Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Christmas Home Tour 2011, Part 1

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Christmas Home Tour 2011, Part 1

Season's Greetings, friends! 

I think I'm a little late for the Christmas home tour parties all over blog-land but I'm not sweating it.  It's not Christmas yet so technically, I'm not late, early in fact!

My home has been decorated since Thanksgiving, I just didn't have time to take pictures and post about it.  I'm trying to enjoy the season by avoiding extras on my to-do list, one being "join blog home tour parties in a timely fashion", didn't even make the list!

Part 1 of my tour includes my foyer and formal living and dining rooms.  These are considered my "fancy" decorations by my boys.  Part 2 is a bit more casual and kid friendly, it will include my kitchen and family room where we spend most of our time. 

So, come on in friends.  You'll be greeted in my foyer by my mercury glass vignette.  I am loving mercury glass and have picked up several inexpensive pieces which I display all over my house.  I decided to bring several pieces together for a sparkly holiday vignette. 

mercury glass decor

Don't you just love this silver greenery garland??  (when I think of garland I think of that cheap shiny plastic stuff that you can get for a dollar, this stuff is much nicer!)   

mercury glass Christmas decor

mercury glass Christmas decor

From here you'll see my formal living room and "Fancy" Christmas tree.

leopard print Christmas decor

This year I added a touch of leopard print, you can see a post all about my fancy tree HERE.

Handmade Christmas tree topper

I love decorative pillows!  No room to sit on the couch?!  That's ok, just toss 'em on the floor.

Christmas Pottery Barn Pillow

A leopard print and French script pillow pull the tree and room together.

Budget friendly Christmas Decor

A vignette of greenery, golden reindeer and sequined and feathered Christmas trees tops my Great Grandma's display cabinet.

A bust of Santa sits near the tree.  (He was 90% off after last Christmas, only $3.99!)

Another Santa hangs out under a cloche along with a sleigh full of ornaments on the ottoman tray.

Budget friendly Christmas decor

My dining room has simple natural looking Christmas trees in  burlap sacks lining the table along with some shimmery netting over the table runner.

Christmas tree table centerpiece

My kiddos love the Christmas village... each piece has special meaning behind it.  Mr. Chic got me the church the year we were married.  (Awww, isn't he so romantic!?)

Christmas village decor

Santa even flies over the village (except his motor broke so this year he just hangs out  :(

Christmas Nativity

And most importantly, our nativity is at eye level for the boys to enjoy and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour.  Stay tuned for Part 2, hopefully I get it up before Christmas! I'm not going to stress over it.  :) 


  1. Kate - simply gorgeous! Love the mercury glass, the cloches, greenery and scenery! Wonderfully done!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. WoW! I absolutely ADORE that Joy to the World throw pillow on your couch. Just lovely.

  3. Kate, what gorgeous Christmas decorations! Love your "fancy tree". So whimsical, yet elegantly done! All of your mercury glass is just gorgeous in the foyer! Everything looks so pretty and elegant! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. You decorations are beautiful!!! I love all of the touches of leopard and your Santas.

  5. Absoltely GORGEOUS!!! I too love the touches of Leopard!

  6. All of it is gorgeous. I love the way it is all decorated. I also have a lot of browns and still working with it all
    - thanks for the inspiraton.

  7. I have to stop by again and tell you how beautiful your mercury glass vignette is. I love it!

  8. Elegant, stunning and a Merry Christmas to you.

  9. OMG...Absolutely gorgeous vignettes. I am in love with your beautiful family photo. I would love it if you would link this inspiring post to our What's It Wednesday linky party. Hope you can join us.


  10. Looks beautiful!!! I just love your home!

  11. Your decorations are absolutely beautiful!!! Where did you buy your Santa Bust?

  12. I love the mercury glass, so beautiful. I like the animal print you incorporated into your Christmas decorations too. Beautiful home!


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