christmas house tour

You know that book “if you give a mouse a cookie”? Cutest little picture book and fun story about the chain of events that happen when you give a mouse a cookie. That’s how I felt this year while decorating for Christmas. When you bring in a christmas tree, you’ll have to move the piano, which means the dresser has to move and then while you’re at it, you might as well change the curtains and relocate the coffee maker … and on and on and on.

After a week of the house in utter disarray, things are put together {at least until the tree gets taken down}, and ready for our annual christmas party this weekend.  I usually use red in our holiday decorating {mostly for the kids’ sake}, but this year I put all the red upstairs in their playroom {see it here} and stuck to my beloved neutrals with lots of green for the downstairs.  It is so me.

Enjoy the tour …

// ENTRY //





aka gift wrapping station




{my newest painting!}






// THE TREE //



// STAIRS //


This was all the kids’ idea. We made snowflakes out of coffee filters for our advent activity one night and the next morning I woke to them taping them up to the wall. It was so creative and sweet and Anthropologie-ish that we kept going.










living-room-christmas-cards     living-room-sofa-looking-into-kitchen










office-shelves-and-chair   office-owl-and-ribbons

Want more christmas decorating ideas and inspiration?

I’m the first stop on day three of a big blogger home tour, Jamie at  C.R.A.F.T. is next and the tours continue all week. For the entire list of homes, head to The White Buffalo Styling Co.

I love answering questions and sharing sources, so let me know if you’re curious about anything about our home!

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186 Responses to christmas house tour

  1. Meg Smith December 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Have been reading your blog for…I am thinking 3 years and totally had the stairwell elsewhere. It is lovely, Em!

    • emily December 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Isn’t that so funny how you picture houses differently than they really are? I walked into my friend Melaine’s house {mysweetsavannah} and it was all layed out differently than I imagined.

  2. Heather December 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely home!

    I love the postcard spinner rack on your coffee table holding Christmas cards. Where did you find such a low one? Great idea for Christmas cards!

    Merry Christmas!

    • emily December 12, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Isn’t it great? My mother in law found it at a thrift store and gifted it to me :)

  3. Tracy Laverty December 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    What a beautiful Christmas house tour. I love your simple, elegant style. Thanks for sharing. I’m working on finishing up my decorations too- it is a lot of shuffling.

  4. Lisa December 11, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Looking everywhere for a striped kitchen rug. Where did you find yours? You are blessed with amazing talent :)

    • emily December 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      The rug in the kitchen is from ikea a few years ago. Crate & barrel has a similar one {it is what we have in the dining room – but it comes smaller}.

  5. Lisa December 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Such a beautiful home! I just adore all of the colors…so calming. Silly question for you…did you have the 3 barstool chairs when your kids were younger? I’ve got an island like that and don’t have chairs there b/c I’ve got 3 littles, but it would be nice to have the extra seating. Just curious if I should forgo until they get older???

    • emily December 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      We have had those bar stools since we moved in 7 years ago – and throughout the two little ones’ lives. We had their portable high chair seats strapped to them when they were babies, and once they hit about 2.5, they just sat in them with no problem. We’ve maybe had only a few falls and nothing serious. I suppose it depends on the child and family, but we have been fine having the chairs available.

  6. Peggy December 12, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Sorry but I just want to come and sit and sip coffee(or tea or cocoa) here and soak up every last bit of it! Your home is truly lovely! It is a true reflection of the family who lives within its walls! I am still working on our decor… I have a feeling it will be January before it is “done”, ha ha! I’m just not stressing it… and add to the fact that we are doing little entertaining. But I want it to be happy and calm and beautiful for my family especially since will be the last one where our middle boy will be home. come next year we will be down to one child at home… I so do NOT like that!!!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

  7. Angie December 12, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Love your home Emily! Thanks so much for letting us readers in. Also love your blog. I was wondering how you did the sillouetts up your stairwell? Would love to try it out. Thank you so much

    • emily December 12, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      I have never done a tutorial on the big silhouettes and I will!

  8. Stephanie December 12, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Love your home and your style – it is beautiful. Was hoping you could tell me where you bought your couch? Is it comfy and would you buy it again? (We’re in the midst of couch regret.)

    Thank you. Merry Christmas.

  9. Jessica @ This Blessed Life December 12, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Stunning, as always! You have impeccable taste and your house never disappoints! Merry Christmas!

  10. Erin E December 12, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I so enjoy your style and taste! It is elegant and cozy. It makes me want to swing by for coffee the next time I’m in Seattle (I live in Portland). :-)

  11. Janie December 12, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Everything is so beautiful, you have such great taste and style. My favorite is the gold dots on the sliding door. Are those just stickers or what? I want to do that somewhere in my house too! You are such an inspiration!

  12. Jaquie December 12, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    just lovely!!!!

  13. Christine December 12, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Gorgeous as usual! I take so much inspiration from your home! Thank you! Curious about the striped mugs. Maybe you talked about them already but where did you get them???

  14. Kristine December 12, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! Looks so cozy and comfortable! I would love to know where the striped throws and the striped lampshade are from. Thank you:)

  15. Bethany @ Dwellings by DeVore December 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Your home is stunning! Love all the greenery and touches of gold!

  16. Justine December 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    This is perfection. Not overdone, so classy. One of my favorite parts is the tree skirt. I need a new one; did you just wrap fabric around it, or is it an actual tree skirt? I was going to make one, but if just wrapping fabric around it looks this good I may rethink! If so, how many yards did you use?

  17. Susanna December 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your lovely decorating with us! Want to travel to Michigan and come do mine, too?! :)

    I’d love to know what color paint is that rich gray behind your Christmas tree! I have gray throughout my house but can’t seem to find the right shade—I keep picking ones that have too much purple included!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  18. Sheri December 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    your home is lovely… I would also like to come and sit for a cup of coffee or cocoa and just take it all in!! Every room has something so unique and the colors are just spectacular! Wish I could turn my house into something that beautiful!! hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and enjoy your beautiful home!

  19. erin December 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    love it! I could just look and browse at your house all day. It’s just my style!! thanks for the inspiration!!

  20. Jill T. December 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Wherever did you find that gigantic roll of bakers twine on your table? I LOVE it!

  21. Tammy December 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    So lovely & serene! I love your decorating style so much! Thank you for the walk thru & constant inspiration! I especially love the snowflakes up the staircase!


  22. Kellie December 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Just lovely Emily! I love the touches of green.

    Did I miss a post about a paint treatment on your living room curtains?

  23. Sarah December 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Oh the snowflakes are my favorite part! Those kids know what’s up!

  24. Heather December 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Just beautiful! And…I would LOVE a tutorial on the big silhouettes…. :)

  25. Stephanie December 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I just LOVE your coffee mugs with the deer on them! I have been searching for those, where did you find them! Your home is stunning!

  26. Janice Vincent December 13, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Hi Emily !

    Just discovered your blog by way of ” Paint Colors”. Your kitchen walls were highlighted there.

    Was hoping you’d consider sharing the color on your kitchen ceiling, the wall behind your tree and the staircase wall.

    Thanks so much. Your home is lovely & I look forward to reading your blogs.


  27. lizbelle December 13, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    What a lovely home. Can you tell us where to find the table desk in your office. I need one like that desperately! Merry Christmas!

  28. Nia December 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiration. Your home is beautiful, just like your spirit :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  29. Nia December 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiration. Your home is beautiful, just like your spirit.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  30. amyks December 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Love your holiday decorating…those polka dot pillows are awesome and I love the snowflakes. We do this in our kitchen on our huge sliding door, but the windows were just cleaned, so I “borrow” your idea.

  31. Diana December 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I love the white/green/black color palette!

  32. susan December 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    thank you , thank you, Emily, for the cards on the blog today -” there IS a Santa, Virginia” – but more to the point, there IS a loving God who cares for us – and we are blessed that you allow Him to work through you to encourage us with His word. I wonder how many others requested that you make this available – I’m just going to believe it’s my own special gift. :)

  33. Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home December 14, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Beautiful, Emily! And I agree, very “you.” Love those coffee filter snowflakes on the staircase – what a fun, whimsical addition!

  34. RobynK December 15, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    The elk head is amazing, I’ve been looking for one with antlers that large. Would you be able to share where you found it?

    I absolutely love your style! We have a lot of leftover coffee filters (upgraded to a Keurig) and I love what you did with yours, thanks for the inspiration!


    • emily December 17, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      The elk head came from Restoration Hardware.

  35. Monica December 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Your home is lovely Emily! I love the fireplace and the snowflakes going up the stairs is wonderful!! The neutrals and greens are so you and are beautiful!

    I’d like to know where your deer mugs came from and the Owl cookie jar(?). I love these and the completely go with your decor.

  36. John December 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Excellent!!! Merry Christmas!

  37. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor December 17, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I just LOVE your tree and the snowflake staircase wall. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. There was a treat for the eyes everywhere you looked:)

  38. Malia December 17, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    Lovely! one quick question – what did you use to stick the snowflakes on the wall, that you know won’t remove any paint when they come off?

    • emily December 17, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      We just used scotch tape. Hope it doesn’t pull the paint off!

  39. Julie Larsen December 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I love your office. Where did you get the white shelves and their brackets from?

  40. Martha December 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    I am in love with your home! Can you tell me where you found the curtains in your living room? Thank you so much!

  41. Catherine December 27, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I am an Australian living in Minnesota right now but when we return to Australia in a few years and build a house, I HAVE TO have a shingled fireplace. I cannot stop thinking about it! Everything in your home is so lovely and calming and not overdone and real and livable. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Crystal January 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I love your gold striped drapes! Such a statement!!! Could you share your glitter spray source? (brand?) and the name of the ikea curtain you used? Thanks!! :)

    • emily January 3, 2014 at 11:52 am #

      I found the gold paint at Home Depot in the spray paint aisle. Lowes does not carry it. The curtains are a few years old so they are the older style of the lynda curtains.

  43. Judi January 3, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    You have done such a wonderful job with your ‘simply elegant’ decorating! Absolutely gorgeous! My favorite part?? The TREE! You must have gone in and hand pruned it to get that wonderful, open, old-fashioned look. Am I correct? That is my dream tree! TFS!

    • emily January 3, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      The trees are pruned like that out on the christmas tree lot. We like a noble fir for this reason – nice spacing between branches.

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