Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 11, 2015

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015

Next year, I should start decorating for Christmas on November 1.

After writing blog posts about decorating our kitchen and our tree for Christmas, and how I repurposed a vintage pie tin to make this year’s centerpiece, here now is the decorated living room of our Blue Cottage.

I’m so excited to show you because a lot of work went into it, and I really like how it turned out!

Christmas wreath

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015My Christmas theme for this year: simple, rustic, and a lot of plaid.

And bottle brush trees.

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015I bought some new things at Target and HomeGoods, but most of the Christmas decor are thrift store and tag sale finds I’ve collected over the years.

This oil painting is an antique my mom gave me on my last visit to Germany — it’s wonderful to have a former antique dealer as a mother, with a whole house full of antiques.

This painting was sitting among others in the basement, and I usually pick one to bring back. I already used it for my fall mantel decor.

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015I added a few $3 Christmas trees from Target around the house but purposefully didn’t put any ornaments on them.

Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2015


The grain sack blanket is from HomeGoods, and the plaid pillow from Target.

My theme really started with those adorable wooden trees that I found at HomeGoods. The rustic look of them appealed to me so much, and I decided to stay away from anything too shiny or colorful for this year’s Christmas decor, compared to last year.

188aI also used a lot of wreaths this year: I have one hanging on the front door, one in the kitchen, one on our staircase wall, two in the front windows, and one under the plate with our hand-painted angel collection.

286aOh, and the boxwood wreath on our mantel, which was also a HomeGoods finds, as well as the plaid runner, wooden star in the window, huge bell ornament, and garland around the fireplace frame.

317aThose doors on the mantel belong to the hutch I painted white a while ago. I used one of the doors for my summer mantel decor, but for Christmas I wanted to create a bigger statement.


211aI think I paid $10 for this vintage sled, and I bought another one a couple of months ago, which I’m using on our porch.

192aI already told you the story about that faux deer head and frame around it, and here is the post for this easy DIY centerpiece.



205aI simply added a plaid bow to this IKEA planter. I should’ve picked up more plaid ribbon — it was only $1 a roll at Target.



My table setting is really simple this year, because of these adorable HomeGoods plates:

200aI usually like to add a salad bowl to the plates and decorate it with paper goods or name tags, but I didn’t want to cover up these charming plates — which have a little mouse and the rest of the sentence on the back. So cute!

I added stickers to the top of wooden napkin rings for a little embellishment, and the gold-rimmed glasses were on clearance for $8 at HomeGoods.


Here is the other side of our living room. Our front door is on the right, next to the white hutch.


222aSince we don’t have a mudroom, I’m storing our mittens and winter hats in those two boxes.

160aThere is nothing rustic about this Santa marquee sign, but I fell in love with it at Target. It’s just a fun addition.

We could put the plate with cookies and milk right in front of it for Santa this year, and he’d definitely not miss them.




I’m going to paint this armoire soon! It’s the first piece I’m going to paint with Amy Howard’s paint.

I’m so excited to get started with that. Wait until you see which color I choose — Amy already sent over all of the supplies I need.

The green box was a tag sale find I bought months ago and put aside for Christmas decor.


These little houses are actually filled with alcohol — you get them as a souvenir on KLM flights. I had two of them, and then I found two more at a tag sale.

309a299aIf you didn’t see my post about how I made this Christmas tree look fuller, check it out.


I’ve used this IKEA plant a lot since I got it, and for Christmas I simply added an inexpensive deer ornament I bought at the craft store.

I made the Santa snow glove with a mason jar last year…


…and another one this year.


It’s so easy to put these together: vintage mason jar, bottle brush tree, plastic deer, fake snow, glue dot, done.

And because I wanted a lot of plaid for my decor, I added plaid ribbon around the mason jar lid and around the vintage spools to make those tiny tree displays.



This large, handmade tray is a $10 estate sale find that I grabbed when I picked up these blue chairs at the sale. Remember what a steal they were, and how surprised I was that I ended up with them?


The “merry” pillow is also from HomeGoods.


This green frame and the red sign were on clearance at Kohl’s last year.

257aAnd that’s a wrap! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and let’s hope we’ll have more peace in the world soon, after so many horrible incidents lately.

Enjoy your family and friends, and don’t sweat the small stuff. If holiday prep is stressing you out, take a deep breath and refocus. It’s supposed to be a time of togetherness and reflection, and not about shopping.

At least that what I intend to focus on. I’m looking forward to enjoy our Christmas cottage with the people I love, and to slow down for some quality time with them.

321aI’d love to hear which part of my Christmas decor is your favorite :)

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheryl January 29, 2016 at 4:06 PM

I’ve seen lots of Christmas decor posts and I like yours best of all! The santa snow globe is great. Love evey element.


Dagmar Bleasdale January 30, 2016 at 1:05 AM

Aw, thank you for your compliment, Sheryl! That means a lot.


Sharon@BlueWillowHouse January 5, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Dagmar, your home shows such charming vintage style. You have created a home that is truly welcoming and featured so many delightful vintage details. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. This is my featured post this week and I am pinning to our Vintage Charm Features and Favorites board.


Dagmar Bleasdale January 5, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Wow, Sharon, thank you so much for letting me know! I’m honored! Thanks for the pin!!


Sandi Magle December 29, 2015 at 12:37 PM

What a sweet home—so eclectic, European, modern and antique all rolled into one.

My favorites—the tray of small Wooden angel ornaments. I purchased three for my parents while in Denmark that we still have from 1963 and a few from my grandmother.

The other thing I loved was the centerpiece on the table—with the tart pan used to support the cloche and bottle trees. So love that, and I seen you have a video below. Great!

Happy New Year! Sandi


Dagmar Bleasdale December 29, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Thank you, Sandi, for your sweet comment! Happy New Year!


Pat December 26, 2015 at 9:52 PM

I am,totally, mesmerized by your magnificent Christmas Decor, dear one!!!
I adore how you’ve harmoniously blended rustic with elegant!!!
Thank you for sharing your lovely home at Christmas time!!!
Merry Christmas!!!


Dagmar Bleasdale December 29, 2015 at 1:15 AM

Thanks so much, Pat, for your kind comment!


Sylvia December 24, 2015 at 12:02 AM

Beautiful! I love all your cute little vignettes!


Dagmar Bleasdale December 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Thanks, Sylvia!


Dagmar Bleasdale December 29, 2015 at 1:16 AM

Thank you, Sylvia!


La Habra Fence Company December 18, 2015 at 3:16 AM

These Christmas decorating ideas will have your living room overflowing with cheer. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas.


Diane Weeks December 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

You have lots of beautiful touches to your home. You’ve been working hard! I love your wreath! Just beautiful. I’m vintage at heart, so I love the sled and old bottles by your lovely stone fireplace. Your table is simple and very pretty. Have a wonderful Christmas! Diane


Dagmar Bleasdale December 15, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Hi Diane, I’m so glad you came by! Thank you for your kind comment!


HomeGoods Insider December 14, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Thanks for sharing on Twitter Dagmar! We’re really loving a simple, rustic look for Christmas too – with lots of plaid thrown in. Your cottage is always so inviting and charming. Perfect look! Merry Christmas!!


linda December 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

I like the homey feel to your room. I love how you set your table and the painted cutting board. The angel collection looks like a find from a German Chrsitmas market. Beautiful! Merry Christmas! Linda


Rita C at Panoply December 11, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Dagmar, I would feel very cozy and comfortable anywhere in your cottage, but I especially like your dining room. I like the framed deer head, your tablescape, and that adorable centerpiece you made. Your tree looks gorgeous, especially with the lights on and the way they glow on the wooden floor. We are not big shoppers for Christmas, as our kids are working adults, but I do enjoy spending money and time into planning a big buffet for my local siblings and theirs for Christmas Eve. Our count this year is at 25, possibly 27, so the gift of family together will be my pleasure. Happy Holidays.


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