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12 Days Of Holiday Homes Tours

Today I’m joining my dear friend Pam of Simple Details to share a little Christmas cheer for the 12 Days of Holiday Homes, hosted by Evolution of Style & 11 Magnolia Lane, 

and generously sponsored by Lynch Creek Farm!


If you’re new here, I’m Lisa, mom to three teenagers, and lover of simple and meaningful decor.

Christmas urns

My family lives in a little town in Massachusetts in an 80’s era classic colonial that I’ve been working on little by little for the past seven years (please excuse the tools stashed in the corner – there’s always something under construction or in the midst of a makeover!)

This year we hired a big project out and had our exterior painted white, with new black shutters, and I truly couldn’t wait for Christmas to arrive. This front door was just begging for some fresh greens!

Christmas urns.

Lynch Creek Farm’s Red Elegance wreath is such a full, gorgeous wreath of noble fir, cedar, white pine, and even bay leaf tucked in there – I wish your computer screen was scratch-and-sniff so you could experience how amazing it smells!

I absolutely love Lynch Creek’s products – my last wreath by them was equally as lovely! (Spoiler alert – you could enjoy your own Lynch Creek beauty this year! Keep reading…..)

For the rest of my Christmas greens, I foraged my woods and gardens for clippings from our huge rhododendrons and the white pines that are all around us. We have two cedar trees that produce the prettiest blue berries and I love using cuttings from those too.


Come on inside for a cup of Christmas cheer!

As you’ll see I love the little details that make Christmastime so special and magical.

This year our family room tree has a unique inspiration!

A comfy chair by the fire

Two years ago on the day my mom was moving out of her house, we found this baby deer curled up in a bed of poison ivy, in the woods just feet from the backyard. The mother must have been fearfully watching nearby, and so we took a quick picture and left the sweet babe, but we’ve always marveled at how auspicious our discovery was that day!

Baby deer curled up in Massachusetts woods.

Fast forward to this fall when we were working in the yard. The former owners of our own house left us several garden ornaments that we always found a bit amusing. This little set has looked rather forlorn – I even listed it on our local Facebook yard sale site for free with no takers!

….And then I thought of the baby deer in Mom’s woods, and how special that find was…….and the next thing you know this mama and babies found a snowy bed under the Christmas tree.

Golden deer nestled under a woodland Christmas tree

Woodland Christmas tree | Shine Your Light

My kids were like – Mom’s reallllly lost it this time – she’s spray painting the lawn ornaments gold…….

I love them so much! They are so peaceful and that is just what this world needs more of!

Look how the Christmas tree lights make this chalet look like it’s illuminated from within! I didn’t even see this sweet detail until I was editing my photos.

A woodland Christmas tree with tree lights illuminating house ornament

The glitter pine cone ornaments were a simple craft I did with my kids a few Christmases ago. What kid doesn’t love a craft involving glitter? And what mom does?  ? I don’t always pull them out but this year they couldn’t be more perfect for a woodland tree!

Glitter pinecone ornaments are an easy and fun craft to do with kids.

A woodland-themed Christmas tree | Shine Your Light blog

In our dining room, I wanted to keep the table simple but festive since we eat all our meals here and Mark and I also work at this table daily.A simple centerpiece of fresh greens and flowers tucked into vases inside a wooden toolbox.

Old wooden toolbox overflowing with evergreens and fresh flowers

Some of you may recognize this wooden toolbox, made by Uncle Arthur, Mark’s 99 year old great uncle who is beyond funny and makes everyone cry laughing with his stories!

Uncle Arthur and his wife have been really special to Mark and his siblings throughout their lives. When we were first married, Uncle Arthur made this toolbox for Mark, complete with metal coffee cans filled with various sized screws, nails, bolts and nuts.

Little did Uncle Arthur know it would become one of my favorite things! I use it to lug around small tools and supplies throughout the year, and come Christmas I always find a way to incorporate it into our decorating.

It reminds us all of someone who has lived his life bringing humor, joy and kindness to others.

I love this time of day when candles glow and make the house feel cozy!

Evergreens, candles and twinkling white lights make a home magical for Christmas.

I’ll show you this week how I gilded my old glass votives… was a fun little DIY! (By the way….did you catch my Ikea lantern hack?)

This coming week I’ll be sharing ideas for Christmas decorating a mantle with a TV above it (ugggggg) as well as a few other simple touches to make your home festive without losing your merry 🙂

Now head over to Simple Details for some seriously inspiring holiday gorgeousness today!! Pam has the most beautiful way of styling her home with unique pieces and creative touches!

Gorgeous oversized mirror with fresh greens | Simple Details


See the entire 2017 tour here:

The 12 Days of Holiday Homes Tour
December 1st
December 2nd
December 3rd
December 4th
December 5th
December 6th
December 7th
Home by Heidi
December 8th
December 9th
December 10th
December 11th
December 12th
Holiday Tour Recap

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Merry Christmas season my friends!

A simple Christmas home decorated with meaning.

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Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Everything looks beautiful Lisa! Love all the special, meaningful decorations you have. So sweet! Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Thank you so much Becky! Hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! xo

Annie Diamond

Monday 11th of December 2017

Lisa, I love the story of how the deer came to be u under your tree. And to think you tried to give them away, And the tool box! I love how you use it and the memories it holds! xo annie


Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Thank you so much Annie! I have really enjoyed pairing down our Christmas decor these last few years as our kids have gotten older and using the things I really love!


Sunday 10th of December 2017

Lisa I just love that pop of red on your front door and porch! And all of your greenery inside is gorgeous too! What a beautiful Christmas home you have! Merry Christmas!!


Sunday 10th of December 2017

Thank you so much Tamara! I do love fresh greens and we are lucky to have a lot of evergreens around us!


Friday 8th of December 2017

Amanda thank you so much! I am really enjoying going very simple this year!

Tara @ lehman lane

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Lisa, your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas! The greenery, the tree the adorable deer you spray painted! Great job!


Friday 8th of December 2017

Thank you so much Tara! I appreciate you stopping by especially at this busy time of year! :)