Christmas, Home Tour

Our Modern Farmhouse: Christmas Home Tour

As you know, keeping things simple is my style. Christmas decorations do not have to be over the top. In fact, you can give holiday cheer with just a few simple touches. This year I decided to go with more of a traditional theme.  I used greenery, red, black, and touches of gold to complete a more traditional look with a few modern touches here and there. Mixing in a few old and new pieces, I was able to create the look and feel I wanted within a reasonable budget.

Front Door

On the front doors, I used a winter berry wreath. Here is one that is very similar I went very inexpensive considering I needed two. Henry spray painted our clay pots black and planted some mini spruce trees along with some red and white pansies for color. I bought a couple of deep red pillows from pier one to place in the rockers. This added just the right amount of Christmas color for the front porch.


In the foyer, I always try to make it as welcoming as possible. I had an 8 foot faux tree from several years ago I decided to use in this area.  It is decorated in simple gold and red balls from target. For the tree skirt, I purchased a cream sweater material skirt from Target. Placing a cream and red throw in the wicker basket gave the room another festive touch while adding texture and coziness.

I also placed the same berry wreath on the barn door in the foyer to add a little more Christmas color. And I love the way the green and red look against the Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray.

Dining Room

In the dining room, I wanted to dress it up a little more, while yet keeping the same style. I used basic white plates for the bottom. I found some berry napkin rings I absolutely adored from pier one, and  paired them with a dark gray napkin. I loved the contrast of this darker color against the white plate, and the gray matched the dining room chairs perfectly!

I used a clear vase for the center with an arrangement of garland and berries from Magnolia Home. I used a wreath I currently had to wrap the bottom of the glass vase. Its amazing how you can incorporate items  you already have with the new and give it a totally different look. The wreath fit perfectly around the vase! Then, I added a few berries into the wreath to give it a pop of red.


In the kitchen I didn’t want anything over the top, so I started with adding in some greenery with a wreath I already had from last year. This is the same wreath I used to put around the vase in the dining room. I had two of them I had used on the front doors from last year.  Again, I love the way the green looks on the wood! I also added in a few touches on the floating shelves.

A couple of boxwood wreaths, a little more greenery here and there, and a couple of gold bowls. For the island, I used the wood vase I already had and made an arrangement out of red and white berries with a little evergreen added in.

Family Room

The family room is our place to relax, so I wanted to keep things warm and cozy in this room.  This is where we have our second Christmas tree. This tree is the real tree we always pick up from a tree farm the day after Thanksgiving. As you can tell by looking at the tree, the kids picked this one out. It is a little short and fat and I’m thinking they might have felt sorry for it. Haha! I actually love it, too.

The kids did an amazing job decorating it with a stream of gold beads, shiny red balls, and also some glittery red ones. I will eventually get to adding some ornaments that the kids have made over the years. This is always fun and a great way to reflect back on memories.

For the mantle, I found the prefect garland and stockings at Target from the Magnolia Home collection. I entangled some twinkling lights within the garland.

On the family room built-in shelves, I added a couple of boxwood wreaths, some garland and berries, and again some gold accents. This was also a great place to put my new Merry and Bright sign from Between You and Me Signs.

I continued the traditional theme throughout all of these rooms without every room being the same.  Each room has its own feel, but all incorporated the same elements with greenery, berries, and some black and gold accents.

In some rooms, like the dining area, I took a little more formal approach, while keeping it more relaxed and cozy in the family room. I basically kept the overall look and feel the same with incorporating a few new pieces in every room. I then tied it all together by duplicated a few of the same pieces. I hope you enjoyed our 2018 Christmas Home Tour, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

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  • Reply Kim Warkentin

    I love your stove what kind and size is it?

    November 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply Shea

      It appears to be the Frigidaire professional

      December 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm
      • Reply Henry

        Thank you Shea! Yes, it is Frigidaire Professional. Somehow we missed this comment/question.

        December 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm
      • Reply Patti

        That family room sofa looks so inviting! Do you have your sources posted?

        November 12, 2020 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Tatiane

    Great job Brooke. I love the simplicity and traditional style that you used. I was so happy to see a real tree in there. Since my first daughter born we get real one every Christmas,it is so much fun to look for the perfect one with the kids. Thanks for the tour, is always inspiring 😊

    November 28, 2018 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Thank your Tatiane!! We do always have so much fun picking our a tree and decorating it.

      December 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Beautiful! I love the little fat tree, so cute.

    November 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thank you!!

      December 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Tara

    Love the house. Can you tell me is your floors are wood or tile? Also, what color they are..

    December 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks! They are an engineered hardwood called Padua from ADM flooring.

      December 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Wes

    Does the shiplap column to the left of your sink hide the plumbing from upstairs or does it have another purpose? Thanks, and I love everything about your house and style.

    December 31, 2018 at 2:23 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Wes. Thanks! Glad you like it. It’s the way our kitchen is framed so the cabinets could be inset. But yes, the one of the left does have some plumbing running through it.

      December 31, 2018 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Where is your couch from?

    January 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Caleb

    Yes, where did you get your couch from??

    January 15, 2019 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Henry

    Hi Kaleb and Sarah. We bought it at a local furniture store, but it is made by Franklin Corp.

    January 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Amy

    What type of wood are your family room beams made of and what is stain color/brand? I am having the hardest time with finding the right stain color. Beams in my new house are made from stain grade pine.

    January 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Amy,

      They are made of clear pine, and stained with a 1 to 1 mix of classic gray and red oak.

      January 27, 2019 at 2:00 am
  • Reply Karen

    I’m new to your blog so I apologize if this is somewhere else but I am wondering where to find the extra long curtain rod? Thanks!

    March 25, 2019 at 12:38 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Karen. The curtain rod is from Lowe’s It’s three pieces that screw together.

      March 25, 2019 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Sally

    Can you please tell me which gooseneck lights on houzz you have? I have been searching for the right ones and love the way yours look. Thank you!

    September 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Erin

    So beautiful! Could you share where you got your living room jute rug? Thank you!

    October 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Erin. Thanks! I found it at Target.

      November 6, 2019 at 4:18 am
  • Reply Cindy

    What are your kitchen countertops made of?

    December 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Cindy! They are quartz.

      December 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    You may have shared this somewhere else so please forgive me, but what color are you kitchen cabinets and kitchen wall color? Are they the same?

    January 31, 2020 at 3:38 am
  • Reply Amy

    Hi Brooke, your home is effortlessly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. I was wondering where you purchased your wood window shades from? Your window depth appears to be narrow like mine and I am having a hard time finding nice shades that can be hung inside the frames.

    March 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Brad

    Thanks for all of the pictures of your home, I’ve been looking for examples of this house plan. With the Mama Crovatt’s design, what did you construct above the family/living room? We’re considering this plan and was looking for inspiration as the original plan has the second floor “open to below” above the family room.

    April 15, 2020 at 2:34 am
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