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Christmas Home Tour 2018

Hello Friends,

It’s Christmas Home Tour time and more than 20 bloggers are sharing different rooms and styles. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s go see.

Christmas Home Tour 2018

Welcome, welcome…one and all.

If you are new to Chelsea Project, we are a DIY home improvement and home decor blog that shares all the good, bad and ugly about full room makeovers. Rooms are stripped to the studs and built back using fresh, but cost effective ideas and products. Posts include a variety of DIYs, including furniture refinishing, but also detail how and when we call in the pros. The final renovation post usually goes live in early November and then the blog is all about Christmas. In January, room renovations begin again. If you’d like to follow along, we’d surely be thrilled to have you.

Christmas Home Tour red and white Christmas tree | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

The Family Room

But for today, let’s try something different and just pretend….

Let’s pretend you’ve just been air dropped into the middle of my house.

And when you open your eyes, you are here… in front of the family room Christmas tree.

Red and white Christmas tree beside a beloved vintage amoire | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you look to the right, you’ll see the open foyer to the front door. 

The view from the family room to the front door | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And if you look left, you’ll see a vintage TV armoire that ….btw….isn’t going anywhere… #anotherstory #flatscreensonnotice

Red and white Christmas tree and gifts | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And over your left shoulder, you’ll catch a glimpse of the small main floor family room.

A glimpse of the family room from behind the red and white Christmas tree | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

There …….you are invited to sit and enjoy a cup of tea by the warm fire…

A comfy chair by the fire for all the Christmas cozy | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And you realize that life in this home is truly simple and easy.

Bring on the cheer with red, white and blue for Christmas | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com


Greens draped over the fireplace and oversized candles create a glow for Christmas | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And you might ask yourself why the mantel is merely draped in greens while the tree is popping with activity and color.

Grab a chair and a comfy throw | It's time to relax at Christmas | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

But then you are reminded that this is a family that really, really likes Christmas trees. Like really. So we struggled with the idea of creating multiple focal points. And you also learn the sad story that if the construction in the basement had been completed as planned, this tree would have been moved down there and a different tree would be in this space. Yes, this was the plan. And yes, there is a fourth full-sized tree for this space waiting on deck. #thatsok #itsallgood

The room glows from candles, the fireplace and the Christmas tree | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

Sometimes life gets in the way….so no worries. Because the message central to this post and every post in this blog is peace over perfection.

And so #grace. 

Packages spread all around means something for everyone | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And with that, you’d again pivot to the right and see the dining room is toward the front door, peeking out there….just beyond the staircase.

The Dining Room

A view toward the front includes the family room Christmas tree | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And you’d see that green and gold are dappled throughout the room….

Dining room bobbles in hot pink and gold | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

Inviting you to come in and see some more.

A peek at the dining room hot pink and gold trees | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And you’d smile at the twin trees flanking that hot pink diva of a china cabinet.

Speciality lighting brings new life to the china cabinet | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And then you’d promise to check out more on the dining room post here.

Twin trees and a hot pink china cabinet are dressed for Christmas | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

But after a thought, you might say, “But Susie, last year you had a totally neutral look that spanned the entire dining room and foyer.”

And you’d be right.

Then you’d pop over to this post and this post to read about how and why this whole snowy glam look happened.

Snowy glam neutral Christmas tree | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

And then, when all is said and done, you’d realize that, at Susie’s house, a tour really never ends. It’s just a point in time.

And you’ll want to come back to see how the mantel and staircase bannister combine faux and fresh greens for an overall full and fun and fresh look. 

And after that, you’ll want to see how 15 two-foot trees, two foxes, and a one gingerbread man make the kitchen go all holiday. #cantmakethisstuffup #letshavesomefun

Foxy fun in the kitchen for Christmas | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com

But for now, please accept a big ole’ Southern-style thank you as you go on your way…..

With blessings and joy that you stopped here today.

Merry Christmas from The Chelsea Project.

Hope to see y’all again soon.

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Festival of lights and color featured in the Christmas Home Tour | #christmashometour #redandwhitechristmas #christmastree #christmasdecor | www.thechelseaproject.com


And now, are you ready to visit these amazing homes for some seriously awesome Christmas decor inspiration?

First, a big round of thanks and applause to Sherry at Savvy Apron, Carol at The Red Painted Cottage, and Nicki of Sweet Parrish Place

Please note: Tour links go live on the day listed, but you may click any link on any day to visit the blog and enjoy other posts. Happy visiting!!


White Arrows Home| The Chelsea Project| Our Prairie Farmhouse|

Noting Grace| The Red Painted Cottage


Celebrate and Decorate| Rain and Pine| Savvy Apron


Curly Crafty Mom| Camelot Art Creations| Follow The Yellow Brick Home|

Mom Home Guide| Twelve On Main


County Road 407| Art and Sand| Simple Nature Decor| Sweet Parrish Place


Deeply Southern Home| First Day of Home| Life on Summerhill|

Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry| The Aspiring Home



  • Reply June December 3, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Omgosh Chelsea, will you be my friend! I want to come to dinner and see your beautiful house, DINING ROOM! You are so talented!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Hi June and thanks so much. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply The Red Painted Cottage December 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Susie, Everything looks so perfect and beautiful. I really love your tree and the mantel. Thanks for joining our tour this year!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Carol. Appreciate you so much.

  • Reply sweetparrishplace1970 December 3, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I love those pink decorated Christmas trees flanking that awesome china cabinet. Pink diva for sure! Thank you so much for joining our Christmas tour of homes!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Nicki. I think the pink trees stole the show this year. What a joy to share them in your Christmas tour. Thanks for the invite. XO

  • Reply Susanne December 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Your Christmas decor is beautiful and still manages to be so warm and welcoming. What is this about trees in the kitchen? Girl, we need to chat!!

  • Reply tammieprice December 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Your home is gorgeous!!! I loved the different focal points and the different color scheme for your dining room. That pink was amazing.! So glad to be on this tour with you.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Awww Tammie, you’re so sweet. And I agree. Based on feedback, the pink was a hit.

  • Reply Joy December 3, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    your home is always so welcoming and during this time of the year, even more so! The chairs by the fireplace just beg for good converastion and hot cocoa. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Thanks Joy….and I’m peeking out that open front door waiting for you to arrive.

  • Reply Chloe Crabtree December 4, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Wow! You have worked so hard to make your home elegant and decorated to the nines for the holidays! I would see a tree and think it is the prettiest tree…and then there is another! Honestly, that gold and pink one might be my favorite! Lovely!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Thanks so much Chloe. I would love to work with you on some trees and tablescapes. #bucketlist

  • Reply maria December 4, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Oh I would love an invite to your magnificent home. Its just full of color and style. That fireplace is stunning. I bet you sit there alot with a cup of tea. I know I would.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Thanks so much, Maria! Wouldn’t it be fun for the tour ladies to gather for giggles and goodies? I would love that!

  • Reply artandsand December 4, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous and I love your style.

    Your living room was made for Christmas with the fabulous fireplace and space for the magnificent tree.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Aww, you’re so sweet. Thanks so much! It was so much fun hopping with you. Hope we can do more!

  • Reply sherrygcole December 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I am so glad that you joined us because your home is gorgeous! I knew it would be. Every tree is perfect but the twin trees are my favorite. I never would have thought to have one on each side of the cabinet. Thank you so much for adding your home to the tour.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Sherry. It warms my heart to hear such kind words. The twins do seem to be the overall favorite this year and I have to admit…I’m already scheming up a surpirse appearance for them next year. Planning now so I can hit the after Christmas clearances with a list and a mission. MAybe they will become our tree version of the Elf… you never know when or where they will appear. LOL… Thanks for inivting me on this fun tour. You guys are the best!

  • Reply Crissy December 5, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Hi Susie! I’m excited to meet you on this blog hop. You won me over with this line: peace over perfection. Amen to that! Your post is just precious. I love your sense of humor, and beyond that, your style is impeccable. Love the twin trees and that gorgeous diva cabinet. The snowy glam dining room version is also stunning. Thanks for air lifting me in…now can we make hot cocoa and sit by that fire?

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Thanks a million, Crissy. I’m glad you get me. There is such a story behind that grouping of quiet candles and why…when things needed a bit more tweaking….I just stopped and said, “No more.Peace Be Still.” Maybe some day, I’ll share it on the blog…..or over a cup of hot cocoa by the fire.

  • Reply Lauren | Mom Home Guide December 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I love all you gorgeous Christmas trees and your pretty fireplace! Have a a merry Christmas!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much! Merry Christmas..

  • Reply Kristin December 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    This was such a gorgeous tour and so fun to read! I love how your voice comes through in your writing! I also love the phrase you used, “peace over perfection” You are so wise!!! Fun to tour with you!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Kristin. Such a joy to hop with you this Christmas season. XO

  • Reply Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom December 5, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    What a lovely home you have! I don’t think I’ve ever stopped by your blog before, but I love your style. I really need to have more than one Christmas tree. I love your dining room SO much with the hot pink background in the curio and the duo trees… the table is decor is lovely, too. I LOVE the tree in your main room and I’m curious how the other tree would have turned out. In any case, just love all of the color and the white presents with red bows!


    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Hey Carrie and thanks so much! I got caught in jury duty this week and it has put a damper on my fourth tree decoration, but I’ll try to get it together before Christmas.

  • Reply Cindy Richter December 6, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Simply stunning. I cannot get over how you get it all done and aren’t worn out! It’s fantabulous though. I just may try another tree next year! Love this tour.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Aww Cindy. You’re so sweet. Thanks so much for these kind words. And I agree, another tree next year!!

  • Reply Life on Summerhill December 7, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Beautiful Christmas decorations!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Katie Mansfield December 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I love the hot pink trees. So gorgeous.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Katie! Merry Christmas..

  • Reply Cristina January 1, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Oh wow, that Christmas tree in the family room is also spectacular!! I need to take your Christmas tree decor class.
    Love your home my friend!

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