Holiday Home Tour, Part I

I can’t believe the holidays are already here! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I decided that I wanted to decorate early this year…along with 7 of my talented blogger friends, so don’t forget to check out their homes at the bottom of this post.

I always feel like our Christmas decor isn’t up quite long enough and I’m pretty sure I tell my poor husband that every. single. year. My tree and other decorations always come down just after Christmas because it’s hard for me to leave it up until New Year’s.  I love the idea of a fresh start with the new year and that includes a clean, simplified house.  Also, my real tree starts to dry out and a brittle tree isn’t pretty, or safe.

Long story short, my house is already decorated for Christmas! …except we don’t have the tree yet.  Remember what I said about brittle? Nobody wants that.

One thing I did want? A frosted, cozy Christmas…so that’s what I did. I wanted the house to look like a light snow had fallen (not literally folks, this isn’t a theme park), but I still wanted it to be cozy-not cold.  I chose this theme because I’m in love with the wintry, frosted look, but also because I wanted to keep things simple and seamless this year. The best way for me to do that was use colors that already exist in my home and not try to re-do the entire house just for Christmas.

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Because I chose colors and tones that already exist in my home, the Christmas pieces blended in seamlessly and I actually needed less decorations, not more.  It’s also a great way to extend your Christmas decor into post-holiday winter.  Of course I’ll take down everything that is quintessentially “Christmas”, but I’ll be able to keep the greenery and even some of the lights and small trees if I want to. Okay that’s enough talk, let’s walk…right through our front door.

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Welcome to our home! This formal entryway is the space you enter as soon as you step through our front door.  Next week, I’ll publish Part II of my holiday home tour and that will include our front porch, decorated tree and Christmas dinner tablescape.

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I love our antique entryway table. Its elegant lines and stately feel make it perfect for any season.  I moved the library mirror in here because I had a vision of a large, ornate mirror adorned with a flocked wreath and I’m so glad it all came together.  The wreath was a steal from Walmart (what is up with Walmart lately? They’re killing it) and the birch logs and wooden tree are new purchases as well.

Let’s move on to the informal entry. This space is just on the other side of the arch and in the library.  It’s also adjacent to our garage door so it’s our catch all, put your shoes on kind of space.

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The decor in this corner is always simple because it’s such a functional space. More than one pillow and my kid won’t have room to sit down and put her shoes on;)  I posted on Instagram recently that this pillow is the only red decor I have out this year and that’s true.  I keep my red, plaid scarf here to make sure it doesn’t get lonely.

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Let’s head to where Christmas dinner will be cooked…

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Our kitchen is newly white and I think it fits in pretty nicely with the frosted theme.  Because it still ‘new’ I didn’t want to overwhelm it too much with Christmas decor so I added some snowy garland, filled my tiered tray with holiday goodness and finished things off with this adorable wooden tree from the Target’s dollar spot.

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I filled our tray with fake snow from Hobby Lobby, Christmas ornaments, and other small pieces.  Isn’t that little nativity the cutest thing? It was made in Bethlehem and I love it so much I always display it somewhere instead of letting it get lost in the tree.

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The great thing about a snow theme? You can stick bottlebrush trees and fake snow wherever you want!

Our dining room is next and I’m so excited to show it to you because it was my favorite space to decorate this year…

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From styling our new shelves to adding that cute little flocked tree in the corner, I had a blast designing this space.  It’s always more fun for me when I can go a little over the top with my creativity and this is my flair on display.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a little a lot obsessed with eucalyptus. I pick up a bunch every week at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and it works for every season.

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Not surprisingly, there is a lot of Target on these shelves. Specifically, Dollar Spot Target;) The joy sign, basket, globe lights, and bottlebrush trees are all from there and were all less than $5 a piece. That’s my favorite kind of Christmas decor!

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Can you spot our gold tree? Okay, it’s hard to miss, but isn’t it gorgeous? I got that beauty for free from a neighbor and I just love how you can see both trees when you walk into our dining room.

Our living room is the heart of this main space and even though we don’t have our tree yet, everything else is decked for Christmas.  I’ll definitely share some wider shots in Part II of the holiday tour, but here are some details for now…

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No matter what my theme is, Christmas trees always take centerstage.  Since I was kid they have meant so much to me – the smell, the tradition of picking one out and decorating them…I love it all.

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This joy pillow is another one of my placemat pillows!  I’m not a big fan of spending $20-30 on a new pillow so this is my favorite trick.  Check out my tutorial here.

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And our beloved mirror is back in its home.  We rotate pieces up here to freshen things up sometimes, but this beauty will always be here for Christmas.

Our last stop is the master bedroom. We’ve never had holiday decor in the bedroom before, much less a full size tree, but it’s been so fun and cozy…definitely a new tradition.

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We just recently got our nightstand dressers and rugs from Hayneedle and I’m slightly obsessed with them.  The dressers give our room the mature, hotel feel that I was looking for and those rugs? They’re heavenly. Check out my detailed post about this refresh here.

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Well, that’s a wrap! Our house is feeling mighty magical and cozy right now and I’m so glad you stopped by to check it out. Please don’t forget to follow the links at the bottom to visit the homes of some of the best home bloggers I know.  Some of us are sharing today and some will share on Friday, November 25th so make sure to check back then to see their holiday tours!

You can shop this post via the links below and let me know what you think in the comments!  I’m off to sit on the couch with a glass of egg nog and watch those twinkly lights do their thing. xoxo

To see Part II of the tour, click here!

christmashometourhop

Holiday Home Tours

Simple Cozy Charm

Belle Amour Blog

Little Home Reloved

Friday, November 25th

1111 Light Lane

Life Is Better At Home

The Home I Create 

One Horse Lane

Shop My Post:

Nightstand Dresser

Bedding

Bedroom Rug

Gold Tree (similar)

Round Mirror

Bedroom Lamp

White Bottlebrush Tree

Joy Placemat 

Green Bottlebrush Trees

Gold Orb (similar)

Small Flocked Tree 

Birch Logs

Wooden Tree

Flocked Wreath
*Affiliate links provided, all opinions expressed are my own.

17 comments on “Holiday Home Tour, Part I

  1. I love your Christmas home so much Hayley! So soft and cozy and every bit of it is just perfect. Can’t wait for part 2. Love doing these blog hops with you my friend!

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