Erin’s and Tricia’s Homes at Christmas

Holiday Home Tours

What would Christmas be without floors covered in pine needles and a piece of glitter that is eternally stuck to your face? Awesome probably. And perhaps the Christmas that Andy Williams sings about in “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. I’m assuming that Andy Williams must have been sarcastic when he penned those lyrics, or else he took some really great drugs that I’d like to get my hands on. Christmas around here is stressful, mainly because I want to have the whole house decorated in 1 hour, 22 minutes and not a second longer. Instead it takes 5 days, 10 trips to Target/Lowes, and at least one strand of lights strung before I realize a lightbulb is burned out. Why do I keep decorating every year? For the kids to have wonderful memories that they’ll cherish forever? No, of course not. To share some holiday decorating inspiration with all of you! I’m thrilled to be participating in the Holiday Home Tours organized by Chris at Just a Girl Blog. And if you’re coming over from A Blessed Life– welcome! Today I’m going to overload you with pictures of my house, with each room shot from more angles than anyone cares to see, but I promise that I’ll keep my words to a minimum. Let’s go be Peeping Bitches!

Suburban Bitches 2014 Holiday Home Tours
A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

Photo courtesy of Rachel Olsen Photography

Photo courtesy of Rachel Olsen Photography

There’s one rule that I follow in all my years of Christmas decorating- white lights only! At this point if I threw some colored lights in there things would look all sorts of wonky. The outside of the house gets some wreaths with white lights, garland with silver and gold ornaments from Pottery Barn, two potted pine trees from Target, and outdoor lanterns filled with silver and gold ornaments and battery powered lights. We leave the hanging of Christmas lights on our house to the professionals. I’m way too afraid of heights to go climbing on our roof and I can’t afford to have my husband slip and fall while hanging lights (which there is a high likelihood of happening) so paying professionals for this job is money well spent. We have used Fort Collins Christmas Lights for the past two years and highly recommend them.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

Inside the first room that has some, albeit minimal, decorations is my office. This year I decided to let the kids have their own tree which we put in the office. The plan was to buy bright colored ornaments and hang them on a white tree. But, white trees were really pricey everywhere I looked! So instead we bought a white outdoor tree and decorated that. I’m hoping to pick up a indoor white tree on clearance this year so if any of you readers find a great deal on one let me know!

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

My office doors also got these wreaths from Target hanging on the doors along with “Peace, Love, and Joy” banners that I made using the Cricut Explore.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

The stairwell in the house gets some holiday cheer with ornament garland mixed with fake greenery and white lights.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

The landing on the stairs that leads to our basement has a ledge that is perfect for my Dickens Village collection. I inherited these pieces from my mother and grandmother and am happy to have this place to put them out each year. This year I didn’t go with the lights inside each house. Instead I threw out a few battery powered strands of lights and LED tea lights in each one. Not quite the same look but I don’t have a power outlet close by these houses. And since we don’t have a mantel on our fireplace this is also where the stockings get hung each year. Which makes no sense to my children since Santa is supposed to come down the chimney (which we also don’t have) to deliver presents. Someone needs to update this whole Santa story to get with modern architecture and gas log fireplaces.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

The main part of the house that I decorate for Christmas is our family room and kitchen at the back of our house. Since these are the two rooms we spend the most time in it just makes sense to concentrate the decorations back there. The breakfast nook has real boxwood wreaths that I picked up at Trader Joe’s for $10 a piece hanging on our new sliding French doors. And inside each wreath is another gold glitter banner with the saying “Love, Peace, Joy, and Cheer” on them. My kids instead say “Love, Peace, Joy, and Cheese”.

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

The chairs in the breakfast nook got some plaid bows with fake greenery swags.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

I also added some beaded garland and gold greenery to the light, along with a pretty little tablescape made with mercury gold mason jars (from Target and Jo-Ann’s) and red mercury glass candleholders (from Target). We got a real tree this year and they cut off the bottom branches which I used to fill in spaces on this tablescape. To finish up the table I DIY’ed some snow globes using mason jars, water, fake snow, and gold bottle brush trees. Super easy project and the thing I now get to bitch about at dinnertime is my kids playing with these snow globes instead of eating dinner. Much better success with these snow globes than my project fail from last year.

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

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A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban BitchesOur house has the rather silly problem of not being built with “where to put the Christmas tree” in mind. 11 months out of the year it’s never a problem. But each year we have tried different places throughout the house for the tree. This year we moved around furniture in the family room so we could have the tree in that room, because it really seems like the right spot for it. There’s a fireplace in the room and I can just imagine how sweet and perfect my little family is going to look in their matching pajamas opening presents around the tree with a fire roaring in the background. Just like in a Pottery Barn magazine- and I of course will look like a supermodel too. Here is the room where that magic is going to happen:

The JOY sign makes a prominent appearance above the fireplace. And our slightly Charlie Brown tree (at least from the angle of the picture above) sits at the back window for Tricia and our other neighbors to see. We have gotten a real tree for the past three years and this year I also got a bunch of new ornaments for the tree. My color scheme was gold, bronze, copper and silver- all my favorite metals! And I picked up a fluffy white tree skirt from West Elm (no longer available).

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban BitchesI switched out my pillows on the chairs and couch for something more festive yet not completely Christmasy. The green and white pillows on the leather chairs are from Target and on the couch I made some plaid pillows that we’ll have the tutorial for on Friday.

DIY plaid pom pom pillows

DIY plaid pom pom pillows

Boxwood wreaths hang above the window and also on the fireplace wall. These boxwood wreaths are fake and I got them from Wayfair. I also cut out some deer heads on the Cricut Explore to add inside the wreaths.

Finally there is some fake boxwood garland from West Elm (no longer available) along with gold geometric garland from Target (can’t find online) above the fireplace. And I couldn’t resist picking up some of the large bottle brush trees that Target had in their holiday collection this year!

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban Bitches

 

 

 

A Christmas Tour with Erin of Suburban BitchesThat ends the holiday tour of my house for 2014. You can check out my house from 2013 to see how I’ve changed things up from the last year.

{Tricia’s House at Christmas}

I’m leaving town before Christmas this year so I didn’t go all out on the holiday decorating. I figure the house sitter & the dog aren’t really going to mind if I don’t have a Christmas tree up. Originally I wasn’t going to do anything at all but the mommy guilt hit me and I went for the down and dirty holiday decorating.

The guilt wasn’t intense enough for me to go through all the Christmas boxes so I went for simple and incorporated items that aren’t always considered holiday decor like lemons and limes.

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My main emphasis with my holiday decorating was to use items that were cheerful and bright. Lemons and limes  together with jars of ornaments and a bit of garland and it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas in my entry way.

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Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without sparkly lights and wreaths.

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In the living room I kept my blue and white display and added some metallics, poinsettias & paperwhites.

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One easy thing I did this year that we’ll definitely continue with is the Christmas To Do List- the kids are loving this one. We’ve only crossed a couple things off so far; we better get on it!

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The gold shelves got garland, ribbon and a few other Christmas decorations.

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On the mantel I hung my “Joy marquee sign” along with garland, paperwhites, gold mercury glass jars, ornaments, apples and my new happy Tantallon lanterns from Anthropologie.

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When the kids whined that St. Nicholas wouldn’t know where to put their gifts I whipped up some new green and white stockings to go with rest of the green, gold and white decorations.

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My new Christmas color scheme also meant sewing up new houndstooth deer bust pillows (look for a tutorial for this in Friday’s post) for the loveseat.

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That covers my bare bones approach to Christmas this year. You can see my more elaborate decorations from last year here.

The next stop on your tour is Melissa’s home over at 320 Sycamore. I bet she’s got lots of pretty things for you to see so go check it out!

And be sure to check out all the other fabulous houses that have been featured earlier this week and on Friday. Maybe even play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time you read the word “holiday”. You’ll be sure to have a very Merry Christmas then!

Monday

Just A Girl / The Inspired Room / Kevin and Amanda / Home Stories A to Z/ Décor Chick

Tuesday

Thrifty Decor Chick / Eleven Gables / Hi Sugarplum / Tidy Mom / Beneath My Heart

Wednesday

Sand and Sisal / Nesting Place / Ask Anna / Not Just a Housewife / My Blessed Life

Thursday

Suburban Bitches / 320 Sycamore / Jenna Sue Design / DIY Showoff / Pretty Handy Girl

Friday

The Hunted Interior / Four Generations One Roof / A Thoughtful Place / Southern 

Hospitality / Song Bird

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15 Responses to Erin’s and Tricia’s Homes at Christmas

  1. Erin & Tricia, your homes look amazing! Thanks so much for inviting us in. I had to laugh because our house is devoid of good spots for trees. So our tree has made the rounds in the living room every year. 😉

  2. Jenna Sue says:

    Your home is stunning! I’m obsessed with that dining area, and the whole front of your house, and that wood plank wall! Beautiful job.

  3. I love the simple Joy sign above the fireplace. And your front porch! So lovely.

  4. Amy says:

    Hi. Your home is beautiful. Where did you find your cowhide rug underneath your breakfast table?

  5. Both your houses look awesome!!

  6. cassie says:

    wow- that living room with the rustic wall is so beautiful and looks amazing this time of year!

  7. Everything is lovely! I especially adore all of your wreaths with those little banners. Featured you on my favorites today! http://dixiedelights.blogspot.com/2014/12/12-days-of-christmas-tour-of-homes-few.html

    • Erin says:

      Thank you Amanda for including us! We are honored! And I couldn’t leave a comment on your post to tell you thank you so I hope you get this 🙂

  8. caroline says:

    Just discovered your blog. Would love to know where the gold shelves are from. Thanks!

  9. Pingback: Pretty Handy Girl's 2014 holiday home tour

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