2017 Deck the Halls Christmas Tour: Linda’s Home

Hello, my name is Linda, the mom of the two sisters who started Diamonds or Pearls. I am so excited to be a part of this tour for the second year in a row. Christmas is my favorite time of year and an amazing time to connect with the special people in your life.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

We moved into our Lake Cottage about four weeks ago, and I have enjoyed getting it ready for the holidays. There is nothing more fun than filling our home with Christmas traditions and giving it the Christmas spririt.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

This craftsman style home is different than any home we have lived in, but I have enjoyed blending my traditional style with a little cottage twist.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

The terracotta color on the exterior of the house isn’t anything I would have chosen, but I love it.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Step into our entryway where you will be greeted with southern hospitality and a collection of Byer’s Choice Carolers. I have always felt like the entryway sets the first impression for whats to come inside the rest of the house.

ย Merry Christmas and welcome!

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

After you enter, the family room is to the right. This space is for relaxing and TV watching so I kept my decor simple. I love the coziness of the tree and the view of the front yard.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

 

 

A Lake Cottage ChristmasOur master bedroom is to the left after you step out of the entryway. I love to give every space a touch of Christmas, and our room was no exception. Just a few touches of simple decoration are scattered throughout.

Cottage Lake Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

Cottage Lake Christmas

A little Christmas cheer in the bathrooms.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Diamonds or Pearls Christmas Tour: Charlotte's Home

The room nods to a more laid-back style being it is an open concept floor plan.ย I went with the traditional red and green in this room with touches of mercury glass.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

The coziness of the house and the amazing view of the lake drew us to this home.

Lake Cottage Christmas

I love this space because it is simple and you can see onto our back porch. My favorite detail of this room is the cute little window.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A cozy Christmas on the lake

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

This is the best place to gather with family around the holidays. My tradition every year is to bake my grandma’s sugar cookies.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

The crystal bowl means so much to me because it was a gift from a dear friend.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

I wanted to share my family sugar cookie recipe with you and have attached it to the end of my post. Enjoy!

Our covered porch on the back of our home is like sitting in a tree house. We enjoy the evenings with a cup of coffee and a warm blanket.

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Ribbon is one of my favorite things, so I used it throughout the house. It is so easy to switch up your decor each year just by changing out the ribbon. The one I have used for a couple of years is black and white striped, it looks great with anything!

A Lake Cottage Christmas

The evenings are magical with the beautiful glow of the lights and the shimmer of the ornaments. What a way to end the day!

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Diamonds or Pearls Christmas Tour: Linda's Home

Lake Cottage Christmas

Lake Cottage Christmas

A Lake Cottage Christmas

Tomorrow on the tour is Keli’s Virginia home. The theme is “Home for the Holidays,” and it is filled with fresh greenery and beautiful decorations. It is a must see!

A Lake Cottage Christmas

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Comments

  1. Lovely home and decor, Linda!!! I can see where your daughters get their taste from :-))

    • Thank you Naomi! As a matter of fact I do have one rather large Elfe. I call him husband. He been at my side all the way!

  2. I love your house Linda! It is beautiful! Iโ€™m inspired to find some pretty ribbon for next years Christmas decorating in my own home!

    • Karen,your so kind! Ribbon is my favorite way to change things up. I just can’t get enough.

  3. Your home looks gorgeous! So festive and I can see your magical touch everywhere. Merry Christmas Linda!

  4. Your home looks beautiful! Iโ€™ve driven by your home many times and often thought how cute it is and now you have made it look like Christmas! Welcome to the neighborhood!

  5. Oh, thank you Sheryl. That’s so nice of you. Please stop by anytime. I would love to visit with you.

  6. Welcome new neighbor! Your house is one of my favorite ones out here! I had no idea it had sold! You have made it even more beautiful!

  7. Beautiful home! I remember seeing it when we were house hunting. It was beautiful before, but it’s a showplace now!! Gorgeous!

  8. I just want to go furniture and rug shopping now after seeing your new place! I loved every detail of your home! I remember when you used to host our Pommie Christmas parties and how lovely you made it for all of us.

  9. Thank you Lauren! I’m excited to see your home also. You can get lots of good ideas.
    I remember those pommie dinners as I’m sure your mom does. They were so much fun!

  10. Linda, your home is beautiful! And, just as I expected, it has been decorated in the most stunning way. Your attention to details is fabulous. Iโ€™m in awe!
    Happy Holidays to you and Gene!

    • Mary I thank you for the wonderful comment! You are so kind. I just love Christmas! Happy holidays to you and lee also. Have a good time with our granddaughter. She is beautiful.

  11. Your home is absolutely beautiful, Linda! And the decorations, perfection! Marry Christmas to you and Gene all the way from Texas!

  12. Thank you Diana! Gene and I loved meeting you and Ed. Maybe will see each other again some day. Maybe at a ginger bread competition ! Ha. Merry Christmas to your family!

    • Thank you so much Gloria! I truly love Christmas. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

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