Hooked on Holiday House Tours: A Show-Us-How-You-Decorate Linky Party!

by hookedonhouses on December 8, 2011

Welcome to my 4th Annual “Hooked on Holiday House Tours” linky party! I always think it’s fun to see how everyone decorates this time of year. The amount of creativity out there in Blogland is kind of mind boggling!

I’ve noticed a trend toward much more natural palettes, which is very pretty–lots of pale greens, silver, and white. I’m still rocking it Old School in my family room, though. There’s something about that Classic Red that always feels “merry” to me.

This year I added a couple of reindeer “topiaries” to the mantel and a wreath to the fireplace screen.

Oh, and we have a new little stocking in the middle for our sweet pup Maizie, who joined our family this year. Santa will be giving her way more treats and dog toys than will fit in that tiny stocking, though!

That’s our Christmas album on the ottoman below that we add new photos to every year. We’re on our third album now–the first one started with my childhood Christmas photos and have continued on every year since.

This is the kids’ tree, where they hang all of the family ornaments we’ve accumulated over the years.

I let my daughter Lily direct most of the tree trimming this year because she really gets into it. She enlisted the help of her friend Megan, since her older brother quickly lost interest in the project…. Her dad and I were instructed where to hang the higher-up ornaments on branches she couldn’t reach. :-)

I’ve been having fun decorating my new sunroom for Christmas this year, too, and I’ll show you that–as well as my gold and silver dining room–soon.

But right now I want to step aside and let you show us how you decorate this time of year. If you have a blog and want to share photos of your house, all you have to do is paste the permalink to that post (not your general blog address) below. And if you want a “party button” to add to your blog, here it is (right-click on it to save it to your computer):

P.S. Melissa is having a linky party over at The Inspired Room, too!



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Centsational Girl December 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I look forward to this every year Julia! Thanks for hosting! I only have my mantel so far, but I’ll happily link it up. I love your family’s decor, especially the festive red!
xo
Kate

Tamey December 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Your daughter is beautiful and your puppy is too cute! Love the different “looks”-can’t wait to get back to my house to decorate. I add an ornament that was handed down from my Great Aunt Isabel and my kids’ decorations each year. Thank you for all the inspiring pictures and ideas. One day when we get our “final orders”-I hope to be able to have the cozy home that you and your bloggers have inspired!

debbie December 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Thanks for hosting this wonderful party. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

melissa @ the inspired room December 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

Hi Julia!! I’m so glad I got my mantel post done in time for your party! YAY! I love linking up here every year!!

Your home is always lovely, the pops of red are so cheery! I brought red back too this year, in my dining room. I just love it and really missed it in my house last year. I’ll be posting more of my Christmas home pictures next week, I have my virtual party on Monday so I’ll be taking pictures all weekend, hoping the sun will come out!!!

Merry Christmas Julia!

PS. Your puppy is so adorable, I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to add in pictures of the pup :-)

House of Whimsy December 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

Oh the fun we’ll have sharing all the ideas here. Thanks so much for hosting!!!
Happy Holidays,
M.L.

mishelle December 9, 2011 at 2:19 am

Looks fabulous!

Decor Arts Now December 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

Your house looks great and you linkynpartie at such fun!
Hope mine works! Lynn

Mari December 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

Dear Julia, I really enjoy your blog. It makes me happy and gives me lots of decorating ideas. Love the reindeer topiaries.. Going to look for some :))

Amanda @ Serenity Now December 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Love that you kepe your Christmas albums out! I need to go get ours. Great idea! Your tree is lovely…Lily did a great job. :) Our dog, Emma, gets a stocking too!

Carrie December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

You’re home looks beautiful!! Can’t wait to dive into all the links!! Oh just thought I would share that not only do we have the same furniture we have have the same tree skirt!! Too funny!! Clearly great minds think alike!!

debbie December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

Thanks for popping over and you kind comment. I forgot to say I love your home and your mantel looks fantastic! So many parties to be hopping around and visiting, I must stay focused LOL!

betterOutdoorLivingatHome December 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

Your mantel & fireplace look beautiful, and I agree, the color red is ‘merry’ and festive. I also like those reindeer mugs in the sunroom tablescape!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Kelly December 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

Julia, your home looks great! I, too, am a big fan of red during the holidays….especially paired with all that green (its complementary color.) I’m looking forward to browsing through everyone’s beautiful decorating, and am so glad you’ve made this link party a tradition.
I’m linking up a post on How to Decorate an Artificial Christmas Tree. I did the styling, but it’s not my house. Hoping to get to my own place soon.
Happy Friday!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality December 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hey, Julia! It always looks so pretty around your house this time of year & I love your red. Always a traditional look for Christmas! Your daughter and puppy are just adorable and add that specialness to your pics. I’m linking up my mantel & mantel party. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and Merry Christmas! xoxo

Shannon aka design December 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I just love “snooping” into other people’s homes to see how they’ve decorated! There are some lovely tours here. Thank you for hosting, Julia!
xo,
Shannon

Debbie and Mike Schramer December 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I am so excited to have found your blog! My husband and I love houses, too. In fact, we build them! Small houses, that is. We make amazing, beautiful houses from nature…..treehouses. They are 2 feet to 5 feet tall and they are truely marvels. I thought you might like to see them and perhaps post something about them here on your blog. They are really incredible……all created from nature. Hope you’ll visit my site. I will definitely visit often…..thanks so much.
Debbie

Anne December 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

That looks so great! I love the little doggie stocking. :)

Linda @ it all started with paint December 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Your home looks lovely! How long will your link party be up for? I’m scrambling this weekend to get my house together and would love to join the fun. Thanks!

hookedonhouses December 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I think I told it to stay open for 10 days, so you have plenty of time, Linda! :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal December 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Wow…, I better finish decorating this weekend!! I love, love your bucket tree!! Happy Holidays, Julia!!!

Kim December 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for sharing your decorations with us and throwing this blog party. I always love seeing people’s different decorating ideas and dream of having a home decorated as beautiful as these someday.

gena December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Your home looks just beautiful, as always ! Your daughter is just precious – the perfect “accent” on a sweet family !

hugs from Lavender Hill,
gena

Kelly @ View Along the Way December 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Fun party, thanks for hosting! I’m loving all the red in your Christmas decor. Just beautiful!

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Cindy December 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Julie, your house is so pretty for Christmas. Wish I was good at “tastefully done” like you are as I lean toward a more tacky decorating style which I am trying to change. So, get ready Pinterest ’cause I’m heading to the linky party!

Mrs. Pear Tree December 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Julia you have such a lovely, festive home! Thanks for sharing. And I love your tradition of the Christmas album – what a nice touch!

Shelley @ Calypso In the Country December 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I love the classic red. Your daughter did a great job trimming the tree! Thanks for hosting today!
-Shelley

Kris December 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love your house! What is the name of the wall color in your living room?

hookedonhouses December 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

It’s “Pecan” by Eddie Bauer. Glad you like it! :)

Junie December 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Your holiday decorating is really lovely, Julia, warm and welcoming. But my hands-down favorite pic is of your two little girls. I hope that pic goes into the Christmas album.

hookedonhouses December 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Thanks, Junie. That’s one of my favorite photos, too. I couldn’t resist adding it to the post. :)

Kerry Rossow December 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Your house looks so festive! I am a big ole color chicken so I loooove your red!
Thank you for hosting!
Merry Christmas!
Kerry at HouseTalkN
(I linked up #101, Home For The Holidays)

E. George December 10, 2011 at 4:13 am

Hi Julia – love all your Christmas decor and Lily you did a great job decorating the tree. Your home always looks beautiful thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS you have a lovely family.

Jessica December 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

That’s so cute about Lily and the tree decorating. :-) Love the red! I can’t have much myself, as it clashes with most of our house. ha

Richella at Imparting Grace December 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Julia, this party is one of my favorites. I’m glad to see that linky will be active for several days, because I’m not quite ready to do a house tour yet! I’ve posted about some of my decor, but I’d rather link a whole-house tour to your party. :)

I love the photo of Lily and Maizie. I’m assuming a printed copy of that will make its way into your precious album.

Thank you so much for hosting!

Dusty Coyote December 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thanks so much for hosting this party! I didn’t know you had link parties and just happened to be on my dashboard when you posted and came on over and linked. I’ve never had so many visitors from a link party as I’ve had here. I love your blog and regular posts, but you are the link party queen!!!

hookedonhouses December 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I loved your mantel, so I’m happy to hear lots of people have been over to your blog to see it!

P.S. Do I get to wear a tiara now that I’m Link Party Queen? ;-)

Judy December 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Thanks so much for hosting this. It’s my first year and it’s been fun. I adore looking at others creativity and I LOVE your red and white Christmas. So cheery. Merry Christmas wishes to you and thank you for all your wonderful posts throughout the year. I am hooked! ~ Judy, Lot 5 studio

Kathy :) December 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi Julia, I’m with you I love the red……plus I just can’t get away from ALL the little things my kids have made over the years !!! I put on the tunes and decorate, it takes forever but I LOVE it and now that the kids are grown a little tear does make its way ino my decorating !!!

Lily did an awesome job on the tree………and your sweet little doggie is just adorable….

Merry Christmas Julia,
Kathy :)

Jodie December 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

What you have shown us so far looks beautiful! I especially can’t wait to see what you’ve done with the rest of your sunroom. It must look gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my blog btw. Hope you’re having a great holiday season so far!

Jodie

jeanne December 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank you for hosting…This is my first year to link up for the Holiday Home Tour and I am so excited to visit everyones home. Again thank you for getting us all together for the Holidays!

Houses in Boca Raton December 12, 2011 at 4:13 am

Your holiday house was great…..

Richella at Imparting Grace December 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

I’m back, Julia, and this time I linked up my house tour! I so appreciate your hosting–this is always a lovely party. Thank you!

Carla December 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Darn! I hate being late to parties! I am bummed it slipped my mind last week, but at least I got a link up! Can’t wait to look at all the decor & ideas!

Bre December 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Your house looks so beautiful, Julia! So festive, I tend to agree with you, as much as I adore silver and gold, and the more modern color palettes, red just says Christmas like no other color :) I love the picture of your sweet girls, Lily and Maizie. Lily did an incredible job with the tree, it looks gorgeous!

Shannon at madiganmade December 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Beautiful touches! I’m with you on the use of red this time of year… it does feel very merry! Thanks so much for hosting!

Bonnie December 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I love red for Christmas! leaving red out just looks cold to me, I need the red for merriness. :) Julia, where is the chair in your family room from (next to the fireplace)? I’m looking for something just like it, cozy and comfy for reading, but not too big. Thanks for hosting the linky party, so fun.

hookedonhouses December 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I bought those toile chairs years ago from a store that has since closed its doors. I think about that store every time I need to buy new furniture and wish it was still around!

Ann December 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I’m rockin’ it with red too! Love your family room. Thanks for hosting…Merry Christmas!

Jen December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for hosting such fun, festive party!!! This was my first link party and I am officially “hooked”!!!!!!

Muthering Heights December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

We’re also into red at our house…although, yours is much fancier! :)

Debra @ September Acres December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I find it hard to get away from red too! I have it in my living room all year so it makes it super easy to add to it during the holidays – don’t have to store as much that way either! :) I like to change it up a bit in some rooms though.

Thanks for hosting! I always look forward to you house tour!

kim December 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

very pretty–hope the puppy doesn’t destroy too much!

Janmary, N Ireland December 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I love your idea of a Christmas Album – I think I will start one for our family.

Darlene December 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

Julia! Such fun and special Christmas touches in your home. Thank you so much for hosting such a great Christmas tour party. I am honored to join in!
Merry Christmas, from one house lover to another.
- {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign

DisneyCyndi December 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

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