christmas house tour!

christmas house tour at the pleated poppy

although i’ve had my house decorated since right after thanksgiving, i am just now getting to posting pictures!
when the busyness finally lessened, the rain came and shoo’d away the sun, so getting decent light for taking pictures was tricky.  so on the brightest gloomy day i got as many pictures as i can.  of course, as i’m typing, the sun is shining brightly and would be perfect light.  of course.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
while i changed up so much of my decorations this year, this little rudolph is in its same home as last year.  i just love it!  i bought it last year at the queen bee market from misfit menagerie.  i am dying to get this little doe for the rest of the year.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
this feather wreath is also an oldy but goody.  i’ve had it since i used to decorate for christmas in all white and silver (12 years +).  its just a feather boa wrapped around a grapevine wreath.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
and speaking of wreaths, here’s my wreath that i made a couple years ago that was featured on the chew.  if you do attempt to make this, i HIGHLY recommend you follow my directions rather than theirs as mine is much less time consuming.  their’s is really cute, but much more difficult.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
  i love what i had done the last few years for decorations, but i was ready for a change.  i’m not a huge fan of buying tons of christmas decorations each year, so i haven’t for a couple years.  so with wanting to do something different, i had to get creative with what i already had – which was actually really fun!
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i also wanted to tone things down a bit.  past years have gotten very colorful (nothing wrong with that), and decorations everywhere, so i went a little bit more mild and just not everywhere with the decorates.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
my tree usually has the kids ornaments (my mom gets them each a snowflake, reindeer or star each year), ball ornaments, and also tiny picture frames with pics of friends and family.
this year i opted to only use the ball ornaments and went for a kind of ombre/rainbow look, and i am so happy with how it turned out!  the only bummer:  when people come over and ask the kids if they had fun decorating the tree, i have to duck my head in shame since i did it when they were out of the house!  in my defense, they didn’t seem to care too much and have a tiny tree in the playroom that they decorate themselves.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i love how well grace’s version of michelangelo’s horse fits into our everyday decor.  with a little wreath slipped over it’s head, it works perfectly for christmas, too!
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
yep, our tree is fake.  i gave in years ago since sean is allergic to the real deal.  poor guy would get sinus infections every christmas!
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
the ornaments are a mix of yarn wrapped balls, glittered balls, glass and plastic balls.  most of the ornaments were from target, but a few fancy ones were bought years ago from crate & barrel (pre-kids).
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
the pillow was a recent find at the stitch market, and the blanket over the ottoman was one of silas’s hand knit baby blankets.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i love the nativity scene by willow tree.  i know there’s more to the set, but i kind of love it just like this.  this year i added the stars.  its a little much, but still fun.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i have a little start punch and then sewed the punched stars with my sewing machine – so easy!  then i just randomly cut the strands of stars and taped them to the top of the shelf.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i am so happy with my mantle this year!  i bought the stockings when sean and i had our first christmas.  they were from kmart and were so inexpensive, i just grabbed a bunch!   every year i say i’m going to add some ribbons with names on them, but never do…
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
the wreaths are a new addition here.  they are usually hanging over our back windows with different decorations on them.  i stripped them down and just added a bunch of tiny pompoms i made with my pompom maker and extra yarn i had on hand.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i’ve been doing the trees for awhile now and am so tempted to just keep adding to them!  maybe one year i’ll make enough to go all the way across the mantle…  this year i elevated a few of them on silver footed dishes and mint julep cups.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
my favorite addition this year are the antlers i bought from ruby rose.  i bought a wooden plaque at michael’s and painted it coral and gold with some deco art paints.  then i added some cut glass crystal strands i had from back in my flea market days.  the “joy” banner was a gift from a friend ad the ornaments were a random addition to fill space.  i don’t love them, but i don’t know what else to put there.  maybe a big star…  i can’t do a wreath since i already have one on either side.
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
this is quite possibly the prettiest ornament ever.  it belongs to one of the kids, but i had to steal it to put it on display.  its just too pretty not to!
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
i’ve never done much in the kitchen, but i had this old wreath in my decorations box, so i made more pompoms in various sizes and tied them on.
i also stole a scrappy wreath tea towel from my shop for my stove!
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
christmas house tour at the pleated poppy
a few extras for you:
– the cart filled with games is an old  laundromat cart
– the wall color in the room is called silver sage by restoration hardware
– the sofa table is painted mermaid’s net by behr
– the entry way mustard dresser is painted french pale gold by behr


  1. 1

    Very shabby chic!

  2. 2

    It is all so beautiful! I really love the mantel…the trees and wreaths are so fun, and I especially love all of the stars you hung with the manger scene…whimsical but also meaningful. :)

  3. 3

    A very beautiful house! You have done an amazing job.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. 4

    It looks amazing! Merry christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    I love your home to pieces! If you could just box up each room, walls and all, and ship it to me, I’d appreciate it. ;)

  6. 6

    BEAUTIFUL! and I love that Nativity set too! Wonderful color choice (I never thought of doing the bulbs on a christmas tree in color layers like that. SO CUTE!)

  7. 7

    LOVE your living room! Love love love!

  8. 8

    I absolutely love everything!!! It’s perfect!! IN LOVE!!! Sharing on my fb wall and pinning too!!!

  9. 9

    Ohhh I love the stars with the nativity, next year I am doing that for sure! Thanks for the inspiration! Oh and I love the easy addition of pom poms to a simple green wreath, perfect.

  10. 10

    I love your home. It really is beautiful. That laundry basket is the best. I’m totally jealous of your nativity set (although that definitely doesn’t seem right) and I adore those stars. Fabulous. I think I might borrow that idea for next year.


  11. 11

    LOVE your home (with the Christmas decorations & in general)! The stars over the nativity is just darling as are all the pompoms in the wreaths.
    So fun and festive!

  12. 12

    Such a fun and inviting home. You certainly are creative and that’s probably why I have been following your blog. Merry Christmas and thanks for many good ideas.

  13. 13

    Beautiful!! I am loving your rainbow Christmas tree!! It turned out beautiful!!

  14. 14

    Love the stars with the Willow Tree nativity. Everything looks awesome!

  15. 15

    I always love your seasonal decorations! Love the color and coziness! It’s just perfect as always!

  16. 16

    how did you make the trees on your mantle? Do you have a tutorial for them?

    They are super cute!

  17. 17

    This all looks so beautiful!! I love your gorgeous decorations, you’ve inspired me to kick mine up a notch! :)

    Lauren x

  18. 18

    Would also like to know how u made the trees on your mantle! Your house is beautiful!

  19. 19

    Fabulous my dear…. just fabulous!

  20. 20

    Thanks for sharing – I love the family friendly feel of it! My kiddos are 3 & 4 and were so excited to decorate the tree this year. It’s adorable in it’s lop-sidedness, but the perfectionist in me wants to move ornaments around (and I admit I’ve moved a few) every time I look at it. Totally digging the ombre look of yours.


  21. 21

    Your house is so festive and fun! I still haven’t finished decorating yet. I keep thinking one of these afternoons I’ll set aside to finish up. I’m sure I’ll keep the decorations up thru New Years this year.

  22. 22

    Absolutely gorgeous! so Merry and Bright :)
    You’ve done a beautiful job at keeping the decorations cohesive
    and quietly grouped for big impact. This is so very inspiring!

  23. 23

    Hello from Scotland! I am from the Central Coast too, so your home reminds me of my old home. Where did you get the “do justly” sign? I’d love to buy or recreate one. Lovely post!

  24. 25

    This is such a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas. I have not decorated beyond stringing up a few lights (actually, they’ve been up all year) so…. got a lot of catching up to do!
    Love your tree, it’s so beautifully done! :)

  25. 26

    I just came across your your blog and *gasp* I am in love! Uuuuuh! So cute. I am a *NEW* blogger (3 posts, whoop whoop!) so i love love love finding blogs like yours! Adorbs! and your house…. Perfection. Feel free to drop by my blog… hehe. You won’t be impressed but I could use some input if you have any advice for a wannabe super blogger, lol. Good luck to you on success in the future and congrats on your success thus far! Very excited to “meet” you! ;)

  26. 27

    Your house is gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas!

  27. 28

    I LOVE, LOVE your rainbow Christmas tree!

  28. 29

    Love it all! And I LOVE your kitchen! I want white subway tile and a total kitchen re-do so bad! I loved seeing how you decorated in past years! So fun to see how styles evolve.
    Thanks for sharing and a very Merry Christmas to you!!

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