Christmas Tour 2013 – Classic Red and White

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Ok, so I’ll spare you my singing voice, but I’m so excited my halls are finally all decked and ready to share with you!  I’m stop #12 on the All Things Home Christmas tour – did you see all the beautiful ideas yesterday?  Don’t worry I’ll include all the links at the bottom so you won’t miss a thing.  Oh and did I mention there’s a giveaway? 

PS I’m sharing over at 


The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Home Tour

I’ll try to keep my normal rambling to a minimum and just share the tour; I’ll leave all the talk for later in the week when I share all the tutorials and details.

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Home Tour



Come on in!

I kept it classic with red, silver and fresh evergreens on the outside this year.

 The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour

This cute little reindeer greets you in the front entry along with my freshly planked walls.

The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour 

 The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour

My “snowball” garland dresses up the banister (read how to make your own here)

 The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour

Over in the  living room is my snowy tree.  I was going for a snowball fight sort of feeling this year with a few splashes of red. 

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

 I know, red, in my crisp white loving house, but I was on strict orders this year (from my 5 year old little diva) that Christmas colors are most definitely red and green not white!  

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

 So red it is…at least in small doses…

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

 My  sweater embroidery hoop  art was so fun to make (anyone can do it!. 

Sweater Christmas Decor 

Classic Christmas Decor 

The Lily Pad Cottage -Holiday Tour

I went a little crazy with old sweaters this year and made a sweater pillow to match my hoop art…and about a thousand sweater ornaments along the way as well.

Easy Christmas craft - make your own sweater pillow 

Ok, and another DIY pillow – hi my name is Kelly and I’m a throw pillow addict.

Merry and Bright pillow

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

 My buffet got a little holiday cheer too.

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

The Lily Pad Cottage - Holiday Tour

Let’s dodge the snow balls and head back up stairs… 

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 where I hung my Christmas sign, water skiing anyone?

Cottage Christmas Decor

 Sneak a peek at my Christmas chalkboard.

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 More sweater ornaments, I told you I made just a few…

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Another cute pillow (yeah, it’s a problem) adds some fun down by the kids rooms.

The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour

The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour 

Last, but not least Christmas would not be complete without Silly our elf getting himself into trouble.

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Well, that’s it – the grand tour!  OH, except for Buddy, he was photo bombing me all day so I thought I would give him his wish and include him and his festive hat on the tour too :)  MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

The Lily Pad Cottage Home Tour

 Be sure to check out all the other amazing holiday ideas and decor from these lovely ladies…and I’ll be back later in the week with all the details of my Christmas tree and how you can make your very own army of snowball sweater ornaments.

You can also check out my 2012 Holiday Home Tour here.


Don’t forget to enter to win a $200 gift card to One King’s Lane and other fabulous prizes including: Maison Blanche Furniture paint and wax valued at $60 from Fox Hollow Cottagea $50 gift voucher from Woodberry Designs for the Tilda Collection crafting supplies and accessories; a $50 gift voucher to The Shop At The Crossroads;  a handmade vintage grain sack stocking from My Soulful Homevalued at $50; a collection of vintage linens valued at $50 from Kirb Appeal; and a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint sampler valued at $60 from Atta Girl Says.

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  1. says

    So fresh and inspiring! Looking forward to your tutorials, the sweater art is just brilliant. I received the same orders from my little diva, during my French Country stage, that there was not to be another sunflower amongst the holiday greenery :) Happy holidays to you and your sweet family! xoxo, Andrea

  2. says

    Kelly, what lovely style you have and it rings throughout your beautiful home. So many things I love…sweater hoop, and sweater everything…chalkboard and signs…tree is stunning…skates, and those skis made me smile! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! (We met at Haven at the Marta station.)

  3. says

    Red, green and white seem like the perfect Christmas combination to me.

    Your home is always so welcoming and inviting, especially at Christmas. I love all your thoughtful DIY touches.

    And if you have any extra sweater ornaments, feel free to send them my way!

  4. says

    I love your home all the time but it looks especially beautiful dressed up for Christmas. I love the snowball garland (so CUTE) and your tree is simple stunning! And the touches of red are perfect!

  5. says

    GORGEOUS!!! I love it all. The porch is so pretty and the snowball garland just great. I love what you did with ice skate in the birdcage with the greenery. I am going be looking skates next year. I have always wanted them. PINNING!!!


    • says

      Thanks so much Cynthia! Sorry the pin it button wasn’t working for you, it has had a few glitches lately. Those were my skates from when I was a girl, I love having them around :)

  6. Pam says

    Great job Kel! Love it all! Have you headed down to my house yet to deck the halls there??? Buddy looks like someone rubbed his head with a balloon!

  7. Louise says

    Looks beautiful, Kelly! Love the classic look and splashes of red! Once again a job very well done! Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

  8. says

    I’m really truly completely in love with that snowball garland! I love all your tiny touches of red everywhere too. I also got in trouble this year for using a little too much white, so my daughter went ahead and decorated the livingroom tree completely in red and absolutely nothing else! Thanks for the lovely tour!

    • says

      Thanks so much Sarah! You don’t need any help at your Dad’s house you did such a great job renovating, and your Halloween decorations were sooo cute!

  9. says

    Fabulous – love the snowball garland and that embroidered sweater hoop! Even someone seriously sewing challenged may just be able to do that! Silly the elf needs to head to Jersey for the night for a hot date with our elf, Hot Tamale.

  10. says

    This home tour is simply awesome. I’m a bit partial to red and white for the holidays. (I can appreciate other colors and sometimes use them, but I usually return to red. The flocked tree is stunning. And all those pillows have me wanting to stay up all night making reindeer pillows. Is that normal?

  11. says

    What a cheery home, Kelly. YOur blue and aqua looks amazing with lots of white and touches of red!!! Your tree is simply spectacular! It’s so snowy and and the red berries … oh my goodness! I think your home is such a fresh and inspire take on Christmas… it is … MERRY AND BRIGHT!

  12. says

    Magazine worthy, Kelly! You truly are the throw pillow and sweater ornament queen … love them! And, your mantel is amazing! Buddy is too cute. Happy Holidays!

  13. says

    Kelly!!! Your home looks GORGEOUS my friend!! I mean truly, truly stunning. I had to take the tour a few times just to soak in all of the fabulousness. LOL!! I love every single detail and your photos are amazing. You have so much talent and creativity and I just wish that I could come a-knocking on your beautiful front door and take the tour in person…I’d bring the wine…and maybe a throw pillow! ;-)

  14. says

    I’m a pillow addict too Kelly! My hubs just doesn’t ‘get it’ lol!! Love your home tour – so warm and inviting! I love all the texture of your sweater ornaments and pillow!! Beautiful!

  15. says

    Your home looks stunning done up for the holidays – I love the red mixed in with all your white and your soft watery blues! I also love all the lake touches – we live on a lake too so I love incorporating things like skis and paddles into our decor. Your throw pillows are perfect. Definitely not a problem! Of course I might have a serious throw pillow addiction myself:) thanks for sharing your gorgeous holiday home Kelly!

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  18. Vivian Perez says

    I am a freelance writer and I want to send an idea about the cottage decorated for Christmas to be considered for the Cottages and Bungalows magazine. The editor needs professional photos to consider for possible publication. The idea is for the Christmas issue. Would be interested? Vivian Perez

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