Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Welcome, friends! I’m SO glad you stopped by today for the annual Christmas tour of my home in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest (I’m joining in with the Holiday Home Tours via Just a Girl!). This is part one of a two part house tour, you can find Part Two here. While these tours are fun to enjoy in their best form, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy seeing what happened in the days following, so after the tours be sure to check out the aftermath post here. On to the tour!

We literally are nestled in here between forest and sea, thus the inspiration for my Christmas house! I’m not much of a theme decorator but somehow, that’s just how it all came together!

As I mentioned in my last post, I intentionally keep things pretty simple around the holidays. I love the whole experience of creating a home all year round but as the holidays approach, I add just a touch more festivity and greenery to hopefully create a cozy magical space for my family to enjoy at Christmas (without causing my stress levels to elevate :). I’m so happy to invite you in to our little world here! Come on in!

We’ve lived here for nearly six years, so every year we feel a little bit more settled here!

I’ll be sharing more photos of the house throughout the week and the second half of the tour with additional pics and details on Friday, so be sure to come back for more! OK, on with the tour!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

As I was getting ready to take pics, Jack and Lily kept peeking their heads out the door wondering who was coming over. I told them friends were coming to visit! They were so excited and curious to meet you that I just had to snap an action shot so you could see them waiting to greet you. They LOVE company!

Now, for any of you who might wonder where our beautiful white and gray rug is that looked so pretty in pictures in the summer time, the truth is it isn’t likely to come back out until the weather cooperates a bit more because mama doesn’t like to have to deal with cleaning a white rug every two hours in the winter. Truth. I’m crazy but I’m not that crazy. Even though the white one is an easy-care indoor-outdoor rug which I love, this one is small enough that I can just toss it in the wash and swap out another one as needed. Easy peasy.

I’m not gonna fake you out that I have a perfectly clean 5 x 7 white rug this time of year so welcome to our real life entry complete with washable throw rugs and pine needles. Embracing those things is a pre-requisite for life in the NW. Are any of you from here? You know what I’m talking about.

(But once the weather turns around, my white rug is totally coming back out!).

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Oh, wait, one more thing before you get all the way inside and then I PROMISE I’ll let you in the house, I wanted to show you my “wreath.” I found this cute hanging basket at World Market and filled it with a mix of fresh and faux greenery. It will be perfect all winter long, which makes it my favorite! Bless those talented crafty people who find the time and creative energy to make new seasonal decor for their doors every few weeks.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Ok, finally! COME IN!

I love using fresh greenery and it’s readily available outside our front door! But since our neighborhood trees were sopping wet I bought four boughs of cedar at a local nursery for $4 each. Many years I have bought garland from Costco but since we leave our fireplace on a lot, the garland dries out pretty quickly and makes a real mess. Then you have to pull the whole thing down, which creates even more of a mess. So this year, I got smart and just bought the boughs because if they dry out before I’m ready to be done with Christmas, it would be easy enough to replace them.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I wanted to do something a little different this year on our stairway, so I just tied some rope around the newel posts and added the cedar and a simple ribbon bow. It was so easy and I think it turned out pretty cute. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to full garland!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

OK, I’m gonna try to just be quiet now and let you look around. I’ll interject a random comment here or there so you’ll know I’m still with you, but mostly you can just wander and look because no one’s got time to hear me ramble on today. Plus I’ll be back with more so I’ll leave some things to talk about in a future post. Feel free to ask questions if you want though and I can try to answer!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Dip Dyed Stool

I love winter decor so the sled I found at the flea market this year seemed like a perfect touch for the entry. Once in awhile we get a little snow too, so maybe we’ll test it out if we get so lucky!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Wingback Linen Settee

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Trellis Chair

Christmas House Tour {Part One}
Copper Lantern

Christmas House Tour {Part One}
Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Industrial Cart

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I love having fresh greenery outside that I can use all year round. My boxwood bushes and the evergreens always come in handy when I need a little sprig of something for the table!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}Similar Pine Cone Garland

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

That teapot in the background is a treasured gift from my hubby. We were on an anniversary weekend one year many years ago and went to a fun little tea house. He bought me the teapot as a gift. I love bringing it out this time of year especially, it just looks so festive to me. It has a little cream and sugar bowl too!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Instead of my usual mug tree, I set up a little hot chocolate station with my tiered stand, with a nutcracker to watch over the marshmallows. We made the “peace” banner out of wood slices last year and loved it so much we just hung it up again in the same spot this year! I’m not too crafty so when I make something you will likely see it every year until I make something new. Ha!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Similar iPad/Cookbook Stand

Charlie Brown Christmas tunes always make everything a little more festive.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Similar Framed Chalkboard

I wish I could say I did the art on my chalkboard because that would be awesome, but alas, I have no talent with lettering so I snatched up this adorable Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas chalkboard downloadable art from Dear Lillie on a Thanksgiving sale. I had it printed locally and I just love it! Such a bright cheery message that always gets me singing as I make my way down the hall to my office.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Stockings // Lights: Barn Light Electric

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

I made these Mason Jar snow globes because they are my kind of craft.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

So here we are in the Family Room where you can see our freshly cut Christmas tree! You can read the story in my last post about about why we cut down a fresh tree every year. I absolutely love the smell of fresh Christmas trees, my whole house smells wonderful right now! My metal star garland and the deer pillow in my dining room came from the Winter Trunk at Season in a Trunk.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Nearly everything in our house has a memory attached to it or represents something special to us. Even though we don’t use a lot of traditional themed Christmas decor, every element we do use is special to us and reminds us of family times through the years, favorite holidays we spent together on the coast and special memories we treasure. We’ve lived in the NW for almost all of our lives and raised our children here (Portland and Seattle) so while we no longer have our beach house and moved away from our home in Portland six years ago, we feel blessed to still be near our family in a part of the country we love so much.

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

We decorated our tree this year with a quirky collection of animal ornaments. Why? Because WE LOVE THEM! We have all sorts of creatures from the forest and the sea. We crack up over animals with personalities so of course, we find our forest and sea tree to be perfectly suited to our sense of humor. We’ve been collecting these animals for awhile, many of them came to us a couple of years back when I did the woodland tree! We have quirky animals all over our house even when it isn’t Christmas, have you noticed that? :).

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

The cutest sea turtle I ever did lay eyes on, found at my favorite shop on the Oregon Coast, Sesame and Lilies!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

So there you have it, the first half of our Christmas tour! Crazy that I have enough pics to take you on another tour, but when the house is clean and festive, you go a bit crazy with the camera.

>>>>>>>You can find PART TWO of THIS Christmas House Tour here!<<<<<<<

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

>>>>>>>You can find PART TWO of THIS Christmas House Tour here!<<<<<<<

Thanks so much for coming!

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

See my Christmas House Tour from last year here!

Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Click here to shop my favorite Christmas decor and gift guides for everyone!


  1. OH my goodnesss! Your home is PERFECTION! Please come and decorate mine! Seriously every inch is beautiful.

  2. Lovely as ever Melissa! I like the your adorable little bottle place card holders. Such a cute and simple idea.

  3. Wow – it is all STUNNING! Such a beautiful take on the holidays. I just adore your color scheme, and all the little touches with the PEACE sign and the striped candles. It’s festive and calming all at the same time!

  4. Your home is gorgeous and I adore you decor. Everything looks like it was so perfectly chosen, beautifully done.

  5. Melissa, Merry Christmas!!! always warm and welcoming in your lovely home. Love the repeated use of the rope for a touch of nautical and that sled just made me smile! You always do such a wonderful job of making your home cozy and inviting, all year long, not just at Christmas,
    xo Kathysue

  6. Hi Melissa! What a tour! You have such a knack!!!! I also wanted to mention how I love how you keep your blog about decor and home and not religious…(Ha even though you are a preachers wife!) just because everyone has their own beliefs and when you love someone’s blog and they have such a talent like yours that is why you come every day . So many other blogs do the opposite and you have to skip so much of their blog to get to their talent. Hope I’m making sense haha. Also was wondering what happened to your Nepresso? Do you still love it? If so do you use it for your daily coffee or just for specialty coffee? If I get one I want to use daily. Is it practical for that in your opinion? Thanks Melissa for so much of my home inspiration!!!! Jen

    • Thanks so much! :)

      I still have the Nespresso but I moved it to my office :). Maybe it will show up in another tour or post. It’s very practical and wonderful for everyday! I love fresh ground coffee but the Nespresso is really convenient, tasty and makes that amazing foam!!!

  7. Melissa, your house looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. Those pups, just adorable! Your home looks beautiful :)

  9. Love it all! Can I come live with you ;) Everything is beautiful!

  10. I really love it! Just fresh greens in among your things! We get a fresh tree every year too and it is about the tradition of it and making memories. I am sitting here smelling our Frazer Fir and enjoying it so much!

  11. Just beautiful Melissa! So many lovely and fresh details!! Enjoy your cheerful Christmas home!

  12. So beautiful, fresh, festive!!! Question – does that crate in the entry stay in front of the heater or was that just for the photo? I am asking because we have a large radiant heat unit about the same size right next to the front door. I’m wanting a boot tray and catch-all table in that space but worried about it being too close to the heater.

  13. It’s beautiful. I love how simple and stunning every single room is, it’s perfect. :)


  14. Melissa,

    Thank-you so much for sharing your home with us, it looks so warm and inviting and your greeters are absolutely adorable.
    I live in the NW also on the Canadian side so I too am surrounded by the Sea and Forest. I just can’t seem to get enough of my pine cones to display at this time of year. Or stepping out into the yard to clip the fresh greenery. It’s a blessing to be able to shop in the yard.

    Thank-you again and I watched the video and really appreciate to sharing it, it was beautifully done..

    Warm wishes,


  15. How embarrassing ,
    I meant to write appreciate “you” not “it”.



  16. Beautiful in its simplicity – I also am one for less is more – can you please share source for gold stripe candles and holders? Is there a place on your blog to do a search?
    Beautiful cozy home!

  17. I enjoyed my tour SO much. I love everything about your home and the Christmas decorations! Just stunning!

  18. Your home is so warm and inviting! I love all of the little deer accents here and there!!

    She Likes to Shop

  19. What a delight! Thanks so much for sharing! Where is the tiered stand from used for the “little hot chocolate station with a nutcracker to watch over the marshmallows”? I would love to copy! THANKS! Merry Christmas!

  20. Such a gorgeous home. Love all the greenery you have sprinkled around. The little critters on the tree as ornaments are so cute :) Thank you for the wonderful tour!

  21. This is such an inspiration – it’s beautiful! We’ve only been in our current house for a year – but I will aspire to getting more holiday decorating done in future years!

    Can you please share where you got your WASHABLE blue entry rug, or what it’s made of? I’m in need of something washable for our entry – not too happy with my experiences with indoor/outdoor…. Thanks and happy holidays!

    • I got that rug at Target and I loved it so much I bought a couple of them so when one is dirty I have a spare or two. We use them by both doors. I’m not sure what it is made of but I just throw them in the wash and lay them out to dry. They’ve been great! Thanks so much!

  22. Lovely and unusual so it’s a joy to see. Would love to know how you made the pinecone garland that was hanging straight down.

  23. I am swooning over your home. Every little detail is so lovely and you have embellished your beautiful home with all of the right touches of Christmas decor.

  24. Since Seattle and going up the coast is on of our favourite places to visit….your decor appeals to me a lot…..would you tell me how you made your mason jar snow globes….do you remember where you got the ‘snow’?

  25. Loving all the fresh cedar & boxwood, everything is so natural & beautiful! And your adorable pups… too cute. Thanks for sharing your home!

  26. Sue McKechnie says

    Beautiful! Where did you find the initials for your stockings? Love them!

  27. Your home is great! I am putting down hardwood in the den. I was going with dark planks until I saw your light floors. What are they?
    Where did you get your gather together pillow?
    And one last nosy question: Where did you get the navy blue with white polka dot mug?
    Whew-that should keep you busy.

    • Thank you, Pam! I LOVE my floors. They have been so great. We had dark hardwoods in our last house and while I love the look I didn’t love how dusty they looked all the time. These are so easy to keep up with, mostly just a sweeping now and then! They are natural Hickory hardwood, prefinished. I have them on my whole main floor and about half the upstairs so far. I can’t wait to have them everywhere! Here is the post where I give all the details on them and links to the exact flooring!

      I got the Gather pillow at a local furniture shop, but I saw something similar out of stock at Nordstrom and it said “Primitives by Kathy” on it so maybe google that and see what comes up! Lastly, the navy blue polka dot mug is a Polish Pottery piece. I got it at TJ Maxx and sometimes you can find them at Costco. I have a few cool bowls too (I think you’ll see them on the wall in my tour on Friday!)


  28. Such a beautiful home! Love the simplicity! And I adore that teapot! Merry Christmas!

  29. What a beautiful home and thanks for sharing it with us. I’d like to know the color of paint on your walls in the foyer and family room. Thanks!

  30. Beautiful room! Where did you get your armchair from?

  31. Your dogs are beautiful. Your house is lovely. Truly beautiful. I like your hardwood floors as well.
    Thank you for sharing the video, I saw that last week and just loved that version. It’s my 2nd favorite of the season. My first choice is one you probably like as well – Mary, Did You Know?
    Looking forward to part 2 on Friday. Merry Christmas!

  32. lovely, lovely rooms as usual Melissa! the natural elements are so wonderful and really make the house come alive. great combo of forest and sea :-)

  33. Melissa, the house looks great but I am sorry the pups do steal the show…lol! I have painted my main living space a light grey (ben. moore revere pewter) and was hesitant with my Christmas decor this year but did a silver, burlap color scheme and threw a bit of red in to pop and it looks quite lovely. Love seeing your tours you never do disappoint always great inspiration! Happy holidays to you and yours!xo

  34. Melissa: I know about that rug biz in the PNW- those pine needles and other assorted slightly damp outside stuff that wants to come in on the shoes…track… track. And I think the concept of simple with the hanging basket of greenery is fun and done!

  35. Wicorel Koning says

    Beautiful song and soo true! And what do you think of the Pentatonix-song ‘Mary. did you know?’!!
    Thanks for sharing,

  36. absolutly lovely home, youre such an inspiration! pls where did you get that massive glass jar which lights up under the wall of white plates from?

  37. I love your decor, especially the look of upholstered furniture sitting on bare wood floors. I do have a question: how do you keep the chairs from sliding backward on the slick floor when someone sits down (or in the case of teenagers or spouses, throws themselves into the chair with abandon)? I have to use rubber thingies under the chair’s feet to control sliding (and gouging), but wonder if there is a better way. Thanks!

  38. Wow, your house is stunning. You definitely have a gift. Too often I see homes, while although beautiful, don’t look cozy to me and yours definitely looks cozy. Love the pups, too! Over to see the link on the floors because I am curious how they do with dogs!

  39. Hi, I wanted to know where you got the basket in your entryway, that hangs above the stool? Your house is amazing!!

  40. Brooke Little says


    I love your home!!! It is beautiful. Are the three little trees in metal buckets in your kitchen real or artificial? Where did you find them? If they are real-is it easy to kill them? I am not great with plants.



  41. Your home is so beautiful and inviting and I love your holiday decor this season. I’m often inspired by your blog. So many of your ideas and tips I have used to help me decorate my own home. I noticed a unique side table in your dining room. It looks like it has a chevron style to the wood grain. Would you be able to share where you found that piece?
    Happy Holidays,

  42. Just found your website and felt lucky to walk right into a tour your beautiful home for Christmas. Absolutely lovely! I am restoring a 100 year old beach cottage at the Washington coast so I will be back for inspiration.

  43. Melissa, I just love “visiting” in your home. Thank you again for sharing it with me!
    We came to this home 42 Christmases ago; where does the time go?!? In the beginning, I/we wanted things like what we knew from our family celebrations which were quite similar. In recent years, I have simplified more and more. We are not coastal, but I love the ocean and our visits there are treasured memories, so for several years I have left out our shells and sea art and used them as part of our Christmas décor – now I want a sea turtle!
    You inspire me to follow my heart, using the natural, simple beauty of nature for Christmas and winter.

  44. Beautiful home! I was wondering where you got the server that you set your hot chocolate station on? I love it! (And I will be making the mason jar snow globes this weekend!)

  45. Your house is just beautiful! It looks peaceful, serene and so inviting!

  46. Thank you for sharing your beautiful HOME. Would you mind my asking where you found your ceiling
    light fixture in the picture showing the stocking holder?
    I think it would fit in my 1950s home.

    Thank you I truly enjoy your blog!


  47. What kind of tree did you get exactly? It’s the perfect size!!!! xo

  48. Year after year I wait to go to all these house tours, and I am blown away by the hospitality and talent of all you people. Living in the deserts of Kuwait you all bring so much Christmas joy in our hearts too. Thank you for that… for sharing and for the reminders of what is the true reason for this season. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  49. Melissa! Your photography skills are crazy good — gorgeous photos! Your home is beautiful as always with personal, attainable touches. Merry Christmas :)

  50. Melissa, your home always looks so beautiful. And your decorating style so effortless. Love the vintage sled and the tree in the blue jar. Thanks for opening your hope up.

  51. Absolutely beautiful! I’d love to know where you got your light gray sofa and the two dark gray wingback chairs? They are wonderful and I’m shopping for furniture as we are moving soon.

  52. I LOVE these pictures. I’m still taking them all in. So much detail in your decorating. I especially noticed the milk stools as I have a thing for them.

  53. I would literally move into your house tomorrow. I wouldn’t change a single thing except the blue and white pottery to which I have a childhood aversion…I have no idea why. Even the adorable dogs would be staying!! Are they Wheaton terriers? They were my fav of the tour.

  54. So gracious of you to invite us in for a peak around your lovely home all decked out for the holidays.
    You’ve created a lovely, calm and cozy space with charming festive details that make it just special and thoughtful enough without going overboard on the trimmings.
    I’m not used to ‘dropping by’ empty handed and I wish I could visit with a home made treat from my kitchen but I think a few compliments will have to do.
    I adore your front door basket and like you I like to decorate with items I can keep around for the entire winter as well as use the abundant greenery near my doorstep and this one, Melissa, is a delightful keeper! (I can also see potential as spring starts to appear but I’ll stop myself from getting carried away and stick to it being an original winter welcome! ;-))
    Your rope garland on the stairs is so keeping with your ‘sea and forest’ theme and it’s so charming paired with the bunches of cedar branches.
    Those glittery initials on your stockings are such a wonderful idea to personalize them that I just might use the idea for next year’s display.
    Although it’s not part of the seasonal decor, I must comment on your cute little iPad/tablet diplay stand in your kitchen; it’s so cute. Would you mind sharing where you got it?
    Happy holidays to you from across the pond, with warmes wishes for cozy gatherings filled with laughter and blessings.

  55. Hi, love your design aesthetic. I only wish I had that in me. We are doing a remodel and I love your front door with the windows. Do you have an exterior view of the front door? Do you have a porch?
    Thank you.

  56. Hi Melissa,

    Your home is beautiful! Do you happen to know/remember the paint colors in your entry way/room on the left after entering through the front door (greige color– seems to be warm and cool in different pictures), as well as the cooler greige over the subway tile in the kitchen?

    Thanks for any help!

  57. Your home is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Would you mind sharing where you got your gorgeous lamps? And where you shop in general? Ha! Blessings!! Jenny :)

    • Thank you so much, Jenny! Check out for where I shop and tons of sources from my home :) I made the blue glass entry lamp, you can find the details for that if you search ‘diy bottle lamp’ in my sidebar. I also have a new coffee table book with more sources listed by room in the back, check it out at! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  58. Seasons Greetings! Love your home! Does your dinning lantern provide enough light? Im interested in a light with the same bulbs and wattage for my medium sized dinning space. Thank you for your time.

  59. Audra Napp says

    Where are your floors from????

  60. Jackie Baker says

    I love how simple and low key your Christmas decor is. It looks cozy and inviting and as much winter as Christmas!! Just beautiful!!

  61. Janice Neumann says

    Your house is beautiful! It’s so warm and inviting.
    Did you make or buy the curtains in the dining room? Where did you get them or the fabric? Love them and have been looking for something just like them. Thanks.

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