quality of them! I'll probably be buying some other colors for other seasons. Plus, you can't beat that price!

kitchen christmas

plaid christmas decor rustic
Red Oil Lantern (similar)

And of course, what's Christmas without decking the halls? I love to see a little touch of the holiday season any time we enter or leave our home. Gives my insides all the warm, cozy feels.

A simple, plain wreath embellished with a strand of twinkle lights helps make this little space glow with Christmas joy. Can you believe this is my first time decorating with twinkle lights?! I'm obsessed with them and don't know what I've been waiting for!

christmas twinkle lights decor

Wrapped packages and a vintage oil lantern (that I borrowed from the kids' camp-themed playroom) nestled around the little old bench helps create a festive Christmas scene. You want to know a secret? Those packages are empty boxes and my kiddo's puzzles. Never underestimate the beauty of a faux present, folks! Now I just have to remember to not mix them up with the real presents!

holiday plaid decor
holiday decor christmas

So before we wrap up this year's holiday tour, why don't we take a quick visit upstairs to Little B's room! Some of you may recall when I decorated the playroom a few years ago here and here for Christmas. Little B has been asking almost everyday when he comes home from school if I've put the tree up in there yet? Somehow he remembers this from when he was 3! Honestly, I did not have the motivation to clean out that room (ugh...so many toys!) AND decorate it, so I comprised and surprised him one day by decorating his bedroom. It was a lot of fun and he was really excited when he saw it!

Kids Bedroom
kids room christmas decor fun

His blue gingham comforter with a few touches of festive red made it really easy for me to carry on my holiday color palette. The throw we had and the deer pillow cover is one of Lucy's from Craftberry Bush's creations. I picked it up a few years ago from Society 6.

The second I spotted this "Reindeer School" sign I just knew I had to have it for his room!
Of course his dinosaurs couldn't show up to school with out their own set of antlers (that I made out of gold pipe cleaners). Little B really got a kick out of those.

kids room christmas decorations

A colorful stocking and my favorite little North Pole pail that I bought last year adorn his bedside table. The nutcracker he painted last year and I've always loved that it has this abstract feel to it.
christmas bedroom decor

The flocked Christmas tree that use to call the corner of our dining room home made it's way up here. Now that we have a corner cabinet in the dining room, there's no room for a tree.
I found these adorable pinstripe reindeer and snowman ornaments at Target. The red ornaments we grabbed from our stash.

The vintage tree bucket is probably one of my all-time favorite Christmas purchases ever (I know I say that a lot!) It's kind of hard to tell but it has little, worn toy soldiers circling the top of it. Is that not the sweetest?!

kids christmas tree

tree skirt bucket ideas

kids christmas bedroom

I have this thing for beautifully illustrated childrens' books and absolutely adore this version of "The Night Before Christmas". I found it on Amazon last year and can't seem to find it there anymore, but if you're looking for a version of this book and find it, I highly recommend it.

as the night before christmas

 And that's a wrap on this year's holiday home tour! I hope you enjoyed your visit and perhaps found a little inspiration for your own home. Thank you so much for stopping by this little ol' spot of mine. Wishing you and yours a safe and joyful holiday season!

Looking for more Christmas inspiration?
Visit last week's holiday tour here.

Blue and Red Christmas With Touches of Gold and Tartan

'Tis the season for decking our halls! I'm excited to invite you into our home today for our first Christmas tour of the year! Mother Nature just dumped a few inches of snow on the Chicagoland area, so it officially feels like the holidays are here.

Even more exciting is that I'm joining a group of talented ladies who are also opening their doors to you, so make sure when you leave our home to take a gander over to their tours as well (I'll link to them at the end of this post to make it nice and convenient for you) I promise you won't be disappointed!

As a side note, I'll also be sharing with the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk! If you're looking for a TON of Christmas inspiration, check it out!

 For today's tour, I'll be starting at the front of our house and will share more rooms over the course of the next few weeks, so make sure to stop back in! If you're new here, I'm Jennifer, and I live in the western subs of Chicago with my hubby, 2 littles (a 5 year old and soon-to-be 18 month old) and our new and slightly crazy puppy, Milo. I love trying to add character and charm to our boring, builder-grade home through budget-friendly decor and DIY projects. So glad to have you here today! 

Now enough rambling, let's start the tour, shall we?


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Christmas decor ideas for the entryway

Our home opens directly into a two-story foyer area, which is probably my favorite space in the house to decorate! 

foyer table christmas decoration table ideas

wreaths ribbon christmas
Every change of the season, I switch out the wreath on the old farmhouse window. I love grabbing my Christmas greenery from Trader Joe's because it's all so reasonably priced. Blue velvet ribbon  helped spruce it up a bit and ties in nicely with my red and blue holiday color scheme.

Can we talk about my choice of colors for a moment? I was super, duper nervous about this color combo! I didn't want it to look like Fourth of July had exploded all over my house but for those of you have followed DN for awhile, you know I love me some blues (check out last year's blue and metallic Christmas) and this year I was really yearning to add back in some red, so here we are!

decorating with wrapping paper holidays
Adding touches of tartan, plaid, and small doses of gold to the red and blue theme were my way of keeping this from going all patriotic on us! The runner on the dresser is actually wrapping paper. You want to know another secret? The tree skirt on the little tree is a kid's plaid shirt I wrapped around it. That's one of my favorite bargain tips! Hit up your local thrift stores for cheap, plaid shirts and then cut them up and use them to decorate. I'll share through out the tour other ways that I incorporated them.

foyer table christmas decor

A good looking wine gift bag from T.J. Maxx makes for a nice accessory on our wall hooks and they're great for holding and displaying greenery.

christmas wine bag holidays


red and blue christmas decor

christmas tablescapes

I've come to the conclusion that garland table runners are THEE best thing ever! I swear, no matter your tablescaping skill level, throw a strand of fresh garland on your table and it instantly makes you look like you know what you're doing.

Another fun way to up your table decorating skills; napkin folding. I decided to challenge myself to try something new and decided to give these bow napkins a try. They were super easy and I love how they turned out! I couldn't find tartan or plaid ribbon in my colors anywhere so I tore up some more of those thrift store shirts and used those to tie around the napkins. Way cheaper than a spool of ribbon!

christmas table decorations

garland table runner

This was the first Christmas with our new corner cabinet that we built and I'm still trying figure out how to decorate it. In the mean time, it houses some of our china and my favorite "25" antique Christmas pot I picked up last year. I set a white pedestal cake tray inside of it to display the tartan tin cans and mini Christmas tree.

Christmas dining room decor ideas

vintage christmas decor

Our dining room hutch got dressed up for the season as well.

dining room hutch christmas decor

I kept it pretty simple with these little white houses that I found at the Salvation Army. Just 97 cents a piece! Can't beat that.

little white christmas village
Unpainted Ceramic Christmas Houses-Similar

I was thrilled that besides those houses, thrift store shirts, and the cedar garland, everything else in the dining room I shopped from my home.

bloggers christmas home tour

Thank you so much for touring my holiday home! I can't wait to share the rest of the house with you (Editor's Note: See part 2 of the tour here!) Wishing you and yours a season of joy and happy memories!

Don't forget to stop by the other tours. They are all so talented and everyone's style is different, which I love! You're bound to gather lots of Christmas inspiration!

Tour of Homes for Christmas

Holiday Gift Guide for the Decor Lover

'Tis the season for gift giving! Our bank accounts may be in denial, but the holiday season is upon us! Can you believe it's already time to think about Christmas presents?  I keep telling everyone that this seems like the fastest year ever! Does anyone else feel that way?

Well to kick off the holiday shopping season, I'm sharing a gift guide for the decorators in your life. You know the ones who can never REALLY finish a room (I know, we're a finicky breed). Perhaps, that decorator is you! I know I'm always looking for decor ideas to add to my own wish list. Let's just say I'll take a new throw pillow over perfume or jewelry any day! So whether you're shopping for yourself or your HGTV-obsessed SIL, you're bound to find some gift inspiration in today's list.

Christmas Gift Guide for Decor Lovers