No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Today, I’m doing something a little different and taking you inside my home to check out some of this year’s holiday decorations.  I don’t consider myself an interior design expert by any means, but I think it’s fun to see how other people decorate for the holidays and to draw inspiration from their ideas.  We just moved into our new home in May, so it’s certainly still a work in progress.  Though I probably should have put the money toward a new rug for the living room or some new bedroom side tables (we currently have wine crates as a pseudo table), I couldn’t resist buying some decorations and decking the halls.  Since moving out of my parents’ home, I’ve always lived in apartments, so I was super excited to have a home to decorate this year.  

Our bedroom is pretty empty.  It mainly consists of a bed, our makeshift bedside tables and a dresser.  It’s the one room in the house that we haven’t done much too yet.  However, the thing we love most about the room is the white brick fireplace and mantle.  When we first looked at the house, the previous owners used the fireplace as a headboard.  We loved it so much, that we decided to do the same.  Luckily, it doesn’t take much to create a cozy, holiday feel in a bedroom.  I added some red, gray and white flannel sheets, a fun pillow and a pretty wreath over the bed.  Simple touches, but it really transformed the room.  Our bathroom is black and white, so it was easy to throw some pops of red into the mix.  I got these “naughty” and “nice” towels at Target last year and I thought the red and black ribbon was a cute addition.

If I had to name what I love most about our house, it’s how white and bright it is.   The house is over a 100 years old, so there’s a great mix of old character and modern updates.  For the living room, I kept it pretty simple.  A fun pillow and cozy throw are all you really need to create a warm and inviting space.  There are actually three fireplaces in the house, so I got to really have fun with decorating the mantles.  I added our stockings and a fun pom-pom garland in the living room.

Of course I was on Pinterest and saw this gorgeous staircase garland and immediately wanted to recreate it.  Let’s just say mine isn’t quite as Pinterest-worthy, but I was happy with my first attempt.

I absolutely love the dining room because the large windows let in so much light!  For the mantle, again I kept it fairly simple.  I like to decorate in neutral colors because you can leave the décor out long past Christmas.  It’s more “winter” than holiday decorating.  My birthday is January 12th, so I always like to stretch it out and leave my decorations out at least until my birthday.  This was my first year ever with an artificial tree (gasp).  Though I wasn’t sure about making the transition, I am so happy with how our tree turned out and I still incorporated fresh pine in the staircase garland and mantles.  Aside from the marble trees on the mantle, everything else was really inexpensive.  I got the clear vases at Dollar Tree and put mini battery-operated lights inside.  Make sure you get wire lights, so that you can shape them and they don’t just fall to the bottom of the vase.  I also scored the silver glitter candle holders from Target’s dollar section and got the pine branches from Lowe’s for free (they are happy to give you their scraps).  The dried wreath was a great find from Home Goods.

I also opted for a pretty simple table centerpiece.  Do you see a theme here lol?  I found a gold and silver table runner at Home Goods.  I already had the white serving bowl and filled it with bulbs (I got a set of 6 for a $1 at Dollar Tree), some scented pinecones and some faux cotton sprigs from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Once again, the Target dollar section came through with these pretty silver crackled candle holders.  Finally, I added a couple sprigs of fresh pine for a pop of color.

Guys – you’ll never believe where I found this tree.  Walmart.  Seriously.  I looked all over online and every flocked tree I saw was either really cheap looking or cost way more than I was willing to spend.  This tree came pre-lit, looks great and cost less than $150!  I always make my own tree topper, so this year was no exception.  I actually bought this deer head plaque at Michael’s for a wreath a couple of years ago and never ended up using it.  I decided to paint it white and pair it with a simple gun metal gray ribbon and some sprigs of eucalyptus for my homemade tree topper.

Last year after Christmas, I stopped into a store called Altar’d State and all of their Christmas ornaments were on major sale.  I ended up scooping up a bunch because I loved the colors.  Although I try to avoid the malls after the holidays, it’s a great time to go out and stock up on lights, ornaments and wrapping paper for the following year.  I also opted for a white faux fur tree skirt to complete the cozy, wintery look.

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of my holiday decorations.  I'm usually such a procrastinator, so I am excited to be done early this year, so I can actually enjoy it!  Now...if I had just started my Christmas shopping...

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