by laura janning

Christmas Home Tour 2013

December 6, 2013

Welcome to new and old friends of Top This Top That and Happy Holidays. I am Laura and this is the 27th stop on the Christmas Home Tour.

I am so excited you are here today. Living in the South, we just love it when people come to visit....... it's just when they don't leave that we have a problem. But you can stay as long as you want.

It's been a week full of incredible holiday inspiration and beautiful homes. I hope my few days of decorating the house, having
a sick child home all week,( poor fella) and gloomy, dismal, rainy weather since Sunday, will live up to the amazing homes and talent that you have seen so far.
I am also linking up to Jen Rizzo's holiday house walk party.

No sense recreating the front porch this year. Wreaths in red and green that I love,were from last year. I spray painted my monogram initial and planters in red. I also placed Norfolk Pines in the planters
with the ivy. I liked those little trees so much, I opted to get a few for the inside of the house as well. Festive and fun.....and ready to greet you at the door. For more of my front porch click here.

While living in the country,  gifts of nature are right outside my
window, and this year I took full advantage of that. I stayed true to the theme and with my decor in using and decorating what probably best represents me and what I love....and for the most part already had.
 I came up with 'Woodland Glam' with a dose of classic red.

It's a house divided here at Top This Top That with Woodland Glam in one part of the house...........

and classic red in the other.

Today I will tour you briefly through my holiday home and next week take you back into the spaces with more pictures and details. I hope you will come back to visit.

Depending on what door you knock at , will determine what holiday look you'll see.

Side door and breezeway entrance

 This is a major highway in our home and needs to be clear of most 'stuff' as family members buzz by. I kept it simple yet festive in here with a few wreaths and a tiny tree that sits on the red lockers.
Living on a farm.....boots come in handy especially when you are feeding your donkeys.

 At the Front DoorMy Let it snow sign that I scored in the clearance section, sits on top of wrapped gifts with little faux cedar trees, pine cones and silver ornaments. I sure do wish North Georgia had pine cones the size of the ones that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Does anyone have pine cones that big in their backyard? If so , can you send me a few....please.

Dining Room

My Dining Room table iset with a woodland tablescape. The inspiration for this room came from the ornaments that I used on the back of each chair, and at a couple of dollars a piece...... they were too pretty to pass up. My centerpiece started as a basic garland swag and was transformed into a beautiful centerpiece surrounded by mercury class candle holders.
 You can click here to see more details of this room and details on how to transform your space using items that you already have.

Living Room

Oh sweet living Room......how I wish I sat with you more often. This year, rather then putting up a tree in this space like I normally do, you can see my Greeancres inspired tree from last year here, I chose a potted Northfolk Pine instead. I love the simplicity of the tree.  I wrapped the base in some cream colored tulle and hung glass ornaments in silver, gold and cream that i have had for years.  Wreaths hang on the windows with the words LOVE and JOY attached......isn't that what the season is all about?

 Keeping Room

This is typically where I sit to read the paper, talk to hubby or chill out. The space is right off the kitchen so it is centrally located to be near all the action if I am needed.....as I am chilling out. Like that ever happens.
 I moved a few of my pillows from the family room to add a bit of red to the space. I also found some cool little snowflakes for .75 each ( I realized I couldn't make them for that price), that I suspended on the chandelier with clear string.  


This is with out a doubt the absolute heart of our home. From meals, to homework to social gatherings, this is pretty much where most of the action takes place. Because of our layout, the 'Family' Christmas tree sits in the breakfast area which is right between the kitchen and family room. This is always such a treat to be able to view the tree from both spaces.  For more regular readers, notice any changes to the kitchen?
Other then the tree, everything in this space are things that I already had and use each year. At the end of  every holiday season when things get marked down, I pick up a few new ornaments for the next year.
For my complete kitchen tour, click here and Holiday Mantel here.

 Family Room
 If you follow my blog then you may have heard me mention that this space was originally planned and designed to be a screen porch.
Turning it into a Family room was one of the best decisions during the building phase that we could have made. My family absolutely loves to be in this room. The current color scheme in the room works with the holiday without really having to do much decorating at all. If you look closely on the walls you will see the change of colors that I am making. I am getting rid of the yellowish color (on top) and opting for a more neutral beige (on bottom)
 I only hope Santa Claus brings me a painter so I can get the job done!

Night pictures....inside

and outside. Click here for Holiday Outdoor lights

I want to thank you for stopping by today, it really means alot. I hope you enjoyed the tour. You can also see my 2012 Holiday home here and for my holiday inspiration and projects here .
My wish for you this holiday season is to take the time to slow down,enjoy and to truly appreciate the gifts that are right in front of you.

Click here to go to house #28, Domestically Speaking.
Here is the complete schedule for the entire tour in case you missed any of the homes.


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  1. Your Christmas home is lovely Laura. I think my favourite room is the kitchen... that's where I'd like to sit if I came to visit. Thanks for the tour.

  2. Amazing, Laura! Beautiful Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh my gorgeousness! You home is always so stunningly beautiful and your home tour does not fail expectations. Pinned it... like crazy!

  4. i love your entry and my favorite part- those snowflakes! LOVE them!

  5. GORGEOUS Laura!!! Love your trees and all the pops of red...love it all!!

  6. So stunning, my friend! Thanks for the amazing inspiration ... split personality and all! I've got a bit of that going on here too ...

    :) Linda

  7. It's all so pretty Laura! I love all the red. Now, I want to see how you have the donkey decorated for Christmas.

  8. It all looks so pretty laura and your outside lights are the bomb!

  9. Oh Laura!!! I'm in love with your "woodland glam" look. The pinecones, shimmery balls, just so lovely. The Dining Room is stunning! Love the chair adornments and that wreath...ahhhh! The open weave burlap ribbon on the tree is so cute. Awesome look in Family room. Wow! Wonderful job!!

  10. YOur home looks so festive and beautiful, Laura. I love that you are able to bring so much of your natural surroundings in. xo Laura

  11. Beautiful Laura!! Every room looks so warm and cozy and welcoming! Love it :)

  12. So nice! Vickie@ Keepersofhome.com

  13. Your home is just gorgeous and you Christmas decorating is so pretty. Love the back of the dining room chairs!!


  14. Beautiful Laura! Your home looks fantastic inside and out.

  15. This is beautiful all around! I love the tree in your family room and all your holiday touches throughout. And I'm pretty jealous that you can actually keep the Norfolk Pines outdoors. I love them but it's too darn cold here. Love seeing them all around your house.

  16. Beautiful - love that tree! Santa won't miss your house - and once he's inside he won't want to leave!

  17. I love your home decked out for Christmas. You have done a lot in the family room. It looks great. Oh, you know you will end up painting it yourself.

  18. Beautiful...every detail is just inspiring xo

  19. Laura, you home is just beautiful! Everything is gorgeous, but I think my favorite is how you decorated your stone fireplace mantel with those red lanterns! Sharing and pinning!

  20. What a great house you have! I love all of your natural Christmas decor. It fits the style of your house perfectly. Your kitchen looks so charming with the bench at the table and the Christmas tree in there. I love the little table setting you set up in your keeping room too with the snowflakes hanging over the table. Wish I had all that property you have!!

  21. You my friend are AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING my friend! Your home always makes me smile...it's so warm...friendly...welcoming...and oh so beautiful! Sending hugs!!!!

  22. Laura, it looks wonderful! I giggled a little at the intro when you said you hoped that your decorating lived up to the others on the tour because in my opinion you set the bar! Love your home, it's stunning!!

  23. Laura your home is just charming! Your outdoor driveway is awesome... what an entrance. Thrilled to be on tour with you!

  24. Absolutely beautiful & welcoming home! I love how you made the greenery, branches & blog name have an interactive twinkle & sparkle in your side door & breezeway picture. It's like Santa sprinkled some of his sparkly magic on it. I don't know what app you used but I think it's pretty cool! Love your warm & inviting home. Merry Christmas!!

  25. Laura your home looks amazing!! I love all of the red, pinning!! xo

  26. Beautiful tour! Thank you! I love your red, but I went with a woodland theme this year, since we live in the woods! I'm sorta' missing my red! I have the same little wood rocking horse that I bought at Pier 1, for my now 24 year old grandson! It must have been about 1991! He sits in my bedroom with my granddaughter's doll riding him! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  27. Everything is Merry and Bright! Now come over and help me finish my home!!!!! I adore the way to decorate!

  28. Love all the holiday details and your theme of red!! Happy Holidays!

  29. Your home looks gorgeous all decked out for Christmas!! So festive!
    Mary Alice

  30. Your home is so warm and inviting Laura. I just love every single detail. :) (I also just repainted one of our larger rooms from the yellowish color to a more neutral color and am loving it)
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!
    Blessings to you and your family

  31. Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home! I especially love the red of the entry against the neutral background. We used a similar natural with sparkle in half of our home and moving towards more red in the other half. You did it extremely well! Your kitchen is a beautiful space and no wonder that it is the heart of your home. Love love the hearth near the table. Merry Christmas!

  32. Wow...this has been such a treat...your home is so beautiful!
    Love all the pops of red, you have great style!

  33. It's beautiful! I like both the "Woodland Glam" and the classic red!

  34. Laura, your home is just a magical Christmas wonderland! So much eye candy! Thanks for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas~Christy

  35. Thank you for this home tour. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


  36. I love your decorating, Laura! Everything looks so bright and festive. Great idea using the large potted evergreen. (I may have to borrow that idea next year.) Your red tree is my favorite. It looks so Christmassy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  37. It's beautiful Laura. I'm just now getting to do my holiday home tours! Catching up. Your whole home is gorgeous but I particularly like the Let It Snow vignette and your family room TV area. It's great to see that I'm not the only one who still has a red couch! I'm not sure I ever want to change!

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