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All Is Calm and Bright Christmas Home Tour

It’s A Wonderful House Christmas Hop

Hello, again friends. I’m honored you’ve dropped by as I join some of my favorite bloggers in the It’s A Wonderful House Christmas Hop.    This Christmas home tour is being hosted by the very talented Olivia at Reinvented Collection.   I am certain that regardless of your home style, rustic, French, farmhouse or traditional there will be something to inspire you.

Christmas Home tour with DIY Christmas Decorations in All white.

Please grab a coffee, or a glass of wine and enjoy the tour.   I hope your enjoyed Virginia’s tour at Sweet Pea.  Today is Day Two of our Blog Hop,  please check out the links at the bottom of my post and check back tomorrow for the next portion of the tour.

Our home is a modest two-story that we love.   My home decor always relies on lots of refurbishing and DIY projects.  I will point them out as we go along.

All is Calm and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Please come on in.  This is obviously our front foyer and the first area that welcomes guest in.  I am so glad you’re here.

Last year I used a projector some charcoal and a Christmas card to create the deer artwork.   As I was shy to share it downstairs last year,  my son added some beautiful trees and background to it and I am reusing it this year in the front foyer.

Front foyer of a Christmas home tour, featuring DIY artwork and a homemade bench. Christmas home tour, Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

Christmas home tours are very exciting to take part in, but the month leading up to the Christmas tour is very stressful for me.  Once  Christmas arrives I want our home to be restful, pretty, calm and bright.  So for this year, I chose calm and bright as my theme.  I hope you enjoy the white and natural decor as much as I do.

A Christmas home tour featuring a fireplace alcove with forest animal art and a DIY sign for Christmas. Christmas home tour, Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

I adore the quiet winter moment captured of this fox in the snow,   The serenity of this art moved me so I placed it above our main fireplace.   He is inexpensive art from Bouclair.  The little All is a Calm sign is a DIY addition to make the fox large enough for over the mantel.

My Christmas decor does set a mood of calm when you enter our home, I worked hard to try and capture that feeling in the blog photographs and I hope you can feel it.

A Christmas home tour featuring all white Christmas decor, done on a budget. An example of how to decorate a home for Christmas on a budget.

Our main floor has a kitchen, dining room and living room all open concept.  It has large windows all along the back wall, which make the room as bright as possible.

To me, the calm decor is whites, with a little sparkle, natural elements and hints of decor.  Nothing really elaborate or heavy.  Already our days are too short and often very dull, the bright whites really help to add joy to the room.  I made the white chair covers and the white tree decorations have been slowly collected over decades.


A Christmas home tour featuring a simple centerpiece using greenery and white decor elements. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour


Our home does not have a separate formal dining room so whatever centerpiece I place on it has to be easily movable.   The runner is from leftover cushion fabric,  I stole a bird ornament from the tree, added greenery and felt snow to a plain galvanized container.


A Christmas home tour featuring an array of apothecary jars with all white fllers. Christmas home tour, Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

This is the start of Grandma Lea’s Christmas candy buffet.  So far I have scotch mints, white pretzels and yogurt covered raisins courtesy of Grandpa.  I will be adding some homemade white chocolates and my mother’s secret recipe homemade marshmallows.

Some of you may remember this little basket,  I simply replaced the cookbooks with a pretty little wreath for the holidays.


Christmas home tour featuring a little farmhouse style wall basket with greenery and white lace. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour


The countertops and tables can be easily cleared off for use.  The little trees, trays, and centerpieces are movable so I can utilize the space as I need it.   A couple of trees a pretty tea towel and some greenery on top of the cupboards is all the decorating I did for the kitchen, but it still makes it blend in with the rest of the areas on the main floor.

Christmas home tour with a kitchen, dining room family room all decorated in coordinating white DIY Christmas decor., Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour


Christmas home tour with a dining room and kitchen decorated in all white Christmas decor. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

Typically I place the tree in the corner of a room but this year I chose to make the trees stand out more and placed them in the center of the room.  They are more of a focal point this way and I love that I can see it from all sides.    I will caution you though that the tree uses more decorations when setting out this way.

Christmas home tour, Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour
Christmas home tour, Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour



Instead of using traditional religious-themed ornaments, this year I used the birds and icicles these little birds carry the theme for me.  Although I  really prefer the flocked tree its not in the budget, every year I add a few more of the  DIY flocked branches in white instead.

Christmas home tour with a pretty sparkly white bird sitting in the Christmas tree. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

The coffee table has a small vintage runner I inherited,  it is real linen and has tatting lace.  I considered purchasing a faux sheepskin from Ikea instead.  I may still go purchase one, but I like that its an heirloom.


Christmas home tour with all white Christmas decorations and mirrored coffee table. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour


Christmas home tour fireplace mantel decorated in all white DIY Christmas decorations with sparkle and bling. , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour


Our home has two living areas, the family room off the kitchen and a large bonus room on the second floor for Hubs man cave.

I HAD a large mirror tucked in behind the tree to reflect the light and sparkles, unfortunately, I knocked it down and smashed it as I was plugging the tree in this morning.  It really did make a nice difference, oh well. The little mitten banner on the staircase is a dollar store craft.

A Christmas tour banister with dollar store banner and two Christmas trees.

The upstairs room is much larger than the family room, so we gather there to open gifts.  The grandchildren are in the Santa stage so I added  Santa to the decor.  The room also has a very large feature window that is relatively impossible to photograph.  I like to place decor in this window up high as it is out of the way and really pretty at night with the sparkling lights.

Christmas home tour with a rustic white Santa Claus decoration , Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

The decor on the second floor has the same natural colours as the main floor but as you will see is much more rustic.  Like the fox picture over the mantel, I chose this deer ornament as I love the moment captured in it.  It sits on the upstairs coffee table.

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Christmas Home Tour featuring All White Decor


Christmas home tour featuring snow covered Christmas animal decorations, sparkle and bling. Christmas House, Christmas Home, Christmas house tour

As time rolls along blogs change, some leave the web, others change their name.  Unfortunately too many of the gorgeous hops had broken links so I had to remove them.  Sad because they were lovely.


  1. Hi, Leanna! This is an amazing post! I really liked holiday vibes and joy that I got from it. Your home looks breathtaking. This is a wonderful decoration idea and you`re absolutely right- white and rustic bring up a calm and warm atmosphere. I was wondering, how much time do you need to decorate your home for holidays?

  2. Leanna your white Christmas theme is beautiful. I love the little birds in your tree so much. I tend to favor those as well. Thank you for joining It’s A Wonderful House Christmas Hop.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas,

  3. Your home is gorgeous. It’s like a winter wonderland. I understand the stress in putting together, but hope you know it was well worth it. I love everything.

  4. That sign above the little fox perfectly describes your beautiful home Leanna. “All is calm, all is bright”. I’m still loving your hardwood floors, they look amazing and all the special touches you’ve added look so warm and inviting. It’s lovely

  5. Just amazing. Love the calm and bright combo. You sure pull it off! Will pin this and share as I think your home looks grand.

  6. Wow. There is so much beauty on this page. I love the ideas. I may need to borrow a few. 🙂

  7. What a beautiful tour Leanna- thank you for letting us into your home, and sharing your decorations. Looks very clean and wintery. Makes me wish I had more trees set up lol! Hope you are enjoying your holidays:)

  8. LeannaForsythe says:

    Thank you Marie. I wanted banners but wanted something more light looking than the faux greenery type. I hope we can visit soon. xo Leanna

  9. Lea your house is beautiful I love to visit you one day and I love the touches like that galvanised trough

  10. Its all so beautiful, calm and oh so Canadian wintery – love it! Swooning over the adorable garland on your staircase too.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. I wanted banners but wanted something more light looking than the faux greenery type. I hope we can visit soon. xo Leanna

  11. Leanna, I love all the white and neutral colors. Everything looks so crisp and inviting! You did a wonderful job with your home.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Lynn. Now all I need to do is get the family to help keep it this way lol.

  12. Leanna, your home looks so pretty with all the winter whites. I absolutely adore your artwork too. That deer painting is fabulous, and I LOVE your mitten garland. So gorgeous and thank you for sharing.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sue. Thank you for your kind comment. This year it is less fancy than other years but I love changing it up. Merry Christmas.

  13. Leanna, your home is beautiful and I especially love that deer art piece! It’s fab! You have a wonderful color palette I love the color of your floors too

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you so much Summer. We have such long winters up here that its helpful to have everything as bright as we can including the floors. I absolutely love your home as well.

  14. Hi Leanna…your home is beautiful! I love the nature inspired decor (your deer is perfect!) and all of the white does make everything feel calm and bright 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for the kind feedback on the deer. It is always a labour of love to do Christmas decor. It is such a good time.

  15. Your home is absolutely stunning Leanna. You have a way of mixing the new and old and making it look fresh not old style. I cannot wait to see the little ones eyes when they spot grandma’s cookies in the sideboard glass jars.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      My grand daughters are already asking their Mom what she think’s their room will look like. Those little ones really are the best part of the holiday’s for us. When the holidays slow down I want to hear all about your move. Thanks Leanna.

  16. Your Christmas home tour is so charming. I love all of the thought and details you have thought of. I like how the artwork can take you into the winter months.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Debra. My plan this year is to simply take away from my Christmas decor and leave what I can to become the Winter decor.

  17. I love all of the beautiful white Christmas touches in your house. The fox picture is just so cute as well. I love the jars filled with treats!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Angelina. Apothecary jars are so versatile and I try to use them in different ways every Christmas.

  18. So beautiful Leanna! I love all your wonderful Holiday decor! Really pretty!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Rebeca, for me the decor is what makes the holidays special. For many people its the food that builds memories but personally for me its the sparkles and atmosphere when everyone is around. Have a beautiful Christmas.

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Rebeca. I am very fond of all white decor, its a mature look that appeals to me.

  19. Oh my gosh Leanna! It’s all extraordinary! The whole look is focused and cohesive and so beautiful. I love all the small touches of sparkle, and how well everything works together. The fox in the snow is so compelling – ! I love the galvanized container on the dining table, and the basket with the wreath, and your trees are just stunning. I will be back a few more times for inspiration! Beautifully done!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      What a kind comment Kristine, it is a labour of love for sure to put the tours together. Last year I did my home in reds and tartans which are nice, but I have to admit I prefer the white bling look as it is just so bright and glistening. Hugs and thanks Leanna

  20. Your home is so beautiful!!! All of the white accents make it look like a winter wonderland! It’s gorgeous!

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Christene. This years winter decor will be an easy look to put together. All I need to do is take out some of the sparkle and obvious Christmas decor and the winter wonderland stuff can stay to cher up the long Canadian winter I am always dreading. Thank you for commenting, I love the feedback.

  21. So much beautiful white decor in your home! It definitely looks nice and calm 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kelly. Thank you, its funny how you will finally find the theme and then from there its all much easier to put together. I appreciate the feedback on the “feel” of the post as the photos are always the largest challenge. Merry Christmas

  22. Your home looks beautiful decorated for Christmas. I love the deer art that you created and think I’d leave it out year round. I know you were so sad that that you broke your mirror that probably reflected your tree so nicely. It’s still a pretty spot without it! I so much enjoyed touring your home.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Paula. I am hoping to use the broken mirror in some sort of diy project and if I am really lucky replace it with one of those gorgeous large mirrors. I appreciate the feedback on our home its a labour of love putting it together. Thank you.

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