Welcome to my Christmas home tour.
Lucky last. . . number 30 on the ‘Home for the Holidays’ tour and all the way from ‘down under’ in Australia.
Thank you to the girls at All Things Home for organising such a great line up of participants. I feel very humbled to be included in this tour.
We moved into this home just 3 months ago, so it’s been a whirlwind of painting, rendering and decorating to get it ready for Christmas 2013… and there are still several rooms in the midst of being renovated.
As some of you may know, we recently purchased a holiday resort and our new home is here on the grounds. It is a two storey townhouse built in the Scandinavian style, with split levels, lofty wood lined ceilings and a 2 storey high wall of glass in the main living area.
In the middle of the room between two living areas we have a spiral staircase. When you are short on space you have to make every bit work for you, so I was thrilled when I discovered that our tree would fit in the void in the centre of the staircase.
I think this may well be the most simplest tree I have ever decorated, but I’m loving the spattering of white, aqua and silver baubles.
My hand painted owls have found a home amongst the gifts under the tree. Keeping with my ‘simplified’ theme this year, I used a round crochet table cloth as a tree skirt.
Here in Australia it is summer right now, so we are set for a hot and sunny Christmas.
We also live opposite the beach, so I like to cool things down a bit by creating my version of a ‘white Christmas’.
As our new home is small, I’ve used a limited colour palette to avoid a cluttered look.
In the past I’ve been known for my ‘over-the-top’ Christmas decorating, but this year I’ve definitely gone with the understated and simplified look. . . it just feels right for us at this point in time!
I like being surrounded by my favourite things and have kept many of my everyday items in my holiday decorating this year.
The addition of a few Christmas baubles and fresh pine branches turns my everyday into festive.
They wood lined ceilings were a nightmare to paint, but I love that I can attach things easily to the ceiling.
I can’t tell you how much our family and friends are enjoying this fairly light ceiling. . . I doubt I’ll be able to take them down after Christmas!
Most of our entertaining in summer takes place outside on our back patio or down by the pool, but we did have an intimate dinner party last week under the fairy lights with our friends here in the kitchen/dining area.
This polar bear that I made from the latest Tilda Book, Winter Delights set the theme for a wintery snow filled tablescape.
I filled a vintage tart pan with Epsom Salts to look like snow and then filled it with icy candles and snow balls… and my polar bear.
Using just a few sheets of the new Tilda ‘Sweet Christmas’ paper collection, I made pretty place mats, cutlery holders and the sweetest little paper baskets to hold after dinner chocolates.
I extend my Christmas decorating throughout my home using a variety of Christmas trees and festive vignettes. I kept it pretty simple in our bedroom this year by adding just a basic wire Tilda tree and a shabby garland with lights to our bed head.
I made several of these scrappy fabric garlands, intending to use them on my main tree, but they ended up in several other places instead.
Pop back next week and I’ll show you how I made many of the things shown on the tour.
This simple wire Tilda tree is one of my favourites this year. . . I’m tempted to keep this out all year.
Thank you for visiting my ‘Holiday Home’. . . I hope you’ll continue on to enjoy my wonderful Simply Christmas event that is running right through to Christmas Eve.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
If you are one of my US friends, then you have the opportunity to enter this wonderful Christmas Giveaway, as part of this ‘Home for the Holidays’ tour.
I’m thrilled to be offering a gift voucher in Santa’s Swag Bag!
It has been an amazing week filled with the most delightful and inspiring ‘Holiday Homes. They are all uniquely different, but all lovely in their own way.
Here’s a list of the 30 homes that participated in the tour.