HOLIDAY HOME SHOWCASE 2016

christmas-porch-winter2I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again, time for my Christmas home tour, which I’m thrilled to be joining in, together with my best blogging friends for The Holiday Home Showcase 2016 – hosted by my dear and very talented friend, Kelley Nan of kelleynan. If you’re coming over from Kris’ of drivenbydecor and her gorgeous Connecticut home, welcome, I’m so happy you’re here. How amazing is Kris and her home? Last Christmas was my first Christmas tour (see the complete tour here) and although I still kept some of my favorite colors this year, I did take a slightly different approach and went a little more neutral with a lot of metallics. I also used a mix of fresh and faux greenery last year as a dominant theme, where this year I decided to keep it to a minimum throughout with a  focus on it in the kitchen. I can’t wait to show you this year’s Christmas decor, come on in and take a look around!holiday-home-showcase-graphic
christmas-outdoor-winter-east-coast-architectureThe snow fell just in time to get a few shots squeezed in for today, so I was very happy! There’s nothing quite like that first fresh snowfall! I’ll be updating the porch and sharing a post next week, so stay tuned for that!
christmas-porch-winterchristmas-wreath-home-decorComing in from the front door, you can see straight through to the back of the house, and we decided to put our tree there this year. Before we head over there, let’s take a quick look in the entrance and dining room.
christmas-entryway-living-room-home-decorI used a combination of metallics and greenery, similar to last year’s decor, with the focus on the grouping of these gold trees.
christmas-decor-entryway-console-tableI often like to use symmetry in vignettes as well as furniture placement, you’ll see a lot of that throughout our home today.christmas-decor-entryway-console-table2Last month, we made some changes to our dining room and decided to simply change our drapes and rug – these two small changes made a significant impact, which we couldn’t be happier with. You can read all about the full reveal herechristmas-dining-room-shite-silver3I recently shared two Christmas tablescapes in our newly updated dining room as well. The one you see here is A Winter White and Silver Tablescape, which is also perfect for a New Year’s celebration as well – you can see more of that tablescape here. I also shared a fun and unexpected table in red and gold, perfect for the holidays, here, make sure to check out both of these tables for some entertaining inspiration!
christmas-dining-room-shite-silverchristmas-dining-room-shite-silver4christmas-dining-room-shite-silver2Last week I shared two of these cute little Sonoma Pencil trees in the Parade of Christmas Trees tour, where we each decorated two of the same tree, with completely different ornaments and themes. You can read all about that fun post here.
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SHOP THE LOOK OF OUR DINING ROOM :

I use a lot of black throughout our home, as most of you already know. Interior doors are always chic when painted a color and we’ve had ours black in our last two homes.
christmas-decor-entryway-console-table4Fresh greens always add the perfect pop of color with all of the surrounding black in here.
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SHOP OUR ENTRANCE :

Our dining room is open to the entrance of our home as well as our main living area. Having an open concept home can be tricky to decorate, especially for the holidays and keeping consistency from one space to the next is sometimes a challenge.christmas-home-decor-living-room christmas-home-decor-living-room2When I first started to decorate this season, I was concentrating on only silver and gold, keeping my favorite blue and whites to a minimum. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll be surprised to find this is the only ginger jar in sight right now! Many of them are in our master bedroom, which I’ll come back to a little later.christmas-greens-ginger-jar4Playing off of our pair of soft blue lamps on the buffet, I gift wrapped a few presents to coordinate with them, and bring the color out into the room.christmas-living-room-home-decor-tree3I used my little silver footed bowl with greenery in a few places throughout our home – and I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a few more since I love it anywhere it sits. I realize that it doesn’t actually look silver and that’s for two reasons : 1 – I like the look of sliver pieces with patina for it’s antique quality and, 2 – I hate polishing silver. Don’t worry, food would never get served in this unpolished!christmas-living-room-home-decor-presentsAll of the other details in this room are mostly metallic and neutral – the decor on our main tree was the jumping off point for my scheme this year. On the buffet, a grouping of glass wine decanters is the focal point of the display.wine-decanter-collection-christmas-treewine-decanter-collection-christmas-tree2 christmas-ornament-glitter-house christmas-ornament-glass-hurricane

GET THE LOOK :

I carried the same theme to our newly built bookshelves as well. christmas-living-room-home-decor-treechristmas-living-room-dining-roomchristmas-living-roomchristmas-greens-ginger-jarchristmas-greens-ginger-jar2christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap-mantle-reindeerWhat I love about having our tree in this corner is it draws your eye straight back to the doors. We had our tree here only once before and it’s a refreshing change for us this year.christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap4 christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap3 christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap2 christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap christmas-tree-blue-giftwrap-mantle-reindeer3I love the reindeer with these fun silver trees on the mantel. I layered my garland of greenery and fruit with a silver garland for a little more fullness.christmas-mantel-gold-white-reindeerchristmas-garlandliving-room-christmas-decor

SHOP OUR LIVING ROOM :

GET THE LOOK OF OUR DECORATIONS :

Here’s my second Sonoma Pencil Tree in our bedroom. I added blue velvet pillows from the living room to our bedding to play up the blue theme of the tree.balsam-hill-pencil-tree-blue-silver12Here’s my blue and white collection, sitting pretty around the tree.balsam-hill-pencil-tree-blue-silver9 balsam-hill-pencil-tree-blue-silver8Let’s go back down the hall  to the living room and finish up the tour!christmas-greens-ornaments-giftwrapchristmas-greens-ginger-jar3christmas-tree-living-room4christmas-tree-living-room-home-decor2christmas-tree-living-room2 christmas-tree-living-room-decorIn the kitchen, I kept the decor simple and minimal, using mostly greenery along with a few other touches.kitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garland3If you remember last year’s tour I also had my magnolia wreaths hanging in the windows. I think they’re my favorite Christmas accessory. This year I used my garland to run across our range hood to anchor them.kitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garlandkitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreathkitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garland4kitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garland5I added greens and a pillar candle to these canisters – this is such a quick and inexpensive touch for Christmas. kitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garland6On our open shelf, I opted to keep most of what I already had displayed here, except for one shelf where I used potted topiaries to flank a handsome nutcracker and white tree candles.kitchen-shelf-christmaskitchen-shelf-christmas2kitchen-christmas-magnolia-wreath-garland2I’m not sure about you, but I love to bake and I usually do my baking on weekends for the week ahead, and freeze it for the kids’ lunches – which is a great tip for managing your week’s worth of to-do’s! Unfortunately howwever, I don’t always have time to bake when I’m entertaining, especially around the holidays.  Another great tip is to pick something up at your local grocery store or bakery and if you use a simple dessert like this coffee cake, dressing it up with something pretty is a cinch.kitchen-christmas-dessert-cranberries I added these beautiful sugared cranberries that I made in about an hour and they’re so pretty, I don’t want to even serve it! Below is an easy recipe that you can use any time of the year with any type of berry.
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kitchen-shelf-christmas-nutcracker-topiarykitchen-christmas-dessert-sugared-cranberries4HOLIDAY HOME SHOWCASE 2016

GET THE LOOK :

Thank you so much for stopping in to visit, I hope you found some ideas for decorating your home this season!

Next on the tour is one of my favorite girls, Erin of Sunny Side Up – she has the most beautiful home all the way down  in sunny California. I just love how she does Christmas in her home! How much do you love her tree?! sunny-side-up-christmas-tree

Have fun visiting all of these fabulous homes on the tour, everyone is listed below – you will be in awe of all the creativity and gorgeous Christmas homes this season! Form my home to yours, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season! xo

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32 Comments on HOLIDAY HOME SHOWCASE 2016

  1. Randi
    December 6, 2016 at 9:46 AM (7 months ago)

    Tam every detail is perfection!!!! I’m I love with your silver and gold tree and the pops of light blue! I hope you and your family have the best Christmas! Xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 10:07 PM (7 months ago)

      Randi I’m so flattered! Your tour just blew me away! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Loved doing this together and love you! xo

      Reply
  2. Haneen
    December 6, 2016 at 9:56 AM (7 months ago)

    Tamara! I’m blown away! Your photos are exquisite and that tree is absolutely stunning! Great post, friend!!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 10:02 PM (7 months ago)

      Haneen thank you so much sweets! That means so much to me and I’m so thankful to be doing this together! Love you! xox

      Reply
  3. Shauna
    December 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM (7 months ago)

    Wow Tam! So much BEAUTY to look at! I LOVE the tiffany blue wrapping paper and your tree is one of my favorites so far! Absolutely breathtaking tour my friend! You truly outdid yourself with this one! Merry Christmas!
    xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 10:00 PM (7 months ago)

      Shauna you are the best! Love you and love doing this with you and I’m so thankful to call you my friend! Merry Christmas to you! xo

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  4. Bree
    December 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM (7 months ago)

    Tam!!! I’m always completely blown away by your decor but this is an all time high!!! I have to say I really love your kitchen…like WOW!!!!! And all of your trees are stunning (I think we used the same eucalyptus sprays, but then I’m not surprised about that!). I hope you and your sweet family have a very Merry Christmas and once again, I’m so glad I got to do this fun tour with you!!! Love you friend!! Xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:59 PM (7 months ago)

      Bree thank you! You are always so good to me and it means so much! I loved your tour as well and I’m so thankful to be doing this with you! Love you my friend, Merry Christmas! xoxo

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  5. Sharon
    December 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM (7 months ago)

    Blown away! Wow Tam you have outdone yourself! So stunning. Your attention to detail is incredible. I’m in love with your color palette! Bravo!!!😱💖✨👏🏻

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:55 PM (7 months ago)

      Shar I can’t tell you how much your support means to me, you have been there for me from day one of this journey! Love you so much and am so thankful for you! xoxo

      Reply
  6. Angela S. Cook
    December 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM (7 months ago)

    I love your whole website!!! Everything you do is simply glamorous!!!! So inspirational!!!!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:55 PM (7 months ago)

      Angela that makes me so happy, I love to inspire people, you made my day! xo

      Reply
  7. Linda
    December 6, 2016 at 11:31 AM (7 months ago)

    Everything is beautiful! The standout for me is that stunning white and gold tree in front of the doors! Glorious!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:54 PM (7 months ago)

      Linda thank you! I’m so happy you like it! Thank you for stopping by to visit!

      Reply
  8. Mary
    December 6, 2016 at 11:44 AM (7 months ago)

    Your home is BEAUTIFUL inside and out!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:54 PM (7 months ago)

      Mary thank you so very much!

      Reply
  9. lidia
    December 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM (7 months ago)

    Your decorations are absolutley insanely beautiful!!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:53 PM (7 months ago)

      Thanks Lidia!! That makes me so happy! love you! xoxo

      Reply
  10. Kris {Driven by Decor}
    December 6, 2016 at 6:09 PM (7 months ago)

    Oh my gosh Tam – so insanely gorgeous!! Your tree looks like it’s straight out of a magazine and the rest of your decor is so elegant and beautiful – I’m loving every little bit of it! Loving be on this fun tour with you! XOXO

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:53 PM (7 months ago)

      Kris thank you so much – I’m so humbled! What a nice thing to say my friend! Just love you and loved doing this with you too! xo

      Reply
  11. Tracey
    December 6, 2016 at 6:17 PM (7 months ago)

    Tam,
    Christmas can be such a clutter with things all over my house, but you make it look so clean, elegant and stunning..
    I love being there, so beautiful and exquisite
    Xo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:51 PM (7 months ago)

      Thanks Trace! Can’t wait for you to see it in person! love u! xo

      Reply
  12. terry
    December 6, 2016 at 6:32 PM (7 months ago)

    Stunning Tam!
    Love Love Love it all…!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:50 PM (7 months ago)

      Thanks TJ! So happy you like it! love u!Muah! xoxo

      Reply
  13. Kelley Nan
    December 6, 2016 at 9:42 PM (7 months ago)

    Tam, I didn’t think you could too last year but holy cow, you did! I can’t get over it! And, I’m excited to try those frosted cranberries. You inspire me more than you know.

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2016 at 9:50 PM (7 months ago)

      Kelley thank you so much! That means so much to me, you have no idea! So thankful to be in this together! xo

      Reply
  14. Jennifer
    December 7, 2016 at 12:32 AM (7 months ago)

    Well Tam…..you definitely took it to anther level!!! You had me at hello with that snowy exterior and it just kept getting more and more dreamy! You are a true talent and a sweetheart my friend and I absolutely love our friendship!

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  15. Summer
    December 7, 2016 at 1:10 AM (7 months ago)

    Wow, Tam! Chic and festive and oh so elegant! Love the golds and the greens! Your kitchen is amazing… I can’t get enough of it. And I loved you starting us off with a gorgeous shot of the outside winter wonderland you have. What a beautiful Christmas tour. Merriest Christmas to you and your sweet family!!! Muah!💋💋💋

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  16. Gretchen Thomas
    December 7, 2016 at 11:32 PM (7 months ago)

    Oh..my! Every bit is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing views we have never seen before. It is evident you have made sure every beautiful detail has been captured. I love it all! Merry Christmas!e

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  17. Isabel
    December 12, 2016 at 9:20 AM (6 months ago)

    i love all that symmetry! there is never too much gold;) and i especially love that greenery garland on top of the your stove. thanks for the great inspiration! Happy Holidays!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM (6 months ago)

      Thank you my friend! Love that you love it, it makes all this hard work worth it! Merry Christmas! xox

      Reply
  18. Kathleen Karnbach
    December 23, 2016 at 4:49 PM (6 months ago)

    Finally! Adult interiors!!

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