For some reason I never feel like I am done decorating for Christmas. I’m tweaking and throwing more stuff up right until the bitter end. My goal is to be able to post a full out “Holiday Home Tour” just like all of my blogger idols one day. Not just one day um more like next year. Yes. That’s it. I’m being positive peeps.
My goodness did you see Kristin’s, from The Hunted Interior, Holiday Home Tour? It looks like it’s right out of the pages of a magazine. Check her entire tour out here. The color palette is so fresh and unique.
The Hunted Interior
I also was blown away with Kristin’s, from Bliss At Home, Holiday décor. Her colors were more soft and neutral with a color palette of cream, gold, and black. It was not overdone and was so elegant. You can see her entire Holiday Home Tour here.
Bliss At Home
I’m basically going to be showing you some “snapshots” from around our home.
The above space is our Living Room. I keep my Christmas decorating on the simple side. On the coffee table I just plop some ornaments of various sizes, colors, and textures down on a pretty tray. On the buffet I create a display using two glass cylinders filled with smaller sized ornaments. I got the 2 glass containers on clearance at Michaels Craft Store years ago. I fill them with candy corns around Halloween and pretty faux eggs around Easter. They are a “must have” holiday decorating staple for me. The sparkly teal blue Christmas tree I purchased from Home Goods a few years ago.
The above vignette is in my foyer. Once again I used ornaments to embellish things I already had on hand. Oh and there is my new book “The Nesting Place” which I scored for a great deal on Amazon. I’m sure most of you know but the book is written by Myquillyn Smith, otherwise known as “The Nester”. Her blog The Nesting Place is definitely one of my all time faves.
I love the look of the mini gold ornaments spilling out of my antique porcelain “cigarette box” that was left to me from my Grandmother.
One of the easiest and most impactful holiday decorating tip is to hang ornaments from every chandelier in the house. It adds instant drama and sometimes it’s all you really need to bring the holiday spirit to any room,
and my favorite little spot to decorate….
The above is a mini chandelier in a hallway on the first floor.
We hang ornaments in most of our windows. Just string the ornament on some fishing line and then tie it to your curtain rod or attach to those little suction cups that stick to the windows.
and the true meaning of Christmas..
My nativity was passed on to me from my grandparents. It’s one of my most valued possessions.
We do the whole faux Christmas tree thing. When we lived in Florida a few years back I couldn’t conceptualize buying a live tree in 90 degree weather. We had very high ceilings in our family room so we splurged on this beauty. When we moved back to NJ we ended up moving into a home about half the size so our tall tree ended up in our foyer because it’s the only room it fits in.
The thing that I love most about our tree is that it is full of memories. We try to get ornaments from all the places that we travel to.
We also have ornaments that the kids made themselves, and ones to commemorate different life events.
One tradition we have is that on Christmas Eve we always give each child an ornament that they can add to the tree. They are usually whatever the kids are into at the time like Star Wars, football, makeup etc.
When I got married, 20 years ago, my bridesmaids threw me a shower where they set up a Christmas tree and asked everyone who was invited to please bring an ornament to hang on the tree as a little extra gift. I just loved that idea because we received so many beautiful sentimental ornaments to start our life together as a married couple. I still can look at every ornament and know who it was from.
and then there is this…
My 5 year old husband. I really can’t take how much I love this. He made it for his parents for Christmas when he was in kindergarten.
Over the years I broke down and purchased some shiny ball ornaments to fill in the tree and add a little sparkle.
I can’t say that our kids were thrilled with that idea. They both are fierce when it comes to upholding our Christmas traditions. I love that they know the story behind every single ornament so that one day they can share them with their children.
Now this is the thing. See that little angel right there? I know she is a little old fashioned and not really something the cool kids would have, but she is ours and not going anywhere. My husband bought her for me 20 years ago because he thought she was cute and looked like me with the blonde curly hair. Am I sometimes envious of the cute bows and stars topping trees that I see all over Pinterest? Well sure I am, but some traditions are worth holding on to.
The above adorable little tree is something I purchased for my daughter new this year along with the cute skirt and ornaments. I got all of it at my local Target. For some reason I could not find it online but if interested check your local Target in the Christmas ornament isle.
Next post I will show you simple ways to deck your bar cart out for the holidays. I also have a few more adorable holiday free printables for you guys so stay tuned…