Merry Little Christmas House Tour

I’ve added just about as much Christmas as this little house can hold.  We’re all feeling pretty warm and cozy.  Come on in and see!

We brought home the skinniest tree that we could find this year.  Usually, I rally for the big, full ones.  Then I have to move at least one of the black and white chairs out of the room.   This tree fit perfectly in the corner.  Only a slight shift in chairs necessary!

Do you see that bad kitten under the tree?  It’s her new favorite spot.  I can’t believe that she hasn’t tried to climb it, and that she hasn’t knocked off any ornaments.  So I guess that I won’t complain that she drags the skirt out from underneath a dozen times a day!

We decorate the tree with every near-and-dear ornament from the past 20 years.  I love pulling out the same ornaments each year and remembering who made them or who gave them to us.  We’ll always have at least one tree in the house that holds all of these special memories.

The mantel…

Have you tried to make an ornament wreath yet?  I couldn’t believe how easy it is.  Just cut the hook and twisted part from a wire hanger, form the hanger into a circle, and thread ornaments on until it’s full.  In the past I’ve tried gluing ornaments onto pine wreaths but never got the effect that I wanted.   The hanger method works best if the ornaments are all the same size.  I able used two different-sized ornaments for this one, and it took a little bit more maneuvering to make it look right.

I bought these snow angels at a craft show a few years ago.  My style has changed a bit since then, but I still love using them on the mantel.

The rest of the room…

Even my little school desk got a cheery red Christmas makeover.

I love this old milk bin filled with pine boughs.

And berry garland added to my old newspaper wagon…

I have a few more pictures of the dining room and kitchen to share, but I think I’ll save them until next time.  I hope that you’ll stop back to see!

Much love,











  1. Love your skinny tree, your bad kitty and that fabulous ornament wreath! I tried one this year – epic fail!

    • Thanks Kelly! There is no way that I believe your wreath was a fail. (did you do a glue one?) Your projects always turn out beautifully, and this wreath is so easy!

  2. Your tree is perfect! I’ve never thought to get a skinny tree…just one on the small size as my living room is small. Next year for sure. Your mantel looks beautiful and I love the wreath. I’m still working on everything but I love the inspiration here!


    • ooooo – Jane I can’t wait to see your house all festive-ated! (that’s a new word for me – I kinda like it!). Popping over to see if you’ve finished…
      Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Everything looks just adorable Brenda! I must try one of those bulb wreaths one of these years!

  4. Cozy is right! Your room is adorable and so inviting. I love a tree with a collection of memory-inducing ornaments, especially those that are handmade. The tree always has a softer and sweeter appeal with them. Your tree is so beautiful!

    • That’s exactly how I feel about Christmas trees! Someday I’m going to make room for another tree so that I can do a fancy or themed one too. But our presents will always go under the hodge-podge tree!
      Thanks for your sweet comment!

  5. I love your skinny tree and that wagon! So cool! Your home looks beautiful and so festive.

  6. Brenda, I just love your home tour….so much so that I just shared a link to it on my facebook page. Merry Christmas!

  7. Your house looks marvellous! I love the little milk wagon, I have a wagon in my garage almost identical to that! Thanks for the inspiration! I also love the ornament wreath, I may make one of those today. Thanks for the tour!
    Hugs, Cindy

    • Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Cindy. I’d love to hear if you use your wagon in your house. It’s a fun addition to the room. :)

  8. What a beautiful room! I love the newspaper wagon and that turquoise cabinet! Hope you had a great Christmas! ~ Angie

  9. vickie meister says:

    Love it all!!

  10. Shelly Hanson says:

    Hello, I’d love to know if you made the piece in your living room with the large golden yellow flower or if you purchased it somewhere.
    I really enjoyed the “Once Upon A Time” article in the March 2015 Country Sampler.
    thank you for sharing your home!

    • Hi Shelly! Thanks so much for finding me- how exciting to know people liked the article! It’s intimidating to appear alongside so many beautiful spaces! My sister purchased the large painting for me years ago at the Longaberger barn in Ohio. It was painted on fabric and framed in an old window. I had never seen anything like it before, and have loved it since!
      Thanks again!

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