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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  You will find loads of Christmas decorating inspiration for your Christmas tree, mantel, porch and living room.

My home tour is 1 of 29 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Christina of The DIY Mommy!  29 homes…isn’t that amazing?!  I hope you can take a moment to visit more gorgeous holiday homes…I have the links at the bottom of my post.

So today is my day to share, and I’m so excited that you are here!  The halls are all decked out, the fire is lit and our mugs are full of eggnog.  It’s a magical time of year isn’t it?

Welcome to my Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour!

It’s Christmas all up in here y’all!

A Merry and Bright Christmas Porch

And just in time for your visit, it decided to snow.  I can’t even tell you how excited this made me!  I’m one of those Canadians that absolutely LOVES the snow and the cold, so this was a welcome site to wake up to!  And because I love you, I wanted to make sure you saw the snow too…I even barricaded the door for a few hours so no one would put footprints in this picture!  True story.  You might have seen my picture over on my Facebook page?  LOL  Since then I changed a few things and added my Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Wreath to the door, and hung my Vintage Truck Wreath on the light fixture.


A Very Merry Christmas Porch

So I begin my tour on our front porch…while we may not spend any time out here during the winter because it’s just too darn cold (in fact at this very moment as I write this it’s – 21 degrees C with a – 31 windchill!), but I like my front porch to welcome family and friends to our home in a festive and comforting way.  With lights, greenery and plenty of pretty!

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

This year I have once again embraced traditional colours of Christmas…reds, greens, white…with plaid, faux fur, birch wood and fresh greens.  These are the elements I remember from Christmas’s of my childhood, and it makes my heart happy to surround my family in them for Christmas this year.

Now, come on in where’s it’s cozy and warm.

Come on inside…I’ve got a fire going and hot chocolate to warm you up!

Two evergreen wreaths hanging on French office doors

Let’s decorate the office!

First, let’s stop at the office. Last year we had a gorgeous flocked tree in our living space which we absolutely loved, but this year the consensus was to once again have a real tree in the living room.  But because I adore my flocked tree SO much, I decided to put it up in our office and I love love it.  It’s the nicest lighting to work by…so festive and pretty.

A glowing Christmas tree in a home office space

This tree is all decked out in red and white with candy cane ribbon…I just love it.

A staircase decorated with a Christmas garland

It’s All in the Details

And as sit in my office this is the view I have of our staircase.  Staircases were meant to be decorated with festive garland weren’t they?  Now let’s head into the living room where it’s definitely Christmas!

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

I can’t resist bottle brush trees, so I thought why not put a few out on display?  They’re the cutest.

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

A Christmas tree decorated in red and white

A cozy Christmas corner!

But my favourite space in my Christmas home this year is this little corner in our living room…I love everything about it…our tree, the mantel, our stockings, the plaid pillows…love love love.

A Pretty Christmas Mantel with an evergreen wreath, garlands and stockings

A Merry and Bright Christmas Mantel

And I actually decorated our mantel for Christmas this year!  With all the Christmas decorating I do, I tend to overlook my mantel.  I think it’s mainly because the tree is such a focus in this room, and I never really knew how to balance it with decorating the mantel…I just didn’t know what to do with it.  But this year I had a vision and went with it…and it all started with those adorable skate stockings!

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

But seriously, these stockings.  Aren’t they the cutest?!  Why I’ve never hung them on our mantel before, I’ll never understand!  They need to be hung because they’re the best.

Pretty Evergreen Wreath. Just add fresh evergreen sprigs to a faux evergreen wreath to make it look more authentic.

Put a wreath on it!

Then to tie everything together I hung the Simple Evergreen Wreath I made last year, but updated it by stuffing in some fresh evergreen sprigs and added a Buffalo Plaid ribbon.  Love.

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Then I added more fresh evergreens right onto the mantel ledge…everything is more festive with evergreen branches!  And it smells amazing.  I love how it came together.

My Merry and Bright Christmas Tree

And of course our tree!  This year we decided to go back to tradition and get a real tree, and I’m so happy we did.  It smells wonderful and looks right at home again in our living room.  Our tree is loaded with ornaments of all different shapes, colours, and themes…some are from mine and my husbands childhood, some are the kids, many are homemade by the kids over the years and some are new that I have found and loved along the way.  It’s eclectic, meaningful and perfect.

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Now it’s time to cozy on up to the fire with a hot cup of tea and enjoy the season.

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

I love all the lights at night…so does Miss Molly…

Thank you for coming on my Christmas Home Tour!

So that is my holiday home tour, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe found some inspiration to deck your own halls this season!  If you are looking for more ideas for your own space, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  I love this tour because I really just enjoy seeing how everyone decorates their home for the season…everyone has such a different style, but they’re all amazing!  Another great way is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!

Now Let’s Go On A Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!


northern  //  style exposure   //  The Learner Observer  //  The Uncommon Law
Heather In Heels  //  Clean and Scentsible  //  The Sweetest Digs

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

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

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

This Little Estate  //  Craftberry Bush   //  The Happy Housie
Kimpowerstyle  //  Elliven Studio

Have a very Merry day!


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  • Reply
    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    December 8, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Jo-Anna, this home tour is so beautiful and bright and so cheery. I completely want to curl up with a hot coffee and just look at all of your beautiful ornaments! your bottle brush tree collection is magnificent, I’m completely jealous! Merry Christmas and thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home! xo

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      December 8, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Thank you Laurie! I really enjoy our holiday home…sometimes I wish I could have my home decorated like this all year round! 😉

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    December 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Wow, Jo-Anna, your home is stunning! Love the red and plaid. That’s what I did last year and it was so much fun. Happy Holidays!

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      December 8, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Thank you Shauna! I’m just loving plaid and red lately, so as soon the holidays arrive, I decorate with it everywhere! It’s so outside of my regular decorating, so it’s extra fun!

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    December 8, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Everything looks so incredibly cheerful and bright – I absolutely love the colours! and I can’t wait to be there with you xo

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    Heather Travis
    December 8, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    I love all the plaid! Those stockings are just the BEST EVER. We don’t hang stockings, but if I had these I just would have to – so awesome. such a beautiful home:)

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      December 8, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      Thank you so much Heather! And aren’t those stocking great?! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them!

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    December 8, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    I don’t think I’ll ever tire of your yellow front door. It is so welcoming. Love those stockings, they are amazing! And the mantle too – just love it all. Nicely done friend!

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      December 8, 2016 at 10:40 AM

      Thank you so much Heather! I love my front door too…it always makes me smile!

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    Joann @ Woman In Real Life
    December 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Your porch is so inviting. I love it! Looks like you ordered up snow. 😉 The trees are stunning and I love the mantel and the garland on the staircase too. It’s all beautiful.

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      December 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Thank you so much Joann! The snow is the best accessory of all! 🙂

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    December 8, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Your tree is so gorgeous and full! I could just sit and stare at it all day. Love all the Canadiana touches, everything is so perfectly festive! Merry Christmas!!

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      December 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      Thank you Jen! We really lucked out with our tree this year…it’s SO big! Merry Christmas to you!

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    Christina @ The DIY Mommy
    December 8, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Ack! This is stunning, Jo-Anna. The way you’ve made your home look so quintessentially Christmasy is incredible. I love how you’ve captured the snow outside, and all of the cozy Christmas colours inside are beautiful!

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      December 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      Thank you so much Christina! I really love Christmas, so putting all of this together was so fun!

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    December 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    So loved your Christmas home tour! Not sure if it was your delightful narrative, your stunning photography or all of the gorgeous Christmas touches in your gorgeous home. My favourites are the stockings, the pillows and your front porch! Such a warm welcome even on a ridiculously freezing cold day!

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Thea! I’m really enjoying the Christmas season this year and really loved decorating our home!

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    Cassie Bustamante
    December 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    you always have such a happy home! i love those skate stockings!

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      December 8, 2016 at 9:02 PM

      Oh thank you Cassie…such a sweet thing to say! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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    becki peckham
    December 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    WOW! Wow, wow, wow!!! This is SOOO good!!! That corner with the tree, plaid pillows, mantel with stockings hung…sheer perfection! Happy holidays to you and yours!

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:52 PM

      Thank you Becki! I kind of went all out with the red and plaid this year didn’t I?! Haha! Happy holidays to you and yours too!

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    December 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    I had high hopes and was not disappointed! This is a classic Christmas to me, and it all looks totally livable and cozy. Invite me over for coffee?

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    December 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    I’m seriously dying over that gorgeous tree and mantel and the plaid pillows and ice skate stockings and your wreath… the whole thing. LOVE IT!!

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    December 11, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Jo-Ann, you home is lovely ! You certainly worked hard. Can you tell me where you purchased your bottle brush trees ? I’ve wanted some for years.

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      December 12, 2016 at 5:29 PM

      Thank you Ann! I found the bottle brush trees at Lowe’s! They come in a big package of different sizes

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    Dannyelle @ Life is a Party
    December 11, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Jo-Ann everything looks amazing. So many pretty little details, love your pinecone garland, and bottle brush tree table, and little house wreath. Beautiful.

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    December 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    So beautiful Jo-anna!! I just want to stay cuddled up there while it snows! Happy holidays.
    Hugs, Jamie

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    Kim @KimPowerStyle
    December 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Love this Jo-Ann! Such a beautiful classic Christmas. Hard to say what I loved most, but that porch is pretty spectacular.. you’re a great stylist!

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      December 13, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      Thank you so much Kim! I really enjoyed putting together our Christmas home this year!

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    December 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    You are a marvel. Thx for sharing!

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    December 27, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Where did you get the stockings from?

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