This Christmas season has felt so different. I can’t put my finger on it, but I didn’t do as much decorating as last year. I also haven’t been home as much, but when I am, it feels festive and joyful. And I did my best to follow along with my design boards to keep it simple. I’ve shared before that sometimes I will add too much decor and then take it down because our home will feel too cluttered. But for this Holiday House Tour, it’s just the right amount. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
In the entryway, I added a simple wreath and my favorite hanging bells to our coat rack. As usual, the builtins were styled with white village houses and my favorite battery-operated tea lights. On the entry table, I kept it simple again with just a collection of large trees. The brass tree and wood tree are from Studio McGee at Target. And the large white cone tree is one of my favorites because it lights up.
I usually add garland on the table or around our coat rack, but this year I wanted to do something different. And I hung it around the mirror with some green floral wire and tape. I usually love for everything to be symmetrical, but for Christmas, I really love the look of asymmetrical garlands and did the same thing on our fireplace mantel.
The living room is obviously the main focal point in our great room and I love the tree in this corner. It has been in this corner the last few years now though, so next year I might have to switch it up. We got a new tree this year, but it is still the same Charlie Brown tree that I love, just a bigger size.
I chose a brown, gold, and brass color scheme this year. Originally I also wanted to add black, but it felt a little too harsh. So I added gray velvet ribbon instead. Most of the ornaments are from Hobby Lobby, and the onion-shaped ones are paper mache that I painted with gold and bronze craft paint. The large bronze and silver glass ornaments are from Hobby Lobby too, and I went to about three stores to find enough for our tree.
On the mantel, I added two garlands to create the asymmetrical look of hanging on one side. They are both from Grandin Road but are no longer available. However, these garlands from Crate & Barrel are very similar. The white stockings are from the Hearth & Hand collection at Target, and I added small brass hanging bells. These flameless candles are perfect and look so realistic. They are on a timer and come on every night with the houses and garlands.
In the dining room, I kept it even simpler with just a few candles, faux greenery, and a bowl of ornaments. Because I added the garlands in the entry and living room, I didn’t want to add more here. I tried, but when you look at the great room as a whole, it can get cluttered very fast. And after Christmas, I can remove the ornaments and still keep the candles and greenery up for winter.
As usual, I’ve been spending all my free time watching Christmas Hallmark movies. We also watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation on the big screen and went to our town’s Christmas events. This week, we will go look at Christmas lights and probably watch Home Alone every night until Christmas Eve. I can’t wait!
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