Christmas House Tour – 2013 Holiday Housewalk

Christmas House Tour -2013 Holiday Housewalk

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I’m so thrilled to have been invited to participate in Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk this year! Yay! The tour will be running all week, and there will be over 30 beautifully decorated Holiday Homes to tour (including some surprise houses!). You’ll get so much inspiration for all of your Holiday Decorating!! You can find the full tour, each day, over at Jennifer Rizzo’s Blog.

Christmas House Tour 2013 Housewalk


2013 Holiday Housewalk

And if you missed Stop #9 (one of the surprise houses!) be sure and Click HERE to head on over and see it, you won’t be disappointed!!

The graphics fairy 10-1bI’m stop #10 and I’m so glad you stopped by!

Welcome to our Christmas House Tour! Let’s get started shall we? Come right on in!

Holiday Housewalk 2013

Christmas Home Tour

This year I did our Living Room all in white and silver. I love how these tones look with the charcoal gray walls in there. I used some of the same pieces in here last year, but moved things around and reconfigured them and then added a few new things as well. You may recall the Faceted Mercury Glass bowls that I made last year and the Glitter Pine Cones that I created as well.

Christmas Home Tour Angel Wings

Last year I did wreaths on this mirror, this year I moved the feathered Angel Wings on to them. I think they look so pretty!

Christmas Home Tour

I picked these mercury glass orbs up at Home Goods. Don’t look too close or you’ll see me, and my paint covered yoga pants, in them!

Christmas Home Tour

I have Ironstone all over the house, a few pieces ended up here on our coffee table. The pillow came from T.J. Maxx, I love the sparkly bits on it!

Christmas Home Tour

This flocked tree was in our Family Room last year, I decided to put it in the Living room this year instead since it went so well with the white and silver theme in here. You may recall the Stenciled Snowflake Burlap Garland that I made last December.

Christmas Home Tour

And the Glitter Frame Ornaments from last year as well, using some of my vintage graphics.

Christmas Home Tour

The book page Butterfly Ornaments are new for this year. I’ll be sharing a Tutorial on how to make them soon!

DIY Wire Brush Trees

These are the Wire Brush Trees that I created previously, I thought they looked cute in this glass container.

Holiday House Tour

My big splurge was this printed Deer Canvas with Flowers and a Peacock Blue Background! I purchased it at The Design House at Lucketts and I did the whole room around it. I just had to have it and I love it!!

Holiday Housewalk 2013

I added some rustic looking candlesticks that I’ve had for awhile, and a few real Deer Antlers, that I actually found in a dumpster!

Holiday Housewalk 2013

I love all the petals on this pretty pillow!

Holiday Housewalk 2013

I placed a pair of gilded wreaths (also HomeGoods) on the Antique Wooden Cabinet that houses our TV.

Holiday Housewalk 2013

I just used some over the door glittery wreath hangers from the Dollar Store to hang them, it made it super quick and easy!

Holiday Housewalk 2013

Here you can see the Painted Peacock Ornaments that I made, I just posted the Tutorial last week. I also created some Gold glittery Reindeer Ornaments to go with the Canvas Print. You can find that Tutorial HERE.

Holiday Housewalk 2013

I placed a few small Moss Orbs to this little Vignette for some color.  You can find a Tutorial for making some Large Moss Orbs HERE.

Holiday Housewalk Kitchen

Now we are entering the kitchen! I’m so glad our Kitchen Renovation was done in time for us to enjoy it during the Holidays!

White Kitchen Farmhouse sink

I kept it really simple in here. I hung a pretty preserved Boxwood Wreath in the window and changed out the liquid soap to green as well. Sometimes little things like that make such a big difference!

Kitchen Tour Holiday Housewalk

The Vintage Champagne Buckets were treated to a couple of oversized mercury glass ornaments, I thought they made great Orbs!

Joy Mugs

I wanted something fun and festive to display in my glass cabinets, so I created these Mugs that spell out the word JOY. I used the same process that I used last year, with the Snowflake Mugs that I made, only I used letter stencils instead. I love how easy these were and you can customize them to say anything that you like!

Joy Mugs Painted

Of course if you have less shelf space, you could display them all together like this.

Jennifer Rizzo Holiday HouseWalk

I kept things a little more simple in the Dining Room this year too. The theme here was gold and green.

Jennifer Rizzo Holiday HouseWalk


2013  Holiday HouseWalk

If you look closely you can see the Book Page Chargers and matching Book Page Napkin Rings that I created for our Dining Room table. I really like how they they look with a few bits of natural greenery from our yard.

Holiday Homes Tour

Here are a few more Preserved Boxwood pieces. I picked the wreaths up at Save On Crafts and they were a great price, compared to some other places that I’ve seen them. The beautiful Gold Venetian Trays were a flea market find at The Lucketts Spring Market this year.

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I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Tour of our Home! Click HERE to hop on over to my pal Gina’s blog next to see her lovely Cottage all decked out for the Holiday Season as well! Also, I’m linking up to The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes!


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  1. Gorgeous Karen! I am loving that deer print above you fireplace and the blue accent pillow that coordinates is perfect :) Everything is beautiful!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Jessica! I can’t wait to get over and see your home, I know it will be fabulous!

  2. Karen, your home is stunning, of course your living room is one of my all time favorites on the net, but your Christmas decor is simply beautiful you did a gorgeous job!

  3. Loved this tour! Your home is lovely, and so inspiring.

  4. Seriously – so gorgeous and even better than last year, which is saying a lot. And that canvas – oh my word! Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Laura, that means a lot coming from someone as talented as you! I can’t wait to see what you did with your home this year!

  5. You home is gorgeous! I love your decorating style!

  6. Karen, your home looks amazing! I love that armoire with the gold wreaths and your kitchen is awesome. It’s just beautiful! I also love the way the fireplace looks with the artwork! thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! I am so glad to have you as a part of the tour!!!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Jen! I’m so excited that you invited me to participate this year! It’s such an honor to be included among so many talented bloggers, like yourself!!

  7. What a beautiful tour! I love those gilded wreaths and all the punches of color around. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

  8. Oh my goodness, I just marvel at how you make everything so complete and beautiful but not cluttered at all. That is what I strive for. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Christmas home.

  9. that canvas!!!!!!!!! oh i wish i could paint because i need one like it!!!!!!! it’s amazing. the end. ;) ps- the rest of the house is amazing, too.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Cassie!! I wish I could paint too! I cheated though and bought this, it’s actually a print, and if you really want one, just head up the road to The Design House! ;)
      P.S. I need to come visit you guys soon, it looks like you’ve had some beautiful things at your shop that I’ve been missing out on!!

  10. So beautiful Karen!! Your living room looks so fabulous decked out for the holidays and that deer painting…sigh adore it! Every detail is perfect!! Thank you for sharing your home with us!


    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Heather, you are so sweet! I can’t wait to see what you and Vanessa have been up to, I’m guessing your homes are looking pretty fab right about now!

  11. I love your home!! Beautiful! Where are the gilded wreaths from?

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Candi! I can’t remember if it was HomeGoods or TJ Maxx, but it was definitely one of the too. I’m really pleased with them. I hope you can find some for your own home!

  12. love all the gold!!
    everything is so beautiful
    merry christmas

  13. Everything is so beautiful! Loving that dark grey and white :)

  14. Karen,
    It is one of the most beautiful homes I have seen!! It is gorgeous, but one can also imagine living there. Thank you, for sharing your home and inspiring me to do better with my home! Blessings and joy to you! Cynthia

    • Karen Watson says:

      Aw! Thanks Cynthia!! You always leave the best comments! Blessings and joy to you too my friend!

  15. Karen, everything is beautiful, but I love the simple touch of the Joy mugs and your amazing kitchen makeover the best!

  16. Gorgeous! Seriously, you need a spread in House Beautiful with these photos. Love every single thing, Karen!!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Wow Beth, thank you so much! Maybe you can call HB and tell them that. ;)
      I’m so glad you stopped by, I’m excited to see what you did this year!!

  17. Karen, everything looks amazing. I am drooling over that peacock blue, girl. Sarah

  18. Beautiful job Karen! The white and silver in your living room is dreamy. And what a fantastic find with that deer canvas! I love how it inspired your design for the tree and rest of the room.

  19. I am in love with the deer canvas too! No wonder you wanted to do a whole room around it. It turned out gorgeous! And I LOVE all of the rest of your rooms as well. That deer on your dining room table is fabulous. Your home is gorgeous! Merry Christmas.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Jennifer!! Although I would trade with you in a heartbeat!! I really enjoyed checking out your fabulous home today! Merry Christmas to you too!

  20. Your home is gorgeous, Karen! I love how each room flows so smoothly into the next–what a lovely job you did with your redos this year! And both of your Christmas trees look so pretty in their new locations! Thank you for sharing your tour with us–I’ll have to check the others out… xoxo

    • Karen Watson says:

      Aw thanks Pat! You’re the best!! I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour, I’m sure you will!

  21. The house is lovely and a true reflection of it’s owner. Karen, I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your hard work on The Graphic Fairy. I have used your beautiful graphics for projects for myself as well as projects I will give others this Christmas. My best friend has launched a booth at the Warrior Antiques Mart in Warrior, Alabama, Deux Amis, that have many of your graphics featured on furniture, tack boards and framed pieces, etc. Thank you and Happy Holidays from the gals from Alabama! Keep the graphics coming in the new year!
    Sarah and Vickie Neny

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Sarah and Vickie for your super sweet words!!! I’m so thrilled that you, and your friends, are finding such good uses for my graphics. That means a lot to me!! Happy Holidays to both of you too!

  22. Beautiful Christmas Decor! It all goes together so nicely….glad I stopped by!

  23. I love the deer canvas and the armoire with basket and the wreaths!
    Beautiful home!

  24. Karen, what a lovely home! I especially LOVE your kitchen and that simple statement with a wreath above the sink!!! Perfection.

  25. Really stunning!!! Where did you get the angel wing in the dining room? Such a gorgeous touch.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Carrie! The Angel wing is from The Design House at Lucketts Store, in Virginia. It’s not old, but it has a great look to it!

  26. Karen, your home is so lovely and all the touches are beautiful. I LOVE the deer print! Thank you for the mug tutorial. I see that coming in the future. Happy Holidays!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Kris! Those mugs are so fun and easy to make, I think you’ll have fun with that project!

  27. I love your new deer with flowers print! the colors are wonderful and you did a wonderful job decorating. love the turquoise tree!

  28. Wow, Karen! It is absolutely gorgeous. I love the metallic tones. Everything looks so pulled-together and amazing!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Aw! Thanks Kelly! I need to pop over and see what you’ve done with your home this year, I’m sure it’s fabulous!

  29. YOWZA–fantastic!! I would stay in the cozy flocked Christmas tree room all day! (Until I had to venture into the crisp white kitchen for some cookies and tea!)
    The deer painting is crazy! And I love it!

    THANK YOU for sharing.

  30. Your home is GORGEOUS! and I so want that Deer canvas with flowers! I am drooling over it! It is so special!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Joan! I’m pretty happy with that Deer too, I think I will have to find another spot for him in the house, when Christmas is over!

  31. Really pretty. I love this blue. My christmas scheme this year is black, cream and gold.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Elaine! Your Christmas colors sound so elegant! I bet the touches of black really make the creams and golds pop!

  32. Your home is gorgeous Karen!! Love that stag canvas! You made a good choice picking it up. The little matching ornaments are so cute too!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Jessica!! I popped over to your blog the other day and pinned your sweater print ornaments, those were the cutest idea!!

  33. Gorgeous gilded mirror!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Miss Charming! It belonged to my Great Grandparents and is a treasured piece in our home for sure!

  34. GORGEOUS! It’s perfect! I love it all, especially that deer art! It’s awesome!!! ;}

  35. Love your home! Picked up some great ideas while enjoying the photos. Where did the wood (?) pedestal on your dining room table come from? I love the contrast of the green moss deer to the wood.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Jen! That pedestal came from Lucketts Store, just outside of Leesburg, VA. It’s not a one of kind though, and I have seen others at antique shows and other shops, so you might be able to find one local to you.

  36. Not only is your home beautifully done….I feel that the spirit of the season is in your heart and your find joy in sharing with us. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    Is is a real pick-me-upper viewing these lovely decorated homes. Puts me in the Christmas mood.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Claire! I love that the tour has put in you in the Christmas mood, that is the point really, so it is nice to hear that we have accomplished that with our posts!!

  37. sandie taylor says:

    Karen, thanks so sharing (apparently one of your gifts) your beautiful home and many talents. Seeing your home certainly explains your “graphic fairy” sucess.
    I really honed in on some of my favorites. My business was “tapestry and topiaries” thus some of the eye candy I loved were your preserved bxwood topiaries and wreaths, the moss balls, the little decorated deer on the gorgeous green tree with awsome ornaments, the snowy branches with the mercury glass orbs( which I collect)-also had an antique business.I absolutely LOVE GRAPHICS FAIRY.I see it usuallyseveral times and take advantage of your tutorials. I joined pinterest on your sweet advice–just haven’t gotton far. Need help, but I will find it.
    You have become a good friend! thanks from the heart,

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Sandie!! You are so sweet! It sounds like we like many of the same things! I love the name of your business, it sounds like a place that I would have loved to have shopped at! I’m so glad you are enjoying the tutorials as well!!

  38. Karen your home looks AMAZING all dressed up for Christmas! I cannot get over how fabulous those gilded leaf wreaths are on the armoire and you just have so many gorgeous details. PLUS you look beautiful in that photo welcoming us into your home!! So thrilled to be part of the tour with you this year!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Vanessa, you are such a sweetheart! I’m so honored to be a part of this tour with all of you talented DIYers! I really enjoyed seeing your gorgeous home too!

  39. Your home is so beautifully decorated for the holidays… I love the deer painting, the colors are so vibrant and you did a great job decorating around it! Merry Christmas!

  40. It all looks so beautiful and welcoming! LOVE those angel wings! Life to the full! Melissa

  41. LOVE all of the blues and grays. So beautiful.

    Question: do you know the name of the artist who painted the deer painting? I am completely obsessed but haven’t had any luck figuring out who the artist might be.

    Happy Christmas!!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Lulu! It’s actually a print on Canvas, not an original painting. I got it at Old Lucketts Store, , in Virginia, at their Design House.
      Happy Christmas to you too!

  42. Carena Ennis says:

    trying to read all the comments, if you have all ready commented on the angel wings could you do it one more time??? Where or what type of shop were they at?

    • Karen Watson says:

      Hi Carena, If you mean the white feathered ones, I got those at Old Lucketts Store, just outside of Leesburg, VA, last year. I don’t know if they carried them this year, you can check out their online shop at , if they don’t have them, I would try Google, I don’t think they are too hard to find online.

  43. Oh my goodness, every detail is gorgeous!! That charcoal room with the silver tones is just to die for!! And I adore your flocked tree! Everything is just flawless. Merry Christmas!

  44. Hi Karen! Your home looks gorgeous! I love the color palette in the living room with the grey, silver and white! I’ve been thinking of using a similar palette in our master bedroom and have had the grey chair in your family room on my wish list for a while now. Are you happy with it? Is it comfy? I think it’s just beautiful! I love those little bleached blonde trees! So cute! I need to find some. I just thought they came that way! I never knew you could bleach them until I read your tutorial! So cute! Thank you for sharing your lovely home and all of your wonderfully creative ideas! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Leena

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Leena!! So sorry I’m just now responding sweet friend, somehow I missed a bunch of comments here! As far as that little gray chair goes, don’t buy it!! Seriously! It’s not comfortable at all! It looks super cute with a pillow on it, and is great for display, I suppose in a pinch you could use it for a guest if you needed extra seating, but it’s hard as a rock! I ordered it, actually 2 of them, from one of my vendors, from when I had my shop, so I didn’t get to try them out before hand. So there’s my honest review! Haha! Merry Christmas to you too!

  45. I adore that Deer Canvas! So so pretty. I had the pleasure of going to Lucketts when I took my long ride to MD to see Cassie’s Hometalk Halloween Hunt, where I also met you.
    Your house is so pretty and I really enjoyed your stunning Christmas tour. I want a flocked tree so badly. I love yours!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks so much Julia!! I hope you enjoyed your time at Lucketts, it really is an amazing place! You’ll have to come back in May for the Lucketts Spring Market! So fun!

  46. Karen,
    You have a beautiful home. I absolutely love everything about your living room. They grey walls are stunning. Where did you find your coffee table and end tables, I’ve never seen any like them before?

  47. Your holiday decorated home is gorgeous, and thank you for all the great DIY ideas and tutorials. Happy New Year, Karen!

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