Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
If you want to be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home

Perry Como

Christmas is my family’s favorite holiday. We love the spiritual meaning, all the Christmas music, the baking, etc. From the beginning of our marriage until our kids were about 15 years old, we traveled to my mom and dad’s place for Christmas which is about a 4 hour drive. It was a lovely time, but soon the kids wanted to be at home. It was extremely hard to break that news to my mom but she accepted it and I have to say, there is no place like home for the holidays! Better yet, my 90 year old mom is coming to spend Christmas with us this year!

I always decorate every little nook and cranny and today, I am taking you on a tour of our home.

The Living Room

When we designed our home it was always with the view in mind. That big wall of glass makes me so happy. Our tree is 9 feet tall and one year, I hope to have a 12 foot tree and place it right in the middle of the window wall.

Two story living room with rock fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, Christmas tree and large sectional

Despite the size of the room, it is so cozy with the fireplace going and the soft lights of the tree shining.

Two story living room, stone fireplace, Christmas tree and other decor

Two story living room with iron catwalk above glass front door.

The one thing I really miss is a mantel to hang our stockings on. We hang them to one side of the fireplace and it works great!

Grey wood shelves with cabinet decorated for Christmas with white peace sign, black lanterns, stockings and trees

This is a cozy corner of our living room that I rarely show. The large metal sign was a birthday gift from Jenna one year that she had made for me when we built out home. When we first walked on this property, the peace that came over us, made us feel like we had found our refuge. This sign commemorates that feeling as it states:

“Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm,

a Refuge,

a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved

and where we can love.”

Grey iron bench with faux fur throw, Christmas pillows and trees with twinkle lights

The Kitchen

My color scheme in the kitchen this year is red and a beautiful moss green. It is cheery and welcoming and makes me feel like I am in a Hallmark movie!

White kitchen with Christmas decor such as red placemats, mini wreaths on the back of chairs, and basket of evergreens at end of island

End of white island in kitchen with Christmas decor

White kitchen with island that has grey chairs with mini wreaths on back

A new addition to my decor is this cute snowman cookie jar! Every time I see it, I smile.

Our flour and sugar containers even got a little sprucing up with Christmas ribbon and cookie cutters.

Snowman cookie jar with hot cocoa sign
Flour and sugar glass containers with cookie cutter tied on with Christmas ribbon

The Dining Room

This year the dining room was on a neutral theme of whites and golds with just a little hint of red.

Dining room buffet decorated in white snowball garland, white candlesticks, white bells and a metal Merry Christmas sign

I absolutely adore these old bells that I got this year and the gorgeous large metal Merry Christmas sign.

Dining room table with Have Yourself and Merry Christmas runner, gold bells and candlesticks

The Primary Bathroom

When I said I decorate every nook and cranny, well I really meant it. Even our bathroom gets into the holiday mood.

Freestanding tub with glass shelving behind it, a silk robe hanging on a Spa sign, slippers and small evergreens
Primary ensuite with light blue walls, white tiled floors, marble vanity and silver accessories

The Movie Room

This is an absolute first for me – I have never shown our movie room before. As a family we worked on all that paneling. Of course, Bentley did most of the work but we did help filling nail holes and sanding.

This room brings us so much enjoyment. We love our Christmas movies and have been bingeing on them ever sing the beginning of December. My all time favorite is “Love Actually”, Bentley and Noah love “The Grinch”. Jenna couldn’t choose just one but her top contenders are “Princess Switch”, “Love Actually” and “Holidate” – hmmm there seems to be a common theme for her 🙂

Other favorites of ours are “A Boy Called Christmas”, “The Christmas Chronicles” and “Klaus”.

Movie room with Christmas movie playing

Movie room seating with Christmas pillows and blanket

The Mudroom – otherwise known as the entry for “the help”

I am sure I am not fooling you. I certainly wasn’t going to show you what our mudroom looks like this time of year with wet boots, huge jackets and an old rug that I don’t mind getting wet. So I asked Jenna for some help and she styled it for me and I think she did a fantastic job!

Here is how I wished it looked all the time. Did you notice we even have a hook for one of Mia’s little jackets?

Mudroom decked out with Christmas pillows, skates, snow boots, and a fuzzy jacket

The Laundry Room

Good news – we just got doors on our cabinets! I love the big window in this room – it makes doing laundry a nice experience.

Santa’s suit is getting a steam in preparation for the big day!

Laundry room with white cabinets, grey washer and dryer, red star, evergreen wreath on the window and Santa suit on the steamer

The Porch

The second best thing Bentley ever made me was this swing bed. You know the first is my greenhouse “Annie”. This porch swing is my favorite place to watch the snow fall, watch the sun set or storms roll through. It is so cozy with all these fun pillows and throws.

Porch swing bed with Christmas pillows and blanket, sleigh and red star on window

Looking for more inspo?

Be sure to check out all the latest trends in Christmas decor for 2023 by clicking this link.

2023 Christmas Decor Trends with blue Christmas ornament

If you aren’t quite ready to decorate your tree for Christmas but are ready for a “winter tree”, you have to check out this post where I give all sorts of tips for decorating naturally.

Natural decorations on a flocked tree

If you have a dough bowl and would love to decorate it festively for the holidays, I have all sorts of ideas in this post.

Dough bowl decorated for Christmas with Snow people in it

What do you think?

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  • Missy Noonan
    December 13, 2022

    I want to move in, cook in your kitchen, swing on the porch, watch a movie, and take a bath in that fantastic tub! Too much invasion? Well, a girl can dream! Your home is spetacular and decorated so perfectly for Christmas!

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Not too much at all! One day I will send the kids and Bentley away on a little vacay and then invite our wonderful tribe up for a holiday…during the summer months of course!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    December 13, 2022

    So beautiful, Crystal! love seeing new rooms in your home. I am so jealous of that laundry room and your bathroom. This old house has the worst bathrooms and no laundry room.

    • Crystal
      December 14, 2022

      What??? You don’t have a laundry room? Oh my I don’t know how I would function. Well I hope one day you can find a space for one. Thank you so very much

  • Erin
    December 13, 2022

    Your home is gorgeous, Crystal. I especially love all of the cute Christmas details in the kitchen and that swing is so charming! Oh, and the green and white trimmings on your tree are beautiful!!

    • Crystal
      December 14, 2022

      Thank you so very much Erin! I truly appreciate your kind comments! So happy you were on this share!

  • Kristy Mastrandonas
    December 13, 2022

    Oh my! What a beautiful winter wonderland you have, Crystal! I love all of you fabulous views, inside and out! And I love how you’ve decorated for Christmas! Everything is so perfectly appointed! Just thinking out loud here…Mastermind Group Retreat at your place! 😉

    • Crystal
      December 13, 2022

      Hahaha that is a great idea Kristy! Next summer! Thank you so very much for the lovely comments.

  • Barbara Bernal
    December 14, 2022

    Loved your Christmas Home Tour Crystal! Your home is right out of a magazine! Happy Holidays!!! 🎄

    • Crystal
      December 14, 2022

      Bobbi – you are truly the best! I am so glad we met. Thank you so much and your home should be in a magazine too! Happy holidays to you too!