Welcome to my very first “Holiday Housewalk”! If you’ve never experienced an online Christmas parade of homes before, you are in for quite a treat. Jennifer Rizzo created this virtual Holiday Housewalk 10 years ago, and it has grown to be quite popular in the DIY home decorating community. To say I am honored to be #33 (last) is an understatement. If you would like to start from the very beginning you can click here, or I will also lead you back around to the beginning at the end of my post.
If you happen to be visiting from the home before mine “Number Fifty-Three“,welcome! Angela has a beautiful home and man can she decorate. I also know we both adore our cats. I am looking forward to visiting her Christmas tour today on my break with a big cup of tea.
I texted my sister to tell her that I was #33 (last) in the Holiday Housewalk and she replied with a “Last, but not least!” text. It made me smile, and trust me, I will take last any day of the week with these talented decorators. They all inspire me, and I feel very blessed to be the caboose. So, let’s get this Christmas party train started because I have been decorating non stop for 3 weeks 😂.
Our little family of 4 (+3 rescue kitties) lives in South East Michigan about an hour North of Detroit. It gets bitter cold up here in the Midwest, but I have fallen in love with this beautiful peninsula we call the “Mitten State” which is surrounded by the Great Lakes.
Our home is a cape cod style built in 1994 nestled into a forest at the end of a cauldesac. We have a small lake behind us which is quite entertaining with 2 swans, cranes, ducks, and even snapping turtles 😳.
We chose this house back in 2008 because of the charming woodwork, and knew the potential was endless. We had no intentions of renovating the entire home ourselves, but once we started painting, we couldn’t stop. Little did I know that 11 years later I would be writing about it all decked out for Christmas, and sharing all of my affordable DIY tricks to get it to look that way. That is just so cool.
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Foyer
I distinctly remember “oooooo-ing” when we first entered the house back in 2008 and saw this beautiful staircase. It actually has 2 more sections that wind around to our bottom floor being the walkout basement. I usually decorate the railing for Christmas with a big white scarf I found at the thrift store, but decided to go all out this year with fairy lights and faux pine garland. The stars and red ribbon are from the dollar store. I think I may have failed to mention that I enjoy decorating thrifty style. My husband and I made those sidelight wood shutters for $75 bucks.
If you look behind you, you’ll find my Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall, and an old credenza I dismantled and painted black. “Man-boy” is our middle child, I mean kitty, and he is definitely on Santa’s naughty list. You’ll notice he follows me everywhere 😆. My theme this year for Christmas decor took a turn towards green when I realized jadeite mixes well with dark green, and red. Oo-la-la!
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Mantel
We have 3 fireplaces in our home, and all are very different. We rarely use this gas fireplace in the front living room because it gets very expensive, but it comes in handy when we get an ice storm which is often. I recently painted the brick white, and stained new shelves for the built ins.
I love the different shades of green up against the white. I was pleasantly surprised to see how beautiful our navy shag rug would look as a back drop for the green foil wrapped gifts.
The gold garland wreath is a rusted whiskey barrel hoop with a couple of strands of garland wrapped around it accompanied with white lights. I guess you could call this my Irish Christmas mantel…it’s looking a bit lucky with the gold and green combo. Oh, the luck of the Irish…
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Kitchen
Let’s mosey on into the heart of our home, the kitchen. The kitchen is where my husband and I spend our evenings with a roaring fire, and the cooking channel while I cook us up a storm. Hey, I have a few treats waiting for you in there…
First a little tip… I do not recommend making your own cannoli 😆. We made these fresh peppermint cannoli right on that island, and man was it hard. It was our first time, and we just couldn’t get the cannoli cream the way we get it in bakeries in Toronto or NYC. They do look good though, don’t they? Especially on that fun pull-out cutting board.
You’ll probably notice that I do tend to decorate a little on the whimsical side. Almost like a little girl would. I guess that may come from the way my Dad would let me decorate our entire house for Christmas when I was kid. I remember wrapping garland around our little chandelier in our tiny apartment and I still lean towards shiny foil garland. By the way, I found this green garland at Five Below for $3.00. I wanted to keep that green flowing through the entire tour.
See that big brown chair with the furry throw? That’s where my handsome husband relaxes with a heating pad and coffee every single night 😎. We have a good deal going because when I cook, he does the dishes. He spoils me rotten, but he gets good food in return.
Speaking of my husband, he is also my partner in crime with all of the DIY woodwork and painting. If you would like to see the kitchen before, just click here. Here’s our island transformation, and our DIY Brick Backsplash, too.
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Tablescape
So, I brought the bright Christmas green into the kitchen by using the same green foil wrapping paper on our table as twin sideway runners (just tape underneath with painters tape). I added dollar store white plates, green water goblets along side old wine glasses I already had. The jadeite dessert plates I scored on Facebook Marketplace. The red and white striped ribbon, and red balls, all add contrast and texture. The ceramic Christmas trees my deceased brother made in the 70’s in a ceramic class he took. Lastly, a dollar store Andes mint placed on the side of the place setting is an unexpected cute touch…and it’s also green.
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Built In Hutch
We painted all of the built ins in our kitchen a vanilla white to help balance out the dark island. This built in hutch is actually one of my most favorite things to decorate, but I rarely do it because it is my “catch-all” which usually holds the bills, mail, and kids stuff. I went all out this year and decorated it with my thrifty jadeite dessert plates. I’m not even going to tell you where everything else went 😉.
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Tree
Oh look, it’s Santa. Now we know why he fits down the chimney so easily.
Man-boy doesn’t like visitors.
Ahhh…the Christmas tree. I love how this year’s Holiday Housewalk “vintage style” tree turned out with all of it’s glorious tinsel. I grew up with tinsel on our tree and have always loved the glisten it creates. Some of my ornaments are from my childhood, and I’ve also filled it in with lots of shades of green. Then I topped it all off with a dollar store rotating star I hung from the ceiling.
You might be able to spot Sylvia our oldest rescue kitty on the coffee table. These cats love when I get my camera out. They actually rub against the tripod.
I did something I have never done before and kept our tree up all year. My older teens made the request last January, so how could I resist? I will do anything to keep them home. Our youngest home schools, so he helped me decorate it for each season. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle because you can see all of the seasons here.
I’m can definitely tell I’m getting my tinsel in a tangle because I am tired out. Decorating is not easy and all the cleaning that goes along with it. I want you to know, my house does not always look like these photos. The photos are staged [by me]. You know that, right?
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Master Bedroom
Okay, let’s finish this tour up with a big finale…our cozy romantic rustic retreat is ready for me to take a long winter’s nap. My husband and I snore, I mean did that planked ceiling in our master bedroom ourselves a few years ago and here’s the full tutorial if interested.
Our bedroom is so nice to decorate because I can switch out the “Merry Christmas” signs and use a wreath, antlers, whatever. The new duvet comforter I splurged on and is in my source list below along with everything I either DIY’ed or purchased, including the framed posters, and memory bench.
The Holiday Housewalk Christmas Master Bathroom
Last up, before I fall asleep on that bed 😆, is our master bathroom. Rick and I planked the wall just like we planked the bedroom ceiling and both are in the same tutorial mentioned above. A few years later, we removed our old dated jacuzzi tub that we never used, sold it for $100, and added a vintage style sink for him, and an electric fireplace/resting nook for me. This has become my most favorite room in the house. The complete renovation is found here.
For Christmas this year, it was so nice to just add a few tid bits of the Christmas season here and there. This is something I probably wouldn’t normally do (decorate our bathroom for Christmas), but it was fun to try. Especially, when it came time to see Rick looking for his “stuff” that magically disappeared 😂. Notice I kept that green flowing even in the bathroom!
I’m going to nestle up inside my plaid, cozy blanket now. Thank you for taking my first Holiday Housewalk Christmas Home Tour with me. If you would like to receive my newsletter full of thrifty home decor & recipes, please subscribe HERE.
Merry Christmas, from Spooky, our third rescue kitty (bottom right)!
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- DIY SHUTTER SNOWMAN COUPLE
- FREE CEDAR WREATH GIVEAWAY
- FAUX PINE GARLAND
- FAIRY LIGHTS
- RED RIBBON & LARGE STARS: DOLLAR STORE
- DIY SIDELIGHT WOOD SHUTTERS
- GHOST CHAIR
- DIY THRIFT STORE SILVER PLATTER WALL
- MINT GREEN ORNAMENTS
- DIY GOLD GARLAND WREATH
- CANDY CANE RIBBON TREE: HOMEGOODS
- KITCHEN ISLAND PENDANT LIGHT FIXTURES
- INDOOR FIRE PIT
- DIY REAL BRICK BACKSPLASH
- JADEITE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS
- GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE SIGN: FIVE BELOW
- MINT GREEN GUM BALL MACHINE
- BLACK VINTAGE WALL PHONE
- KITCHEN TURQUOISE RUG RUNNERS
- GREY VELVET ACRYLIC BENCH
- JADEITE CAKE PLATE
- WHITE PLATE WITH GOLD TRIM: DOLLAR STORE
- JADEITE DESSERT PLATES
- DIY MEMO BOARD
- WHITE ANTIQUE TRUCK: HOMEGOODS
- ALL RIBBON: MICHAELS
- DIY REFINISHED FARM TABLE
- DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE SIGN: MICHAELS
- DIY WOOD PLANKED CEILING
- WHITE PINCH PLEATED DUVET COVER
- DIY MEMORY BENCH
- SANTA PILLOW & PLAID THROW: HOMEGOODS
- DIY CUSTOM FRAMED POSTER
- BEDROOM DRUM CHANDELIER
- DIY BATHROOM RENOVATION
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julie, your home is so fun! i love that mantle with the green ornaments so much!
Wow, What a lot of effort and work, you did good, love, Dad in NY.
Thanks, Dad! Hope you read the part about you!
Julie, your home looks absolutely amazing!! I’m so happy to see you on the House Walk this year. I love that your home doesn’t look exactly like most of the others. The deep colors you’ve incorporated fantastic! I love that you have a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of drama, a lot of DIY, and just a beautiful family home all tied together. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Thank you, Stacey!! Such a sweet comment!
Your home looks gorgeous!!! And, that tree is amazing!!!Last is never least! Thank you so much for being a part of the housewalk!
Thank you for the fun ride, Jen!
It looks amazing awesome job. I love the pull out cutting board and cannolis too
Ed I wish I could send you & your wife all the cannoli! They are frozen and calling my name! Thanks for stopping over!
Everything looks gorgeous Julie! I can’t believe you decorated the whole house, you deserve a great big nap. I love your hutch in the kitchen, it’s so pretty and that fireplace!!!! My hubby and I have the same deal, whoever cooks gets to sit while the other cleans. Merry Christmas my friend! xo
Julie! I love that you put a holiday touch to every room in your house! Your tree is so whimsical and colorful and I love your bathroom. Now let’s just keep our fingers crossed that those cats don’t attack the tree! Merry Christmas!
Julie Anne !!!!
I am blown away !!!! You have outdone yourself once again…..just when I think it doesn’t get better—IT DOES!!! The photography is spot on and everyone looks so fabulous!! I love the entire post and I know how much work it took to get it done–but you nailed it sister!!!. I especially love that you shared stories of your childhood memories of Christmas even got the “Three Mouseketeers” in on it! Love you–Dido
Thank you, my sister!!!
Well Merry Christmas Julie! Congratulations on a truly magical Christmas home tour. You worked hard and it certainly shows in each and every room. I love the colors you used and how all 3 fur babies enjoyed being a part of your tour. I love how you used wrapping paper on the table, brilliant idea, psst I may be coping that, if it’s okay? Pour yourself a glass of something relaxing, put your feet up and feel proud of your accomplishment, you totally “rocked around the Christmas tree “girl!!
Thank you, Kaycee!! I hope you caught a glimpse of your special ornaments on the tree!! And yes, steal away!! That’s what I’m here for! Have a great holiday season my friend!
Loved the tours. I think the last was one of the best! Love the whole house decorated! The greens were a great color combination for the season. I really love ribbon but never thought of putting it around like you did. I always get so many great ideas and tips from you! Thanks & Merry Christmas
Thank you so very much for your support, Diane! What is nice about ribbon, is that you can wind it up, and go totally different the following year. I know ribbon can be expensive which drives me crazy, but I find Michael’s has the best deals especially this time of year. Joann’s doesn’t have the selection. The dollar store really has pretty red though! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! I still have 2 more fun posts before Christmas…one involves food, and the other is a surprise, lol!
It’s so very festive. I think my favorite part is your mantel with the green ornaments. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas!
Thank you so much Julie for inviting us into your home. What a beautiful warm cozy home. Everything in your home tells a story. I love how your home is furnished and filled with love. Congratulations!
Thank you, Connie! That means the world to me. XO
How fun that you keep the tree up all year… even in a house with kitty’s! I love how you sprinkled holiday joy in each room of your home…and color! Now i hope you can sit back and relax and enjoy your beautiful holiday home.
Your home and tour are beautiful! So many unique and festive touches for the season! Even a decorated bathroom, wow!
I really enjoyed touring your home all decked out for Christmas. It looks fabulous and I know you worked SO hard to achieve this look. Now you can relax and enjoy Christmas!
Of all the blogs I follow your home is by far my favorite
Thank you, Ann! That is quite a compliment and I appreciate your kindness so very much. I find it very interesting to see all of the different tastes. I sometimes feel like an odd ball, but I kind of like it that way!
Oh Sweet Julie, I LOVE it! Thank you so m for all your hard work. For me you are always my Buffalo connection (even though neither of us is there.) Your bathroom tile and sink are exactly what my grandmother had in her apt across the street from Canisus High School on Delaware Ave. It holds precious memories for me. I love your use of color throughout the house – you nailed it! Now curl up and enjoy!
I felt much relief last night, Nancy! Slept like a baby ha ha! I love hearing about your Buffalo memories!! Stop by again soon!
Your whole house looks beautiful Julie – very festive and welcoming!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Penny!!!
Dear Julie, Rick and family!
Your house is AMAZING!! You guys are like my husband, Denis, and me. We are retired, BUT, NOT! 😉 By that I mean we are DIYers all the way! we have not only completely renovated the original house, but added a 4 season sunroom, as well. Then I immediately started to decorate for Christmas, so I FEEL your pain (exhaustion)! 😉
I love your home!! Lots of black, white, creams, that go with everything and can change with each season effortlessly- (ours is the same)-Redheads must think alike! At least I WAS a Redhead-now who knows what I am?LOL Merry Christmas from Tn! We have 4 seasons-just not any too long, which we like at our age, for sure! Keep the posts coming! Love to see all of your hard work. Merry Christmas!
My hair is that same color ha ha!! Love this comment so much. Thank you, Constance!
Amazing my friend. I always enjoy your projects and posts. You have a great imagination and and show us how to do it on a budget.
Thank you, Carol! I am so happy you stopped by. I try to save $ as much as possible. Xo
Where did you get the beautiful black bed? I would like to get one for myself, and a white canopy to hang on it.
The bed is 11 years old from Art Van Furniture.
Just looked at the site and your beautifully decorated home. There is something about your decorating that appeals to most people. Its artistic, not too complicated, one of a kind and so warm and cozy. Love that you include your cats in the photos, so furry.
You and Rick have done a fantastic renovation job. I’m sure you both must sit back, smile and be so proud.
Where did you get the blue rug, it is a gorgeous colour.
The merriest of Christmas Wishes for you and your family.
Merry Christmas, Bette! Thank you so much!
Simple yet so beautiful.
Thank you, Linda!
Julie, this tour made me so happy! I also love the fact that you decorate in your own style full of whimsy, yet very tasteful. I just wanted to keep pushing the love button on every photo and had to remember that I was not on Facebook. Thank you for opening your home to all of us. Also, thank you for reminding us that it does not always look perfect. That is important for all of us to remember, as to not feel like failures. Wishing you and your beautiful family a Merry Christmas and many blessings to come in the new year!
Thank you, so much for this kind message! It made my day!!!Merry Christmas, Becky!
I am not surprised! I love how you carried the green them throughout your home. Lovely!!! Your home looks so warm and inviting. Our fireplace bricks are painted off white with hits of beige. I love your white painted fireplace. So many things I love in this post. You nailed it!
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