Blue Cottage Christmas House Tour 2013

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 23, 2013

Blue Cottage Christmas House TourFinally: it’s time to show off the Blue Cottage with a Christmas House Tour!

I took so many pictures, there’s no space to show you every room, but you’ll get a good idea how I decorated our new home in general and then added Christmas decor.

Our living room fireplace is massive, and I’m having a lot of fun decorating it for every season. This year I just used Christmas decorations I already had. Except for those accent pillows from Target and Country Antiques.

Blue Cottage Christmas House Tour

If you follow my thrifting adventures on my blog and Instagram, you’ll notice a lot of items I bought for just a few dollars at thrift stores and tag sales, like the wooden shovel, the two houses, silver candle sticks, and the bird cage.

My absolute favorite latest find: this amazing Goodwill leather chair for $27.

Blue Cottage Christmas House Tour

This orchestra of little hand-painted German angels is a collection that grows every Christmas thanks to my mom.

German wooden Christmaas angels orchestraI’ve waited a year to use these placemats after I bought them for pennies at Kohl’s after Christmas last year. L and I made paper snowflakes yesterday and taped them to our front windows, and they look just like this white snowflake.

Blue Cottage Christmas House TourI changed up the table setting again with a “deer” theme because I think these plates from HomeGoods are so cute. I just added a few little paper deer on the plates and the table, plus my wicker deer from a tag sale, and exchanged the red napkins with beige ones for a more monochromatic look.

Ideally, I would’ve liked to use a white tablecloth, but I didn’t feel like removing everything off the table.

Christmas table setting ideaThe mercury glass monogram ornaments were also just a dollar after Christmas at Kohl’s, and I bought as many as I could for an added little gift for family members and kept two D’s and one L for us. I hung the L on the back of L’s chair.

Christmas table setting ideaThis plant is from Trader Joe’s, after it bloomed. I like buying these because they are very hearty and will bloom again. I just added a red ribbon, some fake greenery, and crystals on the table.

inexpesive Christmas table decorOur Christmas tree is loaded with every ornament we have.

Christmas tree with many ornamentsThis sits on my decoupaged sidetable next to our sofa and usually holds my coffee cup when I work.

Blue Cottage Christmas House TourI didn’t decorate much in the kitchen, just added this cookie jar and egg timer, and a little Santa is sitting on my vintage glassware.

Blue Cottage Christmas House TourA little bit of Christmas in our downstairs powder room, which is next to the kitchen and utility room. I had the earthenware and simply added vintage-inspired stickers to some of the items. So simple and inexpensive.

Christmas decor with vintage items and papergoods

Christmas house tour, bathroom decor

easy DIY Christmas decor

easy DIY Christmas decorI found the perfect spot for our stockings on our staircase window. And all of the little houses I’ve picked up at Goodwill last year magically fit on the estate-sale, vintage table.


lit-up Christmas houses collectionAnd this is what our bedroom looks like right now:

Christmas decorations in bedroom

Christmas decorations in bedroom

ottoman at end of bedThis little hand-painted box was $3 at Goodwill and is disguising a box and cable for the lamp.

hand-painted box with winter scene

Christmas decorations in bedroomDon’s mom was going to give away this dresser years ago and I’m so glad I rescued it. We used to store all of L’s cloths in it in the old place. It was brown, and my mom and I just painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint when she was visiting.

It’s the perfect spot for my most prized possession: this vintage teddy bear belonged to my Dad when he was a little boy. He sent it to me to keep me company one weeks after I moved away from home for the first time, straight to America.

I also want to paint the HomeGoods mirror white eventually.

Christmas decorations in bedroom

Christmas decorations in bedroomThat’s the door to our bathroom, and across from us is L’s bedroom.

Christmas decorations in bedroomA little “Christmas tree” in a vintage mason jar.

Christmas decorations in bedroom

collection of perfume bottles on dresser

little dish with bird and jewelryThat’s it for now — I hope you enjoyed this tour of the Blue Cottage! Wishing you a very merry Christmas with family and friends.

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molly January 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Oh my goodness your home is Gorgeous! Absolutely love how you decorated for the holidays! I feel so inspired, a little late, but I like to prepare! Thank for sharing!


Verena December 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Sehr schön habt Ihr es! Ich wünsche Euch auch schöne Weihnachten und ein tolles Jahr 2014!
Ganz liebe Grüße,


Dagmar Bleasdale December 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Liebe Verena, Ich wusche Dir das Gleiche, danke! Hab’ ein schoenes, besinnliches Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute fur 2014. Any big blog plans for 2014?


PragmaticMom December 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Beautiful! Wish my house looked as festive but at least our tree is up!


Dagmar Bleasdale December 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Thanks, Mia! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and happy and healthy 2014!


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