Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Home Tour

Today is the big ol’ Christmas tour of homes over at The Nester.  I had planned on posting each room separately and then combining them into one big ol’ post.  Somehow December has slipped away from me.  Something about having a sinus infection for 6+ weeks has put the blog on the backburner.   As my brother always tells me, “Don’t make excuses, Michelle. Make improvements.”  So today…giant house tour post.  I can’t promise the post will be coherent but you all are just here for the pictures anyways, right?

Let’s start with the living room.  The living room is where we spend a good chunk of our time at home.  It’s so cozy right now. The tree lights are turned on as soon as we walk in the door each night.



Our tree is rocking the silver and gold this year.  And brown paper packages tied up with string.  (Ha. Ha.  Now you have that song in your head too.)



The walkway is sporting some lighted garland.  I think the garland on the stairs/walkway is one of my favorite parts of decorating for the holidays.


This is what the ol’ living room looks like when the sun is out. Which isn’t often.


Our mantel is simple yet elegant.  Or at least that’s what I tell myself.  Feel free to vote for it over on Emily Henderson’s facebook.  (The ways I choose to spend my precious free time amaze me.  Mainly I need a few of you to vote for me so I don’t seem like a huge loser.  I’m okay with being a medium loser.  Humor me.)

Decor and the Dog Holiday Mantel 2012

The console table is celebrating it’s first Christmas.  They grow up so fast.

Decor and the Dog Holiday Vignette 1

Our dining room is decked out in silver.  It houses are second tree.  We decorate this tree after the big one. It always seems weird to decorate a tree without a ladder.  Weird and awesome.




The kitchen is currently a disaster cookie zone so we’ll just go with this Instagram photo.  Mkay?  The only holiday decorations in the kitchen are a poinsettia, a Santa cookie jar, and lots of cookies.  Mmm, cookies. I’ll have some stellar cookie recipes for your later this week.



You saw our mudroom yesterday in all of it’s red and painted nutcracker merriness.


The eating area is sporting a little ol’ tree.  If you haven’t caught on to our theme, it’s “less is more.”


Except when it comes to Christmas lights.



We have to go now.  We need to squeeze in one last walk before the first snow of the season hits.


You check out all of our holiday posts on our "Holidays 2012" tab!


  1. Ike looks so darn cute in that puffy vest! House looks pretty too :)

  2. Lovely home. And two trees?! That must have been fun!

  3. Very nice...less is more! Love the blue and silver tree in your dining room! And Ike well he is too cute!

  4. it all looks so beautiful! i love the ree in the dining room! so pretty! ike looks awesome, too.

  5. I love all of it, and that you have two trees. Must go convince Joe that we need a second one...

  6. I almost bought Ike an argyle sweater. Aaron told me I couldn't. So now he will have to be surprised about his present for doggie Christmas :oP Oh, and your house is beautiful as always.

  7. I voted for you! LOVE LOVE LOVE your decorations - so beautiful! And of course, Ike is adorable!

  8. I think your house looks beautiful! And Ike would look fantastic in an argyle sweater.... :)

  9. Your home is so beautiful, Christmas beautiful! Love the simple, elegant feel of everything!

  10. Everything looks beautiful! I especially love the blue and silver tree in the dining area... and of course Ike's matching vest. :)

  11. I love the console table all dressed up!

    Hey, at least you have easy access to the good drugs!

  12. Your house is gorgeous! Everything looks beautiful. I love that you get to have two trees!!

  13. Your home looks so cozy and beautiful!

  14. I voted! I'm not ok with you being a loser. Don't be a loser.

    I love your house all decked out and festive! Well, I love it all the time, but it looks very festive and cozy right now. I'm also rocking the "less is more" theme. Except my less is way, way less. Oops.

  15. First, I'm storing “Don’t make excuses, Michelle. Make improvements.” away for future use. Your house is so festive and pretty. You should host a blogger cookie exchange at your house next year. Make it on a weekend so I can come. I call dibs on your best guest bedroom.

  16. Oh Michelle! Your house is an absolute Christmas wonderland! I absolutely love all of your decorations! :)

  17. Your house is so festive. Less is more is also our motto. This is why we are not hanging ornaments on the tree. (Or something like that?) And we also have a second tree in our dining room! :)

  18. Gosh, can Ike be any cuter? I love your house, but especially yor stairs and hallway! Luv it! Cannot wait for cookie recipes....yum!

  19. I love the tall tree and of course your little dog is adorable

  20. Your tree is my favoritest in blogland. Seriously, you guys did a great job and I love the silver and gold together. The rest of the house is really pretty too. I think you're getting the hang of styling.

  21. The house looks beautiful! You did an amazing job decorating for Christmas! Love, love, love it!!

  22. I love the simple, yet elegant decor. My favorites are the brown paper gifts and the little trees on the mantle. Oh, and the outdoor lights - we hope to do that next year!

  23. This all looks so good! I love the two trees and your lights lining the walkway. It's perfect!
    With Luck

  24. these are a few of my favorite things... haha, now that song's in my head. i LOVE your giant tree. i wish we had a 2 story family room so we could fill it up with tall trees. i like the garland, too. so pretty and glowy :)

  25. The pictures of your house at night with the tree lights on are seriously amazing. Those are not easy pictures to take. Headed over to vote for your mantel!

  26. hello from Turkey, İstanbul..
    your house is very nice, christmas fire fully in it :) and the tree awesome..

    and we adore your cute İke.. handy and handsome guy ;)

    joyeux noels et bonne annee...


  27. Your home looks beautiful all decked out for Christmas. I am visiting from The Nester's party. Merry Christmas.

  28. Everything looks beautiful. I love the huge tree. It's just so elegant. I love the mudroom decor, too. The pop of red is totally Kim-approved. And I know you that you need that pat on the back.

  29. Love your house, especially that fat Santa cookie jar. :)

  30. Love it all. Your big tree is just wonderful; I am jealous.


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