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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour 2014

 Welcome to my Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour 2014!

This year I spent a little more time than I usually do getting my home all ready for Christmas.  I’m not sure why, but I felt a little more overwhelmed at the idea of all the decorating (and a touch intimidated by all the beautiful home tours going on in blogland).  So I decided to give myself a few days (instead of a few hours) to decorate, and it was a lot less stressful having done it this way.

And I figured that since the carpets were vacuumed, the laundry put away, and the kitchen cleaned, the least I could do was document it right?   It was now or never to show you my home all decked out for the holidays!  It’s not perfect, but it’s our home and it feels lovely.

Merry & bright for Christmas…come on in!
Warning…picture overload.  😉

Merry & Bright Christmas Front Porch {A Pretty Life}

Our Christmas home is very colourful this year, and it all starts on the porch with bright and cheery Christmas trees!

Merry & Bright Christmas Front Porch {A Pretty Life}

Over time I’ve accumulated quite a collection of bright and colourful ornaments!  Many came from my collaboration with Canadian Tire over the last couple of years.

Merry & Bright Christmas Front Porch {A Pretty Life}

These snowflakes are new to the porch this year, and they seem to add the perfect touch, tying in our yellow door.

Merry & Bright Christmas Wreath on Chalkboard Feature Wall {A Pretty Life}

When you come into our home, the first thing you will see is our holiday welcome message!  I love this wreath on our chalkboard wall

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

This year I had a lot of fun hanging simple evergreen wreaths on various glass doors throughout our home (I found these at Michaels for $2.99 each!  LOVE a good deal like that!).  They are simple and pretty hanging on our office doors…

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

Speaking of our office I added a little Christmas cheer in here too.  This is where I spend a lot of time working on my blog, so it’s nice to have some decorations.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

And it’s also where I can get away with having a white tree with pink ornaments!  😉

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

Next up is our living room.  Not much changes in here year after year, except this year I was able to convince my family that we needed white lights on our tree!  I can hardly believe that everyone was on board with having white instead of coloured lights!  Our only regret is that we didn’t add at least 3 more strands!  We love our tree…we have a real one every year, and there is no theme…it’s a beautiful collection of ornaments we’ve collected since we were married and had kids, so everything on it is really special.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

I kept our mantel simple this Christmas.  It’s funny because I love decorating my mantel for each season, but have a really hard time decorating a Christmas mantel.  I feel like it competes with the tree too much so I never know what to do with it.  I even had it completely empty for a while and it didn’t feel quite right so I added a simple evergreen wreath and filled my lanterns with coloured ornaments.

Decorating the Staircase for Christmas {A Pretty Life}

I also decorate my stairs with evergreen garland, lights and coloured ornaments.  They looks so pretty during the day, but especially so at night!

Decorating the Staircase for Christmas {A Pretty Life}

Merry & bright!

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

This year I also decided to add some holiday cheer to our eating nook.  Ever since we got our new (and much smaller table) I like decorating this space.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

This nook is nice and bright, which makes it the perfect space for silver, gold and copper accents.

Side note:  you may also notice a certain photobomb?!  That’s Ed our Elf.  Yes we have an elf and we love him.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

For a little extra cheer, I added ornaments to a silver tray on our table.   My 5 year old said that he specifically loved this decoration.  Too cute!

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

I also hung a simple evergreen wreath to my dish cabinet and I’m loving it!  I wish I could leave it there all year.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

I love this view from my stove area.  When I look over at it, it makes me happy.

Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour {A Pretty Life}

Now on to our master bedroom!

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

I have never in the history of Christmas in our home, ever ever decorated our room for the holidays.  And now I’m wondering why I haven’t before!  Our room is my most favourite part of our Christmas home.

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

I love the colour of our walls so much that I have really put an effort into keeping our master bedroom a sanctuary.  And it’s funny because as soon as we painted our room last winter, I immediately imagined evergreen wreaths hanging over our bed {I used miracle command strips to hang them}.  I LOVE how they look hanging there.  I thought about adding something extra to the wreaths, but I really just love how simple they are.

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

Then I layered on our faux fur blankets, fuzzy snowflake pillows and made our bed all cozy!

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

One of my most favourite things about our room is the NOEL sign that I found at Target!  It adds the most gorgeous cast of light in our room…I need to find a sign I can keep in here all year round.  It’s SO pretty!

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

Just look how gorgeous it looks at night!

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

For a little extra lighting I also added some LED branches to the basket of twigs and sticks that I used for my fall mantel.

Christmas Master Bedroom {A Pretty Life}

LOVE it!

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So that’s my Christmas home…festive and cheery!  Now if I can just manage to keep everything tidy for the next month…that would be a miracle.  With my kids getting older I can’t even believe how messy my house gets on a daily basis…seriously.  I’ll just come back here to remind myself how clean it can be.  😉

I hope you enjoyed my tour!  Maybe you’ll even find a little inspiration for your home!

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If you’re looking for more Christmas Home Ideas, check out tours from my friends Virginia of Fynes Designs and Tara of Suburble!

Have a wonderful day!
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My Holiday Home

Hello!  Welcome to my holiday home!  Come on in…

You may have already seen our outdoor trimming!  So please, come inside…

There’s no theme in here.  And not much changes from year to year…but that’s just the way we like it.  Christmas is all about tradition and recreating memories.  I think even if I wanted to completely change the look of it all, the kids just would not go for it.  There’d be a mutiny.

And besides, what would I do with all of our amazing ornaments?!  None of them match, yet they all seem to compliment each other.  We have so many that our tree is front heavy.  Two years in a row our tree has fallen over from the weight of all of them!  No kidding.  The first time we blamed it on our newly purchased tree stand.  This year we used our old stand that never failed us…except that the tree fell about 20 minutes after we finished decorating it…hmmmm…maybe not the stand?  Maybe our hundreds of ornaments and how disproportionately they were distributed?!

Here’s this years tragedy…and being the blogger that I am it went immediately onto Instagram, lol!

Ouch.  Let me tell you this sounds really really loud.  And there were a lot of tears.  And broken ornaments…but we got it back up and the damage was a lot less worse than it first appeared.  So here’s how it looks now…

Pretty.  And tied up.  A few ornaments with glued on legs and skates.  But we’ll always remember when and why they broke.  😉

Isn’t it so festive?!  We love it.

I love this little corner of our home at Christmas.  You can see and smell the tree from pretty much anywhere on our main floor.  It’s the main attraction.  And it compliments my simple Christmas mantel really nicely.

I also fill our coffee table with ornaments to tie it all together…love love this Ikea table.

So here’s how things look at night.  It’s much more pretty in real life…

And because I can’t resist the opportunity to put in a Bokeh picture of our tree…

The last thing I wanted to show you is our garland wrapped staircase.  It’s the same garland as what’s on the mantel, so everything ties together so nice.  I love these…even when I am picking up the 100th shatterproof ornament that has bounced across the floor that day.  It’s become kind of joke really…our 3 year old picks them up too and puts them all in the same spot.  On the same branch.  😉

This is how they look at night.  Love.

So that’s it.  We’re ready for Christmas!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a very Merry day!

Merry Linking:  Thrifty Decor Chick, My Romantic Home, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Inspired Room, Under the Table and Dreaming, Between Naps on the Porch, Nesting Place