December 1, 2017

Holiday HouseWalk 2017


Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Hello and welcome and to one of my very favorite posts of the year - our Holiday Home Tour! I am excited to be joining Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday HouseWalk again for my third year. Thanks so much for including me again, Jen.
It is always a bit intimidating to put my humble DIY home next to all of the other amazing bloggers' homes in this tour. If you are following along and coming from Kristin's beautiful home at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, welcome!
Just a quick intro. in case this is your first visit - I'm Courtney and together with my husband, Billy, and 3 growing boys we have totally renovated our 1950's split level home in Northern NJ just outside of NYC. Oh, and I also should mention the namesakes of this little blog - our 2 very spoiled golden retrievers named Keeper and Dax. They are the stars of the show around here. So let's get started!
Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
As a side note, I have been sharing posts of many of the rooms in our home over the last week to keep this post from getting too long. I will add a link to each of those room tours so you can click over to see even more pictures (and find the sources for most items). Let's start in our family room.
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I kept things neutral in here this year and I am loving the calm and serene feel of this space. Truth be told, it can be overwhelming to try and come up with a new theme for each year. I always find it helpful to find one item I love and use it as inspiration to create the look I am going hoping for. This year, I started with the cabin in snow with deer throw pillow (new from HomeGoods this year) that is on the hearth. I love how it ties in the color of the stone on the fireplace with the rest of the white and neutral items. And although I didn't go with the traditional Christmas colors, it still gives a nod to our family's love of the mountains. We will be spending Christmas week at our family's cabin in the Adirondack Mountains again this year. 
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I made the "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" sign to hang over the fireplace because I wanted this space to reflect just that - a winter walk in the woods. We are looking forward to a walk in the snow after our big Christmas breakfast on Christmas morning. Fingers crossed that there will be snow this year!
Stone fireplace with neutral Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
 DIY planked wall with neutral  Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour
I also kept things more neutral on our winter themed gallery wall. I always enjoy displaying family pictures along with a few fun items in this space.
Winter gallery wall on DIY shiplap wall - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Walking in a Winter Wonderland DIY sign on stone fireplace - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Our tree is in front of the triple glass door this year and it sparkles when the sun shines in during the day. I used the same sled that I hung over our kitchen island last year as a tree base this year. Our flocked Nordic Spruce Christmas tree leaves enough space in between the branches to really see the ornaments. I added the glittery pinecones (from Michaels) to the ends of the branches for some extra sparkle.
Flocked tree with glittery bronze, gold, silver ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Flocked tree with glittery bronze, gold, silver ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
The simple details are always my favorite. I added a piece of flocked garland to the candles in our antique dough bowl and also threw in a string of mercury glass pinecones that light up (from HomeGoods) to it. The green striped linen runner underneath is from Target.
Ikea Stocksund chair and Pottery Barn dough bowl with Christmas decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Casual Ikea slipcovered sofa in Christmas Home Tour at GoldenBoysandMe.com
Golden Retriever named Dax - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Flocked Christmas tree with glittery woodland decor - Golden Boys and Me Christmas Home Tour 2017
Split level entryway with holiday decor and red Target Threshold cabinet - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Target Threshold cabinet with glass doors - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Next, let's head up to the kitchen/dining/living level of our split level home. We recently added a DIY pot rack over the kitchen island. I love the shimmery copper pots with the flocked garland.
White farmhouse style kitchen with DIY pot rack - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
White farmhouse style kitchen with DIY pot rack - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
I kept things simple over our sink with an old favorite, a DIY bottle garland filled with evergreen cuttings. It will add some freshness to this often used space throughout the cold winter months.
Farmhouse sink with apron front in holiday kitchen - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Farmhouse style x back barstools in kitchen with Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Farmhouse style x back barstools in kitchen with Christmas decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
You can read more about our Christmas kitchen here
Lantern style pendant chandelier in dining room - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
The tree in the dining room is our traditional family tree where all of our collected and treasured ornaments are displayed. I re-used our DIY family crest tree topper again. As much as I enjoy changing some of our decor, it is equally important to keep Christmas traditions going year after year for our family. This area is the heart of Christmas in our home this year. I painted the tree farm signs several years ago and they have become somewhat of a tradition around here. This year, I used them over our faux fireplace mantel in the dining room. I displayed a few tree farm related ornaments in the garland on the fireplace. More about our dining room here.
Family Christmas Tree with traditional ornaments - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Christmas dining room with DIY faux fireplace and lantern lighting - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017DIY wood shelves with classic red holiday decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Gallery wall with Countdown to Christmas sign - www. goldenboysandme.com
It is always fun to add some festive touches to our mudroom, even if it doesn't stay that way for long. You can read more about the entryways in our home HERE.
Mudroom with Tree Farm Holiday Decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Mudroom with Tree Farm Holiday Decor - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Upstairs in our Master Bedroom, we added a full size tree and lots of pops of red. I also added some Christmas touches to our Master Bathroom. You can read more about both of those spaces here.
Red and White Christmas bedroom with star quilt - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Red and White Christmas bedroom with star quilt - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Red and White Christmas bedroom with DIY window seat - www.goldenboysandme.com
Golden Retriever in Christmas bedroom - Golden Boys and me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Pottery Barn Beachcomber basket on bed with Christmas decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Christmas Master Bathroom built-ins - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
Christmas Master Bathroom built-ins - Golden Boys and Me Holiday Home Tour 2017
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our Christmas home. Happy Holiday from our family to yours!
Golden Boys and Me Holiday Card 2017
Be sure to continue with the rest the tour. Next stop is the beautiful home of  Zevy Joy.
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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful country home! Yours is my favorite!
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and the compliment, Leigh! Merry Christmas!!

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  2. The living room is stunning! ����
    Chris W. Texas

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    1. My smiley face and thumbs up didn’t come through.

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    2. Thanks Chris. It was fun to decorate the living room in a new way. :)

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  3. Your home has such a cozy look to it! We just finished building our house over the last 2 years,(while living in it) now I can finally start buying decor and cozying it up! Searching on amazon right now for some things I saw in your house!

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth. I can relate very well to the challenges of working on a home while living in it! Enjoy the best part - the cozying it up!! Happy shopping and Happy Holidays.

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  4. I love the neutrals but also your pops of red in other rooms. I have always loved your kitchen and the pot rack is gorgeous. Your home is definitely! worthy of this House Tour so don't be intimidated. Lol. ������

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  5. Oh Courtney you have out done yourself. You never disappoint with your holiday decor but this year I have to say it is so cozy and beautiful. I am swooning over all your rooms. Also love the pups enjoying the photo shoot too. I cannot believe a magazine or two have not contacted you for these pictures. You home looks like it is right out of a magazine. Love it all. Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  6. Your home is so festive! Love that you added a touch of Christmas to your bathroom too.

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  7. I adore your home dressed for Christmas. It's beautiful, cozy, warm and inviting! Your 3 boys and pups (whom are adorable) are lucky to live where they are! Merry Christmas

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  8. Waow. It's so beautiful as usual. Congrats!

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  9. Beautiful!!! I havent seen your blog before, but will visit! This has been my favorite. I know neutral is popular, but I'm a traditional red and green Christmas decorator! LOVE, love love!!!!!!

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  10. What a gorgeous home....your decorating is absolutely beautiful! I want to have coffee with you by the fire, you can give me some tips, and I can snuggle with the pups😊

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  11. Courtney: You have done an amazing job! Your home is so full of Christmas cheer and beautiful color. I believe your children will have wonderful life-long memories of the home they are growing up in. In all seasons, your decor is gorgeous and fun. I have kitchen envy as well. Your remodel never ceases to amaze me.

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  12. First time visiting your blog and your cozy Christmas decor made this my favorite home on the tour. I live in the NC mountains, but having grown up in the Adirondacks I'm always a little nostalgic this time of year. Thanks for sharing.
    P. S. You've just gained a new subscriber;--)

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  13. Thank yous so much for sharing your beautiful home in the housewalk! I love that log fireplace insert and all of your gorgeous holiday touches!!

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  14. Courtney, where to begin? Your lovely home is one of my favorites. I just adore all the festive details, your use of plaid, and of course those precious Goldens. Each and every space is so warm and inviting. It is a home I would love to spend the holidays in.
    P.S. Thought you would find it funny, this is Henley's (our daughter's Golden that lives with us) first Christmas...his reaction to our 13 foot live tree was hilarious!

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  15. I love love your winter wonderland sign. Will you be posting a tutorial?

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  16. You are such a talented decorator, Courtney!!! Your home is so charming and totally warm and cozy - I love, love, love it all!!!

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