Holiday Open House~ Amy’s House for the Holidays

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This has been an amazing two weeks-the guest bloggers and the inspiration that has been shared in our Open House series has been AWESOME, hasn’t it? We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

All I can say now is…how on earth can I possibly follow all that wonderfulness?

It’s very intimidating to follow these beautiful homes and projects, especially since we’re moving again in a few months. This year was extra challenging because I had to take the holiday decor that worked perfectly in my former house with it’s white walls and make it work in our rental home that has much more color. So, we’ve got more color going on than usual but sometimes, change is good, right?

front door wreath marked

Come on in, I have a new wreath, and added a monogram.

{Of course!}


You enter our home into our foyer and our dining room is right inside. This is my favorite room in the house right now, the walls are covered with ticking-striped wallpaper and all my RED Christmas decor really works in here.

dining room table full

The stars were hung in here temporarily during a snowstorm, so they aren’t really supposed to be there, but stay tuned– you will see them again.






In this room is “my” tree, it holds our more fragile ornaments and I reserve the right to decorate it in my choice of colors. My kids have their own tree I will show you in a minute. Yes, my tree topper is falling off, I don’t know how I didn’t notice that when I was taking pictures! In the past, we’ve  used this tree on our porch in our previous home.



In the window behind the tree is our hanging Advent Calendar, a gift from Terry, I love it–though I haven’t found enough small gifts for each bag yet. That’s a “to-do” for next year!

hanging advent calendar


Off that room is our hallway, with some decor on the stairway.


Into our Family Room, where the kids have their tree. This tree they decorate themselves, and I don’t edit or worry about the design. I haven’t even rearranged an ornament this year, I promise.


This tree is a crazy mix of handmade ornaments, gifted ornaments and the kids’ crafts –those are my favorite, as they get older the get a laugh about seeing the ones they made in preschool, I treasure them.


Our fireplace is huge {two-story} and made of stone, so it doesn’t need much else at this time of year. My glitter chevron deer with a small garland is enough up there with so much else going on.


I added another deer friend resting at the bottom of the fireplace, as you can see, we’ve got a bit of a wildlife theme going on in our holiday decor this year.



This side of the room reverts back to my typical mix of gold, glitter and mercury glass and,  well, there maybe a deer antler or two thrown in over here too.

hall table


close up gold vignette

Across from this we have a little serving area. It’s decked out with drinks and a new purchase from a Luckett’s holiday shopping trip, this Joyeux Noel plate.



A small tree sits in my kitchen window with some handmade and special ornaments. Christy has been giving me small kitchen ornaments for this tree for years, but my daughter couldn’t resist the tiny toasters and such, and took them and put them on the kids’ larger tree. For the life of me I couldn’t find them in the ornament mix to move them back here. So, next year this tree will be back to it’s “kitchen” theme.


Just outside this window is our screened porch. It may seem a bit crazy to decorate a porch in winter {yes, that is snow on the ground!} but since my view from the kitchen is the porch, having it decorated and feeling festive just outside is fun, and its a great place for a hot chocolate break.

And, now you see the paper stars {a great Homegood’s find} moved back outside to their home in the window.

outside porch wide




That’s about all! Thank you so much for taking my tour, it’s a colorful year for us here at our home, which has been a fun for a change.


We can’t thank all these wonderful bloggers who have joined us these last two weeks enough, and a special thank you as always, to everyone for stopping by!

Here is the complete recap for our Open House series in case you missed anyone~

Tuesday Everyday Occasions

Wednesday ~ Dixie Delights

Thursday~ DIYShowOff

Friday~At the Picket Fence

Sunday~Surprise Home!

This Week:

Monday~ Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Tuesday~ Housepitality Designs

Wednesday~ 11 Magnolia Lane {Christy}

Thursday~ 11 Magnolia Lane {Terry}

Friday~ 11 Magnolia Lane {Amy}




  1. A beautiful tour…I love Amy’s home..and I must say that the red ticking wallpaper is fantastic and goes so well with any seasonal decor!….A truly festive home Amy!! Thanks for the tour!

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