Hello, and welcome to our christmas house tour! Today I’m taking you on a little tour through our house to share how I decorated for the holidays. I absolutely love seeing everyone’s homes all decked out for Christmas, and I hope I can bring you some inspiration through little glimpses of ours! So grab a cozy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows if you’re like me 😉 ), and stay awhile!
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I thought it was only appropriate to start the tour on the front porch. This is where all of our guests are welcomed and today, YOU are the honorary guest 🙂 I kept the porch decor simple using mostly things I already owned. By mixing some winter greens with pine cones and birch branches, the overall look ended up rustic and woodsy. This is the perfect little hint at what’s to come when you step inside. 🙂
Come on in!
Just inside the door you’ll walk into the foyer, which opens up to the living room. It’s a small space so I tried to keep the decor very simple.
This is a functional space for us, so I decorated accordingly. A mini artificial tree and a cute wooden sign from my favorite Etsy shop dresses up the large mirror, while the shelves below house every day items for dashing out the door. Also, can you believe that mirror was a $15 Goodwill find?! Best. Score. Ever.
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I keep extra hats and gloves in the red buffalo check bucket from the Target Dollar Spot and brought out a couple of my favorite winter scarves to adorn the woven basket. Scarves are a great example of how to use functional every day items to add cozy texture to a space. The jute bag with the bicycle was an Amazon Prime Day purchase and is the perfect spot to organize the rest of our winter accessories. Red details give it a Christmasy look, but it could easily be used throughout the rest of the year! (Mike and I have really been getting into biking together after we rediscovered our love for it during our anniversary weekend earlier this year.)
Next up on the tour is our living room!
As you can see the cozy woodsy vibes are strong in this room! I don’t normally decorate with a lot of red, but to me it just isn’t Christmas without pops of red and green. Since the stockings hang from the mantle, I wanted to keep the decor on top pretty minimal. The large wood ‘Cozy’ sign with a few of my thrifted brass candlesticks were the perfect amount of decor without looking too busy. I added an artificial pine garland and some twinkle lights to give it a finished look.
(PS… did you know our fireplace was the first major DIY project we did? You can checkout the post here. You will flip when you see what it looked like before!)
I found our stockings at Kohl’s and when I saw the adorable paw print “monogram” I just knew I needed them. (Crazy dog lady over here!) Mike and I aren’t big on getting gifts for each other, so this year we are starting a new tradition by adding little tokens of love to each other’s stocking. We haven’t done this before but I am envisioning things like small love notes, our favorite candies and maybe a Taco Bell gift card or two. 😉 Ya know, the good stuff!
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I brought the outside in with another basket full of pine cones on our coffee table. These ones are cinnamon scented making the whole room smell like Christmas!
Speaking of bringing the outside in, what’s a Christmas home tour without the tree?!
This is the first year since being married that we’ve had space to put up a Christmas tree! We went with a real Douglas Fir that we purchased from our local boy scouts. (They were so cute loading it into our truck for us!) I opted for a basket tree collar instead of a traditional tree skirt, and I absolutely love how it looks! I found ours at Michael’s but here is a similar one if you want to go with this option too!
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I kept the decorations simple with white lights, a few shimmery gold shatter-proof balls, and added pops of red with some cute bows. To keep in line with my rustic theme, I wrapped the tree loosely with burlap ribbon. I only purchased a few “fun” ornaments and mixed those in with pine cones to finish it off! This cute Coca-Cola can and some favorites from the Hearth & Hand line gave the tree a little personality 🙂
The rest of the room was brought to life with Christmas pillows and a cozy throw.
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Next to the chair in the corner, I used a galvanized tray to put together a little grouping on top of our woven basket. The basket doubles as storage for the rest of our blankets. The tray makes it easy to quickly move the decor out of the way when reaching for another blanket to snuggle up in!
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The living room leads right into our kitchen/dining area. Here’s a quick peek to show you how the kitchen relates to the dining room.
I don’t like a lot of clutter in the kitchen so the only Christmas spirit I added in here was the simple boxwood wreath over the corner cabinet and a red striped hand towel hanging from the oven.
Someday I hope to add more updates to this space with different finishes (see our first kitchen update here). For now, I’m learning to love it the way it is. As long as it is a functional space where I can easily prepare nourishing meals for my family, that’s what is really important.
By keeping the decor in the kitchen to a minimum, I was able to add a few more Christmas decorations in the dining room.
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My favorite thing to decorate in this space are the shelves! Like the rest of house, I used a combination of non-Christmas items and Christmas specific pieces to style our DIY shelves. (I don’t have a tutorial for these but they are just 1″ x 6′ pine boards from home Depot that I stained using Minwax Dark Walnut and mounted on basic black metal brackets.) I also mixed new pieces with old vintage finds to give it a unique and functional look.
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Next to the shelves is where our letter board is displayed. I couldn’t help but use a quote from Buddy the Elf. 🙂
These letter boards are so much fun to decorate with throughout the year, I highly recommend getting one for yourself! (They would also make a great gift idea for almost anyone!)
I kept the centerpiece pretty simple since I went all out for Thanksgiving. I reused the same jute runner and topped it with an artificial pine garland, and a few ball ornaments. A quick DIY using mason jars and votive candles, finished off the look. I shared all the details on these mason jar candle holders as well as lots of other simple and affordable Christmas decorating ideas in this post!
I added some greenery to our chandelier using the same artificial pine garland I used for the centerpiece and tucked in a few red berry stems for some color. This is such a simple and easy way to add in some Christmas greens!
To finish off this jolly space, I hung my Hearth & Hand lamb’s ear wreath in front of the window using red ribbon and a thumbtack. I love the way the light streams in behind it!
That concludes my Christmas Home Tour, thank you so much for stopping by today! To see how I decorated our bedrooms for the holidays click here! May your holiday season be filled with joy and love!And don’t forget to follow along over on Instagram where I share photos and updates daily. 🙂
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