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Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020

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Shake off those snow boots, and come on in! Welcome to the 2020 Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. This year we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary for this amazing virtual housewalk, and I am honored to be a 2 year old. Yep, I’m in the terrible 2’s 😆! Our “Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020” is house #19 in the line up of 29, and I think you might get a kick out of how I ventured outside the gift bag this year.

~Before I get the sleigh warmed up, here’s a special message to all the decorators out there who put so much time, energy, and love into your home for the holidays. What makes your decorating beautiful is not the price tag on the trendy tree you purchased, how you hung your garland ever so perfectly like they do in magazines, or even if you scored the coolest vintage ornament on the planet. What makes your decorating beautiful is that you did it out of love for your family. Never compare your decorating style to others, instead marvel in your own.~

If you happen to be visiting from the home before mine “Number Fifty-Three“, hello and welcome to our cozy nest here in snowy Michigan. Angela, from Number Fifty-Three has a lovely home, and I am looking forward to visiting her Christmas tour today on my break with a big cup of tea.

Okay, so this is where I tell you a little secret for this year’s Christmas tour. I decided to spread my decorating wings a little more this time and repurpose items that you may, or may not have thought to use in your holiday decorating. In addition, I also tried to incorporate a rustic, nostalgic, glam factor. So, grab those mittens, and hold on tight to your sleigh. It’s time to get innovative and use what we have.

The Glamorous Snowy Foyer

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While dreaming of a faux snowy staircase for my glamorous snowy foyer, I actually envisioned tons of fairy lights, snow flakes, and icicles dripping from the railings. What I ended up with instead, was something outrageously beautiful (and no lights required).

White feathered boas are one of the easiest decorating repurpose tricks I’ve seen in blog land for fake snow. I can’t take full credit for being the first to use white feathered boas for snow, but I don’t think I’ve seen them on a traditional staircase such as our’s. It just looks so pretty, especially when the afternoon sun hits it.

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I was instantly in love with the ease of wiring these 6 ft. long white feathered boas to the railing, the only issue was my cat, “Manboy”. He thought the feathers were birds, so my advice is if you have a cat/dog, you may want to try something else such as a white scarf, or white tulle. I ended up taking the boas down shortly after the photos, and using them in places he wasn’t interested in.

The furry white boas sure did add that glam factor, so I had to tone “Marilyn” down a little with some chunky real logs to match the DIY Sidelight Shutters, and then soften the blow with my family in several silver frames “sledding down” the stairs. The icing on the cake, were the black and white ice skates.

The Golden Living Room

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Here we go guys, now we are going to have some authentic repurposing fun, and to be honest it’s recycling, too. You see, our living room is connected to the foyer, so I decided they should be similarly dramatic.

“The Golden Living Room” I thought how easy…I already have the gold thrift store mirror hanging over the mantel, and the gold fireplace screen as it’s partner. All I needed was garland and a gold tree. Did I just say gold tree?

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The champagne gold Christmas tree came first as a little “Julie gift” to myself 🤭 months ago when it was on sale. For the gold garland I remembered I had an old, faded, dusty Capiz shell wind chime that I had hanging in the basement waiting for a makeover that might work if I spray painted it gold. Holy golden nuggets, it totally worked.

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You may notice that I scattered the gold Capiz shell strands anywhere I could find. In fact, you’ll find them hiding out not only in our Christmas trees, but in almost every photo in my tour kind of like hidden Easter eggs 😳.

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I just couldn’t get over how gorgeous the shells looked shimmering gold tones, and then when I saw them with the white feathers that looked just like snow, I knew I had struck feathers, I mean gold.

Once again, I was sure to add a nostalgic vibe with my gold framed young beautiful grandmother, and my gorgeous loving mother- in- law as a little girl holding her cat.

The glam factor made an appearance once again with the pretty white feather boas, gold geometric star tree topper, and gold shimmering lights off of the Capiz shells, and champagne colored tree. Yee-ha!

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Lastly, more wood logs help ground all the fluff, and accompany the stained wood on the wall like a best friend forever would accompany you through life.

Before I get any more poetic 😆, I think we better eat. Are you hungry? I hope so because we have a special Christmas menu for you. Let’s go to the other side of this fireplace…

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The Rustic Cozy Kitchen & Heart of the Home

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There he is, the white feather boa lover. Look at him looking all innocent. This is the guy who bites my toes at 5am, too. If he could, he would steal this show. Well, maybe he already did, but I will keep going anyway…

I hope you’re hungry because not only do we have a gorgeous tablescape for you, we also have a real live menu (see full Christmas Menu at the end).

Wouldn’t it be cozy to cover up while you eat?

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Our dining table is nestled in between our second fireplace (this one is wood burning) and our kitchen island. My goal with this silver & gold table was to help my guests feel as though they were sitting at an elegant setting topped with fluffy snow, drinking sparkling wine/water next to a warm crackling fire without the stress of being formal (maybe next year for the guests?).

Oh, I know this scenario is a little far fetched, but it sounds fun doesn’t it? Especially while reminiscing about the vintage black and white photos placed in each Mini-Tree Stump Place Card Holders.

BTW, the gold chargers and the white plates are from the dollar store. Once again, all the boxes are checked off here. Repurposed ✅ Rustic ✅ Nostalgic ✅ Glam ✅

Here’s the view from different angles, although I missed the built-in white white hutch this year.

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This is where I usually sit when I write/edit, and behind that island is where I cook up a storm. If you’re interested in more information on how we transformed this kitchen ourselves over the last 11 years, just click here: DIY Kitchen Makeovers.

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After dinner of course there’s always the dreaded dishes. Hey, what do you know-here’s my mom back in the 50’s doing dishes! Her name is Joanne, and she is 86 now. I love her & my dad dearly.

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Here’s the sink where Joanne’s last born does her dishes 50 years later. Isn’t that interesting to think about? Time flies.

I carried the gold through by wrapping $5 gold garland around a rusty old whiskey barrel hoop and added fairy lights. Low and behold, there’s more Capiz shell garland, too.

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Wait, don’t go yet. There’s still time for coffee…

The Silver Zen Lounge

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Well, hello snazzy wood slider door to the Silver Zen Lounge! I actually just posted our “Zen Lounge Makeover“, but it wasn’t quite ready for Christmas until now. This is where most of the silver comes into play, and I think you can see how beautifully the two metals mix on the silver tree. This is also where our family likes to play.

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First, you may be wondering what the heck is a zen lounge? Well, there’s a back story to ours, but basically what it comes down to is that it’s a family room that is very “zen”, and very cool/calm. A place the older kids (ours are 18 & 21) hang out comfortably without being harassed by nagging parents 😆. Also, a place where everything is just A O K, which is very much needed these days.

I really wish you could hear the soothing jazz our daughter plays for us every night in here. We recently found a holiday jazz station, too.

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Our new dark walls really made it easy to carry the before mentioned elements through. The silver tree is decorated lightly with silver and gold, and of course the repurposed gold Capiz shells found their home there, too.

I didn’t add any white feather boas in this room because I felt the glam factor shined through enough just through the intense color scheme and silver stars/snowflakes.

Our favorite coffee table and homemade stump end table from our yard add that rustic element, and there’s my husband’s sweet grandma, Millie watching over us all.

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Let’s head back towards the kitchen, and I’ll show you that “Christmas Menu”…I’m hungry from all this babbling.

Beautiful Wood Door Information Found Here

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The Homemade Family Christmas Menu for Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk

I hope you find our favorite family recipes below as a wonderful source for tasty food that we literally live on. Lots of love and care go into ALL OF MY RECIPES on redheadcandecorate.com, and many have been handed down from generation to generation.

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Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!  There's also this amazing menu full of recipes!

CLICK HERE FOR CHRISTMAS MENU RECIPES

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a cat nap after the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 😆.

The Furry Christmas Cat Nap

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If you missed last year’s romantic cozy Christmas master bedroom, click HERE.

Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!
Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!

I’m sure we all will certainly try not to get our tinsel in a tangle this year, but if things do start to feel a bit frazzled because it is 2020, there’s always the escape…

The Christmas Front Porch Fresh Air Retreat

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Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!
Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!
Visit the Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020 for affordable repurposing ideas for our Christmas decorating!

Well, that sure was fun. I enjoyed getting my mind off things & decorating outside the gift box this year and I hope you enjoyed unwrapping it all. If my “Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020” took your mind off your worries for 10 minutes, this was all well worth my time.

If you find yourself still in the mood for more Christmas decorating, how about continuing the Holiday Housewalk by starting your day tomorrow with house #20 decorated by the talented Ursula, from Home Made by Carmona. I recently found out that she also has a love for blue & black in her home decor. Her library is a must see!

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Holiday Housewalk 2019

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42 Responses

  1. […] Redhead Can Decorate’s home feels warm and welcoming in a beautiful traditional style. […]

  2. ColleenB.~Tx. says:

    Stunning. Your place looks so festive that should be published in a magazine.
    I do love them sliding doors. Awesome.

  3. Dad says:

    Wow, A lot of work for sure, I say you did good, love , Mom and Dad in NY.

  4. Dad says:

    You did good, love, Mom and Dad in Ny.

  5. MaryK says:

    Just WOW! This is really well done. Love everything you do! Thanks for your awesome display of Christmas beauty. You have a gift. Merry Christmas, Mary

  6. Kelly Elko says:

    Julie – what a festive home! I especially love your old photos used a place card! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Kelly

  7. What a beautiful home, Julie! I love the gold capiz garlands- what a great idea! And the snowflakes just pop against that black wall!

  8. Jennifer Rizzo says:

    Julie,
    Your silver and gold theme is awesome! I love your advice and your tour did take my mind off any worries! Your foyer is just wow! Stunning!! You are incredibly talented! Thank you for taking part in Holiday Housewalk 2020!

  9. Julie, everything is just beautiful! I love your pops of gold silver and the blue!! Those shells shimmer just perfectly! I love how you are always thinking out of the box and I can feel the love in your home! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    XO
    Kristn

  10. Danielle says:

    So whimsical! Enjoyed seeing your home decorated for Christmas! xx

  11. Robert Urtel says:

    Julie, Just finished your Christmas house-tour and I feel as though I’ve been there – needless to say it is gorgeous and makes me feel like Christmas is here, right here in Amherst. All the touches of glamour of gold and silver. The touches of white and the gold ornaments are most beautiful. And of course the kitties, Spooky, Sylvia, and not to forget the Forest are such a lovable touch of being home. You did a fantastic job and I’m very proud of you and Richard, Daphne and Louie and there were times during the tour made me tear up. I miss you all and wish for the Fiato family the Merriest Christmas, filled with my love and may God bless you all. Your Mom & Gramma

  12. Penny says:

    Everything looks absolutely gorgeous Julie – you have worked your magic! Loved your trees – I don think I have ever seen a gold tree – so pretty! Wishing you and yours a safe and very Merry Christmas!

  13. You inspire me. I wasn’t going to put up a tree this year, but, I feel warm and fuzzy after looking at your photos. Tomorrow, I start.

    • Julie says:

      I am so happy to know this post put you in a fuzzy mood!! I completely understand this year has been so difficult. You made my night!

  14. Kelly says:

    Julie I am in love with your advice and well as your two Christmas trees! I can’t decide which one I love better, the gold tree or the silver! They both are fabulous and so beautifully decorated!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  15. diane urtel says:

    Julie-I just finished taking the “Christmas Tour 2020” and I can’t put into words how much I love it! The memories of growing up with you as my little sister at holiday time in our house set the tone for all of your hard work. Even as a young child you were always looking for ways to be creative, and I remember your love of Christmas and the wonderment of it. You did a great job and I love you! I also think it’s so cute that you incorporated the 3 musketeers in your tour.

    • Julie says:

      Aww!! My sis rocks! Thank you for taking the time to come over! I know you guys are crazy busy. I remember Christmas of 76 the most for some reason. Then the big blizzard of 77 hit in Jan!! Love you, Dido!

  16. Kaycee says:

    Happy holiday wishes to you and your family Julie! I love a classic silver and gold themed Christmas, but dahling….. adding all these glamorous touches….well that just had me “ring” for a glass of champagne to finish your amazing Christmas home tour! I love all of your rooms and seeing your fur babies enjoying the festivities! Merry Christmas friend

  17. Jane says:

    Julie, I’m just astounded by your creativity! Painting capiz shells gold was genius! Your home is both glamorous and comfy at the same time and that takes a gift to pull off. Love the gold and silver theme!

  18. Stacy says:

    WOW! You have a beautiful home & what an outstanding job decorating with all of your special touches of creativity! Love the Zen Lounge…listening to some Jazz sippin on some good Java … pure heaven! I’m on my way! Loved the Christmas tree with the “snow” too…so beautiful! You nailed it my friend!!❤️

    • Julie says:

      Thank you for stopping over Stacy! Next yesr we are going real which we haven’t done in about 5 years. Looking forward to less and focusing on the tree more! Have a great weekend HN!!!

  19. Connie Schmelzer Giancola says:

    Beautiful! So warm and welcoming! Each room has it’s unique style. Everything is so beautifully co-ordinated. Your home is filled with lots of love and coziness. God Bless.

  20. Nancy says:

    Sweet Julie – you have outdone yourself!! It is so dramatic and so YOU in a new way. Now settle into the Zen lounge and hope the cat doesn’t steal the boas!

  21. Cindy L Pinardi says:

    love your trees. I bought a silver tree this yr but sent back it because it was just awful. So up went our white tree that is done with lots of picks & red hydrangeas. And we also put small photos of those we have lost on the tree. I must admit everyone loves the tree. I also make same appetizer tree but must larger & just a little different. My Mom started making them at least 40 yrs go. Love your site.
    Merry Christmas & a Healthy New Yr to you & your family
    Cindy

  22. Beth says:

    Everything is gorgeous. Love the silver and gold!!!

  23. Ivory says:

    Wow, so amazing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful festive Christmas home.

  24. Your home is just magical. I love all of the whimsical touches. I pinned some things to share 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

    xoxo

  25. Kathy says:

    Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas. I really love the snow on your stairwell leading to the ice skates. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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