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My 2014 Blogger Stylin Christmas Home Tour

Hello, and welcome to my 2014 Christmas home tour!  I am so excited to once again be participating in Lindsay’s Blogger Stylin Home Tour hop.  If you are hopping over from Scout & Nimble, welcome!  I am glad you are here!

BSHT Christmas 2014 Graphic

I am also participating in Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk Link Party!


I thought we would start on the porch before entering the house.  I actually made a conscious choice to scale down a little this year in the Christmas decorating arena, and it feels great!  I still have quite a bit, but I love the simpler look this year.  Simple does not mean less photos though…. prepare for photo overload!

Our side entry is the door that most people use.  I decorated my vintage ladder with a couple of garlands (the snowball one was a gift from my parents last year), a chalkboard, a candy cane stripe picket, and then I added a useful crate of firewood.  We have a huge stack on the porch, but being right outside the door gives us quicker access!  Of course every porch needs a vintage sled at Christmas, too!  And because we live in the country we actually get milk from a local creamery and we store our empty bottles in our vintage metal milk container until we go exchange them.Christmas porch entry with chalkboard, candy cane picket, vnitage ladder, vintage sled, garlands, firewood in crate

Christmas porch entry with candy cane picket, ladder, garlands, chalkboard


On the other side of our porch by our “main entry”, I’ve got a turquoise bench I draped with a vintage plaid blanket, and a couple of pillows (one from Drop Cloth Designs and one from the Elizabeth & Co vintage tag sale).   On one side of the bench sits Sawyer’s old radio flyer scooter from his toddler days (sniff sniff), and to the right a stump.  Above the bench I hung a found vintage window and I added a bull skull to it.Christmas porch entry, vintage pillows and plaid blanket, turquoise bench and window, radio flyer scooter, bull skull

Sawyer loves that each year we pull out his old scooter.

To the right of the door, I added a wooden star from Distinguished Cottage, and I wove lights around it.  And if you are wondering what that leafy contraption is, it’s a fairy house Emmy made at a birthday party recently.  I had a bunch of Christmas mini decorations so I gave them to Emmy and let her add them to her fairy house for the season.

christmas porch with wooden star



We also have a dining table on our porch, but we won’t be using it much this time of year.  I do like to at least make it look presentable though!  I added a vintage navajo runner I used on last year’s Christmas dining table, and some numbered jars to mark the date!  And you can see that stack of firewood I was talking about.bshtporch7

Now let’s head inside to the living room!  This space is my favorite this time of year; I love using the fireplace and relaxing on the couch with the family while the lights on the tree glisten.

Cozy Christmas Living RoomClearly, my pups love hanging out in this cozy space, too.

This year’s mantle is my all time favorite.  I shared it last week on the blog here.

Black, White, and Sparkly Holiday Mantle

I painted the mantle black back in January, and I love how metallics play on it!black, white, and sparkling holiday mantle

The tree is always the crowning touch to this space.  We cut our own live tree each year- I look forward to that day so much each year!

Christmas living room with touches of red

The coffee table gets a vintage Santa book each year, and this year I added brass deer and red candles in my candlesticks.

christmas coffee table with vintage book and red candles

Our tree is a combination of vintage ornaments and special ornaments as well as red wooden beads that belonged to my great grandmother.  The skirt was made by my talented friend, Kathleen.

christmas tree in the living room

Both the dogs and the antelope approve of this year’s tree…

Christmas living room with black backed bookcases

These beautiful mercury glass candlesticks were a gift from someone who I think has been reading my blog longer than even my mom- sweet Allison.

antelope decked out with glittery ornament and mercury glass

I do want to mention one thing…. Since I took photos I have added a Danish flag garland to our tree.  I am not Danish, but I love the way it looks. 🙂  I purchased this from one of our vendors at Sweet Clover, Ms.Maria.  It looked so lovely, that I wanted to add a couple more photos.

christmas tree with red beads and danish flag garland

Do you see why I wave my Danish flag proudly now, even though I am not so Danish? 😉


Anyhow,  I felt those should be added even though they don’t appear in all photos. 🙂

And finally in the living room, the chalkboard received a seasonal message.  When I was a child I was petrified after hearing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and cried to my mom “He sees you when you’re sleeping!  He knows when you’re awake!”  So I left a little message for the man in red…

Christmas chalkboard: Dear Santa, please don't watch me while i'm sleeping.


From the living room we head through the main entry hall (sounds so grand when I say that but it’s teeny!)  I love changing out the chalkboard wall her have for every season.


christmas chalkboard wall

Across from this wall sits the staircase and a very small space where I have an antique petite secretary.

christmas entry

I always add a few items here, and this year our pine cone car Santa landed there.  I bought him several years ago and he is a favorite of the kids.

pine cone car santa

Heading through straight across from the living room is my dining room, which I’ve kept fairly simple this year as well.


I shared this rustic and glam centerpiece with DIY candlesticks just last week.

rustic and glam christmas centerpiece

On the antique secretary we use for barware, Sawyer’s nutcracker collection is on display.

nutcrackers on display

And on the buffet sits one of my favorite finds of all time, a midcentury sculpture of a sailboat.  I added Christmas lights to it and am using it as our card display.   Because of the light coming into this room, this is the hardest all to shoot.

midcentury buffet and boat in dining room

Of course when I shot this, I had only received one card so far, but you get the idea!  On either side of the boat, I’ve added evergreen branches in aqua glass bottles.

midcentury boat sculpture as card display

And of course, my wall mounted antlers had to get in on the Christmas action.

decorated antlers

One f my favorite features of this room is my vintage seascape gallery wall.  I added a simple handcut “Merry” banner to one of the paintings.

christmas in dining room; merry banner on art


merry on art

The dining room opens to the kitche, where again I’ve simplified a little this year.  I set up a vignette on the island but other than that, there are just some easy toucheskitchen island christmas vignette


Because the dining room opens to the kitchen, the kitchen gets great light.  (Of course it was a rainy day when I took photos).christmas home tour kitchen

This island is typically where I sit and blog from.  It’s a pretty large expanse of table top, so I always love to have some sort of seasonal items on it.  This year I purchased the A-Treat navy crate from one of my Sweet Clover vendors,  and filled it with candlesticks, a little white tree my mom gave me, some greens, vintage ornaments and a globe ornament I glittered with “Peace on Earth”.

vintage crate filled for christmas

On the dining room side of the crate sits a vintage bug I found a few months ago at a yard sale.  Last year it was trucks and trees, and this year, it’s bugs and trees!

vintage bug with christmas tree
And at the time I took these photos, our elf, Lolly, was hanging out on the other side, having just built a snowman the night before.

elf on the shelf makes a marshmallow snowman


I hung the vintage deer mount advent calendar I created in the kitchen by the door we always use to exit and enter.  This location helps us to remember!vintage christmas kitchen

As you can see I have a vintage porcelain bull head that hangs on that wall as well.  His name is Oswald, and Emmy let him borrow her sparkly pink Santa hat.  I don’t think she’ll be getting it back.


With simplifying the look in the kitchen for Christmas, I desperately wanted to redo my entire open shelving area…. If you recall they have been loaded with vintage aqua glassware prior.   I did a ton of rearranging so that the shelving would be styled with mostly white and hints of blue.

christmas kitchen

Once I had all of the basics changed out, I added in my holiday touches, including evergreen branches, some white glitter houses, a sliver vintage deer….kitchen shelving at christmas


a white penguin, a glass tree filled with marshmallows….bshtkitchen7

a vintage santa mug that’s missing all of its paint which makes me love it even more…

open shelving at christmas

and do you spy the vintage tin polar bear?  I purchased him from one of my Sweet Clover vendors as well.  He sits in front of  a winter painting Sawyer did in kindergarten.

vintage polar bear

And on the top shelf, front and center, sits two pieces of art created by each of the kids.  Sawyer painted the snowman a few years ago, and Emmy painted the reindeer two years ago.  These are two of my favorite pieces of Christmas decorating…. When I unpack them, I am filled with joy, and the kids are so proud to have them on display.

displaying kids christmas art


Every kitchen needs a hot drink station in the winter!  I’m an avid coffee drinker (you can see I had just made French press coffee when I photographed these!).  We’ve got another tree filled with marshmallows for the kids hot cocoa, and everything I need for my coffee.  The elf mugs were a gift from a friend a few years ago, and I love letting them be on display this time of hot drink station

In the corner sink area, I’ve added a few of my gold leafed bottles with evergreen sprigs.

kitchen window with gold leafed bottles and evergreen

And I’ve also addded a couple of gifts from friends- one being this scrabble “blessed” I’ve had for years, and I just added this gold horseshoe my friends at the Milk Shop sent to bring me luck.  It just so happens that one of my all time favorite songs is “These Are the Days” by 10,000 maniacs, so I love having these items together to remind me that I am indeed blessed and lucky.

blessed and lucky

I also enjoy adding some elements of the season into the bedrooms.  This year is the first since we moved here that our guest room won’t be occupied for the holidays, but I still decorated it.  My mom will be here tomorrow for Sawyer’s band concert, so at least she will get to enjoy it for one night!

I added some vintage ornaments in silver and gold  to the branches on the bedside dresser.

bohemian christmas guest room


The dresser was given some “new” art as well as a tinsel tree.

guest room dresser decor at christmas

I also added a simple star garland I created to the vintage art.

eclectic art mixed with silver gltter and tinsel


The deer sit on a vintage deer tray I purchased from one of my Sweet Clover vendors…. I had to have it!

vintage deer tray.

The kids each have their own tinsel trees as well.  Emmy’s of course is pink!

emmy's room with pink tree

Last year I created this pom pom and bell garland.


Sawyer’s tree had to be his favorite color…. red!

sawyer's room- red tinsel tree

We also keep Christmas lights up year round in here, but I added an Ikea tassel garland to his vintage flag.

Sawyer's room at christmas

And finally, this is the last space I will share with you…. I know it has been a lot to take in!  Usually I don’t do much in our own room, but this year because of the puppy, I couldn’t put my vintage flocked tree up in the dining room.  I love this tree so much, so I had to find a place for it.  I hauled it up to the master and decorated it in blue and gold.

Master bedroom at Christmas


These colors on the tree work perfectly in our space.  They happen to be my favorites.

Master Bedroom at Christmas


Master at Christmas

Well, you survived photo overload!  Thank you so much for coming along this tour with me!

BSHT christmas tour pin


Now be sure to hop over to Sand & Sisal to check out Kim’s beautiful coastal Christmas tour!


And one more thing today!  I wanted to let you know you can also find me at designPOST today!  Beth invited me to create a design plan for her living room- pop over to check out what I came up with!


And if you want to catch up with the rest of the tour, here’s the week’s schedule!

Monday, December 8th:
The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Inspired by Charm
Bliss at Home
Thistlewood Farms
Charming in Charlotte
Number Fifty-Three
Julie Blanner
Cuckoo 4 Design
Eclectically Vintage

Tuesday, December 9th:
My Fabuless Life
Scout & Nimble
Primitive & Proper
Sand & Sisal
The Chronicles of Home
DIY Playbook
This, That, & Life

Wednesday, December 10th:
Desert Domicile
Design Post Interiors
Southern Hospitality
In my own style
Retro Ranch Reno
Iron & Twine

 Thursday, December 11th:
Jones Design Company
Finding Home
Jen Rizzo
Home Stories A to Z
Dimples & Tangles
Simple Stylings
Run to Radiance
The Thriftress

Friday, December 12th:
Inspired Room
Beneath my Heart
DIY Showoff
Just a Girl
Rain on a Tin Roof
Eleven Gables
Burlap and Lace
Sarah M. Dorsey


Sharing here:

Inspiration Gallery, The Nester’s Tour of Homes, 12 Days of Christmas Link up




122 thoughts on “My 2014 Blogger Stylin Christmas Home Tour”

  1. It’s such a great beautiful and detailed tour. I love that you went as far as to decorate your dining table on the porch. I adore the tree in your living room with the pups snuggling right by it and your fireplace is so dramatic this year with the black paint. Love everything.

  2. Your house always looks so inviting and cozy, and never more than at Christmas! I love, love, love all the little touches….all the animals, of course, that ship lit up and displaying cards, your clever message to Santa :). Incidentally, Abe thinks the yarn trees on your table look like ice cream. He got really excited 😉

  3. Ahhhh there are so many things I love! I love how you incorporate personal and sentimental touches in your home. I love the danish banner, I love your black fireplace and how I didn’t even notice the tv until I looked closely! So much beauty Cassie! You and hilarious and wonderful! Xo

  4. I LOVE that Radio Flyer scooter! Seriously, couldn’t get it out of my head for the rest of the post. It makes me think of A Christmas Story for some reason…. Your house is the perfect backdrop for loads of Christmas memories.

  5. I think the pups say it all, you have such a warm, cozy and comfortable home! I’m especially loving the glam of the mantel. I love the way it mixes with the rustic elements. And your dining room centerpiece is so pretty. What a wonderful home for your family to enjoy!

  6. Your house is like a museum of super awesome things! I just want to come over for a cup of hot chocolate and take it all in (and snuggle with those cozy pups). I love the deer crock… and the red beads from your great grandmother… LOVE the danish flag garland…Sawyer’s scooter…that pincone car santa!! eee! Also you must have the hippest brass deer in town, all ready for the disco.

  7. It’s impossible to pick a favorite part of your house tour! As I was reading I kept thinking “this is it! incredible!” and then I would scroll down and find something else awesome – but I’m especially dying over the sailboat with christmas lights and that gorgeous tree in your bedroom! It’s all so so good!

  8. Great tour! What color did you use on your kitchen door? That blue would be perfect for the back of my front door! can you e-mail it to me? Thanks!

  9. oh my goodness, so many favorite things to chose from, but I love your guest room (I guess I’m partial because of the headboard 😉 and your mantel is fabulous too!!

  10. come on over! we will take turns moving the elf, drink hot chocolate or wine or maybe irish coffee….

  11. thank you so much, kenz! sawyer will be thrilled you love his old scooter! 🙂 you’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

  12. What a beautifully decorated home for Christmas! I love every bit of it and all of the special and sentimental touches you’ve included. The kids artwork is so special and bringing out Sawyer’s scooter. It is such a warm, cozy and inviting house. You have done an amazing job Cassie. Your pups are adorable!

  13. What a beautifully decorated home for Christmas! I love every bit of it and all of the special and sentimental touches you’ve included. The kids artwork is so special and bringing out Sawyer’s scooter. It is such a warm, cozy and inviting house. You have done an amazing job Cassie. Your pups are adorable!

  14. Your home is so so cozy! Makes me miss decorating. I can not wait until we have more spaces in the house finished off so I can feel like I can refocus my attention from renovating and basic setup to all the fun details!

  15. The dogs, the antelope and I all approve of your festively fun Christmas house! Love your real tree – makes me want to head into the woods right now with an ax – just in case I meet Jason! Your idea of a simple Christmas is simply perfect!

  16. Cassie, it’s beautiful! I love how every little nook and cranny is filled with something unique and joyful. I love that you store away your kids’ favorite artwork to bring out at Christmas and your flocked tree is stunning. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  17. I’ve ALWAYS envied your attention to detail!! All those little pieces make such a beautiful vignette!! I’m just now (finally ) starting to get my house together( always behind the ball) but you always inspire me so I’m hopeful at least !!

  18. Oh, Cassie – it all looks so cozy and warm and happy. I love the sailboat as a card holder and all of your vignettes are just lovely. I didn’t do anything in our bedrooms but love the little (and big) touches you added there too. Such a great tour.

  19. Just as I suspected! I love each and every detail Cassie! You have an amazing eclectic, original style that I could just get lost in. There is too much fabulousness for me to even be able to mention it all. I will say I still cannot get over that snowman your elf made and I would feel like I died and went to heaven if I found myself in your bedroom….okay…that sounded weird. You know what I mean 😉

  20. This must have taken you forever! I feel accomplished if I’ve decorated our tiny first level. Absolutely adore how you used the blanket as a tree skirt in your bedroom. Happy holidays, enjoy your beautiful and festive home!

  21. thank you, julie! just too bad it’s like 40 and windy right now…. don’t think i will be retreating there!

  22. i don’t even know what to say- i am beyond flattered because i am a huge fan of your style and your home!!! this comment rocked my day!

  23. aaaw, thank you so much, rita!!! you totally can! 🙂 it’s just about enjoying it and doing what you can though, ya know?

  24. Wow, girl this is the ultimate in cozy and eclectic!! From the fun scooter on the porch to the bird on your chalkboard your little details are so much fun! I love the transformation your of home this past year, but in all decked out for Christmas has to be my favorite!!

  25. I’m glad the dogs and the antelope approve. Ha ha ha! Love it all Cassie! Really love the bull skull on the green window frame, and I kid you not, I bought black paper to cut out “merry” to make a garland, but I never got around to it. Wish I did. Yours is cute. Ok back to the top to see it all again:)

  26. thank you SO much, elizabeth! i appreciate that! you know how it goes- you do what you love but then you question yourself and think, is it good enough? but i just have to remind myself to just do me and do what i love!

  27. WOW! thank you so much, roeshel! excited to see your BSHT tomorrow, too! i will be in the car for 10 hours tomorrow so i may not see it til next week. 🙂

  28. thank you SO much, pam!it really has changed a lot this year- i feel like i’ve sort of come into my own with the house finally. 🙂 thank you so much!

  29. You call that scaled back? AMAZING! And I love that you still have the pillow and that you gave it a shout out! Oh, and I love your chalkboard walls and doors! I spent some time today “seasoning” my new chalkboard wall in the basement (yes, like minds think alike!). And those pups are darling! I just want to reach in and give them a giant pet!

    🙂 Linda

  30. by scaled back i mean less of the christmas junk- ya know, the tchotchkes… i used more natural stuff and items i already use in my decor instead. 🙂 thank you so much, linda! oh and you are welcome for the shout out!

  31. Love, love, love it Cassie! I had to giggle at your note to Santa – so cute. I don’t want him seeing me when I’m sleeping either! 😉 Your tree is making me want a live one, like we had when I was a kid – such a fun tradition, and the smell is like nothing else! Your chalkboard walls are fantastic for the holidays too – I just can’t even take it all in and choose a favorite! Thanks for linking up to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes! Merry Christmas!

  32. Cassie your home is simply magical this Christmas! I love your little touches everywhere, from the shelves in your kitchen to the guest room, it all looks so lovely. What A-Treat to take your tour….thanks for sharing!!

  33. Nailed it!!! Just like you always do! Your mantle with the different garlands is so great. I’ll be stealing that one! And since your guest room won’t be used I’m going to help myself to it. It’s one of my favorite rooms ever 🙂

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