Over the weekend, we finished putting Christmas touches around our home and it feels like just the right amount this year. Festive, but there’s still room to breathe everywhere–I need room to breathe with seasonal decor. Our reading room got the most decor since the shelves are so easy to swap decor out.
I love decorating with houses, bells and trees the most and I have found grouping like items together has a far greater impact than spreading out all my trees to just one on each shelf. The past few years, we have had our flocked tree in the main living room, but I loved the contrast it adds to this room. Since there was so much going on on the shelves, a bare flocked tree (it is pre-lit) with a star on top (we have this one from Lowes!) and an Ikea faux fur throw wrapped around the base was all it needed.
I draped 2 artificial garlands across the entry table and ran these battery operated led lights through it and I wish I could keep it here all year long. It’s festive but understated. One brass tree (I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to hold ornaments, but I just strung the lights through it, too) and the entry was done! Well, almost…
Fortunately, outerwear is already pretty wintry and since our entry hooks are on display all the time, I treat them like living, functional art. I added a knit santa hat on Polly’s hook and a scarf I wear all winter on another and it was like instant Christmas. I love decorating like this. “Christmas” decor doesn’t have to be labeled Christmas stuff–it could be things you already have rearranged to create a holiday feeling.
Out front, more bells. More trees. I’m very predictable.
In our living room, we got a new sparse, but chubby artificial tree that already feels nostalgic, but then added all of our family ornaments. My baby ornament. All the girls’ baby ornaments. An ornament from every place we’ve traveled to. An ornament we got for our wedding (which, by the way, is an excellent gift!), Charly’s paw, an ornament I made in a glass-blowing class a couple years ago. It’s the most heart-warming tree. Ours didn’t come with lights on it (this one looks just like it and it does!) so we wrapped it in two strands of cafe lights and they let off a nice big glow.
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Lastly, we captured some of the sweet moments of putting the decorations up around our home. It was a straight mess for 2 days, but I love how it all came together. Enjoy the video below or you can watch it here on our YouTube channel!