Our Homes All Decked out for the Holidays!

Happy Friday everyone! We’re excited that the weekend is almost here, but we’re extra pumped because today we’re taking part in the annual Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour to showcase our holiday homes! We’ve loved taking part in BSHT (hosted by the fabulous Lindsay!) each December and are thrilled and honored to be included again this year.

2016-DIY-Playbook-Christmas-Card-Casey-Bridget-packagesAnd today you’re getting double the fun because we’re each sharing our homes all decked out for the season. Yep…2 for the price of 1 #ourkindadeal

wreath-hanging-attach-christmas-cardsIf you’re coming from My Fabuless Life then welcome, we’re so happy that you’re here! And if you’re new around here (first of all, “hi!”), let’s bring you up to speed on The DIY Playbook.

  • There are 2 of us behind The DIY Playbook and we’ve been best friends since high school.
  • Casey lives in a condo in downtown Chicago with her husband Finn, while Bridget lives in a home just outside the city with her husband, Matt.
  • We both live in small spaces, so we only bring items into our homes that we l-o-v-e and we both try to keep our homes as organized as possible.
  • The DIY Playbook began almost 4 years ago (time flies when you’re having fun!), and we truly believe that everyone can create a personalized home without spending a ton of time or money.

letterfolk-halwayOkay, now that we’re all on the same page… let’s get to the good stuff!


When it comes to my home, I’m usually a little afraid of color (you’ll find plenty of white & gray around our space). But for Christmas, there’s just something about the color red that makes my heart happy. So this year, I decided to inject a bit of red into our very neutral Chicago condo. I also included a bit of plaid (like in our Christmas tree), because I can’t seem to get enough of that preppy pattern.







Although I absolutely LOVE Casey’s gorgeous red & plaid holiday decor, I opted for something a little different this year. I removed the red that I have used in year’s past and instead, stuck with more neutrals, greenery, and buffalo check. Because I loved my neutral & buffalo check tree so much, I used that as inspiration for the rest of our house and although our holiday decor is pretty colorless and a lot more “boring”, I’m really loving the natural look!!christmas-tree-blogger-stylin-home-tourneutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-4My goal this year was to dress up our home for the holidays without going overboard. And more specifically, I didn’t want to spend a ton of time or money to “deck the halls.” I focused on our dining room, living room, and entryway by adding small touches of natural, neutral holiday elements. I was hoping this greenery, buffalo check and hints of metallic would inject that holiday charm into our home while still allowing us to use most of the decor we have up all year round. dining-room-home-tour-holiday-christmas-tree








Maybe I’m crazy for opting for a neutral and natural holiday theme (I probably am), but I can’t help but love that this decorating was easy, budget-friendly, and feels so warm and cozy. Don’t get me wrong, I love plaid, red and all things traditional-holiday, but trying something new has been a lot of fun this year!


Wow, 2 homes in 1 post…. that’s a heck of a lot of pictures! We hope you enjoyed touring our homes all decked out for the season & maybe (just maybe?!) found a little inspiration to make your home extra special for the holidays! For more gorgeous holiday inspiration, be sure to visit House Seven to keep the Blogger Stylin’ Home tour moving!

2016-DIY-Playbook-Christmas-Card-Casey-Bridget-giftsBut before you head off, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! And for the DIY Playbook newbies stopping by, we’d love to see you again soon!


  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    So fun and beautiful. I mean everything! And the photos of you two are just the best. I stink at taking pictures like that. Totally envious here 😉 Happy Holidays

    • You’re the sweetest Julia! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

  • Great post ladies! Your homes are beautiful. Casey I too have ? for bright pops of red incorporated into my decor during the holidays! And anything plaid. Bridget I love the natural elements and more subdued pallete of your house. And your “less is more” approach. I think at the end of this holiday season I will be letting go of some pieces that did not “spark joy” when I unpacked them from the …ahem…six large totes I had to haul out of the crawl space in our basement! Happy holidays to both of you!

    • Thanks so much Kerri! And we feel ya on letting go of pieces that don’t spark joy! It’s so much better to pull out things you absolutely love each year than to be kinda “meh” about certain items. Happy holidays to you!

  • Amie Johnson

    Both of you have beautiful homes, nicely done. Where is the couch from in Bridgett’s home? Have been looking for a smaller sectional…thanks

  • Both of your homes look beyond gorgeous and exude Holiday spirit!! Casey where did you find that JOY piece of deco? I am convinced it is easier to wrap ribbon around a fake tree compared to a real tree- ugh mine doesn’t look as good. The branches are hard to work around. Merry Christmas!!

    • Thanks so much Colleen! The little JOY sign is from Michaels…it lights up too!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls- love the houses! So cool!

  • This looks soooo good and I love the little ‘joy’ sign!! :))


  • You both have such beautiful homes! I love the wreaths and elegant centerpieces. Merry Christmas!

    – Julie

    • Thanks so much Julie! Your home is always stunning too!

  • Kimberlie S Pelletie

    Love your gorgeous homes! I did the same as Casey, but with blue. Makes it seem like a winter wonderland. I also incorporated some buffalo check with the tree skirt and gift wrap. Wanted to ask Casey where she got the gold wire present that is full of ornaments on her built-in?
    Really enjoy the blog. Always read your posts and look through your links. Keep up the good work!

    • Kimberlie you are so sweet! Thanks for the kind words. The gold ornament present cage is from Pier 1 a few years ago. I’ve always loved it, but haven’t seen it since.

      Happy Holidays!