Christmas Home Tour with Mattie of Rustic Vivo Design

Last year mom and I decided to do a week of Christmas home tours! We’re so excited to kick off Christmas Home Tours for 2022. Every day this week you’ll see a new home up on the blog and you are going to LOVE every single one.

Today we’re on tour two with our friend Mattie of @RusticVivoDesign. We’ve toured Mattie’s home on the blog in the past for both Christmas and every day. We’re excited for you to see the updates she’s made and how she adds holiday cheer to her home!



The shiplap on the entry wall of the stairwell is the perfect backdrop for family photos as you enter the home! Add a church bench to welcome guests and the entry is complete. Mattie added a layered garland to the stairs and the bells we’ve been seeing everywhere this year for some extra whimsey!


The dining room is sophisticated yet warm and welcoming. The farm table surrounded by barrel back chairs is beautifully styled with layers of greenery, reindeer, candlesticks, and tabletop trees. The hutch came in the same wood stain as the table but Mattie decided to give it a coat of booth bay gray to mix things up. It’s become a very popular color and decked with garland this piece looks great! The chandelier needed a refresh with a muted gold paint to bring the whole thing together. With a light-colored rug and some linen panels, this room was finished.



The kitchen was the biggest transformation in Mattie’s home! Believe it or not the kitchen was less than half the space. The oversized breakfast area and tiny kitchen were reversed to showcase a large kitchen with a massive island. New cabinets were installed all the way to the ceiling for impact and the open shelving brings the space up to date. They look beautiful with touches of Christmas greenery. The bar stools make a huge Christmas statement with a simple wreath and silk ribbon bows. The breakfast nook holds one of three Christmas trees in Mattie’s home. This flocked tree looks great on its own, but Mattie changed an everyday piece of art with a snowy winter scene. Touches like this are what take it over the top!



This room was really elevated with the installation of picture panel molding. It adds the character needed to go along with the stunning modern furniture inherited from Mattie’s father-in-law who was a furniture designer. Mattie loves to share the story of these recovered pieces and always explains, her father-in-law was ahead of his time. The velvet green pillows aren’t just for Christmas, they’re on the sofa year-round.

The Christmas tree in this room is beautifully decorated with various ornaments, ribbons, and big poinsettias! Again, the garland is layered to add interest. Stockings are hung by the chimney with care and this fireplace is ready for Christmas! There’s a piano styled with reindeer and evergreen. Above the piano is a fun handwritten Christmas tree sign. Similar to the dining room chandelier, the living room lighting, and TV frame are painted in a muted gold. The French doors are flanked with linen panels. Textures and layers, make this house a home.



Simple touches of garland on the bed and above the large hutch, along with a wreath make this space merry! Mattie also added touches of Christmas on the shelves of the hutch.



The third of the Christmas trees can be found in the boys room. Mattie called this the Charlie Brown Christmas tree because it dates back to her days as a single mom when all she could afford was this tattered little tree. The ornaments are sweet and sentimental, some are handmade by the boys, some are collected. But this hodgepodge of a tree has more meaning than all the perfectly styled trees around! This tree tells the story of God’s faithfulness and I’m sure it will always have a place in their home!


Until recently this guest room lacked any direction or style. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. The peppercorn walls pack a punch on their own, so a deer mount is all that was needed! This deer head originally came with a set of horns. Mattie wasn’t sure how they came off but decided to save him by adding a couple of evergreen branches in their place. Now, this guy is styling and shouting, “It’s Christmas!” Again, a simple garland dresses up the headboard. Add some bottle brush trees and a paper house to the nightstands and this bedroom is filled with warmth and whimsy!

Thank you Mattie for inviting us into your home!

I hope Mattie’s home tour brought you as much joy as it brought us. I’m loving all the new additions. Make sure to give Mattie a follow on Instagram at @RusticVivoDesign. Also, be sure to sign up for our email to see the other 3 home tours releasing this week. You really are going to love them all.



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