Real Home Tour – Christmas Edition

Feast your eyes on the best holiday home tour yet on MHB.

The real Christmas tour. 

Each year on the blog I share my Christmas Home Tour and it usually includes styled photos of my home all dressed up for Christmas. I perfectly place my decor, buy fresh greenery, fluff pillows, arrange ornaments, all in preparation for the shoot. Then, approximately 34 seconds after I photograph the house, the play button gets hit and we’re back to our usual tornado-esque decor. So, I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing a Christmas home tour like no other.

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

In my living room the pillows are perfectly placed thrown back onto the sofa from the floor for the 14th time today. Oh but look at the glow of our lovely Christmas tree and the feet of a random baby doll.

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

I’ve mentioned before my love for throw blankets, so these two draped just chucked onto the chair shouldn’t be too surprising.

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

The hunt for the decorative ornaments is a never-ending adventure. This basket should be full of them but as you can see it’s pretty bare and some child has left a princess as collateral.
REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

As you can see one of these items does not look like the other. Peighton insisted on a pink furry stocking this year. I tried desperately to talk her out of it but then my heart gave in because she’s four and she’s got her own style and who am I to stifle that pink furry flame of hers? So we made a deal – I could put up the white stocking for pictures and we would replace it with the pink stocking.

And why is that basket on the ottoman and why is the ottoman so close to the chair? These are questions I ask myself multiple times per day.
REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

Moving on to the tree. I’ve mentioned more than once my concern over having a “perfectly styled” tree and how it may not represent all of the members of my family. In fact, when we were decorating this year my husband suggested that next year he and the girls have their own tree. That made me feel pretty bad. But then I realized, they don’t really need their own tree because once I was done styling the tree – they added their own fancy decor. A little gold tinsel garland just thrown on in a glob with this new find – a colorful picture ornament that is without a picture (I have one from last year as well – also without a picture).

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

Moving on to the dining room. I actually left this room out of my original Christmas tour because I didn’t get around to decorating it. We actually use this space every day so I just didn’t have the energy to pull it together. I did however hang some beautiful (now dead) cedar garland.

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

And Peighton and Matt made this gem of a gingerbread house. I made another one with her a few weeks prior and I learned that gingerbread houses are not for me. You can see Frosty lying in the snow and if you look closely you can see that someone even took a bite of out the chimney (is that a chimney? I have no idea what the story is with this house and why it looks like this)

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

I hung my red wreath above my chalkboard in the kitchen and I love it. Millie loves it too and she pushing this purple chair all around the house as her personal step stool to get something that she’s eying. Side note – can you see that precious little wreath on the fridge? P made that at school and I will likely leave it up all year. Favorite part about having a preschooler!

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

You all loved the booger sucker on the nightstand from the last real home tour so I hate to disappoint but my kids are fairly healthy and this time my nightstand is clutter with other junk like two identical remotes (why?)

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

Apple Jack and shopkins toys. Festive right?

REAL Christmas Home Tour - Bloggers share real, unstyled pics of their homes during Christmas time

And the pièce de résistance is my office. You guys. I can’t. It’s not exactly Christmas home tour worthy as their isn’t a single piece of decor but it seemed fitting because this is basically what my brain feels like at Christmas time. Cluttered and messy. I just leave my umbrella lights up because I’m too lazy to put them away and get them out once a week or more.  Also, this is basically what blogging with a baby at your feet looks like. You can see pieces of paper, random pens, toys, cracker crumbs, random shoe (what?). This is the life ya’ll.

While this is a far cry from my Christmas home tour that I shared earlier this month, but this is definitely real and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, maybe I wouldn’t mind a maid or something. But seeing evidence of happy little memories happening here feels pretty darn good.

I’m not the only one pulling back the curtain and sharing real life this Christmas season. A few of my blogging friends are giving you glimpses of their real home tours too! I think you’ll find each other them fun and relatable! You’ll love it!

Chelsea from Two Twenty One

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

Chelsea from Making Home Base

Charlotte from Ciburbanity

Taryn from Design, Dining, & Diapers

Katie from Bower Power

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7 Comments

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  2. Hi Chelsea 🙂
    What a great post ,real people, the real world .
    I do love organization and beautifull decorated houses, but we all know that at the end this only for moments .
    Thank you for beeing so honest
    And a very happy christmas with your beautifull family
    xoxo
    Lulu

  3. My bowl of ornaments were the only things the baby wanted to play with this season. Half of them are now in the ball bin in the playroom. I forgot to include the 3 stools that we have in rotation around this house… sweet preschool independence, right? Have a great CHristmas! xx

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