One of my very favorite things to do in the whole world is decorate for Christmas. Every year about the end of October I start getting ants in my pants about putting out my Christmas decor. Only for the sake of my husband do I wait as long as I can but, inevitably, I will wear him down about two weeks before Thanksgiving. As soon as he breaks, it’s like Christmas explodes all over my house. And it makes me so very happy.
I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, but I have a deep love and appreciation for home decor. That love and appreciation goes through the roof during the holidays. Any time I go over to a friend’s house, especially during the holiday season, I am itching to wander around their house to see all the decor. Am I the only one who does this? I’m usually the first person to ask for a house tour, so I thought it would be fun to take you all on a virtual house tour of my Christmas home!
The first place I decorate is always my living room. I start with the tree and the mantle and then I add little touches here and there. This year, I nixed all our traditional tree skirts and decided to use things like baskets and crocks to house our trees. I really love the way the basket skirt looks in our living room!
I have a thing for rocking horses and nutcrackers in my holiday decor. I am a giant fan of the Nutcracker ballet and I started collecting nutcrackers years ago. Now, my daughter is also obsessed with the ballet and nutcrackers so she has begun a collection in her room!
Next I move on to my kitchen. I don’t do a ton of decorating in this room, but I find that ever year I add more and more because I just love a Christmas kitchen. I like to place tiny flocked trees in nooks of my open cabinets and this year I strung a garland above my upper cabinets. I have an old window that hangs in my breakfast nook that I love to hang wreaths from. This time I added a little Christmas banner as well. I also created a quick greenery arrangement in an old ironstone soup tureen and placed it in the middle of our breakfast table.
All throughout the halls and little alcoves of my home I like to add little touches of Christmas. We have a coat hook shelf on our hall wall where I hung a darling little “reindeer feed sack” filled with greens. In the small hall leading to our bedroom I have a giant framed chalkboard that I hung a simple wreath from. I love hanging wreaths from all of our main windows as well.
The second tree we have downstairs is in our dining room. This one is housed in an old 5-gallon crock and I just love it! I decided to do more simple decor in this room, and I decked the tree with natural wood ornaments that I found at Michael’s. I added some greenery to my beloved ironstone pitchers in an arrangement on the table and I strung a garland and hung a wreath on my white china cabinet. I just love hosting dinners in this room when it’s all decked out for Christmas!
Finally, in our bedroom I hung some wreaths from the windows and one above our bed. I also put a small tree on a little table beside my chaise where I have quiet time in the morning. It’s a magical spot! I also added a couple of white quilted stockings on the salvage iron piece we have on one wall.
That’s it for the downstairs! I hope to get some shots of our upstairs decor but it’s really going to depend on if I can get everything clean and keep my messy children away for long enough to grab my camera! Toddlers. You know?
I hope you liked the tour!