Reader OMG! – Marieza’s Mountain Holiday Home

Reader OMG! is a series showcasing home tours from my favorite people…The DIY Playbook readers! Every month or so, I highlight the home of someone with some serious design style. I hope that these swoon-worthy spaces will make you say “OMG”…hence the name! It also gives me a chance to feature home styles outside of my own, so you can take away some fresh ideas for your space.

Reader OMG blog series

We have featured so many amazing homes in the series, check them all out here. Here are some of my favorites…

Marieza’s Mountain Holiday Home

Christmas Living Room Decor in this mountain holiday home in Calgary
  • Homeowner: Marieza, Stephen, and their two daughters
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Home Type: Single Family Home with 3 beds, 2.5 baths
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Describe your Home Style: Traditional with a dash of grand millennial.
  • Favorite Spot in your House: We chose this home for the mountain views and green space (golf course & playpark) on three sides.
Cute Christmas houses in Calgary

I am over the moon because this is the first holiday home tour I’ve featured from a reader. I think it’s so special to see how other people decorate for the holidays and I’m in love with Marieza’s gorgeous space. As you’ll soon see, her stunning home is tucked into the mountains of Calgary and it’s an idyllic spot to get into the holiday spirit.

Marieza's mountain holiday home

Marieza is also a DIY’er and blogs over at Home With Marieza. She has done so many projects to transform their builder-grade home into something special for their family of four. They moved from South Africa five years ago and just became Canadian citizens last week! CONGRATS! When they purchased their home, everything was brown or beige and Marieza has spent so much time painting just about everything (She used Behr “Ultra Pure White” on the trim and Behr “Classic Silver” on the walls.)

Let it snow sign in the kitchen

Let’s take a peek at her cozy mountain holiday home…

The Entryway

A holiday entryway with green accents and beautiful garland
Adding ornaments to a bowl for the holidays

Well, isn’t this a joyful welcome into their mountain holiday home?! I adore the emerald green color scheme that invites you into their space. The stair rails were originally a dark-stained wood and Marieza brightened things up with some paint. She also added the cute board and batten area to act as a drop zone. Here’s what Marieza said about decorating this space…

Decorating the stairs for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do! Growing up in South Africa, holiday decorations consist of putting up a tree and nothing more. Even then I dreamt of decorating a home to look like a Hallmark movie. Now that we basically live inside a snow globe, I pull out all the stops!

Reading her words made me light up inside. How special to create a home that makes you feel so good during the holiday season.

The Living Room

The coziest living room in this mountain holiday home
A typewriter decorated for christmas
Bottle brush trees in this mountain holiday home
Adding holiday touches to your living room

The living room has a different color scheme with red, gold, and a dash of blue. Her tree is stunning and this looks like the perfect spot to sit on the couch, stare at the twinkly lights, and stay warm by the fire. Marieza’s built-ins have such a great mix of regular everyday decor, combined with a few holiday accessories.

The Kitchen & Dining Areas

Creating a cozy dining nook for the holidays
Creating a cozy dining nook in Calgary
A blue kitchen with cute holiday accents
Cute trinkets for the holidays
A blue hutch in the kitchen
A blue kitchen with gold accents

Before you even gaze at this space, I want you to take a look out the windows. It’s the perfect snowy winter scene and almost looks like it’s Photoshopped in! She truly does live in a snow globe!

Marieza did a lot of DIY action in this space, staining the dining table, painting the cabinets (Sherwin Williams “Halcyon Green”) and the vintage hutch. For the holidays, she added lots of special touches and I especially love the open shelving with the pretty dishware, festive Santa mugs, and gingerbread ornaments hanging from the pegs. I don’t usually do too much holiday decorating in the kitchen, but Marieza’s space has inspired me to add more seasonal flair!

Shop The Look – Marieza’s Mountain Holiday Home

Mountain Holiday Home Tour Shop the Look

Rug // Christmas Tree // Arm Chair // Throw Blanket // Tree Collar // Tree Topper // Mirror // Throw Pillows // Vintage House // Nutcracker // Bottle Brush Trees

Creating a mountain holiday home in Calgary

A big thank you to Marieza for inviting us into her cozy holiday home, and for decorating early so we could capture these photos! Go check out her blog and give her a follow on Instagram right here! Plus, a shout-out to Mykhailo from MiArtMedia for these stunning photos of this space.

A mountain holiday home

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Want to see your home featured on The DIY Playbook? Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Reader OMG!”, including lots of photos and information about your gorgeous home.


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