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Christmas house tour 2013

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by to see our Christmas home tour. If you’re new here, I’m Tara from between you & me. I’m wife to Andy and mama to Luke, Seth, and Lydia and our fur-baby, Max. I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll enjoy peeking into our home this Christmas season.

2013 Christmas House Tour at between you and me

I was super excited when Jennifer Rizzo invited me to join her “Deck the Halls” Christmas house walk this year.
She is featuring around thirty homes in the tour, and everyone involved has unique styles of their own,
so there’s enough inspiration for everyone!

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If you haven’t been following along all week, be sure to visit Jenn to see the homes from Day one, Day two, and Day three.


I hope you’re visiting me now from Kelly at View Along the Way. She has created quite the Christmas scene for her family {and for you} to enjoy!

Go ahead and snuggle up under a warm blanket with your favorite cup of warm something.  I hope you enjoy your few minutes here in our home, and more importantly, I hope you leave refreshed and inspired.

2013 Christmas Tour -between you and me

You’ll notice right off the start that I’ve got a theme going strong this year. It’s called simple. I swear, the older I get, the more simple it becomes. I have promised my kids that I’ll always put up a tree and hang a wreath on the door, but between you and me, everything else is up for grabs.

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me

This season easily and quickly gets filled with work parties and school parties and school plays and town Christmas parades and cookie exhanges and ornament exchanges and open houses at our favorite local shops. All those things are great fun, but at the end of our busy nights, I want us to walk in and be able to take a deep sigh of relief that we are h.o.m.e.

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me

There isn’t anything more satisfying to me than hosting family and friends around our table. The meals are never fancy, but the fellowship is always sweet. At the beginning of each new year, Andy and I make a list of people we want to invite into our home and around our table. There is always room for spontaneity, but if we aren’t intentional with a plan, it usually won’t happen. Life is so much better connected.

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me

2013 christmas home tour-between you and me


I’ll be back next week to share about our 25 acts of random kindness!

2013 christmas tour-between you and me

I made the anthropologie knock off wreath a few weeks ago.  You can find the tutorial for it here.

I made the anthropologie knock off wreath a few weeks ago. You can find the tutorial for it here.

My Jesus painting is from a local artist.  It

2013 christmas home tour

Earlier, I mentioned that I

Earlier, I mentioned that I’ve promised my kids to always put up a tree and hang a wreath on the door. This hot chocolate bar is something I have promised them I’d always do, too. They love it! The only rule is that they can only have 1 hot chocolate per day. I want them to keep their teeth!

2013 christmas home tour

When we were first married, we went to seminary up in Kentucky and lived in a 600 sf apartment in family housing. Our first few christmas trees looked like Charlie Brown trees because I couldn’t imagine buying a box of ornaments that had no special meaning. A family tradition was born that very first Christmas together, when we decided to buy each other an ornament every Christmas. My parents and my brother and his wife joined us on the ornament swap, so it didn’t take long for us to collect a tree full of beautiful ornaments, each with special meaning. We decided to continue this tradition when our kids came along, so one day, they’ll leave home {insert tears!} with their own box full of ornaments for their trees.

2013 christmas home tour

2013 christmas home tour

2013 christmas home tour

2013 christmas home tour


I’ve never had more fun wrapping Christmas gifts in my life. Pom-poms and wash tape. The end.

2013 christmas home tour


I’m so glad you took time to visit me today. Max is glad, too. Hope you have the Merriest Christmas!


They’re glad you came by, too!

The next stop on the house tour is with Jenn from City Farmhouse.  Be sure to head there

The next stop on the house tour is with Jen from City Farmhouse. Be sure to head there now…you’ll wanna grab another cup of your favorite something! You’re gonna be there a while…eye candy galore!

Kris Pare - Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and family. Love all the simple warm touches and that sweet hot cocoa bar! Did you create the painting over the mantel? Its gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

paige - oh friend, merry merry christmas!!
i do love your home. i always feel refreshed & inspired.
you’re the real deal & your warm and intentional home is a reflection of that.
i LOVE the table…the frazier fur branches….the sign ( of course i LOVE the sign) and all the tara touches

i’m dropping in next week. did i mention that?
i love you & wish you a merry merry christmas

Lisa - Tara, your home looks beautiful for Christmas. I love your simple wreaths and evergreens, and that gorgeous fireplace!! Enjoy the season with your family and thanks for sharing your home.

Jackie - Just lovely. xoxo

michele fry - Love the simplicity!!! It looks so welcoming, want nothing more than to come over and let the girls jump on the trampoline and we sit in front of the fire and chat and drink coffee!!

Heather - So beautiful Tara! First can I say I adore the idea of 25 Days of Kindness, can’t wait to see your post on that! Every single detail is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your home with us!


Becky - Soooo pretty. Love the Washi tape idea and hot chocolate bar. The bokeh on that snowman pic was beautiful. Home really is the place to be. Oh and that gorgeous sign in your dining room. So peaceful!

Kristi - You have a beautiful family and a lovely home! Thank you for sharing it all with us. I am going to try to the hot chocolate station today…my kids will love it!

angela - Your home is so gorgeous and inviting! I love that you decorated for Christmas with so many neutrals, too. Following you on Bloglovin. :)

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Lucy - Hi Tara! I love everything about this tour…it’s simple and yet feels so warm and cozy. Love it all. And what beautiful kiddies..xo

Kelly @ View Along the Way - Wow – your home is so, so beautiful. I love the simplicity, and I LOVE that you kept all the meaningful ornaments and didn’t just go for matchy. Beautiful home!

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Emily B - Gorgeous! Every last detail is quite lovely. Wish I lived closer so we could enjoy a hot chocolate and morning chat. Talk soon!!

Christi {Jealous Hands} - Your Christmas home is beautiful!

Stacey - Your home is beautiful year round but your Christmas home is really special. Simple is better and prettier in my book. Merry Christmas!

Lissa - Beautiful family home for the Christmas season and gorgeous family as well. Merry Christmas Tara!

giosmama2626 - So rustic and beautiful. Love the details and it’s very inviting. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Heather - Stopping by from the Holiday Housewalk. :) Your home is beautiful, and your photography is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us (and washi tape? Brilliant!).

Jennifer Rizzo - Your home looks gorgeous as always and I love he art work! The Jesus with the dove is amazing! I love your home! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

Laura @ Finding Home - As always, your home is SO beautiful and welcoming. You may be going for simpler, but elegance and comfort was not sacrificed! Merry Christmas!

Megan - Wow, you have been a busy little elf! I just love your home and your unique spin on tradition. And that sign in the dining room??!! Stunning.

jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof - Love the Christmas tree and mantel! The santa cocoa spot with the candy canes is adorable! I need to create one of those in my kitchen :)

Jeanne - I just love your cozy Home all decked out for Christmas. There’s so much inspiration! Thanks for the tour.

Chrissy - So gorgeous!!! Where did you find the amazing red-and-white ribbon?? And the awesome clock?

Pam McCuan - Your home is beautiful! I love, love the idea of using washi tape gor wrapping!

Suzette - Love, love, love the simplicity and the warmth! Like you, I am getting to the “less is more” stage with Christmas decorating. Your decorating feels less like Jingle Bells and more like Comfort and Joy. Beautiful!

Sara - I love every detail of your home. Thanks for the inspiration! Where did you get the washi tape for the gifts?

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Jedi Mama - Do you need a brand new friend? Because I would like to be that girl! And I’d like to invite you over for coffee, because wow! I think it would benefit me greatly to have you sit at our dining room table and look around my house and say things like, “This area rug really needs to go!” and “How do you function with THESE ugly throw pillows in your life?” and “You need a nice vintage sign with a piece of scripture painted on it on THIS wall.”

Your house tour was so much fun to take… Loved your holiday decor!

Sam - Your house looks gorgeous. My decorations get simpler the older I get too. Your decor has totally inspired me. Thanks :)

Jen Y - I love the house tours & seeing all the beautiful ideas.

We also have the ornament tradition. I boxed up my son’s ornaments a few weeks ago. He was married in October & they wanted to decorate their 1st tree Thanksgiving weekend. So my husband & I sat down & went through our son’s ornaments together. It was hard! We ended up keeping all the little paper ornaments he’d made when he was very small & the very 1st ornament we bought when I was pregnant with him at Christmas – just a few months before he was born. I can’t wait to see them all on their new tree though & their excitement about decorating their new home for Christmas far outwieghs the pain of passing time. Each new stage has such treasures to enjoy!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Oh girly I just love it all. I think “keeping it simple” is a theme that I’ve been hearing a ton of people say this year. I think it must be what we are all craving and you did a gorgeous job with it. As always. :)

Jennifer @ City Farmhouse - Hi Tara,
Your home is so beautiful! Your photography is stunning! I just adore your style and everything you create. Your family is adorable too!!! Happy Holidays, Jen

laura@Top This Top That - Tara- your holiday home is almost as beautiful as your heart! It’s perfect. Happy Holidays to you Andy and your kids!

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Courtney - Gorgeous gorgeous~ I love your simple natural decorations- beautiful!! Sharing!!

stephanie - Thank you so much for the tour! I love your beautiful home and photography!

LLH Designs - I have to say that I’m not much of a Christmas home tour girl these days…maybe because I haven’t decorated yet and am not even that fired up about it. BUT, I always love seeing the homes of those whose hearts I adore. This is such a beautiful reflection of you and your love of Jesus. xo!

Vanessa - Tara your home is stunning!! It’s warm and welcoming with so many incredible details. That huge ‘O Holy Night’ sign in your dining room is amazing! So honored to be part of the tour with someone as talented as you are!

Karen Watson - Such a beautiful home!! I love your random kindness board, what a great idea!! Thanks so much for the tour!

Hollie - That sign! That tray on your dining room table! And the cross shape of those greenery sprigs in those vases! I love your beautiful, simple home.

Jennifer - Dear Lillie - Your home is so lovely! I especially love how you have the two wreaths hung and your beautiful dining room!

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Jamie - Your home is stunning and your kids are adorable!!!! Your house is one of my fav.’s!

Beth@HomeStoriesAtoZ - Beautiful photography! Love all the sweet touches and the bokeh capture behind the Santa mug. Happy Holidays!

lee - Your house looks beautiful! Thank you for the reminder that beautiful doesn’t have to equal complicated.

Also, I like your ornament tradition. The first year we were dating, my now-husband and I decided to begin collecting ornaments. Every year, we pick one out that either represents something special from that year or highlights who we are as people (individually and together). With only four ornaments, we hang them on a wreath – but I definitely look forward to having an entire tree full of those memories.

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas! =)

Melanie - Your house is so beautiful – and so are your children! :-) I have to ask where you got that gorgeous painting (the two flowers) on your mantle…*love* it!

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Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle - So many beautiful details! LOVE your dining room! And, LOVE the idea of listing all of those to have over in a year…going to have to make my list :) Merry Christmas! Melissa

amy watson - I NEVER comment on blogs, really very very rarely, I like how you think, I love your home and the way the true meaning of Christmas comes through so beautifully, I too as a young wife and mother started very earl on to buy only “special” ornaments, and after 32 yrs we have a beautiful collection, and our daughter left home at 19 with her very own large box of special ornamnents.. a lot of them made by her as she was growing up…..I Loved your home tour, your home and your tree is beautiful :)

Sandy - You have a gorgeous home! Love the simplicity in your Christmas decorating. I’m going simple this year too. Your kids and fur baby are adorable. Thanks for opening your home to all your readers.

Kristi - This is beautiful! You have a wonderful gift of creating a very welcoming and simple home. I would love to know where you found your artwork: the one of jesus with the dove and the gorgeous one over your mantel. Would you mind sharing where you found them? Thank you!!

Kimber-Leigh - tara, everything looks lovely–fresh and crisp and clean and festive! i love all your ideas for incorporating fresh greenery in your home.

may i ask where the silent night, holy night pillows are from?

Mindy - Thank you for opening your home – so warm and inviting! I am ready for that cup of hot chocolate : )

Christy - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I’m SO with you on simplifying. I didn’t get even nearly all of our Christmas décor out, but it still looks like too much to me. Oh well, I making progress. Thanks for sharing your home. If we lived closer, my husband and I would definitely put you and your family on our list of folks to invite over for dinner! :) Thanks for the great idea. We love having friends over, but we have never made a list before. I think we shall try it in 2014.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room - One word: PERFECT. All of it.

I loved how you captured the essence of Christmas with elegance and simplicity.

Beautiful!!! xo

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Sherry Hart - Beautiful home and decor. It sounds like you know the true meaning of Christmas…..:)

Jen {at home in the northwest} - Your house looks beautiful! And I love your photography too!!! So lovely.

Donna - Your home and family are beautiful. Love the decorating. It’s just right! Where did you find those cute mercury glass lamps? Love the size.

Donna - Your home and family are beautiful. Love the decorating. It’s just right! Where did you find those cute mercury glass lamps? Love the size. Oh and the painting is great.

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