Our First Christmas Home Tour at Orchard House!
It’s Christmas home tour day!
I’m especially excited about this particular tour because it’s the first one that I’m doing in our new house! Yay!
Moving into a new house is a funny thing. I feel like we’ve been working nonstop over the past few months to make our spaces live-able, and yet we still have a long, long, LONG way to go.
So as a fair warning, I didn’t decorate as many spaces as I usually do for these tours. And we haven’t painted walls in any of the spaces I’m going to show you. And most of the spaces don’t have their “final” furniture yet.
But one of the reasons I love blogs is because you get to follow along with the journey and see progress along the way, and I thought a home tour would be a great way to share some of the progress we’ve made, so let’s dive in!
A Classic Christmas Home Tour
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First up, our outdoor decor! Decorating an outdoor space was a totally new thing for me because our townhouse was tucked back away from the road, and since no one ever saw the front of it (including us because we entered through the garage), I never bothered to decorate it!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the outdoor decor in the new house, though, and even just some simple (faux) greenery and cute outdoor chairs made a big difference.
Ready to head inside?
Our entry is definitely a work in progress! I’ve actually ordered a cute piece of furniture for this space, but it hasn’t come in yet, so right now I’m using a dresser that was in my boys’ old room! It does give us a nice little spot to set keys and provides some good storage space, though.
I made this “O Come Let Us Adore Him” sign my very first year blogging, and I think I’ve used it every year since! It was before my Silhouette days, so I cut out each one of those letters by hand from scrapbook paper and used a good old fashioned stencil and paint for the stars. 🙂
If you continue down the hallway and into the living room, you’ll spot our tree!
We’ve used a faux tree the past two years, and although I feel like I’m cheating a bit (we always had a real tree growing up!), I must say that I absolutely love it. The setup is easy, there’s no maintenance (or messy needles), and we can use it year after year!
You’ll notice a lot of buffalo check and plaid as part of our Christmas decor this year, and the tree is certainly no exception. I made simple bows out of some wired ribbon and added red, white, and silver ornaments. But do you know what the hardest part of the tree was?
The topper. I think I bought and tried out like 7 or 8 different toppers and none of them looked right to me. Donnie thought I was nuts, but I was determined. And then I found this red one…
…in our basement…
…that I bought 10 years ago…
…in Yuma, Arizona when we lived there…
…and it was the big winner.
Isn’t that always how it works out?! Eeek! (Needless to say, I now have a lot of returning to do. 🙂 )
We haven’t done many updates in the living room yet, but I did pick a rug! (And I LOVE it!) You can see it peeking into a few of these shots!
Right near the living room is our sunroom, which is quite possibly my favorite room in the house. We spend a lot of time in there as a family, and I have BIG plans for this space… eventually. 🙂
Right now we’re using our outdoor furniture in here– it ended up being the perfect size! Whenever Donnie builds the patio next summer, though, it will probably head outside and we’ll get different pieces. But we’re enjoying it here for now!
This room has a great view of the peach orchard that is right in our back yard and the hills and farmland beyond. My sweet friend Jackie sent us the cute “Orchard” sign as a housewarming gift, and it couldn’t be more perfect!
I love pillows and throws at all times of year, but I seem to especially load up on them in the colder months! We certainly ended up with plenty of them in this room! 🙂
You can see our cute DIY stocking holder peeking out in the corner, too! Little Caleb has already been making little “treasures” and sticking them in the stockings for everyone to find on Christmas morning. 🙂
Finally, let’s head into the dining room! I will be sharing the full room next week sometime, but I did want to give you a sneak peek!
We’ve done a little bit of updating in this room so far. You can see the new light fixture peeking into the shot above. And we’ve also put in some really beautiful wood shutters— you can see my whole post on that process here. We love them so much!
Eeek! I’ve shown too much! You’ll have to come back next week to see our full dining room and my Christmas hutch decor as well! 😉
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You can visit our other Christmas home tours via the links below:
2018 Christmas Home Tour- Part 1
2018 Christmas Home Tour- Part 2
2015 Christmas Home Tour (Townhouse)- Part 1
2015 Christmas Home Tour (Townhouse)- Part 2
2015 Christmas Nights Tour (Townhouse)
Do you have a theme for your holiday decor this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Wow! It looks beautiful and I’m impressed with how much you’ve got done in such a short time with the house. LOVE the sun room and can’t wait to see more of the dining room.
You are the sweetest, Jennifer! Thank you! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Lovely tour, Abby! Things are really coming together quickly in the new house! I love your new rug in the living room, and your dining room looks SO pretty! xo
Thank you, friend! You are the sweetest! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Love love love the puffy balls on a string! I’m going to do that today with my toddler! 🙂 gorgeous home!
Thank you so much, Suzi! Have fun with your project!
It totally does not look like you just moved in. Everything is gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful first Christmas in the Orchard House. (Pssst. Can’t wait to see more of that rug!)
Aw, thank you friend! Yes, we’re loving the rug! We have a few big projects coming up in the living room, so I’m sure it will be making an appearance soon! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Wow! Absolutely stunning Abby! You would never know that you had just moved if it were just a gallery of pictures. You’ve done an amazing job bringing holiday cheer into your new home. I love that you’re using stuff you already had in spaces until you find the “right” piece.
Also–I totally had the same AHA moment with my tree topper this year! I bought a similar gold star topper from Target and it was at the bottom of the Christmas boxes. I almost missed it!
Thank you so much, Megan! You are the sweetest! And it’s comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one with alllllll the tree topper struggles this year, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Nope! Definitely not on your own there! 😀 I have a feeling there are more of us out there, too. I am having a wonderful week! I hope you are as well!
Beautiful! Everything is perfect! I know about the battle of the tree topper, I’m still on the lookout for one. I’ve only been searching for 7 years! Ha! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home!
Lol! If you find the elusive perfect topper, let me know so I can order it too! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Kimberly!
Abby! It looks fantastic!! I love love love your classic Christmas scheme!! Gorgeous, friend! It must feel amazing to be settled there for Christmas:) Enjoy all the delights of the season!
Thank you so much, friend! And thank you for getting us all organized for this fun tour! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
your house is so festive and cozy. I love all of the black, white and red. I have that same cute little truck with the tree that you have in your entry way. It was such a great find.
Thank you so much, Alli! Gotta love Target’s Dollar Spot, right?! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
It looks great, Abby! Your sunroom is my favorite space too! I bet you enjoy relaxing there! So beautiful!
Thank you so much, friend! You are the sweetest! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I love it all SO much, Abby! You have the best taste and a great eye for design. So beautiful! I know you guys are enjoying being in your new house for the holidays. :o)
Thank you so much, sweet girl!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
So beautiful! Love it!!
Abby, I LOVE all the red! It just pulls your eye right in and automatically puts you in the Christmas spirit!
Thank you so much, friend!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
SO beautiful!! I love the bright red theme throughout the whole house!
Thank you so much, Jazmynn! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I can’t believe you just moved in! Your home already looks so lived in and cozy! I love, love love how your styled your porch, and your entryway is so welcoming. Beautiful home, Abby!!!
Thank you so much, Laura! You are the sweetest! It was fun being “on tour” with you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I love the black buffalo check ribbon and napkins! It all looks amazing.
Thank you so much, friend! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Your home has such a warm feel to it!! I am sure you must be so excited celebrating your first Christmas in your new nest! Enjoy every bit of it and by the way, I LOVE that glass cabinet in your dining room!
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Thank you so much for your sweet words, Demi! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I love your stunning home,and the Christmas accessories just make it feel so homey.As I read your background, I was wondering do you still live in Pittsburgh? I live south of the city. I love Pittsburgh always heading there and shopping. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.Have a Merry Christmas!
We are still in Pittsburgh! It’s always fun “meeting” other people from the area! Thank you so much for your sweet note, Linda! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hi Abby – How much fun to decorate your new house for your first Christmas! Our first Christmas in our forever home, we had literally moved just a couple of weeks prior so it was boxes and barely a tree. But the next year was so exciting to decorate, I was living vicariously through your excitement and remembering back to our first forever home Christmas! Your decorations are just stunning. I love this time of year to see all of the home tours. Everyone is so festive and love all of the decorating ideas this year. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs, Holly
Aw thank you, Holly! It is such a fun time! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas as well!
Looks amazing Abby! Love your Christmas style. I had some tree topper dilemma this year as well. Last year we didn’t even have one… but this year I couldn’t decide on one. I was a little frantic trying to find on before I took my home tour pictures, so I totally went the budget route and made one using my Cricut. And you know what, I think it actually looks pretty good 🙂
LOL I love that yours was just in your basement the whole time – this is why I tell my husband I need to keep things ? “I might need it later!”
The house is looking great! I can’t wait to see what you do next. And I’m really excited for the plantation shutter post because we’re looking at buying some for one of the spaces in our townhome.
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I just popped over to look at your topper, and it is AMAZING! I can’t believe it is made out of paper! I am storing that one in the memory bank for the future! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Better late than never to the party, right? Just now having time to get around to all these gorgeous home tours. ?
I LOVE all the red, white and black. The buffalo check has been calling my name lately. It looks so great with all your crisp white.
You’d never know that y’all moved so recently. It’s really coming together. I loved your post on the sunroom too.
So sweet that Caleb is leaving little surprises for everyone in their stocking. Such a giving heart. Don’t you love being a boy mom. ❤️
Can’t wait to see more of the house.
Thank you so much for your sweet note, Heather!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I love it! It’s super inspiring! ?
I loved the hutch in the dining space and out the house front looks very pretty.I really like that you have not gone OTT with decor but kept it pretty with family in mind.Lots of best wishes for the season.
Thank you so much, Amrita! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I really like your blog! You presented at my school today, and I just wanted to say thank you:)
Thank you so much for your sweet note, Kelsey! It was fun to get to hang out with you guys today! Hope you’re having a great week!