Christmas Home Tour {Holiday Decorating Ideas, Lemonade Style}

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Each year I struggle with posting a Christmas home tour. Not because I don’t love decorating for the holidays– obviously I do, hence the glam Scandinavian handmade holiday explosion!– but rather it’s because I strive to keep this blog a place of reality. And the reality is that I have two young kiddos and very little free time to spend fluffing pillows and arranging greenery for hours on end. There may be a season where that IS my reality; perhaps next year when both kids are in school full time or in 18 years when they go to college or in 35 years when I’m at La Boca Vista enjoying my sunset years. Until then, I want Making Lemonade to be a place where you will find easy, simple, and budget-friendly Christmas ideas that anyone call pull off.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for families!

A huge heartfelt thanks to my husband who helped keep the kids occupied as I decked the halls (and the kitchen, and the dining room), and to my kids who so far have not broken a single thing. 18 years from now all I’ll probably crying in my gorgeous garlands about how much I miss these crazy, chaotic days. So cheers for the REAL Making Lemonade holiday home tour– the good, the bad, and the glammed up and glittered gold!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for families!

A warm welcome is so important to me, as is keeping the entryway simple for our busy family. I may or may not have photoshopped pine needles from the floors. 😉

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 I went with a really simple pine bough garland with plain white bows.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A wall full of mirrors adds to the sparkle.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Even everyday scarves and boots look festive around the holidays!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

From there, we move to the dining room. I’ll admit it, those stars hanging from my chandelier make me happy.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Pretty much the only surface I style for the holidays is my sideboard. No one touches a thing on there so I can go gold-glam-Scandi-crazy!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

The plaid ‘runner’ is a throw blanket from IKEA. The woodland fairy light frames set the tone and make the room shine bright.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A simple branch gets some bling from gold and modern geometric ornaments.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Here’s the final resting spot for the DIY faux birch candleholders. Don’t they fit right in with the woodland theme?

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Still. More. Fairy. Lights. (I should own stock in them…) plus also mason jars.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

We had angel chimes when I was little, and had such fond memories that I finally ordered some for myself. Now my kids go wild for their magical chimes!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

I’ll be honest. I meant to decorate those JOY letters but ran out of time. Neutral decor lover that I am, thankfully they still fit right in. What would you do with them? I have 365 more days to think about it!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Christmas decor doesn’t need to be complicated. I added gold accents to my hutch for a hint of holidays.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

We’re having lots of guests over Christmas, and we are READY. I hope they are as ready, because it is ON.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

And squuueeeee over those deer highball glasses!!!! I grabbed four at HomeGoods, and knew a good thing when I saw it, so went back and grabbed two more. Best advice ever? Know what you love, and when you see it, buy it. ALL OF IT.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Since I often work in here, we have a desk in our dining room. Gotta put the dining room to good use, right?

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

We have baskets of blankets EVERYWHERE. ‘Cause I use them ALLTHETIME.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Another easy decor idea? Burlap and berries on the backs of chairs.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Since it seemed silly to set this table just to UNset the table so my daughter could do homework here, the only decor on the table right now is a favorite bowl filled with both new and vintage ornaments.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Next, onto the kitchen! A busy place, so I kept it very simple to make room for all the cooking, baking, eating, playing, coloring, working, dancing…

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Our battered Mrs. Fields Cookie Book at the ready.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

(said in my best Martha Stewart voice): Stunning holiday decor can be as simple as a few flowers and berries in a bud vase, vintage ornaments nestled on shevles, or a festive dishtowel hung on your oven door.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!
A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

On the faux mantel in our kitchen I propped up the chalkboard Christmas art I whipped up (literally, in about 10 minutes minus drying time) alongside the Anthropologie Tea Towel hack and easy little advent calendar.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Can you guess what these white ceramic-looking wreaths are made from? Can you? YES! CHEAP THRIFT STORE PLASTIC WREATHS I GOT FOR .25 CENTS! I just spray painted them with glossy white paint. Can. You. EVEN?!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

One funny story to share: Ben was home with me the entire time I crafted, styled, set up, and photographed this home tour. He’s been sooooo good, most of the time, watching the craziness unfold. Yesterday I started to sketch out a tree I wanted to draw on their chalkboard wall. Before I could really get past the idea stage, he got so excited to add his own touch that he climbed up and started drawing little ornaments on the branches.

STAND BACK, MOMMY! I’VE GOT THIS!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

How ’bout them ornaments?

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

GAH! I can’t handle how much this touched my heart! To most people, this tree is imperfect. But to me, it’s my dream come true. It stays. Perfect styling be darned.

He thankfully kept his hands off this one, a basket of poppers waiting in a vintage metal basket. We’ve done these every Christmas Even since my kids were babies and they’re a really fun tradition! I picked these up at, where else, HomeGoods. And that gorge poinsettia from Whole Foods.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Now onto our living room, where we find my makeshift mudroom ready to go with faux fur stockings that fit my rustic, woodland Christmas decor.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

This trellis mirror came with that huge {thrifted} lacquered sideboard in my dining room. I was going to sell it on Craigslist… but then… I realized it added so much light to my dark living room. Trellis isn’t my favorite pattern, but hey, it looks kinda pretty, right? My husband would like to interject here that the MIRROR is straight, it’s the wall unit that isn’t. Thank you to my mirror hanger.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Now the highlight of the home tour, the heart of the holiday home: the tree! I stacked our tree with the DIY photo frame ornaments from a few years ago, the recent DIY woodland ornaments, and my handstamped ‘Love Actually’ garland. The white ceramic Lenox ornaments have been given and gathered over the past 30+ years! This tree means more to me than you’ll ever know, when I look at it I see FAMILY.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

The Polar Express train around the base of the tree is the main reason I could get all this done while my son was home with me. It’s so great! In fact, I snapped this photo at the one moment he WASN’T playing with it. If you’re looking for a Christmas train, this one is a hoot– it even has Tom Hanks’ voice saying ‘All Aboard the Polar Express!”

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Here’s a trick for you, stick poinsettia branches into the tree to fill blank spots! They were 60% off at JoAnn. 😉

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

At night? Ahhhhhh….

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

So in love with this fox pillow. Not quite Christmas-y, which is great, because it will transition well into other seasons.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

The stockings were hung… I sewed these super quick from white faux fur. I wish I could give you a tutorial, but I followed no plan, just ran them right through the sewing machine. I still can’t believe it worked.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Shhhhh…. those gold deer came from The Dollar Store! I was originally going to cut out deer from stiffened felt for this project, and could not believe my eyes when I found those deer instead.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Since my son bounces off all the furniture (I’m still trying to get him to yell ‘Parkour!’ every time he does it, but no dice), we kept the couch and surfaces pretty clear. Those glass bulbs are just for show and the rosemary wrapped in burlap is pretty Parkour proof.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

My new West Elm coffee table is like an ornament itself. It was a gift from me to… me. 😉

Even my shelves have stars.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

I shed glitter, sweat and tears over getting the house decorated for Christmas but I’m so glad that I did.  Now time for a hot bath, sleeping for a few days, and maybe also hitting up that bar cart.

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

BUT FIRST! I hope you have a great big mug of coffee or hot chocolate and a comfy chair because I’ve got a treat for you… Come join these other incredible women as they show off their homes. I can guarantee that you will gain inspiration and ideas for your own home each day during this tour!

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Monday:

The Happy Housie | Everyday Enchanting | Maison de Pax | Life on Virginia Street | Unskinny Boppy | Setting for Four

Tuesday:

rooms FOR rent | Town and Country Living | On Sutton Place | Design, Dining and Diapers | At Home with The Barkers | Cottage in the Oaks

Wednesday:

House by Hoff | Jenna Sue Design | Love Grows Wild | Craftsberry Bush | All Things G&D | DIY on the Cheap

Thursday:

Rain on a Tin Roof | Making Home Base | The Wood Grain Cottage | Capturing Joy | Making Lemonade

Friday:

Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog | Fox Hollow Cottage | City Farmhouse | Ciburbanity

Happy holidays, my friends! Now who’s going to come over and help taste test my Santa’s Little Helper punch?

A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

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  1. Ok, I am having some serious wreath envy here. I love the one on your front door and the white feathery one in your dining room – gorgeous! I had three different failed attempts at a new holiday wreath this year, so I just pulled out old faithful! Your tour is gorgeous, Carrie!

  2. Beautiful! I am longing for the day when I can put out anything and it will stay where I put it and not get broken. But… I don’t want to wish away these years when the kids are little either.

  3. Looks beautiful! To every Christmas there is a season. Things will change in a few years.

  4. Amazing! I anticipate my home may look that good… in about 10 more years when all my kids are in college! Seriously though, it looks stunning. I’m simultaneously jealous and inspired!

  5. Wow! Your home looks incredible! So pretty love the Hunter boots used as a vase! Ant the touches of gold! Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  6. Carrie, everything is GORGEOUS, and I TOTALLY photoshop crap off my floor ALL the time, LOL!!!!!

    1. Thank you Tina!! This is (one) the reasons why I’ve been so terrible about answering emails. Hopefully now I can wash the glitter out of my hair and finally sit down a bit!

  7. I love all the decor in your dining room! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us!

  8. I’ll take one of each, please! My favorites are the garland on the stairs, the feathery wreath, and the boots with clippings….AND your son’s imperfect tree 🙂

  9. Gah. Love your tour.
    The sideboard… the mudroom, the TREE.
    Oh… and don’t think I didn’t spy all the little Fox things… I need that pillow!!!!
    (and the wee ornie too)
    You know I forgot all about those neat little things with the candles that turn when you light them! We had one of those growing up. Fun to see it today 🙂

    Happy Holidays!! 🙂 ~Shannon

  10. LOVE your dining room sideboard… looks so fun and festive and glittery! Also stealing your idea to put a few boxwood sprigs in a vase… genius! Looks great, Carrie! xx

  11. CARRIIE!!! I can’t even pick my favorite part! I love the first paragraph, the line about crying into your glittered garland, the tree and the mudroom! oh and the Dollar Tree reindeer. So glad to have you as part of this tour!

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  14. Oh My! Just beautiful Carrie! I love all of the trees! It’s so fun to see the different styles and colors in each different room! I don’t know which tree is my favorite!

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