Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Home Tour

Each year I look forward to decorating our home for Christmas. It's such a wonderful time of year full of special moments that we hold onto all year long. The week of Thanksgiving I usually start putting out a few small holiday decorations (and my husband puts up the outdoor lights), then over the next two weeks I continue bringing things out of storage. It's a process, especially if you have little ones like we do. Trying to get anything done takes a lot of concentration and many attempts. I hope you enjoy walking though our home with me...

New this year are these cute wooden Christmas tree and Snowman decorations by our front door. (I got them at a neighborhood garage sale in the summer)

When you first walk in, there is this white vase full of (faux) winter tree clippings finished with a red and green plaid bow on our entryway table.

Above the front doors, I have a green garland with pine cones and red bow.

This is our family room where we spend most of our time. We have an flocked artificial tree with simple white lights.

I love to add little Pine trees all over (we have one in the guest bathroom on the counter and I hope that it makes our guests smile when they see it)

Also new this year, is this gorgeous red and green preserved boxwood wreathe, I love the combination of the red and green against the deep blue door. Ive tried to continue this color theme throughout the house.

We have a double side fireplace in the middle of our home which means two mantels to decorate! This is the side facing the family room.

This side of the fireplace faces the sitting room where our live Christmas tree is.

Here's a shot from the sitting room looking into the dinning room. I love how festive our red sofa looks this time of year!

In our open shelves, I like to add winter greenery here and there.

Since our children are small (4 and 2 years) we opted for ornaments that aren't breakable. So our tree has many wooden, metal and plastic ornaments. Tucked within the tree is the same red and green plaid ribbon, as well as some double sided silk ribbon which is red on one side and green on the other.

Here's a peak through the tree into the dinning room.

For the table, I used some red and black checkered fabric folded then topped with a green linen table runner. At each pacesetting, I used wooden chargers and a red and green napkin gathered with a golden napkin ring. 

For the centerpieces I used brass candlestick holders with cream candles and some antiqued-looking candles. Then I added some red, wooden cranberry garland in the chandelier.

I found these cool, vintage brass horns at a local second-hand shop and made a cute garland out of them to hang on the mirror.

Our sweet nativity scene sits in between our two living rooms, where we pass by it often to remember that Christmas is about Christ's birth. (Baby Jesus isn't in the manger until Christmas)

In the kitchen I keep some fresh red roses with tree clippings and a bowl of mixed nuts. I've also added green wreathes above the kitchen sink and the breakfast table. When I think about decorating for the holidays I try to add a little bit of decor in each part of the house. The kids also have miniature trees in their rooms to be enjoyed at bedtime. My hope is that I am creating beautiful memories for my family and friends to enjoy this holiday season. 

Merry Christmas!

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