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Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour

It’s a Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour today! I’m so excited to be teaming up with several other talented bloggers to show you some creative and amazing Christmas home decorating! A special thanks to Cheyenne at Sense & Serendipity for organizing! I can’t wait for you to see the many different styles and creative ideas. We are so excited to welcome you into our holiday homes!

If you’re hopping over from Wendy from At Lane and High, welcome to Brown Dog Vintage! I’m a wife, mom, part-time pharmacist, and I started this little blog of mine earlier this year. This blog has become my happy place and I’m so happy you’re here to share it with me. So enough of the chatter and let’s get the tour started!

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Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour 2017

Our house has a wide open floor plan which I love. Instead of a normal entryway, we have a wide hall of sorts. It’s all fun and games until the sun shines in the front door in the afternoons and showcases every single dog hair and dust bunny that lives with us!


Entryway hallway into a home with a dog statue and side table.

One of my favorite antique pieces found a home in the entryway. I was lucky enough to find this enormous buffet from an antique store and it’s the perfect size for this wall. It’s still in it’s natural state – my hubs would disown me if I paint it. I use it to display things, but mainly it’s amazing for storage. And of course, our dog statue guards it all!

Christmas decorations on an antique entryway side table.

Christmas decor an a large entryway table next to a dog statue.SHOP SIMILAR LOOKS

For Christmas, the Charlie Brown tree comes out! And I added a few simple things like our homemade snow globes. Homemade snow globes are a fun little project to do with the kiddos. Take a trip to a craft store and let them pick out a few little fun things like trees or snowmen, get an old mason jar and fill it with fake snow or glittery flakes. I helped them string up a few wreaths or snowball garland with fishing line and we taped it to the top of the lid. We’ve done this the past several years and it’s one of their favorite Christmas DIY projects!

DIY snow globes on a display stand on top of an entryway table.

A mini Christmas tree with a large red ornament on an entryway table with other decor.

Christmas angel figurines on an entryway table surrounded by vintage decor.

Dining Room

To the left when you walk in is our dining room. We actually use it quite often so I keep the table pretty clean and neat. This year, I kept the dining room neutral, simple, and rustic. I shared more on our simple dining room along with a few easy DIY ornaments – click here to check it out. I added a $10 estate sale tree to a vintage crock. String up some lights and it’s done. Part of my goal this year was to use what I have and DIY some decor. I’d say this room met my goal.

A small Christmas tree in a dining room, decorated with rustic ornaments.

A wooden box on a dining room table, with mini fir trees and candles inside.SHOP SIMILAR LOOKS

A miniature Christmas tree with wooden ornaments next to an antique side table.

Close-up of a rustic wooden box with mini fir trees in burlap sacks and candles inside on a dining table.

Office/Sitting Area

To the right of the entryway is the office/sitting area. Our desk that gets used as much as our couch is here – it was a friend’s childhood desk and I love it! Two of my favorite chairs are here. And yep – we actually sit in these chairs. Quite a bit actually. The little orange one is a $10 yard sale find. And the green one is also a vintage find. My antique mantel lives in this room and tons of vintage goodies. A good portion of this room is thrifted or vintage. And I know there are tons of people who don’t want to scour antique stores like I do, but you can certainly find some deals if you like that kind of thing.

A living room with a faux fireplace decorated for Christmas.

A staircase and side table with a mini Christmas tree and nut crackers on top in a home.And what would Christmas decorating be without a vintage ceramic tree? My mother in law graciously gifted hers to us a few years ago and I love pulling this out year after year. Close-up of two nut cracker figurines and a mini Christmas tree on a side table.
A white faux fireplace mantle and surround with rustic Christmas decorations.

For Christmas, I also filled this room with greens and neutrals this year. I DIY’ed some rustic Christmas crates – you can see all of those details here , along with a cute little DIY tree – click here for the tutorial for this simple craft that anyone can make!


A mini fir tree in a burlap sack inside a wooden crate on a fireplace mantel.
Rustic Christmas decorations including a mini fir tree in a burlap sack in front of a mirror.
A wooden Christmas tree made out of dowels and popsicle sticks in front of a rustic wooden crate.
Mason jar Christmas decorations on a table with a bowl of silver and gold ornaments and a mini deer statue.

Living Room

And this is where the homemade and sentimental train makes a stop on the Christmas tour. My kids are 10 and 7 – they love to help decorate and they remember all their special ornaments. When I pack up each year, I make sure to separate their ornaments so they can pull them out then next year and bring back all those special memories. I get them a new ornament each season – something that reminds me of what they loved this particular year. For my son, it’s another Star Wars ornament and for my sweet girl, it’s a Harley Quinn figure because she dressed up as her for Halloween.

A Christmas tree decorated with red and white ornaments next to a fireplace.

We have a fake tree because, you know, allergies. It’s 9 feet tall and entirely too fat for the space. The whole room gets rearranged when the tree makes it debut. We’ve had it for almost 5 years now and I’m secretly hoping for a flocked tree next year! It’s pretty traditional in here with reds and greens. I tried to get new stockings and my kids completely vetoed it. I really want to go a little more rustic next year, but for now, this is what we have. And I so enjoy their smiles of pulling out all the decor they remember from year to year.

A fireplace decorated for Christmas with red and green stockings next to a Christmas tree.

Rustic corbels on a table with fir tree branches in front of a fireplace and Christmas tree.

The room is complete with some homemade garland for the mirror (because I’ve been too preoccupied to run to Trader Joes and get a boxwood wreath!). I added some red throws and holiday pillows from the Target dollar spot. And I found a garland of fresh greenery (testing those allergy waters!) to the buffet. And this post makes me realize that I am in fact a buffet hoarder! You can see our nativity in the background. It was a gift to my kids years ago and they still love playing with it and rearranging all the people!

A wooden tray with red Christmas ornaments inside, surrounded by fir tree branches on an antique white side table.


I did bring in a touch of vintage with my red R.C. cola crate. My faux succulents got some sprigs of fake holly berries and that’s pretty much it. A DIY Joy sign from scrap wood and a deer from the thrift store that is coated in white spray paint found homes here too.

Rustic Christmas decorations on a fireplace hearth.

I dressed up my great grandmother’s antique washstand with some colorful ornaments and my letter board. And, yes,  it says fresh avocado. My kids keep seeing a funny video that says this phrase incorrectly and they think it’s hysterical. Apparently our naughty little elf Doug wrote that on our letter board the night before I was taking pics!

A mirror decorated with a Christmas ornament garland and fir tree branches.

Christmas decorations on a wooden side table including a mini Christmas tree and letterboard sign.

And the final stop on my Merry & Bright Christmas tour is the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom

Let’s all pretend this is fancy. Grab some colorful ornaments that you didn’t use on the tree. Set them in random places and hang them from the shiplap. Or the DIY Lights. Done. My husband laughed at me and I kinda did too. I think I was just out of energy at this point. And the thought of hauling down tons of decorations from a room that pretty much no one sees just didn’t do it for me. I’m still using my DIY Calendar I made – you can see the details on that one here.

An entryway table with two candlesticks that have blue Christmas ornaments on top below a silver antique mirror.
Christmas ornaments hang from rustic, wall-mounted pendant lights on either side of a bed in a primary bedroom.
A tabletop calendar next to Christmas ornaments on a side table.

Even the kids got a little merry and bright in their rooms!

A pink Christmas tree with purple and red ornaments in front of a window with sheer pink curtains.

A blue Christmas tree with decorations in front of a Star Wars poster in a kid\'s room.And that’s it for this year’s Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour! Next up is Morgan from My Pear Tree Home and please check out all the other talented bloggers that have joined in this amazing home tour!

Sense & Serendipity

Back to the South

At Lane and High

My Pear Tree Home

Lantern Lane Designs

Create Pray Love

Paper Rose Blog

Maison Mass

You can tell that brown dog (aka Charlie) is especially thrilled about me disturbing his nap time to take a pic! Merry Christmas and thank you so much for reading!

A dog sleeps in front of a Christmas tree with presents underneath next to a fireplace with red and green stockings.

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Thursday 7th of December 2017

I am in love with your entryway! The antique buffet is stunning, you know me and buffets! I love your tree and the special ornaments for kids. Very similar to my tree. Every ornament brings back a memory. Merry Christmas!


Friday 8th of December 2017

Thank you Wendy! I'm definitely a buffet hoarder! And I love the sentimental ornaments - it makes putting up the tree so special!

Lynn Woods

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

I love that everyone gets their own tree!


Friday 8th of December 2017

Thanks Lynn! Me too! The kids love having their own special tree!


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Your house looks so pretty and festive! I love the homemade snow globe idea. Your pup is too cute!!


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Thanks Jenna! The snow globes are definitely a hit with the kiddos! And Charlie kept trying to photobomb all my pics!