Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

A Classic Canadian Christmas Home all decked out for the holidays!

Welcome to my Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  My home tour is 1 of 27 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Shannon of AKA Design and Christina of The DIY Mommy!  27 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…they’re all at bottom of my post.

Today is my day to share, and I’m really happy to have you here!  I was hoping that it would have snowed before you came so you could have the ultimate Canadian Christmas experience.  But the weather, and our chinooks, had something else in mind.  I’m just hoping with all my heart that we have a white Christmas this year!  Anyway, the weather won’t stop me from decorating for my favourite season.  So come on in…I’m thrilled to have you here in my home all decked out for the holidays.

Let’s start here at my front door.  I really enjoy decorating my front porch.  I love being greeted by a cheery porch when I come home.  Most of the time I actually don’t think too hard about how I’m going to decorate.  I just start by gathering things from around my home and let things naturally progress from there.  I’m a big fan of ‘shopping’ around my home first…it’s surprising what you can find from things you’ve already got.

If I don’t have to buy things, I won’t. But if something catches my eye I’ll scoop it up!  That Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign was one of those things that I had to buy…it’s actually what inspired the theme of my porch this year.  Just a simple sign, and my vision was created.  If you want to see more details of my porch, visit my porch tour here.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now come on inside, and let’s have some tea and snacks by the fire.  Don’t worry, Molly doesn’t bite.  😉

So if you haven’t noticed, I kind of have this thing with plaid and buffalo check.  I can’t get enough.  If I see something in these patterns, I have to buy it…you don’t even want to know how many stores I drove around to track down that buffalo check ribbon (ok, 7…shhhh), and I still couldn’t find it.  My mom eventually found it in Edmonton, then shipped it to me and saved the day!  Yes, I wanted it that bad hahahaha!

But seriously though…can you see why?!  It’s perfect.  And so Canadian with the snowy tree, woodland animals, lumberjack jackets, moose, beavers, skis…  Sigh. I just love this theme.  Red is very outside my every day decorating theme, but come Christmas I embrace it fully!

Because we spend so much time in this space, I really wanted it to be cozy and festive, but still real and functional.  I wanted to us to be able to cozy up on the couch with snacks to watch Christmas movies in the most Christmas-y space possible. And I think that’s what I created in here.

And real it is.  Dog on the couch and all.  But don’t be fooled by how tidy everything looks…once these pictures were taken, it was back to real life.  Kids live here.  A family lives here.  Our coffee table is filled with X-Box remotes, coffee cups, plates, books, crayons and Lego.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Speaking of kids…do you Elf on the Shelf?  Our Christmas season officially kicks off when our elf, Ed arrives…I know that this guy is polarizing, but we don’t mind him…he just moves around each night, and every morning my littlest flies out of bed to see where he is.  I can’t not love him.

Now come on into my kitchen…

Aside from my living room, I actually toned down the number of decorations I used this year.  I kept things really simple in my kitchen and eating nook, and only hung a wreath and added a few things to my counter space.  I’m trying to simplify things…admittedly it’s hard, but I had to start somewhere.

I made this Vintage Truck Wreath last year, and still love it so much.  It’s a nice pop of festive colour in our eating nook.

And the only other thing I did in my kitchen was dress up the counter…how cute are the little bottle brush trees in the flour.  SO cute.  They’re easy enough to take out when I need the flour for Christmas cookie baking too.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now up to my room.  I only started decorating for Christmas in our bedroom in the last couple of years.  One year I kept things really neutral, then last year I went all out with the buffalo plaid…and because I’m still obsessed with buffalo plaid, I brought it back for this year.  Who can resist buffalo plaid flannel sheets?  Not this gal.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

And a tree in the bedroom?  Yes.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

So there you have it…that’s my holiday home.  Now it’s time to sit down and enjoy it.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

If you’re looking for more decorating inspiration, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Monday

The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer

Tuesday

PMQ for two | Amidst the Chaos | Clean and Scentsible | A Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators

Wednesday

Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry Bush | Sustain My Craft Habit | House by the Bay

Thursday

VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate

Friday

AKA Design | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

Have a very merry day!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Courtenay December 7, 2017 at 5:11 AM I love all the plaid! I just can't get enough of it either! I'm so sad I didn't think to placidity my dog for my tour. So adorable! Thanks for the lovely tour!
  • Reply Laurie @ VinYet Etc. December 7, 2017 at 6:14 AM Oh I LOVE buffalo check too, it is so addictive - I love the sheets they must be so cozy! Your whole tour makes me smile and makes me feel like I need to get cozy and enjoy that fire - and maybe something I know will be yummy from your kitchen! Yay to your Mom for saving the day with that ribbon, it's perfect on your beautifully flocked tree. xo
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 11, 2017 at 11:02 AM Thank you so much Laurie! I dream of living in the country with cozy flannels and wood burning fires, so I try to recreate that feeling here in the burbs! Merry Christmas to you my friend! xo
  • Reply Laurie @ VinYet Etc. December 7, 2017 at 6:16 AM PS - the trees in the flour are the cutest thing I've ever seen! And hello to your beautiful girl Molly! <3
  • Reply Heather December 7, 2017 at 9:21 AM LOVE the buffalo check! I don’t use red often either but also agree it is a Christmas time must! Your tour is gorgeous Jo-Anna. As always. Wish I could sit with you around that fire for some holiday cheer! <3
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 11, 2017 at 11:02 AM Thank you Heather! And I wish you could sit with me around the fire too! Enjoy your beautiful snowy holiday season...I'm so jealous...it's supposed to be 13 degrees here in Calgary today...UGH!
  • Reply Ariel December 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM Well done my friend! I love every bit of this, it's so beautifully Canadian and wintery. I need more flannel in my life! Happy Holidays
  • Reply Shauna December 7, 2017 at 12:49 PM It looks so cozy and perfectly Canadian. Love that buffalo check ribbon!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM Thank you Shauna! I'm definitely in love with buffalo check right now! ;)
  • Reply Jamie December 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM Jo-Anna! This is a perfect Canadian Christmas tour. Love all the details. Well done my friend. Hugs, Jamie
  • Reply Krista December 9, 2017 at 1:06 PM I love it Jo-Anna! Totally a tour after my own Christmas heart, this year!! The buffalo check and the crisp, classic feel. So lovely, friend. Wish I could come see it in person and enjoy some of your amazing baking with ya! Merry Christmas:)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 11, 2017 at 10:58 AM I wish you could too! One of these days we'll make a visit happen, one way or another! I think we're heading out to the island this summer!!
  • Reply Joann @ Woman in Real Life December 9, 2017 at 2:51 PM I always love your home tours, and your beautiful porch styling. Your home looks like the perfect place to spend a cozy winter vacation, sipping cocoa and playing games. I'm glad you got the pretty ribbon you wanted! Your tree is wonderful!
  • Reply Ivory December 10, 2017 at 5:45 PM Your home is absolutely fabulous. I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays
  • Reply Dannyelle December 12, 2017 at 12:54 PM Jo-Anna your home looks so warm and cozy and inviting. I love your pretty front porch -how welcoming. And all the red buffalo check is so Christmas-y. I think might be the trees in the flour -so a sweet little detail. Beautiful tour! Merry Christmas!
  • Reply Colleen @ Lemon Thistle December 13, 2017 at 10:16 PM Oh my goodness I want to curl up next to that fireplace and take in the holiday decor! Just lovely.
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