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Christmas Around Our Home 2021

December 13, 2021  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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When it came to decorating for Christmas, I really wanted to have a very merry first Christmas in our home. But I also was feeling really overwhelmed with finishing and cleaning up renovation dust, that I decided to concentrate our Christmas decor in a few key areas, telling myself–we can always add more in the years to come. So not all the wreaths came out this year. Or all the garland. Or all of my tabletop trees.

Having moved to NC after living in Idaho for the last several years, this is our first Christmas that won’t be white and we were worried it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without snow, but it turns out, the music, the decorations, the smells–it’s Christmas in our home. And I’m excited to share a few photos of how our home for the holidays looks this year:

Entry

I ordered a large gingerbread doormat for the front porch in November and it got backordered :(. But luckily, the small lit trees and the wreath with the tartan ribbon feel very holiday. We also had our roof lined with red and warm white Christmas lights.

Just inside the front door, I hung my same wispy garland as we did in our last home with fresh ribbon. I originally just had the burnt terra-cotta color but then I added the green velvet bows for a more neat and traditional vibe and I love how it pulls everything together. The vintage runner is meant for the kitchen but now seeing it here, I’m not sure I want to give it up! Haha. I pulled in a tiny vintage table we had and a modern lamp for juxtaposition and hung a small piece of original art my sister gifted me. It feels simple and merry and unexpected and for now, is making me really happy.

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Living Room

I definitely spent the most amount of effort in the living room. I originally had our tree in the front right corner but it was blocking the window too much so we moved it to the other side of the couch and we love it so much there. bonus points, we can see it from the dining room and kitchen now.

Alternatively, I put matching wreaths on the windows and hung a couple garlands on the mantle with mismatched stockings. The Merry Christmas banner is stunning in person. It’s a beautiful vintage-looking metal that glistens with the fire light.

Here’s the tree!! Our tree has always been super collected. We buy an ornament everywhere we go and it’s filled with so many memories.

 

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Dining Room

I carried the same periwinkle tapers into the dining room to tie the rooms together. And also put two different kinds of faux branches in the vase to make it look a little more realistic. But the real star? A simple velvet ribbon loosely tied around the vase. The simplest addition made it feel so festive.

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Bonus Room

Since we spend so much time in the Bonus Room upstairs, I knew it was the last place I wanted to add some Christmas touches! A smaller, more sparse tree with bows tied all over it and a train circling around it keeps the girls entertained for hours. I hung a small wreath with a command hook on each dormer window (def gonna paint the window trim this week!!) and kept the ribbon nice and long for extra effect. My favorite addition in here? the plaid lamp I found on marketplace. It’s Christmas-y, but it will probably stay out all year, too.

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That’s Christmas around here this year!! We’re so excited to spend Christmas in our new home after such a whirlwind couple years. Especially as so many projects are wrapping up. More on that in the coming days!

What do you think?

  1. Lauren says:

    So beautiful! I’d love to know how you differentiate between cottage and colonial style. I get such cozy cottage vibes from this home more so than your last, I think the smaller rooms and color scheme? But I would love to hear more about that!

  2. Mary Oswald says:

    Love, love, love following the progress on your new home. Such a great inspiration for me. I bought a sample of the F&B Stiffkey Blue and I’m trying decide where to use it in my house. I posted on Insta that I love that you painted the trim the same color as the walls but noticed the white window trim in the bonus room??? Happy holidays to you and your family and I can’t wait to see what you do in 2022!

  3. Olivia says:

    Love how you kept your Xmas tree decorations light and airy. Seems like all of IG show heavily decorated trees with so much ribbon you can barely see the tree. Do t get me wrong but it’s refreshing to see yours and now I don’t feel like mine are somehow missing the mark since our ornaments have been collected through the years which include my parents very old 1950 lite bright bulbs and ornaments from our travels. Thank you for showing that trees don’t need to be over decorated to be festive.

  4. Krystal says:

    Gorgeous Christmas decor—as always! Please please tell what fabric name you chose for your Kipton sofa—love it! Thanks!!!

  5. Cathy says:

    I love an eclectic tree!

  6. Cate says:

    So lovely and leaves me inspired to decorate more than just our main space! Would love to see that living room pedestal in the main entry nook – it looks like a perfect fit! Next time you move furniture 💗

  7. Cori says:

    You moved the tree!!! That’s why I didn’t recognize your family room in todays post! I really love it in that back corner. I also really love the tiny art in the entry way and the bonus view through the arch door. 😍 Its looking super Christmas-y and cozy!

  8. Ashley says:

    This is so beautiful! Are the rugs in the entry or bonus room linkable?

  9. Kristi says:

    Love this. I’d like to hang my wreaths with ribbon on the door and window. Do you have a tutorial of that?

  10. Anne says:

    So good to see that you are ending the year in a high and with all the boxes emptied. Enjoy Christmas in your home – you’ve accomplished so much since June, it makes my head spin. 🎄

  11. Mary says:

    Beautiful! How do you attach the ribbon at the top of the wreaths?

  12. Carrie says:

    This looks incredible! Would love to also see (maybe in insta stories?) a Christmas view of the living room from the Juliette balcony! How neat to be able to see such a tall tree from above.

  13. Amanda says:

    I love all of these Christmas touches and can’t pick a favorite! The blue room looks better and better each time you share it! That red lamp is darling.

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