Holiday Home Tour 2013

 Surprise and Merry Christmas!  
Today, I am the surprise guest on the Deck The Halls Holiday Home Tour organized by Jennifer Rizzo.  It began this morning (you can take the full tour from start to finish here) and I'm so excited to share my holiday decorations along with 30 others in this week long tour. 



I am house number five.  The amazing Jeanne Oliver was up before me and let me just say, I knew she would be a tough act to follow.  



If this is your first time here, let me introduce myself.  My name is Sarah Macklem, I'm a professional Home Stylist from Detroit, Michigan.  This blog is where I share daily design adventures and operate my online interior design studio.  In addition to being the title of my blog, "The Yellow Cape Cod" is also my home where I live with my husband, our three children and our dog, Murphie.  





I'm so excited to be the surprise house on this fantastic tour.  Christmas is always a big deal at The Yellow Cape Cod, sharing our decor on the blog is something I look forward to every year.  But this year, I am especially excited. 

As Murphie and I show you around, I'll explain…








…last year, I had the amazing opportunity to have our home photographed for the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine 2013.  It was an incredible experience, although it meant that I was not able to share my decor on the blog.  In order for BHG to publish an exclusive spread, I had to keep it under wraps. 








This means I have some serious Christmas blogging excitement, two whole years of pent up Christmas ideas spinning around in my head.  You can imagine my reaction when Jen Rizzo ask me to join this Christmas tour.







The theme of my Christmas decor this year is "Classic Christmas".  The basis of my Christmas design  is black and white hounds tooth, fresh boxwood and hundreds of red ornaments.




(Click here for a tutorial on these little trees)



As you can see, I started my tour in our Dining Room that also doubles as my home office when we're not entertaining.  






It's one of the first rooms you see when entering our home.  For the holidays, I spiffed it up with new chair upholstery and a brand new rug.  Later on this week, I'll be sharing a tutorial on the little trees shown on the buffet.  I will also share some tips for keeping fresh greens looking fresh for weeks.







One of my goals in decorating our home (this room in particular) for the holidays is making sure it's ready for drop-in guests.  Our Christmas high chair (a thrift store find that I painted cherry red) offers our littlest guests a festive place to eat. 





 Across from the dining room is our powder room.  Red towels, boxwood clippings and a glowing candle keep this little space ready for guests.






Our mantle decor this year was inspired by the deer that visit our backyard throughout the season.  This room provides a nice view into the woods behind our home where deer can usually be seen.  






When I came across these antler stocking holders, I knew we had to have them. 





Our stockings are one of those elements that we will probably always incorporate into our Christmas decor.  We have grown quite attached to them over the years.  







The kids always look forward to hanging them on the fireplace. 
Each year I try to keep our decor fresh and different while using a lot of the same things year after year.   







Many of the elements I use have special meaning to us or represent a family tradition.  






For example, the Christmas tree in our living room is dedicated to a collection of ornaments from my Dad.  He gave us an ornament each year for Christmas until he passed away five years ago.  








This year I changed up the ribbon, accent ornaments and added gigantic snowflakes to put a fun spin on our special tree.







This is one of seven Christmas trees we have in our home this year.  I can't believe I just admitted that. 







In the kitchen, the busiest room in our home, I kept the decor light.  My daughter and I enjoy baking together during the holidays and need all the surface area we can get. 







 I was able to sneak in our festive red Kuerig, a few seasonal plants and a Santa I fell in love with at the Goodwill.   Every year I decorate the chandelier with greens and ornaments for a fragrant centerpiece.






 One of our favorite Christmas traditions takes place in the kitchen on Christmas Eve.  After attending service, Hannah and I come home and prepare Over-Night-French-Toast for Christmas morning.  I love decorating for the holidays, but it is our annual traditions that I look forward to the most.  Thank you, for letting me share our home and Christmas traditions with you. 








I hope you will come back and visit again throughout the month of December.  
I'll be continuing to share more of our Christmas decor along with fun project tutorials. 









I confessed to having seven trees…








if you come back, I'll be sharing almost all of them. 




(Click here for a video tutorial on the monogrammed door wreath)



I would also like to invite you to visit my "Holiday" tab at the top of my blog (or click here) for loads of Christmas projects and tutorials. 








The next stop on the home tour is…
The Handmade Home.  You will enjoy the beautiful decor they have in store for you. 






Below I have put together a list of links to some of the items used in this year's home tour.
If something your interested in is not mentioned below, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to help you find it. 







1. Mantle Decor:  
6.  Buffet Decor:
Black Buffet~The Salvation Army
Black Kirsten Arch Mirror~Cooper Classics
Red Boxes~HomeGoods
8.  Murphie's Christmas Sweater~Amazon


Thank you, Jen for hosting this tour and including me in this fabulous line up.
And again, Thank YOU for stopping by.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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© Copyright 2013 The Yellow Cape Cod

79 comments:

  1. love peeking into your beautiful home!!!
    wishing you a very merry christmas!!

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  2. Sarah - it is all so beautiful as always. Thanks for letting us in your home!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I always look forward to the Finding Home tour! xo Sarah

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  3. Gorgeous holiday home, Sarah … love the festive pops of red splashed everywhere, and your antler stocking holders are awesome! Look forward to seeing more … Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Becca. I always enjoy your holiday posts:) Sarah

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  4. gorgeous! what color is your buffet painted? I'm loving that black.

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    1. Thanks, Angela. It's Martha Stewart "Silhouette".

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  5. Everything looks so beautiful!! I love that you have seven Christmas trees in your home. We have four (all different sizes) and the kids each have one too. My husband thinks I have an addiction. I am glad I am not alone. Loved seeing your hone!

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    1. Ha! Jeanne, you are not alone. I have the addiction too. It is hard to have my tour after yours, you set the bar so high. Sarah

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  6. Thank you so much for being a part of the tour! You were a great surprise house!I love your front door. I want to paint mine black now. I love the contrast of the holiday decor with the black. it's so classic. Thank you so much for opening your lovely home!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jen for having me. It is such an honor to be featured among such a talented group! Sarah

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  7. Fabulous ! Gorgeous ! Amazing ! Can't wait to see the rest of your trees !

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    1. I can't wait to share them…thanks Priscilla!

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  8. So very pretty!!! What a beautiful Christmas home!! Pinning!!

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    1. Hi Courtney, thank you! Love to be pinned :)

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  9. Your black and red decor is absolutely stunning. Love it all. Hugs, marty

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  10. Im in love with your front door and the colors you decorate with...so festive! xoox, tracie

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  11. I always love your simple red, black and white color scheme, it is soothing but so graphically fun and lovely all at the same time!! And your Christmas touches are so festive and beautiful. Just lovely! Thanks for opening up your home, sweet lady! xo

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I love that you stopped by. :) Your home tour was fabulous! Sarah

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  12. I knew your home would be beautiful and of course you did not disappoint! I love how the red looks with the black. Everything is so festive!
    -Shelley

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  13. Gorgeous Sarah - that deer on the table is an amazing focal point! Thrilled to be part of Jen's house hop with someone so talented!
    Kelly

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    1. Awe, thanks Kelly. I am flabbergasted by the gorgeousness at your house. I seriously spent an hour going through your tour. Xo Sarah

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  14. I love the red and black theme. I think I may do something very similar this year and just keep it simple. BTW, where are the shelves in your powder room from? I'm looking for decorative floating shelves with a little more pizazz than Ikea ;) Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Crown Family :) The shelves are from PB. xo Sarah

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  15. Everything is beautiful and your pup is the cutest ever :) Love all the colors!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! We love our Murphie-dog. Thanks for stopping by. Sarah

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  16. Your house is always so beautiful! I was wondering where you got the white pots/vases for your poinsettias in the kitchen - love them - need to put mine out in something besides the tacky foil they come with! :-)

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    1. Hey Christa, don't tell anyone this, but the poinsettias are faux. I bought them last year at Target already in the little white pots. xo Sarah

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  17. your home is beautiful....
    loved seeing all the gorgeous details...and that last shot of the home with a dusting of snow....we're dreaming of a white Christmas in North Ga. :)

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    1. Thank you! I love the snow also, hoping for more! xoxo Sarah

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  18. After seeing your beautiful decorations, I now want to start decorating! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.

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  19. Gorgeous!!! Makes me wanna come back to Michigan and freeze just to see it. I have a few extra red ornaments and I know where Im shipping them! Merry Christmas!! xo

    Jennifer@vreelandroad

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    1. Ha! Yes, freezing is the price we pay for a white Christmas. Stop by in January, I'll be complaining about the snow and wanting to move. I'll watch for the red balls :) xo Sarah

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  20. Everything looks wonderful..love the traditional reds...Merry Christmas...xo

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    1. Merry Christmas to you Craftberry Bush. xo Sarah

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  21. So beautiful! Your attention to detail is what makes it so amazing! Can you tell me what kind of outside lighting you do? Merry Christmas!

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    1. Kathy, thank you. My hubby does the lights outside and I have to say, they are spectacular. You can see our house for miles. He uses LED lights. xo Sarah

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  22. Don't tell anyone else on the house tour, but yours is my favorite!! I LOVE the grey, red, black and white combo. I want you to come and redo my entire house. I'm going to read every post on your blog!!

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    1. Hi Heatherbell, it will be our secret. :) Thank you for your kind words and for reading my entire blog. Let me know when you want to get started, I'd love to work with you! Sarah

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  23. So so beautiful!! Your attention to detail is what makes every room so amazing! You are truly talented! I have just started following your blog & have a lot of catching up to do! Can you tell me what kind of outside lighting you do? Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Kathy, thank you. My hubby does the lights outside and I have to say, they are spectacular. You can see our house for miles. He uses LED lights. xo Sarah

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  24. Where did you get the large white deer on the dining room table?

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    1. Hi there, I picked him up at The Potterybarn Outlet in Birch Run, Michigan. xo Sarah

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  25. What a fabulous home you have!! I really love how the black and white accessories made the red and green accents pop! Thanks for the wonderful tour!

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  26. House is absolutely gorgeous. Where can I get the deer on the dining room table? Is it a planter?

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    1. Hi there, it was labeled as a vessel. I found it at the Potterybarn Outlet. Thanks, Sarah

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  27. I confess to having already drooled once over your Christmas decor after seeing it in the magazine but it is so fun to come over here and do it again! LOL! Everything is truly gorgeous Sarah and I'm so honored to get to be apart of this tour with such talented gals like yourself! :-)
    Vanessa

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    1. Hi Vanessa, thank you! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us. It's gonna be good!! xo Sarah

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  28. Wonderful to have found your blog and your beautiful home. Thank you for sharing your Holiday home and the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Kristen! I hope you come back again soon. Sarah

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  29. Your home is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job, love all your Christmas touches!

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  30. Gasp! It's all so beautiful Sarah! Wow, you do a great job. I love your classic red with black and white, so festive. It's so hard (but FUN!) to see all these beautiful houses, makes me want to start all over with my decor. :) You know how that goes!

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    1. Ha, yes I know how that goes. I always look forward to seeing your home every year, and I have really enjoyed watching you nest in your new place. Merry Christmas, Rhoda! xo Sarah

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  31. Oh my gosh, Sarah - I absolutely LOVE it! It's got your signature style, and the black and white is fabulous! ~ Hope you are enjoying the season! ~Kerri

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    1. Thanks, Kerri! Happy Holidays to you as well! Can't wait to see all that you are up to this year! Sarah

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  32. Love the red, white and black and the way you do it all with such style! Your home is beautiful and your pup couldn't be any cuter :).

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    1. Thanks, B! Such an honor to be on the tour with you guys this year. xo Sarah

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  33. Wow! Everything is stunning! You are so talented!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I have to say the same back to you! Sarah

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  34. Sarah….love your Christmas decor. It is fresh and graphic and so suits your style. Great ideas too!

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  35. Your home is just gorgeous and I really like the graphic look with the black and white and then adding in other colors as accents. The house looks sooooo inviting from outside. Did you special order the snow on the roof and in the yard ??? Looks so Christmasy !!! Thank you for sharing !

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  36. Love it! Super classic and still fun! Amazing job!

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  37. Love it! Super classic and still fun! Amazing job!

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  38. Your home is beautiful. You can tell its decorated with love. I especially adore your dads tree, everything aboout it. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing.

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  39. Beautiful! LOVE the red! Thanks so much for having us :) Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  40. Your home is stunning, Sarah! So elegant yet without the "don't touch me" vibe. Love the pops of red you've added in.

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  41. Simply beautiful!!! Can you please share where you bought the antler stocking holders??

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  42. Love the black and white background - it makes the red POP! As always, your design sense is impeccable.

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  43. Sarah, thank you so much for opening your home to us for the holidays. Your color scheme happens to be one of my favorites and it is stunning! Love the striped sacks you have your mini trees in on the hall stand - they just pop with that gorgeous mirror and pops of red. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!
    ~Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  44. So gorgeous! I always see this in magazines and can't believe actual homes are decorated so beautifully. I'm jealous, for sure.
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  45. I was wondering where you got the large white snowflakes for the tree? It's stunning.

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