Christmas Home Tour – Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I’m sharing our home tour over on Jennifer Rizzo’s link party too, fingers crossed I’ll be in the 2018’s holiday housewalk! You can see my link up here. If you’d like to enter head on over! xo

Today it’s our turn to show you our version of the,Β  Canadian Christmas home tourVinyet Etc style! And what style is that exactly? Well around here we LOVE anything with a good story, things with sentimental meaning, anything with wonderful memories attached is kind of our jam – so, that usually ends up being a mix of rustic, some vintage pieces and family heirlooms, we layer all of that with cozy and there you have our style – in a nut shell.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

But before we really start the tour I would like to send some love to two amazingly generous and giving people, they volunteer their time over and over to organize and create such wonderful opportunities for the #CDNblogsquad (I can only imagine it’s like herding cats getting everyone on the same page- haha) many thanks to you as always, Shannon from AKA Design and Christina from The DIY Mommy – you can see both of their beautiful tours at the end of this post!

Thank you from | Vinyet Etc.

Welcome friends…

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Our home IS not perfect, there will be unfinished baseboards, flecks of dust and smudges… we are so okay with that because we are very far from perfect ourselves. Life is way too short to be “perfect” wouldn’t you say?!Β  What we strive to create in our home is a welcoming place where you can relax with lots of love and laughter! Laughing is one of our favourite past times! xo

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Our entrance is a tricky one… my brain is working on how I can make this space more mudroom like (I still miss our old entrance),Β  in the mean time I love the way she’s dressed for the holidays, sparkly and full of light – thanks to all of the mirrors.

Come on in to our kitchen…

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Like I stated above, we really are all about cozy and comfort around here, if it doesn’t pass Bud’s “function test” (something that annoys the daylights right out of me) it doesn’t usually stick around for very long – I swear if it’s the least bit too decorative… it’s like there’s a bullseye on it and it gets knocked off, tilted and or broken somehow, it just makes everyone’s lives easier to simplify and “Bud proof” – haha don’t tell him I said that! πŸ˜‰ For those of you that follow our silliness on Instagram, you know that we LOVE to poke fun at each other, in all seriousness though,Β  this tour, my creativity our creations would not happen the way they do without my rock, he’s my world and I’m so very blessed he puts up with my wild ideas! <3

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc._

While our kitchen is the hub of our home it’s far from being done the way we would like it to be. But we do have a vision and we are picking away at what we can when we can, still we’ve managed to make it cozy and welcoming. For now… just pretend there is no pink laminate, the ceiling is perfectly bead-boarded and the cabinets aren’t thermal-foil, okay? πŸ˜‰

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Our little white cabinet Ikea hack, still works perfectly, see how we hacked it here.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Serious business – coffee station. Our Christmas decor is very simplified this year, I’m all about natural elements and comfort – and a slight obsession with bottle brush trees!

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I’m so delirious about our new pantry door though, like beside myself happy! OH my goodness you guys! I have been searching since the beginning of time (not really – added for drama) for the perfect door and I found this one on Facebook of all places! Bud was out of town with our vehicle, I made my BIL go get it! haha They basically preserved this gorgeous door with layers of paint for me. I bought it and a matching screen door for a steal!Β  I asked for it to be refinished for Christmas (as a gift) and my Santa came through, like he always does.Β  I can’t even believe it’s in my house, I may have to put that as a condition if we ever sell, “door does not stay”. HA. I love the happy accident white fuzzy wreath too, she’s lovely on that door. I bought 3 dollar store fuzzy dusters and was going to put them on our mantel, fluffy snow was the concept but it didn’t quite look right… and the boys made serious fun of me. πŸ˜‰ So I took them off and plopped them on the table and instantly saw a wreath! The middle has bendy wire,Β  I just hot glued the ends together and used some black and white ribbon… I think it’s one of my favourite wreaths and hello three dollars, you can’t beat that!

Our living room…

Simplifying is actually an art in of it’s self… I’m a huge design geek and adore many different styles, modern, minimal, eclectic, rustic, farmhouse, industrial, feminine – squirrel! HA, consistently though the style we keep coming back to is cozy and lived in – with heavy vintage overtones – aged in oak… I think I’ve had too many coffees today.

Our Christmas topiaries and some twinkle lights… sigh! Simple decor you can move around at will, I LOVE that. See how I made the Christmas topiaries here.Β 

One of the best things about this house is the fireplace! The mantel is a temporary thing until we design and build our “dream mantel”, even thought this one isn’t THE one it’s so much better than what it was! You can see some before shots here.

Our little tree is filled with sentimental ornaments, gifts from friends, special keepsakes that our Son made for us. I love the glow the tree and fire cast over our space.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I really wanted to challenge myself this year and use what we have on hand, shop our home type of idea and I added some fresh greenery with my bottle brush trees – our Christmas look this year will carry us deep into winter – I love that idea. I do adore popping into the stores to buy new Christmas decor every year,Β  but this year I decided a more frugal approach was going to work better for our family and I’m pretty happy with our simple vintage Christmas. And of course that church window has my heart, that window was from my Dad’s church in Botwood, NL. When they replaced all of the windows in the church, my Mom and Dad casually asked, “are you even interested in them, they will just be throwing them out”! I could not get them fast enough and now of course they mean the world to me, precious memories.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

But I was “shopping” online one day when I came across this poster!!!! It was a scroll stopper for sure! Kristine from The Painted Hive offers so many amazing and FREE printables. I downloaded the whole series of these posters, but only printed this one (at Staples). It’s the perfect addition for our living room. I added some barn board cast offs from our shop – at the top and bottom (I love the imperfect piece at the bottom) and used some heavy duty bakers twine to hang it. It’s perfectly rustic and I’m madly in love – so simple. You have to pop over and visit, Kristine’s blog (once you are done here first of course) she has so many cool printables that she offers and I have a bit of a crush on her style!

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Some Christmas vignettes…

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I gave some love to Bud’s Charlie Brown tree.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

That chippy bowl is one of my favourites!

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I still love these sheet music pine cones, you can see the tutorial to those here.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

A mixture of my Nan’s wedding dishes and my Mother-in-law’s gold dishes… I love these treasures!

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

Canadian Christmas Home Tour - Vinyet Etc.

I obviously took way too many photos… I’ll have to share some more vignettes with you over on Instagram, I hope you’ll join me there! That wraps up our tour… we still have a bunch of things to take care of, our porch isn’t done and I have gifts to get and wrap and baking, goodness I’m giving myself anxiety – I need to learn to enjoy the little moments, I mean the house is decorated for Christmas, right?! I hope your Christmas prep is well on it’s way to being all done and you are able to take in the special moments of this holiday season.

Thank you so much for taking our tour, I hope you found it cozy and inviting?! Please continue on this Canadian Christmas home tour and pop in to visit my very talented friends below. I personally can’t wait to take in all of the Christmaspiration!


Follow along with the #CDNblogsquad all year round too, on Instagram – you won’t be sorry, I pinky swear!Β 

Canadian Bloggers Home Tour Christmas 2017 pin img


The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer


PMQ for two | Amidst the Chaos | Clean and Scentsible | A Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators


Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry Bush | Sustain My Craft Habit | House by the Bay


VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate


AKA Design | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

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  • Reply Courtenay December 7, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Your home is so cozy and welcoming! I love all the little details. There’s just so much to look at that I think I’ll probably have to come back and go over it all again! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Hahaha, come back any time Courtenay! xo

  • Reply KARIN CHUDY December 7, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Honestly, I don’t know if I would be able to keep myself from stealing a few things if I walked into your home! LOL . Seriously all the gorgeousness and goodies in there make me GIDDY!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Don’t forget your klepto bag and your adorable elf! <3 Thank you my friend, right back at ya! xoxo

  • Reply Anne December 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Your home is fabulous! I love the antiques and vintage pieces. and the Christmas decor, too, of course! Merry Christmas Laurie!!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Merry Christmas Anne!!! Thanks so much for stopping in and for your lovely words, I really appreciate that! xoxoxo

  • Reply Heather December 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

    My breath. Have you seen it? It’s been taken away by you! OMG! Your worn wood tones have me weak in the knees never mind the vintage treasures on EVERY shelf! Honestly. I’m about to go down. Fainting….fainting…

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

      HAHAHAHAHA – Someone get the smelling salts – STAT! πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness, my friend, I’m gonna get sappy! You are such an amazing person, I don’t think you have any idea how treasured you are! Thank you for the laughs and the support and the love this year! 2018 is gonna be HUGE baby! and I’m so glad we’re in this community together! xo #VintageDarlings #Friendship

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life December 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    First of all, your photography is amazing! And your house – well I could wander through it for hours just looking at all of the special little details. I love that so many of your decorative elements come with stories of who they came from and what they mean to you. I agree life is too short for perfection, but that house sure comes close! Enjoy the holidays with your sweet family!

    • Reply Laurie December 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Thank you my precious friend! You have to come sit on our porch and come for a visit! We’ll build something in the shop – I can take you for a zip in our truck! πŸ˜‰ Your words go straight to my heart, thank you! oxxoxoxox

  • Reply ariel December 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Laurie this is a show stopper on the tour. I love all the thoughtful details you’ve placed throughout the space, and every single one of them has been noticed. Beautiful!

    Happy holidays!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Ariel, that’s so sweet of you to say that! Happy Holidays to you! Enjoy your time in Toronto shopping with your mom. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shauna December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Laurie, Love, love, love how your home tells a story of collected pieces over time, some with sentimental value as well (those are the best, right?). I guessing in person it’s even better! Thanks for a lovely virtual tour and hopefully, one day, I will get to see it for reals (when Heather and I make the trip out to go vintage hunting ha ha). Have a lovely Christmas, friend! xo, Shauna

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I would LOVE to go picking with you two! That would be so much fun, I’d love to have a girls get together here! One day we will all meet, I may cry – just so you know! haha I’m a sap! Thank you for your lovely words, that means the world to me! xoxo

  • Reply Ashlea December 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    You have such a beautiful home. It seems every piece tells a story- it is filled with so much character! Such a pleasure to tour your home this morning.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so very much Ashlea! I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit! xoox

  • Reply Jeri Cerutti December 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Mind. Blown.
    Every detail, every agonizingly perfect photo. Merry Christmas to you!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Awww, Jeri – thank you!!! you are too kind – but don’t stop! πŸ˜‰ Merry Christmas to you! xo

  • Reply Jessica Vanderveen December 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, your home is absolutely beautiful. But not only that, it does look cozy and welcoming. There are so many details that make it look lived in and meant for family. Loved all the photos, more of your photos is always better!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Awwww, thanks Jessica – that’s so sweet of you to say! xo

  • Reply Tracy Mitchell December 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful as always Laurie! Your photography is stunning, thank you for sharing. When you are next in town swing by for coffee or wine or…

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamie December 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Laurie! You outdid yourself. Your tour is gorgeous and love all the vintage touches.
    Hugs, Jamie

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Jamie! Hugs right on back to you! xo

  • Reply Jeanne Mercure December 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Laurie, love , love love your tour. Wow !!!! you and Bud are amazing . Great photography , stories and ideas. Looks So cozy and inviting. I enjoy your photos very much. πŸ’• Jeanne

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Awww, thank you so VERY much, I love taking photos and I’m so glad you enjoy them! xo

  • Reply Marijean Jenson December 8, 2017 at 6:59 am

    So beautiful Laurie ! Your home is so inviting ! You sure do have a knack of putti g all together! You and Bud make a great team !

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Aww, thanks so much Marijean! I will tell Bud that, we are absolutely loving where we are now, we have some plans for 2018, I hope you’ll stick around! xoxo

  • Reply kris December 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Wow, Laurie! Your home is so beautiful and so WELL CURATED! I love it. What a cozy home tour and I simply love looking around at all your little details! Cheers – Kristy

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you my friend, thank you so much for popping over, I know how swamped you must be. I can’t wait to see your beautiful vintage home! xo

  • Reply Krista December 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Laurie! You’re home FEELS like Christmas. I love everything! I can’t even narrow it down. So many beautiful vignettes (of course!). Thanks for the awesome tour – totally puts me in the Christmas spirit!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Ohhh, Krista, THANK YOU!!!! These words are so incredibly touching! xooxo

  • Reply Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads December 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    My sweet Canadian friend, I could not let the holidays pass without visiting your warm and comforting home! I remember those sheet music pine cones from a few years ago. They look as fantastic now as they did then. I do love how every item in your home has a story and how you’ve photographed everything so beautifully. I do hope that you are enjoying all that there is to savor during this season.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Hi JANE!!! I’m so happy you came over for a visit! I still love those pine cones, so glad they aren’t falling apart. haha I am looking so forward to taking a little break over the holidays, we have some BIG plans coming soon and we’re pretty excited! Wish we could visit IRL. xo

  • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 10, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I’m always so excited to see your home tours Laurie. I love your simple, rustic and gorgeous style…your home looks perfect for Christmas this year! And I love that Bud is making popcorn garland!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much Jo-Anna, that is so kind of you and means the world to me! Bud does it all really, hahaha he didn’t even poke himself once! xo

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces December 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    OH! This is so lovely, Laurie…I could move right in! I really love the home you two have created together!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping over Linda, we love having our nest cozy for us for sure!

  • Reply Jane @SustainMyCraftHabit December 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Everything looks absolutely stunning as always. I just love to see how you incorporate so many memories and special pieces into your decor. Have a beautiful Christmas friend.

  • Reply Dannyelle @ December 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Laurie, your tour is amazing! I love it. Your pictures look great and the vinyets…well let’s just say your blog is well named. πŸ˜‰ I think my favs are the skates, the pudding bowl with the 25, the new door, the new wreath…I could seriously go on-and-on. Love your style, love your sweetness, love your tour! Wishing you and Bud the merriest of Christmases!

  • Reply Barb December 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Everything looks beautiful, so warm and inviting. Your photos are amazing, they keep getting better and better.
    I was touched to see the gauges in your living room cabinet. They were the first thing my eyes landed on. I know Dad would be proud. XO

  • Reply Corry heinricks December 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Fantastic design and collection of loveliness! I have the same conductors chair and Charlie Brown tree and am also crushing on bottle brush trees this year. Hoping to find some left for my post holiday bargain shopping! Thanks for the inspiration ! (And The church window!! I can’t even…) ❀️

  • Reply Colleen @ Lemon Thistle December 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Classic, rustic, gorgeous – love the holiday touches in your home!

  • Reply Marie December 15, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous, Laurie! It envelopes you in warmth from the front door. Love all the warm woods, vintage treasures that tell a story, and beautiful vignettes. Your photography is amazing!

  • Reply Paula December 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    What a beautifully decorated home you created for Christmas! I so much enjoyed every picture and the stories behind your treasures. You are so lucky to have a window from your dad’s church and also a cabinet full of special dishes from your Nan and mother-in–law. The ACME scales on your hearth really caught my eye. I love how you styled the scales for Christmas.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Town and Country Living December 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Laurie, I love your holiday home! The popcorn for stringing and the greenery wrapped around the candles with a leather strip have me thinking and planning for next year’s holiday. I think I just might go with a homemade vibe! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Love your creativity!

  • Reply Danielle December 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Laurie, your home is so warm and inviting. I’ve been pinning away. Wow! So many gorgeous Christmas moments. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

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