The Pink House: Decorating for Christmas

We bought the pink house this past summer, and I think this is actually my first time to share it here on the blog! In this post, I’ll share my holiday decor as well as what I’ve accomplished to personalize the home so far.

Since this is our part-time home, I am working on it in small chunks (every few months) as we visit our hometown.

For the holidays this year, I mainly shopped from my own garage instead of buying new. We ended up having most of what I needed and I only had to purchase a few things new.

Holiday decor links: Beaded Garland / Batter Bowl / Similar Wooden Tree / Bottle Brush Trees / Similar Yarn Tree

We purchased this home already renovated. It had been in very brutal condition before (they showed us before photos) and they took it down to the studs and rebuilt much of the interior of the home. There are many pros to this. For us, the biggest pro was that it was move-in ready.

It was freshly painted, and for the most part, we liked the design choices. There were, of course, several choices we didn’t love. The biggest one was light fixtures. We swapped nearly every single light fixture out because they had used a lot of mid-century fixtures, and the house is from the 1920s.

The other choice that I don’t love is that they didn’t keep the crown molding and traditional moldings. Instead, they opted for the more modern “farm house”-style moldings. I don’t love them, but we decided to keep them since it’s expensive to change.

We might possibly add ceiling moldings back in the future. I’m between that and wallpaper that continues onto the ceiling for this room. Feel free to weigh in your opinion in the comments.

Living room furniture and decor links: Similar Sofa / Rug / Frame TV / TV Console / Coffee Table (painted) / Chairs / Curtains / Curtain Rods / Light Fixture / Similar Throw Pillows / Similar Plaid Throw

My favorite part of the remodel was the kitchen. I think they did an incredible job making it the most open and appealing kitchen that this home could possibly fit.

I love the floor-to-ceiling tile and I love the combination of extra upper cabinets and some open shelving, as well. The open shelves are so much fun to decorate.

Kitchen links: Sconces / White Toaster / Tea Kettle / Rug / Knife Set / Ceramic Diffuser

The fireplace area is one of my favorites. This photo bugs me because I feel it needs a rug, but don’t worry—I have the rug waiting to go back with me on my next trip!

I would also love to swap out the black tile on the floor and get rid of the farmhouse mantle. Honestly, though, it’s so cozy and nice! I picked up these artificial candles. They look real and give a nice glow to our non-functional fireplace.

The small game table and two chairs were flea market finds. One of my most joyful traditions when I am in my hometown is going to a flea market (or three).

Holiday decor links: Stockings / Stocking Holders / Flameless Candles / Bottle Brush Trees / Pre-Lit Tree / Clip-On Tree Candles / Similar Wooden Bead Garland

I love the dining room SO much. I found this antique chandelier on Etsy and it started a ripple effect of purchases, as I am also renovating our full-time home in Tennessee. I have really gotten into vintage chandeliers this year!

I would say that anytime you are about the drop $400 or more on an “old looking” new chandelier it’s worth spending more time trying to find a true antique. This chandelier makes the room for me. It became the centerpiece for all the other lighting I found.

Here’s the link to the brass pendant light between the dining room and kitchen.

The table is new, but currently sold out. I love the traditional style. This is the first time I have decorated an older home and I tried to stay true to the style the whole way through.

In the past, I would have put as much mid-century in as I could get away with, but I really enjoyed branching out and expanding my style when furnishing this home. It proved to be very influential on my other project as well!

I found these chairs at a flea market, and my mom and I painted them white. It makes me so happy that we’re already making many beautiful family memories in the pink house.

Thank you so much for coming along for a quick tour. I hope to share many more seasons and memories in this home. It’s been a true joy to put it together and share it with our daughters for the first time. xo. Elsie

Having a holiday dinner party? Check out this Holiday Dinner Party Wishlist or Use These 5 Items To Create An Easy Holiday Display!

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson.

  • Love it soooooo much! Dream project! My vote for the living room would be for crown molding because I feel like that would be true to the house and we haven’t really seen that design choice from most ABM content before. I would love to see it!

  • Love this so much! What paint color did you use on the kitchen cabinets?! Gorgeous!

  • Ha! I just spent a small fortune putting a mantel like yours in our house to replace our traditional white wood colonial style mantel/ surround. But we also added floor to ceiling stone with an inset and arched detail around the firebox, and a chunky reclaimed wood beam across the vault in the room, so it all works and gives me the Wyoming/ Colorado vibe I wanted stuck in my Midwestern home : )

  • The pink house is so beautiful and the kitchen is dreamy! Would you mind sharing where the dining room table is from? You mentioned it was sold out, but I’d be interested to see if an in stock notification is available – it’s just what I’ve been looking for! Thank you!

  • The pink house looks so cute! It’s fun seeing your take on a different style. I love that backsplash tile in the kitchen! It’s simple but still interesting. Also, those little candle clip lights on the tree are so charming!

  • I vote for wallpapering the ceiling! This made me remember a product that was 3-d wallpaper designs for the ceiling that would mimic tin ceilings. You could do really cool looks with them. Now this was when I worked in a wallpaper / paint department 2001 so not sure what’s out there now, but thought I’d pass it along as an idea!

      • Thanks for the updates, it looks great so far!
        I’m a little confused that this is the first older house you’ve decorated? Wasn’t your first house in Springfield (before you moved) an older home as well as Holiday Home?

        • Hi Danielle! Yes- you are correct on that (also our first Nashville bnb was a 1920s home). What I meant was this is the first time I am trying to stick to the 1920s/antique theme. In the past I would always put a lot of mid-century items in older home renovations. 🙂 Thanks for following along. XX!

  • The chandelier is gorgeous! I’m excited to see your take on a newer style for you!

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