Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday House Tour

Christmas is only two days away (so excited!), and we thought we'd share a holiday house tour with our readers.  And not just one, but all of our homes.  Sure we might be decorating for the same holiday, but each of us has a very different take on how we add some Christmas Cheer to our homes.  Take a peek, and we hope you have a very happy holidays!

Ellen's Holiday Home

(Clockwise from top left)
My Christmas decorations are half vintage and half new - with my color palette being the typical colors of the season, red, green and with the addition of gold.  My growing collection of trees are from various places like NordstromCrate and Barrel and speciality shops. My only requirement for the trees? They must have glitter!

The favorite Christmas decoration I have is my vintage white Christmas tree. It lights up and plays music! My husband surprised me with it a few years ago after my mother and him searched for one for months. 

My husband celebrates the Holiday with vintage glasses for an occasional glass of scotch. Plus, they are ready to go for whenever anyone drops by which always seems to happen during the Holiday season.

Instead of hanging my vintage ornaments or using the old replacement lights, I like to fill jars and canisters with them to display on the mantel. 

Our stockings are from Crate and Barrel (the middle anchor stocking for our dog, Stanley, as a gift) and I include our initials on them by using ornaments from Restoration Hardware instead of having our names embroidered.
Emily's Holiday Home

(Clockwise from top left)
Much like Ellen my home is a mix of vintage and new decor.  However I like to use a bold color palette, that's not traditional at all including pinks, oranges, purples, greens, and blues, with lots of accents of silver and whites.  The mantel is the focal point of our room with the tree nestled right in that area.  This year I decided to create a little installation using white lights, and tissue paper accordion streamers.  I love the big bold statement it makes, while creating a soft glow above the fireplace.

Our fireplace is really old, and definitely needs some repairs before we can use it for an actual fire, so instead I like to fill it with a collection of my vintage apothecary jars and candy dishes with tons of Christmas lights inside.

The tree is a collection of ornaments from my husband and I's childhood, up to present day.  Many of them are really personal pieces, including this glitter butterfly that used to belong to my grandmother.

I found this oak leaves and acorn wreath and mini pipecleaner trees at Nell Hills this year.  I love that they all look super vintage.  I love the color of the oak leaves and acorns, and they're supposed to be a candle wreath, but I hung it from the mantle instead.  The pipecleaner trees are nestled in with some mercury glass pieces that reflect the glowing lights of the tree.

Lastly this year I decided to tie ornaments to the super old chandelier we have in our dining room.  It adds just a little touch of festive decor to the focal point of that area.

Jamie's Holiday Home

My mother gave me the little tree the first Christmas I was away from home in college. I have since moved it from one apartment to the next. I was happy to find the perfect spot for it at my new home, in front of the window, so you can see the lights from the street. The ornaments are a mix of glitter balls, glass balls, Barbie ornaments, including Ken, and my favorite are little people that I got from Germany. Growing up we always topped the tree with an Angel, so I was very happy to find this topper from Martha Stewart Kmart collection. 

I have a few other items I have snuck out of my parents home, including my very first stalking, the German plate, and not pictured a nativity scene German candle pyramid. Over the years I have also added a few more modern accents to mix with the traditional items. I love West Elm and Crate and Barrel for modern holiday decor - thats where I found the silver tree and votive. 

Whats your favorite holiday item at your house?

Happy Holidays from all of us at White Table Style!
Ellen, Emily and Jamie

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