A cozy Christmas home with VinYet Etc.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Hello and welcome to our cozy Christmas home tour!

I had so much fun with my blogging buddies for the Canadian Fall home tour this year I decided to join in again for the Christmas tour and I must admit I am beyond excited to see all of the Canadian Christmas goodness! To say that these ladies are talented is a MASSIVE understatement, I glean so much inspiration from these beautiful souls… you absolutely have to explore their tours too… all week long, I pinky swear promise you will be wowed… so much inspiration and so much Christmas home decor goodness! Yay!!!

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I’d like to say a great BIG thank you to our Hostess, Christina from The DIY Mommy – she is such a giving and kind person, her sure to be gorgeous home tour is on Thursday and I’m so excited to see what beauty she’s whipped up this year. Seriously you have to pop back and see all of the holiday magic from all of my blogging friends – the entire lineup is at the end of this post.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

This guy sure does cozy right… I posted this one on Instagram earlier this week, I would LOVE it if you joined me there for some behind the scenes sneak peeks.

VinYet Etc. A Cozy Christmas

This year we decided to go cozy… and simple. I wanted white fur (faux of course) and birch… so lots of white with tons of cozy thrown in for good measure. We live on the outskirts of Kingston Ontario, on a large chunk of land, Bud (AKA Mr.) likes to say, “our cabin in the woods”… so that’s what we are going for this Christmas season, a cabin in the woods…

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I’d also like to admit right now… so you know exactly what you are in for with this post, I’m a huge kid at heart. Christmas every single year for me brings me right back to all of the same kind of feelings I had as a little girl, laying in bed on Christmas Eve listening so hard to hear the clatter that Santa and his reindeer made upon arrival…Β  snooping and peeking and wondering what surprises I would find under the tree on Christmas morning. I may have given up laying in bed listening for Santa (spoiler alert) whomp whomp no Santa, BUT I still have trouble falling asleep and I am always up and out of bed first, every year… even before the small kiddos. I’m sure this is completely annoying to those who actually want to sleep in, but I just can’t help it! Now instead of wondering what Santa has brought for me, I am so anxious to see the excitement in my family’s eyes when they open the perfect, for them gifts that are under our Christmas tree.



Okay so now you know what a loonie toons I am about the magic of Christmas, come on in I’ll give you a little tour. This entrance has been a challenge for me, the first impression into our home was SO dark and awkward.

Lots of nagging… no no, lots of scheming, okay no that’s not right either, with lots of actual begging I was finally able to convince Bud to help me paint the railings and risers on this extremely dark and ORANGE oak staircase. This feature of our entrance sucked all of the light out of this already dark space. I absolutely LOVE the change some simple white paint has made, it’s brightened the whole house! Not an exaggeration, you can see this staircase from most of the rooms on our main level and boys oh boys what an impact! I’m so pleased! Just ignore the things left to do… baseboard and green tile to name a few. Our DIY list is very long, baby steps.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

My favourite thing this season is the faux birch bark wreath on our front door (I’ll let you in on a little secret, that’s birch paper – thank you HomeSense), I used this for my Fall porch too but I didn’t take any photos of it… so that means it stays for Christmas too! Yay!

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Like I mentioned above we decided to go simple and cozy… and of course rustic.

Living room

Our favourite feature in this room is the fireplace… we often say we aren’t sure how we ever lived without it, it’s so amazing. This feature has had some changes too since we’ve moved in, you can check out how this mantel looked before here. There will be more changes to come, but for now it’s perfectly us, simple, cozy and hot… haha, no no that’s a joke we’re not simple! πŸ˜‰ I kid, I kid!

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Our living room is in desperate need of a new living room set.. this poor tired set is; geeze 20 years old now and a complete veg and watch TV monster. But on a positive note, the look of this furniture is a fantastic excuse to buy lots of pillows (I’m a total sucker for cute pillows) and cozy beautiful throws,Β  right?

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

This warehouse industrial cart is still my favourite thing ever, Bud refinished one of our thrifting finds as a surprise for me one Christmas, he did an amazing job!

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I made some changes to this corner after my original photo shoot… I prefer this version, a simpler pillow with twinkle lights in the industrial basket attached to our blanket ladder. So cozy!

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I adore using our vintage scales in unusual ways… they aren’t perfect, but thankfully we both love the charm of them.

Favourite Christmas vignettes

Thank you sooo much for stopping in for a visit, hope I didn’t scare you too much with my (some say over the top) Christmas spirit? πŸ˜‰ Here are some of my favourite vignettes this season… I hope you enjoy.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

My Mom’s vintage glass deer, he is so precious to me… I think Mom would love how I display him at Christmas.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Β Pears on the island… simple and pretty.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I love using natural elements for Christmas wrap, it adds such a special touch to those thoughtful gifts… don’t you think?

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

The kitchen windowsill our sleepy cat was having such an amazing nap on.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Candles and bottle brush trees, what’s not to love?


One of our very first ornaments and a favourite… 1988. (YIKES that’s so many years ago)

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

A new ornament for this year (I try to buy one every year), this little gold frame opens and you can add anything you’d like, I added some holly leaves and tied some beautiful red velvet ribbon to it, simple and pretty.

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I seem to have a thing for hanging a vintage sieve on my walls… I changed this one from fall decor to a winter look by removing the dried peonies from the antlers and adding tiny pinecones, I then sprinkled the pinecones with gold glitter and added some greenery and some lightly coloured feathers… simple and rustic and donezo! I literally could keep posting photos… I know I took way too many, but I have to stop myself now and hope to God you’re still awake?! haha, thanks so much for stopping in for our tour and thank you for indulging my Christmas madness spirit! xo

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, I hope all of your heart’s desires come to fruition. Peace, love and warm fuzzy feelings from Bud and I, to you and yours! xo


Canadian Christmas home tours - VinYet Etc

I hope you’ll come back for some more Christmas fun and our rustic porch tour… We’ll also be sharing some amazing things coming to VinYet for 2017!!! We’re so excited!

Now as promised #CBhomeTour – be prepared to be wowed! <3

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  • Reply Marijean Jenson December 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    It all looks so pretty and cozy !

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Mari Jean! xo

  • Reply Ann December 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Your home and photos are beautiful!

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Awww, thanks Ann, I truly appreciate that!

  • Reply Patti December 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Your home is gorgeous. I love all your vintage pieces.

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Patti, I’m a bit of a sucker for vintage items! xo

  • Reply Barb December 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Hi Laurie! Your home is so beautiful and you’ve decorated it so lovingly – very inspiring! I love the white paint on the staircase so much – so worth it I’m sure! xo Merry Christmas! and all the best in 2017!

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much Barb, the white paint is SO worth the extra bit of work, so nice now it’s done! Merry Christmas to you too lovely friend! xo

  • Reply Susie December 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Bautiful post! Love every single photo! I’m coming to you from the deep South where we finally had fall over Thanksgiving ~~so the snow is a delight! Love the vintage flavor, too. It takes cozy to the max. Stopping by from the Blogging Fifty share thread. Happy Holidays ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Susie, we get lots of snow here… it’s actually snowing right now, very Christmasy. Thanks so much for stopping in… I will have to pop over and see how the Deep South does Christmas. xo

  • Reply Julie December 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Ahhh, it’s perfection! What a beautiful and incredibly cozy home!

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so very much Julie! xo

  • Reply Terri December 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Love it all! What fun!

  • Reply Heather December 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I’ve been drooling over your insta feed just waiting for today! I absolutely love what you’ve done. Such an inspiration Laurie!

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you my friend, you are the sweetest, so kind of you to say that, made my day! xo

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life December 7, 2016 at 11:21 am

    There’s no Santa??!!! Haha. I love that you are so excited about Christmas. A cabin in the woods sounds like just the perfect place to spend the holidays. And your home is so lovely and cozy. Plus you are wonderful people. I’m loving your painted staircase. So fresh! I love all of your vintage and rustic touches too, and OMG, your mom’s glass deer. So sweet. Happy holidays to you and your fam!

    • Reply Laurie December 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hahaha, oops did I spoil that for you? Thank you so much for saying that Joann, I feel a little crankier than I normally do today… but a very good friend recommend that I have something sweet and relax in front of the TV… I think I may take her up on that. xo

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 December 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Your tour is so enjoyable. I love all of the details and it looks like much of your decorations will transition to a winter look.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thank you Debra, for sure keeping it simple will let me hang onto some of the decor late into the winter… until I am craving Spring that is. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Becki December 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Wow Laurie!! 😍😍😍 This is just absolutely beautiful! So cozy and pretty and wintery. I love the basket on the ladder with the lights in it, the candles on the mantel, the whole thing you got going on by the stairs (loving the addition of white on the oak). Everything is stunning! Girl, you are so talented! Happy Christmas to you and yours! Hope you have the best holiday season! Xo

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Awwwwww, thanks Becki that’s so sweet of you to say! Baby steps to get this place exactly how we love it! Happy Christmas to you too, I hope your trip home is SO amazing, can’t wait to see all the Newfie cheer on Snap and IG! xo

  • Reply Jo-Anna December 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Oh Laurie, your home is amazing…every last detail! The truck with the wreath, the candles on the mantle, the dried oranges…everything is so stunning. Cozy and wonderful. I wish I could come by for coffee. so

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much Jo-anna! I wish you could too, I would love that! One of these days! xo

  • Reply Sonja December 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    What a beautiful home you have, Laurie! It’s so warm and inviting with all of your sweet, rustic dΓ©cor. I can just imagine looking out into the snow covered trees with my cup of cocoa on a cold wintry day.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:19 am

      That’s exactly what I am doing today Sonja, it’s been snowing since yesterday afternoon… I am sipping coffee, it’s so relaxing watching all of the snow cover the trees! Thank you so much for your kind words! <3

  • Reply Pam December 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Fabulous!!! I just love all the birch bark. And the arched window!!!!! I need that in my living room!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Pam!!!! Those are great windows, they are from my Dad’s church, I adore them! xo

  • Reply Thalita December 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    All of the candlelight, the perfect vignettes, and your personal touches had me ooh-ing and ahhh-ing for your entire tour and wanting to see more! You are such a talent, Laurie, and I love that you go to such lengths to make your home even MORE beautiful and inviting for the holidays!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so very much sweet friend, you are so kind! I love getting our home ready for a cozy Christmas and I’m so thrilled you like it! xoxoxox

  • Reply Heather December 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    so, let Bud know I’m going to move in okay? Your home is absolutely the most welcoming ever. All the little details, I super LURVE the new white paint on the stairs, and the candles on the mantle – just perfect.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Hahaha, I will let him know, what date should I tell him? Thank you for your love and support, it means so much! xoxo

  • Reply Leanna December 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I moved to Alberta from BC and really miss all the gorgeous fresh greenery your tour has. So beautiful. It really is cozy and warm looking. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thank you Lenna! I’m so glad our tour reminded you of home a bit! xo

  • Reply Karen December 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    WOW! Every single last detail is swoon worthy. Merry Christmas!!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Karen, we are making it cozy and so very us. xoxo

  • Reply Florence December 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Laurie, your home & tour are beautiful! I actually slowed down & looked at each photo instead of flipping through fast like I usually do. I spy that old rolling office chair…we have one just like it! I like how you are displaying it. Love your other rustic touches cuz I’m a rustic girl too. Went over to look at the before of your fireplace too. It’s beautiful…love that it has an extra cubby for wood….now that’s a REAL fireplace! Wish we had one ….. sob!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Awwww, that fire place is just so amazing, I truly don’t know what we’d do without it! Thank you so much for taking the time to have a peek into our home, I hope you enjoyed the other holiday tours too! xo

  • Reply Ariel December 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    It’s perfect! I feel like this is what a farmhouse in Canada should look like! (at the very least, an Ontario one) Beautiful work friend! Beautiful work! All your details shine through

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Ariel, I appreciate that. That image is hilarious haha, not sure what that little guy is doing? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ariel December 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    omg hat in the hell kind of image did it give my comment?! It’s amazing!

  • Reply Jen December 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Wow! You need to sell tickets to your Christmas Home Tour. It’s absolutely gorgeous and warm and lovely. Wishing you the absolutely very best for the Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much Jen, what a lovely thing to say! I’m so glad you like it! Happy holidays to you and your family my friend, I hope your holiday is magical! xoxo

  • Reply Christina @ The DIY Mommy December 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Laurie, this is exquisite. You do vintage, rustic decor so well! I love all of the worn woods, the furs, the cozy perfection. And your photos are simply beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thank you so very much Christina, not only for your kind and warm comments but for everything, you are a true light in this blogging world and I am so blessed to call you friend! My Christmas wish for you is of course happiness and continued success, so sincerely proud of all of your accomplishments! <3

  • Reply Thea December 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    love, Love, LOVE everything about your ‘cabin in the woods’ which I have yet to visit! My favourites are your mantel… love the mirror and all of the candles on the greenery, the vignette on the landing and your porch! Your style for vintage is so lovely! Merry Christmas my dear friend! It would be lovely to get together one day again and go antiquing! My daughter has been in Kingston this past week visiting her best friend! I so love your area of Canada!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thank you so VERY much Thea! You are the kindest person, I just adore your comments! My door is always wide open for you, let me know when you are in town next and we’ll make this home base and explore all the good spots! Bring your camera cause there is so much to capture! xo

  • Reply Maria Brittis December 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Swooning over your home! Every part of that home is rustic paradise and done so stylishly. You have put so much thought into your home.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thank you Maria! xo

  • Reply Shauna December 9, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Laurie, your home oozes charm and character. I’m glad you convinced Bud to paint your spindles. It’s looks so fresh, yet welcoming! Of course, I could spend hours looking through your place. After all, we’re vintage kindred spirits, aren’t we?

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

      We totally are Shauna, I would LOVE to go “hunting” with you one day! xo Thank you so much for your lovely comment! xo

  • Reply Krista December 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful, Laurie!! So cozy and warm and welcoming and so many perfectly Christmasy touches!!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Krista! xo

  • Reply Diana December 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Looks awesome Laurie… I recognise some of your amazing treasures! You are so talented!!!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Awww, thanks Diana you are so supportive and sweet! Thank you for following along on this journey of ours… I think you’ll like what we have coming up in 2017! xo Merry Christmas to you and Mike, I hope you have a beautiful Christmas! <3

  • Reply debbie stolle December 9, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    such a lovely Christmas tour, lots of favorites for me. I adore the frame and decor on the landing of the stairs, the little wood square with greener and your wrapping station! Snow of course, though I have good chance of some before Christmas myself, haven’t seen a snowflake this season yet. Will come back to see the porch

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Debbie, it’s been snowing like mad here… hoping to finish up my photos today! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures December 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Your home is beautiful! I especially love the photo of your napping kitty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Marci, he’s a cutie and picks the best places to nap. haha

  • Reply Karrie Trowbridge December 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Laurie, your home is SO cozy, warm, and inviting!! I love your decor! Your entryway is incredible! Loved the whole tour!

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much Karrie!

  • Reply Sheila December 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I luv your ‘cabin in the woods’ as your Mr. calls it. Your entryway staircase looks fabulous and is far from being a dark space now. I must admit to feeling a tad envious over your front porch. Does it look over that lovely pond you have located on your property? Never lose your Christmas spirit Laurie and thanks for the enjoyable tour.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thank you Sheila, my Christmas spirit is ingrained… so funny! The porch does look out over the pond, we are so grateful for this beautiful place we call home. Thank you so much for visiting! xo

  • Reply Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca December 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Laurie, everything looks amazing. I especially love all your vintage touches. Those skates are the sweetest ever. Wish I was close enough to come for a tour in real life and cup of coffee too. Great job.

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I would love it if you popped in for a coffee, sit you down and pick your brain! πŸ˜‰ thank you for your kind words, and those skates are my fave too! xo Merry Christmas friend!

  • Reply Jamie December 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    This is stunning, Laurie! I love every detail and how you buy a different ornament every year – the little gold frame is my favourite! Happy holidays.
    Hugs, Jamie

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thank you Jamie, that is so sweet! I love that ornament too… I can change it up every year! YAY!

  • Reply Kimberley December 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Your home is beautiful and so warm and inviting!
    I love the outside just as much as the inside!
    Merry Christmas! Kimberley

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Awww thanks Kimberley, the outside is why we bought this home, so amazing around here. Merry Christmas to you too! xo

  • Reply Kim @KimPowerStyle December 12, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Your home is gorgeous Laurie, inside and out! Love all your pieces and vignettes. My daughter and SIL are based in Kingston, would love to visit you when I see them next. I wanna see this home close up! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie December 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Eeeek, I would love a visit Kim! That would be so fun! When you say based, is your family in the military? We are a military family and really adore this area so much. Bud is retired now, but we decided to stay, it’s just gorgeous! Let me know when you are in town!

  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces December 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    You have a gorgeous home and heart, Laurie. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Laurie December 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      YOU my friend are so darn amazing! This comment touched me, thank you so much! xoxoxo love to you and your gorgeous family this holiday season!

  • Reply Brooke December 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Laurie your home is beautiful. I love how much thought you put into every small detail. The glass deer of your moms is my favourite.

    • Reply Laurie December 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks Brooke! I love that little deer, he means the world to me! <3

  • Reply Manon December 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Just gorgeous Laurie

    • Reply Laurie December 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you Manon, I’m so glad you like it! xoxo We’ll be seeing you guys soon, stay tuned for some dates! xo

  • Reply kelly wilkniss December 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Cozy, rustic & inviting – just the way I like Christmas decor. Enjoyed & Pinned ! Merry Merry to you & yours.

  • Reply Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse Antiques December 16, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Laurie, oh! I love your holiday home. So many details to fall in love with, but what I love most of all is that it is obvious you love where you live, and your home is warm and welcoming. I hope you and your family and friends have a beautiful, meaningful Christmas there!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Town and Country Living December 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Laurie, your home is so beautiful both inside and out! It looks like you live in an idyllic location. Love that truck with the wreath. Great pic!

  • Reply Lisa December 19, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    What a warm and cozy home you have created. Thank you for sharing.

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