Christmas Home Tour

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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Really.  I love Christmas time.  If I could live every day (and night) by twinkly Christmas lights, I would.

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If you’re here from the Christmas tour, welcome.

In case you’re new, my name is Rachel, and I live deep in the heart of Texas with my amazing husband, two boys, and baby girl.  I feel so very blessed.  It may still be a sultry 75° down here, but that doesn’t stop us from some serious Christmas celebration!

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We have lived in our 75 year old colonial for about 2 1/2 years, and we’ve been nursing it back to health, if you will, since we moved in.  You can see a full before and after tour here if you wish.  But for now, come on in!

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If you’re a regular, you’ll notice that I’ve rearranged quite a bit and filled our entryway with rustic, simple decor, including my diy eucalyptus wreath and the {embarrassingly easy} Sharpie pillow.

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A poinsettia and greenery with white lights finishes it off.

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The room where we spend the most time as a family is our living room.

Gorgeous Christmas home tour full of simple, beautiful, diy decoration ideas via maisondepax.com #decor #holiday

Can you tell how much I like white twinkling lights?  And reflective surfaces to multiply them?  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve turned on a real light in my house since the day after Thanksgiving… Christmas lights are plenty for me.

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In fact, if you like Christmas lights as much as I do, you’ll have to come back the week of Christmas; I’m planning something special: a Christmas Night Light Tour.  But for today, decoration inspiration.  Like our cuddle chair (that’s what I’ve dubbed it, anyway) with the diy antler pillow.

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And our thrift store sweaters turned stockings

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Hanging from the diy curtain rod.  And topped with my favorite reminder for this season.

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I finished everything off with mercury glass accents…

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Gorgeous Christmas home tour full of simple, beautiful, diy decoration ideas via maisondepax.com #decor #holiday

And some beautiful gifts.

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The living room opens into the sunroom, which we use as a play room.  Naturally, I couldn’t resist a few twinkling lights in here, too.  This little tree was decorated entirely by my two year old.  Just the perfect touch, isn’t it?

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The dining room is where we eat every meal, so I kept it very simple this year.

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A little rosemary tree (tutorial coming soon) and some pinecones atop my diy burlap table runner adorn the table.

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Seriously, how cute is this little rosemary tree?  And it smells soooo good.

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I have more details on my dining room to share soon… plus, I decked the hall the library, too.  Here’s a little sneak peek:

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Come back Wednesday to see it in its glory.  And in the meantime, thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you stay warm, safe, and blessed this holiday season.

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And don’t forget to visit all the other homes throughout the week for more inspiration!

Incredible collection of stunning Christmas home tours and holiday decorating inspiration! via maisondepax.com

Monday:

The Happy Housie | Everyday Enchanting | Maison de Pax | Life on Virginia Street | Unskinny Boppy | Setting for Four

Tuesday:

rooms FOR rent | Town and Country Living | On Sutton Place | Design, Dining and Diapers | At Home with The Barkers | Cottage in the Oaks

Wednesday:

House by Hoff | Jenna Sue Design | Love Grows Wild | Craftberry Bush | All Things G&D | DIY on the Cheap

Thursday:

Rain on a Tin Roof | Making Home Base | The Wood Grain Cottage | Capturing Joy | Making Lemonade

Friday:

Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog | Fox Hollow Cottage | City Farmhouse | Ciburbanity

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Comments

  1. oh my goodness, rachel. i just want to come over and look at everything in person! SO GORGEOUS! and i love the genius way you made the stockings from sweaters and hung them on a curtain rod. i am in awe of all the gorgeous gorgeous photos you got with kids running around. :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You are so sweet, Jen! And, of course, you’re welcome to come any time. 😉 Oh, and don’t be fooled… it definitely took at least 4 or 5 photo sessions to capture all these, and some of the presents may or may not have been eaten by the baby in the meantime. Ha!

  2. Rachel, I love all your bright lights and twinkle. That curtain rod idea is so cool.

  3. Your home looks so festive and beautiful!
    Mary Alice

  4. Everything is looking great and any info you can provide on rosemary trees would be appreciated. I love them and some how I manage to kill them every year.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you, Diana! I’m actually posting more about the rosemary trees later this week. Number 1 think I’ve learned so far: they need a lot of light. I’ve already moved mine around to give them a little more sunshine. :)

  5. Everything is gorgeous. I especially love the tree in the milkcan and the little wagon.

  6. Stunning Rachel! I completely agree I’d wrap everything with twinkle lights if I could!! Your tree and every holiday touch is amazing – pinning!! So fun to be on this home tour walk with you my friend! ~ Heather

  7. So lovely, Rachel! I absolutely love all of the gorgeous white lights- they are my favorite as well- and the rustic touches!

  8. So enjoyed your lovely tour.
    That wagon with the tree stopped me in my tracks.
    Adorable!!!!!
    Happy Christmas :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You’re so sweet, Shannon! The wagon is definitely one of my favorites, too. Thank you so much and merry Christmas! xoxo

  9. Super tour…Love the mercury candle holders!! Christne from Little Brags

  10. Just gorgeous! Love those rosemary plants and all the rustic touches!

  11. Rachel, everything looks perfectly “Christmasie” ! If there is such a word., lol. But you definitely got me in the spirit. I’ll be back. Sincerely, Diena p.s. love the rosemary tree, I’m bringing mine in as we “speak” ! 😀 <3

  12. Thank you for sharing your home, Rachel…everything is simple and beautiful. You have a wonderful way with vignettes. Holiday blessings to you!

    Jane xx

  13. Absolutely gorgeous, as always, Rachel! I love your new stockings (so clever!), and the tree is stunning. Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us! Pinned!

  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous my friend! I agree, I could live with twinkly Christmas lights all year… or at least all winter. I think I absorb them in lieu of sunlight since I don’t see that for months at a time:) Pinned and shared on my FB page!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks so much, Krista! I sometimes forget that advantage of our warm winters… at least we have light!

  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Rachel! Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful home tours I’ve seen this season. Everything is so fresh, lively, simple, and perfect. You did a phenomenal job!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you SO much, Lauren! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. :) Hope you have a lovely holiday!!

  16. Your home looks beautiful, Rachel! Love everything about it!

  17. gorgeous! i love the red wagon with the tree! adorable!

  18. Its just stunning, Rachel – of course I would expect nothing less! We have that little wagon too, well the kid does, and I steal it to use as Christmas decor every year!

  19. Rachel, your holiday home looks so bright and beautiful! As always, your photography is stellar! xo

  20. If that radio flyer goes missing, don’t come looking to me… 😉 Also, yes a million times yes, to living with twinkly lights. Love your cozy tour!

  21. SO jealous! Ive lived inEurope and have visited Paris a dozen times but never at Christmas. I am always looking for French ideas and to find this from someone who actually lived there is the real McCoy! Thanks for sharing! I will be incorporating some of your ideas into my decorating in our new, stateside home.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Paris is pretty wonderful at Christmas time, Gail. I hope you get to go sometime!! So glad you like the ideas, and I hope you enjoy infusing a little French into your Christmas this year. :)

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