Christmas Home Tour 2014

Hey everyone, welcome to my Christmas home tour! Pull up a chair, grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the photos. I’m going to try and keep the chit chat to a minimum (although that’s not the easiest thing for me to do!). This Christmas I’ve gone a little bit glam and a little bit rustic and a little bit classic. Enjoy the tour!

UPDATE – See the 2015 Tour HERE!

Beautiful Christmas home decor

Each year I stare at my dining room table and before long I have an epiphany. It never seems to pan out though and I’m stuck playing around with it and making all kinds of changes over and over. This year wasn’t like that – I had a vision, and I managed to pull it off just as I pictured it. It’s super simple and I’m loving it.

Juniper Cranberry and Epsom Salt centerpiece

The centerpieces are my favorite – So simple, just using fresh elements like cranberries and fresh cut juniper branches from my yard. The bottom layer is just Epsom Salt, which, if you’ve seen other Christmas posts from the past few years, you know I use a lot. It’s looks so festive with them all lined up in a row!

Cranberry Juniper and Epsom Salt Centerpieces

In between the cranberry jars are smaller jars with Epsom Salt and candles. I purposely bought the tan ones to offer a contrast against the white. It just looks so beautiful all lit up in the evening.

tablescape christmas

I bought the table runner a couple of years ago at Target. I love the little bit of glam added by the gold foil snowflakes, and the rustic touch of the neutral toned plaid. The sparkly gold tablecloth is new from Target this year.

christmas tablescape

The rattan chargers are from World Market last year, and the Santa plates that I pined over for a month before finally taking the plunge and purchasing them, are from Pottery Barn. I love the juxtaposition of the rustic chargers with the classic vintage look of the plates.

Christmas table setting 2

Simple twine was wrapped around the rolled up ticking stripe napkins, also from World Market. I stuck some juniper in there as well, to tie in with the centerpieces.

Christmas table setting

pretty christmas table setting

dining room christmas

 

I love to add seasonal decor to my chalk painted hutch. The hutch was my grandmother’s and I painted it several years ago because I love it so much (just wasn’t loving the icky brown color!). I place my seasonal dishes and mugs, and create a few vignettes with statues and random pieces that I’ve collected over the years. Faux pine branches line the shelves, and ornaments add a pop of color.

 

christmas dining room

 

I am in love with the red striped pillow from H & M. I can’t believe it took my until now to discover they have an online home store!

christmas hutch decor 2

christmas hutch decor

Adjacent to the dining room is the living room, the gathering place, where we have our family movie nights and play board games on the floor.

christmas table

Christmas decor living room

See more about my Christmas tree (that I absolutely LOVE – HERE).

I created a chalkboard print with one of our favorite Christmas stories. I decided not to offer it as a free printable because of the potential copyright issues.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Chalkboard

My cozy wicker Ikea chair got a little cozier with the addition of my favorite gray blanket (a Goodwill Target find!) and a new pillow from H & M.

Ikea ratan chair

Cozy Fireplace seat

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Santa's cookie plate

Around the fireplace I added a pop of color with one of my faux poinsettias. Santa’s Mug and Plate wait patiently to be filled with milk and cookies on Christmas Eve.

More fun pillow covers from H & M. Ornaments in the copper strainer are from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.

bowl of christmas ornaments

christmas living room at twilight

twilight christmas tree

christmas decor in the dining room

I shared my kitchen the other day, and you can see the whole post HERE. But here are just a few glimpses…

Christmas Kitchen and breakfast nook

Above you can see the table all set up to welcome back our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy. He visits each year right after Thanksgiving and brings all sorts of goodies.

Christmas kitchen around the sink

 

I added simple touches all around to make the space look festive.

Christmas Kitchen Decor Wooden Spoons

 

I think my cozy little snowman in the sleigh might be one of the cutest things in my kitchen. (From Pier One).

Hot Chocolate Station in the kitchen

Well, that’s the tour! I hope you enjoyed your stay.

I’m joining in the fun over at Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk!

For more Christmas decor posts, be sure to check these out:

Christmas for the Dining Room and Tree in Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids

Christmas 2015 Tour is Now Live!

Rustic Glam Christmas Decor

Rustic Glam Christmas Tree and Mantel

Social media image of Christmas Home Tour 2012

Christmas Home Tour 2012

floral centerpiece for christmas

Christmas 2013 Dining Room 

Simple Christmas Mantel 2

2013 Christmas Mantel and a Free Printable

For all Christmas posts, go HERE.

Christmas Dining Room Decor and Tablescape

Christmas Home Tour 2014 at Yellow Bliss Road

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I LOVE the epson salt, cranberries & juniper centerpieces but wondered if you can leave out on table all season or the cranberries eventually look/smell bad?
    I guess is this a last minute decoration that doesn’t last long or can it survive the season?
    Thanks so much!

    1. I have used these for up to 3 weeks. You want to check the cranberries and remove any that have turned bad, or change them out completely after a week or so.

    1. This was a while ago, but I want to say they lasted about a month. You do want to make sure to use fresh cranberries, and check daily for spoiled ones.

  2. I know this is an old post, but I just have to say how beautiful your home is…you have a talent for decorating! I’m definitely inspired by your dining room table decor and buying mason jars pronto 🙂

  3. Hi Kristin – loved your whole post and I’m borrowing the Epsom salt and fresh cranberries idea – already made the purchase! The pops of color in the china cabinet look Geat -and you did just the right amount of chit chat. Thank you for sharing your home.

  4. I just wanted to say your home is absolutely Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ Love the jar idea!! Have a very very Merry Christmas ?❤️?

  5. Your home is beautiful!! I love the mason jar ideas…and the pops of red, really accent your other décor!! Beautiful tree!!

  6. Kristin, your home looks beautiful. You have a great eye for design. I really love the way you decorated the hutch with the vignettes. You’ve given me some ideas for decorating the old butler’s pantry in my kitchen. Where did you find the red and white dish towel on the stove?

    Happy new year!

  7. Your home is adoreable! Absolutely filled with Christmas cheer! Your blog on the other hand has far too many ads and pop ups which make it very annoying to appreciate your perfect home.

    1. Hi Laurie, Thanks so much for the compliment. I really enjoy decorating and staging and photographing my home for the holidays so that I can share it here on the blog and inspire others. It’s wonderful to have a job that I love that’s able to provide for my family! I’m sorry you felt there were too many ads. Unfortunately, I need the ads in order to pay my bills. I’m a single mom and this is my means for supporting my family. I love being able to offer this FREE content all year long, but if I’m going to do that, I have to keep the ads. Also, there shouldn’t be any pop ups, other than an invitation to join my newsletter subscription, much like many other well known and respected sites. If there was, please feel free to screen shot it for me, as there could be a glitch in the site. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  8. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! I absolutely love the mason jars with the cranberries and snow. It adds such a fun holiday pop! Also love the mantel. I’ll be sharing this with my friends. 🙂

  9. Hi Kristen. I love your Christmas tour! You are so talented and have a great eye. I wish I could be like you! 🙂 Can you please tell me where you got the red and white tray that you used in your kitchen, the one with the snowmen salt and pepper shakers sitting on in? I really like that and it is the perfect size to hold all that kitchen stuff. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Erin! That tray was purchased last year…either at Target or World Market, maybe even Ikea. I honestly can’t remember!

  10. Love the cranberry center pieces…do the cranberries go bad quickly? Did you have them out for a while or just put them out for your meal, etc?

    1. I left them out for quite a while, I think at least a month. I did watch them though because some did go bad and I had to switch them out.

  11. This is all so gorgeous! makes me want to skip Halloween and Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas right now! 🙂 Do you remember what font you used on the Night Before Christmas print you made? I especially love that piece!

  12. I like your chalkboard story…Twas a Night before Christmas…you had mentioned you can’t make that a print because of copyright …I understand that. Is there any place I can purchase the stencil to make my own. I just love it

  13. You have a very creative touch. Just the right touches … not overdone … just right! I love your Christmas tree. Is it real or artificial? If it is artificial, it is the best one I’ve ever seen. If artificial … whose is it ( brand ) and where did you get it? BTW … I sold fresh cut trees for many years! Love how festive and inviting with out looking staged. Merry Christmas to you and your family and to all of your followers. <3

  14. I adore your Christmas decor and that table setting is gorgeous! Every single detail is perfect!
    Shelley

  15. Kristen, everything is so pretty, bright and festive. love it all. merry christmas to you and your sweet little family.

  16. What a beautiful home! I love it!

    And, in hopes that you’ll actually rethink providing a free printable 😉 ;-)…I know a bit about copyright law!! And this particular work – it was authored in 1823; any work authored prior to 1923 is available as “fair use” to the public (free to use without permission); even according to current copyright laws and as for any work, copyright expiration occurs 70 years after the author’s death – in this case the author died in 1863, meaning his copyright would have expired (if applying current laws) in 1933. You are more than free to use it and publicize it in your own use under fair use law!

    Here is a short circular put out by the US Copyright office for more info: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ15a.pdf

    Hope that helps!

  17. Oh my word, Kristin, your house is gorgeous! I love every detail. I love PB’s Christmas stuff too.
    Sharing on FB this week & pinned like mad 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

  18. WOW! Your house is stunning! I love all of your decorations, especially that pillow and the cute little snowmen shakers with the white and aqua trees! Lovely! I am so far behind in my decorating this year! I cannot believe Christmas is just around the corner!! I love your blog and your style! You should join me on Tuesdays for the Celebrate Southern link up I host over at http://www.2catsandchloe.com for some southern-inspired posts. You don’t have to be a southern blogger to join, this post would be a perfect fit! 🙂

  19. Beautiful! I love your home tour — so many wonderful touches. Those simple cranberry center pieces are amazing! Love it all!
    Stopping by from Jen Rizzo’s link up!

  20. Kristin you have beautiful taste…right up my alley! Everything looks beautiful & festive yet not overdone! I love that grey rug under your coffee table where did you get that?
    Merry to you!

  21. Love this! I saw that Merry to All pillow at H & M and wanted to buy it but it was sold out! It looks great at your place!

  22. Love you dining room! So beautiful and simple! I’m so inspired! Where did you find your Santa dining plates and the marquee JOY sign? Love it all!

    1. Thanks Leslee! The JOY Marquee is from World Market (you can see more pics of it in my Christmas kitchen post) and the plates are from Pottery Barn.

  23. So pretty! I love all of the fresh greenery and the cranberries in the mason jars. I need to pull all of my decorations out this week and get to work.

  24. Your home is so warm and inviting, I would love to find my presents under that beautiful Christmas Tree. Thanks so much for sharing your home with all of us. So very inspiring!!

    I found your blog post from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s FB post… We would love for you to visit us on our FB page and would appreciate a like if you will. Thank you, Marie

    Have a Wonderful Night!!

  25. Everything is lovely, but I really, really love your tablescape! It’s amazing that something as simple as salt, berries, and greenery could be so beautiful!

  26. Your Christmas Home Tour is so inviting! I love that you used a copper strainer in the living room as part of your centerpiece! Way to think outside the box! Happy Holidays!