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First Christmas in Our New Home Tour

Welcome to the first Christmas in our new home tour where you’ll find lots of rustic and cottagecore decorating ideas in our vintage farmhouse.

Well…we did it!

We are all moved in.

Done with the initial unpacking.

And did some holiday decorating for our first Christmas in our new home.

Not that the focus should be on decorating for the holidays when we are just settling in, but I wanted it to feel like Christmas among all the boxes and packing materials.

As I mentioned in the final tour of my home for Christmas a few weeks ago, I decorated there, so I could box it up and bring it here.

And I’m so glad I did it that way!

Because it was much easier to decorate for Christmas in our new home.

If you’ve been following along our journey, I’ve been sharing bits and pieces about our new home.

Today, I’m sharing our living room because it is all decked out for the holidays.

I’ll be sharing a full home tour in a later post, but for now, it’s all about Christmas!

Come tour my holiday home.

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About Our New Home

Our home is located in northwest New Jersey.

It’s an 1850 farmhouse situated on 10 acres. The property has some beautiful gardens and lots of outdoor living spaces.

There are two ponds and lots of opportunities for me to garden.

One of the reasons we wanted to move was that we ran out of space for the things we wanted.

I would LOVE to have a greenhouse. We wanted a pool. And I wanted more space to garden and grow more stuff.

My former home and property were amazing for our needs when our kids were young. But now that they are grown, we wanted a little more space so we aren’t on top of one another.

While we were packing up to move, I was seriously questioning what we were doing.

I mean, it was right before the holidays, I had just had major surgery, and we were about to uproot our family before Christmas.

But you know what?

It was the best decision for us. Now that we are here in our new home, it just feels right.

We’ve always wanted to own an older home. And we love to do projects, so we are really excited about the new adventure this home and property bring.

The former homeowner took impeccable care and put a lot of love into their home.

The interior is a bit dark so I plan to lighten it up a bit in 2022. I’ll keep some things that they did, but change some others.

So if you are into before and afters, come join us on the journey.

While this home is amazing as it is, we are excited to put our spin on it.

You can catch up with what we’ve done at the end of this post.

First Christmas in our Home Tour

First Christmas in Our Home Tour: The Living Room

Since we literally just moved in a few days ago, I’m happy I got as far as I did with the living room.

I decided to go all out on one room that we spend a lot of time in, instead of focusing on several different areas.

There just isn’t a lot of time, we are still unpacking and I feel exhausted from this move! With Christmas just days away, that approach just made sense.

So with that, let me take you on a tour of the living room!

First Christmas in our Home tour

The living room has a lot of great bones. There are beautiful moldings, a gas fireplace, huge windows, and gorgeous wood floors.

The wood floors have a painted inlay design. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them when we first saw the home, but I like them.

But it adds some character to our vintage farmhouse.

first christmas in our home tour

In addition to the floor design, the former homeowners added this amazing faux finish to the walls and ceiling.

And let me tell you the details and artistry are incredible!

I’ll probably paint some of the moldings over time, but for the most part, I’m going to leave this room alone for now.

It’s grown on me and I appreciate the work that went into it.

first christmas in our home tour

There are several windows that run almost floor to ceiling. Because of their size, they really bring the outdoors in!

And with the expansive gardens here, it’s amazing to see them so easily from each room.

I love that it has a gas fireplace. As much as I love a wood-burning fireplace, I enjoy having a gas one.

It’s easy on and easy off with no mess and no fussing with real wood. I’ll miss having a wood-burning fireplace, but this gas fireplace is pretty nice and gives off a lot of heat.

And the fireplace mantel is made of marble.

first christmas in our home tour

It’s truly beautiful, but I’d love to see an old vintage wood mantel there someday, and am hoping I find something when we thrift in New England.

But I don’t know, even the marble is growing on me.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I decorated my mantel at our old home so I could replicate it here.

I essentially did the same design but tweaked it a little by adding some larger pinecones and tucking in some bright red faux berries.

First Christmas in Our Home Tour

The base of the mantel decor is this faux Norfolk pine garland that is sold out for the season.

I’m sure we’ll see it again in summer; and when it comes out, you gotta get it right away because these faux evergreens sell out very quickly!

On top of the garland, I tucked in some organic-looking larger ornaments with some white and silver glass balls, large pinecones, with some red and white berries.

first Christmas in our new home tour

And then topped off the design with these battery-operated fairy lights.

As an aside, I love THESE fairy lights.

They are easy to manipulate in any design and have a timer on them so you can set and forget.

first Christmas in our home tour

After finishing the mantel, I set up our Christmas tree.

This faux Christmas tree is my absolute favorite.

It’s really high quality, looks very authentic, and sets up in minutes.

Seriously, if you ever move during the holidays, THESE trees are a must-have because it’s like instant Christmas in a matter of minutes.

Before decorating the tree we added our DIY wood pallet star tree topper.

My husband made this last year and I love how it looks on this tree!

first christmas in our new home tour
first christmas in our new home tour

For the base of the tree, I started with THIS jute area rug.

Then layered a tree skirt on top.

And hid the base of the tree with THIS barn wood tree collar.

I thought about leaving the tree as is because it looks good both with or without ornaments.

But as we unpacked, I decided to just decorate the tree.

And I’m really glad I did because the living room feels a little more complete now.

first christmas in our home tour

Do you guys remember my favorite vintage toolbox that I’ve used forever in my former dining room?

Well, it doesn’t fit on my new dining table with the existing chandelier.

So I moved it to my living room on my coffee table and love it here!

Since the toolbox was already decorated from our virtual dinner club party, I packed it up as is and put it in my daughter’s car to come directly to the new home.

first christmas in our home tour with vintage toolbox centerpiece

I just didn’t feel like dismantling it.

When I brought it into the living room after decorating the mantel and Christmas tree, I decided to tweak it a little to add some pops of red.

What do you think?

To add some cozy Christmas vibes to the room, I added some textured, neutral throw blankets and pillows.

And decorated the end tables with more faux greens and my woodland owls.

I replicated the corner in my old living room here in the new house.

first christmas in our new home tour
first christmas in our new home tour

Not sure I’ll keep it this way, but decided to pull it all together so the room felt complete.

Overall, I’m really happy with our new home’s progress and am looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our family here!

I’m hosting my annual Christmas clambake on Christmas Eve and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone here.

Thanks for following along on my holiday home tour in our new home!

First Christmas in Our Home Tour

Want to See More of My Home Tours Throughout the Seasons?

I love a good home tour, don’t you?

The best part about these home tours is they feature both my former and new homes.

And the difference between my two homes is the decorating style. While both are geared toward farmhouse style, they have a different feel to them.

My former home had a rustic farmhouse vibe.

But the new house?

We are moving towards rustic elegance and french country-style decorating.

Wait until you see my homes throughout the seasons with these inspiring house tours.

front porch gardens in front of 1850 farmhouse with walkway and stone wall

Want to Learn How to Decorate With Fresh Greens for the Holidays?

Sign up here to get my email and get a discount on my ebook, 15 Easy Ways to Decorate With Fresh Greens for the Holidays that offers beautiful, budget-friendly, and sustainable holiday decorating inspiration using fresh greens from the landscape.

This 40-page guide is full of simple DIY holiday decorating ideas that includes how to cut, care for, and design with fresh greens, as well as tips to purchase and incorporate faux greens with your holiday decorating style to create a cozy, beautiful, and organic vibe.

From porch styling to cozy centerpiece and tablescape inspiration, wait until you try these budget-friendly holiday decorating ideas using fresh greens for every room in your home.

hanging basket of winter greens on the porch

Looking For More Christmas Decorating Ideas?

I love looking through festive holiday inspiration to get ideas for this year’s decorating aesthetic, don’t you?

Wait until you see these holiday decorating, entertaining, and food ideas to create a cozy home for Christmas.

Before and After Transformations at the New House

Do you love seeing a good before and after?

Me too!

Wait until you see these total transformations of things we did at our new home since moving in!

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

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10 Comments

  1. I so much enjoyed getting to see the exterior of your new home and your new living room. The inlaid floors, marble mantel, and ceiling details are gorgeous.

  2. Congratulations on your new home!!! Cant wait to see it all
    You are amazing, surgery, Christmas, moving wow girl! Jersey girls can do it all!!!

    1. Thank you! It’s all catching up now – we are finally taking a breather! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Stacy, the inlaid floors are beautiful and I love all the windows. So glad you are there and can start performing your magic! Merry Christmas!

  4. I can’t tell you how excited I am about your beautiful new home Stacy. Two ponds and a pool! And the potential for a greenhouse. I can’t wait!

    1. Thank you! It’s going to be so fun doing stuff here and so fun to garden with you again this year! Lots of cool stuff on the horizon! xo