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Last Christmas in Our Home Tour 2021

Welcome to my last Christmas in our home tour where you’ll find lots of rustic farmhouse and cottagecore decorating ideas.

This year’s Christmas decorating style focuses on lots of cozy neutrals and natural elements with garden-inspired, rustic farmhouse touches.

Because we are moving in less than a few weeks, I wanted to decorate our home one last time for the holidays.

Not to mention, I’ll pack up the decor from each room and then immediately decorate our new home as we unpack boxes.

I’m sharing a pic of the new house at the end of this post, so be sure to stick around and check it out!

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tour

I’m so excited to share my last home tour here as a part of the Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour hosted by Kelly from the Tattered Pew where I’m joining 29 other incredibly talented home decor bloggers.

If you stopped by from Cecilia’s at My Thrift Store Addiction welcome to my home and garden!

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Welcome to My Holiday Home Tour

As an avid gardener, I love to bring the outdoors in and decorate my rustic farmhouse home based on what’s going on outside.

Now that we are heading into winter, I am all about the twinkling lights, a cozy fire, and lots of gorgeous greens.

Are you getting ready for the holidays too?

My current home is in a quiet suburban neighborhood in northern New Jersey.

We’ve lived here for 23 years and have done so much work to it since we first moved in!

As you pull up to my home, you’ll be greeted by expansive gardens throughout the property.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

I created, designed, and planted every one of these gardens myself.

Although I’m feeling a bit nostalgic about the move, I’m looking forward to all the things we’ll be doing in 2022 at the new house.

But this front yard cottage garden has been my pride and joy since renovating our home 15 years ago.

I will miss it a lot.

Not to mention, my cut flower garden in the backyard that was a big showstopper this year.

It was a lot of work starting that garden from seed but it brought so much joy during the growing season.

I cut SO MANY flowers and designed lots of beautiful arrangements.

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I designed my gardens here to bloom all season long with lots of gorgeous flowers and pretty seasonal colors.

Although my gardens are not blooming right now, there is still lots of visual interest with evergreens and dried flower heads.

Some gardeners like to cut those flower heads back in fall, but I leave them up to keep it looking like a garden and feed the wildlife.

To make the front porch look festive and fun, I decorated it with pretty winter planters, a gorgeous live wreath, and a new doormat.

Decorating the Front Porch for Winter

I love how these gorgeous winter planters turned out.

Don’t you?

Winter planters are one of my favorite things to make because you can do them for free if you have enough evergreens on your property.

The new house has SO MANY evergreen trees and shrubs so I can’t wait to make winter container gardens there!

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Come In!

Don’t be surprised if my dogs, Bodie and Koda accompany us during the home tour.

They are always with me!

Last Christmas in our home tour 2021

When we renovated our home 15 years ago from a small, three bedroom ranch to a four bedroom center hall colonial, we wanted to have an open floor concept on the main floor.

It was a challenge, but we widened doorways and made a half wall between the front entry and dining room.

If this is your first time here, this antique bench used to look SO DIFFERENT before I painted the upholstery fabric.

I was surprised how well it turned out and it was so easy and inexpensive to do!

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Decorating in My Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

When you first walk into my home, the kitchen is one of the first rooms you see from the front entry hall.

And it is the hub of the home.

I’m a huge fan of cooking and entertaining, so you can usually find me in here making something delicious.

last christmas in our home tour

I remodeled this kitchen by myself almost four years ago by painting the cabinets.

Looking back, I can’t believe I waited so long to do it.

If you are considering it, DO IT!

I have no regrets and wish I did it sooner.

How many more months until christmas?

HERE are some FAQ’s about the whole process.

My favorite part of this DIY kitchen remodel is the range hood.

I refinished it with gel stain and it looks incredible!

The gel stain brought out all those wood details and it is a statement piece in the room.

It might be my favorite DIY to this day!

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Because I have a small kitchen, we swapped out a kitchen table for this island.

When we remodeled, I bought these really comfy bar stools so we would linger longer as a family around the table.

We used to have saddle stools here and we didn’t hang out here for very long after meals.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

The corner hutch has always been a challenge to decorate so I change it up a lot.

When we remodeled the kitchen, I wanted to completely take it out to open up the space more.

But we didn’t have the budget to re-do that whole wall.

So the corner cabinet stayed.

And now I don’t mind it so much.

last christmas in our home tour

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

The dining room sits to the right of the front entry hall.

We love to entertain friends and family here.

Even when we are not entertaining, I always have a pretty winter centerpiece to decorate the table.

Last Christmas in Our Home Tour 2021

If you do nothing else to decorate, a festive centerpiece adds so much to the room!

It’s one of my favorite things to create and makes me smile every time I walk by.

I am a huge fan of this vintage toolbox.

And I’ve been using it as a centerpiece container for the last few years.

It’s so versatile and has gone through so many different looks!

For the holidays this year, I went a little more neutral and focused on lots of greens with organic textures.

christmas dinner easy table decor ideas

When we renovated our home 15 years ago, we bought this beautiful black cabinet and hutch from one of the local shops here in town.

It is ginormous, my favorite piece in our home, and one of the most asked about pieces on the blog!

christmas dinner easy table decor ideas

Last Christmas in the Living Room Home Tour

To the left of the entry hall is our living room.

Since we do not have a formal living room, this is our family room where we hang out together.

With cooler temperatures, we love to enjoy cozy fires.

Last Christmas in Our Home Tour

With my girls home from college, my family has been getting together here to watch football or streaming a fun show.

Our new home has both a family room and a living room.

While I’m excited to have a little more space, I’ll miss cozy nights here with the family in front of a fire.

Cozy Christmas Decorating in the Living Room

New to the living room this year, are these super cool vintage shutters that I found while thrifting with friends.

Aren’t they awesome!

I love how they look above the piano with my faux winter greens and decor.

They sit above my painted piano.

Have you ever painted a piano before?

It’s not too hard and looks so much better in my living room than it did before!

You can check out the tutorial HERE.

Although we are moving in a few weeks, we decided to put up our tree but not decorate it.

Because it is a King of Christmas faux tree, it is SO EASY to set up and break down that we decided to put it up and just relocate it during the move.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Rustic Farmhouse Laundry Room

We remodeled the laundry room two years ago and it has been so fun decorate through the seasons!

It is small and a pass-through space from the living room to the bathroom.

But I love how it turned out, don’t you?

I’m going to miss having a laundry room like this.

The new house has one in the basement but we are considering moving it upstairs and designing something similar down the road.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Quick Peak at the New House!

It’s not the best angle, but I took this photo the first day we walked through our new home.

Between the house and the gardens, there’s so much to see and I can’t wait to show you more in the coming weeks!

Stay tuned!

And to see how I decorated it for Christmas after moving in, CLICK HERE.

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

More Related Posts

Thanks for stopping by my holiday home tour.

I hope you’ll come back and visit again!

Be sure and stop by my friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style who is the next stop on the Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour.

Wait Until You See the Rest of These Gorgeous Holiday Homes

I’m sharing my last Christmas in my home tour with 29 SUPER AMAZING home decor bloggers.

There is something for everyone’s decor tastes here so be sure to drop by and check everyone out!

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week my friends and I are sharing our homes all dressed up for the holidays. We hope you will have fun visiting each of the tours below!

Monday’s Tours

Monday's Tours

The Tattered Pew

My Thrift Store Addiction

Bricks n’ Blooms

Midwest Life and Style

A Life Unfolding

Tuesday’s Tours

Tuesday's Tours


She Gave It A Go

Willow Bloom Home Blog

Shiplap and Shells

Sand Dollar Lane

Fiddle Leaf Blog

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday's Tours

Cottage On Bunker Hill

Open Doors Open Hearts

Thistle Key Lane

Cloches and Lavender

Pasha Is Home

A Blue Nest

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday's Tours

Noting Grace

County Road 407

Sweet Pea


Robyn’s French Nest

The Ponds Farmhouse

Friday’s Tours

Friday Tours

Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder

Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Dabbling and Decorating

My Family Thyme

Cottage In The Mitten

The Aspiring Home

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  7. Stacy, your home looks beautiful for the holidays. I love the urns you did on the front porch. They are stunning!

  8. Congratulations on the new house. I’m sure it will be just as cozy and magnificent as the one you’ve been in for 23 years. And how blessed are those new buyers?! I’m sure they bought it because of all of your beautiful touches and those gardens. Looking forward to seeing the new house! Merry Christmas.

    1. thank you so much Cindy! It is bittersweet to be leaving here after so many years but we are ready for a new adventure! Merry Christmas to you too! xo

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