ic Kathe With an E: Holiday Home Tour

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Home Tour

Can you believe Christmas is just a few days away?  
Soon 2013 will be over and a new year will be greeting us!

I shared our Christmas table with you last week so, now it's time to show you the rest of our holiday decor. 

Since we are in a new home decorating this year was a challenge.  
New surfaces to cover and decisions on how I wanted to have the decor look had to be made.

Although I am happy with how it all turned out, I have decided that since I have bins of decor no longer being used, when I go to pack everything back up, only sentimental and favorite pieces will stay and the rest will be sent off to be re-loved in a new home.  

Until then, Let me take you on a tour of our home for the holidays.
First up is the mantel and fireplace area.

Pretty much everything here will stay. I love Santa and the mantel is a perfect place to display my favorites. You can see the Santa picture above the buffet at our previous home here
At night, the lights I used on my New Year's Eve tablescape come on and add the perfect amount of holiday sparkle! I love that they are on a timer so they turn on and off on their own.
There are four stockings hung, mine, Mr. B's, Max's and one for Mr. B's mother who will be spending the holiday with us this year.
Next up is the space above the TV.  It divides the living room/ kitchen and the dining room and is pretty deep.  I decided to split down the middle and decorate one side for the living room and the other for the dining room. 
This is the living room side and my angels keep watch over us. 
The angels usually sit up on the top of my china cabinet but the space isn't as tall in this house and I like that I can see and enjoy them here.
On the dining room side I have my small collection of nutcrackers, a stuffed snowman and the Joy sign.  I'm not sure what, if any, of these items will stay or be re-loved. 
Sorry for the poor quality of this photo.  4 months in and I still haven't figured out the lighting in this house LOL! We had to buy a new tree this year as our old one blew out a string of lights and after a few days of trying to fix it, Mr. B gave up and bought a new one. Only one tree will work in this house so no more fun for me in decorating our white one (seen here and here). Mr. B is in charge of the tree decorating and he loves a warm homemade feel and I think he does such a great job placing all of the ornaments and other decor on the tree!

On to the buffet. I kept it very simple this year.
I did change out the lampshades to the burgundy ones for the season.
I purchased this sweet Gingerbread piece at my very first trip to a Christmas Tree Shop when I was visiting my grandson in CT.  My friend Kathleen always finds such cute items there that, when I found out there was one near my son's home, well I had to make them take me there LOL! The ornament is a gift that is becoming a yearly tradition from my son and his fiancee.  It is from a glass shop in RI and is hand blown. 
I received the yellow ornament as my gift this year! It sits between a tin sled filled with holiday picks and the little winter church I crafted a month or so ago.
The doors to my office are one of the first things you see as you enter the front door so, of course, they had to get into the holiday spirit!
I purchased a pair of white wreaths and picks on sale at Michael's and hung them from the doors with ribbon held on with Command Strips (Command Strips are my new BFF's! There isn't a spot in the house that doesn't have something hung or hooked with one!).
A little pillow with a shout out to Santa hangs from the handle.

So there it is, a holiday tour of our new home all decked out for Christmas!
Mr. B and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I look forward to all that the New Year brings!

Click here to see where I may be partying this week.
Don't forget to come by on Tuesdays
for the link party.


  1. Your home looks wonderful for the holiday!! I love your mantel! What a great Santa picture, and the lights!! Now I love the JOY so you should keep that! So happy to see you and Mr. B enjoying your new home this holiday! Big Hugs to you!

  2. Hi, loved the tour. Tell Mr. B I love the tree. Love your office doors, the burgundy lamp shades, your angels and the mantle. You two must be having fun decorating in a new house. Merry Christmas.

  3. Beautiful, festive and warm! It is always hard to figure out what to keep and what to give away, isn't it? I need to purge again myself. Have a wonderful holiday!

  4. Thanks for the tour! I LOVE your Santa picture.

  5. Your house is beautiful Kathe! I love the gingerbread sign the most of all!

  6. Your new home is looking great! Love your CTS purchase, i was there today!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Glad you linked your pretty table to Let's Dish!

  7. Merry Christmas Kathe, your decorations are beautiful. It's funny that you mention sorting through the Christmas decorations, I started down sizing too. My kids are going to be the beneficiary of the a lot of beautiful things. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning now.

  8. Kathe I always love your decor! Your home looks so inviting and homey just right for the holiday's. Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. What Beautiful Holiday decorations!! My favorite is the simplicity of the white wreaths on the French Doors. Gorgeous!!

  10. Hi Kathe, Your new home looks so festive! Merry Christmas Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  11. Thanks for the lovely tour! Everything is beautiful. I especially love the nutcracker display.

  12. I enjoyed the tour Kathe! I like how you split the two sides of the area above the tv. Your tree looks wonderful and I love that your husband does it! My husband discovered a little tool that you can find the bad bulbs with. I'll have to find a link to it. I know how frustrating that can be to find a strand not lit, but I still love my pre-lit tree. You've settled into your new home beautifully!
    I'm all done for the season- time to finish some gift wrapping and relaxing.
    Have yourself a Very Merry Christmas!

  13. it all looks so lovely Kathe great job i especially love the two sided ledge i agree about command strips as a renter i love that stuff lol a very happy holiday to you and me b and the fam

  14. Very pretty! Your house looks warm and festive!

  15. you have a lovely home filled with the spirit of the season. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

  16. Kathe, I bet you have had so much fun decorating your new home. Brings back memories of when we moved into our home 4 1/2 years ago. I love Santa above the fireplace and I think the white church and wreaths are my favorites! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Have a very wonderful Christmas!

  17. Looks like a fun decorating time, love the way it all turned out,...You are all ready for the Holidays, so pretty and festive, love it all...

  18. i absoluetly love the white wreath on the fench doors. looks so modern and pretty. thanksfor inkning up to our all things pretty party

  19. Kathe, I'll bet it was such fun to have a new home to decorate, where to put this and that? I love how you outlined the niche above the fireplace with a garland, and how you did the buffet, esp the little white church. I don't know if you ever join link parties but I'm hosting one now called History & Home, Tue- Fri, if you'd like to join sometime, love to have you. Have a Merry Christmas! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  20. Lovely job of decorating, Kathe! It is a challenge but so much fun to decorate a new house for a special season. I think your hubby did a great job on the tree!

  21. What an added stress, being in a new home this Christmas! Your home looks beautiful, though, and I love those white wreaths. I enjoyed the tour! Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!
    Christmas blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  22. How pretty. Thanks for sharing your decor with us at Christmas on The HomeAcre!

    Please join us again Thursday for The HomeAcre Hop:


  23. I all looks so beautiful!
    Thanks for linking this to Think Tank Thursday. I hope to see you again today. http://saving4six.com/2014/01/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-62.html

  24. The home looks fabulous! Very festive.