Christmas in July Home Tour

I am so excited to be joining some friends for a Christmas in July home tour. We are sharing photos of past years Christmas decor and inspiration in our homes. I hope you will follow along as I take you through a ‘Christmas in July” home tour of my farmhouse.

If you are joining from Life at Bella Terra, welcome! I’m so glad you are here!

I can’t wait for you to see all of the amazing inspiration from some very talented ladies!

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This is the front of our farmhouse. Although I don’t typically use any color inside my home for holiday decorating, I add a little to my front porch. Fresh greens in the urns on either side of my front door, a vintage sleigh and red Christmas pillows on the chairs is just enough.

kitchen tree

A white vintage Christmas tree decorated with red and black accents.  Black and White Check ribbon with red border (Mackenzie Childs inspired), vintage mini kitchen utensils, vintage red christmas balls, white wooden tags with black numbers, black and white striped Christmas balls adorn the tree.  A wooden rolling pin, and serveral wooden utensils are sticking out of the top of the tree for a tree topper and a bow tied from the black check ribbon is at the base.  Packages with black check wrapping paper are beneath the tree and my black Hunter rain boots stand beside the tree with greenery tucked inside
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A couple of years ago, I decided to add a Christmas tree in my kitchen. I collect Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check serving pieces and I found a wide ribbon that was black/white check with a red border and that was my inspiration for the tree.

The packages around the tree were wrapped in black/white check paper or brown bags with red and white patterned tissue. The tree decorations were red vintage Christmas balls, black and white number tags, black and white striped balls, and a collection of vintage mini kitchen utensils. I recently picked up a few more mini utensils at a barn sale and can’t wait to add them to my tree this year.

Tree topper for my Mackenzie Childs inspired kitchen Christmas tree is a wooden rolling pin and 3 wooden spoons sticking out the top of the tree.  A large bow made from black and white check ribbon with a red border is at the base of the topper

For the topper, I tied together some wooden spoons and a wooden rolling pin. I finished it off with a large bow made from my inspiration ribbon.

Black Hunter rain boots filled with greenery stand beside the kitchen Christmas tree

I filled my hunter rain boots with fresh greens and sat them beside the tree. It added something fun and a bit out of the ordinary. Have you ever used boots for decor??

Large white vintage kitchen open hutch filled with white ironstone dishes, Mackenzie Childs serving pieces and touches of red Christmas decor.  The top of hutch is a collection of my larger white Christmas trees in my collection.

My kitchen hutch houses some of my Mackenzie Childs collection and also my Emma Bridgewater Black Toast dishes. I added a few pops of red with some santas and red and white dishes.

I have a large collection of cream color Christmas trees, so I put the largest trees on top of my kitchen hutch. And I use a garland of cotton to finish it off.

a collection of Emma Bridgewater Black Toast dishes topped with a santa that my mom made from a gourd.

I collected santas for many years, but most of them have been boxed in the attic since I stopped using color in my holiday decor a good many years ago. I only use a few of the ones most special to me every year, like this one that my mom made from a gourd.

living room tree

white vintage christmas tree in my living room, in a vintage planter box and decorated with vintage ornaments.  The tree topper is a mixture of tallowberries and stalks of cotton.
an evening view of the tree all lit up

my white vintage living room Christmas tree decorated with all neutral color vintage ornaments and standing in a white vintage planter box.  Beside the tree is a vintage cane back dining chair with a vintage shutter behind it and a wreath made of pampas grass blooms hangs on the wreath
and a daytime view of the tree

My main Christmas tree is inside my entryway right below the stairs. It sits between the dining area and living room. This is a vintage tree that I bought several years ago at a thrift store. The tree is only about 5 feet tall, so I use a planter box made from old chippy wood to raise it up higher.

white vintage planter box that I use for a Christmas tree stand also holds my bay tree on the front porch when it is not Christmas time.

When it’s not Christmas time, the planter stands on my front porch with my bay tree in it.

flash cards with Christmas words are used for christmas ornament on the white vintage Christmas tree.

I use a taupe/white check wide silk ribbon and a book page garland woven through the tree. The topper is made of stalks of tallow berries and stems of real cotton.

vintage medicine bottles and clusters of real cotton are part of my neutral christmas ornaments on the white vintage Christmas tree

A menagerie of ornaments make up the tree. Dried hydrangeas, flash cards, vintage medicine bottles, and broken shards of antiqued mirror wrapped with wire, just to name a few. I add to it every year with unusual things that I find along the way. I don’t want it to be matchy or predictable, so I don’t have more than 4 or 5 of any one ornament.

small vintage greenhouse with a white Santa inside and filled with silver vintage Christmas ornaments is the table centerpiece for my round dining room table with 4 woven chairs around it and the white vintage Christmas tree in the background

A white santa from my collection stands among vintage Christmas balls and battery operated string lights in a small greenhouse on my dining table.


antique buffet in my entryway decorated with a vintage basket filled with white vintage Christmas tree branches and a candle.  A large vintage mirror stands on top of the buffet

I keep the entry table decor fairly simple with just a few pieces of white pine sprigs and neutral pinecones. The flower basket has sprigs from another vintage Christmas tree and I always have a candle here to welcome guests when they enter my home.

The large vintage mirror was a flea market find and is one of my favorite pieces.

guest bedroom

white wire Christmas tree with lights and tied with fabric strips to create a "rag tree".  A wire star is the tree topper

The final tree is in my guest room. This is a rag tree that I made years ago from a lawn ornament tree I found at Big Lots. The tree has a metal center pole with “branches” of wire that are wrapped with tiny white lights. I tore about a bazillion strips of different neutral fabrics and laces and tied them one by one until the tree was entirely covered. It is very simple, but beautiful and requires no ornaments.

For the tree skirt, I use a needlepoint rug that is typically on the floor at the foot of the bed.

living room

large carriage house barn doors in my living room that are decorated with live greenery wreaths

The carriage house doors that divide our living room from the kitchen are one of my favorite things in my home. We bought these doors at Round Top Antiques festival when we were building the farmhouse. Each door is 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide and they came from a carriage house in Iowa. I hang wreaths made of fresh greens on them every year.

a vintage mirror is used as a tray for table decor.  A small plate with several small cream color Christmas tree are on the plate and underneath a glass cloche

I hope you’ve enjoyed my “Christmas in July” home tour!! Be sure and take a look at the other amazing homes.

Next up on the tour is Midwest Life & Style!! Jen’s home is beautiful and full of inspiration, so you don’t want to miss it. Be sure and use the links to see all of these other talented ladies homes.

Click on the highlighted links below to follow along on the tour.

Stacy Ling – Bricks N Blooms –/– Chloe – Celebrate & Decorate –/– Anne & Ann Marie – Simply 2 Moms –/– Cindy – County Road 407 –/– Jenn – Down Shiloh Road –/– Kelly – The Tattered Pew –/– Rachel – The Ponds Farmhouse –/– Mary – Life At Bella Terra –/– Michele – Vintage Home Designs –/– Jen – MIdwest Life & Style –/– Kim – Shiplap & Shells –/– Kristen – White Arrows Home –/– Andrea – Design Morsels –/– Chas – Chas Crazy Creations


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  1. Michele,
    Your tour is stunning! You have such a beautiful home. I don’t remember seeing the outside before. I love it. So glad you joined us.

    1. Thank you SO much Rachel! I truly appreciate your kind words!!


    2. Thanks so much for the kind words Rachel! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Your home looks so pretty at Christmas! Can’t wait to see what you do this year!

    1. Thank you so much Stacy!! So nice of you to say!


  3. Jeannie Wood says:

    Love your Christmas decor! Just beautiful from outside to inside! 😍🎅🏻🎄🤍

    1. Thank you so much!! So nice of you to say.

      I really appreciate you following along and commenting!


    1. Thank you so much sweet friend!! You’re the best!


  4. Everything is so gorgeous, Michele. I love your neutral Christmas color scheme. Happy to be doing this fun tour with you!

    1. Thanks Jen! Yes, such a fun Christmas tour!

  5. Michele,
    This is stunning. I love your neutral Christmas. Thanks so much for joining me today.

  6. Michele, I always come away from your posts so inspired! Your Christmas decorating is just so pretty. Loved seeing the pullback shot of the outside of your house!

    1. Thanks so much Anne! I truly appreciate your kind words and glad you enjoyed the Christmas tour!

  7. Michele your home looks so pretty at Christmas! I can’t wait to see how you decorate this year! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Stacy! I need to start planning it out!!

  8. So pretty. Love the little rag tree, what a great idea. I will be stealing your rug idea… I have a similar rug and it will go around one of the trees this year, wish I had thought of that! Thinking creatively and outside the box, awesome.

    1. Oh, good! I’m so glad you found some inspiration here!

  9. You have the most beautiful style, Michele. I am truly inspired by how you decorate for Christmas. And that kitchen tree is just gorgeous! Love, love, love!

    1. Thanks so much Kim! I loved doing this tour will all of you!

  10. Well I absolutely love your Christmas decor! Your kitchen tree might be my favorite! I love your Mackenzie Childs and Emma Bridgewater!!! So much eye candy to pin! And round top is on my bucket list…I might need to go with you sometime!

    1. Oh, a girls trip to Round Top would be super fun! And thanks so much for the kind words about my home!

  11. Your home looks so creamy and romantic. There are so many beautiful details every where you look. You should be a professional stylist! It was fun hopping with you today.

    1. Thank you Andrea! I enjoyed your home tour, as well! Such a fun tour with a talented group of ladies.

  12. Michelle, your home is so charming. I don’t think I could have imagined an entire home decked out so beautifully for the holiday without using color. You have proved that it can be done and can be outstanding! It was great to hop with you!

    1. Thanks so much Chloe! I’m so glad you liked it and I appreciate your kind comments!

  13. Look at your cute home friend! I really love that Joy pillow too, super cute. Wonderful hopping with you

    1. Thank you Chas! I loved doing this tour with you ladies. So much inspiration on this tour!

  14. Love this stunning Christmas home tour! I could move right in. Every detail is amazing. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Oh, thanks so much! I am so glad you liked it and I really appreciate the kind words!

  15. I want to be a guest in your guest room with that rag tree! Actually, I’d be super happy just sleeping out on the porch. One of these days you’re going to have to sell tickets so we can all come tour your fantastic home in person! I’d be the first in line. Loved it all and am so glad I got to hop with you. Pinned

    1. Aww, that’s so sweet Cindy! I loved your home tour, as well!

      And I would love for you to come for a visit sometime.

  16. every room looks magical!!!!!! beautiful job without being over the top loaded in each room….. i love it!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words!

  17. Michele, your home is stunning! I love all of your Christmas decor. It’s lovely! Hugs to you.

    1. Aww, thanks so much Renae! So glad you like it and I really appreciate that!

  18. All your decor is so beautiful!! Can’t wait to see more of your Christmas decor this year!

    1. Thanks so much Kristin! I loved doing this tour with you ladies!

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