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Classic Christmas Home Tour

I am so excited to share our Classic Christmas home tour!

This year I joined some amazing bloggers for the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour hosted by Carrie from Lovely, Etc. Welcome everyone coming to visit from Jen at The Striped House. And when you are done checking out our Christmas tour, make sure to complete the hop by visiting the next person on the list.

This year for Christmas I wanted to decorate with classic Christmas decor. Red’s and greens, lots of garland, and a little bit of whimsy. And it is so much fun to decorate your home with things that have lots of Christmas memories.

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Part of the Christmas magic is filling your home with items that bring back memories of Christmas past. I love seeing the kids get excited about certain things, or even better, when they ask when we can put them out!

On the drive home from Thanksgiving dinner, my daughter asked “Can we put up the Letters to Santa mailbox tonight?” You better believe I pulled it out of storage and hung it up immediately. The kids smiles when they saw it hanging in the dining room the next morning was worth it.

Letters to Santa mailbox hanging on a wall with a Christmas tree in the background.

Decorating the Dining Room for Christmas

This year I was really excited to have a hutch to decorate for Christmas. It’s always been on my wish list. I used our new dining room hutch to display some Christmas dishes. A collection of found items from the years is the perfect way to bring Christmas memories to the kitchen or dining room.

Dining room with hutch decorated for Christmas.

And then I hung our new paper holly wreaths on the cabinet doors. It looks exactly like Christmas. We are going to have so much fun using it for all our Christmas cooking!

Dining room hutch all decorated for Christmas with paper holly wreaths hanging on the cabinet doors.
Gray hutch with natural wood interior and paper Christmas wreath hanging on the door.

I also wanted to add some Christmas touches to our new blue & white two tone kitchen. I started with a few trees and a nutcracker from my childhood on the open shelves.

But sadly I ran out of time and that is all the Christmas decorations the kitchen has. I have plans to add wreaths to all the cabinet doors (I have always wanted to do that!). Hopefully I will get some time to add more Christmas to the kitchen and can do a mini tour of it next week.

Open shelves in a kitchen decorated for Christmas as part of the classic Christmas home tour.

Saving Space with Pencil Christmas Trees

This year for Christmas I decided I needed to add a few more Christmas trees to our Christmas decor. One tree is awesome, but 3 trees is even better! However, the decision to add more trees was actually for a good reason.

Our living room is very long and narrow, every year I have to completely rearrange furniture to squeeze a Christmas tree in there. And as much as I love having the Christmas decorations up, I would always want that tree down as soon as possible. The room was just too cramped.

But now they make pencil Christmas trees. These beauties are full height Christmas trees but way more narrow than even a narrow tree! I couldn’t resist a 60% off sale and bought not one, but 2 (and for less than $100 total). I was able to fit the new Christmas tree in the living room and only needed to move the table and chair about a foot to the side.

Full view of the living room decorated for the Classic Christmas home tour. Pencil tree next to the fireplace decorated with poinsettias and popcorn garland.

And the second pencil tree was perfect for adding some more magic of Christmas to the dining room! Who wouldn’t want a Christmas tree in the dining room.

I was able to decorate this one with all my favorite fragile ornaments. Which made the tree mostly glass and silver. And I love it!

Dining room with a pencil Christmas tree in the corner and garland on the sliding door as part of the classic Christmas home tour.

The last bits of Christmas in the dining room were the fun printable Christmas signs that I made. The simple art prints are perfect to fill in our 4 picture frames on our wood wall.

Dining room with a wood feature wall and DIY hutch with printable Christmas signs to look like North Pole shops.

Decorating the Living Room for Christmas

The living room is always where I add the most Christmas decor… starting with the Christmas tree.

For our classic Christmas home tour, I wanted the tree in the living room to be decorated with a bit of an old-fashioned feel. I strung popcorn for a garland. Added poinsettia flowers (clipped from a $5 faux poinsettia plant) and made gingerbread house ornaments out of recycled grocery bags. How’s that for decorating a Christmas tree on a budget!

Pencil Christmas tree decorated with classic Christmas touches like popcorn garland and poinsettia flowers.

And our Christmas mantel was decorated with more classic touches. You can get all the details of the Classic Christmas mantel decor here.

Quirky Christmas trees and lantern decorating a mantel for Christmas.
Decorative wood wagon with presents on the side of the classic Christmas mantel.

I love changing out the pillows on the sofa each season. It’s such an easy way to add some seasonal decor. And if you just change out the pillow cover, it makes for very little to store!

This year I made these pillows from fabric I printed at SpoonFlower. Recognize the art??? Yep, that is the same Christmas village signs that are hanging in the dining room. I made the signs into 18×18 pillow forms with plaid or buffalo check backs. All 3 fit on 1 yd of fabric. Then I had it printed and sewed up the simple pillow covers. How cute are they?

Gray sofa with Reindeer Feed Company and Figgy Pudding Bakery pillow on it.
Navy blue sofa with throw blanket and Christmas pillows. Vintage window hanging the wall behind with a Christmas wreath.

On the other side of the sofa is our piano. This year I decided the top of the piano was the perfect place to display our classic Christmas village. I always loved seeing the Christmas village at my grandparents house growing up and so when my kids asked for one, I couldn’t resist.

View of the sofa and piano decorated with classic Christmas decor.

But these little villages are expensive! Instead of buying them full price, I stalked the thrift stores. One day I got really lucky, someone must have just cleaned out their attic and all 5 of these houses were there on a shelf. And even better, there was a 50% off seasonal decor sale going on. Then I added some inexpensive people and trees and the kids love playing with it every year.

Being on top of the piano will hopefully keep tiny visiting hands from breaking anything, but my kids can easily stand on the piano bench to play out their Christmas stories.

Classic Christmas village on top of the piano as part of the Classic Christmas home tour.

On the other side of the living room, I added a few Christmas touches with these easy paper Christmas trees. I love these paper trees and want to keep making more. You can never have too many… right?

Small console table with a variety of paper Christmas trees on top of it.

And now our house is feeling very cozy and Christmasy! I love the warm glow of the Christmas trees and the crackling of the fire.

Fireplace and mantel all decorated with Classic Christmas decor.

Makes me want to curl up with the kids and watch a fun Christmas movie. Our favorite is Prep and Landing. We can’t wait to watch it while decorating the large Christmas tree in the family room this weekend.

Next on the Christmas tour hop is Beth at Avenue Laurel. You are going to lover her amazing Christmas home tour. Refresh that cup of cocoa and enjoy! This is better than any Hallmark Christmas movie!

All Things With Purpose * Lovely Etc. * Love and Renovations * Thrifty & Chic * Up to Date Interiors * Casa Watkins Living

Green With Decor * Boxy Colonial * Bigger Than The Three of Us * Our House Now a Home * The Navage Patch

Chatfield Court * Lehman Lane * Redhead Can Decorate * Designing Vibes * A Brick Home

House by Hoff * Create and Find * Making it in the Mountains * Twelve on Main * What Meegan Makes

Amber Tysl * The Striped House * Houseful of Handmade * Little House of Four * Avenue Laurel

Merry Christmas!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Monday 10th of December 2018

Pencil trees for the win! And I love, love your Santa's letter box. So many sweet and classic ideas, Kati! From the hutch to the tiny holly wreath and village on your piano, it is inviting and lovely. Thanks for sharing.


Friday 14th of December 2018

Thanks so much! Pencil trees are my new favorite. Maybe Ill even add more for next year ;)


Saturday 1st of December 2018

Your new hutch looks so pretty and the pencil trees are perfect for those spots!! Love all of the handmade ornaments and trees. Lovely Christmas home tour!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thanks Kathy!

Tara @ Lehman lane

Thursday 29th of November 2018

What a beautiful tour Kati! I love that pencil tree next to your fireplace. Merry Christmas!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thanks Tara! I am in love with these little pencil trees, might need even more for next year ;)

Carrie Spalding

Thursday 29th of November 2018

Everything looks so festive and cozy! I love all your paper decor and it was so smart to use the same printables for the wall and pillows. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thanks so much Carrie! It was so fun to do the tour hop with you.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

Wreaths on the cabinets or not, your kitchen looks so incredible! Beautiful tour, my friend.


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thank you Erica!

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