2016 Christmas Tour, Imperfectly Home for the Holidays

Welcome to my 2016 Christmas home tour. We are so happy to celebrate Christmas in this new home we have affectionately named the Trail House Reno.

I hadn’t intended to share a complete photo of the front of the house, but the crimson maple tree on the side of the house seemed to be showing off and had to be shared.


While we have made great strides since purchasing this house in the spring we still have a few little pesky details to wrap up and projects to finish.

Regardless, it is finally starting to feel like home and we are so thankful for it. We hope to turn this huge undertaking or burden, as some might see it into a place to bless those we love and care about.


If I am being totally honest, I’ve been letting the little details of the unfinishedness of the house get to me. But I’m setting those worries aside and inviting you in. I won’t list the little details of every room that aren’t quite right as I am so often inclined to do.

But today I’m setting those worries aside and inviting you in. I won’t list the little details of every room that aren’t quite right as I am so often inclined to

I have been allowing those many imperfections and unfinished projects to steal my joy to not fully appreciate the blessing of this home and the gift God has given us with the ability hardworking hands, and drive to give this home new life.


Thankfully, I was given this little nudge to reset my thoughts last weekend with a timely sermon series at our church focusing on “A Perfect* Christmas.” (Notice the little astricks.)


The Christmas story is full of imperfections and yet, it is all part of God’s plan to bring us the most perfect gift of all.



So, with that in mind, I share my home with you. Imperfect as it is. Because out of the imperfect God can do great things.


Recently a friend came over and commented several times how warm and welcoming our house has become. And that my friends, is the most beautiful compliment. It may not be perfect, but it’s becoming our home.


There will be a time when all the major renovations are complete and I can relax a little and really focus on decorating rooms the way I envision them.


But, I kind of feel like our disjointed, mismatched living room feels a little more cohesive when it’s filled with bits of Christmas.



I guess you might have noticed, but this year I finally made a return to traditional Christmas colors, pulling out ornaments and decor I hadn’t used in years. I also added a touch of plaid just about everywhere.


I felt like the black and white of the kitchen was the perfect backdrop for a more traditional color palette. (Last year I used a Gleaming Gold and Teal theme and it was beautiful, you can see it here.)

Speaking of the kitchen, this is a new, expanded view of the kitchen I’ve never shared before.


I have not shared the open shelving side yet because I was waiting for the new window to come in and do a complete reveal.

But, waiting is so overrated. Right?


Because if you put a bow on it and hang a wreath, I don’t think you will even notice that the gaps in the mismeasured window are stuffed and covered in Tyvek. 😉


I created this cute little printable for my kitchen, but I’m sharing it with you too!


Because things are so much better when they are shared. Here’s a link to that post to download your own.


The days were so cloudy and rainy recently there wasn’t enough light to photograph the tour. My poor family had to wait nearly a week to enjoy the yummy cookies and brownies I made.


But, it’s hard to say the rainy, cloudy weather was imperfect. It was a welcome reprieve. We need all the rain we could get after a record drought in Alabama.



The powder room received a touch of Christmas too.


Simple, cozy touches are a welcome addition and don’t require much more than a bit of greenery and a candle.

And our last stop of the tour is our bedroom. It is another new room to share with you today.


Our master bedroom was finally cleared of all the spillover tools and materials from the bathroom renovation.


If you want to see more of the bathroom transformation, you can click here.

This is our garage door which also leads to our workshop area. It seemed fitting to design and build a wooden wreath to adorn the door.


Thank you for touring my Christmas home.

Decorating for Christmas, despite what you see in magazines or Home Tours, shouldn’t be about making your home look perfect. It’s about creating an inviting, welcoming place filled with a little extra joy to share with your friends and family.

Want a bit more Christmas inspiration? I’ve teamed up with other fantastic bloggers whose homes are more perfectly decorated than mine. I’m sure you will be inspired. Thanks to Sonya, At Home with the Barkers for organizing our tour!!

Christmas Tour Participants:

At Home with The Barkers

Windgate Lane

Cottage In The Oaks

Petticoat Junktion

Restoration Redoux

Girl in the Garage

The Robins Nest Design’s

I am also joining the Holiday House Walk 2016 Hosted by Jennifer Rizzo.
Click the image below.

Merry Christmas!


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  • Rhonda McMillin
    December 9, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Everything looks fabulous! Good job Leslie!?

  • Janie in Baton Rouge
    December 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Gorgeous, Leslie!!! You and your husband have done a fantastic job in remodeling
    your new home. I’m so impressed at how super talented both of you are. Have a wonderful MERRY CHRISTMAS in your beautifully, decorated home.

  • DeDe Designed Decor
    December 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Leslie, It is so pretty! I LOVE those steps! Oh my!

    • Leslie
      December 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thank you DeDe! We do love the way the front of the house came out after the renovations!

  • Judy Fry
    December 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas! One can see all of the hard work that you and Richard have put into this house to make it a home for your family.

  • Ruth
    December 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Great job! Where is the red & black plaid bucket of pine cones from! I didn’t notice the window misfit until you mentioned it. It is a pretty window. Thanks for the tour!

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