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Our Holiday Home Tour 2017

It is our family’s tradition to decorate the apartment for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.  We start early in the day and by dinner we are finished.  Here is a peek at our Chicago abode decorated for the holidays.

Our building’s exterior:


Our elevator foyer:


The wreath is a fresh boxwood wreath from Trader Joe’s that I embellished with plaid ribbon and some Christmas bells. The wreaths are a great deal at only $10 a piece. They do dry out pretty quickly in the apartment but I mist them with water twice a day which helps to keep them looking fresh.  I purchase my Christmas ribbon at Costco. They have 50 yard rolls of fabric wired ribbon for under $10 a roll which is a fantastic price. A pair of poinsettias flank the door with a pair of gold reindeer.


The apartment foyer:


Ginger jars make perfect vases for large branches. Since I don’t have a yard to cut branches from, I just used extra clippings from our Christmas tree and added a few pinecones.  Our little Staffordshire dogs get red ribbon scarves for the holidays.


The living room:IMG_4463.jpg

The Chinese statue borrows one of my fur scarves for the holidays and the inside of the fireplace is full of pinecones and .99 cent poinsettias from the Black Friday sale at Home Depot.


IMG_4477.jpgThe large blue vases stay on the mantel all year, and I simply added a fresh pine garland, pinecones, felt birds, bird nests, candles, and some old books. The embroidered stockings are from Lands’ End.  IMG_4479.jpgIMG_4521.jpgIMG_4484.jpg


I like to add extra cuttings from the tree to the tops of the china cabinet and other large pieces of furniture throughout the apartment.  Tall furniture is also good for displaying wreaths.


Bowls and vases full of pinecones are added here and there.


We always get a fresh Fraser Fir tree–I love the full shape and they smell wonderful!


Instead of a tree skirt we use a wicker tree collar.  I like the texture and neatness that it adds to the space.   I favor natural and woodsy-type ornaments–wooden snowflakes, pinecones, felt stockings and mittens, woodland animals, and nutcrackers.  I also add a few gold ornaments for some sparkle.




Inside the secretary desk is my Christmas card writing station.



The kitchen:

Since we spend so much time in the kitchen, I like to decorate it a little bit for the season.  I added fresh boxwood wreaths, dried boxwood topiaries, and some festive chalkboard art made by my daughter.



My daughter and I enjoy making a gingerbread house together each year:

IMG_20161127_140253281_HDR.jpgThe family room:


There are lots of Christmas cacti throughout the apartment.  I like them even when they aren’t flowering.


I added fresh greens to the top of the armoire.


We display our holiday cards on a string, using clothes pins to attach the cards to the string, in front of the windows where everyone can see them.  We get lots of enjoyment from the cards each year.  A wooden nativity set is underneath the card display.




More red ribbon scarves for my bird friends.


I made dozens of these little pine cone gnomes one year after seeing them in Martha Stewart Living and have them hiding all around the apartment.


The dining room and music room:


My daughter glittered these pinecones:



A simple everyday arrangement on the dining room table with a poinsettia surrounded by pinecones, golden apples, and other fruits in a large chinoiserie bowl:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

22 thoughts on “Our Holiday Home Tour 2017

  1. I love the red scarves on the Staffordshire dogs! And it all looks beautiful and festive. By the way, I tried the recipe for leftover turkey stew & biscuits from one of the links you had on your blog, and it is delicious!


  2. You have such a lovely home, Elizabeth! Thank you for taking us on a tour. Every image shows your love for decor and detail but I must admit I’m jealous of your long window seat…must be the coziest spot this time of year!

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    1. You are kind Eva, thank you! I do love our window seats but I rarely use them–except when we have company and need extra seating. We have them in 3 rooms and they were original to our 1920s building–they were built to hide our ugly steam radiators which are underneath. As a result, it is a very toasty place to sit–but a little too warm for me! xo


  3. Elizabeth! Please come to my house to decorate. Or at least throw a few pine cone gnomes in a Fed Ex box and ship them my way! I miss you and your beautiful home. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful ideas! Definitely going to use the idea of stringing up the cards this year … yours will be front and center. 🙂 xo

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