Christmas Home Tour: Part 2

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I spent last Thursday afternoon at Target with a friend and our 5 children – including a one year old who had missed her nap and four very energetic boys.  The trip involved spending lots of money, knocking over a few displays, repeating the phrase, “please don’t run into people” about 437 times, and lots of apologies to other customers.  But do you know what?

It was a beautiful trip…

Not because it was perfect (or anything less than utterly exhausting and at times a bit humiliating) but because we spent the entire trip helping our little ones pick out gifts for other children – children who wouldn’t have gifts this year otherwise.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

As I shared in my first part of my Christmas home tour last week, this season is about so much more than fancy decorations, expensive gifts, or holiday home tours… But I know that when I look at the beautiful homes of other bloggers, I begin comparing and stressing and worrying that mine is not good enough.  I want to encourage you today even before you read on that that’s a total lie – for me and for you.  I do love a beautiful home, and I love to decorate in such a way to remind myself and my family of the hope and joy of this special season.  But those things don’t live in picture-perfect trees or gorgeous tablescapes.  They live in a heart of love and giving.  With that said, I hope you enjoy (and maybe are a little inspired) by touring the rest of our decorated home today, but more than that, I hope you are  encouraged to celebrate the hope of Christmas rather than the hype.

And if you start thinking of my home as too “perfect,” just think of me in all my no-makeup-over-exhausted-mommy glory at Target last week… 😉

Now on to the tour!  Last week’s tour shared our front porch, our living room, and our family room.  Today, we are going to turn left inside the front door instead and visit the dining room.  Our diy boot box is still working hard.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And the cedar garland (tutorial coming later this week – it’s SO easy!) gives the stairs a festive look.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I kept it simple in here (we had 30 people to dinner on Friday night, so we needed space to move around!)…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

With just some green wreaths and neutral textures.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I used my diy burlap table runner, this bowl from Birch Lane, some clippings from my yard, and these beautiful mercury glass ornaments from Wayfair for my centerpiece.  You may have seen this last week when I shared some ideas for super easy Christmas decorating.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I had fun adding some holiday touches to the china cabinet.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I ordered these birch bark sheets for another project, and I had extra that I just stuck in behind the bottom shelf of china – I love the texture it added.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

A few clippings from my yard, some pinecones, and some more mercury glass ornaments, and I was finished.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

On the opposite wall is my great grandmother’s buffet.  It’s so much darker than the rest of my furniture, but I love the contrast.  I topped it with fun, light, textured objects and even brought my Weary World Rejoices sign in here.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Though the doorway to the left is the kitchen.  I haven’t even shown you all my beautiful new island that Mr. Pax gave me for my birthday (or what I did with the previous island that was in here), but we kept it all simple for Christmas.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

The mason jar luminaries made a reappearance…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And more cedar wreaths add just a touch of festivity behind our kitchen table.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And that, my friends – other than our recently renovated half bath – is our downstairs.  I have just one more room to show you, though, so let’s head up the stairs, past the angel wings

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And into the master bedroom.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I am a little obsessed with Christmas lights (you can see my full night time tour from last year here if you’re interested).  So I have always loved bringing a few into our master bedroom each year.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

So some trees and garland from Target’s dollar spot are twinkling atop our empire dresser.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I did bring in our first stockings we bought as a married couple…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Steal my kids’ red step stool for a little color…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And hang the gorgeous Joy to the World print by Jolie Marche that I shared on Instagram recently (which I essentially mounted over another piece of art using red and white baker’s twine – it’s my new favorite way to change out wall art!).

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I ordered a couple of these Turkish towels not too long ago, thinking they would be pretty in the guest bath, but I’m finding myself using them everywhere.  I love them in here, and I took them out to the back porch for our Christmas party last weekend so guests could snuggle up with some hot chocolate.  They are so versatile!

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

A few more little cedar wreaths…

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And some festive bunting for the diy trumeau mirror

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

And a thoroughly lovely place to enjoy the holidays.

Gorgeous, simple Christmas home tour: natural greenery, winter woodland theme, sparkly touches, and simple reminder of the hope of the season. Tons of diy and decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

I do hope you enjoyed both of the holiday tours, and I pray you and your family are blessed tremendously this holiday season!

Celebrating the Savior,

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Be sure to visit the other beautiful bloggers sharing their homes this week for more holiday inspiration!

Others on the Warm & Cozy Christmas Home Tour hosted by Migonis Home blog

Wayfair Christmas Tour promo photo

Monday

Migonis Home | Maison de Pax | Life on Virginia Street

Tuesday

Setting for Four | StyleHouse Interiors | Everyday Enchanting

Wednesday

El Peterson Design | Sunny Side Up

Thursday

Fox Hollow Cottage | Making Home Base | The Wood Grain Cottage

Friday

Just A Girl and Her Blog | Rooms FOR Rent | Cuckoo4Design

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.  All opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. So so beautiful. I love all the natural greenery everywhere. And I can picture that Target trip so well. I have been there myself 😉 Happy Holidays.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Julia! Too bad we can’t coordinate our trips some time for companionship. 😉 Merry Christmas!

  2. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Kids are wonderful most of the time, we as parents just feel like they may be bothering people. Your house looks wonderful,looks like your ready for Christmas and i am sure you kids are.Have a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Wonderful true story and gorgeous Christmas home, Rachel. Happy Holidays, Ardith

  4. Emily young says:

    I adore your beautiful home… Every last detail! Please, please,please share the paint color on the walls in your main living area and your bedroom. They are just perfect! Thank you!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Hi Emily, I think I shared with you on IG? Sorry I’m slower on blog comments. Just in case anyone else is wondering, it’s SW Agreeable Gray in the main areas and Behr Cameo White in the bedroom. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  5. Your home is so beautiful and I love the sentiments in this post. I think we’ve all been on that Target trip!

  6. I don’t think I could love a staircase more then yours!!! It’s so simple & rustic..just beautiful! I also love your holiday color pallet!! Happy Tuesday friend!!

    Paige.Rose
    from
    http://www.TheQuaintSanctuary.blogspot.com

  7. So gorgeous, Rachel! You did such a beautiful job! :) I totally know all about those Target trips… :)

  8. Rachel everything looks beautiful and fresh. Sometimes there is so much everywhere I have a hard time finding the focal point. Maybe it is just me! Sigh………

  9. You have a beautiful house. I love this style and I have found many inspirations here that I will definitely use one day when I’ll have my own house :)

  10. Marijean Jenson says:

    I could look at these photos all day, and I just may! What a lovely mix of rustic and elegance. You hit it out of the park!!!!!

  11. Oh Rachel everything is so beautiful! I absolutely love your wood floors and staircase. And your kitchen island? It’s to die for! Your home looks beautiful!!

  12. I love all the greenery! very festive and I bet it smells nice too!

  13. Very pretty! Merry Christmas!

  14. Cassandra E says:

    I just love your new home. The Christmas decor is perfection. I’d so buy those Wayfair Mercury glass ornaments!

  15. Jason McAfee says:

    Simple and Beautiful!

  16. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway! I would buy a new area rug for our living room.

  17. I would buy the 72″ Cat Tree by Go Pet Club in black

  18. Sherry fram says:

    Love your house! It is so pretty & festive! Thanks for the giveaway! If I won I would buy a coffee table for my living room.

  19. I would get the Keaton Coverlet Set by Madison Park

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