I’m jumping on the Christmas in July train and joining some friends for a holiday home tour. We are sharing photos of past years Christmas decor in our homes. I hope you will follow along as I take you through a ‘Christmas in July” home tour of my home. Then pop over and give the others a visit, as well. I will link the other homes participating at the bottom of this post. You don’t want to miss these!!
This is the front of our farmhouse. Although I don’t typically use any color inside my home for holiday decor, I add a little to my front porch. Fresh greens in the urns on either side of my front door, a vintage sleigh and red Christmas pillows on the chairs is just enough.
A couple of years ago, I decided to add a Christmas tree in my kitchen. I collect Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check serving pieces and I found a wide ribbon that was black/white check with a red border and that was my inspiration for the tree.
The packages around the tree were wrapped in black/white check paper or brown bags with red and white patterned tissue. The tree decorations were red vintage Christmas balls, black and white number tags, some black and white striped balls, and a collection of vintage mini kitchen utensils.
For the topper, I tied together some wooden spoons and a wooden rolling pin. I finished it off with a large bow made from my inspiration ribbon.
I filled my hunter rain boots with fresh greens and sat them beside the tree. It added something fun and a bit out of the ordinary.
I collected santas for many years, but most of them have been boxed in the attic since I quit using color in my holiday decor a good many years ago. I only use a few of the ones most special to me every year, like this one that my mom made from a gourd.
living room tree
My main Christmas tree is inside my entryway right below the stairs. It sits between the dining area and living room. This is a vintage tree that I bought several years ago at a thrift store. The tree is only about 5 feet tall, so I use a planter box to raise it up higher.
When it’s not Christmas time, the planter stands on my front porch with my bay tree in it.
I use a taupe/white check wide silk ribbon and a book page garland woven through the tree. The topper is made of stalks of tallow berries and stems of real cotton.
A menagerie of ornaments make up the tree. Dried hydrangeas, flash cards, vintage medicine bottles, and broken shards of antiqued mirror wrapped with wire, just to name a few. I add to it every year with unusual things that I find along the way. I don’t want it to be matchy or predictable, so I don’t have more than 4 or 5 of any one ornament.
A white santa from my collection stands among vintage Christmas balls and battery operated string lights in a small greenhouse on my dining table.
I keep the entry table decor fairly simple with just a few pieces of white garland and neutral pinecones. The flower basket has sprigs from another vintage Christmas tree and I always have a candle here to welcome guests when they enter my home.
The final tree is in my guest room. This a rag tree that I made years ago from a lawn ornament tree I found at Big Lots. The tree has a metal center pole with “branches” of wire that are wrapped with tiny white lights. I tore about a bazillion strips of different neutral fabrics and laces and tied them one by one until the tree was entirely covered. It is very simple, but beautiful and requires no ornaments.
For the tree skirt, I use a needlepoint rug that is typically on the floor at the foot of the bed.
The carriage house doors that divide our living room from the kitchen are one of my favorite things in my home. We bought these doors at Round Top Antiques festival when we were building the farmhouse. Each door is 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. I hang a wreath made of fresh greens on them every year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my “Christmas in July” home tour!! Be sure and take a look at the other amazing homes.