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First Ever Christmas Home Tour

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Welcome to my very first home tour ever….and it’s a Christmas home tour.

I should have none better!

These things are a lot of work.

I will say one thing though….this tour made me get myself in gear and get the decorating done.

It seems I finish the decorating up later and later every Christmas.

Ok, grab a cup of spiced cider or a mug of hot chocolate…..


christmas arrangement

I painted those house numbers and put them on the front door last month.

I didn’t want to cover up my handy work so I added a Christmas arrangement to my favorite chair.

We’re starting the tour in our den.

This is my favorite room in the house.

At some point before we purchased our home which was built in 1967, someone enclosed the two car garage and made this large, large space.

mantel 12 days of christmas tour

You guys may recognize the large rusty metal piece leaning on my mantel.

I purchased it at the Nashville Flea Market last month thinking it would look great on the mantel.

It has little diamond design cut-outs and it’s perfect for hanging things… the wreath!


christmas mantel decor


My fireplace mantel is the favorite part of my décor this year.

I had ideas for the mantel running through my head but I never know what look I will end up with.

I used vintage lamps from my junk treasure stash and a few cut glass dishes from the house as accents.


Ready for the tree unveiling…….

green christmas tree


We broke down and purchased a new tree because all the lights in the middle of our old one died off over the years.

We have this running debate (argument) over clear lights vs colored lights. This tree has both Smile

You can turn on all white lights, or all colored lights, or have both types of lights alternate blinking!

Now everyone in the family is happy.

(I plan to do a whole post on the Christmas tree sometime soon)

glitter 12 days of christmas tour

a little bit of glitter and my Christmas stamps for projects in the glass jar


cabinet 12 days of christmas tour

As I mentioned this room is really large and the early American hutch is one I purchased a number of years ago just because I loved it.

The décor changes with the seasons or on a whim!

The small table is where my granddaughter and I play card games.

She usually beats me.


red cabinet 12 days of christmas tour

You guys know how I love bright colors.


vintage scales 12 days of christmas tour


angels and vintage kitchen scales


christmas kitchen decorations

Not too much decorating in the kitchen area. I like to keep the counter tops clear…ok, mostly clear.


christmas dining room decor

The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen. I like using a lot of white or neutrals and add color here and there.



christmas houses

more glitter



stocking 12 days of christmas tour


This is our spare bedroom that we refer to as the grandsons room.

It used to be our son’s room.


snowman-12 days of christmas tour


I love this tacky snowman.


bedroom 12 days of christmas tour


From my quilt collection I selected a favorite of mine with greens and reds to throw across the bed.



fuchsia decor 12 days of christmas tour


And this over-the-top girly room is what we call the granddaughters room.


santa hat 12 days of christmas tour


You see the Santa hat with the word “spoiled”….that says it all.


christmas tree lights special photograpy affect


And this is a picture of the colored lights on our Christmas tree.

I’ve been playing with different some photography special affects.

Well, that’s it folks. I hope you enjoyed it.

You can leave me a little note below.


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  1. Hi Kathy! I enjoyed your lovely tour so much! I absolutely LOVE the vintage Noel Candle and the beautiful glitter houses on the dining room table. Everything is just beautiful and so full of holiday spirit. What a wonderful way to start my Thursday! :) Thank you so much for inviting us into your home – pinning and sharing. Have a merry and happy Thursday!
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  2. Tina Robinson says:

    Kathy, I love your home! The Christmas decorations are awesome and so festive! Love how you did the lights on the Christmas tree, I only have 2 boys and they don’t care if I even put up a tree so I am good to go either way but love the idea of both and depending on your mood use what you want! So many wonderful decorations and wonderful ideas to work with! Thank you for sharing your home!

  3. Kae says:

    Thank you for sharing your home….it is as I pictured…welcoming and beautiful.

  4. Jeannine says:

    I found you through the red cabinet that is on Pinterest. Through this tour I got to see it in its home. I LOVE it!
    Your house looks great!

  5. Helen says:

    Kathy, thank you so much for sharing! Love your energy! Really hope to bump into you junking some day.

  6. Mike Cuevas says:

    Thank you, Kathy. I don’t remember how I found your site, but it was a great day for me. Your site opened a whole new world of inspiration for me. Goal accomplished! There were so many things on your home tour that I loved that it was easy to make a top ten list.
    Using the vintage scale to hold your angels; the tree made of hinges on the old cabinet door; the gorgeous iron beds; the distressed chest; the bead garlands used on your tree; the welcome chair and wreath on your stoop, use of the metal grate on the mantle, I don’t need to go on. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  7. Andrea says:

    I love the BLUE WALL! And your tree is excellent! It looks like a true antique style tree, ya know..and love the way you put your wreath on the chair at the front door!….

    Excellent Job!

  8. Cindy says:

    So festive and full of vintage charm…so enjoyed the tour!

  9. Oh Kathy, I knew as soon as I saw the first picture I was in for a treat! (the door…love and the chair)
    I love what you’ve done all over your home. The decorations are so creative! The tree is gorgeous!! The latter beside that fabulous chest…just everything looks so fun and festive!!
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  10. Tami Michel says:

    Your home is so charming. I am glad to see that you still have your red furniture piece and I am in love with the white dresser in your grandson’s room. Very unique. Great job on the decorating, looking forward to seeing more of your tree. Notice something missing from my home tour? Yep, haven’t put the tree up yet, oh well! :)
    Tami @ Curb Alert!
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  11. I love all your special Christmas touches throughout the entire house! Lovely! Have a great week!
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  12. It looks like a beautiful home and I love the decorations! You’re putting me in the Christmas spirit!

  13. Gorgeous! I love how this Christmas décor feels so much like you! You have some great vintage items and I love that you incorporated your furniture redos into the décor. The chair on the porch is fantastic!
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  14. chris aka monkey says:

    i have no patience and didn’t think thursday was ever going to get here lol…. i was pretty sure i was going to love it and i did i did… the rusty piece on the mantel mixed with the glass and silver wreath wow…your tree was fantastic… your whole home is inviting..i would feel comfortable enough to grab my own coffee kick off my shoes and plop down in a comfortable spot to take it all in… i hope all the stressing about this tour turned out to be a wonderful experience for you thanks so much xx chris

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Chris, I was thinking you weren’t going to make the tour. You are usually one of the first to comment!! I try to make my home comfy. It’s just a small country style place, nothing fancy.

      • chris aka monkey says:

        kathy i am like a bear in the winter sleep sleep sleep lol didn’t get my lazy butt up until know i would not have missed you tour for nothing xx

  15. Anyone who puts a giant rusty piece of metal over their mantle is EXTRA awesome in my opinion.
    Your decorations look great!
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  16. Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Beautiful, Kathy! Your tree is stunning and I’d like to stay in the grandson’s room when I come for a visit. :) . I love that dresser and the red ladder! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  17. Your home looks beautiful, Kathy! Wonderful tour! I never would have guessed that it was your first! I loved the parts about your granddaughter– it reminds me of my mom with my sons. They have their own room at my parents’ house too, and special areas in the house dedicated to their toys and games– spoiled too! :) That’s what grandmas are for, I guess! Love your beautiful tree and all of the vintage-y details! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

    ~Abby =)
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  18. I love all of your vintage style Kathy! The mantel looks awesome! Pinning! ~Sonya
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  19. Sharon says:

    Wow! I LOVE the tree decor. The soft colors you used on the mantel are so pretty. The metal sheet is the perfect backdrop.

    The whole house looks so Merry and Bright.

    And that noel candle takes me way back… WE HAD ONE OF THOSE WHEN I WAS A KID! It wasn’t Christmas to me and my siblings until Mom set out the Noel candle.
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  20. Well, that’s one impressive first try at the home tour thing! I love the Noel candle (I have a little bit of a blow mold addiction). And I think I have Mr. Tacky Snowman in my basement somewhere. He looks very familiar. You did a great job with the tour!

  21. I love how you put an arrangement on a chair beside your door instead of making a wreath that would hide your house numbers. Your new tree is gorgeous and I love that you can switch it between colored and clear lights. Thanks for showing us your pretty Christmas home.
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  22. Jeanette says:

    Kathy, I LOVE your home. All the room are so cozy I could move right in. My favorite thing is the hinge tree on the vintage cabinet door!!!!
    That is incredible! Pinning!
    Thank you for sharing your home. ~Jeanette
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  23. Meegan says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE your home, your Christmas decor and your “junk”! We have matching scales! I was so excited to see yours-woo!
    So happy to have you on the tour :)
    Make it a great day!!
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  24. HomeGoods says:

    Hi Kathy, what a cool idea with those Christmas lights! Many families debate over clear versus colored. Our fave has to be the giant, rusty metal piece over your mantel. That’s bold and different. Love it! Thanks for stopping by our link party. Happy holidays! Your friends at HomeGoods

  25. Becki says:

    Really enjoyed your “outside the box” approach to decorating. Confident and fun…I will be back!!

  26. Kathy I seriously love all your vintage Christmas decor! Your door outside is a lovely way to welcome guests – and I’m sure your grandkids love the Christmas touches in their rooms too! And I gotta say that’s pretty darn cool that Homegoods commented on your post! :)
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  27. S says:

    Thank you for letting me traverse your house and it’s beautiful decorations. You are so creative. I wish you and your family happy and blessed holidays. I look forward to your daily newsletters you.

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  29. Kathy, I love your home!Totally enjoyed your first ever home tour ;) and all the Christmas details! The red piece, that lovely little green chair in the background and everything about your granddaughter’s room makes me want to just stay! So nice!
    Can’t thank you enough for suggesting a Christmas tour, my friend. So glad we did this together!
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  30. Gloria says:

    Why an artificial tree? You have such a natural, organic approach to your crafting that it seems weird to go for it.
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  31. Gloria says:

    Oh, BTW, that Xmas tree art made from old hinges, in your grandsons’ room, is gorgeous! Did you make it?
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  32. Dria says:

    Kathy! Your home looks beautiful! I love all your Christmas touches, the tree is stunning! Love how you hung stockings at the foot of the bed how adorable! Your little houses on your table is so cute! Your home feels so welcoming and festive you did a fantastic job :)
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  34. Jeanette says:

    You inspire me with color, Kathy. I love what you gravitate towards in your home, and definitely show people how “junking” doesn’t necessarily mean all rust and brown. What a bright and cheery home you have. Very warm and inviting and I love your front door color. Sharing today on all my sites, especially that tree made of latches…I think jy readers will love it. love your tour…xoxo

  35. Kathy your house looks amazing! You did a wonderful job and your tree is beautiful!
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  36. Angela says:

    I love your color choices Kathy! So cheery!

  37. gail says:

    You have a beautiful home! Love your Christmas tree… amazing about the variety of lights. It’s the perfect solution!
    I love the red cabinet–the one with the vintage scales. My daughter lives in Nashville, I was down there for Making Merry in Berry Hill. She had a booth in the Tn Antique Mall, but she just moved out at the end of November.

    Thanks for your sweet comment about my facebook post on blogtalk.

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Gail, we have to get together sometime when you come to Nashville. That red cabinet has had lots of interest and drew lots of people to my blog since I painted it and posted about it last year!

  38. Heather says:

    I love your holiday home Kathy!! It’s all so beautiful and inviting! Your bokeh photograph of your tree is stunning!! Your Christmas tree is sooo pretty!! Congrats on an amazing home tour! :D ~ Heather
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  40. Thanks so much for opening up your home to us, Kathy! I love your Christmas tree! It’s great that you have both white and colored lights on the tree! I love colored, but my hubby loves white. We switch back and forth! :)
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  43. Kathy, I just love your first tour and hope there will be many more! I love your eye for vintage finds and how you creatively use them in your lovely home! Merry Christmas! ~Christy
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  44. debbiedoos says:

    What a fabulous Chrismtas home tour Kathy! I love your mantel, very cool. Merry Christmas to you and your family. XO

  45. Kathy your home looks beautiful and I am in LOVE with your mantel. Absolutely love the colors. So many awesome vignettes and holiday touches… that shabby dresser is AWESOME. So glad to be a part of this tour with you! Off to pin! xo
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  46. Beth says:

    Beautiful! I just love it! I feel like I could move right in. :)
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  49. Sandy says:

    You did a fabulous job decorating! It is nice seeing some of the projects you shared previously in place in your home. The tricycle red radio cabinet is my absolute favorite and love the hardware tree picture.
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  53. OMG! That rusty metal piece is AMAZING!!! What a statement it makes on your mantle! I love your home tour Kathy, and especially your granddaughters room…what a cheerful little space :) Love it!

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  55. Lani says:

    I just love all the vintage touches of Christmas in your home. As different as everything is, it all works together! I love touches of Christmas in the bedrooms too. That’s something I’m adding this year as well.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Hugs …
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  56. Love your home tour, I am betting this was your first but not your last. Thank you for sharing it at my 12 days linky party.
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  57. kelly says: it all. Your mantle is beautiful and I love the snowman too! No tacky AT ALL!!
    (Thanks for being patient with me)

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  60. Angie says:

    I love your house and all of your vintage things! Especially the game boards and glass lamps and old quilts. I like the houses on the cake stands too. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it all with us!
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  61. I know I should be commenting on your Xmas decor, but I am so mesmerized by your beautiful quilt collection, your vintage items and your painted furniture!! You’ve done a great job mixing it all together in your home and your Christmas touches are warm and welcoming!
    So nice to tour with you!!
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