Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour 2016

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Happy, happy Christmas!  I’m so excited to present to you the first ever Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour!  I’ve been looking forward to showing you our home for awhile, and this is the perfect excuse.  So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot chocolate and get cozy…

Welcome to Old Salt Farm!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

When it comes to decorating, I’m a “less is more” kind of girl, and I tend to lean toward simple farmhouse decor featuring fresh wreaths and greenery, with pops of red.

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I was originally going to add ribbons to the wreaths, but after seeing their simple beauty, I decided to leave them plain.  They add so much fragrance to the foyer,  and I adore them.

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I used jute to tie on fresh pine garland along the banister of the stairs, and I’m hoping it makes it through the month of December. My kids love playing with it when they go up and down the stairs!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I love this little bench to the left of the stairs! Our stairs are right in the middle of our home, and you can go to the right or the left, and this is the way we have our guests go into the family room.

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

This is one of my favorite spots in the house.  The dining room and kitchen are one big open space, and I love seeing the stairway and into the family room.  The Dutch door was one of my must-haves, and I adore it.  You can find the tutorial for the Christmas Trees sign HERE.  It’s a new addition this year, and I seriously LOVE it!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

The giant chalkboard is always on the wall, and for Christmas I took down the wreath that’s normally there and turned it into a large advent calendar, with paper sacks and red striped clothespins.  

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

My kids have so much fun with the chalkboard wall in the kitchen, and it’s one of my favorite things as well.  See those adorable drawings of Christmas trees and snowmen?  I think it’s the best Christmas decor around!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I made a simple centerpiece using a stacked tray, adding pinecones and mason jars with cranberries and bits of Christmas tree branch trimmings.  It adds the perfect amount of red and pop of color, and the fresh greenery is my favorite.  Super easy, but makes a statement!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I love how the red and green pop against the white of the kitchen!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

I wish I could put wreaths on these doors, but they slide in front of each other. I’m thinking maybe a banner?  That will be on next year’s list!

Through that door on the left is the mudroom…

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

And last but not least, the family room, which next to the kitchen, is where we spend the most time.

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I made a hook board just like this one to hang our stockings on.  I didn’t want to put hooks directly on my mantel, and I love how this adds a little more farmhouse charm to the room.

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

One of the best traditions of the year is our Christmas Book Advent (our favorite book list), every single member of our family loves snuggling up together each night and reading a Christmas story by the fireplace.  It’s one of the most simple things, but our favorite. The cute free printable numbers come in my new book about holiday traditions, Simply Tradition! (affiliate link)

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour | simplykierste.com

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

I’ve been using these Peppermint Striped Candlesticks for years…they’re still my favorite!

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour |

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into our home!  Merry Christmas!

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Simply Tradition: 70 Fun & Easy Holiday Ideas for Families


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

35 thoughts on “Old Salt Farm Christmas Home Tour 2016

  1. i love all the pops of red throughout the house and your beautiful greenery. I bet it smells amazing!

  2. Thanks for this tour. You house looks awesome. I love the touches of red and green with all the white. You really made a home.

  3. Congratulations on your first Christmas in your new home! I have loved watching the build and progress over the months and am so happy for all of you! Enjoy it!

  4. I’m sitting here, absolutely DROOLING over your beautiful home!!! It’s perfect.
    Thanks for sharing! #lifeandfuturehomegoals <– for reals.

  5. Kierste,it is as adorable as I would expect from you! I absolutely LOVE everything about it! :) How fun for you to finally have it finished and settled in for this holiday season. Yay! It’s beautiful…making me wish I could change mine. :)

  6. Oh… forgot to mention how much I love the Simply Tradition book! You did a fabulous job with it. I love reading it and getting ideas. Thanks! :)

  7. Really beautiful. 😍 Love the simplicity and wide open spaces. And the way you’ve added the green and red makes it Christmassy but not over the top. You’ve created an amazing home. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world. 😁

  8. I love your style. So clean and airy, bright and vintage. Love the sliding doors and the chalk wall, and the green and pops of red….Super cozy. Don’t know how you possibly manage to keep it so clean and tidy with so many kids in the house! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. My son and I are working on reindeer jars today. A great idea we got from you. We are using leftover pumpkins from Halloween to roast and fill the jars with Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats.

    Happy Holidays!

  9. I bought your new book and I LOVE it!!! So many great ideas! You have inspired me to start some new traditions. You also reminded me about the importance of family traditions!
    Love the book!
    Love everything you do❤️

    1. Thank you SO much, Cherie! I’m so glad it has inspired some new traditions, and that you love the book. I want you to know, you and your family inspired me too–I love the traditions so much that you shared, so thank you! xoxo

      1. Do you mind sharing some details? What kind of wood did you use? Did you have a pattern? I am building my own but would love some advice.

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