Rustic Christmas Home Tour

I absolutely LOVE Christmas! My husband has learnt over the years to brace himself as the festive season approaches. There is nothing I don’t love about the season……I can be heard singing christmas carols loudly out of key, I take the lyrics “deck the halls” very seriously, I love Santa and making sure the magic of Christmas is kept alive (my daughter at 8 still believes in Santa and I LOVE that), but mostly I love honouring this season for what is truly meant for…..celebrating Jesus’ birth.

I am sooo ridiculously excited to share my first ever home tour, though it is only a part home tour but I promise you will not be disappointed in the quantity of photos……I may or may not have gone a tad overboard…..but then it wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t over do it!

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Before we start the tour I should tell you little about where we live…..We are fortunate enough to live on a 90 acre Farm in Queensland, Australia in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland….this is my husbands families property and we live in a little “cottage” while we wait to build our forever home on our plot of land on the farm. The farm is called “Thistledo” it was named by my in-laws and one day soon our forever home will reside here…I am proud of the legacy and the history of this property. It has always been my husbands dream to make a home here and I am happy to be able to share this dream with him. So this little “cottage” we call home is a tiny little house on top of a hill…..a little house that is built onto a shed…..it’s not pretty but we are very blessed to live here and I refuse to take it for granted. One day I am sure I will miss this little home just as I miss each home before it….they all have played a part in our story.

So without further ado…..welcome to my home…..

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Lets start with the entrance…..it’s small but that is a common theme here and I am happy I have one at all. I took my theme “Handmade Christmas” literally….most of what you see here is found, foraged, upcycled and handmade. I wanted the look to be rustic and simple with an Australian influence…..there will be no snowflakes here. I kept it simple with a wreath, bunting and a mirror (which was a cupboard door in its last life!) …..then I have my “believe” sign that is copper leaf “dipped”….this is a simple DIY, I will be sharing the tutorial with you.

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I completely stripped our living space of colour…..well as much as I could…..which is saying a lot as I love colour but I really wanted a very organic look. I was that committed (or I need to be committed, probably the latter) that I even switched out furniture…..as you come to know me better you will see just how committed I am to creating “looks” in my home.

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I made the three pillows, the antler one was done with a washable Sharpie and the other two I sewed, I also made the three Copper Foil Prints and the frames, I will share these in a DIY tutorial….they are probably my favourite project I made for Christmas this year. I made 5 different signs for my Christmas decor all with wood found on the farm…..I will be sharing how I made three of these in upcoming tutorials.

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I found this old door in a shed here on the farm….it was fun hanging that thing but I have to say this is my favourite vignette….I wish it could stay all year!

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I recently did a post on my “refreshment station” reveal and I just knew this would be a great place to makeover and dress-up with Christmas decor…..I replaced my refreshment sign with a more christmassy one that I made….I actually love this look without all the colour!

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Which leads me to the kitchen….I LOVE baking…..I love nothing more than watching the joy my cakes bring to my family….I will be sharing a special Christmas recipe with you in an upcoming post…..my first recipe from my kitchen.

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On the other side of our living room is the closest thing I have to a mantel…..our vintage sideboard….my FAVOURITE piece of furniture. I decorated this with branches pruned from our lemon trees, logs my hubby chopped to pieces for me, pine cones and lots of candles. I placed my Christmas Message in a Bottle ornaments onto a branch and created a nativity scene for the wall (tutorial coming)….I used my antique typewriter to write up a piece of scripture….Isiah 9v6. Our Christian faith is very much the center of our Christmas.

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How cute is this small rustic chandelier ornament I found…..it makes me smile.

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Below is a basket I hung on the wall….doesn’t it look wreath-like? I normally photograph babies in this so its a different use for it!

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In the hallway alcove I have my Nativity scene…..I spent every Christmas the first 4 years of our marriage looking for the perfect nativity……this is a treasured item….something I plan to pass on. I look forward to unpacking it from its box every year….it never fails to take my breath away.

Here is a closeup I took so you can see what I mean about how beautiful it is. I also have a matching snow globe and a Mary & Joseph figurine now which I bought a few years ago. Just in case you are wondering the brand is called Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore – and I do not know where you can purchase them now…..I bought the nativity about 11 years ago.

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Normally our Christmas Tree is HUGE….I love big trees…..this year I decided to get a smaller tree…..it was hard for me and I really struggled decorating the smaller tree. I used my Fabric Wrapped & Copper Baubles, small white hearts and this gorgeous copper wire lights (my favourite buy this Christmas).

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So that is it……for now…..I had soooo many photos that I am sharing my Christmas table-scape for a separate post…..so hopefully you will come back tomorrow to see how I have decorated my table 🙂

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Till then, here is a picture of my daughter showing a great use for one of my pillows……oh! to have the crazy mind of a child!

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  • […] Or, for a more involved rustic look, use an old door to create a makeshift mantel! […]ReplyCancel

  • drew - October 5, 2015 - 12:22 am

    Love your home. What is the wall color in your living room and kitchen areas?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 5, 2015 - 10:01 am

      Thanks Drew, the colour is Dieskau a Dulux ColourReplyCancel

  • Stacey - July 31, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Your Christmas was beautiful last year! So glad I stumbled across these inspirational pictures. I love that you used so many natural elements.

    Off to snoop around your blog. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christine - January 5, 2015 - 11:53 pm

    Absolutely love everything about your Rustic Christmas home… BEAUTIFUL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Dixie Delights - December 21, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Everything is so lovely, but it’s the gorgeous nativity scene that I just kept scrolling back up to. You did a wonderful job! Oh, and that last pic of your daughter is precious!!ReplyCancel

  • Kassie - December 20, 2014 - 1:16 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Blanner - December 19, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Gorgeous, Gilly! I love your “joy” vignette!ReplyCancel

  • cassie - December 19, 2014 - 6:22 am

    wow! your home is stunning! love the mix of black, white, and wood, and i love that your holiday decor blends perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

      Thanks Cassie! I am glad you saw what I was working for! I really wanted that seamless look that blended with what I already had…..so nice to know that someone saw that in it!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Pastoor - December 18, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    WOW! I love your style! And your commitment. The touches of copper are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

      Thanks Colleen my hubby wishes every year I wasn’t so “committed”!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Galloway - December 16, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    I love you style! Can you tell me about the copper globes hanging from your chandelier? Did you make or buy them? They’re really beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 16, 2014 - 4:23 pm

      Hi Leslie , thanks for your comment! To answer your question…I bought them, but made them!? I actually have a tutorial coming this week!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections - December 15, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Your cottage is so adorable! I love the rustic style you put on all your decorations! Bravo for keeping true to your region.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - December 15, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Beautiful Gilly, looks amazing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Oly - December 14, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    I am so glad I’ve discovered your blog today throw Found&Foraged Link Up! You, lady, are totally my cup of tea! Folowing all the way! <3

    Oly // Tlv Birdie Blog
    http://tlvbirdie.com
    Join my DECEMBER LINK PARTY http://tlvbirdie.com/2014/12/december-link-party.htmlReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 14, 2014 - 8:18 pm

      Thanks Oly! Your comments went to spam but I fished them out! Happy to hear from you! Just been on your blog and I am following you too!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki @ T-shirt & Jeans - December 14, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    I love all your unique little touches, and your photography is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 14, 2014 - 2:37 pm

      Thanks Nicki! Heading over to your blog now.ReplyCancel

  • […] you for joining me yesterday for my first Christmas Home Tour I hope you enjoyed it…..due to my over-indulgence in photography and my need to capture […]ReplyCancel

  • Ginnie - December 13, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    What a gorgeous home you have! I love all the seasonal touches, and I’d be tempted to keep that door up year round, too:)ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 13, 2014 - 10:21 pm

      Thanks Ginnie! I will need to work out a way to use the door in the house somewhere…..just where to put it? So hard deciding!ReplyCancel

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