Good morning friends! Today is a special day where I’m joining several of my blog friends for the Decked & Styled Holiday Tour and I’m extending a warm hello and big hug to those of you that are new to my blog, or stopped by from my friend Abby, Just A Girl and Her Blog!
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting everyone in this tour, except for the special one who actually organized it- Bree from ZDesign at Home! I can’t wait to finally meet her in person too, hopefully this summer! I’m honored to be included with this group and can’t wait to show you a peek inside our holiday home!
If you’ve been with me on this blog journey since the beginning, you’ve seen our house evolve from a patch of dirt into the place we lovingly call home. You’ve seen our son, James, grow from a little baby into a lively, smart, thoughtful, fun big brother to baby Jordan.You’ve seen decor hits and lots of misses. You watched me organize and reorganize and shared in my fitness journey and efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. You’ve been there encouraging me in your sweet comments and also silently (I feel ya sisters!), and I appreciate you so much! I’m honored to welcome you in today and share some of what it feels like to celebrate the holidays in our home.
I’ve vacuumed up the cheerios, shoved the messes aside, poured a hot cup of coffee into my favorite Christmas mug and even and put on a red lip for the occasion! I’ve got a ton of pictures to share with you and to keep the post from being waaay too long, I’ll let them do most of the talking! I hope you find some holiday inspiration here!Welcome to our home!
With simplicity calling my heart more and more, this year, when I pulled out ALL the bins of Christmas decor, I chose to only keep and/or display the things that truly make us happy. You’ll see more minimal Christmas decor in our home this year, but lots of Christmas trees!
We’ve got a big flocked tree under our stairs, a tall tree in the dining room, a skinny tree in our bedroom, a mini tree in James’ room, a small tree in a galvanized tub in Jordan’s nursery, and a rose gold tree in my office. But who’s counting?! Well, my husband is and he says that’s six!
Like most of you, our kitchen is the heart of our home and we added a little bit of festiveness here with a pretty faux greenery candle holder I found at our local Nutcracker Market. This flameless candle is proving to be quite handy!
Even though I vowed to do less advent activities this year, when my son found these mini bags we’ve used in the past as an advent calendar, he was so excited to string it together and hang it up! Every morning, he can’t wait to look inside each day and see what the cards inside say (even though we haven’t been actually doing everything) they say to do!
I found this tall tiered server recently at Tuesday Morning and I’m sure there will be lots of styling opportunities for it in the future as the seasons change. I’m currently loving having our coffee mugs so conveniently displayed!
One of the advent activities we actually did was make a gingerbread house!
Through the kitchen and into the dining room we go! This room got it’s own tree this year and we decorated it with red and white ornaments. A couple of large Nutcrackers are keeping watch and this is where we’ll host Christmas dinner for all of our family this year!
The area under our stairs always houses our main Christmas tree and really shows it off with the curve of the staircase. This year, we flocked the tree and decorated it mostly in blues and metallics. You can see more details and pics of it in this post, so I’ll just share a couple here.
On the stairs, I hung live garland and eucalyptus branches from Trader Joe’s. I’ve learned over the years that enlisting a second set of hand when decorating the stairs is the best way to not feel like you’re in garland hell! This was a messy job, but so lovely!
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The Master Sitting room was the first room I decorated this year, in early November! I’ve always decorated right after Thanksgiving, but having gotten started early this year makes me a convert. This was our version of a mini Winter Wonderland and it’s one of my favorite spaces this year.