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 


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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.

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Come on in!

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

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

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

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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. 

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 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!  

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 So red it is…at least in small doses…

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

Sweater Christmas Decor 

Classic Christmas Decor 

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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

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 My buffet got a little holiday cheer too.

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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.

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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! 

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 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.


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  1. Absolutely stunning, Kelly!! I love the garland on the banister & LOVE the mantel!! Great job!

  2. Wonderfully gorgeous Christmas, Kelly!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Loving the red and white!! Beautiful!! Stunning Home!!

  4. I LOVE red but I especially am loving it in your home! That little punch of color is FANTASTIC! It is all so beautiful, It’s hard to pick just one thing…but I have to say, your tree is gorgeous! ~Sonya

  5. 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

  6. Kelly,
    It is absolutely beautiful. Love it all. Great job.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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!

  9. Okay your home is just beautiful in all it’s festive decor but that Buddy is just perfect!! Happy Holidays you pillow lovin goddess! :)

  10. 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!

  11. Oh Kelly, just stunning! LOVE the classic red and white against your home! The little whimsical touches are amazing!

  12. Ummm? It’s gorgeous !!!! And not just because we got the same theme going …gosh down to the sweater ornaments …love it …xoxo

  13. 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!!!


    • 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 :)

  14. For some reason I can’t Pin??

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. Kelly seriously your home belongs in a magazine! The decorations are perfect, bright and festive and the photos look amazing!

    So proud to be on the tour with you! Hope you have a lovely holiday season.

  19. BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE your mantel!
    Buddy is a cutie:)

  20. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!! I am blown away, kelly!! I would LOOOVE to see what you could do with my dad’s house!!

    • 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!

  21. It looks lovely! I have just begun!

  22. 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.

  23. perfection…once again these look like magazine shots…wow

  24. Gorgeous as always, my dear! I love everything! I’m not doing any red this Christmas and I’m starting to miss it! PS – I can totally see you standing on the chair in the reflection of the ornament! ;)

  25. What a lovely home you have~ just gorgeous. Your decorations are beautiful…so glad that I found your blog today! New follower for sure! :) Happy December!

  26. Beautiful Kelly…will share & pin!

  27. I always love seeing your home, Kelly! Love your Christmas decor and I want to try that embroidery hoop art! Buddy is adorable!!

  28. great tour! I think Buddy is the best decoration! I love the hoop art and all those snowballs – great ideas!

  29. Your home and all the little touches you added are simply magical!!! Fantastic job KellY! I’m a new fan!

  30. 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?

  31. Lovely home and photos. Everything looks so fresh and bright. Love all the sweater items. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  32. Kelly – what can I say – gorgeous! Love every little detail! And, Buddy is absolutely adorable and fits in with the color theme too!

  33. Beautiful as always, Kelly! LOVE all of your fun touches and I’m glad your little diva talked you in to red — the fun pops of color are perfect! Well done!

  34. your home is darling, so many cute touches~

  35. Kelly – it is official, I love your home even more – every single each of it! The second official thing – I need sweater ornaments! Great job girlie! Take care, Laura

  36. 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!

  37. I love your home. The flocked tree it to die for! the subtle red touches are so pretty with the soft aqua! I love all of your signs and simple craft ideas. Thanks for inviting us into your Christmas home!!! -Christy

  38. Gorgeous, Kelly! I love every single detail! Thanks for sharing with all of us :)

  39. 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!

  40. Thank you for the tour of your lovely home. Everything looks terrific and I like the splash of red on your tree. Thanks so much for sharing.

  41. Luv!!

  42. 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! ;-)

  43. 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!

  44. I am in love with everything. Really beautiful!
    The Adored Home

  45. Kelly – your home is simply gorgeous decked out in all of its Christmas finery! I think that the pops of red add just the right touch. Great job and I really enjoyed your tour!

  46. Your home is beyond beautiful! LOVE!

  47. Pretty home — I liked all of the sweater balls.

  48. How lovely! I really like the mantle! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! I love it all! I think I pinned it 5x! ha! Merry Christmas!

  50. Everything is so fresh and beautiful! LOVE your mantle! Pinned! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa

  51. 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!

  52. Absolutely stunning!! I love all of the beautiful details! You are so dang talented!

  53. This is absolutely stunning! Adore all of it!

  54. Your snowball tree is adorable! I love all the white with touches of color throughout.

  55. I’m in love with red and white this year. SO many beautiful details in your holiday home, Kelly! Merry Christmas!

  56. I’ve totally enjoyed the tour, your home is just beautiful!
    Going back so I don’t miss a single detail!

  57. Oh how I love your house all festive like this! And a snowball fight tree? Genius. The red here and there does look great…!

  58. Stopping over from The Holiday House walk. I love your style Kelly, so well done! It all looks fabulous! Merry Christmas, Kimberlee

  59. Everything is beautiful Kelly! I am always wowed by your home! :)

  60. beautiful christmas home!

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