Happy December and welcome to our holiday home!! Thank you for visiting and I really hope you enjoy this little tour.
Some of you may know this but for those who don't, we actually have three little ones in this house, 1,2, and 6 years old! When it comes to decorating for the holidays I like to incorporate fun items for the kiddos but keep the overall aesthetic sophisticated. You will see these sweet little elements throughout our home.
It's actually a little hard for me to share our tree. I don't believe tree trimming is my forte and I came very close to just going with the new naked tree look (which I totally love but I think it only works with a fresh one!). So, I sucked it up and did the best I could!!
My holiday color palette has ALWAYS been neutrals, gold, silver, greenery, and splashes of red. I have slowly been weeding out the red and finally tried something completely new this year! It's all mostly neutral with very soft touches of blue here and there in berries and ribbons. I wanted an organic winter vibe. I've been very inspired by they way they used greenery and food as holiday decor in the 1500's.
I'm absolutely in love with how the hearth turned out. For now we have our TV siting on the mantle, meaning I couldn't decorate it this year so I knew I had to make up for it on the bottom portion. I created this simple garland using all Afloral products and you can find the entire step by step here.
Cozy and comfortable!! This set up works so perfectly for our family!
This pillow is from The Home Decorator's Collection and can be found here.
"Oh Holy Night...." is usually my go to Christmas sign (it just goes so perfectly with the Nativity!) but I've been seeing it every where on these beautiful scroll signs this year so I thought I'd think of something new. If you follow me you might know that using lyrics in my home as art is one of my favorite things to do and has been for a while. These hanging signs we have in our living room are so simple and cheap to switch out that I was able to easily create this custom holiday art with them!
If you'd like a brief walk-through of how I made them you can find that here from our summer living room reveal.
In our last house we had the perfect little white porch and rails so I made my dream magnolia garland to hang from them. This year I could have figured somewhere to hang them outside but they are just too pretty to not get to see all the time so I created this flat lay on the living room toy chest. I added bits from a fresh cedar garland and incorporated preserved Juliet roses (found here), ornaments, candle sticks, urns, and various mercury glass pieces. I love that the brass and glass brings little glam to the rustic wind blown leaves and greenery.
The lighting is terrible in our entryway so it was hard to capture this spot but I adore this simple greenery and candle set up.
I usually keep our daily table center piece simple because well we have lots of little hands around here and sometimes they just can't help themselves. Also, we use our table for everything from eating to homework to crafting so we need it to be pretty accessible. A few clippings from a fresh cedar garland, (from Lowes) some pillar candles and viola, you have a beautifully simple holiday arrangement.
I put this wreath together using all products from my favorite faux flower company Afloral. You can find the supply list and tutorial here!
Our kitchen is the drop zone, most days our counters are covered in book bags, sippy cups, lunch boxes, and random pieces of mail. As much as I try to keep up with it, in a family of 5 it's just inevitable. I keep the kitchen and dining decor simple so it doesn't add any extra clutter and chaos. I just added a few holiday touches to create an overall cozy but clean winter vibe.
Every year without a doubt, whether I have a newborn baby (the past two years in a row) or we have just moved I always make it a point to build gingerbread houses and decorate cookies with my oldest. However, there is always the dilemma, but how do I display the houses? They usually just sit on a pretty platter on the counter but I've never done anything special with them. So, this year when I went to get our kits and I saw they had miniature houses I flipped!! I knew that meant I could put them in jars like the cute homemade ones I had seen on pinterest! We all just love the whimsical vibe our cookie village brings to the middle of the kitchen!
This beautiful fresh Blue Spruce Fir wreath is from Lowes. Blue spruce is hands down my favorite evergreen so when I saw one sitting all by it's lonesome among their other fresh wreaths I knew I had to have it! I wanted to do something a little different and make it my own so I took out the pine cones, cedar, and juniper elements it had randomly placed here and there. Then I re-used the juniper, added dusty miller, preserved brunia (found here), and a blue velvet bow. I love the way it came out and the subtle touch of ice blue-grey it incorporates.
Thank you so much for taking our tour, I hope it inspired you and gave you all the Christmas feels! Be sure to check out the amazingly talented ladies on the tour too!!