2014 Christmas Tour – A gray and white Christmas!


I can’t believe it’s time for another Christmas tour if you missed last years tour you can see it here.  The last few years I have decorated with a more simplistic approach.  This year I really craved decorating for Winter instead of everything Christmas so I kept it limited to the trees and a few other Christmas touches.  I find it depressing once the Christmas decor is put away again for another year, hence wanting to decorate for Winter so I can leave that decor up until Spring.  I haven’t finished my “Winter” styling yet but I am finished with the Christmas touches!  This year I kept the decor to the living room and bedroom, in years past I had every room decorated for Christmas, I limited it to two rooms due to wanting the look of Winter decor vs everything Christmas.  Check back as I will be showing my winter touches in a later post.

Let the 2014 Christmas tour begin!

A quick glance at the living room

2014 Christmas Tour Dio Home Improvements My main colors this year are green, white, cream and gray along with natural wood.  Not your traditional red and green or gold and silver.  I wanted to bring in a lot of things from nature this year hence the wood sliced ornaments (click on the link to see how I made those).  I also used a lot of owls and deer decor this year, going back to wanting the feel of nature and wanting things that could be left up for the whole winter.  To see the owl wreath tutorial click on the link. These wood slice ornaments are a favorite this year, I have them on both the living room and bedroom trees.  One side has an initial in chalk the reverse is a silhouette both filled in and in sketch format.  These were also one of the gifts that I made for the Secret Santa Blog Tour. 2014 Christmas Tour - Wood Slice Chalk Ornaments - Dio Home Improvements The only red that I used this year is in this Joy sign.  The touch of red from the sign ties in with the red wheel on my faux crank table. 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements My favorite new thing this year is the Joyeux Noel sign.  The glitter alphabet ornaments were made for the Christmas edition Knock Off Tour.  I wanted to do something different with these ornaments instead of just having them on the tree so I framed  them and put a wreath on the front of the frame. Glitter Alphabet Ornaments - Joyeux Noel Sign - 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements Glitter Alphabet Ornaments - Joyeux Noel Sign - 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements I used the same ornaments that I made last year on the living room tree with the addition of the chalk wood slice ornaments.  The ornaments from last year are, polish star ornaments, paper star ornaments and pipe cleaner ornaments. 2014 Christ Tour - Dio Home Improvements 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements The gray felt snowflake pillow is a purchase from target from last year.   The faux fur foot stool and gray and white ottoman are both new purchases for this year from target.  The gray and white ottoman is actually a gift from my best friend she knew I was eying it, she surprised me with this early Christmas gift! 2014 Christmas Tour -  Dio Home Improvements 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements

This adorable deer head was the gift I received in the Secret Santa Tour.

2014 Secret Santa Blog Tour - DIY Knitted Deer Head 2014 Christmas Tour Now for the bedroom.  I kept the decor in the bedroom to the tree, the chalk deer head artwork and two deer and a tree on the night stand.  Since we are doing a 12 days of Christmas tour, I am on day two – I was to loosely incorporate “Three French Hens” into the decor this year based on the tour theme.  Since french hens would not really go with my decor I used owls!  I have three owls on my bedroom  tree. 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements - Bedroom This tree is decorated with the same wood slice ornaments I used on the living room tree as well as another new ornament I made this year, Embroidery Hoop Ornaments. I also have some chickadee ornaments on this tree.  My best friend loves chickadee’s when I ordered an ornament online for her I didn’t realize I had ordered a dozen of them (apparently quantity of 1 was 1 box of 12 ornaments!  I gave her a few of them and kept a few to use in this years decor). 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements.com - Bedroom This DIY Chalk Deer Head was made using black poster board, I traced a deer head on with a chalk marker then filled it in with regular white chalk. 2014 Christmas Tour - Dio Home Improvements.com - DIY Chalk Deer These two deer were a purchase last year, the tree is a new purchase this year, both are from target. 2014 Christmas Tour   Here is a compilation of the DIY projects I did for last Christmas if you missed them!  Click on the photo to see those projects in detail. I hope you enjoyed this years Christmas tour, please follow along with my fellow bloggers to see how they decorated this year too!  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

2014 Christmas Blog Tour


MONDAY December 1st

{Partridge in a Pear Tree}
Simply Fresh Vintage

Petticoat Junktion
Snazzy Little Things

{Two Turtle Doves}
Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
Fresh Idea Studio

TUESDAY December 2nd

{Three French Hens}
Country Design Style
DIO Home Improvements
Mommy is coocoo

{Four Calling Birds}
Artsy Chicks Rule
Sweet Pea
H2O Bungalow

WEDNESDAY December 3rd

{Five Golden Rings}
House on the Way
DIY 180
Restoration Redoux

{Six Geese-a-Laying}
Postcards from the Ridge
Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

THURSDAY December 4th

{Seven Swans a Swimming}
Curb Alert!
Cupcakes and Crinoline

{Eight Maids a Milking}
Our Southern Home
Daisy Mae Belle

FRIDAY December 5th

{Nine Ladies Dancing}
Better After
Rhapsody in Rooms

{Ten Lords a Leaping}
Pink When
The Endearing Home

SATURDAY December 6th

{Eleven Pipers Piping}
Refresh Restyle
Lilacs and Longhorns
Imparting Grace

{Twelve Drummers Drumming}
What Meegan Makes
Mrs. Hines Class
At Home with the Barkers


59 comments for “2014 Christmas Tour – A gray and white Christmas!

  1. December 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Love your coasters! So creative!

    Locksley Lane

    • Dria
      December 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much Paula!

  2. December 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Love it all Dria! The grey is gorgeous!
    Have a great week,

    • Dria
      December 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Aww Thanks Leslie! Hope you have an awesome weekend :)

  3. December 8, 2014 at 5:12 am

    This is wonderful Dria, I missed last year’s tour but got it here this time. Moreover this year it’s even better and that owl is really adorable.

    • Dria
      December 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much :)

  4. December 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I love the gray and white. My home is decorated and painted in warm colors. Wish I could change them. Your decor is perfect.

  5. December 5, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Your home looks so beautiful! I love the color theme you used – and that you made the hens into owls. Adorable!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Aww thank you Megan! I can’t get enough owls this year!

  6. December 5, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I’m with you on keeping things simple and natural this year. I adore the owls! I had some owl ornaments in my basket the other day, but put them back since I was trying to keep costs down. I may have to reconsider after seeing yours.

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thank you so much Sharon! You should def go back and get those owls!!

  7. December 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Love it all, Dria! The grey looks perfect and all your touches are gorgeous. Love the deer and your wood slices! And, wouldn’t you know it, I made some embroidery hoop ornaments this year too! We’re so awesome. :) lol
    So happy to be touring with you!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

      LOL Yes we are awesome Julie! This has been a fun tour!

  8. December 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Absolutely loving your grey and white color theme! And STILL loving your owl wreath! Happy Holidays!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

      :) Thank you so much Wendi! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. December 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Gray and white is my favorite! You have a lovely home, everything is just perfect!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much Lindsey! Your mantel came out gorgeous!

  10. December 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

    What a lovely home you have, and how beautiful it looks all decorated for Christmas! Thanks for the tour!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thank you so much, this has been such a fun tour!

  11. christykjames
    December 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Lovely tour, Dria! I’m still crushing on those wood slice ornaments! XO

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Aww thank you so much Christy! They were so easy to make :)

  12. December 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I love natural, Wintery Christmas home Dria! Beautiful, inviting and perfect til Spring. Well, maybe the trees will come down.;) Love the new ottoman and chevron pouf too.

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Therese! I am really excited about decorating for Winter this year!

  13. December 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Your home is beautiful and I love your tress and the glitter art.

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

      :) thank you so much!

  14. December 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Dria your house looks gorgeous! I love every bit of it but I think the deer head is my favorite!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Aww thank you Shanna!

  15. December 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful Dria!! LOVE those stars!! Betcha didn’t know that!! 😉 lol


    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Haha Nancy you crack me up! Hmm maybe one of these days a box full of stars may end up at your home!

  16. haleyangel
    December 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I love the simplicity of it all! Beautiful…

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  17. December 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Dria, I’m planning calmer colors for Christmas this year too! I always love getting inspiration from you. Beautiful. Jeanette

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Aww thank you Jeanette!

  18. chris aka monkey
    December 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    dria your home is beautiful i love your wreaths and your deer so rustic but refined thanks for sharing xx

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Aww thank you Chris! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  19. December 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Dria, sooooo beautiful! loved your home before, but this put it over the top!

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much Karen!!

  20. December 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I love your Christmas this year. The grey is just perfect with the rustic. I am so obsessed with deer!! Just beautiful! ~Christy

    • Dria
      December 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much Christy. 😉 Great minds think alike I don’t know what it is with the deer and owls this year but I can’t get enough of them!

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