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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 Christmas House Tour

Welcome! I am so excited to be a part of Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk again this year. If you are visiting here this morning this is going to be pretty much a pictures only post. I will be coming back on later today though to add in the text as long as my computer cooperates so bear with me.

*Update: I was able to come back on this morning and have now added in the text! 

If you haven't already done so make sure to head on over to Shabby Creek Cottage and check out Gina's beautiful and festive home!
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/


Come on in! We moved this summer and started right to work updating our new home. We painted, painted, painted and painted some more and changed out toilets, removed cabinets and wallpaper and all sorts of things. Because we have been so busy doing that (and still have a few rooms left to tackle!) I didn't make any new Christmas projects this year and pretty much just used what we had from the last several years but seeing how it was a new space it was fun! Next year once all of the updating is done I can't wait to make some new things for Christmas. For this year though, here is what we have done so far:

Here is our kitchen. I actually have some other plans for in here but I haven't had time for them yet and am not sure I am going to get to it so instead we just added a few simple touches that included some branches from outdoors, paperwhites, and a gingerbread house that the girls and I made.

And here is a little shot of what our kitchen looked like when we moved in (as you can see although I didn't do anything too exciting for Christmas we have been working pretty hard in here):



And here is the family room which is on the other side of the kitchen:


And here are some more detailed shots of both the kitchen and family room:

I had grand plans of making a very detailed gingerbread house while the girls made their own fun one. Well, Lillie did spend five hours making hers which turned out adorable (in my opinion, anyway, although I suppose I am partial) =) but both girls hopped on and off my lap and "helped" me with mine so about five minutes in I realized although I might be able to keep all the candy off of it, it was still going to be very simple and quite messy - haha! Oh well. Maybe next year I'll do mine when they are in bed. =)

Here's Lillie's:

I added some garland that I've had for years to our chalkboard:




I played around with the mantel quite a bit. First I tried our download:

and then one of our Christmas canvases:
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But in the end I went back to the mirror and simple greenery.


And here is our dining room. I will be doing a full post on the dining room in the next week or so that includes an updated source list.






We've done quite a bit of work in here and the last big project is to change out the lantern, which I am planning on doing in the next month or so! I can't wait to remove the old one and add that finishing touch. And we will add photos/art going up the stairs eventually too. 


I showed you our study a couple of week ago decorated in red. I tried it two different ways. First red:






I surprised myself and liked the red more than I thought but because I didn't have any red items to add to the tree in there or around the room and didn't have time to make anything new and didn't want to spend any money this year on buying any new things with so many renovation projects still on our list so I ended up going with a chocolate, gold and cream theme that I had used in our family room at our last house the last several years because I could use all things we already owned and just add in some greenery from our yard.








In our powder room I just added some paperwhite and a little tree that I got at IKEA a couple of years ago. I was too lazy to get my tripod out and there is not any natural light in this powder room so sorry for the crummy pictures.


You can see a better shot of the bathroom where I did use my tripod a month or two ago and also what it looked like before here. I still need to add some artwork to the walls.


And here is how the downstairs rooms look at night, which is my favorite:



I also just got Lillie and Lola's room photographed yesterday so here is one quick shot and I will share more later.
Update: I have added in some of the photos from their room now that they are edited. 




And here's a shot of our guest room. I am hoping to photograph this room and share the progress sometime this week!

Update: Here are some updated pictures of our new guest bedroom: 






I also started decorating the porch a little bit and added our newest chalkboard download, but honestly I am not sure I am going to finish it this year. I always enjoyed decorating our old porch but I may have to wait until next year to really play around with our new one.

And that's it for now!

You can
Click here for our 2012 Christmas tour!
Click here for our 2011 Christmas tour!

And for a recap of all of our before and afters so far of our new home  you can click here
And for a source list from each room you can click here.

Thank you all for taking the time to let me show you around our home. Now it's time to head over to Finding Home to check our Laura's beautiful display! 
 http://findinghomeonline.com/christmas-decorating-ideas-holiday-housewalk-tour

And don't forget to see the tour from the beginning….
You can start here.


http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/2013/12/welcome-to-the-2013-holiday-housewalk-day-1.html


Have a wonderful day! 

87 comments:

  1. Your home is gorgeous! I love all your Christmas touches, you did a beautiful job!

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  2. Completely no surprise to me that your home is so incredibly gorgeous. I adore each detail.

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  3. Stunning! Love the touches of greenery and your hydrangea bannister! So cozy
    Kelly

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  4. Your home looks beautiful all dressed for Christmas Jennifer!! Love all your trees!

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  5. Beautiful! Your home is just so pretty and I can't get over how quickly you transformed it.

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  6. Jennifer - it is so nice to see you decorated for Christmas in your new home - it is just beautiful. Your style is so inspiring and those beams make me weak in the knees! Merry Christmas! It is an honor to be after you on the tour!

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  7. Love every charming detail Jennifer - always my favorite house on the home tour! Just hopped over to your shop to see if the "Dashing in the Snow" pillow was available and saw that it was sold out. Do you think you'll be listing more?

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    1. Hi Julie! Unfortunately I don't think we will be making that pillow cover again this year.

      -Jason

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    2. Thank you, Julie! And it looks like Jason beat me to answering you about the pillow.

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  8. Beautiful home !!! beautiful and all ready for the Christmas Season.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! I love all the greenery throughout your home! Beautiful!

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  10. Your home looks beautiful! I love an hydrangea on the stairway and I always love how you put a room together! Your decorating is beautiful! thank you so much for being a part of the tour. I always adore the hand-lettering you do and am glad you can find those in your on-line shop.

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  11. I always love your home! I think your styling is perfect and I love how you put a room together. I love the hydrangea on the stairway and I love all of the hand-lettered signs and art you do.I am glad I can find them in your on-line shop! Thank you so much for being a part of the tour!!!!

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  12. I knew your home would be beautiful! I adore all your touches and the overall warm feeling in your home. Thanks for sharing!
    -Shelley

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  13. beautiful and perfectly done- not too overdone!

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  14. Everything looks wonderful! I love all the greenery. The hydrangea garland on the stairs is so pretty and unique.

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  15. Fabulous! So inspiring! Beautifully done, have a wonderful holiday season! ~ Vanessa

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  16. You aren't planning on preparing any food in the next month...? I love the touches in your kitchen, but where the heck can you cook?

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    1. I am not a very good cook but I cook and bake in there every day and it isn't a problem. =)

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  17. Jennifer, thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us. It's so beautiful all year but especially at Christmas! I've ordered 2 of your Christmas prints to give as presents. Hopefully I will be able to let go of them to give them away, lol. Happy Holidays!

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  18. Beautiful as always!
    PS. I am drooling over those wood beams in your living room.

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  19. so full of inspiration!! beautiful!!!
    merry christmas!

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  20. Your home looks wonderful for the holidays!! I love all the unique touches you add to your home!!

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  21. Your home is so beautiful!! You don't leave one detail undone. I am definitely inspired to get my Christmas decorating done now!

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  22. Jennifer,
    Everything is beautiful! I especially love all the greenery and the hydrangea blooms. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

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  23. Jennifer: I have been looking forward to your home tour and as always, was not disappointed. Your home is perfection, inspirating, warm, welcoming...the adjectives are endless. Merry Christmas, Cindy

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  24. Everything looks great, Jennifer. Can I ask what your kitchen countertops are made from. We need to redo ours and before we do that I want to check all my options.

    Thanks,
    Kathleen

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! They are old Corian counters. They look a lot better in photos than they do in real life. =) They were here when we moved in. We plan on replacing them - hopefully this spring. Corian can be really beautiful - this particular counter though has seen a better day. =)

      Have a blessed week!

      Warmly,
      Jenni

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  25. Love what you've done in so short of time - and no sign of moving boxes! I can't believe the 'before' paper in your bath is the same that was the 'before' in my first house's living room. Definitely had to go!

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  26. OH! So very beautiful and welcoming! You have a real talent! God bless you and your lovely family, this season! Ana

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  27. Beautiful job! You must have planted your paperwhites back in October to have them ready for this tour :). Everything looks amazing. Enjoy your new home!

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  28. Jennifer, This is just beautiful. Your Christmas decor is lovely (as always). You have really put your signature on your new home. Sarah

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  29. This was BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing it. What a transformation on your home. Everything is so lovely, and I adore all those beams. It makes it all so cozy and inviting.

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  30. My favorite house so far!! I guess your style is the closest to what I love!! Always inspired by your posts! :)

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  31. Where did you find the Holy Family Figure? It is beautiful just like your entire house!

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    1. Thank you! It is from Savvy in Williamsburg, VA.

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  32. Everything is beautiful as usual! :) Love what you've done with your new house and props to you for getting it done so quickly. Not sure how you do it with 2 little ones.

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  33. Your home is so lovely. How very fun to have a little Christmas tree in you guest room ... a fun surprise.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  34. What a fabulous kitchen, dining and family room! The beams make it look so cozy...a perfect home for a Christmas gathering. I love how you used the hydrangeas on the staircase -- very pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.
    Sue P.

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  35. blown away by how much you guys have accomplished since moving in....
    hoping you're feeling settled...it sure looks like you are!

    you've decked the halls beautifully...I always look forward to seeing your home during the holidays!

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  36. Beautiful...so many things to look at! It looks amazing!

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  37. AHHH!!! Gorgeous. Stunning. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I'll be staring at these pictures forever. :-)

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  38. Well, I'm speechless!! I think it's just about the most beautiful home that I've ever seen! It's really hard to pull away from this page.... it's that fabulous!

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  39. Your home is so beautiful! I've followed your blog for quite some time now but haven't had much reading time in the past several months. Had no idea you moved! Your old home was gorgeous and this one is even more! If you wouldn't mind sharing, can you tell me where you found your wingback chairs? Both the ones in your family room and the slipcovered ones in your den? I'm looking for something similar for my dining room. Thanks so much!!!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! You are so sweet! The wingback chairs are from a store in Williamsburg called Savvy and the tufted ones are from TJ Maxx. There is actually a link in the post as well as under the tab above to the section "our home" where we list the sources for pretty much everything in our home which can be helpful if you are looking for an answer quickly because I can get pretty behind on e-mails. =)

      Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas season!

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  40. They may have been things from Christmas past but they added up to one lovely space. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. LOVE your home Jen! Can I just tell you that I can't even pick a favorite b/c there are so many. Your home is so warm and cozy and picture perfect! :)

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  42. Your decorating skills are superb and your home looks so inviting!
    Can you tell me where you purchased your family & dining room chairs?
    Thank you, B

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    1. The wingback chairs are from a store in Williamsburg called Savvy and the tufted ones are from TJ Maxx. Our dining room chairs are from IKEA and Joss and Main. There is actually a link in the post as well as under the tab above to the section "our home" where we list the sources for pretty much everything in our home which can be helpful if you are looking for an answer quickly because I can get pretty behind on e-mails. =)

      Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas season!

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  43. Beautiful, you are one very talented young lady. I adore your pretty new house.

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  44. Could your house be any more charming and pretty?! I CAN NOT believe what you all have accomplished... Everything looks so amazing. ... I love love gingerbread houses....
    and Lillie's is so cute! The plaid pillows in the family room are so cozy and appealing, and the bathroom is wonderful, what a difference, i want that wallpaper! ..not to mention the garland on the stairs with the hydrangeas, what a great idea!

    Cindy

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  45. You've come so far in such a short amount of time with your new home! Love the kitchen & the touches of red and green. The bathroom looks so much better. ;o) I wish for a moment that I had your photography skills. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  46. Jennifer, your home is beautiful and lovely. Love all the fresh greenery and the adorable gingerbread houses. I would love to ask you questions on your remodel as I look at homes this past week-You gave me hope and inspiration for all that wood I've seen. I will check your old posts first!

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  48. I love what you have done to your kitchen! Could you tell me where you found the hood over your range?

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  49. Wow! Your entire home looks like a magazine. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  50. What a beautiful home. I am so happy that I came accross your blog and online store. Please share and post more pictures of your beautiful home. What is interesting is the fact that we we similar taste in home decor. Please take a look a my blog http://jiloeastdesign.blogspot.com/ where I post sometimes some pictures of my work like handpainted pillows, tea towels, some jewelry, baskets ect. All handmade, crafted with love. I am so glad there are so many talented women like you who inspires others. i love your store too. Cheers!
    Maya at http://jiloeastdesign.blogspot.com/

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  51. Hi Jennifer! This page will stay fresh on my computer as I check it for ideas along my decorating path. I shared a photo of yours in the latest post on my blog and linked to you here. Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Sami

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  52. You know how I feel about everything you do...I feel like I say it too often..ha.
    It's gorgeous,stunning and so absolutely inspiring...xo

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  53. Jennifer, your home is a favorite of mine and your Christmas tour did not disappoint! All the work you have put into transforming this home the past few months and you still found time to decorate for the tour, you are A-mazing:)

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  54. Positively beautiful, my friend!!!

    XOXO,
    Anne

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  55. It is as if you've waved a magic wand on this house since you moved in. Simply beautiful!

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  56. The home looks great and festive. I like that you don't go overboard but yet you change up how each room is done just a little bit.

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  57. So beautiful and festive! You guys have worked really hard and it all looks just lovely!

    Your nighttime photos are gorgeous- do you mind sharing what settings you're using? I haven't been able to get mine quite right, and yours have that perfect glow. Thanks! =)

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    1. Thank you! And honestly, I have no idea - haha! I know I cranked the ISO way up but other than that I don't remember what I had to set it at to get the nighttime pictures.

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  58. Your house is stunning! It looks so warm and cozy and so beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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  59. Simply stunning! Love the red in your family room, but like you I am drawn to the creams, browns etc!
    Also wanted to take this opportunity to say i have purchased a few prints from your shop and could not be happier with them.....exquisitely done right down to the packaging! <3

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  60. Jennifer,
    Your home is simply stunning! Love the red touches you tried in your family room, but I like you are drawn more towards the creams,browns etc. with touches of copper, bronze and aged gold {goes better with my room colors}. When I do add reds and greens to my Christmas decor, it's mossy dark greens and dark burgundy etc.
    I also wanted to tell you how happy I have been with my prints I have purchased from you, either as a down load or via the mail. They are beautiful!!! <3

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  61. Oh my word, everything is just gorgeous...stunning...beautiful...there aren't enough adjectives! LOL! The hydrangeas on the stairs are amazing! You have completely transformed your home into a wonderfully warm and welcoming place and I'm so honored to have been part of Jen's tour with you! :-)
    Vanessa

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  62. I am in LOVE with it all but ESPECIALLY the hydrangea garland! OMG. Perfection! THanks so much for sharing! XO -Kennesha

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  63. It all looks so beautiful! LOVE the hydrangea in the garland! Merry Christmas! Melissa

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  64. Your home is gorgeous! I am sharing a link to this page this on my FB page: Julie Loves Home.
    Thanks!
    Julie

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  65. Your home is beyond beautiful! I cant believe all that you have done in such a small amount of time, you really amaze me! Oh how I look forward to your tour:). There are so many things I LOVE about this tour & your home, I wish you & your family the best holiday in your new home. Enjoy every minute! Jen @ City Farmhouse

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  66. What an absolutely gorgeous home tour! I love all of your natural details. Just beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  67. You have a beautiful home! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  68. Thank you Jennifer for opening your gorgeous home to us during the holidays. I love the hydrangea bannister - so unique and the Drummer Boy Sign above the fireplace is adorable. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!
    ~Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  69. I recently featured your guest room as part of my favorite Christmas ideas....Your entire house is truly amazing. You are incredibly talented at putting things together! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas season!

    http://www.andersonandgrant.com/2013/12/some-of-my-favorite-christmas-ideas.html

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  70. I loved your old house and porch!!! ;-)

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  71. Season's Greetings, Jennifer!
    I am in love with your incredible taste! I will be redoing our kitchen in 2014 - would you come to Canada and help me! Lol You must be LOVING your home. I could easily 'live' on your blog. All the best in the New Year.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  72. Everything looks lovely. You have done so much in such a short time. The stairway decorations are so beautifuland I love the little tree in the guest room with the silhouettes.I always look forward to seeing your home everyday and what you've done.So warm and inviting.

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  73. Now this is called perfectly decorated house for Christmas. I love the decoration you have done especially those Christmas trees. Merry Christmas to all...

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