Thursday, December 13, 2012

Setting the Table: Holiday Home tour with Shea

You may remember her yummy green bean casserole recipe, Turkey 101 or even the delicious Apple Crostata from Thanksgiving. Shea is back and giving us all a peak into her winter wonderland. Once you are done here, check out her recipes (and everyday adventures) on her blog, That’s What Shea Said

Au revoir, 

When Jamie and Ellen asked me to share my home as part of their holiday homes tour series, I got reeeeaaaallllyyyy excited. My fiancé, Brian, and I purchased our home back in June and, as a longtime renter, it has been so much fun to decorate the house for the holidays and know that the same decorations will come out next year and find their way into those same cozy spots. But of course (much to Brian’s dismay), I’ll keep adding new holiday goodies to the collection!

So welcome to our home! 

I love the traditional Colonial architecture and knew I wanted to keep things simple with warm white lights and just a few simple touches. 

We swapped out the yellow mums that filled the planters at our front door during the fall with (fake) mini Christmas trees. I love that I can bring them out again next year before planting flowers for spring. Of course, they needed to be dressed up with a few sparkly ornaments. 

The faux eucalyptus wreath on the front door is the product of about $25 at Michaels (eucalyptus bunches, a wire wreath form and some floral wire) and 2 hours of time. Granted, that time also included two glasses of wine and Bravo reality shows, so it was relatively painless. 

Our front entry has a few festive touches and the fresh garland hanging from the banister (a first for me) makes it feel like Christmas the minute we walk in the door. The garland came from Trader Joe’s (who knew?!) and the rest of the foyer décor is a mish mosh of bargain finds from Target and Michael’s. 

An easy way to accessorize for the holidays is to take things you already have, like a fishbowl vase and some colorful ornaments and mix them in with other decorations. 

Our living room is traditional with a modern twist and our tree and holiday décor reflect that same sensibility. The reds, creams and golds feel super cozy, especially when the fireplace is lit. The stockings, from Pottery Barn, have our names embroidered on them. As our family grows beyond the two of us and our two pugs, I’m excited to add more stockings to the mantle. 

One of my favorite little touches is the mistletoe hanging between the living room and kitchen. It always livens up our holiday parties. Plus it was a total steal at Target. 

Having a second fireplace in our dining area off the kitchen is an added bonus on chilly days. And it was really fun to have a second mantle to decorate. We used my “bachelorette tree” and matching white garland and wreaths (from Michael’s) to dress up the space. 

We livened up the bar with a set of snowflake lights and a gold garland. It definitely makes mixing up a Manhattan (Brian’s favorite drink) a little more festive. 

From our house to yours, here’s to a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year!


  1. First of all Shea, I LOVE YOUR HOUSE! If you are ever going to sell, please reach out to me;) HA! Second, thanks so much for giving your decorating tips. As being in a home that is large enough to decorate, you have some really great and creative ideas. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Abby! I'm so glad you enjoyed our house tour!


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