One of our favorite events every year is the Rockwall Holiday Home Tour put together by our sweet friend Michele Howell of Vintage Home Designs. We go to Holiday Home Tours in multiple cities and this one is by far our favorite. Every year we go and spot the best holiday inspiration for as it goes for home design. This year’s homes did not disappoint!
We had character overload in Home Number 1. The front porch gives a glimpse of the Christmas charm you’ll find inside. The homeowner has been collecting vintage ornaments for a number of years so you will see them sprinkles throughout. The dining tables in the formal and the breakfast were dressed to the nines. The vintage dinnerware mixed with florals and evergreen was stunning! The trees throughout the home each had a little white bird as a surprise.
The bedrooms were also fully decorated. The primary bedroom had a tree that perfectly fit with the room’s southern charm. The guest room with toile wallpaper and antique furniture looked like something from a Hallmark movie and the bunk room was whimsical and sweet! The homeowner left each guest with a precious little note to remember the reason for the season! There was so much to see we could have lingered in this home for hours, but we were excited to see Home Number 2!
One of the best things about this home tour is the diversity of styles. But this year we saw a common thread of old perfectly mixed with new. And Home 2 does it perfectly! This home was newly renovated from top to bottom. And we were drawn in from the moment we walked through the door! The homeowner chose the 12 Days of Christmas as a theme and the threads of it run throughout. The home is bright and airy with clean and modern finishes. Yet all at once warm and inviting. So much style and sophistication in the furnishings and found items that the homeowner has collected from estate sales and antique markets.
Once again the dining table was so fun! Here, the twelve days of Christmas were fully on display and this homeowner is incredibly creative with the things she came up with for each day. See if you can spot them in the photos! The trees were not overdone but all had a touch of whimsey. The family room tree was neutrals but very impactful with oversized ornaments and ribbons. The primary bedroom was simply a variety of picks, an earthy and organic feel. And the kids’ rooms were bright and cheerful. The homeowner left us with what she discovered are the true meaning behind the words of The Twelve Days of Christmas and with so much Holiday Cheer! Off to the next home!
This home has been a regular on the blog but we were still excited to get to the tour! The homeowners bought and renovated this home a few years ago. The moment you enter you feel welcome, greeted by the homeowners themselves. The home has layered garland throughout. Why just do evergreen when you can add some beads and bells! The homeowners have done an amazing job at mixing styles from room to room and still maintaining a cohesive look everywhere!
The dining room is decorated with simple touches of greenery! The kitchen looks festive with decoration on the oversized island and a wreath on every chair! A vintage frame was perfect for a winter scene in the breakfast along with a beautiful flocked tree! Sometimes just a wintery mix is the best idea because it lasts from fall all the way through the New Year. The family room has a fully decorated tree with flowers and bows. Stocking all hung by the chimney with care.
And like the other homes, this one carries touches even into the bedrooms. The master is stunning on its own but add Christmas garland and it’s a showstopper! The boys’ room has the last of three trees and it has a lot of sentiment as it’s been with the family since the homeowner was a single mom. She calls this the Charlie Brown Christmas tree! This was another theme we found in every home, the sentimental and cherished pieces of Christmas that tell a story. We were excited to see the next one!
Speaking of sentiment and charm! This homeowner has attention to every detail. There was so much to take in! But from the entry the theme of music starts! When do you start decorating a home with Christmas exploding from every place you look? Well, this homeowner starts on the first of September. It’s evident that she loves Christmas and of course, she loves to host. So every year guests are surprised with a different theme. Clever vignettes are throughout.
The piano is the perfect display to get lost in the music of Christmas. Horns and musical instruments are all tucked within the garland. Again, vintage pieces are a key element of design in this home. You might think the Christmas Village above the bar is just for Christmas, but the snow gets removed and the Village stays up all year! One of the most fun takeaways is that trees are not just simply for ornaments. The upstairs game room tree was filled with toys! The primary bedroom tree had a wedding theme, decorated with the homeowner’s family heirlooms, from shoes to veils.
And the front room tree was full of unexpected items. Not only a single ornament but sets of vintage ornaments in the original box! The outdoor of this home was as full as the indoors. Such a beautiful prayer garden. Carolers by the garden shed. Every chair and bench with cozy pillows and throws! If I could say one thing about this home it would be, don’t blink because you will definitely miss something— in this cherished Christmas home!
Last but definitely not least! This homeowner knows how to display all the feels of Christmas! The warm and cozy kind of Christmas! Again we see a mix of collected and new pieces that make this house a home. And it seems that every piece tells a story. The homeowner inherited the beautiful Christmas village they display when you enter. The theme of family and sentiment carries throughout. From the treasured Santas to even furnishings. There may be evergreen and pops of red berries but this is not Christmas as usual. The unique way the homeowner displays things takes it over the top. Lanterns flanking a buffet in the family are then draped with wreaths. So much charm and character in every little corner. Wrapped Christmas gifts are great under the tree but way more interesting when you place them in the firebox! The Christmas tree is classic in red and green but eclectic with a mix of ornaments and poinsettias! The kitchen is charming with sweet pops of Christmas everywhere. Even the bedrooms are filled with whimsy and the magic of Christmas! If I were a guest it would be hard to leave this Hallmark Christmas home!
We love that each one of these homes has a unique spin on their holiday decor, but are each stunning and so inspiring. I’d love to know what inspired you most and if there are any styles your applying to your own home. We love hearing from you in the comments! What’s your Christmas style and how did these homes inspire you?
We can’t wait for the 2022 tour! Thank you so much Michele for allowing us to photograph and film again this year. If you want to see Rockwall’s 2019 Holiday Home Tour head to this post here.