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!


The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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