Welcome Home Christmas House Tour

I’ve been decking all the halls and I’m excited to share my 12th Christmas home tour with you! I like to pull out all the stops for Christmas and every year, I challenge myself to come up with new and unique decorating ideas using mostly vintage, thrifted finds with a little bit of modern thrown in. I’m also thrilled to cordially invite you into my home … well it will be like you’re almost here when you watch the fun little video tour I created for you! Welcome to my Welcome Home Christmas House Tour in pics and video!

I’m kicking off the first day of the Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk which means that all week long, you can hop from blog to blog to see some amazing homes decked out for Christmas. The tour begins at Jen’s house here so don’t miss it.

If you’re visiting from Jenny of Dear Lillie, welcome! You do not want to miss her always gorgeous home.

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A mix of old and new Santa mugs kellyelko.com

For those of you new here, I live in New Jersey in a 1913 house that we did a complete gut renovation on 13 years ago. I love mixing old and new for a one of a kind look … especially at Christmas!

I’ve been sharing decorating ideas with my blog readers for over 11 years and my Christmas home has been featured in a 10-page spread in Better Homes & Gardens as well as in Modern Farmhouse and this December, NJ Monthly will feature my home using my photos!

I always start Christmas decorating with my mantel and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

I shared my Christmas mantel the other day in a separate post here with lots more photos so I’ll just share a couple of pics here.

Wow - love this gingerbread house mantel, the realistic garland, fairy lights, pom pom stockings and LED snowflake! kellyelko.com

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It all started with a doormat! When I spotted this gingerbread house doormat, I knew it was too cute to wipe muddy feet on so I decided to give it a special place of honer as the centerpiece of my mantel.

How to Make DIY Wood Gingerbread Houses Here

Stunning Christmas mantel with gingerbread houses, ceramic Christmas trees and green garland kellyelko.com

See my full Gingerbread Village Christmas Mantel post with lots more photos here

 Little Wood Houses / LED Snowflake / Pom Pom Stockings / Star Tassel Pillow / Realistic Garland / Gingerbread House Doormat

I am all about using what you have in creative new ways and there is no need to go out and spend tons of money on new decorations. I’ve displayed these little wood houses (that I painted to look like gingerbread) on my staircase and in my kitchen in past years.

Christmas stairs with antique sign, vintage blow mold and little houses kellyelko.com

My antique dealer friend bought this “House for Sale” sign from a woman in my town which is where the sign originated and I had to top it with a row of houses!

Little Christmas houses kellyelko.com

Say hello to my little friend!

This elf blow mold wields a giant candy cane and he knows how to use it!

Cute elf with candy cane blow mold kellyelko.com


Love this huge bowl of red vintage ornaments kellyelko.com

I’m on the hunt for vintage Christmas 365 days a year so when I spotted a huge container of vintage red ornaments at the thrift store, I snatched it up and to add to my collection! Amassed on a giant tray, they make a huge impact in a single color.

Huge bowl of red vintage ornaments and a cute Boston Terrier! kellyelko.com

Sorry Sushi, those aren’t tennis balls!

Christmas kitchen - love the huge basket filled with eucalyptus and ice skates kellyelko.com

My white kitchen is a blank slate for seasonal decorating and I added lots of little surprises.

Cute little wire wreaths with little wood houses tied to back of chairs in this white kitchen kellyelko.com

Of course, I couldn’t resist the little wood houses on these wire wreaths and they add a festive touch and pop of color to the back of my counter stools.

Vintage basket overflowing the eucalyptus and tied with a cute pair of ice skates kellyelko.com

Can you believe I scored this old Adirondack basket for $1 a few years ago!

To add a seasonal touch, I tied a pair of my daughters childhood ice skates to it then topped it off with the cutest little vintage Christmas plates.

Festive Christmas kitchen with vintage blow molds and a huge old basket tied with ice skates kellyelko.com

Vintage Santa and Mrs. Claus blow molds aren’t just for show … I put them to work washing the dishes!

Love the Santa and Mrs. Claus blow molds on the kitchen counter kellyelko.com

Don’t let Mrs. Claus’s sweet smile fool you because while Santa may be watching us, she’s silently judging all of us so make sure to be on your best behavior!

Vintage Mrs. Claus blow mold kellyelko.com

I love creating unique displays on trays and my little winter vintage Putz house village adds cheer and a pop of color to my counter plus it’s a cinch to move if I need more space for baking cookies.

Love the vintage scale in this putz house village display kellyelko.com

I added interest by varying the height of my display with a cake stand and an old scale then freshly fallen snow (salt) turns it into a winter wonderland.

Vintage putz house village on an old scale kellyelko.com

It doesn’t get much easier than filling a giant bowl with faux snowballs, a colorful assortment of bottle brush trees and a tiny little vintage knee-hugger elf.

Big bowl of faux snowballs and bottle brush trees kellyelko.com

HO HO HO! I gathered all of my Santa mugs (old and new) because a collection is best displayed together.

Love this Santa mug collection and the way it's displayed in this white kitchen kellyelko.com

Mixing old and new is a great way to grow a collection and about half of my mugs are vintage.

Love this Santa mug collection and the way they're stacked kellyelko.com

See More Santa Mug Display Ideas Here

I removed the hats of these new Santa jars to turn them into planters and surrounded them with a forest of bottle brush trees.

Santa planters holding tiny feather trees kellyelko.com

My red stove is especially festive during the holidays and of course I had to get this Santa mug dishtowel to go with my collection!

Love this Santa mug dishtowel and red stove in this festive Christmas kitchen kellyelko.com

On the first day of Christmas, the thrift store sold to me, this vintage 12 Days of Christmas jeweled needlecraft!

Cute vintage 12 Days of Christmas beaded art kellyelko.com

I keep things simple in my family room. A giant plaid wreath, a Santa mug pillow, a festive throw and a few touches of vintage Christmas is all this room needs.

Cozy Christmas family room - love the big plaid wreath, Santa mug pillow and cute vintage snowman kellyelko.com

Back in the day, the hard plastic Frosty and Santa figures held light bulbs and you can still see the burn marks on them!

My Thanksgiving cactus started to bloom just in time and I love using vintage ice buckets as planters.

Vintage hard plastic snowman and Santa kellyelko.com

I carried my gingerbread theme into my dining room!

Gingerbread theme Christmas table kellyelko.com

It’s the perfect mix of vintage and new.

See More of My Gingerbread Table Here

Love this fun and festive gingerbread theme Christmas table kellyelko.com

Twas the night before Christmas … I love this sign that welcomes everyone into my home.

Love this Christmas Twas the Night Before Christmas art kellyelko.com

I have a weakness for vintage brass and and an even bigger weakness for vintage Christmas brass!

Vintage brass angel candleholders kellyelko.com

My little elf, Sushi, is dressed up for Santa’s arrival.

Adorable Boston Terrier in a sweater for Christmas kellyelko.com

Get Sushi’s adorable lamb dog sweater here!

Did you notice anything missing?

I did not have time to put up my three big trees or share my dining room but I’ll share soon.

I’ll be sharing more Christmas ideas so stay tuned or sign up to get my posts emailed right to your inbox.

Don’t miss my past Christmas home tours …

Very Vintage Christmas TourHome Sweet Home Christmas Tour / Please Come Home Christmas Tour

How to Display Christmas Decorations in New Ways Here

Next on the Christmas tour hop is my good friend Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. You are going to love her very merry, colorful and eclectic home!

Casa Watkins Holiday Housewalk

I love Stephanie’s blinged out tree and how cute are those little wicker mushrooms under her tree.

Gold glam Christmas tree kellyelko.com

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  1. Kelly, you always have the best and funniest Christmas collections. I love seeing what you do every year and Sushi is looking absolutely adorable in her sweater. Happy Holidays!

  2. I absolutely love your Christmas decor. So many great ideas, especially filling bowls with red light bulbs or ornaments. Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Hi Kelly – I love your Christmas home the most every year. Seeing so many vintage decorations that were part of my childhood brings a smile to my face. :-). I love the bowl filled with the vintage red light bulbs.

  4. The clauses want to know how much allowance they are getting this month? Your home ALWAYS is so magical and festive. I must visit it one of these days during the holidays. Hope you all are doing well.

  5. Love, love every nook and cranny. You did a wonderful job of decorating, so much to see and get ideas from. I truly enjoyed this tour and can’t wait to see the other rooms. You are amazing and I had fun pinning it all.

  6. Beautiful Kelly! I always love all of your unique Christmas touches and that chalkboard mantel is amazing! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Hi Kelly!
    I have the Santa that holds the mug for the light bulb. I love him, he still works, but I never knew there was a snowman too, I love him too!!! So nice to see old stuff. I live in south Jersey near Delaware Memorial bridge

  8. I look forward to seeing your christmas home each year. I love every single detail. I think I pinned every image LOL! Seeing Sushi in her sweater is so fun! I love your Santa mug collection. Your gingerbread mantel is amazing!! I love that you bring whimsical joy to your home. It is delightful.


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