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Holiday House walk 2015 Day 1!

I am so excited to share the Holiday House walk  2015 with you!!! This is our 5th  year running!! Welcome to Day 1! There are some exciting things happening here! We are partnering with both Joss & Main and Good Housekeeping magazine to bring you this entire week of amazing homes and Christmas decor! We also have something else special!

Jennifer Rizzo's 2015 holiday house walk day 1

Each day has a secret surprise house you can only get to this week on Instagram! Each year I get so many requests to be on the tour and I just can’t fit everyone. This way we have a few more houses full of holiday cheer! If you don’t have an IG account, don’t worry!  I’ll also be doing a mini tour of these homes on the  blog next week so you can enjoy them that way!

I will also be featuring them on IG, so if you have an account, stop over to see me at Jenniferrizzodesigncompany to click to the homes.

Next Monday will also be the big, annual linky party for a chance to be on next years house walk!

And,if you are looking for some music to go along with your walk, or music just to fluff your home with,I’ve set up this Pandora station

full of holiday tunes!

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Housewalk 2015 stop 1 Jennifer Rizzo

I am going to start off by inviting you into my home! Welcome, I am so happy you are here!

Fun and welcoming front door display

Come onto my front step decorated with this Joss and Main sweet faux tree and doormat.

Love the winter themed doormat

Feel free to leave your boots and get comfy!

Front entry ready for christmas

Front entry ready for Christmas

In the living room, I’ve added a few springs of faux greenery to my entry mirror.

I stayed neutral and clean this year with my decor, bringing in a lot of handmade elements.

Jennifer Rizzo Christmas living room

One of my favorite things is my glass jar full of wintery branches. I just love how versatile it is!

Frosty flocked branches

It just looks so cheery!

frosty flocked branches in large glass bottle with ornaments

It;s so easy to change seasons. I added some pretty glass ornaments to the branches for some sparkle.

ornament on snowy branch

They are so pretty when the sunlight hits them mid-afternoon.

Christmas tree with skis behind

I decked my tree in white glittery snowball and mercury glass.

White and silver Christmas tree

white and silver Christmas tree with a natural feel

And I added a few faux,flocked branches. I love real trees, but I am allergic to pine mold, so we had to switch to a faux tree a few years ago.

Skis and wreath


I added some vintage red ski’s for a pop of color behind the tree with a bottle brush wreath.

mini hand drawn houses

On my Gram’s buffet, I placed the foam core houses on some quilt batting.

Gold tree and hand drawn houses decor

gold tree and hand drawn houses

I love the glittery gold tree next to the graphic look of the houses.

Topiary wrapped in birch bark

Topiary wrapped in birch bark

I wrapped a sweet, little grocery store tree in a piece of twine and birch bark. It’s probably the closest thing I will get to a real tree this year.

Bohemian Christmas living room decor

Bohemian Christmas Living room

Over the couch I have the metal-look garland I made out of toilet paper rolls. Not too bad for something you normally recycle!

Come into the kitchen! I mentioned on Facebook I had  a big change up in the kitchen this year! I needed a creative work area, because the kitchen table just wasn’t cutting it any more. In fact, we could never eat on it because it was always covered with “stuff”. I never had expected with a book and the blog things would have taken off the way they have that I actually need a real work space, but I did! We converted the entire dining area into a studio space for me and it’s made a world of difference! I’ll share that space with you next week, but for now the eat-in kitchen!

Jennifer Rizzo kitchen revamp table in kitchen area

Jennifer Rizzo's kitchen revamp for the holidays

I have to say, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I love it. It actually feel much bigger!

White eat in kitchen decorated with plaid table cloth

White eat in kitchen decorated with plaid

Our kitchen in 12 x 12 and It finally feels like it! And we can eat at the table every night!

It’s kind of funny but we’ve lived in this house over 15 years now and this is the first time we’ve actually eaten in the kitchen.

Galley style kitchen turned into an eat in kitchen

I decided to have some fun and really go with color in here. I loved the idea of a really red plaid against the white and neutral colors.

Holiday table in plaid and red

I bought the sign at a holiday show and found the vintage marquee letters at a local vintage shop and added a beautiful pine garland from Joss

and Main.

Natural holiday table setting

Natural holiday table setting

For my table top to break up the plaid, I added a linen table runner and then a different plaid ribbon on the top.

Holiday table setting in plaid and red

I placed everything on a mini-sled so we could still eat at the table,


PLaid table setting and gold plates on tablecloth

but I could keep my display on. I found the cute snowflake dot glasses at Ikea. You gotta love Ikea for that kind of stuff!!!

Corner kitchen display

Corner kitchen display for the holidays

In the corner I placed a few springs of greenery from the yard to brighten it up. Sometimes I think those counter top corners can be challenging.

Simple over the stove holiday decor with a silver tray and gold star

Over the stove this year, I placed a gold star on my silver tray. I added a few plaid towels form Homegoods.

mad for plaid and pom poms in the kitchen

And the kitchen window  got the felted wool garland that I used on my downstairs tree last year. I love using a lot of my favorite decor, but in new ways every year.

boxwood dsplayed in vintage salt and pepper shakers

To brighten up my kitchen window this year, I placed boxwood clipped from my yard in vintage salt and pepper shakers, purposed as mini-vases.

Thank you so much for visiting my home! I know you’ll love the next homes!

And I am joining at The Nester’s home tours as well!!!

Head on over to stop number 2

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Liz Marie blogs holiday dining room

Liz Marie blog outdoor porch area

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Shutterfly Pillows and Home Decor-10

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dear lillie dining room

dear lillie holiday bedroom

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and stop over to see the special surprise instagram house today!

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I hope you loved all of the homes today!

We we will kick off tomorrow with Day 2!!! For more holiday inspiration follow our Pinterest board with Good Housekeeping here.

For more holiday inspiration you can find my book here!

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  1. Everything is just gorgeous Jen, you always do such a beautiful job decorating! Thank you for sharing all of your inspiration and putting together this amazing tour!

  2. Your home looks beautiful all decked out for Christmas Jen! I really like your plaid tablecloth in the kitchen. I can’t wait to see everyone’s houses on the tour:). Take care, Tara

  3. Perfect! Thank you for the inspiration, I am just putting the final touches on our own home, before a photoshoot and blog posts to come, so I’m grateful for all the seasonal beauty on your house walk. Merry Christmas!! xo Lidy

  4. Jen everything looks absolutely beautiful and so incredibly festive! I only wish I could come over and have a cup of coffee with you in your cheery kitchen. Thanks so much for hosting this each year my friend and for including me! xoxo

  5. Your house just shines oh-s0-bright Jennifer! love every nook and cranny! The foam houses are adorable and I am stealing your toilet roll idea – gorgeous statement with that fantastic garland!!!!! Love it all!

  6. Looks so gorgeous Jen! Especially love the table in the kitchen, thanks so much for including me on the tour again this year!

  7. Very lovely, but unfortunately it was difficult to enjoy with so many ads everywhere, especially the pop-up type that appeared at the bottom of your pictures.

    1. Thanks for letting me know Patti. I did remove some.Unfortunately to keep the tour free, I do need to have some ads.

  8. Jennifer your home is so charming and absolutely beautiful! I adore the way you mix vintage elements in with shiny new decor, truly breathtaking and oh so comfy, cozy!
    Thank you so much for including me on this year’s tour, it has been such an honor!
    Merry Christmas, friend!
    xo Susan

  9. Jen,
    Every home on the tour so far is gorgeous. Love your beautiful home always. Just so much fun to sit with a cup of hot tea and scroll through all the inspiration. Thank you for doing this each year. Love it.

  10. You always have such a beautiful home for the holidays Jen! I’ve loved your house walk tour for a couple of years now and you are truly an inspiration! I love the table set up in your kitchen and that toilet paper wreath…say wha?? Genius! It’s gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

  11. There was so much holiday yum…. I’m stuffed!!
    Your popping red decor was delicious 🙂
    Love your pom pom garland and the big 25 in the kitchen.
    Too many cutes Jen!!
    Happy Christmas 🙂

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