Merry Christmas! It’s Holiday Home Tour time. I’m so excited today to give you a peek into my new space and share some of the holiday magic I’ve whipped up.

Michael Wurm Jr. - Inspired by Charm

This year I’m participating in Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk. I believe she has been hosting this for seven years. This is my second year on the tour, and I am thrilled to be back.

In case you’re not familiar with the Holiday Housewalk, here’s the nutshell version: During a single week, 30+ bloggers share their homes decorated for Christmas. This year’s tour started on Monday with Jennifer’s home and has been going on all week with visits to the homes of many other bloggers. The housewalk ends today with the homes of even more bloggers, including me.

If you’ve come here from Allison’s home at The Golden Sycamore (the stop on the tour before mine), welcome! I am happy to have you here! After you’re finished scrolling through my space, be sure to click on the next blogger at the bottom of this post to continue on the tour.

Holiday Office Home Decor Ideas

Apartment Christmas Decorations:

If you follow Inspired by Charm, you’ll know that I’m decorating a new space this year. Back in June, life gave me a nudge to move from my big house in a small town to a smaller apartment in a big city. I loved decorating that house for the holidays, so this year has definitely been a transition (and challenge) for me. This also will probably be the first and last time I decorate this particular space for Christmas, and last year was the final time for me to decorate that large old house. (More bittersweet details on that loaded statement coming soon.) While I’m still tweaking my decor, there’s definitely holiday magic around these parts. Let me show you.

Since I already shared a few of the festive touches in my office (my Rustic Modern Christmas Tree), let’s start there.

Home Office Holiday Decorations

About a month ago I painted a navy accent wall in this room. That has helped to inspire the rest of the decor in the office, including the tree. From there, my Rustic Modern Christmas Tree seemed to invite the addition of red and burgundy touches for a holiday feel. You can check out that tree in all its glory here.

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

Behind my desk, I hung these bulletin boards to display work projects and decor. A letterboard spells out some of my favorite holiday movie characters.

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

Mixing rustic and modern for Christmas decorating - Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

Ornaments for a Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

Christmas Decorating Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

On the opposite side of the room (which I don’t believe I’ve ever shared on the blog), I created a cozy nook for taking a break from work. I’ve furnished it with a love seat, leather chair, ottoman coffee table (which was repurposed from my previous home), and a big shelf for books and whatever else finds its way there.

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

Sidenote: I’ll do my best to link things in this post. I also recommend visiting SHOP IBC where you can get more links to some of my apartment furnishings and decor.

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

It’s been especially nice to have this extra seating area in my apartment. Blankets, pillows, and comfy furniture make it an ideal spot to read or relax for a bit. I just picked up a new bluetooth-enabled record player, so lately listening to holiday tunes on vinyl has added to the joy.

Modern Home Office Holiday Decorations

Not surprisingly, my kitties are digging this space. I was even able to incorporate my colorful DIY Christmas trees on the shelf you see above them. Remember those trees? You can learn how to make them here.

Modern Home Office Christmas Decorations

I also wanted to point out that fab red canvas. It’s from Lindsay Letters, whose artwork I love. Her pieces can always be found in my spaces.

More Apartment Christmas Decorations:

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Transitioning to the living room: For my Christmas decor, I played off the green and blue color scheme I already had in place. I was pleased with how it worked out.

In addition to the Christmas tree (We’ll get to that in a second.), among my favorite new holiday decor items are these stained glass trees. I bought them back in October from CB2 when they first showed up on the site. I knew they’d be perfect in here.

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

And speaking of trees – Yes, I have another big Christmas tree in this space. It’s the tree that graced the cover of BHG’s Christmas Ideas Magazine, but it’s dressed in a whole new way.

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

I’m calling it my “Not-Coco-Chanel-Tree.” Why? Well, the famous designer Coco Chanel said something to the effect: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” With this tree, however, I took the opposite approach. It was as if the tree kept saying to me, “Heck no! I’m going to be my fabulous, over-the-top self. Add some more. Yes, more. Keep adding. One more thing. One more thing.” Crazy, right?

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

As a result, this tree is loaded with ornaments. I’m guessing there are 200+. It might be a bit difficult to see, but a ribbon is also tucked in there. (Speaking of ribbon, you can get my “How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree” tutorial here.) And I finished this maximalist look off with a felt ball garland . . . just because. (The tree kept asking for more.)

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas
Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

I’m hoping to capture the details of this tree in additional photos that I’ll share soon in another post. Stay tuned!

On the opposite wall, I decided to have fun with this ceramic deer head I had in my B&B gift shop years ago. With branch antlers, ornaments, and a gold wreath, he’s my little touch of Christmas quirkiness. A must in my decor. My little gold Santa made a comeback too. I just love him.

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Apartment Living Room Christmas Decor IdeasModern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Near the TV I installed a much-needed shelf for book storage, knick-knacks, and apparently, wine.

Apartment Living Room Christmas Decor Ideas

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

Apartment Living Room Christmas Decor Ideas

As you may already know, these little deer are precious to me. They belonged to my grandmother. They are especially meaningful this year because this will be our first Christmas without her.

Apartment Living Room Christmas Decor Ideas

Over in the kitchen, I brought in a few holiday flourishes as well. I’m doing my best to embrace these builder-grade cabinets. Festive touches. such as this canvas from Lily & Val (located here in Pittsburgh), make all the difference. (For those of you who might be wondering how I hang art on tile: I used these hooks from 3M. They work great for lightweight items.)

Apartment Kitchen Christmas Decor Ideas

Apartment Kitchen Christmas Decor Ideas

Apartment Kitchen Christmas Decor Ideas

Apartment Kitchen Christmas Decor Ideas

Apartment Kitchen Christmas Decor Ideas

How cute are those vintage brass mice? Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.Though, it seems these two are after cake.

Modern Christmas Dining Table Decorations

Little paper houses and bottle brush trees corralled on a tray and covered by glass domes add a bit of Christmas cheer to my dining table.

Modern Christmas Dining Table Decorations

Modern Christmas Dining Table Decorations

And finally, here is my bar cabinet dressed up for the season. This just might be my favorite vignette in the entire apartment. When I’m fretting about all the decor details, I look at this and immediately feel less stressed.

Holiday Bar Car Decorating Ideas

To put it together, I decorated my mirror with greens, added a trio of glass trees from HomeGoods, tucked in my trusty nutcracker (also a HomeGoods find), and finished it off with peppermint sticks.

Holiday Bar Car Decorating Ideas

I was also super excited to find a new place for my DIY wood bead garland. It draped perfectly on the cabinet and coordinated beautifully with the colors. You can learn how to make the garland here.

Holiday Bar Car Decorating Ideas

I’m still working on my bedroom, but here’s a sneak peek. You might recall when I painted that black wall a month ago.

How to Style a Modern Bedroom for Christmas

And yes, there’s a tree in there. A small one. Thanks to gold sequin unicorn ornaments, it’s full of quirkiness, too.

Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

Speaking of ornaments, the other ornaments on that tree are from Tree Hopper Toys. (You may remember them from my Christmas Tree last year.) They are also offering special savings to Inspired by Charm readers. Use the code “INSPIRED” to get 25% off their ornaments now through the end of the year.

And that’s a wrap for my Holiday Home Tour 2017.

I know this tour is a bit “different” from past years’. I’m struggling somewhat with that. I hope I didn’t disappoint, BUT I am hoping that 2018 will have me back in a homier home. Thanks to all of you for following along and sticking with me through the ebb and flow of life. Your kindness and support are priceless gifts.

During December, I plan to share more details about each of these spaces, including a full tour of my bedroom decor. If you’re new here, be sure to subscribe to the IBC Mailing List or follow me on social media (I recommend Instagram.) so you don’t miss a thing.

Merry Christmas Inspired by Charm

In the meantime, please continue on the Holiday Housewalk and check out the homes of my blogger friends. Their homes are stunning and inspiring in their own unique way. Up next on the tour is Jeanne Oliver. I always love what she does for Christmas. I’m sure you will, too. You can continue onto her home here.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to be with me. I hope you enjoyed your peek around my apartment and picked up a few ideas to create your own happy place for the holidays.

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  • Ann at

    FAB FAB FAB!!!! Everything looks just wonderful…and festive but not trite. I love all the ways that you use color. Often, you use colors that aren’t at all my “likes” but when I see it I think–WOW! that looks great! So, keep up whatever you are doing to be so consistently dreative….and Merry Christmas!

  • Brocanteuserose at

    Perfection! I think this is my favorite home tour of yours to date! But of course I think that every year. You are just so good at what you do. I LOVE the “not Coco” tree. Absolutely stunning! And the letter board was so charming. I’m sorry this is your first Christmas without your Grandma; it’s my first Christmas without my PopPop so everything seems a little more heart touching if that makes sense. I can’t wait for you to update us on your cryptic comments, regarding last Christmas’s in the apartment and big house. Ahhhh what does that mean?  P.s. I bought the BHG Christmas magazine just because you are on the cover. It did not disappoint and yours is my favorite article! Thanks for being fabulous!

  • pris at

    Looks amazing and inspired me for my own home! That is for the beautiful tour!

  • Phoebe K at

    You have the loveliest taste. Thank you for sharing – you’ve inspired me to finish up my own decorating!

  • Becky at

    I love all of it! Fun colors and touches everywhere. Thank you for sharing!

  • Joanne Stalwick at

    I love everything you have done. I wouldn’t get any work done in that office, I would just sit and stare at everything (while curled up on the couch with the cats!). I love the name board with the Christmas characters on it – what a great idea. And the deer head with the natural twigs for antlers – I will be hunting for one of those now. Your work is so inspiring. And I love a really decked out tree – I agree with you – more is better. My family says mine is getting too full, but I disagree and always find something new to add. Thank you for all you do, I so enjoy seeing it.

  • Julie Blanner at

    I love how every little nook has a hint of Christmas – it’s so fun and festive!

  • Sue at

    Michael, I’ve got a sick feeling your old house is being sold. Say it ain’t so. I looooved that home. Your apartment is just beautiful and I love your style of decorating. It amazes me how you come up with all your ideas. If you want to come to Georgia and live with me you can decorate (and cook) to your heart’s content.

  • Char at

    So much fun packed into your holiday décor. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christine Enyart-Elfers at

    I’m speechless! Confession – I’ve been waiting all week for this post. I too am a long-time follower & you never fail to AMAZE me with your talents. Could I adopt you as a son? I know this year has been filled with A-LOT of soul searching, as well as transitions (small town to city, house to apartment, loss of your grandmother, and many feelings you’ve aluded to, yet kept private). Change is hard! But, you’ve finished this year with a holiday decor that’s STUNNING & many blogger friends who adore you.
    As a late-60’s retired educator, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the new color combinations in your holiday decor. If I were younger I’d want to get rid of my typical red-green-white decorations & buy all new decorations in another color combination. But, that won’t happen so I will attempt to rearrange my decorations in an IBC style. I think I’ll move my baking to another day & spray paint a few items! Michael, you are so TALENTED! Thank you for “brightening” my blog-hop day!

  • Jill Wendt at

    Can I just say WOW! Your home is amazing and gives the true meaning of Christmas. Every little detail is a treasure for your eyes. I think your home is a breath of fresh air. I’m a little tired of all the farmhouse Christmas homes with so much stuff, it gives me a headache trying to process it all!!! You are a very gifted and talented young man, and I enjoyed your home tour! MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  • Karin K at

    So much wonderful in every nook and cranny! Those little deer are the sweetest things of all! You are my favorite inspiration.

  • Kathleen Tweed at

    Just beautiful! Hard to pick out one favorite thing but love the dome w/the bottle brushes and little houses. Thank you for all your great ideas and especially the video on putting ribbon on the tree.

  • Barbara at

    Michael, your home is as gorgeous as ever. Would you mind sharing where you found the Christmas pennant pillow on your bed?

  • Sheila at

    Yours is my favorite house so far! I will be sure to check in on your blog. It’s new to me. I really love everything about your Christmas decorating. It’s simple and cheery and not overdone, just like I prefer it. Great job!

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  • Van at

    WOW, I want to celebrate at your place. Festive!

  • Kassie at

    Perfection as always.

  • Kimberly Westby at

    There is definitely, and always room for wine.
    P.S. you caused me to laugh out loud this morning, thank you

  • Vanessa at

    Michael everything looks AH-MAZING!!! You manage to somehow have it look and feel so sophisticated but still warm and cozy. I can’t get over those gorgeous trees!! You are beyond talented and I’m so thrilled to be part of the housewalk with you again this year. Merry Christmas friend!

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