Cozy Christmas Cottage Tour

Today’s the day…it’s my day to share for the Home for the Holidays blog tour, and I’m thrilled to show you around our stone cottage dressed for the season.

Not only am I participating in Sondra’s blog tour, but I’m also joining in on Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk link party, where she’s giving bloggers a chance to be a part of next year’s Holiday Housewalk.  In order to be chosen though, I need some likes on my photo. If you wouldn’t mind visiting and clicking “Like” on my photo, I’d appreciate it. Here is the link…Jennifer Rizzo 2016 Holiday Housewalk link party



Ok, no more blog business, let’s start the tour!

We just moved into our 1946 stone cottage in July, so this will be the first Christmas we’ll be spending in our new home. I’ve been so excited about decorating and creating our cozy Christmas cottage that I may have started 2 weeks ago, which is the earliest I’ve ever started decorating, but it’s been fun taking my time and finding the perfect spots for all my holiday decor. (You can check out last year’s Christmas tour of our Illinois home HERE). I’ve also added a Source List at the very bottom of the post.

Our house is definitely a work in progress, which means some rooms are half painted (sad but true), there’s quite a few large, spackled holes in the walls that have yet to be sanded and the beat up front door still hasn’t been replaced, but it hasn’t dampened my holiday spirit. 

A rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. Our family has lived in a lot of homes over the years and, although it’s not the smallest house we’ve lived in, it’s definitely been the most challenging when it came to the all important tree placement. 

The entryway of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

You see, we have a tiny living room…tiny. There’s only room for a couch and a chair so adding a big tree, or even a little one, was out of the question. We discussed putting it in the sunroom but that’s tight too, so the only spot left was the dining room. 

The dining room of our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

Not the most ideal and definitely not the best when you’re sharing on a blog. I mean, you can’t help but look on Instagram and Pinterest at all of these big beautiful family rooms with gorgeous 75 foot trees all decked out and ready for a magazine photo shoot. I have to admit, I love looking at them too but that’s not our reality.

So it was either the dining room or no big tree at all.

Not having a big tree wasn’t an option, for me anyway (although the hubs has a different view), so we started a new trend and put it in the dining room.

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

I was a little bummed when it first went up because I’m so used to seeing it in the living room, but we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining room, so now we get to eat dinner by the twinkling of the tree lights. Not a bad trade-off.

We bought a new, slimmer profile tree last year from Balsam Hill and I’m so glad that we did. If we’d had a bigger tree, it wouldn’t have fit.

The Christmas tree in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

I kept the tree pretty simple this year. Red, silver and a bit of gold, including the mercury glass ornaments that I made, and a bit of rustic, like the stick ornament I made last year. I guess it’s a little bit of everything. 

Our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of mercury glass.

So, since the tree found it’s home in here, and we spend so much time in this space anyway, that’s where most of the decorating took place.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. When we first moved in, I envisioned this window decorated for the holidays with a beautiful live garland. It’s my favorite thing in the kitchen right now.

The kitchen in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of live greenery.

I used a lot of the holiday decor I already had packed away. Having never decorated this house for Christmas before, I didn’t want to go crazy and buy all kinds of new stuff that I didn’t need. 

Welcome to our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold. I usually end up decorating with a lot of natural elements anyway, and don’t like to spend a lot on new decor that I don’t have room to store. 

The sunroom in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

So, that’s our cozy Christmas cottage all dressed up for the holiday season. I’m ready to enjoy it and make new family memories in our new house.

The tree at dusk in our rustic and simple cozy Christmas cottage decorated in red with touches of gold.

I’ve been busy decking the front porch too, and I’ll share that sometime next week.

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Holidays!!!


I’m so excited to join in on this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It’s gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over this week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:



Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle  

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels


Holiday Recipes


Holiday Crafts


Holiday Decor


Holiday Tablescapes


I also made the faux deer antlers that hang in the entryway and shared a free holiday printable so be sure to check them out, HERE

Sleigh Bells Ring Printable

DIY Faux Branch Antlers and a Free Printable 


Source List  

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81 thoughts on “Cozy Christmas Cottage Tour

  1. Hey Kristi, as a fellow North Carolinian, glad to have you here! So, just the words ‘1946 stone cottage’ made my heart skip a bit! Looking forward to seeing more of it.
    And your tree is beautiful! There’s always a trade off. Ours is in our living room and we’re never in there. I’d love to have it where I eat my meals! Think you’ll probably end up loving it there.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely Christmas decorations!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Hi Lynne. I had no idea that you lived in North Carolina, too. So many awesome bloggers from this great state!

      You’re so right, there’s always a trade off. I went into decorating with one idea but it’s all good. I’m just happy that I can have a tree, wherever that may be. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping in to take a look around and for your sweet comment.

  2. I love it! Awesome job! This year is the first year our tree is going in the dining room, too. While I will miss having it in the den where we can enjoy it more, the two plusses of the dining room are: there is a good spot for it in there and it can be seen from outside.

    • Thanks Melanie! It seems that there are a lot of us with dining room trees. I think we’re all so used to the idea of a tree being in a family/living room but it’s not so bad having it in the dining room. Enjoy your tree!

      Happy Holidays to you!

  3. I actually like the tree in the dining room where it can be seen from the kitchen and where you dine. Sometimes we feel as though we are the only ones without the huge family room with the huge fireplace and mantle and the huge tree that is perfectly decorated in a spot seemingly made for it. That is not reality for most people. I happen to love your cottage, small rooms and all and I can relate to not having the perfect spot for a big tree. I’m in a 1200 sq ft ranch so my medium sized tree tree is located between the living room and dining “area” where it is seen from pretty much everywhere other than the bedrooms. Perfect? No. Cozy? Yes. And, only up for a few weeks each year. Enjoy your home and smile as you work in the kitchen and bask in the glow of your Christmas tree all at the same time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • You are right, Pat. Sometimes, it’s even hard for me to not compare myself to others. That never lasts for long though because this is the house we chose and we chose it because we truly love it. I really enjoy making it our own and even having the tree in the dining room. After all, there’s no rule that says it has to be in the living room, or that it has to be 10 feet tall, right? 😉

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. It can be a bit scary putting yourself out there and revealing your truths, and your house, to so many people, but I have the best readers around and they are always so kind and supportive in their comments, you included! 🙂 Thanks Pat!

  4. So beautiful, Kristi, but you already know how much I love your classic style. You have a great eye and always manage to make everything look like it just popped off the pages of a magazine. Speaking of…look at you cover girl! Your new photo is fabulous.

  5. Love your home! I think the dining room is a perfect spot for the tree! That way you get to sit and admire it every night! Our living room is small too, I understand your tree envy. We will never fit a big fat tree into our living area so we settle for a tall skinny one and put a larger fresh tree on the porch where we can see it through the window. All is good! Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Jessica! Now that the tree is in the dining room, I think it’s the perfect spot. I like that we can eat by the Christmas lights and I can also see it right as I walk into my from door. All is good.

      That’s a great idea about putting one on your front porch. We’ve never had one big enough but we do now. I’ll definitely have to visit that idea next year.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you!

    • Awww, thanks Debbie. It’s always a bit frightening putting a picture of yourself online for the world to scrutinize see.

      The greens in the window are my favorite too!

      Happy Holidays, my friend!

  6. Everything looks just wonderful, Krist! I think your tree is in a perfect spot. Having been in your home, I can just imagine seeing it as soon as you enter your front door. I’m totally envious of your tobacco basket and love the way you draped it with garland. And the window above your sink? Well, you already know that I’m totally envious of that! Love every single thing you’ve done!

  7. Good Afternoon Kristi, I live in England so I am used to living in smaller homes, so your home does not feel small to me. I love to see all the large decorated Christmas trees in homes that have so much space, but for me that is ‘eye candy’, because no one I know lives in such a house.
    Like you, I have moved many times during my married life and I always find it exciting to find new places for our treasures. Now I have to tell you, we have our Christmas tree in the living room when our family are with us, but when we are on our own, we have the tree in the dining room, which is attached to my kitchen, so it works perfectly because I can enjoy my Christmas tree whilst I am cooking.
    Your home is beautiful and your have decorated it in a beautiful style.
    Best wishes to you.

    • Hello Daphne. Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing your holiday decorating story with me. It’s so nice to hear how others deal with decorating in a small space. I think we all need to celebrate small home living! 😉

      Happy Holidays and my best wishes to you!

  8. I love the idea of dining by Christmas tree light – so romantic!! Your kitchen is spectacular – that garland is dreamy!! Congratulations on your new home – I’m having my first Christmas at our new farm this year too! It’s exciting getting to know your new house, isn’t it?! So fun to be on the Holiday Home Tour together!

    • Thanks Jennifer. I’m really loving the tree in the dining room. Our house is small anyway so you’re never really far from it. 😉

      I agree with you, it’s so exciting getting to know our new house. Wishing you a joyous first Christmas at your new farm.

  9. Your home is beautiful! I also have to put my tree in the dining room. My home was built in 1848,so the rooms are small. I put my tree in a container so there is room for the gifts and we can still walk around the table. We also have a pellet stove in the living room so our tree would dry out. I have so many ideas from your homes dealing with small spaces. I put a picture of my pellet stove mantel on Pinterest, I am surprised how many people have repined it! Small spaces are just as pretty as a huge home. Thank you for all your ideas! My mantel has the words home and inspire with two black and white pictures above it. Search pellet stoves and please let me know what you think! Happy Holidays to you!

    • Thanks so much, Noreen, for your sweet comment. You are so right, small homes are just as nice as large homes. Every home, big or small, has its good points and bad. I’ve lived in both and small is definitely the right choice for us right now. 🙂

      I saw your pellet stove on Pinterest and can see why it was pinned so much, it’s awesome and your mantel is beautiful! Congrats on its success!

      Happy Holidays!

  10. Kristi, your home is so welcoming! I love the bright pops of color, and your cottage look is perfect for the holidays. I live in a small home, {although our ceilings are super high, so we have a tall, but skinny tree} and all your ideas are perfect for us, too. I can picture you and those you love having a cozy, warm Christmas together in your dining room and kitchen. Wishing you beautiful, memorable days celebrating Christmas at home! xo Lidy

    • Awww, thanks so much for the sweet comment, Lidy! I’m excited to share the first Christmas in our new home with our family and friends.

      Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season with your family in your beautiful home!

  11. Your home looks lovely, Kristi! It has a very warm welcoming holiday look. I especially love all the well placed deer decor pieces. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make Party. Pinning to my Christmas Board.

  12. Stopping by Sunday’s Best Linkup. I love your decorations, especially the star made from the bells. I would love to see a tutorial on how to make those Jingle Bells. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much, Rhonda! There isn’t a tutorial because I didn’t make the star made from bells. I think I got it at Walmart, but it was several years ago. Sorry.

  13. Kristi,
    may I ask where you found your pillow with the red truck and Christmas tree printed on it. I’ve been searching for one for ages and can’t find it.
    I love what you have done with the house, gorgeous!


  14. you have a lovely home and I really like the tree in the dining room When hubby and I were starting out we lived in a cute little house but it was only 968 sq ft. We had to lose a precious sitting are to put up the tree. I added some ottomans when guests came over and hubby and I sat on them leaving the couch and one other chair for our guests. I’m visiting from Oh My Heartsie Girl today. I invite you to stop by Katherines Corner and enter my giveaways and add your lovely blog to my party on Thursday too. Hugs!

  15. Well I think your Dining room placement is perfect, whenever you sit for a meal you have the best Atmosphere and view of that Gorgeous Christmas Tree! We’ve always moved our Christmas Tree placements around over the years and found that sometimes the most unexpected placements were our very favorites. Everything looks so lovely and inviting and I’m obsessed with your Grain Sack Christmas Stockings, looked for some of those this Season and decided I’ll probably have to just make my own since I couldn’t find any Created from Old European Grain Sack materials. Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

    • Hi Dawn. The dining room is the perfect spot for the tree, and currently the only available spot. 😉 I like your idea to move it to different spots around the house. I’ll have to see if we can work something like that out.

      I love those grain sack stockings too. I got them from a fabulous flea market in Oakland, CA. I wanted 4 but got the last two. I haven’t found any others that I care for like these. I think you have the right idea about making your own.

      Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you!

    • Awww, that’s so sweet. Thanks so much, Vel. We definitely feel comfortable in our new house. Once I get the walls painted, it will really feel like ours.

      Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  16. Kristin it all look so warm and inviting! I hear ya on the challenges of a new home. We down sized a bit as well and went to an open floor plan so I am having trouble placing things. We too had to slim down our tree so I purchased a slim one from BH. I love your kitchen window! It is beautiful. I wanted to use the same in our breakfast nook but by the time I got to decking the halls in there I could not find any. There is always next year!:) Hope you and your family have the merriest of Christmas’s in your new home!

    • Thanks so much, Pamela, I appreciate your sweet comment. Your new home looks beautiful decorated for the holidays and your new tree is perfect for your space. Moving into a new space is always challenging but it’s so much fun. I’m still moving things around and looking for the perfect spot for everything. I’m just trying to take my time and enjoy the process.

      Congrats on your new home and best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

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