Call Me Ang: Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The other day I posted money staving tips for decorating during the holidays. I also shared our front porch decor.  Today I'm thrilled to wrap up my holiday tour as part of The Avery Grace Home for the Holidays event!

I always decorate our home in traditional colors.  Mainly because I have invested so much through the years, to change the theme would cost a fortune.  I always wonder if other people have fallen into the same predicament.  

I am in charge of our downstairs, which includes our great room, kitchen and dining room.  My husband and the girls decorate the upstairs, which is geared more toward the kiddos. There are colored lights...and Christmas trees adorned with all of our keepsake ornaments. My husband keeps asking if I will show those rooms....He's proud of his vintage bulbs that he carefully placed around his kegorator in his "man cloud". I think the answer to that question is rhetorical. ha! My husband calls his man cave a "man cloud", because his room is over the garage...not in a basement. Clever if you ask me. 
I purchased this simple banner from Target. Found in the dollar bins!
One of the favorite things I love to do is decorate with fresh boxwood clippings, and create floral arrangements during the holidays. I did this last year with Frasier Fir. It's simple and inexpensive. Thank goodness for floral wire and Home Depot. They always keep a ton of fresh greens in stock during the holidays.
Our beverage area of the kitchen is currently being used as a hot cocoa bar. Our Elf on the Shelf surprised the girls with his first appearance of the season! I posted a photo on Instagram, and he ended up on E online....for being creepy. Oh well...
I use fresh apples to decorate all the time. They are vibrant and fresh. I also use lemons...but apples seem more appropriate for Christmas.
A closer view of the Hot Cocoa Bar. 
The dish towels were also found in the dollar bin at Target!  Off of the kitchen we have a small butler panty that separates the dining room and great room. I use the term "butler pantry" loosely...because there is minimal storage in that space. For the most part the pantry ends up being a catchall for junk. I'm all for keeping in real...

This is a close up of our resident deer.  She gets spruced up during the holidays. This year the girls wanted to put a scarf on her. Naturally I used the same buffalo check fabric that I used for the pillows in our family space. Hum...I should be calling her our resident doe...

This is our dining room tree. Our dining room is a work in progress. It isn't my favorite room in the house and I have a difficult time trying to decorate the space during Christmas. Last year I decorated in gold and silver. This year for the sake of fluidity, I added pops of red.

You see that photo with the two people fishing. This picture is probably one of my favorite photos of all time. If you have been a reader of my blog, you know how important my Grandmother was to me.  This photo is a pic of my youngest daughter and my Grams fishing on a river in Arkansas. She passed away this year, and seeing that picture brings a smile to my face each time I pass it. 
If you look closely you will see me trying to capture the prefect shot....That's kind of embarrassing...But I don't have the energy to retake the picture. Fellow bloggers...I know you feel my pain. 

Ah, the dreadful stairs.  We built this house two years ago. The home was semi-custom. One of the things the builder would not do for us, was hardwood our staircase. Who has ever heard of such a thing? My husband and I plan to redo the staircase in the spring. In the meantime, I'll embrace the carpet and the creaking that occurs with each step.

The mantle is tough to decorate, because I lost the battle with the television being above the fireplace.   While I know it is practical, I am very limited on what I can put in this space. 

I hope you enjoyed my tour. I always have so much fun decorating during the holidays. Our home is transformed into an entirely different space.  We have a coastal feel throughout the year, so seeing warm splashes of red is a refreshing change....Until it comes time to break everything down and pack it away until next year...I could do without that part, am I right? 

Be sure to stop by the bloggers below...I promise you will find inspiration with each post.  I am in awe of the talent of this group and honored to be among such creative ladies! 




  1. Beautiful!! I LOVE the boxwood clippings! Wonderful job. :) xo

  2. It all look beautiful! Love the red plaid you have throughout!

    1. Thank you Bee! I enjoyed your home tour as well!!! So fun getting a chance to see into other people's homes. :) Happy Holidays!!

  3. Ang,

    I really love all your decor. Especially your cute white kitchen with the pops of red and plaid! And I just have to say that I think (not sure because it's in the background) we have the same little tree! It's in your kitchen on a shelf in a white pot - does it have a plaid ribbon, red berries, and sugared leaves? If so, how amazing! I've had this tree for years and I still love it (and it's in my new holiday tour post that publishes tomorrow!) So coincidental!

    Thanks for stopping by my tour as well! Happy Holidays!


    1. What a coincidence! My husband and I bought that from Target the first year of our marriage (married for 13 years). He keeps wanting to toss it...and I won't let him. It has huge sentimental value. :) I loved your post too Sheila! Thanks for taking the time to read my post. :-D Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  4. Gorgeous! I love the details! So jealous of your all-white kitchen!

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