I’m so happy to be kicking off this year’s housewalk! Welcome to my home! It’s changed quite a bit from last year. My walls became much darker, and my decor much moodier. This year I am embracing what I call Golden MidCentury Modern Natural Unconventional Christmas Decorating by bringing in warm tones and natural decor.
You can see the entire house tour below, and you can also watch the video accompanied with this post for view you won’t see in pictures and peeks at a few other things not shown.
For my tree and living room decor, I was really inspired by the vintage artwork I put above my mantel this fall. It was a thrift store find I fell in love with and didn’t want to put away just because I was bringing out the holiday decor.
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Since I really didn’t want to take it down, I brainstormed on how I could incorporate it into my holiday decor. The gold in the tree image really called out to me, and I was drawn in by the warm cream,terra cotta, rust and umber tones.
Out of that came this idea for a golden tree. I had some gold and copper ornaments in my Christmas decor stash from years of accumulation, but I realized I needed a few more. Luckily, I had old mercury glass ornaments and Rub ‘n Buff to give them a makeover to fit the tree theme.
See: Making mercury glass ornaments look brand new.
On the mantel, I layered new and vintage bottlebrush trees, and a few new brass deer from Target. The natural setting of the vintage art really started to come out, and the entire room took on a golden glow with warm tones and colors. I loved how the decor was beautiful and non-traditional and is some unconventional Christmas decorating.
With scrap yarn, I crocheted some stockings with warm colors that are mirrored in the vintage art piece. If there’s one thing about having a Polish grandma is that you learn to crochet at a very young age. I was making blankets by about the time I was 7 or 8. I tried to teach my own kids, but I think this is the kind of thing best taught by a grandma. They have way more patience. lol.
I love the view from our living room to dining room. In the past, our tree has always been in the far corner of our living room. Since we moved a TV upstairs last January when we were all stuck at home. It changed the layout of our space. I’m actually really enjoying being able to see it from every room this year.
We just built a slat wall room divider as an accent, and I’ll be sharing that with you later this month. I’ve had this project on my mind for so long and I am so glad we finally did it.
We live in a 1950’s split level which I consider a bunch of boxes pushed together. We’ve slowly been adding character with trim and molding and other architectural features. This slat wall is the most recent addition.
In our dining room eating area, I added natural beeswax candles in thrift store mix and matched crystal candle holders, and mini-bouquets of greenery gathered from our yard in recycled spice jars. I know brass has reigned king for a really long time, but I think crystal candle-holders are on their way back.
On top of our thrifted MidCentury modern hutch, I created a little forest theme. I found these amazing mushrooms and paired them with a fun vintage style, fuzzy deer, and a super fun Christmas countdown calender of little houses from Target. It really feels like Modern Natural Unconventional Christmas Decorating with warm tones and wood, and nature elements.
I really loved the mushrooms, and how it created almost a fairy land with the tiny houses. It’s become one of my favorite decor items this year. I’ll share more of that upclose in another post, there’s also a closer look in the video. I added a faux cedar garland above it. I would love a real pine one, but I have an allergy and hate cleaning up needles.
In our main bedroom, I wanted to go with a calm green and white theme this year. It felt more wintery and less Christmas. Last year, I saw someone on Instagram who lined their window with bottle-brush trees, so I decided to recreate it in our own bedroom window with a mix of small and large bottle brush trees. You can see some tips on how to decorate with bottlebrush trees here.
I added some deep green velvet curtains in the window. It was a nice change from the white, cotton window treatments we had up before.
The bedding is my own pattern of eucalyptus and juniper sprigs. The coverlet on the end is actually a duvet cover folded over for an accent throw. I like using duvet covers as pretty pieces almost like a coverlet.
Thank you so much for visiting my home, I hope you loved this tour, and I’ll be sharing more holiday decor and DIY’s all month long! The next house to visit is the beautiful Dear Lillie’s! You can shop items from our home post at the bottom of the post!
To shop our kitchen/dining area: Gingerbread house mugs / wood dough bowl / marble tray / beeswax candles / Vintage crystal taper candleholders / Christmas in the Village serving tray / Fuzzy flocked tan deer / faux cedar garland