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It’s my favorite time of year – Christmas Home Tour time!!! This is the best week of the year in the blogging world (in my opinion anyway) because there are gorgeous home tours everywhere you look. This year I knew right away what I wanted to go for in terms of a theme and I love that I was able to bring it to life. Welcome to my 2015 Christmas Home Tour with lots of classic reds and rustic plaids!

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor |Christmas Tree

If you’re hopping over from Sarah’s at Life on Virginia Street, WELCOME! I’m thrilled to be teaming up with some fabulous ladies for the Cherished Christmas Homes Tour, hosted by Country Living and Cherished Bliss. You can see the tour from the very beginning HERE.

Holiday Home Tour with Cherished Bliss and Country Living

I’m not usually all about the Pottery Barn catalog, but when I saw this year’s Christmas edition, I was smitten. It really did inspire the way I decorated for this year. I won’t talk too much in this post, but I’ll try to give sources where I can.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor |Christmas Tree
Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor |Christmas Tree

I love my white brick fireplace, but without a deep mantel there’s not a lot I can do in the way of decorating it. So this year I opted for super simple and purchased a bunch of birch wrapped candles at World Market during a 50% off sale. I had a $10 off coupon too, so it was a pretty nice score! I added some pinecones and a few mercury glass votive candle holders.

Gorgeous decorated Christmas mantel with pinecones, birch and mercury glass
Gorgeous decorated Christmas mantel with pinecones, birch candles and mercury glass

Lanterns are from Marshalls and stockings from Target. Black & white striped ribbon was a Target dollar bin score.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor | Christmas Tree | Christmas mantel

I am totally in love with this tree I got last year from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot. It has a ton of lights, way more than what I’ve seen on other trees, and I love that it has a more natural look to the branches. See last year’s decor with links HERE.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor | Christmas Tree

Each year I purchase a few on-trend ornaments to add to my collection. I also have a ton of more neutral ornaments that I love and have collected over the years. Buffalo check, Fair Isle and large candy cane ornaments and the tree topper are new this year from Pottery Barn. Ribbon is from Michaels.

DIY Plaid fabric Christmas ornament

To add a few more plaid ornaments to the tree, I simply filled clear glass ornaments with plaid fabric I gathered from various places.

Chrismtas tree with buffalo check pillows on Brown sofa

The chocolate brown sofa, the bane of my existence, actually plays an important role in this year’s decor. By adding some rich, rustic color and texture the sofa actually becomes part of the decor instead of getting in the way.

Pillow sources – Buffalo Check and Fair Isle from Pottery Barn, Faux fur from World Market, “Merry” from Marshalls. Faux fur blanket that I absolutely adore and refuse to share with my kids is from Pottery Barn. Table is from World Market.

Glass Ornament Centerpiece

Mercury glass ornaments in the wood bowl have been collected over the years from Marshalls and Home Goods. My son was so proud of himself for making the tinsel ornaments – they are just clear glass ornaments stuffed with tinsel garland.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Decor
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Moving on to the left of the fireplace I’ve created a little hot chocolate and treat station on my vintage sideboard/dresser. It’s a lovely place to sit and read a magazine while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and the tree lights glowing in the background.

DIY Hot Chocolate Station
Hot chocolate in cute Christmas mugs

Be sure to stop and grab yourself a yummy Spiced Gingerbread Bar and a nice hot cup of chocolate as we continue the tour.

Hot Chocolate and Treat Station
Christmas Treat and Hot Chocolate Station and Wall Art in rustic plaids

Mugs are collected from H & M, Target and Michaels. Reindeer are from Pottery Barn. Prints are all free downloads and can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Dining Room

Just beyond is the dining room, which is also taking the simple route this year. I’ll be sharing more details of this space next week as well as sources, but if you have questions feel free to leave them in the comments.

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Dining Room with fresh fruit and candles centerpiece
Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Dining Room with fresh fruit and candles centerpiece
Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Dining Room with fresh fruit and candles centerpiece

Classic Reds and Rustic Plaids Christmas Home Tour 2015 | Christmas Dining Room with fresh fruit and candles centerpiece

Here’s a glimpse of the view of the tree and mantel from the dining room. I love eating dinner each night by their glow!

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

Heading over to the kitchen…I keep it pretty simple in here, because I don’t want too much decor getting in the way of all that yummy baking and cooking that goes on during the holidays. Come back later this week for more details and sources.

Easy Christmas Kitchen Decor | Christmas decorating in the kitchen

Easy Christmas Kitchen Decor | Christmas decorating in the kitchen

You caught us on the day our elf, Buddy, returns from the North Pole. Each year he brings some goodies to munch on and a new ornament for our Christmas tree. This year he came a little late, as my children reminded me that he usually comes the day after Thanksgiving…oops.

Elf on the Shelf welcome back breakfast table

Easy Christmas Kitchen Decor | Christmas decorating in the kitchen

Cookie recipe chalkboard printables |Christmas decorating in the kitchen and pantry

So that’s our Christmas! For now I’m relishing the look of these rooms, and enjoying being around the glow of the Christmas tree each night.

Have questions about anything you saw? Leave me a comment below.

…and here are some home tours from the last couple of year’s:

2014 Christmas Kitchen

2014 Christmas Home Tour

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  1. Robbie says:

    Wow! You did a great job on this Christmas Home Tour! Kudos to you!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you!

  2. Beth says:

    Hi Kellie! I realize this post is from last year, but your tree is my inspiration this year! Love everything about it! Do you remember where you purchased the black and white patterned ball ornaments? They’re amazing and really pop against everything else. Would love to find them–or something very similar–if I can. Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      I believe they were from Pottery Barn. I know that they have the red check ones this year but I haven’t seen the black and white.

      1. Beth says:

        Ok, thank you! And please forgive me for typing the wrong name, Kristin. πŸ™‚

  3. Kellie says:

    I am in LOVE with all of your decorating ideas! Everything is so beautiful!!! Do you happen to know what style that Pottery Barn faux fur throw is? I love it! Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Lynn says:

    I love how you decorated everything!
    where did you find that darling Vintage red tablecloth that hosts your hot chocolate bar? that is so cute!

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Lynn, thanks so much! If you’re talking about the black tartan plaid flannel fabric on the hot chocolate bar, it’s fabric that I purchased at JoAnns.

  5. Lisa Phillips says:

    Your photos and attention to detail are simply on point! Love your style!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks so much Lisa!

  6. Heather says:

    Love all of the plaid and festive red! So pretty πŸ™‚

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks Heather!

  7. Deb Salerno says:

    Just discovered you today and your blog is my new favorite! Thank you for inspiring me! Where did you find the”Fa la la la la” napkins? Have to have them! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Aren’t they so adorable?? They are from Pottery BArn.

  8. Ashley @ Cherished Bliss says:

    Your whole house is just perfect Kristin!! I love all the plaid and pops of red! Thanks so much for sharing : ) xoxox

  9. Lori Carr says:

    Kristen,
    I LOVE all of your home! Where did you get the white just looking rug in your living room??
    It all looks so cozy and inviting!!!!
    Thanks!
    Lori

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks Lori! The rug is from Rugs USA.

  10. April Hoff says:

    Kristin, your home is gorgeous! I really love your Christmas tree, all that plaid has me drooling!!! Gorgeous tour!

  11. Chelsea says:

    Wow, Kristen! I love every single detail! The buffalo check pillow is my favorite and all of the small details in your kitchen. So cozy and so festive!

  12. Krista says:

    Oh my goodness!! I could not. stop. pinning. I LOVE it!! You had me at that plaid ribboned tree. Wowza – incredible tour. Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us!!

  13. Stacy says:

    I love your Christmas decorations! Just beautiful! Where did you get the framed recipes in your kitchen? I would love a set of those.

  14. Kelly says:

    Everything looks so lovely and warm and cozy… love-love-loved all the plaid too! Red and Black check is an all-time fave. Happy Holidays to you and your family, friend. HUGS!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! I never would have thought I’d love plaid so much!

  15. Kassandra says:

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous!! I love your hot chocolate bar and your beautiful mantle! the white brick get me every time!!

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas

    XO Kass

  16. Katie Clooney says:

    LOVE all your festive touches! Your home looks beautiful!

  17. Jenn says:

    Looks absolutely gorgeous my friend! I love all of the red and white and everything just looks so Christmas cozy!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you sweet friend!!

  18. Rachel says:

    Kristin I LOVE your home! Your sofa looks so rustic and cozy with the fur throw and buffalo check pillow! Love the layers… also your tablescape always makes me swoon, and I don’t use that word often. The oranges, pomegranates, cranberries and cedar are so classic and evoke such wonderful christmas memories… I just love that combination and the way you arranged it!

    1. Kristin says:

      You’re so sweet Rachel, thank you so much!!

  19. Kristi @ Chatfield Court says:

    It all looks beautiful! Love, love the plaid, it’s my favorite right now too.

    1. Kristin says:

      I used to really dislike plaid, but it’s totally grown on me. Thanks for visiting!

  20. Ashlee says:

    What width ribbon did you use on your tree? It looks like you used two different widths and I am curious what they are! Love love love the plaid!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      I don’t have the spools anymore, but I’d say they are approx 4″ and 2.” They are both from Michaels, although I bought them at the beginning of November so not sure you can still find them. Thanks for visiting!

  21. Sara @ Bitz & Giggles says:

    This is absolutely lovely, Kristin. I love it! Your idea to put some plaid material into the ornaments was just brilliant!

    1. Kristin says:

      Aww, thanks Sara!!

  22. Debbie Refresh Restyle says:

    Beautiful! Love it all! I’m with you, it’s my favorite time of year in blogland!
    Debbie

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks Debbie! Isn’t it the best?!

  23. Shannon says:

    Your dining room is always a favorite of mine, and you didn’t disappoint!!
    Beautiful as always and everything else was just a bonus πŸ™‚
    Happy Holidays!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much sweet Shannon! That’s such a compliment coming from you!!! xoxo

  24. Anna says:

    Everything is so beautiful but I LOVE your tree with the red and black, stunning!

    Anna πŸ™‚

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Anna!! I am sooooo in love with this tree!!!

  25. Norma says:

    Everything is just darling! and your hot chocolate looks delicious πŸ™‚ XOXO

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much – it WAS delicious! πŸ˜‰

  26. Michelle@DandelionPatina says:

    Happy Holidays! Your home is lovely. I love plaid too! I think I have like a zillion plaid scarves that I have collected over the years. I especially love those chunky framed recipe art pieces. It is so nice to be on this Christmas tour with you! Merry Christmas Kristin.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks so much Michelle! I used to not be a fan but the plaid has really grown on me the last few years. Now I’m obsessed!

  27. Cheryl Major says:

    Love the plaid ! I use a lot of plaid as I live in a log house. You did such an amazing job…how inviting it looks ! Thanks for inspiring me !!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much!

  28. Jenn @ My Fabuless Life says:

    Love it! Love all of the plaid!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you! I’m a teeny bit obsessed with plaid this year…

  29. Kristyn says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!! Great job, girl!! πŸ˜€

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much my sweet friend!!!