WELCOME Friends, old and new, to the FOURTH house (or we should say HOUSES) on the 2012 Holiday House Walk Tour! We are Heather and Vanessa of At The Picket Fence and we were ecstatic to find out we were the next stop on the tour after our dear friend, and surprise tour house, KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm! Have you EVER seen such a gorgeous farmhouse?!
We are so honored to be joining in with some of the most fabulous homes and blogs on the web and we want to thank Jennifer for inviting us to participate. So we throw open the doors and welcome you to our homes!
Up first we ask you to walk on in the front door of Heather’s country home in the heart of the rolling hills of Kentucky.
Welcome to my country kitchen, the heart of our home! Many of you know that I recently remodeled our kitchen and this is the first Christmas we have celebrated with it completely done! I’m in love with every detail of it!
The white cabinetry, beadboard backspash and dark counters, make it the perfect canvas for the bright reds, fresh greens and vintage touches I love.
I decided to go simple this year, with my “birds of a feather” Kitchen tree, nestled an red metal bucket. I love using fresh evergreen and these mini trees fit the bill! I love the tiny book page Christmas trees resting on antique spools, and my vintage kitchen scale was the perfect place to stack these bright and fun mini ceramic loaf pans.
Right off our kitchen is our formal dining room that also recently had a complete transformation.
Fresh red poinsettias nestle in a tureen brought back years ago by my mother-in-law from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.
My snowflake wreath from Christmas 2011 has held up for another holiday and is right at home on my framed chalkboard. Pinecones placed in vintage silver goblets and a sweet little vignette of bottle brush trees in an apothecary jar round out my dining room holiday decor!
Since my powder room is located right off the front hallway, I knew it needed to get in on the Christmas decorating action. I picked up this darling little turquoise tinsel tree last year at Christmas, and it seems right at home in a galvanized bucket on this industrial stool.
Of course I had to decorate it with tangerine ornaments to tie in my tangerine ceiling!
Painting my mantel is one project I still have yet to do, so instead of fighting the brick and wood I decided this year to compliment it by decorating the living room in browns, metallics and blues. I love these whimsical trees and my faux galvanized JOY letters.
This is the second year I’ve placed my tree in this large copper pot, and I love the streamlined look!
Again, going with the theme of simplicity this year, I allowed the mantel and my flocked tree to take center stage in our great room.
Thank you so much for taking a little mini holiday tour of our Kentucky home, up next we’re headed to Vanessa’s house in the Pacific Northwest where she’s sharing some of her favorite holiday rooms!
I may live in the land of logging and flannels but my home is a nod to the traditional all the way!
The first room on your left when you come through my front door is the living room.
I love color and my home is a reflection of that but this year I decided to offset things by going with a more creamy palette.
I was so excited when I opened up the bins in the attic (after having several “Chevy Chase” moments and knocking my head on the beams over and over!) and discovered some glittery Christmas trees I had gotten on clearance last year. It made my mantel decorating so much easier!
I was also thrilled to score this beautiful mirror at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in early November and I knew it would be the perfect addition to the room just in time for Christmas.
If you were to walk in the front door (pumpkin spice latte in hand!) you would be greeted by my favorite feature of our home, my staircase. It will be getting a bit of a face lift the first of the year but for now it is accented with giant pine cones, greenery and simple bows.
My dining room is just beyond the living room and the traditional feel continues. The furniture in this room is among the very first we bought as newlyweds and while it goes slightly more formal, it fits perfectly with the architecture and style of our home. So don’t expect to see it getting a coat of chalk paint anytime soon!
I kept things simple on the sideboard with a silver champagne bucket and cranberries.
If you were to venture on further, you would know that you were in the heart of my home. It’s where we do our real living and there you would find a Christmas tree with paper ornaments and a train running around the bottom. Toys are scattered across the floor and crumbs across the kitchen table. A Nativity advent calendar that my children love but isn’t the most…ahem…”attractive” is hanging on the pantry door. And, as much as I love all of my pretty things I’m showing you here today, that part of the house is my most favorite.
But, this is all that I can show you today…
So, maybe you’ll have to come back again to see the rest…crumbs and all!