Good morning friend! Happy Friday! I’m super excited to welcome you into our wintery, Christmas home this year!
I always start decorating early because it takes me a long time to settle in and call it done. I’m actually still not there yet, but I wanted to at least give you a peek at what I’ve done so far on the first floor.
Hopefully, this gives you some holiday decor inspiration for your own home and if there’s something you’d like to add to your home I tried my best to link everything for you so you could easily find it online.
This weekend we plan to work on the second floor, and James said he wanted to help decorate his room. I’m excited for that!
I ordered him this tree and he has lots of special ornaments to decorate it with.
OUR CHRISTMAS DECOR
This year, I wanted to create a warm and cozy environment with lots of texture and a sense of calm.
I’m embracing my cozy minimalist style more and more and leaning into the fact that my visual clutter threshold is low. I kept putting up decor, then editing and scaling back because it felt like too much.
I feel like I’ve achieved a look and feel that welcomes the winter season and celebrates the birth of Jesus and the Christmas holiday.
I have young kids at home (ages 5 & 11), so I still like to have magical moments and whimsical, playful elements in my decor. They delight in seeing those things and that brings me a lot of joy.
THE LIVING ROOM
Let’s start in the living room, since that’s my favorite part of our decor this year. I’m crazy for that rich, dark green color, mixed with cream and contrasted with black.
Green Velvet Pillow • Leopard Pillow • Gingham Pillow • Cream Pillow • Lamp • Pottery Barn Sectional • Chunky Knit Throw • Leopard Blanket • Similar Rug • Coffee Table/Ottoman • Wooden Tray
I found lush, dark green velvet pillow covers at Pottery Barn and simply added them to the combination of pillows already on my couch.
Add in an oversized chunky knit throw and I was already on my way to a new look that I love!
I layered one six-foot garland on the mantle, sprinkled in twinkle lights and beaded garland, then added three faux fur stockings to the end.
To create a more wintery feel, I replaced the fiddle leaf fig tree with a skinny Christmas tree. I really like the look of those woven tree collars, and got the same look by putting the three in a big woven basket I already had.
We’ve lived here for 11 years and have never put a tree in that spot, but I’m really liking it! I’m loving the look of those woven tree collars, but I don’t have any, so I just used a large woven basket as the base.
We don’t have any ornaments on that tree, but the minimalist in me doesn’t think it needs any. I adore how she looks just with the warm glow of the lights! Maybe we’ll add some later . . .
Black Candle Holder • Links • Wooden Trees
I already really like the look of our coffee table styling, but adding these two simple wooden trees added more height and created visual interest there.
I plopped in a sprig of greenery to my amber vase and we’re calling it good.
The one thing throwing me off was the business of the pink and blue rug that I had in here.
I’ve enjoyed it for a few years for the pretty pattern softness it adds, but the colors weren’t vibing with the clean look I was going for. So, I rolled her up to reveal the natural rug we have underneath.
That rug was one of the very first things I bought for this house 12 years ago! It’s from Crate & Barrel, but I think it’s been discontinued because I haven’t been able to find anything with that chevron pattern.
Trust me though, after 12 years, the rug has seen better days, which is why I like layering another rug on top.
So, I hopped online and found two really pretty plush cream rugs that may go on top. They were such a good price that I couldn’t pass it up. I’ll be sure to report back on how they look.
Green Velvet Pillow • Leopard Pillow • Gingham Pillow • Lamp • Pottery Barn Sectional
Wine & Food Book • Perfect Neutrals Book • This is Home Book • Cloche • Lamp • Candle Trimmer Set
On the end table, I added some books and filled the cloche with faux snow and my favorite green ornaments.
Arrangement • Marble Tray
Gotta keep the remotes handy and everything looks better on a tray!
OUR CHRISTMAS TREE
It’s never Christmas until the tree goes up! This is the same tree I’ve had for the last three years and she’s a beauty! 10 feet tall and full of flocked goodness!
Amazon Tree • Pottery Barn Rug
I kept the ornaments neutral and sparkly in a mix of silver, gold and white.
The ornaments are from various places like Target, Homegoods and Hobby Lobby.
This galvanized train has been making an appearance for so many years. He’s a Homegoods find, but this one on Amazon looks nearly identical.
One thing I was so happy to add this year was this darling bar cart! I searched online to find one that would perfectly fit the space and also be functional for decorating.
I’m so happy with the gold one I found and I was able to assemble it in a jiffy!
Bar Cart • Mercury Glass Candle holders • Ornaments • House Ornament • Holy Ornament • Vases
Ornaments • House Ornament • Holy Ornament
Our dining room is still set for Thanksgiving, but I did add this little tree to the table that was where our big tree lives.
Wall Tile Letters • Pot • Christmas Tree • Snowflake Pillow
This is the first year I’ve put a tree on a table, but I adore how it looks and you can really see it better since it’s at eye level. It was in Jordan’s room last year.
I also put the tree in a decorate pot I had on hand. I used floral foam to secure tree pole so it would stay put and not wobble.
This year, I wanted our adorable stockings to be displayed where we could enjoy seeing them, especially since I went the extra mile and had them monogrammed last year.
Stockings • Merry Christmas Stocking Holder • Similar Stocking Holders • Vases • Similar Branches with Berries
I bought that big round wooden mirror and set it here to see what it would look like if I replaced the taller rectangular mirror, but kinda liked how it looked layered like this for now!
Vases • Similar Branches with Berries
Of course the kitchen is the heart of the home and sees the most action. I always struggle with wanting it to look festive, but I like clean counters, so it’s a balancing act.
Similar Advent Calendar • Rug • Top • Jeans • Heels
Tray • Similar Pine Filler • Similar Amber Vase • Marble Mortar and Pestle • Similar Kettle • Similar Cutting Board • Similar Art
Similar Art • Knife Set • Similar Salt Mill
I found this beautiful art on a wooden canvas at our annual Nutcracker Market this year. The colors are soothing and I love the minimal art.
Jordan was quick to point out, “no one has eyes.” Love that girl so much! ♥
Tray • Similar Pine Filler • Similar Amber Vase • Marble Mortar and Pestle
I’m keeping it functional and pretty with a crock filled with wooden spoons and the easiest way to add a bit of winter is by adding greenery to a vase.
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Similar Filler • Vase • Similar Cookie Jar
Cocoa Bar Essentials • 3-Tiered Tray • Hot Cocoa Sign • Jura Coffee Maker • Striped Mug • Similar Plaid Plates
Nothing happens here before coffee, so naturally this is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen.
We eat the majority of our meals at the breakfast table, so I like to keep it clean and usable. I added a simple centerpieces on a tray and filled it with Epsom salt to look like snow.
Tray • Similar Arrangement • Similar Candle Holder
The Nativity Scene is the first thing we put up this year and it’s so special because it was a gift from my parents.
Console Table • Plaid Picture Frames • Ginger Jar • Black Vase • White Berry Branches • Mercury Glass Candle Holders
The plaid frames with pictures of the kids and Santa is one of my favorite holiday things to display. I love to see how they’ve grown each year.
I even found a pic of me and Santa from when I was Jordan’s age – I want to get that one framed too.
Black Vase • White Berry Branches
We’ve just started decorating Jordan’s playroom, and this is where our collection of nutcrackers lives this year. The kids usually pick out a new one each year and it’s fun to see what they choose.
Those Grinch framed photos are so fun, they’re from Hobby Lobby.
I hope you enjoyed coming inside our wintery, Christmas home! Until next time, this is where you can find me this weekend! When I’m not here, I’ll be decorating the rest of the house and I can’t wait to bring you Part 2!
If you missed it this week on the blog, I shared three yummy Thanksgiving recipes, Thanksgiving decor you can get on Amazon Prime, the best sales this week, and winter styles under $50!
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Have a fantastic weekend friend!
Looks beautiful!!! Great idea using the Epsom Salt for snow!!
Easy and inexpensive! 😉
So beautiful. I love how you mixed some traditional items you love with the new.
Thank you so much Sandra! Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving and Christmas!
I was SO afraid of my Grandma’s nativity set when I was little because no one had eyes!!! That cracked me up when I read your daughter’s comment!
In that little girl pic of you and Santa I sure see your sweet son looks like his mama
My ex husband stocking always goes up on our mantle- it is a Grinch too!! It fits him- ha!
Your home look so inviting- have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing everything with your readers
Yep! We’ve affectionally nicknamed him that so it fits!;) My mom bought Jordan googly eyes for the angel in her room that doesn’t have eyes. 🙂
Am I the first to comment on how much James looks like you? Have never seen it till that Christmas picture if you when you were a child!
So inspirational, thank you!!
Thank you Melissa!
This is probably a really dumb question but I can’t figure out how you got the snow and Christmas balls in the cloche. I would like to re-create this look but I don’t know how to do it without the snow going everywhere. Did you turn it upside down? It’s probably something very simple but I’m not seeing it.
Yes! Great question. I put the snow on the wooden base and left it upright. I turned the cloche upside down and placed the ornaments inside. I kind of held the ornaments in place as I turned it back over and placed it on the wooden base with the snow. I hope this helps!
Can you please tell me about your marble kitchen table with wood base?
Hi Kim! It’s from Restoration Hardware! I’ve had it several years and it still looks good as new! I love it- seats six comfortably!