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Songbird Christmas Home Tour 2013

Songbird Christmas House Tour

Welcome everyone to the Christmas Home Tour 2013 on Songbird. An especially warm welcome to everyone who came over from A Place for Us.


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If you are here for the first time, you may not have realized it but you just arrived in Europe. Who would have thought that this Christmas tour of homes would involve international travel. 

I am Marianne and I live, work and blog in the Netherlands. 


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And of course a warm welcome too to the followers of my 12 Days of Christmas Decorating series. We made it to the finish line together, yeah us. 



 Okay let’s get one with it. 

Welcome to my home. Step on in, take a look around and make yourself comfortable.


natural, rustic Christmas wreath

Easy & Fast Luscious Christmas Wreath


My Christmas wreath on my door might give you an indication of what is to come inside. My Christmas decor is of the homemade, natural, rustic and easy type. 

I love making little vignettes and creative displays, but I never spend a lot of time or money for that matter on them. Like the three easy Christmas vignettes I shared this year. 


simple Christmas decoration 2


4 bottles + 4 candles = 1 pretty decoration


silver and white Christmas vignette 3

One tray and a casual collection of forest finds and glittery ornaments, oh and candles.


Christmas decoration vignette 1

A vintage crate, lots of pine cones and various decorations and a string of lights.


I am what you might call a lazy decorator, although I prefer to call it a busy decorator. So most of my projects are easy, simple and rather quick to put together. 

My crafting is no different. This year I whipped up a variety of decorations. All easy, fast and fun projects. 

Like my crochet ornaments that actually do not involve any crochet activity:


Christmas tree white ornaments handmade 6


The rustic Christmas garland that is hanging in front of our French doors:


rustic natural Christmas Garland 8


And the little jingle bells hearts I made:


homemade Christmas ornament jingle bells pearls heart 


We don’t have a large house, like most Dutch houses we basically have one big room that is living room, dining room and family room in one. We live, work and play in this room, so it is the room where our Christmas decorations are concentrated. 


Christmas tree white ornaments handmade 3

My big beautiful Christmas tree is the center of attention.


living room Christmas decor pillows 2

Plaids and pillows are ready for snuggling and napping.


living room Christmas decor pillows 4


On the side table you can spot another little vignette I created. 


driftwood Christmas tree with deer under chicken wire cloche Christmas decoration 3


Little deer with a driftwood tree under a chicken wire cloche


The deer is in good company of his friends who are wishing you a Merry Christmas in French.

living room Christmas decor pillows

Pillows from the H&M Home collection


In the center of our room stands a big colonial hutch. Just a few months ago this hutch used to be dark, brown and boring. This year I gave her  a milk paint makeover and now she is the star of the room. 


simple Christmas decoration 1

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And of course we couldn’t live with our big farmhouse style table in the middle of the room.

The table got a little decoration of her own. 


Christmas  candles decoration pots 1





Christmas  candles decoration pots 2


And what would any self-respecting Christmas Home Tour be without at least one pretty bokeh shot. 


Christmas tree bokeh candles decoration


On a shelf in the corner I create my ‘mantel’ decorations. This year’s mantel was an example of Pretty in White:

lights houses Christmas mantel 5

 Paper houses Christmas mantel


I made paper houses out of milk cartons and from my own designs. I will share the tutorial for how to make those little houses in a couple of days, so you’ll have to come back for that one. 


lights houses Christmas mantel 2


Have you gathered by now that I love white? :-D


lights houses Christmas mantel 4a




Christmas tree white ornaments handmade 4


But this years accent color was red. And in one room in particular I added some warm red to set the mood.

I decorate my bedroom for Christmas too. It is my own personal retreat and I love to withdraw there and cuddle up between the blankets and pillows and revel in the twinkly lights atmosphere.

Christmas bedroom decoration in red and white with stars 3

My starry, starry bedroom was shared here.


handmade Christmas stocking red and white


And that brings us to the end of this tour. I hope you enjoyed it and that you will return here for a visit after the Holiday frenzy is over. 


natural rustic Christmas garland 9

 Have a safe travel to the next stop of the Christmas home tour. Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl is opening her doors for you.


Pretty Handy Girl


 And if you want to catch up on all homes that you can visit in this tour just click on the button below and it will bring you to the master list at Just a Girl.


Just a Girl Christmas Home Tour

Just a Girl Christmas Tour of Homes

And of course don’t forget about the Linky Parties tomorrow that close of the 12 Days of Decorating series. You are welcome to link up all your mantels, table settings, vignettes and centerpieces right here on Songbird and lots of other Christmas decorating ideas at the Linky parties of my fellow 12 Day-ers. 


 Don’t forget to go see what the final day of the series has in store for you over at my friends place:


FJI12 ibc12 TW12 s2c12 rem12
Funky Junk Interiors Inspired by Charm Thistlewood Farm Shanty 2 Chic Remodelaholic



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  1. I decorate my room too because it makes me feel special to fall asleep to it all. I really enjoyed seeing this home and its homemade vibe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful Marianne! I love the simplicity of your snowflake Christmas Tree! I have one tree I haven’t decorated yet and your tree has now inspired me how it should be decorated! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. I just adore your style! You house all decked out for Christmas is so enchanting!

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  5. Your home is soooo beautiful Marianne! I love that jinglebell heart. <3

  6. Morning Marianne, I love ‘walking’ through your home with you at this time of year. I agree your beautiful paint job on the hutch really makes a huge difference in your home. Your little touches of red are great. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  7. What a beautiful tour! Your style is so calming, light and bright!

  8. it’s perfect- just right! i adore the potted candles with the toadstools! your home is lovely, warm, and cozy!

    • Thank you for all your hard work so that we too could be inspired! Each part is so you and so individual. I love how you decorate. It is my favorite glimpse into Holland!! And all that hard work on your hutch turned out a showpiece! It’s decor on display is perfect!
      Thank you again for this gift following right on the tail of 31 days. I so appreciate it. :-)

  9. Your home is so cozy! It reminds me of our friends home in Leiden!

  10. Your home is so beautiful and cozy, Marianne. Thank you for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas!

  11. I love it all Marianne and I’m pinning madly.

  12. Love love love your home. It is beautiful and a reflection of you. I love your tree, the houses you made, the vignettes…all of it. What a warm home you have created. I thoroughly enjoyed your tour.
    Thank you. Merry Christmas,

  13. Love your home…thanks for the tour:-)


  14. Love everything! Thanks for the tour!


  15. Hi, I’m from Spain I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it.

    Merry Christmas!!!

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