Art & Design, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour Part 1

November 29, 2017 • By

It’s officially Christmas! And I’m home for the Holidays.

I’m excited to be part of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour 2017!

Seven talented bloggers, seven amazing holiday home tours!

If you’ve found your way here from Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, welcome!

Here’s how the Merry & Bright tour starts at House of Hönigs…

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.

 I decorate for Christmas only after Thanksgiving is over. It’s an important tradition for me. So – what you call Black Friday, I call “Let the Festivities Begin”!

The Christmas music starts at full blast at about 10:00 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving.

I put out cookies, muffins, coffee (with Bailey’s and Godiva liqueur). It’s a big, happy, friends and family affair!

We decorate the living room, the sunroom, the master bedroom, the dining room – even my downstairs powder room. We wrap the banister with greenery and hang a wreath on the front door. Green garlands with red ribbons are draped across the upstairs porch.

It all makes me very, very happy!

Today, I’m going to share our sunroom Christmas decor with you.

Overall, I’ve gone for a wanderlust-inspired Silk Road feel this year, featuring global treasures I’ve collected on my travels. It’s a veritable “cabinet of curiosities” and blog hop sponsors Amara and SmithHönig fit right into my theme!

The back entrance to our home leads into a small sunroom with a fireplace and tall windows. Our house is old and the room is full of antiques. To keep it from feeling too serious, I’ve added some unexpected pieces like this 1960s Atomic Coat Rack.

And yes, those boots are made for walking! They (and the walking sticks) see a lot of use in the woods behind the house.

This year, I made a simple DIY wreath from gathered greenery. It’s hung with a double strip of SmithHönig Bakuba Lodge fabric.

Full disclosure – I’m a partner at SmithHönig and designed this fabric pattern. So really, it was a DIY project, too — just on a larger scale! Bakuba Lodge is inspired by traditional African raffia applique and it’s one of my favorite SmithHönig patterns.

One wall of the sunroom is covered with carved wooden masks. (This is Mr. H’s personal collection – he picks them out on our travels, but I get occasional veto power!)

The masks are African, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian and more.

On the opposite wall is one of our favorite pieces of art – a painting we bought on a trip to Venice. Next to it you’ll see a slender black pencil tree covered in gold and mercury glass ornaments.

 In general, I love crystals, rocks, feathers, antlers — anything textured and organic.

You can see some of my favorite pieces displayed on the mantle.

The handmade stockings are topped with more SmithHönig Bakuba Lodge fabric and embellished with SmithHönig tassels and simple monograms.

(You’ll notice there are three stockings…for Mr. H, me – and our tuxedo cat, Mabel.)

Mabel is a bit of a diva and never helps with the decorating.

The velvet love seat in the sunroom holds a variety of SmithHönig pillows.

Did I mention I love a global mix!?! Here you’ll see Japanese, Moroccan and Italian motifs.

My mother used to make cube-shaped velvet pillows to put out during the holiday season, tied up with ribbon to look like gift boxes.

I’ve continued the tradition here with a dark green velvet “gift” pillow.

The napkin fabric is SmithHönig’s Vintage Gypsum.

(Of course, no room at House of Hönigs is complete without fresh flowers – and stacks of books!)

 The bad news is, I haven’t done much Christmas shopping yet this year!

Things are definitely going to get crazy. But there are at least a few packages already propped against my SmithHönig Bakuba Lodge tree skirt.

More presents coming soon, fam! I promise!

Below, you can see just how slender that pencil tree really is!

This is the view from the kitchen into the sunroom.

That’s all the holiday cheer I have for you today!

I’ll check in again next week and show you what we have planned for our Christmas table.

Amara is making our tablescape absolutely stunning this year and I can’t wait to show you.

Tamyra from Positively Southern is up next – head over to her blog to see what she did with Amara and SmithHönig products throughout her home.

In the meantime, be sure to stop in and tour these Merry and Bright holiday home tours from all of my new blogger friends…

Love Your Abode

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Rover at Home (that’s me)

Positively Southern

Green With Decor



Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop 2017! Tour 7 different homes from 7 different bloggers, full of holiday cheer. Sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.