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Christmas Around Our Home 2022

December 5, 2022

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This year, I really wanted to keep our Christmas decorations very classic and traditional! I didn’t change too much from the year before but just spruced and added even more of what we already had. We planned a fun team day where we all came to the house, pulled out all the Christmas decorations, and divided and conquered. We turned up the Christmas music, rocked around the Christmas tree(s), and dressed the house in tinsel, all in a day’s work!

Front Entry

Doormat | Planters | Trees | Wreaths

On the outside of the house, we kept everything really simple! The smartest thing we did was hire somebody to hang red and white string lights on the house. They were finished in no time, and it’s just so nice to be able to see the house lit up from the street. The wreaths on the windows and potted Christmas trees are from years past but are still just as beautiful.

Chandelier | Rug | Garland | Ribbon | Bells | Sconces

I love a really droopy garland swagged on the grand staircase. It’s super low effort but high impact, especially with the floppy bows tied with the prettiest burgundy ribbon.

Over the years, I’ve collected an absurd amount of tabletop Christmas trees and little Christmas houses. They look like a mini Christmas tree farm all grouped together, which is the kitchy aesthetic I’m going for.

Study

Mural | Rug | Table | Sling Chairs | Chandelier | Flocked Tree | Wood Bead Garland | Woven Bell Ornaments

Into the study! I kept it really simple and set up our flocked Christmas tree; that’s about five years old! It’s still a stunner, even after all this time.

Living Room

The living room, where the magic all happens, is my trickiest room of all to decorate for! I’m really itching to open up the ceiling for some skylights in the new year and update the fireplace… etc. As far as Christmas decor, I kept it simple and classic, and I really love how nostalgic and cozy it feels. Can’t wait to wake up Christmas morning with the girls, huddled around the fireplace and tinsel-covered tree.

Would you believe me if I told you the tapered candles on the mantle aren’t real? They’re beyond lifelike, flicker like a flame, and are operated with a little remote!

Everything about the mantle takes my breathe away.

Living Room Sources

Rug | Swivel Chairs | Plaid Pillows | Linen Sofa | Coffee Table | Vase | Bowl | Acrylic Coffee Table Book Stand | Side Table | Mirror | Chandelier | Tree Art | Candelabra | Arch Cabinet

Christmas Decor

Wreaths | Ribbon | LED Tapered Candlesticks | Pine Garland | Garland | Bells | Christmas Tree | Tinsel | Tree Topper | Candle Ornaments | White Ornaments

Dining Room

Wallpaper | Rug | Dining Table | Reeded Cabinet | Cedar Swag

This dining room corner might be my favorite 😍.

Kitchen

Ceramic Snowflake | Ceramic Houses | Christmas Trees | Marble Bowl | Disco Ornaments | Wood Serve Board | Snowman | Ruffle Bakeware Set

When we were designing our kitchen, I couldn’t help but anticipate decorating these shelves with Christmas decor and trinkets! This is actually our first year even having a kitchen to decorate for the Holidays since last year, it was still very much under construction.

Wreath | Vase | Branches | Christmas Dish Towels

Tabletop Tree | Paper Mache Bowl | Desk | Copper Pots | Copper Canisters | Rolling Pin | Wood Bowl | Dish Towel | Gingerbread Houses

Of course, this is the perfect place to display the newly made, DIY faux gingerbread houses!

Bonus Room

This room very well might be my favorite Christmasy decorated space. The decor amidst the blue walls and plaid patterned pillows is both cozy and breathtaking.

Everything in here feels quaint and charming while also remaining more kid-friendly. Since we spend a lot of time up here as a family, it only made sense to deck the halls with bows and ribbons rather than precious ornaments and keepsakes.

If you don’t quite have a large collection of ornaments but still want a pretty Christmas tree, do yourself a favor and buy a couple of spools of ribbon. Pretty tied bows go a long way!

Rug | Christmas Tree | Tree Stand | Train Set | String Lights | Striped Ribbon | Velvet Ribbon | Wreaths | Console Table | Frame TV | Frame TV Art

We decorated the house for Christmas right before Thanksgiving, and I will say it made our Thanksgiving day with family feel so special and intimate. I tend to take down all the Christmas decorations before New Year’s, so it’s especially nice to get to enjoy the decorations all month long.

Happy Holidays!

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What do you think?

  1. Marachli says:

    Live in Paris and found your style very chic and ‘raffiné’ ‘ Lov to follow you. And Puppy too now!

  2. Lisa says:

    So, so, stunning, particularly the mantel. I would love a tutorial for how you get it to look so perfect — what you use to affix and swag the garland, stockings, etc. It’s such a tricky thing to get right without damaging your mantel and fireplace!

  3. Diane Romanowski says:

    Love it!

  4. Dawn says:

    I spy a cabin shaped mini house. That’s so perfect. Love it.

  5. Jane lLeymastet says:

    The star tree stand. Where can I get it??

  6. Estelle says:

    I love, love, love the tree with the ribbon bows on it and train below. So sweet!

  7. REK981 says:

    The tinsel tree had my heart until I saw the bow tree in the bonus room. With the frame TV art and the coziness of it all. What a vision! Thank you for sharing!

  8. sunny says:

    This is so beautiful! I love, love the living room Christmas tree. I can never figure out tinsel and it just looks blobby when I do it.

  9. Sunny says:

    Beautiful! love all of it

    Question, in your living room on the sofa table, there is a ribbon sculpture–where is that from? It is sublime.

  10. Kathryn says:

    So beautiful and magical! I’m wondering, are those outdoor trees operated via battery or plug-in? The house is lovely, inside and out!

  11. Susanne says:

    Truly an absurb amount of trees.

  12. Kristi says:

    I love the blanket draped on the back of the bonus room sectional. Do you have a link. We’re going for a ski vibe in our basement family area.

  13. Pakster says:

    So much loveliness especially that wooden star tree base! The only thing that I would add is something on the curved banister that you see in the living room mirror.

  14. Nicole says:

    Such a lovely home! I really loved how you used so much greenery in your decorating and accessorized with ribbon.

  15. K says:

    It’s so pretty! I keep things pretty minimal but seeing the staircase in your photo is motivating me to get to Trader Joe’s today and buy some garland!

  16. Christine says:

    Loved the black Windsor chairs I. Your new kitchen the best. Really not a fan of the chunky ball top chairs in the new layout. So don’t fit your aesthetic.

    • Stacy says:

      Everything is absolutely stunning! The house is just beautiful- with and without the Christmas decorations. The mantel is everything. I do feel like the nativity would look really special on the entry way hall table

  17. Brenda says:

    Gorgeous!

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