As the festive spirit of Christmas fills the air, homes across the world are transformed into Christmas wonderlands, each with its own unique charm and character. This Christmas, I’m decking the halls with plaid! I invite you to step into my cozy haven where traditional Christmas décor meets the timeless elegance of plaid. Come journey through my plaid-infused home tour, where classic patterns and festive touches intertwine to create a heartwarming home that captures the essence of the season.

In my world, plaid and Christmas have always seemed to go hand and hand. My mother decorated with it and now I do too! Throughout my home, I have blended plaid seamlessly with traditional Christmas décor, creating a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. The result is a home that exudes warmth, charm, and the timeless spirit of Christmas.

Come on in and see for yourself!

Deck the Halls with Plaid: A Traditional Christmas Home Tour - Side table with potpourri and Christmas tree

Bloggers’ Best Home Tour

This week, I have the pleasure of participating in the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tour, hosted by my dear friend, Kelly from The Tattered Pew. Each day this week, six of my blogging friends will be sharing their Christmas home with you! I promise, there will be something to fit everyone’s home decor taste!

If you’ve headed my way from my good friend Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms, I’m so glad you’re here! Stacy has a beautiful home inside and out and she just wrote a book!

My name is Kim and I’m the creator of Cottage in the Mitten. If you didn’t know, the Mitten refers to the grand state of Michigan, and I’ve lived here my whole life. I enjoy sharing my lifestyle, home decor and sometimes a little piece of my heart.

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Deck the Halls with Plaid: The Front Entryway

The entryway is an important space and is often the first space that guests see, so it’s important to make a good impression. It’s the place that invites family and friends in to enjoy the Christmas spirit within your home and I love to have a full house!

I have no foyer in my home. The front door opens right into the main living space. In keeping with my plaid theme, I wanted to decorate the entry table for a Christmas welcome!

Deck the Halls with Plaid: A Traditional Christmas Home Tour - Front Entryway with tartan plaid frames and garland with berries

I had my eye on some Pottery Barn frames, however, I didn’t want to pay the price. I bought myself some plaid fabric and within an hour or so, I created my own DIY Tartan Plaid Photo Frames. They turned out exactly how I had hoped they would! This was a easy DIY Christmas project and budget-friendly!

I added some free printables to the DIY frames. The prints are vintage-looking and add the perfect touch to my Christmas decor along with the garland with berries.

Speaking of free printables, you can download my free printable Christmas gift tags here and here. My gift to you!

Side Table Entry

The table at my side entrance is a family treasure, in great condition, and is estimated to be about 100 years old. I take pride in dressing it, knowing it has been passed down.

Layering table runners isn’t just for your kitchen or dining tables. However, when layering table runners, be sure to choose those that complement each other in terms of color and pattern. Here, I started with a solid table runner and then layered it with a silky plaid one. It’s not too busy or overwhelming, just enough to say look at me!

Adding my traditional green and red holiday decor items, which include my favorite Santa, trees and gold accents, complete the look of my side entrance table. I used the large gold and red bells last Christmas, and they were just too pretty not to use again.

There isn’t anything wrong with using some of the same items from year to year. Repurposing your favorite decorations by placing them in unexpected areas of your home, will give them a fresh look and feel.

In this back entryway, are the steps leading to the second floor. Each year, I add garland and all the Christmas stockings. I decided to shake things up a bit this year, and added one of my Cottage in the Mitten homemade blankets.

Deck the Halls with Plaid: A Christmas Table

I love a pretty table. If you’ve been following me for sometime, you already know that! But if you’re new, now you know too!

You don’t need to be extravagant or have expensive items to set a warm, welcoming and beautiful table, for your family and friends. Use, reuse, and forage is my motto. I do occasionally pick up new items, but I assure you, not always.

This season, I bought the new pillow covers for my dining chairs and the plaid table runner.

For my Christmas table, I wanted a traditional, yet rustic, plaid infused table. Speaking of rustic, I’ve been foraging pinecones for the longest time and you will see how I used those to decorate my table, too!

I always start by laying down my linens. Sometimes I use a table cloth with a runner, however for this table, I only used a plaid table runner, leaving the rest of the wood from the table uncovered.

I created a festive centerpiece using items I already had on hand. I started with a wooden tray and added my favorite ginger jar. Then, I placed a small poinsettia in the jar and surrounded it with pinecones and a plant. Nothing fancy, just merry and bright.

Next, I set my table using dishes I have had for years. I paired them with a red napkin and added these fun DIY napkin rings with jute twine and pinecones.

Do you use place cards when you have a gathering? I think using them makes the people you love feel special when sitting at your table. This year, I used those foraged pinecones to hold my place cards. Can you guess what the place cards are? They’re the free printable Christmas gift tags, I told you about earlier.

I always add a small wreath to the back of my dining chairs for Christmas. Last year, I had a vintage-inspired Christmas table and used small boxwood wreaths. This year, I made some DIY mini pinecone wreaths, adding them to the back of the chairs and I love the way they turned out! It’s fun and exciting putting all those foraged pinecones to good use!

Deck the Halls: The Buffet

After my sons were grown, I went with a more grow-up Christmas look. But now that I have little grands, I’m back to using more fun Christmas decor. Let me show you what I mean!

I have a tall buffet near my dining table. The wall above it is large and requires a big statement piece. I knew the littles in my life would love this picture of Santa, and I was right!

Matching the picture, I added some whimsical candle sticks, a giant red bell and my favorite garland with berries. The blanket ladder with the wreath helps to anchor the space. I dressed each space with plaid ribbon, giving all the areas in my home a cohesive look.

My Traditional Christmas Home Tour with Plaid

I’m so glad you were here to visit my Christmas Cottage in the Mitten, all decked out with plaid!

I hope you’ve been inspired to incorporate this timeless pattern into your own festive holiday décor. Plaid is versatile and makes an ideal choice for creating a warm, inviting, and truly unforgettable Christmas atmosphere.

Next up, is my Mitten friend Libbie from Life Unfolding. You’re going to love her Neutral and Natural Holiday Home Tour! Oh, and when you’re done, make sure to visit the rest of my friends touring, this week!

Happy holidays!

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Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each home tour by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Monday

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // Worthing Court Blog

Southern Home and Hospitality // Our Crafty Mom // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

A Life Unfolding // Living Large In a Small House // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Bricks ‘n Blooms // Cottage In the Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Wednesday

WM Design House // The Ponds Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells

Simply 2 Moms // Robyn’s French Nest // Amy Sadler Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Midwest Life and Style // White Arrows Home // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Beautify // Thistle Key Lane

Friday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Pasha Is Home // This Is Simplicite

Decor to Adore // Le Cultivateur // Peacock Ridge Farm

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  1. Hello from the other side of the mitten! I loved seeing all the pretty plaids, they are such a Christmas classic and you used them beautifully! Happy to be hopping with you this week. xx

  2. Kim – Your home is so cozy and inviting all dressed up for the holidays. I don’t ever use red in my house but you just might be converting me! Love the PB frame idea. Genius!

  3. Kim, your plaid accents are so fun and festive. I enjoyed your charming holiday decor and wish you a joyous holiday season, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. So pretty, Kim. I’m always a big fan of plaid for the holidays. And I adore your gorgeous tablescape. Happy to be touring with you, friend. Pinned!

  5. Hi Kim! I loved your beautiful tour with pops of plaid ! The mini pinecone wreaths and plaid frames are my favorite . I want to make them too. Your home is just lovely and I enjoyed seeing one of your blankets too! Have a very Merry Christmas, love you lots!

  6. Kim, love the lg Santa pic.
    Found one at an estate sale this summer.
    My wreaths and frames and colorful blankets come out. Beautiful Christmas quilt on your stairs. Great links.

  7. Your home looks so jolly! I love the red and blue color combo. I’ve never thought to use those together but they are fabulous. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

  8. Kim, your holiday home is so festive. I especially love the plaid and the artwork you added to the frames. Such a sweet idea. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. Happy holidays!

  9. There’s something quintessential about a Christmas plaid. Beautiful decorating, Kim, and I love the sweet touch of the name cards tucked in an acorn.

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