Holiday House Walk 2021 My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Welcome to our 2021 Christmas Home Tour, I am so glad you are here! I am beyond honored to be a part of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday house walk tradition for so many years now! Each day this week, bloggers have opened their doors and invited you inside to tour their beautiful homes, each home is magical and unique in its own way!! To start the tour from the beginning, click on Jen’s page for Day 1!

If you are here from Finding Silver Pennies, welcome, I am so happy you are here.  Danielle’s home is dreamy and beautiful, I look forward to her home tour every Christmas!

Before I go directly into this tour I have to say this was not easy for me AT ALL.  This is my first holiday without my mom and I won’t lie, it’s been really hard on so many levels.  I am forever grateful that she is in heaven free of pain, that is what gets me through, but the thought of decorating was just plain hard.
Honestly, I just wanted to pull out of the tour but didn’t want to let other’s down, so much work goes into this tour behind the scenes.  I realized to make things easier on myself I would go simple and minimal and ask for my hubby’s help when needed.  And somehow, it all came together and I felt this calm come over me, I know my mom had her hands on that.
As I sit down and write this post, I am so glad I pushed through the sadness, had a good cry and can now just enjoy what this season is all about.
Family, health, giving, traditions, sharing, and God.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here and for your support on so many levels, it means the world to me!

I always love decorating the kitchen, it’s bright and cheerful and brings me joy, maybe because it involves delicious food.  I added some black ribbon to the little cypress wreaths and brought in a few small decorations for a clean yet simple feel.





I introduced some new gold pieces this year.  I found most of them in the dollar section at Target and painted over them, I will have a tutorial on that soon. Last year I purged so many items and this year when I brought down the boxes from the attic I opened them up and walked all the bins over to a friend for her to use. I foresee another huge purge coming soon.
(if you have been following for a while, we have been purging and organizing this past month, it feels so good)

I strung faux garland on the stair rail, simple ribbon, twinkle lights, and bells on the end.

Our dogs never leave my side, ever!  Doesn’t matter who is home, they follow me everywhere.  Sophie is now diabetic and blind and stuck to me like glue but these 2 watch over her like a hawk, best brother, and sister ever!

Ray stopped by our local nursery for me and they gave him tree clippings for free.

This cute little reindeer and the trees were also at Target. They were each a very bright gold so I went over it with gold metallic paint for a more natural look.



modern farmhouse Christmas tablescape

modern farmhouse Christmas tablescape

modern farmhouse Christmas tablescape

A quick peek into the bathroom

I added little vignettes throughout our home.

I always get lots of questions on our floorplan. As you can see it’s very open so it gets tricky to photograph this space but hopefully this will give you a better idea.

That loft area is in the process of a big overhaul.  Other than the sofa and the TV it’s completely empty, I can’t wait to share what we are going to do with this space.

The next stop is my friend, Lauren, from Bless’er House. You are going to adore her beautiful and cozy house that they have worked so hard on with so many amazing DIY projects!



Thank you so much for stopping in for our home tour, wishing everyone a beautiful holiday ahead!

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  1. Oh Kristin, it all looks so gorgeous! I love how you set the table with the words on the plates- so sweet! And your kitchen is a dream- your holiday touches in there are perfect! But my favorite part – and this may be weird to say – is your bathroom. I am so into the greenery on the mirror!

    1. Thank you so much Cassie, I love the bathroom too, not strange at all. lol Wishing you a merry Christmas and I hope the kids are feeling better soon. xo

  2. What a beautiful tour! I love all the touches of greenery and gold. The perfect amount of sparkle for an elegant Christmas home! Love it!

  3. Thanks so much for the beautiful tour Kristin. It all looks so beautiful and your dogs are just the cutest. Merry Christmas!

  4. I think this is my most favorite tour of yours yet, Kristin! I know you say you went simple, but all the beautiful touches & details (I love the ribbon on your gifts) go a ling way in your beautiful home. The words on the plates will be so fun to use- and so easy. Tell Ray he rocks for helping, and remember your mom is always by your side!!! Xo

    1. Thank you so much, Julie, you are too kind. Ray is truly the best, trying to help wherever he can especially when he sees the heaviness in my heart. Love you, sweet friend!

  5. Kristin
    Can I tell you why your home will be my hands-down favorite of all homes on this tour? Aside from all the lovely decorations and warm, cozy presentation?
    It’s because I know that your heart was hurting at the same time that you were pulling boxes down and smiling for your boys and asking your hubby for help. Your willingness to be so real about your grief was such a beautiful display of strength and vulnerability—and by far the most exquisite display of what Christmas is all about, which is Love. Thank you for letting your mother’s eternal love shine through you as you participated in this tour — I know she is right there next to you and your family always but especially during these first holidays, and I hope you can feel her presence through the strength she is giving you on your hardest days. Much love dear friend. I’m so proud of you.

    1. Leslie- Thank you, I have told you before, you have an amazing way with words, they are a gift to all of us. Your unimaginable journey in life has helped so many with your wisdom and transparency. You put me in tears, but tears of joy, knowing my mom is right here with me even when things seem so hard. I think of you often and I appreciate you taking the time to stop in. Sending you love this holiday season!

  6. Kristin- Everything is just beautiful, you can feel the love in your home. I know this season is hard for you but your mom is with you and proud of you. Take care of yourself and that beautiful family of yours.
    Love- Beth

  7. It all is so beautiful, Kristin. I’m so sorry about your mom. My dad passed away three years ago and holidays are always hard. I know she’s watching over you and looking down on your beautiful home. Your sweet dogs look adorable and I can relate – Max follows me around all day. Ha! ha! I know it will be difficult but wishing you a Happy Christmas xx

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle, I am so sorry about your dad, it’s so hard. I loved being in this tour with you, wishing you a Merry Christmas with your beautiful family and Max 🙂

  8. Kristin, I love the way you’ve decorated your home with restrained elegance. It’s all very beautiful! Holidays are so hard for those of us who’ve had recent losses. I’m glad you were able to push through your grief and I know your mom would be proud of that.

  9. Hello Kristin. My daughter in law is Kristin too, and I am Kristen with an E! Your home is lovely, but I am commenting mainly to say I am sorry for the the loss of your mother. I too lost my mother, Jan. 9, 2005. and my heart still aches for her., although it hurts less as time passes. She willed herself not to pass on Jan. 8th, my birthday. I hope you can find peace and glimpses of joy this holiday season.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kristen! I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom, it’s so hard but I know it will get a little easier with time, it did when my father passed. There is something so special between a mom and a daughter, after having my life revolve around her and her wellbeing for the past 5 years leaves me with such a void. I’ll be thinking of you during these times and thank you so much for stopping in today.

  10. Hi Kristin! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. The holidays can be a joyful time but also a sorrowful one when we’re celebrating without loved ones for the first time. I am sure your mom did have a hand in helping you decorate your gorgeous home. Everything looks so lovely and peaceful. I especially love the little vignettes you added in unexpected places. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much Crissy, all these firsts are hard but I know she is right here with me in spirit. Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a very merry christmas!

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