christmas in chicago: holiday home tour

Welcome to our holiday home in the city …

Xmas House Exterior 2011 (550x413)
My next door neighbor’s tree is a show stopper!  I’m glad I get to glean a bit of the glory …

Outside we keep it pretty simple … greens with red bows.  Though there was nothing simple about putting them up.  At the end of the day I looked like a crazy woman with needles and twigs sticking out of my hair …

Xmas home outside (550x413)

Long ago a decision was made to use colored lights (my husband’s choice) outside – with my caveat that they’re large bulbs and traditional colors – and white lights inside.  The kids question … more like badger … me about this every year.

Xmas home entrance 2 (550x413)

I’m pretty sure Mike thought “white lights inside” meant just on the tree.  He didn’t know then that he married someone who is crazy for twinkle lights …

Xmas entry bannister closeup (550x413)

Each year I sneak in some more.  This year I added them to the entry bannister … they go so well with the remodeled entry

Xmas entry wreath (550x413)

I hung the easy-to-make holiday picture card wreath on an empty hook …

Xmas entry long shot (550x413)

I found the “M” and “S” ornaments at Target and hung them over the kid’s pictures …

Xmas entry from living room (550x413)

Even the mail sorter boxes got a little holiday cheer …

Xmas Entry Xmas (550x413)

On the other side of the archway is the living room …

xmas home living room (550x413)

… and the Christmas tree that I shared yesterday.

Xmas Home Tree B (550x413)

The wall art was decorated with mini wreaths and ribbons …

Xmas Pictures 2 (550x413)Xmas Pictures close(550x413)

I moved the book page present boxes onto the faux mantel

Xmas Manel Boxes (550x413)

xmas home tree and mantel (550x413)-1

Our house is long and narrow, railroad style.  Here’s the view into the dining room …and then beyond into our first floor family room beyond the door …

xmas home living & dining (550x413)

Yep, more twinkle lights in here …

Holiday Table Buffet (550x413) (2)

… and here …

Holiday Table Mirror Again (550x413) (2)

Here’s the view of the table set for the holidays from the kitchen …

Holiday Table 7(550x413) (2)

I added a few touches of red in the kitchen

xmas home kitchen (550x413)xmas home kitchen bowl (550x413)

and put some daisies on the window ledge looking into the family room …

xmas home kitchen daisies (550x413)

… where you’ll find more twinkle lights …

xmas home family room (550x413)

xmas home family room again(550x413)

xmas home family long (550x413)
Those are the present pillows I made sitting under our little tree ..

… lots of wreaths …  and my favorite “Christmas in the City” village.

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My daughters loves this room at night illuminating only by the twinkle lights, the village and the mini Christmas tree.

xmas home village (550x413)

Thanks for stopping by …

xmas home night 2(550x413)

… and hoping you and your family have a very merry holiday season!

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  1. says

    You have decorated beautifully! My husband loves the coloured lights too…but on our tree! He insists that it’s not Christmas without them! I have to admit though, they do look pretty good on our small family-style tree. :) I love your home. Thanks for letting us stop by!

  2. says

    Love your house and your Christmas decorations! I also love the colored lights…please check out my latest post! I am a Jersey girl, too, from Westfield…. Been in Chicago area since 1986. Merry Christmas!

  3. says

    Gorgeous! We ran out of time and ended up not decorating this year, sadly. Next year I’m putting up all the decorations in November, just to make up for this year. 😉

  4. says

    What a beautiful tour. Your home is stunning. I was born and raised in a Chicago greystone. I’m in the suburbs now, but I’ve always had a warm spot for Chicago architecture. So glad I found you. I’m a new follower. Stop by and say hello sometime.

  5. says

    Hi from the Chicago suburbs,
    I’m catching up with past posts.

    Wow, your foyer is amazing. I would love to do a board and batten hear our back door – I pinned you – hoping to remind myself.

    (Am I the only one who gets great ideas…then they slip away?)

    Love the bold colors in of your rooms – and lovely woodwork.
    ~ Dana

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