Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday House Tour

Welcome to my holiday home! If you are visiting from the 12 Days of Christmas linkup, thank you for stopping by! And if you are a regular, welcome back! The theme for this year around our house is "Christmas in Paradise" and I tried to give all of our little yuletide vignettes a tropical flair.

If you were really stopping over, the first thing I would do is offer you a cocktail! We can have Irish coffee (or spiked hot chocolate), a pina colada, mimosa, or the list goes on... Local friends, remember this and pop in! ;) To decorate the bar'moire for the holidays, I added a few candy canes and candy-cane striped paper straws.

I switched out our regular art in the entryway for this holiday print I received from a local graphic design company years ago. The orange in the print makes it feel more modern and fun.

Over in the "keep"--the little sitting area near the kitchen--I added a crystal bowl full of candy canes and a small Christmas tree in a silver urn. Then, to add a little more impact to both, I put the candy cane dish inside a bigger seashell-shaped bowl and the Christmas tree on top of a glass cake stand.

I put a mixture of bulbs in another crystal bowl. I love the way they catch the light.

Over the years I've gotten lots of decorations as gifts, including this Waterford Santa. He's actually a votive holder but I like having him hold my Starbucks in the kitchen.

This faux garland in the powder room was something I put together with pine branches that I wired together in small bunches and push-pinned to the wall. It smells great, but is shedding needles like crazy.

In the living room, I added some flowers to my blue and white ginger jar, and put it together with these brass candlesticks.

The idea for my theme originated with these pillows. The similarity between the colors in the marsala-fringed pillow makes the tropical pillow feel less summery.

Our Christmas tree smells wonderful!

A little close-up on our Irish ornaments.

Loving these cute wrapping papers. The zebra patterned wrap reminds me of Scalamandre's famous wallpaper.

And finally a few of our xmas stockings, waiting to be filled by Santa!

Thank you to the hosts of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes! It's so nice to be inspired by these talented bloggers and to have a chance to linkup (and additional reason to drag the ornaments out of storage)!

Whatever you celebrate, I hope it's merry!!! Xoxo~Carrie


  1. My childhood stocking looked just like that crocheted one! Merry Christmas!

  2. I absolutely love your tropical Christmas mix!! You did such an awesome job mixing the traditional with some colorful punches! Hope you have a great Christmas Carrie!

  3. That art print in your entry is amazing! I love your eye-pleasing mix of colors and styles! Happy Holidays!


Thanks so much for commenting! I love to read what you have to say. ~Carrie


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