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Split Level Christmas Home Tour

Welcome over from the holiday housewalk to my split level Christmas home tour! I am so glad you are here! Our home is an 1,159 square foot split level located in the Midwest. Our home has gone through lots of changes over the last 20 years! Let’s start in the living room. This year I decided to do something really different and create a flying winter geese theme for my holiday mantel, the rest of my home is decorated quite eclectically. It’s one of my favorite mantels to date! You can also watch the video that  goes with this post. It’s a quick home tour that shows you how our main level is laid out and decorated. Like I said before, it’s a cozy home, so it’s a quick tour lol. This is a peek at my holiday home and I’ll be doing more detailed tours of each room next week! You can use this link to take you back to the beginning of the tour.

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Brass goose and glowy Christmas tree

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In the living room, along with flying geese over the mantel, I journeyed on some vintage store hunting and found a few brass geese/ swans to add to my display I’m obsessed and I really love how they add some gold tones to my holiday decorating.

Flying winter geese mantelscape and globe Christmas tree

I love how the mantel tell a story with the geese, a large harvest wintery moon and birch twigs as trees. It really plays of off the globes on the tree which are like their own little moons.

Flying goose mantelscape and brass goose on black wall

I bought a new tree on a summer sale because I wanted something a little smaller in scale this year. I have to admit, I love it but my family completely hates it. They want our fuller, giant tree back. I think I need to put my foot down and keep this one this year.

Glowing globe tree and cardboard logs

I really love how the twinkle LED lights on the branches have a sparkly glow, and the battery operated flickering flame seed bead globes add to a cozy glow. I also added some velvet mushrooms and gold and copper bells. After the housewalk all of our family ornaments that the kids made will go on the tree. At the bottom of the tree I added faux cardboard logs which I’ll have the tutorial for next week!

Christmas tree with globes abd couch with gold drapes

From the Living room we move into the dining room where I added a boho wood land feel. I have vintage Midcentury Modern furniture, so decorating became kind of a fushion. I keep a simple table but I will be setting it with the holiday inspired paper party plates I designed for Coterie Party this year.

Dining area to kitchen view white and green cabinets

We have built in bookcases, and the backside is our dining room. I thought it might be fun to stack all of my vintage books to the ceiling to give it a library style look. I don’t know… can you ever have too many books?

Book stacks and Midcentury Modern china cabinet

Into the kitchen, I hung a faux cedar garland and some rustic Christmas bells which I am a little obsessed with this year. I wanted to put them all over my house but restrained myself to just a few areas like in the middle of this awesome garland. And if you were wondering, it is fake but incredibly realistic looking. I have a pine allergy, so it’s faux for me at the holidays.

Christmas kitchen with greenery bells and boxwoods

In the kitchen , I used more bells to create a mixed ribbon and yarn garland to hang over my window for some fun and eclectic holiday cheer. One of my Colorful Winter Cottages Tea Towels hangs on the towel bar mounted on the false front cabinet drawer. We installed it in 2010 and I haven’t regretted hanging it there yet. I always get asked if it gets closed in the cabinet doors underneath. and for the most part, I push it aside when I need to get something underneath, so it hasn’t been an issue at all.

Ribbon and ball garland over sink with cottage kitchen towel

On the other side of the kitchen I decorated my open shelving with small ceramic cottages painted white and larger velvet mushrooms. We use our shelves daily so I need to keep everything simple on them.

Open Shelving decorated for Christmas
Open shelving with Christmas cottages

I bought these mushrooms last year. I wish I had bought more because I saw Terrain has them this year and i paid much less.

Mushrooms for Christmas decor

Of course I had to put together a hot cocoa bar with my Santa mugs for the kids… they tore into it the minute I was done taking pictures. I have to admit, I had a large mug of cocoa myself with a marshmallow topper. I did add in my collagen powder so I could justify it a little bit.

Hot cocoa and cookie bar

Thank you so much for visiting and taking a tour of my holiday home! The housewalk goes all week long for lots of holiday cheer! Head on over to the next house Dear Lillie who is always creates a beautiful home!

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For more holiday inspiration check out my Christmas decorating and crafting book Creatively Christmas!

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  1. Jen, you’ve outdone yourself with that amazing mantel! I have a few brass swans and geese too and love that you use everyday things in a unique way for the holidays! And let’s talk about those faux logs under the tree! I can’t wait to see how you made them. Thanks for inviting me yet again to take part in your housewalk – I look forward to it all year long!

  2. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is your Holiday Housewalk! Thank you for giving your readers this wonderful gift each year. I love your eclectic style and how your home is so cozy and inviting. Thank you again and Merry Christmas! P.S. I love the new tree!

  3. Oh, I love it all so much! The flying winter geese theme is so different and I love it against the dark wall color. I’m also obsessed with all your mushrooms. I’m a huge mushroom lover. Such a beautiful tour and thanks so much for organizing!

  4. Once again you’ve inspired me, Jen! The flying geese are spot on and I can almost hear them! We had them at our house we just sold and they would splash into the water so gracefully! Your tree is a stunner, and the book shelf is brilliant! Thank you for hosting~ Merry Christmas!

  5. I love it Jen! So beautiful, creative and unique. The mantel has got to be my favorite along with your brass swans. I had to laugh about your family’s reaction to the tree – I always get so much resistance from my family too if I ever try to switch things up too much. It looks gorgeous though and I’m sure they will grow to love it too. Thanks so much for putting together these tours!

  6. I love your cozy house decorated for Christmas, I’m in love with your mantel/fireplace with the geese. I am so with you on wanting a smaller tree, but I’m sure the kids would hate it too lol. Thank you for all of your hard work in putting on this beautiful tour! xo

  7. I love the vintage books in the dining room and the flying geese with harvest moon is so perfect! Thanks for the Holiday House Tour every year!!

  8. Your house looks beautiful! It’s very creative and woodland boho.
    ( I understand why your family wants their traditional full tree. I love the sparse tree look, but I know it’s not the usual look. ) maybe have two trees. Thanks for the tour!

  9. Flying geese – brilliant!! Your holiday home is lovely, as always. And collagen in hot cocoa, definitely going to try that! Happy Holidays and thank you so much for hosting this amazing tour – it’s the highlight of the season.

  10. I look forward to the house walk every year, and always get ideas and inspiration. The tree is a beauty and I’m familiar with a family who holds the tradition of a large one to heart. And the geese!!! Seriously, so cute!

  11. Your home is so gorgeous, Jen! I love your tree and those candle globeYour geesse are so pretty and I love your mushrooms. Everything looks so beautiful. Thank you for letting me be a part of this amazing group of creators. Pinned, pinned, pinned!


  12. Jen, thank you for once again organizing such a fun tour. I LOVE sitting by the fire with a cup of tea, Christmas tunes playing, and the fire glowing. Your home looks beautiful! I love the geese mantel and your pretty mushrooms. Such pretty touches.

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