Hello friends! Welcome to The Gathered Home’s 2016 full holiday home tour… and hang onto your hats, because I went a little snap-happy while photographing this tour because I really do love our home all decked out for the holidays!
Today, I’m participating in the Winter Eclectic Home Tours hosted by Jess of Domicile 37, the sweetest blogger and friend! I’m joining 24 other insanely talented eclectic home decor bloggers – you can find all their home tours linked at the bottom of this post, and I HIGHLY encourage you to make a date with your computer (or preferred blog reading device) and visit each and every one.
This zany little setup greets you to your right after you walk in our front door:
The vintage post office box holds crafting supplies, decor items – anything I can shove inside its handy little file drawers – and serves as the drop zone for car keys.
The life-sized Boston terrier statue (named “Baxter”) was a thrift store find, and I lovingly refer to him as our house guardian angel. You’ll see that my main Christmas decorating philosophy is “Put a Santa hat on it”, so Baxter got a plush little hat I found at the thrift store.
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The Gathered Home Principles of Christmas Decorating Number Two: Fairy Lights.
This year, I ordered a pack of these micro LED light strings and sprinkled them throughout the house! They’re battery-operated, so it’s super easy to flip the little switch and turn them on for a magical coppery glow!
I just used a tiny dab of hot glue to fix a red pom pom to this vintage brass gazelle’s nose and presto – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Brass Deer.
To the left of the front door when you walk in, is the space I like to refer to (a little grandiosely) as “the library.” This is where I set up our Christmas tree this year – the big window at the front of our house was just begging for twinkly Christmas lights!
In case you missed the post earlier this week, you can get all the details on my Colorful, Gathered, Eclectic Christmas Tree right here.
Our six-foot tree felt a little dinky with our new house’s taller ceilings, so I swagged some thrifted white garland around the window and decorated it with ornaments as well to help give it some more presence.
Our calico kitty Midna is completely enamored with the tree – mainly because she thinks ornaments are the most fun thing to play with since ear buds, hair ties, and makeup sponges were invented. (A few other of her favorite playthings.)
The gilded console table holds a children’s Bible (Bryan’s) opened to the Christmas story, and this paper mache nativity set I thrifted earlier this fall. Its made of paper and cloth, with rope details – truly exquisite!
The Dining Room:
The library and the dining room are open to one another, so they don’t really feel like separate rooms. Just about everything you can see in the whole space came from a thrift store or Craigslist!
This table setting was so simple to pull together, and I feel like it can work for the entire winter season, even after the holidays!
I thrifted this lavishly beaded wrap years ago and I love using it as a table runner! The sparkling flowers glitter like a blanket of snow.
I laid a length of artificial pine garland on top of the table runner in a slight serpentine, and then gathered up most of the candle holders that I’ve thrifted over the years and staggered them down the length of the table. I added a few sprays of fake pine branches and some pinecones to fill out the arrangement.
I kept the black and gold leaf credenza pretty simple. “Lady Margaret” (the giant, thrifted portrait study of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”) smiles down on brass deer candleholders, faux greenery, and pine tree shaped candles.
You may remember how I set up teeny Halloween vignettes in this thrifted cheese tray… I decided to do the same thing for Christmas with a “snow globe” spin:
Let’s move on into our living room area, at the back of the house. Our vintage teak fold out bar stands across from the kitchen, and holds all the makings for holiday cheer.
Nothing really changed in the way I have the bar set up – I just plopped some fake pine and juniper branches into the vase and one of the vintage glasses.
When friends visit, they always comment on this poseable wooden mannequin hand! It’s so fun to play with – a friend’s son posed it holding a key-shaped bottle opener and I thought it was so cute, it’s stayed this way for months.
The vintage school girls oil painting was a thrift store find. (And actually, while I was taking these photos, I found the Goodwill sticker still on the side of the frame – oops!)
A corollary to The Gathered Home’s Principles of Christmas Decorating Number One – if a Santa hat won’t quite do, try a mini felt scarf with pom pom ends:
The Living Room:
Just past the bar, is my absolute favorite room in the house – the living room. This is where 90% of my blogging takes place (the other 10% is snuggled up in bed with my cats), right there on my beloved thrifted green velvet sofa.
In fact, the green velvet sofa already feels so perfect for Christmas, with red accents sprinkled throughout the room, that I really didn’t have to do much besides rearrange the mantel and light a fire!
Oh that fireplace! It has quickly become my favorite spot in the entire house! It’s a gas log set, so enjoying a roaring fire is as simple as turning the key in the wall and lighting the pilot – I feel so ridiculously spoiled, since our first house’s fireplace was non-functional.
The bones of the mantel remained the same: the DIY vintage flying machine patent art and my vintage obelisk collection. I simply swagged two pre-lit artificial garlands over the giant print – mine are battery powered, so no cords to deal with!
The shapes of the obelisks already reminded me of Christmas trees, so I added a few thrifted trees, a leaping brass gazelle, and, of course, some more fairy lights!
And, refer back to Principle Number One: Mr. Spalding (the inventor of this fabulous feathered flying machine, which is a REAL patent image from 1889, you guys!) received a little Santa hat, made from felt scraps and held on with a loop of tape.
I staged our vintage lucite coffee table (one of my BEST thrift finds ever!) with Christmas books, coloring books, and games – lots of pretty things to look at and play with!
If you missed it, you can catch my recommendations for the best coloring books for everyone on your Christmas list right here!
I’ve always LOVED this vintage children’s book series by Swedish author Maj Lindman – they just feel perfect for Christmas!
In front of the fireplace, Xanthippe the Zebra is – yes – also sporting a Santa hat and sitting on top of a little leather suitcase I thrifted this summer.
I created two little Christmas vignettes on either side of the television, which, let’s face it, is pretty much the most important part of the living room. Where else am I going to binge my Galavant and Supernatural?!
I’ve been trying out my vintage federal eagle mirror on the right side of the oak sideboard and I think I really like it here! Beneath it, I pulled together a little vignette with vintage books, a vintage metal postal box bank I recently thrifted, and my little felt Rudolph that I stitched up several Christmases ago:
Although there are no Gathered Home kiddos yet, I love the idea of using the little mailbox (with a working mail slot!) for future letters to Santa!
On the other side, I filled this terrarium I made out of a brass and glass lantern I found at the Habitat Restore with soft ivory flannel and a white bottle brush tree, wrapped with – you guessed it – more fairy lights!
The Gathered Home’s Principles of Christmas Decorating Number Three: Miniatures Everywhere!
I love miniatures and creating tiny displays! My favorite mini thrifted Mudlen End cottages felt perfect for Christmas, so I aded a mini ceramic tree and a petite group of carolers I found tucked away in a trinket box from my childhood, staged on a landscape made of vintage books.
And that about wraps it up! Thank you for joining me on this Christmas-themed walk through – I hope you enjoyed the holiday details I’ve added to our home!
If you need me, I’ll probably be right here by the fire!
More Inspiring Eclectic Home Tours:
Now is the perfect time for you to visit these other wonderful eclectic home tours! I’m officially the last stop on this week’s hop, but please don’t miss the other incredibly talented bloggers who’ve already shared their gorgeous homes – you’ll find all the links below: