Holiday Home Tour – It’s Christmas in the Library

Today I’m excited to join Jenny Williamson’s Holiday Home Tour for the very first time.

Welcome to Snowberry … it’s Christmas in the library!

Holiday Home Tour collage.

If you’ve arrived from Summer Adams blog … Welcome!

I’m thrilled to have you here.

Isn’t Summer’s home dreamy?

Today I’m sharing Snowberry’s Christmas in the library.

Images by Monica Vargas Photography

Coffee table and mantle decorated for Christmas.

If you’re new here, four years ago my husband Jim and I bought and renovated Snowberry.

A 1950’s ranch-style home in Northern California.

During our down-to-the studs renovation we turned the living room into a library.

Ok, it’s still a living room but with lots of bookshelves and a clubby, den-ish feel.

You can read about our library transformation here.

Fireplace mantle with garland.

This will be our third holiday season at Snowberry.

But the first time we’re decking out the library for Christmas.

Are you ready?

Let’s go …

Coffee table decorated for Christmas and garland draped mantle.

Our library is a rectangular room with blue velvet sofas flanking the fireplace.

There is no space for a tree so I added lots of greenery.

With this gorgeous 9′ garland from Frontgate.

It’s attached with Command hooks and floral wire.

Home library decorated for Christmas.

I love greenery that is pre-lit.

Garland over mantle.

The pine branches studded with pinecones, green berries and eucalyptus make the prettiest combination.

Garland over fireplace.

The library windows are adorned with 22″ live pine wreaths from Trader Joe’s.

The aroma they bring to the room is amazing.

Christmas wreath with pinecones and velvet ribbon hung in window.

The wreaths are hung with a 1-3/8″ camel colored velvet ribbon.

Tacked at the top of the window moulding.

Brass candlesticks throughout the room are a collection of vintage found at Elsie Green.

And newer ones from Jansen Home and Ethan Allen.

This is a great Etsy source for candlesticks.

I use white or ivory taper candles in varying sizes that are billed as no drip.

Heat from the fireplace tests the limits.

Brass candlesticks and a bowl of oranges in home library room.

On the coffee table I found these pine and juniper berry mini wreaths at Target.

The aged brass-ish compotes are left over from the floral arrangements at the engagement dinner we threw in the library.

A found similar (might be the same) here at AFloral.

Stemmed oranges make wonderful holiday decor.

Our local specialty grocer, Diablo Foods, keeps them stocked out front during the season.

Coffee table adorned for the holidays with pine wreaths and bowls or oranges.


Opposite the fireplace I filled a vintage punchbowl, gifted to me by our favorite Contessa, with magnolia stems.

Similar punch bowl here.

We have two large magnolia trees out front.

But instead of risking my life climbing a ladder, I purchased them at at Trader Joe’s.

I placed reindeer moss in the bottom of the bowl to help keep the stems in place.

And added a little water to keep the leaves fresh as long as possible.

Home library room decorated for Christmas.

A few gold leaf stems from Target tucked in add a little sparkle.

Punch bowl filled with magnolia stems flanked by brass candlesticks and art.

These brass candlesticks are from Ethan Allen.

And the painting is by Sonoma artist Barbara White Perry.

Big bowl of magnolia leaves and brass candlesticks.



On either side of the room,

I added a few simple holiday touches here and there to our built-in shelves.

Home library room with blue velvet sofa and built in book shelves decorated for Christmas.

Gold glitter trees from Target, lit by flameless tea lights.

A brass bell.

And a blue and white tree plate on a stand.

That’s it!

Gold glitter Christmas tree sitting on top of books on a shelf.

The glitter tree is solid bottom that is easily removed in order to place a flameless tea light underneath.

Blue and White Christmas tree plate on a stand.

Oh, and this blue and white Nest candle recently gifted to me by my BFF, Jane.

It has an ocean mist and sea salt scent.


Gold glitter tree and blue and white Nest candle on a book shelf.



The opposite side of the room is very similar.

A couple of gold glitter trees, a gold pear and scattered decorative pinecones sit atop books.

I added an Ole Saint Nick figurine to Jim’s bar area.

The brass cocktail shaker and accoutrement are recent purchases from Flaunt in Danville.

If you can’t get to Flaunt this is a similar set.

A great gift for your cocktail loving friends.

Home library bar area decked out for Christmas.



A few other simple details around the room.

Anyone else sense a pinecone theme?


It’s time to enjoy spritzers in front by the fire.

Tray of glasses on coffee table.

We get a lot of use out of our French style sparkling wine glasses

and I recently found these hemstitched cocktail napkins.

One can never have too many.

Home library sideboard with champagne and cheese.

Earlier this year I joined Chateau Sonoma’s French Bubble Club.

As a result, our wine refrigerator is bursting with holiday cheer!

Our favorite Contessa recently gave me a beautiful domed cheese plate.

What would I do without her?

Glasses of champagne with bar in the background.






So there you have it, Christmas in the Library.

Thank you to Jenny at Evolution of Style for hosting this beautiful Holiday Home Tour.

Our next tour stop is Sincerely, Marie Designs.

You won’t want to miss Amanda’s beautiful living room.

Let’s go …


And be sure to visit all the bloggers on tour for tons of holiday decorating ideas and inspiration.

You’ll find everyone’s links below.

Monday, November 28th (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces)
Evolution of Style | Maison de CinqHome by Heidi | Southern Hospitality | Cindy Hattersley Design

Tuesday, November 29th (Entries/Dining Rooms)
Hello Lovely | A Stroll Thru Life | County Road 407 | Southern Heather | Classic Casual Home | Most Lovely Things


Wednesday, November 30th (Living Rooms/Dens)
Northern California Style | Thrifty Decor Chick | Summer Adams | Make Mine a Spritzer | Sincerely Marie Designs | Postcards from the Ridge


Thursday, December 1st (Mantels/Kitchens/Laundry Rooms)
Southern Hospitality | Cindy Hattersley Design | Home with a Twist | Sincerely Marie Designs | Citrine Living

Friday, December 2nd (Bedrooms)
Dimples and Tangles | This is Our Bliss | Shine Your Light | Sincerely Marie Designs


As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

I’ll be back on Saturday with Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

A couple toasting with champagne in front of the fire at Christmas.

Until then, cheers from Snowberry!


A special shout out to a couple of friends … Monica Vargas for her beautiful photographs, and Alli TCB Styled for her last minute styling assist! xo

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  • What a gorgeous tour, Juliet! Your library is stunning and I love every Christmas detail. The room sparkles with holiday loveliness!

  • This is so gorgeous, Juliet. Love everything and the Champagne is the cherry on top. I bet you are enjoying your time in the library!

  • The library is stunning. What a warm and inviting room to enjoy and entertain friends. I love the pine cone theme and I love that you’ve set the room up ready for an evening to relax, enjoy something fabulous to drink and cheese to nibble on. Perfect

    • Laura … I got so lucky with those TJ wreaths. I needed a specific size and they only had two left. I’m sure they restocked the next day … but I needed them right then!!! Happy Holiday’s! xo

    • You’re so sweet, Robbin … wish you could pop over for some morning cocoa in the library … that’s where I’m headed with my mug right now! xo

  • Your festive touches are exquisite! Your home looks so beautiful with the greenery and candles which are my favourite accents.
    Happy Holidays,
    Hostess of the Humble Bungalow

    • Leslie … thank you so much! Don’t you just love the way fresh greenery smells … only made better by candlelight! Happy Holidays to you too. xo

  • Juliet, like every other space I’ve seen in your home, your library is stunning! I love that you photographed it in the evening with that beautiful candlelight and twinkling lights on your mantle. You have so many beautiful festive touches throughout this room, I just love every bit of it and all the details in your photos. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely moments and ideas. Wishing you the happiest of Christmas seasons!

    • Lisa, you are so lovely, thank you. We really love this room and decorating for Christmas was so much fun. We’re going to get a lot of enjoyment out of it over the next month. Merry Christmas to you too! xo

  • You’ve made want to turn some room into a library now! It belongs on the cover of a magazine. The wall and trim color, the sconces, the Christmas decor and accents are seriously jaw dropping with mouth wide open and dare I say, with a little drool. I love every nook and cranny. So glad I got to see it. Not sure I’d ever leave. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

  • Your library is the essence of cozy chic, and the color story is divine. This is my first holiday tour as well, and since we are just settling into this Georgian we’re renovating ourselves, it’s humbling. How wonderful to see what beauty is possible! Thank you for sharing your creativity and offering us so much inspiration – peace to you right where you are from the heartland.

    • Michele … you’re so sweet. I enjoyed your tour as well, your home looked lovely. Renovation is quite a process and not for the faint of heart. In the long run it turns out and you look back and forget the challenges … or at least laugh at them. It was so fun doing this tour with you … firsts for both of us. Happy Holidays! xo

  • Juliet, Your library is one of my most favorite spaces ever! The colors and the beautiful woodwork make it a dream. Love the pretty green garland with the blues. The wreaths and bows are also gorgeous. It all feels like a cozy room in Britain and if it was mine I’d be in there all the time with a cup of tea by the fire. The candlesticks are lovely and I need some brass in my space. The magnolia is also so good in here..I am wondering where I can add some..I just pinned everything! Loved doing this tour with you all.

    • Kim! Thank you … it’s seems that no matter what I do I always fall back on blues and green. It’s been this way since I was first able to decorate my own room in 7th grade. I need to spend more time sipping cocoa and eating bon bons in that library … or what good is it anyway! Speaking of beloved colors … your think pink Christmas in your cute office is so much fun! xo

  • Bravo Juliet, you created your own Christmas wonderland at Snowberry. Every detail is lovely & now you can enjoy each day of the holiday season as it unfolds & soak it all in. Here’s to many hot chocolates & family fun ahead!

    • Oh yes, Deborah lots of hot chocolates by day and champagne by night! Thanks for stopping by … I get inspiration from your creative renovations every day. Happy Holiday’s to you! xo

  • Julie, your library is absolutely stunning for the holidays. I love all of the special and elegant touches you made in this space. Love the stemmed oranges in the bowl. It’s the little touches that makes the room special.

    • Thanks, Tammy … I love the pops of orange and green. Unfortunately my husband loves little oranges and is eating a couple each day … my holiday decor is disappearing!!! xo

  • Julie, your library is such a lovely space and the way you have it decorated for the holidays is just beautiful. I love all of the natural elements and the classic styling. Simply stunning!

    • Angie, thank you so much. I just finished your tour and wow … so much nostalgia and gorgeous color. You sure know how to make the holidays cheerful and fun! xo

  • Juliet, this is stunning! I need a library now! So cozy and intimate and looks like the dream escape. That paint color is just beautiful and all the greenery and Christmas decor just enhances the beauty. I especially love the evening photography and the romantic feel of the dripping candles….swoon! Merry Christmas to y’all! xo

    • Merry Christmas to you, Summer! Your living room tour has my heart … all the glorious blue and white. It’s been so fun joining the tour … so many ideas and inspiration spinning around in my head for the rest of our house. Happy Holidays! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    All I can say is “wowie.” Where ever you look appeared another treasure that you created. The library just exudes “cozy, relaxing a tranquil room that you want to live in all the time. I’m in awe at what you created in such a short period of time.
    The garland is gorgeous and the way you displayed it turned out just perfect.
    I kept heading back to the Sonoma artist Barbara White Perry’s picture. I was trying to figure out if that is a couple embracing in the background? We have no more room on our walls for art, if we did I sure would be drawn to look into her artistry.
    Thank you for opening up your library and
    sharing everything you created. You make everything look so easy, however I know this is not true at all.

    • Katherine! Your comment sent me running into the library to take a closer look at the painting. Did I miss something?! Turns out, no … it’s exactly as it look even on closer examination. A landscape with a flock of birds flying overhead. I think what might appear to be a couple is just a taller grouping of trees. But, art is open to interpretation! Thanks for taking the tour and for such a lovely comment. Happy Holidays! xo

  • Juliet,
    Merry Christmas! Your library is ready to celebrate and enjoy all winter long. I love all of the greenery, the brass candlesticks, and special blue and white accents in the bookcases. You did a wonderful job decorating and styling.

  • Goodness, I love this room so much! Its just the epitome of cozy. I’m absolutely in love with your window wreaths! Thanks for the tour and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

    • Thank you, Amanda … quite lovely compliments especially from you … my favorite living room today. It was so much fun to be on the tour. Merry Christmas! xo

  • Oh My!!
    I see I have been mentioned a couple of times!
    That Punch bowl never looked better‼️
    Hope the cheese Dome comes in useful!
    Would look great in your fridge too!
    For that Sparkle affect!
    Cheers you are READY and it’s not even Dec.FiRST‼️

    • Haha, Contessa … I could never have thought to put it in the refrigerator. But I get it … what a statement it would make! The library may be done ahead of December … but the rest of the house is a work in progress! Happy Holiday’s! xo

  • What an incredible room packed with so much style! I love every detail in the gorgeous and cozy space! That wall color is just beautiful too. Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you so much, Tamara … I’m honored you took the tour. I’m a huge fan of your blog. Merry Christmas to you too! xo

  • Hi Juliet

    I have never seen your library look prettier! I think it is my favorite room in your home and all of the beautiful holiday touches. Absolutely gorgeous! Can I come and enjoy a cocktail?

    • Cindy, you are welcome for cocktail anytime … and, seriously, next time your visiting your daughter come on by! xo

  • Absolutely beautiful Juliet. So cozy and homey you just want to cozy up with a glass of wine and your book. Does everyone post at 4 am.

    • Thanks, Ellen! You’re welcome to bring your book and a bottle of wine anytime. My posts usually go out at 3am … to get to the East Coasters first thing! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    This is my favorite room in your house, it’s so cozy and even more so with the Christmas decorations! You did a lovely job, the wreaths garland and all the brass candlesticks are perfect!
    Every night I have serious doubts about my choice of my new flocked tree, but I love it during the day. It must be the lights they are so bright. But I wonder, do I need to have a flocked garland to keep up the theme? I’m sticking with green and white and natural touches, but I’m not nearly as far along with mu decorations as you!
    Xo Heidi

    • Heidi, this is the only room that’s decorated. And only because I had a deadline. The rest of the house is coming along, slow but sure. Mostly slow. Flocked trees are big this year … and they’re so beautiful! xo

  • Juliet, what a tastefully decorated, elegant library. I love the natural elements, many of which can already be found around the home. I enjoyed the tour and found your room to be restful. Thank you for the ideas!

    • Thank you, Janet … what lovely comments. And you’re right most of what went into the library are things I already had around the house. I like when things work out that way. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo

  • I love all your holiday touches, Juliet! The perfect amount of cheer! Funny story — I am doing an orange theme in the dining area and I picked up some of those little stemmed oranges/tangerines at our local grocery store. It is a pretty well-stocked store, especially considering we are almost 2 hours from the big city (Portland). The young man ringing up my purchases asked me what the oranges were and if I knew how much they were. The sign was not clear, so I replied I had no idea. He asked a manager walking by who said they were free today! Wishing I had gotten more, haha! I had no such luck with candied ginger — after wandering the store both alone and with two different employees, we came up empty-handed.

    • Well, wasn’t that you’re lucky day! Except for the candied ginger. Looking forward to seeing your orange themed holiday dining room! xo

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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