Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour

It has been a very busy few weeks leading up to Christmas but we're finally able to catch our breath, slow down and enjoy every moment this season has to offer. I'm sharing our holiday home tour with all the touches that made our little home feel festive this year.

Bedrooms

Every year we start decorating by hanging preserved boxwood wreaths in the bedrooms hung with wide satin ribbon from our Orillia Fabricland. 

This year was a big year for bedroom redesign as we started with Lily's for my very first One Room Challenge, followed by a few small changes in Matthew's Room and finally my second One Room Challenge entry - my Bedroom/Office. These rooms just needed some boxwood wreaths, trees and a few smaller touches for the holidays.

 Lily's room

Lily's room

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 Crocheted cactus from one of our favourite shops in Orillia: Harold & Ferne

Crocheted cactus from one of our favourite shops in Orillia: Harold & Ferne

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 Matthew's Room

Matthew's Room

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 A gift for my little Niece Audrey May

A gift for my little Niece Audrey May

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs

Family Room

We live in a new build and last year thanks to the help of my brother Paul from Brancon, we finished our basement to include a library and TV area (for Matthew), fireplace and music room (for Lily) and laundry room for me. Each year we put up our artificial white Christmas tree, also known as "the kids tree" and showcase all of their handmade creations on it.

 Our "kids tree"

Our "kids tree"

 Crafts made with love by the munchkins

Crafts made with love by the munchkins

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 Board games and Lego building area

Board games and Lego building area

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 We made these felt stockings last year

We made these felt stockings last year

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 Real life

Real life

 Music Room

Music Room

 modern nativity set by sonora HandMADE (etsy)

modern nativity set by sonora HandMADE (etsy)

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs

Main Floor

Aside from our boxwood wreaths and a few vintage ornaments in bowls throughout our main floor, we waited patiently for our real tree and garland. Last year we bought a fresh cut tree from neighbours near our family's Foxmeadow Farm but we missed the process of cutting our own on the farm property. We also went with a fresh cedar, pine and eucalyptus garland which dried out in a few days and was a huge mess.

 Mr. Finnigan Flowers

Mr. Finnigan Flowers

 Faux pine garland in our Stairway

Faux pine garland in our Stairway

This year we did things differently and cut down the widest and wildest spruce tree we've ever had from the farm and loaded on white lights, clear glass ornaments and then our collection of coloured glass, vintage and hand painted brushstroke ornaments. We also went with a faux pine garland thanks to a tip from fellow blogger Thalita from The Learner Observer.

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 our wildly wonderful tree

our wildly wonderful tree

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
 hand lettered ornament placeholders by the oh so talented jesi at Cabin Calligraphy

hand lettered ornament placeholders by the oh so talented jesi at Cabin Calligraphy

Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs
Deck the Halls: 2017 Holiday Home Tour | Carley Brandon Designs

Happy holidays from our little family to yours! 

- Carley, Matthew & Lily