Hi there! Welcome to the It’s a Colorful Life Christmas Home Tours! Did you just jump over from Heather at Southern State of Mind? I just loved all her nutcracker themed touches! If you haven’t toured her holiday home yet, be sure to after mine and also catch the rest of the tours as well – the entire lineup is at the end of the post!
I was at the thrift store yesterday and one of the employees noted how I’d scored some good art finds. I told him that tended to be how it went with me. Despite making a thrift store stop in hopes of finding a console table for the upcoming mudroom makeover, I found art. And lots of it. My shopping trips always end up becoming themed and not the theme I set out for it to be.
The same is often true of my holiday decorating. Did you see the den at the farm in all it’s holiday-cowboy-country-music glory? And last year, at the Landing Pad, it was camels. And this year, the camels were introduced to the swans.
That’s right. Only here will you find camels and swans co-mingling among one another while being supervised by busts of David in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
And it’s all surrounded by colorful pops of holiday cheer.
This camel decided he liked it so much here last year that he stayed the whole year through.
If you did see my colorful home tour last year, this area might look pretty similar to last year’s holiday decor. I used the same garland, flower arrangement and throwing-gifts-all-over-the-place trick as I did last year. I freshened up the garland with new ribbon and ornaments though.
I don’t know what it was with swans this year, but it’s like I was a magnet to them. Every yard sale and thrift store I haunted, these things just kept screaming “Buy my majestic self!” So I did. While you won’t see all the swan decor I’ve accumulated this year in my home tour, here is a paper mâché one I scored at Goodwill for $2. She’s keeping the coffee table pretty.
As you’ll see in a moment, completely unnatural looking glitter poinsettias seem to be making a strong move toward becoming holiday focal points around here as well…
This little nook has quickly become a favorite of mine.
This leopard may get its own “everyday” collar after the holidays. I’ve loved dressing it up for Halloween and now Christmas.
No lamp or art was left un-Christmasafied.
I finally got my act together and worked the massive cabinet more into the holiday decor by running magnolia garland along the top and donning the busts with bows. Bows are also a theme here, huh?
When they aren’t wearing bows, a few special ones get vintage scarfs. Everyone learns the meaning of accessorizing well around here.
On to the dining room…
I told you poinsettias were trying to take center stage. I made these simple chair embellishments from floral picks.
I switched out the silver tinsel tree I had in here last year for a slimmer rose gold tree. And in a shocking twist, I actually used color coordinating ornaments and ribbons to decorate it.
Yes, those are swans on the tree. I saw them and once more, they just called my name and sparked this whole tree’s feel.
While his looks are deceiving, David actually does approve of the swan tree.
He fought me on the bow though. 😆
I tend to keep the table simple during the holidays. To dress it up just a bit, I arranged some faux greenery, a few ornaments and a swan candleholder (a $4 yard sale find) on the marble slab I keep on the table.
Merry Christmas, friends! I hope you all have a wonderfully colorful holiday filled with family, friends, lots of love and maybe even a camel and/or swan! 😉
The next stop on the It’s a Colorful Life Christmas tours today is Our Fifth House! Carmel recently moved into a beautiful new home and it is absolutely gorgeous this holiday season! The full tour lineup is below as well!
It’s a Colorful Life Christmas Home Tours