Christmas Home Tour Part I


I wear my heart on my sleeve.  Maybe it’s the hair color, I don’t know.  Hormones?  I let my sensitivity get me down this past week. Blogging has brought me many blessings, but sometimes it gets the best of me.  It’s a ton of work, and the preparation and hours of creativity can really take their toll if you let them.  Not only physically, but mentally.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love what I do.

On that note…have you noticed the “Christmas Tours” in blog land?  They are stunningly gorgeous.  I mean, I’ve seen things this year I’ve never even imagined as a decorator.  The talent out there is endless, mind blowing to tell you the truth.  That’s where the doubt set in.

I began to feel insecure, sad, left out, while visiting and viewing all of the group home tours.  I began to ask myself, “What am I doing wrong to never have been invited to join a blog group tour?”

Silly, I know.

The answer today is clearer.  I’m doing nothing wrong.  I’m human.  We can’t always be the master of our insecurities.  I got over that nasty hump, dusted myself off, and now continue on my journey doing what I love to do.  Decorate.

Here’s my “Christmas Home Tour Part I”.  Brought to you, by just me, the redhead, Julie.



DIY Poinsettia Candelabra by Redhead Can Decorate

You didn’t think I could let the holidays go by with out filling my “DIY Candelabra Planter” did you?  At first I though maybe bulbs with pine.  Then I thought candy canes.  Then the Poinsettia came to me.  I found 3 small Poinsettia plants at the grocery store.  They were 3 for $10.  These are real folks.  Poinsettias are one of my favorite plants.  Just remember to make sure the animals don’t eat them.  Sylvia has no interest in this plant.  She just wants to be in the photo, as usual…
Christmas Foyer by Redhead Can Decorate


If you haven’t seen how I transformed this stereo console, you can view that here: “Black Stereo Console Makeover“.  This thing makes it easy to decorate it.  I admit, that this is a bit “busy” for even me this year, but it’s still very pretty for our Christmas party coming up tomorrow night.  This is our foyer, and the place where I take everyone’s coat and throw them on our bed in there.  Watch out Sylvia!

I filled the glass bowl with silver and white ornaments to tone it down a bit.  On the inside I have a bowl full of brighter ornaments.  The pine tree clippings my husband went out to steal get in the cold.  The pine cones I had and are also the real deal.

If you would like to learn more about the platters, here’s my “Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall” tutorial.
Christmas Tour Redhead Can Decorate

And lastly, the lantern.  I filled it with epsom salt from the dollar store, and some little balls I found at Michael’s.  There’s a tiny tiny spider in there camping out.  If you see him, tell him he’s got until Christmas.  The Santa is from Target quite a few years ago.  The chain just happen to make it over to Santa’s bell.

Here it is at night time… Christmas Foyer Redhead Can Decorate 2014


Next Friday, I will show you the rest of the house.  In the mean time, you can view our foyer a couple years back here: “Pottery Barn Knock Off Lanterns“.
Beautiful Christmas Lanterns

Thanks for letting me be open & honest.  I promise I am feeling much better, now.  Time to celebrate Christmas.  XO

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16 Responses

  1. Cara says:

    I know how you feel, I had tried for years to find my niche, but nothing ever really developed and I was SO bummed about that….now I just blog to have a scrapbook of our family and love that I have no stress with it, doing parties, etc.

    I, for one, LOVE your blog and get so many awesome ideas for decor, so keep it up!

  2. Gina says:

    Oh I completely understand that – I have been feeling the same way. But it got worse when I decided to capture the small little space that we decorated. The day we decorated I was feeling rather bah-humbug – so we only put out a few favorites & left the rest in the garage for donation. Then I see everyone’s homes & feel like I definitely could have done so much more. So maybe next year I will feel more in the spirit & be more prepared. I love what you shared today & I’m looking forward to the rest. Know you are not alone – this job can really wear you down. Take a breather & don’t be hard on yourself. Hugs!!!

  3. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    Hi, Julie. I LoVE reading your blog. You are sooo talented, creative, and your home is beautifully decorated. I am inspired by your designs and I will always remember your pics of the Christmas ornaments in the lantern….beautiful. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and happiest new year!! Cheers!!

  4. Diane says:

    Julie, I absolutely love everything about your house. Never doubt yourself – you are awesome. The blues hit me this week also, maybe its just something in the air 🙂 I decided to get out there and enjoy the season and come January I am going to finally tackle painting my kitchen cabinets – black, inspired by you!!

  5. I think it looks very welcoming! (And spiders are good luck at Christmastime. A German tradition, I think.)

  6. Chas Greener says:

    Julie, we love you! Thank you for sharing your creativity and beautiful home with us. Know you are leading all of us who follow your blog.

  7. Jane says:

    Julie…first, your decorations and making merry are just great. Poinsettia’s are my favorite and you’re right about the animals. I love everything “real” but I’ve found some cute ones for the floor.

    I nearly spit out my wine (it’s Friday night!) when I read how you had wanted to be on a home tour for the holidays. I have, too. I think I have a good “give and take” with a lot of the very popular “decor” bloggers, but only so many can make it on the Walk, so it’s just not worth getting a bit blue about. The best advice I got from one of these great bloggers is…start your own Holiday Home Tour. I thought about that…about many home tours including Summer, 4th of July, Fall and Christmas. If you’d like to partner up…let me know!

    Jane xxx

  8. butterkup64 says:

    I love your blog. Feel like I know you! Love your house & that you let us in. I don’t read those others. I read yours! And that’s what counts to me!

  9. Kathy says:

    Julie…I love everything you do! When I look around blogland, I see the same rehashed ideas over and over. Not true here! Keep true to yourself and do what you do best!

  10. Pat says:

    Love your blog! Loved your house tour! Thanks for sharing such a huge part of who you are! Merry Christmas!

  11. Amy K says:

    Julie – Your blog is awesome! I love it because you’re dang funny girl 🙂 You make me laugh and we all need that. You have a beautiful home – it’s lived in and normal and that’s what I love about it. Not to mention that we are both Michiganders! What you did in your kitchen is to die for. Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. We’ll be here rooting you on. Have a wonderful holiday season!! Merry Christmas!

  12. Donna says:

    Julie ,thank you for your blog posts ! I love your home because it is filled with beautiful decorating ! Your kitchen makeover is deserving of a magazine feature story ! Please keep pursuing your dreams and sharing with your readers . Merry Christmas to you and your family .

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