2015 Holiday Home Tour

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share how we deck our halls here at Pretty Practical Home. I’ve mentioned to family members before that one of my life objectives is to earn the title of “Crazy Christmas Lady,” and I feel like I’m well on my way. (I’ve got the crazy part down, at least.) If you’re joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here!

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I’ll save the usual mindless banter we all love politely tolerate and jump right into the tour. Apologies to the regulars, as the mindless banter will return once this post is published. (You always hurt the ones you love.)

We’ve been here for a little over a year now, and I’m slowly transforming our home one room at a time. (Special emphasis on “slowly”.) Let’s start in the foyer, which is going to get a minor tweak any day now.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

This is my Chinese butcher’s table (similar), which played a crucial role during our house hunting trip last year. (If the table didn’t fit, we weren’t buying it.) I display the girls’ Santa pictures in different silver frames and get all weepy looking at how big they’ve gotten.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

The mirror above the console is one I picked up from an antique store in South Georgia, along with the angel plaque. A few nails and a couple of coats of chalk paint took the pair from meh to yeah.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Let’s  head to the girls’ rooms first. I purchased four boxwood wreaths and put them throughout the house with different ribbon. No need to make things complicated, right?

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I added red satin ribbon to the wreath in Paige’s room. Sometimes less is more, and I think the simple wreaths are the prettiest.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Buster, our elf, forgot to show up the day after Thanksgiving. He’s here now, getting progressively less creative and less mischievous as the days go by. By the time Santa picks him up, he’s usually face down with a vodka tonic in hand, mumbling about the moms on Pinterest with too much time on their hands. Silly Buster!

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Claire’s room received the same simple wreath treatment, just with a change of ribbon. I also wrapped some fake presents to put on her lucite chair because I’m a blogger who likes doing blogger stuff like wrapping fake presents. #keepingitnotreal

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Now let’s head into the dining room, which is one of the rooms that has a plan in place but hasn’t seen any action yet. Again, I kept things simple with some live greenery (boxwood again, because I love it so) and silver ornaments added to our shell collection. (This was supposed to be in my holiday display at my home in Ponte Vedra.)

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Next to the dining room is the butler’s pantry. I said to myself, Sharon, what can you put in this little area? A hot cocoa bar, of course! Did you know you can have your blogger’s license revoked if you don’t put one of these in your holiday home tour? I’m not taking that chance, plus I think they’re beyond cute. (And delicious!)

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I made that tray and the girls and I found the mugs at Dollar Tree. Who knew?! The silver bud vase is from The Paris Market in Savannah and I added some of our Christmas tree clippings to it.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

These food props were out for a couple of days while I waited for the rain to go away so I could take the pictures. Guess how many times I had to shout, “No, don’t eat that!” Yes, you’re right–one million.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Let’s head into the kitchen now, where I kept things simple (the running theme) with some white flowers, fruit, and another boxwood wreath. (And a Christmas tea towel, of course.)

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I always keep some variation of white flowers in this white urn vase. (I’m nothing if not predictable.)

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Let’s all turn around now so we can head into the living room. It’s basically one big room, which is why we love the house so much. Don’t forget to grab your Prosecco!

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I have a piece of art coming for over the mantle finally. I was really hoping it would make it in time to show you, but no luck. Let’s look at the fireplace, anyway.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Not to beat a dead horse, but I like simplicity in my Christmas decor, since Mother Nature does a better job with it than I ever could. All the greenery in the house is fresh, except for the fireplace garland, and I usually add fresh cuttings to make it look fuller and smell better. The closer we get to Christmas, the more the house looks like a greenhouse blew up in it.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Stick some scraps of your tree in a footed bowl and throw some ornaments on top. Boom! goes the lazy Christmas decorating dynamite. I did the same for the dough bowl on top of the media cabinet.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

And now for the grand finale, the tree! We use family ornaments we’ve collected over the years and I add ribbon trim.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I know lots of people love themed trees, and I used to be one of them. I’ll be sharing more about my tree and why I ditched the theme tree next week.

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

I’m so happy you stopped by to see our home, and if you take away any decor ideas, all you need to deck your halls are some greenery and ribbon. Seriously. And here’s one last look at everything all lit up, along with a handy collage for you Pinterest lovers out there. Man, I love how my home looks at Christmas!

Holiday Home Tour from Pretty Practical HomeHoliday Home Tour from Pretty Practical Home

If I’m the first home you’re visiting today, I’m going to send you to Amy’s over at My Life From Home. Her home is lovely and you’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit! Don’t forget we’ve still got two more days (10 homes!) to cover, so stop back by tomorrow and Friday to catch the rest of the tours. Have a great day!

Monday, November 30th

Green With Decor

3 Little Greenwoods

Our House Now a Home

Lehman Lane

Designing Vibes

Tuesday, December 1st

Q-Schmitz Home Design

Our Crafty Mom

Domicile 37

Shabby Grace Blog

Dream Design DIY

Wednesday, December 2nd

My Life from Home

Up to Date Interiors

Elizabeth Joan Designs

Pretty Practical Home

Thursday, December 3rd

Casa Watkins

The Deans List Blog

Craving Some Creativity

Vintage Romance Style

Friday, December 4th

Flourish & Knot

Around the Watts House

Karen’s Up on the Hill

What Rose Knows

Creatively Homespun


51 thoughts on “2015 Holiday Home Tour

  1. Wow Sharon! I adore your home. The Christmas touches are so elegant and still welcoming. I’m swooning over your daughter’s room!!! I wish my room looked like that when I was younger……or even now! Thanks for organizing the tour! Pinning and sharing

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Stephanie! I was happy to organize and happier that so many talented bloggers (like yourself!) participated. 🙂

  2. Looks really pretty, Sharon!!! Man, your home looks like a model home – SO GORGEOUS!!! have I seen a photo of your kitchen island before? it is so beautiful, that wood grain is yummy!! LOL, I did have to laugh out loud at your comment on yelling ‘Don’t eat that!!” followed by the photo of the “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” framed print… FUN!! thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey, Julie! I don’t know if I’ve put a picture of the kitchen on the blog before, now that you mention it. I’m thinking of painting the island, but I know it’s kind of awful to paint over wood like that. The kids were able to eat, drink, and be merry after the pictures were done. Not before! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Sharon your holiday home looks so pretty! I love the simple wreaths with those gorgeous ribbons in the girls’ rooms, and I love your hashtag, so right on! #keepingitnotrealtoo Enjoy the Christmas season and your home all decked out!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I left the empty presents in Claire’s room because we both think it’s funny now. We’re enjoying the house as much as possible now since we’re spending Christmas out of town. Hope you have a nice weekend!

  4. Sharon, you are hilarious! I love how you #keepitreal and you are right, sometimes LESS IS MORE! love the wreaths and Claire’s room and all that monochromatic drama going on in there…LOVE!

    1. Thanks, Jess! I focus on the rooms where we spend the most time and don’t worry about the rest. Still working on taking new pictures of Claire’s room–those navy walls are killing me and my photography skills. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. #1 ~ It’s okay to be the Crazy Christmas Lady! Join the Club!
    #2 ~ I love how you have grouped together your children’s pictures with Santa. I do the same thing and love looking back through the years at their sweet little {screaming their heads off} faces!
    #3 ~ That big old tree is awesome! I love how it fills up your living room with a Christmas glow!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! We love the tree this year. It was like the heavens opened up and light shone down upon it when I was picking it out. We’ve only got one screaming picture, and it’s my favorite! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kathy! The boxwood wreaths are my new Christmas decorating best friends–so simple. Next year I’ll make a special trip to get the really thick satin ribbon. I used Wal-Mart ribbon this time–not quite fancy enough, but convenient to my house.

  6. Your home is gorgeous! I love this time of year so much… everyone’s homes look beautiful all dressed up in their Christmas best. I love the practical ideas you gave about adding clippings to faux garlands and into bowls topped with ornaments. I’d be thrilled if you shared your home tour at my Creative Ways Link Party that’s live right now. Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!

  7. Sharon, your kitchen is perfection!!! Love all the wreaths over the beds ( so classy!) and your hot chocolate station:). I would love to come over for hot chocolate too! Such a beautiful Christmas tour. Have a wonderful weekend and take care, Tara

    1. Thanks, Tara! The wreaths are significantly easier on the budget (both time-wise and monetarily) than trees. You’re welcome to come have cocoa anytime you find yourself in Dallas! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Emily! It was all fun and games until I was weighed at the doctor’s office today. I’m going to have to convert it to a kale smoothie bar instead.

  8. Found the creepy santo lady! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    ALSO, another brilliant idea… you could get her a mini red hat and call her the “Creepy SANTA Lady” at Christmas time 🙂 That way no one would argue that she doesn’t fit in!

    1. I forgot how much everyone else but me hates her until she made her triumphant return for the pictures. The family couldn’t put her back in the closet fast enough. Maybe your Santa hat idea will make her look more friendly and approachable. 🙂

    2. Oh Sharon, I don’t know how you kept up with comments throughout the tour, you’re a super woman (and deserve extra presents from Santa this year!). But yes, I wanted to re-comment to say that you nailed the fresh green accents in your décor, your house must smell so festive!

    3. Thanks, Nicole! The house does smell really nice, which is why I prefer a real tree and greenery. We made the change 10 years ago and never looked back.

  9. I guess my blogging license has been revoked for now since I don’t have a Hot Chocolate Bar…Haha you are too funny. Beautiful Christmas tour and home tour.

    1. Thank you! It was fun (in a frantic way) to get the tour ready, and now we can enjoy the house before going out of town for the holidays. There’s still time to add a hot cocoa bar, Tiffany!

  10. Sharon, your home is so beautiful and sophisticated! I don’t know why, but that comes to mind! 🙂 The boxwood wreaths are such a great touch, less IS more! Love it above your daughter’s bed. Your hot chocolate station is adorable and yes, all bloggers MUST have one! 🙂 Thanks for hosting and lovely tour.

    1. Hi, Sara! Thanks for the kind words. I might do a little more in the girls’ rooms next year. I was too worn out from getting them both finished to do much more than the wreaths! The hot cocoa station is awesome and we all love it, even my husband, now that I put the K-cups back out for him. 😉

  11. Just perfect! Tasteful and oh-so-pretty! I have lots of pictures with Santa too, It’s displayed on our media center which I didn’t share n the home tour! I am sure your Christmas will be a very merry one Sharon!

    1. Thanks, Vel! I had to chuckle when I saw your HOT COCOA BAR today! Great minds think alike! I love the Santa pictures–they’re my favorite thing I display at Christmas. 🙂

  12. Absolutely beautiful! Our home are similar so it’s extra fun to me to see what you do in yours. We live in Rockwall and we’ve been in our house 3 years. I love your tree!

    1. Thank you, Stacey! I hopped over to see your home and would’ve known right away you were in Texas even without you telling me. All of the homes here are very, very similar. Your home is lovely, and I adore your red buffalo check curtains. I’ll be checking in for the Texas blogger event next week–so fun to meet new people nearby! And your dog is PRECIOUS!!

  13. Sharon,
    Your home is gorgeous. And your kitchen….I am so envious!!!

    Love how you have it decked out for the holidays. Definitely getting pinned. Can I come over and get some hot chocolate? haha Beautiful job!

    Much Love,
    Erica-Designing Vibes

    1. Hi, Erica! Thanks for your kind words. My kitchen was love at first sight, and I threw my purse on the counter and said “This is the house!” My husband wasn’t as certain. You’re welcome to hot chocolate at my house anytime!

  14. Sharon, I love it, but I love your sense of humor just as much! I was sneaking a peek at work (don’t tell) & laughed out loud a few times! I am all about the Prosecco, lol! Have a great day! Michelle

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I’m glad I could brighten your work day, plus it’s nice to hear you think I’m funny. My husband and kids think I’m about as funny as Carrot Top, while I like to think I’m a cleaned up Amy Schumer for the home decor/DIY blogging community. 😉

    1. Thanks, Liz! I thought about doing trees for the girls but I’d have to be participating in a live home tour for charity for me to invest that kind of money and effort. You’re a nice mom for giving each kid a tree!

  15. Beautiful and simplicity is the word! But that’s just fine . We don’t need to feel as if Santa dropped his bag on us. And I agree with you about themed trees, I like them to be personal. The houe is very elegant, bravo!!! And now back to our regular Sharon program mindless banter included please!!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Mary! I get overwhelmed by having too much stuff, and Christmas decor could easily be an area where I spiral out of control. It’s easier to keep it simple, plus I love all the greenery available this time of year. Mindless banter returns on Friday!

  16. Your home is so festive! I love the idea of using fresh tree scraps as decorations. We used ribbon on our tree too! My festive pig ( also known as the porcine electrification project)is on display. I even added a spotlight to highlight my fresh cut wreath (thanks HomeGoods) on my front door. I love the smell of pine! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    1. Thanks, Karen! You can get all the free tree cuttings your heart desires from Home Depot. They keep big bins of it with the trees and I always grab some when we pick out the tree. Stick it on the back porch and pull some when you need it. Can’t wait to see the pig again!

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