The one with the holiday home tour

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. It brings so much joy to walk around the house at Christmas time and see the trees all lit up, stockings hung on the mantle and red and green everywhere.

Outside, the front porch bench pillows have been exchanged for red sitting alongside a burlap pillow with our street address stamped on it. And our fantastic wreath we bought a couple years ago at the Greenery is still hanging proudly on the front door.

Inside the front door, our nativity scene is on a table with some berries and a metal reindeer. As sparse as the bottom shelf looks, we are quickly learning to keep all breakable things above an 11 month old eye level. And Christmas decorations are pretty much by definition breakable.


The office, aka the Auburn room, has its own tree decked out in orange and blue. Some of my favorite ornaments are in here, like fancy ceramic painted balls and little glittery lemon slices. Next to the computer sits a little santa figurine who counts the days down to the big one.


Our living room is green all year around which makes it super easy to transition to Christmas with just some little red accents here and there like throw pillows and picture frames. We have some of our past Christmas cards on display in frames, including one that Andrew drew in elementary school as part of an art competition. I wanted to add some garland to the mantle this year and fell in love with this magnolia leaf one at the Greenery. The bow on top of our tree (which was bought looking like bow skills are not that good) matches the one on the wreath on the front porch.



Other little tidbits include a matryoshka doll set we got on our Alaskan cruise a couple years ago, silver ornaments hanging from the chandelier and lit up branches in a vase in the dining room,



One of my projects this weekend was to figure out some way to display all the awesome Christmas cards we have been getting, that is not letting them sit in a pile on the counter top. Andrew, with an unaclaimed decorating eye, suggested switching out the canvases above the sideboard in our breakfast area with cork boards to pin the cards to. Best idea ever. And I love that space now.

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