Welcome to my 2013 Christmas House Tour! It’s time to see how I decked the halls, Makely-style. For those of you just joining me from my good friend Roeshel at The DIY Showoff as part of the Holiday Housewalk, my style is generally an eclectic mix of mid-century modern and industrial, with bold colors and some quirky touches. But above all else, it is fun – which is the #1 requirement for any decorating piece that comes into my house.
This year, I had a bit of a decorating challenge. My big 2013 project – the de-beiging of my open floor plan living area – comes to a head next week when painters and scaffolding arrive at my house. I didn’t want to have to move a lot of Christmas decorations out of the way when they painted, so I had to be strategic about where I placed the decor.
But no worries, it all worked out and I’m just thrilled with the way my home looks right now – so happy that this post is extremely picture heavy so I could show it all to you!
Let’s start with the white Christmas tree. This was the first year for us to have a white tree, and I think it looks amazing with the brightly colored ornaments and my vintage Santa blow mold. You can see more details about the tree in this post.
I couldn’t be satisfied with just one awesome tree this year. Oh, no! So, my kids got to get in on the tree action, too. In my daughter’s room, there’s a 4 ft blue tree decorated with gold accents and 12 Days of Christmas ornaments that I got from Hobby Lobby. The tree sits on my grandmother’s antique vanity.
I’m still working on getting Emma’s “big girl” room finished, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be ready for Christmas. With her help, I made a chalkboard Christmas tree garland to string across her headboard (here’s the tutorial for that garland).
My son, Zack, got a garland and tree of his own, too. His tree is bright red and decorated with hand painted snowman ornaments. For a tree topper, I added a black snowman top hat that I picked up at Party City (and they have them at the Target One Spot right now, too!).
The upstairs playroom is where the bulk of our Christmas decor is this year. In this room, I set up my vintage Evergleam Pom Pom aluminum tree. It’s decked out with old Shiny Brite ornaments in blues, white and silver.
Since my living area and most of the downstairs was off limits due to the painters, I had to get creative in the playroom. So, I turned our faux built-ins into a fake mantel for our stockings. On the shelves, I styled most of my favorite Christmas knick knacks, including the collection of my kids’ dated and framed Santa photos and some special things from my childhood.
A few things about this styled bookcase really stand out to me. The first is the vintage Santa cookie jar that I found this year. Instead of holding cookies, though, it holds a tiny Christmas tree.
I also have a few items from my husband’s late grandmother. One – the Moravian Star – she gave to us when she was still living. The other – her Christmas Pyramid – was shared with us when she passed away. She was such a sweet lady, so I love being able to share these things with my husband and the kiddos.
I also put out the super easy throw pillows I created last year from Dollar Tree stockings and a Santa hat.
This year, I added a friend to my vintage Christmas blow mold collection. This small snowman sits on the 1960s stereo cabinet that I revamped last year. I think he needs a name, but I haven’t come up with one yet!
His big friend, Frosty, graces the landing on the staircase, near the handmade foil pinwheel garland that runs along our staircase railing (here’s the tutorial for that garland).
Last but not least, the vintage Santa garland that I found this year hangs from the sticks on my dining room china cabinet. Sure, those sticks and pinecones are left over from my fall decor, but don’t they work perfectly for Christmas when you add some awesome Santas? I think so.
Thanks so much for stopping by and walking through my holiday home with me! I’m the last stop on the tour today, but tomorrow you need to head over to check out Kelly’s house at A View Along the Way!
Thank you to Jennifer Rizzo for organizing such a great blog tour! Stick around, because I still have more to show you. 😉
Kristin @ bliss-athome.com says
Love love love! xo Kristin
So so fun and so YOU. You put the cheerful into Christmas decor! Love it!
Love your vibrant personality shining through in your decor! The Santa cookie jar with mini-tree, the snowman top-hat tree topper, the easy toss pillows, etc.—all brilliant ideas I’m storing away for the future!
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
Hello with the colors …….I am in heaven! 🙂 LOVE that white tree and all the pops of fun colors. Everything is so pretty and your pictures are gorgeous 🙂
Jennifer Rizzo says
Lindsay, your home is AWESOME with color!!! I love that silver tree! And the colored trees are waaaaaay cool! Thank you so much for being a part of the home tour!!! I love Zack’s garland!
Kelly @ View Along the Way says
SO fun and colorful!! Suddenly I’m finding myself in need of a white tree. 🙂 I love your home! Merry Christmas!
Maggie Fieger says
I adore your decorations and your house! My husband would never go for all the color but it makes me smile! Emma’s big girl room is beautiful and classy – perfect for a growing up girl.
Thank you for giving me something to smile about today!
maria mendoza says
I love your house decorations. Loved the white and silver tree. Did a great job. And also love the sign Person not playing stand behind the red line . thanks for sharing
Melanie Hoffman says
What fun! My little girls would love these ideas!
ira lee says
i love this!!! all these little touches really make it festive and bright!!!
Suzi (The Pillow Studio) says
I love the wooden pyramid- reminds me of one my grandmother had. You have inspired me to get decorating…
Miss Charming says
So fun, Lindsay! I love all the holiday touches in your playroom.
You never cease to truly amaze. Fun and funky for a quirky little Christmas cheer!
Tell all the family hello from Barb & Ron!
So colorful and festive! Can’t pick a favorite! If I did though it would be the white tree in the striped room!!! Love!!!
Caitlin @ Desert Domicile says
Wow, your home is gorgeous! I love how colorful your decorations are and how many Christmas trees you have on display! So fun 🙂
ashley @ the handmade home says
So, wow. I’m just surrounded by fun awesomeness on my screen! I want to come over! LOVE it. ;}
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
That settles it – I’m moving in! Love all your fun vintage finds! Your Santa cookie jar would look cozy next to my vintage gingerbread house cookie jar.
Laura @ Finding Home says
I love every bright fun detail – but my favorites are the Santa in the tree and in the cubby! Thanks for sharing your fun home with me – what a great place to spend Christmas! Take care, Laura
Karen Watson says
I just love all the bright fun colors that you used in your decor!! Your colorful trees are gorgeous, I can’t decide which one I like the best!! Thanks for the tour!
Beth@That One Mom says
Absolutely love all of the bright colors!! Thanks for sharing all of your adorable decorations!
you have pulled off FUN and COLOR and HAPPY!
that white tree steals the show…and so does the mini tree in the santa cookie jar!
My family had that Frosty the snowman when I was growing up. All of us kids would fight over who got to light him up every night! Your home is lovely. Happy Holidays!
Jessica @ Decor Adventures says
Love all your bright colored trees! First white, the blue, then red and silver – I didn’t want this house tour to end!
I’ve been wanting a white one, since we have dark wood trim in our house I think it would be a perfect fit for my house. Or maybe blue? You have definitely got me thinking!
Very festive and fun holiday tour 🙂
Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. says
So fun and so much personality! Love it!!!!
Dee Williamson says
Wow, it’s beautiful! I feel like I was playing a game where I’m supposed to guess how many trees you have decorated in your house.
Jennifer - Dear Lillie says
Your home is so fun! Love all your bright and beautiful decor. Merry Christmas!
Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle says
LOVE all of the bright, happy colors! What a fun Christmas home! Life to the full! Melissa
Just beautiful, love the tin tree I can remember my friends parents having one!
Can I come play at your house? Do you know what I REALLY want – one of those old aluminum trees with the spotlight on it so it changes colors. My old dance teacher had one in her studio and I would KILL for it. Give Emma a hug for me!
Jennifer @ City Farmhouse says
Very cool tour!!! Loved it! Happy Holidays:).
Funky Junk Interiors says
Gorgeous, Lindsay! So vibrant and cheerful! I just adore your style!
Love your trees! So fun and festive. 🙂