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Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Our First Christmas Home Tour!

I promised myself I’d do a Christmas home tour this year. I did that BEFORE I knew we’d be moving, before I knew we’d be renovating, and before I knew the renovations wouldn’t be finished…but I set that goal for myself and I’m seeing it through, even in an unfinished house! The best part about this is that I’m not doing it alone. There are 5 other Canadian bloggers sharing their homes today, and if you read on you’ll find links to their homes at the bottom of this post along with all the other bloggers sharing tours throughout the week!

So lets get to it. This year’s Christmas tree has been up since September, but because we didn’t move into the house until late October, it hasn’t felt too weird. The rest of the decorations in the living room, however, did change a bit because I just couldn’t keep everything as is. Not to mention that we’ve had to move (and remove) some things due to ever growing and curious boys!

Let’s start with the entryway. This area of our house is extremely unfinished (stairs, painting, etc), but I couldn’t leave it undecorated. The chalkboard has nothing to do with Christmas because apparently I used permanent marker when I wrote that! Orrrr…chalk markers become permanent when you don’t wash them off after like 2 years. Yikes!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

There’s no closet in this entryway anymore, so having a basket I can toss my most used Winter items into was a must! Otherwise they’ll end up draped on the backs of any and all chairs in the house. Anyone else do that? If I have a proper place to put things, it helps me keep organized and tidy! We also have a place to put keys, little random items and weddings rings/earrings so they never get misplaced!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

The small Christmas tree was a find from The Real Canadian Superstore last year and the black chalkboard trees are from Walmart! I’m actually planning on using them for the boys’ birthday party, but I loved their modern graphic feel as a mini forest! Plus, it adds to my entire house which is basically themed around black, white and wood tones!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

We’re skipping the kitchen because it’s a disaster and heading right back into the powder room. Yep. I decorated the powder room! When you’re THIS limited on finished rooms, you take what you can get! Plus this is one of the places almost all of our guests end up seeing, and I see no harm in adding a little cheer in this tiny little room!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

You may remember that in the makeover post for this room there was no colour in here! I added the slightest touch with a little ornament hung on the towel hook and swapped the cactus with a candle and a gold ornament. My favourite part? The gold leaf wreath onthe window!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

For more shiplap, we turn to the family room where things have changed ever so slightly. I simplified the mantle a bit and added some more lights. I also switched out the artwork above the sectional for something a little more green. Having so many pine trees in our yard has to come in handy for something, right?

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

You’ll notice the coffee table is empty. That’s because the boys love to play on it, and will essentially try to eat anything we leave on it (ask my wicker tray how we know that to be true). As for any lower shelves or compartments, pillows will have to do for now because they’re safe for babies, plus it allows us easy access when playing on the floor with them.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

The mantle lost its green garland and I opted for some black pom-pom trim and a white tassel garland I made last year. Above, I used empty frames for a little interest and height, keeping everything neutral, and I added a battery-operated string of lights to an old wreath to add a little twinkle on the other side of the room.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

The artwork above the buffet was a DIY project and cost me about $3 to make. Plus, it took basically no time at all! As for the Christmas tree, it’s like the rest of the room – neutral and textured. You can see how I made the olive leaves (also seen on the satirway garland) right here!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

In my favourite little corner of the room, we have a DIY blanket ladder and a shelf which has been almost completely baby-proofed (for now). The pouf (and amazing HomeSense find) is the perfect height and makes great additional searting in here as well!

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

Christmas Holiday House Tour by The Learner Observer using black, white and neutral Christmas decorations in a kid-friendly way.

And the final spot in the house to get a small dose of Christmas cheer was the nursery. When I say small, I mean small – and not because babies sleep in there. I made them a Christmas mobile with a few ornaments and a twig I found at the beach a few summers back. So simple, and they love it!

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Nursery photo credit: Donna Griffith

You can see more about how I made the mobile and the rest of the nursery over on Hello Yellow

And that’s about all I have for this year! Hopefully next year we’ll have a bit more finished space to decorate for the holidays, but for now, I’m more than happy with what we have. It’s been such a great season already, watching the boys delight in the twinkle of the lights.

If you want more Christmas, don’t worry. I did promise you 5 more for today, right? And if you check below, there are six tours every other day this week, so keep coming back to see what all of these super talented bloggers have up their surely very stylish sleeves! I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of what you can expect…

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nursery3  Monday

northern style exposure
The Learner Observer
The Uncommon Law
Heather In Heels
Clean and Scentsible
THE SWEETEST DIGS

Tuesday

Amidst the Chaos
Brooklyn Berry Designs
lemon Thistle
Suburble
Life is a Party
PMQ for two

Wednesday

Love Create Celebrate
Satori Design for Living
A Pop of Pretty
So Much Better With Age
VinYet ETC
Woman in Real Life

Thursday

The DIY Mommy
Fresh Crush
Time With Thea
A Pretty Life
Home To Heather
Nalles House

Friday

This Little Estate
Craftberry Bush
The Happy Housie
Kimpowerstyle
Elliven Studio




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44 Comments

  • Reply Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

    OH MY GOODNESS! Your styling skills are amazing! One would never know that these are the only finished rooms in your home, perfectly Christmas, so inviting! I adore those olive branches, gah heart eyes! and the boy’s room… it’s just so beautiful, that mobile really tugged at my heart strings, so darn cute!!!! Girl, it’s all so beautiful… but that shiplap… sooooo good! xo

    December 5, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Found you original comment!! Thank you for all the love. You’re amazing. And shiplap forever! haha

      December 17, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Kristi

    Everything looks SO pretty all lit up for the holidays! Wishing you the merriest Christmas my friend!

    December 5, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    I love it! So pretty & understated. I love the neutral theme & those little chalkboard trees are adorable. Good on you for seeing it through despite everything else you have going on right now. You’re superwoman!

    December 5, 2016 at 9:43 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Ha! You are far too kind! Seriously! Oh, and the little chalkboard trees were from Walmart. I SO wish I had bought more! I kind of love them! :)

      December 17, 2016 at 7:49 am
  • Reply gemma@thesweetestdigs

    So cute, Thalita!! I love the decor and especially that sweet little mobile :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your fam! xo.

    December 5, 2016 at 10:36 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Gemma! I’m nor sure I’ll have the heart to change up the mobile after the holidays! Merry Christmas to you guys!!!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Lesley Metcalfe (@lesleymetcalfe_)

    Everything looks perfect! So cozy, not overdone, very tasteful. My favourite moment is the two tiny sweaters hanging on those wooden cloud hooks – so cute!

    December 5, 2016 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Lesley, you’re too kind! I secretly love looking at those little cloud hooks – especially because they don’t even fit into those sweaters anymore and it makes me think of tiny babies!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:47 am
  • Reply heatherinheelsblog

    I love it Thalita!:) the lights on the DIY blanket ladder, the star on the tree – these are a few of my favourite things:) I’m always so impressed with your home and how you manage it all, you go girl!:)

    December 5, 2016 at 10:53 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Heather, that’s so sweet of you to say!! Thanks so much?!!! That poor star is going to fall apart someday soon, but I think I’ll keep it just the same :)

      December 17, 2016 at 7:46 am
  • Reply beckipeckham

    Love this! It’s so comfy, cozy, holiday loveliness! So beautiful! Wishing you and yours the happiest holidays!!

    December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Becki!!! Happy Holidays to you guys!!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Lindi

    It’s so beautiful Thalita! I love all of your attention to details :) Beautiful job decorating!

    December 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Congrats on getting it all done! We moved this year too (July) and had a lot of work to do in the house too and it seems like enough time to get things together but somehow it isn’t! My tour is on Thursday and I’m happy to have a few extra days to finish up. It’s always a time crunch so well done on all your hard work.

    December 5, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh man, living through a reno has been a challenge, but it’s also teaching me a lot about patience! And it never feels like enough time, but your home looks beautiful!!!!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:43 am
  • Reply arielgarneau

    Beautiful! I love that you still found a way to make it feel like home despite the renovations. And of course, the nursery is darling. I love the wall hanging with the felted ornaments and letters. Beautiful! Also, Hi Luther!

    December 6, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Ariel!! I think it’s helping me to survive renos, having a few finished spaces.And Luther is back (or rather, still here?)! Poor pup must feel neglected with two babies running around all the time haha

      December 17, 2016 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Christine

    It looks so amazing my friend! I honestly can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished with your new home in such a short time! it looks picture perfect!

    December 6, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh you’re too sweet. Thank you! I just carefully cropped out all the unpainted walls and plywood flooring ;)

      December 17, 2016 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney

    So lovely Thalita! So many gorgeous details…I’m especially loving that pompom garland!

    December 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much! That was a fun adventure in “how to make the fattest pom-poms” and I think it worked!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Laurie (@vinyetETC)

    So I left such a nice comment yesterday, actually I left so many comments yesterday… some of them didn’t seem to take. Strange. I love how you’ve prepared for Christmas, one would never guess that any part of your home is not finished. I adore your garland, the white olive leaves are so stunning the perfect touch! The mobile for the boys, so very sweet and that shiplap, a girl after my own heart! Merry Christmas sweet friend! xoxo

    December 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      WellI love that you took the time to comeback and leave another! Only you, sweet Laurie!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:39 am
  • Reply dannyellenicolle

    So pretty, love your black and white colour scheme. And the Christmas mobile is the sweetest.

    December 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Time With Thea (@TimeWithThea)

    My gosh you are amazing! Not only are you busy with two little boys but you are also able to move into a new home, have it so tastefully decorated and kid friendly and share it on your blog. I think my favourite is the baby’s room. Thank you for sharing!

    December 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Thea your comment is just so sweet! Thank you so much!! I really believe in having at least a few small spaces “done” so my eyes can rest on something other than unprimed drywall!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Lincluden Cottage Life

    So pretty! Your mom his so inviting and cozy! So many wonderful and festive details to take in!

    December 7, 2016 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Dirose

    Your home is gorgeous! Greetings from Utah!

    December 7, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you so so much!!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:31 am
  • Reply somuchbetterwithage

    Such a beautiful home and decorated tour! Happy holidays.
    Hugs, Jamie

    December 7, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    Oh gosh, sometimes we have sweaters, coats, scarves and backpacks over every chair in the kitchen. They’re not usually mine – I can’t seem to get the others to put their stuff away! I agree it’s helpful to have proper places for stuff too. We need to weed out some stuff to make more room! I love the little black Christmas trees and the way you dressed the mantel and especially the mobile you made for the kids! So adorable. (I want one.)

    December 8, 2016 at 11:51 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Honestly, Joann, my husband is king of just plopping things down as he goes. If we don’t have a place for every little thing (including his wedding ring that he takes off as soon as he walks in the house), we would just have stuff everywhere! Ha!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Jen @ Fresh Crush

    Your home is gorgeous. You’d never know you were dealing with renos. And you nursery is darling!

    December 8, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Jen! You’d know it if I showed you the madness just outside the family room haha

      December 17, 2016 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Christina @ The DIY Mommy

    This is beautiful, Thalita! I love your rustic style; so perfect!

    December 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Shauna

    Love it all so very much, but my favourite has to be that mobile. Just darling! Happy Holidays :)

    December 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply cassie8978

    lovely, thalita! that branch with the ornaments is adorable!

    December 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Cassie!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Kim Power

    Absolutely loved this tour! Love all the shiplap and the garland on the banister is gorgeous. The little artwork over the hutch..you had me at Ruth! :)

    December 9, 2016 at 12:14 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Kim, you’re too sweet. Thanks so much! And that passage from Ruth always hits me in the feels. I just love that whole story so darn much!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Krista

    Beautiful tour!! I love how crisp and fresh your new home is feeling… and that mantel?!?! Stunning! Happy holidays in your new home!

    December 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Krista! Happy Holidays!!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:21 am
  • Reply curatedinterior

    Wonderful home! :) x
    Victoria

    December 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm
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