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Cozy Christmas Home Tour Part Two

Cozy Christmas Home Tour part two with simple holiday decor ideas from our dining room, kitchen, foyer, and front porch.

Do you rearrange your furniture every Christmas trying to figure out the best spot for your tree? I always do. It’s  refreshing to change up the furniture for the season and give the space a new look. Yesterday I chatted about how much I’m liking the openness now between our living/dining room zones. I just might keep it setup like this after the holidays are over! Our living and dining rooms are definitely where I focused most of our holiday decor. That doesn’t mean I completely ignored the rest of the house. I added a few other pops of festive here and there.  Today I’m sharing the simple seasonal changes I’ve made to our dining room, kitchen, foyer and front porch.

Today I’ve joined some of my friends who are sharing their Christmas home tours as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Series. Next up on today’s house hop is Judy’s holiday home at Life is Better at Home. Be sure to head over there to check out her beautifully simple elegant decor for the holidays!

Yesterday I shared our cozy Christmas living room. Be sure to hop over here for all the details...

I also mentioned that I’ve given this area a complete refresh lately with a new paint colour (Benjamin Moore’s Halo). Then I brought in some new olive green velvet drapery from Amazon. Lastly, I installed a full-wall wallpaper mural in our dining room! I also rearranged the dining table so that it is setup running the opposite direction in the room. We are loving this new layout in our home! It’s kinda crazy how we never tried it this way before.

Dining Room

Our dining room is open to our foyer, living room, and kitchen and sits nearly in the middle of the house without direct natural light. This year, we’ve placed the Christmas tree against the long wall that connects the living/dining areas. Placing it here this year makes it a great focal point as well as natural division between the two areas.

Maybe you saw my article last week with all the details about our Scandi Neutral Christmas Tree decor?  If not, you can read it here. 

Doesn’t having the table placed this way make it so much more open feeling and approachable?

Here’s the mural I’ve been hinting about! My sister-in-law helped me install it a couple of weeks ago, and it totally transformed this space. Well, that, along with rearranging the furniture. This dining room felt really dreary and dark to me before, because it gets almost no direct natural light. Now, it feels fresh and alive with the new paint colour and mural. It was really quick and easy to install.

I shared my DIY installation tips in this article when I installed a similar mural in my oldest son’s room last spring. I ordered both of them from Photowall, and they are a pretty affordable way to give your space an entirely new look and feel. You can find this exact mural here. 

In keeping with the mural and our mineral painted vintage china cabinet, I have once again gone with a non-traditional Christmas colour scheme of blues, greens, and pops of clay/beige tones.

Simple touches like vintage-style giant bells and adorable wooden trees give this space a subtle holiday feel without being over-the-top theme-y.

That long console table was a hand-me-down from our in-laws year ago and I painted it out in an off-cream chalk paint. I’m tempted now to strip it down and bring out the natural wood, but that’s a project for another day. It used to sit between the living and dining room backing against our rattan sofa when the two spaces were much more closed off from one another.


I’ve admittedly kept things pretty clean and simple in the kitchen so far. I just switched our the wreath on my vent fan cover with a blue and neutral Christmas wreath, added in a Christmas printable above the wooden shelves, and added some simple holiday touches around the sink. I’m keeping the rest of the space pretty clean and open so we have room for all the THINGS that come with Christmas… treats, baking, etc.

I’m thinking of bringing out my tiered tray and creating a tea/hot chocolate station again for the season. This one was one of my favourite things from a few years back.


Our front entry ended up getting a new painting as I moved it from the wall in the dining room when the mural went up. I still want to make some changes and paint this space, but for now I made a simple little wreath printable for the holidays. I also added a couple of subtle seasonal decor touches, but kept things fairly low-key in here as well.

PS – I’m adding this Christmas Wreath printable to my Free Printable Drive for all of you email subscribers out there!

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Just sign up for my email list and you will be sent the information on how to access them from my password-protected google drive….


Front Porch

Lastly, yesterday I was sharing how I kept the colour scheme and overall Christmas design style much simpler and more cohesive this year. The one area of departure is our front porch. Because our new house is all-white with black windows, I think the white, black and red Christmas touches are fun in this space, even if they don’t relate to the colour scheme inside.

I added cedar boughs, dogwood branches, faux berries, and pine cones to my existing outdoor pots to create simple Christmas greenery displays. These tie in well with the various fun outdoor accents I have, which I’ve been collecting slowly over the years. The vintage sled and snow shoes are my favourite. I DIY’s that PEACE sign years ago when I first starting blogging; it was a Pottery Barn knockoff of the time.

Adorning our front door is the vintage Christmas bulb wreath I made while living in the cabin and building this house. It’s still a favourite of mine, though I might add a swag of cedar boughs behind it before the week is up. That would give it a little more presence on our 8′ entry door.

You can learn how to make a wreath like this yourself in my article here. 

Well, that’s it folks! Kind of backwards, ending off with my entry porch… I hope you found a few inspiring ideas to help you with your holiday decor this year.

And remember, this week I’m sharing as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas tours. I’ve been joined by some friends who are also sharing their home tours. Details below!

Sharing with me today…

The Happy Housie / Life is Better at Home / Dans le Lakehouse / Deeply Southern Home

She Gave it a Go / This is our Bliss / Inspiration for Moms

Sharing Tuesday…

The Happy Housie / Rambling Renovators / This is Simplicite / Modern Glam

Life is a Party / Confessions of a Serial DIYer / Clean & Scentsible / Paint Me Pink

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  1. I love how you made your home feel and look so cozy and inviting! Your velvet drapes are absolutely beautiful and your front doors is decorated perfectly! Thank you so much for hosting this holiday series! Merry Christmas sweet friend!

  2. Love the clean simple look We recently put in vey similar floors I have old maple cabinets and am trying to decide what to do now that they dont go with floor but maybe painting

  3. Krista,
    Your home looks so cozy and beautiful for Christmas. I love how you decorated around your door especially.
    Thank you for sharing…pinned! And, for organizing this amazing tour.
    Warmest Christmas blessings to you and yours,

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