Christmas is a month away. Can you believe it?! This will be our second Christmas in Our DIY House, and we're all very excited about it. This year, I had the pleasure of decorating our home early for the season as a part of the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour - Christmas Edition! Shannon of AKA Design + Life and I are hosting the tour, and we'll be linking to several other fantastic Canadian bloggers that are sharing their own Christmas home tours. Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is touring today and what the schedule will be for this week. I can't wait to see my fellow Canadian bloggers' homes and get some more Christmas decor inspiration! A the end of this tour, you will also find a place to link up your own Christmas home tour - it will be featured on all 10 blogs and we'd love to see what you've done in your own home.
Now, onto my own Christmas home tour. I decided to try a non-traditional colour scheme of teal and green this year. As much as I adore red, I thought it would be interesting to try to nix it entirely from our Christmas decor this year. I also thought it would be a fun challenge to attempt to tie in our holiday decor with all of the teal, turquoise and green we have in our home already - especially these drapes in our breakfast nook.
Welcome to our house on the prairie & Our DIY House. We built it last year, and we're still finishing the outside (obviously). I was happy to get this pretty snowy photo, and you'll have to excuse our porch for now. I'm hoping that it will be done by next Christmas!
I hung a simple wreath I've had for a few years on our front door. Last year, I stuck a giant sparkly teal poinsettia in it. I love it.
Upon entering our Christmas home, you'll see our staircase decorated with simple swags I made with clippings from my mom's pine trees, some pine cones, some upholstery webbing, and teal satin ribbon.
I'm smitten with their sweet simplicity.
To the right of our front door is our Ikea shoe cabinet, and I've moved the mirror that was over our fireplace here and decorated the top of the cabinet with some simple seasonal things.
The jar is a recycled pickle jar sprayed with mirror spray paint and dusted with oil rubbed bronze spray paint to create a pretty mercury glass effect. I filled the jar with some spruce tree clippings - you'll see lots of tree clippings around my Christmas home. They're so pretty, and I love that they're free!
Our family room is the first room you see upon entering our home, and it's the one I've decorated for Christmas the most. I'm loving my DIY recycled door advent calendar as a feature in this room.
The grain sack pillows are made from reproduction French grain sacks from OnlineFabricStore.net and I've made them a little festive wrapped with teal satin ribbon.
In the corner of the family room, I've decorated my Ikea cart with some bottle brush trees in a dome server, wrapped in adorable little twinkle lights. I've thrown some spruce clippings in a vase and bedecked them with little gold ornaments.
Our Christmas mantel! Oh, how I love the way it turned out this year. I printed off a very large 24" x 36" version of some vintage map Joy to the World artwork that I made (and sell here) and created a glittered canvas out of it. Click here to see how I made the glittered canvas from my Joy to the World art.
The Anthropologie inspired burlap linen stockings are handmade (the tutorial is here), and the large wooden tree on the left was a purchase from Winners last year. On the other side of the canvas, I quickly made some ruffled trees out of coffee filters to sit atop my Ikea candle sticks. The mantel is flanked with some lanterns filled with turquoise ornaments, and I put some little bottle brush trees in blue mason jars around my large artwork.
Opposite our fireplace is our TV stand and gallery wall. I like how my little gold-dipped turquoise chair looks with all of our Christmas decor.
Our TV gallery wall now has our latest family picture in it, and I threw some turquoise and green Christmas ornaments in a thrifted bird cage decoration to sit beside our TV.
Tucked in the back corner of our family room is our "kids corner" with a little table, chairs, and our craft shelf. We always put out this wee nativity set each year to remind us why we celebrate Christmas and the girls love to play with it.
Our kitchen is next. I kept the decor in here quite simple, but I think it looks so nice with the colours that are already here. (The details on our DIY drapes are here.)
My mom and I made these adorable little evergreen wreaths one morning last week. Her grandpa was a master gardener of an estate in Germany and taught her how to make them when she was young. Here's the tutorial on how to make DIY real evergreen wreaths.
I think they really add a natural, festive touch to our kitchen. I strung them from all of our windowed cupboard doors with satin teal ribbon.
I changed out the artwork flanking our sink window with some that I sell here. The "Peace" sign in the kitchen window is thrifted, and the little tree is from Michael's last year.
I strung the sparkly golden star banner that was on our Christmas mantel last year over our breakfast nook window.
My friend made this gorgeous centerpiece for me out of old barn wood, and I filled it with spruce clippings, pine cones and candles.
The "noel" sign was from Winners last year, and we're going to hang our Christmas cards on our rotating art wall curain rod behind our kitchen table.
I've stacked simple white dishes on some gold charges I found last year at Michael's, and finished the setting off with peacock napkins I found at our local antique store this year, my teal hobnail glasses, and some golden pine cones.
The final room of our tour is our formal sitting room around the corner from our kitchen. It's not quite done yet (still), but I had fun dressing it in a bit of Christmas cheer with spruce clippings, wrapped gifts, and a soft sheepskin over the settee.
Thank you for coming along with me on our teal & green vintage inspired Christmas home tour! I hope you liked it! I'm really enjoying the non-traditional colour scheme we have going on this year, and I'm also proud of the fact that I hardly bought anything new. It's fun to see what you can re-make from old things you already have, or free and thrifted items that you can make look festive and beautiful.
Now it's time to visit the other fantastic bloggers on the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour:
1. AKA Design
We invite you to link up your own Canadian Christmas house tour below: