Christmas House Tour 2019.

You’re here! I’ve been expecting you. You are my FAVOURITE kind of holiday visitor; you can’t give me your cold and you’re physically incapable of eating all of the snacks that I put out which I really want to keep all for myself.  Welcome virtual guests to my 2019 Christmas house tour.

Live Frasier Fir Christmas tree decorated with dried oranges and antique Christmas balls, in an antique metal pot.



If you’ve ever bought a cartload of food for a party, all of which is appealing to you, you know what I’m talking about.  You put the Ruffles & Dip out and begrudge every handful of chips that someone smashes into their mouth. 

Who am I kidding.  I buy the Ruffles & dip for the party and then don’t put them out when people come over rationalizing there’s already too much food.  But really I just don’t want them to eat any of my Ruffles & dip. I want them for me.

Although that could be just me, what with my interest in potato chips. Mind you, I feel the same way when someone eats the Italian blue cheese I put out, the cured meats or the specialty crackers. And the bacon wraps??? I never EVER put out all of the bacon wraps at a party. I hold several back in the freezer and when someone asks if there are any more bacon wraps I emphatically say NO to their face, while whispering “not for you there isn’t” under my breath as I walk away.

Like I said, you aren’t going to eat my chips or my bacon wraps so you’re welcome to take a look around and stay as long as you like.

Welcome to my house and its Christmas decorating for 2019. 

Christmas Decorating Ideas.

Large cement pigs head on white painted brick wall above an antique hardware cabinet topped with unique Christmas trees.

My collection of Christmas trees (most given to my by my friend Anj) on top of my hardware cabinet in the kitchen along with the famous white truck everyone loves.

Christmas tree on kitchen island with copper pots on shelves in the background.

On the island I have a live tree that’s significantly bigger than I thought it was when I bought it. The top has a bronze glass bird with a feather tail and the rest of the ornaments are a few from my collection of antique ornaments.

Antique hardware cabinet with Christmas trees on top and ironstone on shelving below.

If you have leftover greenery, put a few branches in bottles, jars or vases. You really don’t need to do anything other than stick them in there. Don’t worry about adding anything else. A few evergreen branches in a vase are casually elegant all on their own.

Amaryllis bulbs on marble kitchen island ready for waxing.

This was the day I was waxing my amaryllis bulbs.  You can read my full tutorial on how to make your own waxed amaryllis bulbs here.  I started them late this year so these won’t bloom until after Christmas. I’m also doing a bit of a trial this year, soaking half of my bulbs in water with fertilizer and the other half with no fertilizer. I’ll update my waxed amaryllis post with the results once I know them.

Blue Star range with red plaid towel hanging off the door and vintage red Christmas elves on the counter.

The filthy range of a Christmas cook.

White Martha Stewart pantry cabinets with simple wreaths hung from burlap ribbon on the doors.

I change things up every year for Christmas, but these wreathes are always here on my cabinet doors. The one thing I did change on the wreaths this year, was to attach 2 antique sleigh bells to each wreath.

Mounted stags head hangs on a wall over a white cabinet with small Christmas trees in antique crocks.

Yup, I know. You LOVE deer heads.  Yup, I know.  You HATE deer heads.  Moving onto the dining room …


Library dining room combo decorated for Christmas with garland, sheepskins and a live tree in a wicker basket.

I’ve had a tall white imitation tree in this corner for about a decade now. Possibly more.  I still love the white tree but let me tell you, an imitation, completely flocked tree will leave your house looking like you left a room full of puppies and feather pillows together for the day.  That flocking gets EVERYWHERE and seems, as far as I can tell, to literally jump off the tree.

Life sized antique oil painting of a woman, with a saddle and saddle stand in front.

Margaret watches over everything because she has nothing else to do on account of the fact that she’s a painting.  My saddle sits on my rickety saddle stand, with 2 baskets set in front. The baskets are filled with dry beans that I still have to shuck this winter.

Nelson bubble lamp over harvest table with ornate gold candelabras.

I’m also making sleigh bells to hang off of my doorknobs. I bought these antique bells years ago to do this, but never got around to it. This year I’m DOING it.  

Christmas decorating with hanging garland from the ceiling and live pine branches.

I mean, I took these photos a week or so ago and the bells are still sitting exactly there on the dining room table, but I’m fairly sure I’m going to do them this year. I think. Once I’ve watched all the Hallmark movies, I will do them.

View down a hallway with antique pine floors to a live Christmas tree at the end.

For the season I took up all the Turkish scatter rugs I had running down this area because I really like how the floors look leading up to the tree at the back in its wicker basket.

Vintage wood skiis propped against a white wall with an organic brass lamp in front and a modern glass bowl of nuts.

My living room that still hasn’t been done over has one peaceful corner. This is it.

The rest of the room is a mishmashdisaster.

Two vintage oil portraits in gold frames, side by side over modern white lacquer buffet with lush Christmas garland with red berries.

First thing in the New Year I’m going to round up all my interior designer friends to ask them why I can’t get my house to feel Christmas cozy during the rest of the year. I mean there has to be something we can do to make our homes feel like they do at Christmas without resorting to leaving our lights and garland up.

I know it has to do with lighting and layering. But I want EXPERT advice. I’ll pass it on of course, once I get answers.


Antique pink and blue indent, Belgian Christmas ornament.

Like I mentioned earlier, I have antique Christmas ornaments which I’ve been collecting for years and years. Many of them were broken in the great tree toppling of 2005. One of my readers heard about it and gave me a box of her antique ornaments which she didn’t use. The two most noticeable ones are the 2 big balls on the tree below. One light blue and one light pink.

And of course there are dried orange slices. You can read about how to make them here. I made them 3 years ago and they’re still perfect. As they age they get darker but they’re still beautiful and look like stained glass when they’re in front of a light.

Also new this year is the massive antique pot that I have my tree in. I bought it at a flea market this fall knowing this is probably the only thing I’m going to use it for.  But I HAD to have it for one reason.  The old riveted repair on the bottom of it.

Very large antique copper pot with rivet repair on the bottom.

That one thing is what sold me on this pot.  That and the patina.

Front room of historic cottage decorated for Christmas with crystal chandelier, tulip table and caned armchair.

Back to that thing I do where I hoard and hide party food. Of course it only stays hidden for a week before it shows up in my back fat. 

But I’m not alone in that, right? Do you do it too?

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Christmas House Tour 2019.


  1. Marsha Hughes says:

    Just found your blog today and first off I gravitate to the Christmas decor. I’m a Christmas decor “crack head”…..just can’t quit buying it. I absolutely love your tree with the old ornaments. I decorate my own tree with the old glass ones that I’ve collected and it’s the perfect look to me! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

    P.S. Always, and I mean always hide party food for yourself! Isn’t that like a rule somewhere?

  2. Katrina says:

    Beautiful home. Margaret looks thinner in the mirror than she does in the Painting. How interesting. Bet she likes that idea. LOL
    Thank you for sharing

  3. Elaine says:

    Your home is so lovely … filled with character and your personality. I used to follow a few decor blogs but it got to the point where they all looked alike and I couldn’t tell one from the other. Your home is unique and (this is going to sound weird) but it has an “honesty” to it. For example, I can tell the pots are used and aren’t just sitting out for show and I had to smile when I saw your (unfolded) kitchen towel draped over the handle on your range. I love the entire house but I think my favorite room is the kitchen!

    Thanks, Karen, for all you do for us, Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020!

  4. Emily says:

    Thanks for all the work that goes into decorating your house for the holidays so I can enjoy it. I see Walmart now has little old trucks hauling little Christmas trees. I am pretty sure they stole the idea from you.

    Happy Christmas Karen.

  5. Mary says:

    Fantastic! Some of your best work. I’ve always wanted to know how to make my house look christmassy year round too. Anxious to hear what the pros have to say.

  6. Kimberly says:

    The repair on the bottom of the pot: all the feels. 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

    Your home is beautiful. I need to make orange ornaments tomorrow

  7. Marcia says:

    Ack! In my post above I said to use bulldog clips to attach the towel to the oven door handle. I always confuse bulldog clips with binder clips. I meant binder clips…the ones with the wire handles that flip back. Sorry about that!

  8. Marcia says:

    So elegant! I love the antique ornaments, the trees, and of course, now I’m wondering if I can find a charming vintage white toy truck. Love it all. I love your range. I came up with a trick for keeping the towel on the oven handle. Martha Stewart wanted me to attach velcro to the top and bottom of my towel so it would be a towel roll around the handle. No one has time for that. I took two bulldog clips, overlapped the top and bottom of the towel and put a clip on each side. Voila! The towel stays on the handle! I think I’ve out Martha’d Martha Stewart. Merry Christmas and definitely don’t out the chip and dip out.

    • Marcia says:

      ****Oh…sorry…I always confuse Binder Clips with Bulldo Clips. I use Binder clips. The ones with the wire handles that flip back.

  9. Sherri says:

    I love the way you’ve decorated for Christmas 2019! Tell me the secret of drying your orange slices enough so I don’t end up with a maggot farm. Yep’ that happened!

  10. Theda says:

    Everything is just BEAUTIFUL! That old, beat up, white truck is my favorite!!

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Lynell Graw says:

    Karen love your blog! Your home is beautiful. From one Canadian girl to another I wish you a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Ps I hide treats too, especially from my husband. Lol

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