It’s holiday home tour time!
This year I was invited by Jen from Migonis Home to be a part of her Christmas Home Tour series, so I baked up a batch of cookies, grabbed a couple bottles of wine, and joined the party!
If this is your first time clicking to All Things G&D – welcome! I’m Dusty (that’s my name…and my home’s Facebook status). I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my handsome husband Greg (the G to my D) and our sweet daughter Kate. We’re selling our house this spring and looking forward to moving to a “grown up house” (I have an update coming soon!), which means this will be our last Christmas in our current home.
Decorating for Christmas has always been one of my most favorite things to do, but this year threw me for a loop. With a move on our horizon, G and I have been in packing up and getting rid of stuff mode, so it seemed counterproductive to haul out and unpack all my totes of glitter and good cheer. Part of me wanted to be a scrooge for a year and not do any decorating, but luckily I spend my days with a four-year-old little girl bursting with excitement over the holiday season to get me back in the Christmas spirit.
I hope you enjoy our playful, colorful, handmade holiday home!
Let’s start in the living room!
The little snowman figurine in front of the pine tree below was a gift from one of G’s friends when I was pregnant with Kate. It was the first time I’d ever seen our three names together on something, and it made me so excited for the little family we were about to create. This little snowman family makes me so happy, and always gets placed somewhere where I can see it often at Christmastime.
Some photos from past Christmases top the sideboard, including this one of Kate and I decorating the tree when she was almost two years old.
G doesn’t like real Christmas trees, so years ago I caved and switched to artificial ones. I recently spotted this beautiful Norfolk Pine at Home Depot and had to have it. It makes me happy to have some real pine in our home during the holidays and now all year long!
I made the holiday greetings hanging in the windows by spray painting cardboard letters and wrapping them in yarn. I then added some DIY pom-pom garland made from the same yarn.
Our living room tree is “Kate’s tree” and it was decorated entirely by her. I learned my lesson from past Christmases whenKate plucked all of the colorful, sparkly, and/or personal ornaments from our big tree to put onto her tree that she cannot be contained. This year I just opened up the ornament bin and let her have at it!
A view from the kitchen looking into the living room and the front room, with the Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar I made for Kate hanging on the wall:
A look into our front room which is currently used as a play area for Kate and my office:
With no chimney, we hang our stockings from the windowsill. Santa knows what to do.
I love this old sled! I filled it up with some presents and DIY yarn-wrapped Christmas trees, and handmade pom-pom garland.
Our big tree in the front room is decorated entirely of yarn. I wrapped it with DIY pom-pom yarn garland and added DIY yarn ball ornaments. I topped it with a wreath made out of an old cable knit sweater freshly adorned with larger yarn pom-poms.
The kitchen – where the dinners are made and the wine is uncorked!
DIY marquis sign:
Advent calendars aren’t just for the little ones! Here’s a version for the wine lovers (Mommy’s Advent Calendar):
Our nutcracker, Chuck, stands guard over my wine.
I hope you enjoyed this look inside our holiday home! There are 5 other bloggers showcasing their homes today that I’d love for you to visit, as well as all of the rest of the bloggers participating this week. Click on the links below to check them out!