2021 Christmas Home Tour

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Well, hello there, December! I hope you are all doing well and had a great Thanksgiving. Today, I’m thrilled to be joining some talented bloggers in a Christmas Home Tour blog hop. What I love so much about the blogging community is getting to see inside real life homes. Everyone has their own spin on holiday decorating and there is just so much inspiration to be found. I hope you enjoy my 2021 Christmas Home Tour, and be sure to visit the other bloggers and their incredible homes at the end!

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2021 Christmas Home Tour


Welcome to our home!

Christmas entry decor

The front porch and outdoor decorations have yet to be put up, but there is some Christmas as soon as you walk through the door. Often, all you need to bring some holiday cheer to a space is by adding a simple wreath. This year I picked up a new wreath for our entry and added some khaki velvet ribbon. You’ll see this ribbon make an appearance again in our living room. Oh, and here is one of the new rugs I recently added. It’s a washable rug with beautiful green and grey tones.

Christmas wreath with tan velvet ribbon

Further in you’ll find my favorite piece of Christmas decor. My mother-in-law’s Nativity scene that I painted white years ago.

white Christmas nativity scene

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Living Room

2021 Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Tree

My favorite space to add Christmas touches to is our living room. We have only one living space and this is definitely where we spend most of our time together. Our 9′ slim Christmas tree tucks perfectly into the corner so there’s no need to rearrange furniture and it doesn’t block our view. This may be our last year with this particular tree as more and more lights keep going out each year, and no matter how hard I try I cannot fix them. I’ll no doubt look for a very similar tree next year.

California casual Christmas decor

The velvet ribbon you saw in the entry was also tied onto the Christmas tree. It gives the tree such a sweet look. I also added a new wood bead garland to the tree this year. Our ornaments have been collected over the years. Each year my mom gives me a new one and it makes me so happy when I look around the tree and think of her.

neutral Christmas tree 2021
neutral and natural Christmas decor


So far this is my favorite garland I’ve put together for the fireplace. Looooving the asymmetrical look! For this garland look I used two faux pieces of garland for extra fullness and added in faux eucalyptus stems for more interest. And of course twinkle lights. They make everything more magical. The brown bottle brush trees bring in more of the warmer tones that I’ve been adding to the living room this year. And this year I swapped out all my fireplace candles to battery operated ones that are on a timer. It’s so nice to have them turn on and off themselves!

asymmetrical fireplace Christmas garland

Still feeling our mismatch stockings. Feels very casual and collected. I added the faux fur one just the other day. The smaller stocking is a DIY for our dog. More velvet ribbon to tie everything together. The felt labels on our children’s stockings were something I added late last year. Their stockings came with the felt tag and I chain stitched their names on them. Might make similar ones for the other stockings. We’ll see if I have time!

collected Christmas stockings
metal mistletoe

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Christmas wreath over vent hood

I don’t get too carried away with decorating our kitchen because there is just so much action going on in there at all times. A clutter free kitchen island is my love language. There are still some areas that got some Christmas touches. The big wreath over our vent hood does most of the heavy lifting in here. And I had so much fun styling the new breakfast nook builtin for the first time.

kitchen shelf Christmas decor

Most of my Christmas tree collection ended up on the shelves as well as some cute little lit houses. The large lantern on the counter has a diffuser inside that makes it look like the chimney is puffing. So dang cute!

kitchen Christmas decor 2021
vintage runner in kitchen

I think scent is just as important at setting a cozy holiday feeling as the decor. My main diffuser is on the other side of the kitchen and pumps out holiday essential oil recipes all day long. Today is an Anthropology inspired winter blend of Blue Spruce, Christmas Spirit, Bergamont, and Clove. This place smells incredible. My grandmother’s brass deer are another decor favorite of mine that I look forward to bringing out each year. They were the perfect little touch for this short section of countertop.

kitchen diffuser

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Click here for wood and glass diffuser kit with essential oils!

Dining Room

Amber Lewis and Loloi Billie rug

Our dining room got a totally new feel with a rug this year! I’ve always wanted one in here, but was waiting until the kids were a little older. Cleaning food out of a rug isn’t my idea of a good time. But the time has finally come and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this rug looks!

Amber Lewis and Loloi Billie BIL-01 rug

During Christmas our faux olive tree from the living room comes to live in here, and the greens on the table get swapped out for magnolia stems. I haven’t yet started thinking about this year’s Christmas table, but you can check out last year’s table here.

vintage black pottery

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Master Bedroom

Amber Lewis and Loloi Georgie rug

And here is the last of the new rugs I’ve added to the house. Loving the blues and wine tones in this rug. For Christmas decor in here this is the first time I’ve added garland to our headboard. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first but it has absolutely grown on me. If you’re going for the same look make sure you’re using faux garland and that it is secured well. The last thing anyone wants is sharp pieces of real greenery ending up in your sheets or the entire thing falling on you in the middle of the night. My husband was clear that if it should fall on him while we’re sleeping, it’s getting chucked across the room, ha! I don’t blame him!

Christmas garland on headboard
bedroom Christmas decorations

I picked up these two little trees on our dresser after Christmas last year with no plan for where they would go. On a whim I brought them in here and it ended up being perfect. Bedrooms don’t need a lot of Christmas decor, just a touch goes a long way.

mini tabletop Christmas trees

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Izzy’s Bedroom

neutral winter decor kid's room

Izzy likes things clean and simple in her room. I swapped out her everyday wall hanging for this winter print of a girl with a braid in a beanie. It reminded me of Izzy and the colors were perfectly suited to her room. She also has a set of Christmas houses on her dresser.

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Sam’s Bedroom

kid's room Christmas decor

Did you check out Sam’s bedroom makeover I shared not too long ago? For his room I changed the art out above his bed for this fir tapestry that I love so much and added some tiny stocking garland I picked up last year. The red ties in perfectly with his rug.

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Well, that is it for me. I hope you enjoyed our 2021 Christmas Home Tour. I loved having you here!

More Homes to Tour!

2021 Christmas Home Tour

Be sure to check out the other lovely bloggers and their homes on this Home Tour:

Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home

Cindy at Cindy Hattersley Design

Annie at Most Lovely Things

Kelly at My Soulful Home

Kelley Kelley And Company 


  1. Michelle Avatar

    Wow! Your home looks absolutely beautiful. Love your holiday decor. I tried to click on a few of your shopping links but they are all coded as Pinterest pins to be saved. I was wondering if you could post the actual web links to your shopping items. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Oh I hate when that happens!! Thank you for bringing that to my attention, Michelle! The links are all fixed so it should go straight to the product instead of Pinterest.

  2. cindy Avatar

    Shelly this is magical. I love every detail. Those stockings on the fireplace are to die for, and I love the gallery wall around your tv genius!! Thank you so much for joining us!!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much, Cindy! I’m still swooning over your fireplace and those gorgeous stockings!

  3. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    Oh, I love it all Shelley! SO so pretty! Love your velvets and furs and the garland in your bedroom. And Sam’s room is the sweetest!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thanks, Cassie! I still need to pull out his Snoopy Christmas sheets. According to Sam it’s not the holidays without those!

  4. Annie Diamond Avatar

    Shelley! Your home looks beautiful! I love all the little touches sprinkled throughout like the art above your son’s bed ad in the kitchen shelves. Love how you painted your nativity set white! Its so elegant!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you, Annie! I’ll admit I was hesitant to paint her nativity at first, but I am so glad I did!

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