It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. Happy holidays friends, isn’t this the most magical (and crazy busy) time of year? I love decorating for Christmas and all the process that goes into it. However, I know for many people it can be very overwhelming and daunting. My wish is that you will gain some inspiration and ideas for your own home. Also, remember that these photos are staged for photography purposes and our house is not always this perfect. I hope that this will be helpful for you to ge some ideas to add to your decor and that I can help in some way to help you create a look or find a source for something. So, welcome and come along for my holiday tour…
For this years theme, I had a vision of just beautiful greenery, soft creamy, cozy accents with pops of black. I’m calling it a Rustic Chic theme. Each year I decorate I change up the theme a little reusing as much as I can, sometimes changing things out, using different items. I don’t necessarily use all the decorations I have every year. SOmetimes i repurpose things to different places. I then will add a few new pieces here and there depending on the years budget and what I’m able to spend.
Front Porch Welcome
The front door/ porch is definitely the best place to start when decorating for Christmas. It’s the first thing people will see when they enter your home and it’s fun for your neighbors to enjoy the view. Creating a space that says “welcome” in a festive way puts people in the holiday spirit before they even enter your home.
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This year I stayed with all natural items found in the yard. I clipped various pines, holly stems and collected some pinecones to arrange . I created these urns with birchwood sticks and then stuck some various branches and embellished with berries and pinecones.
The mantel is where I started creating the theme for the rest of the house. You can visit this post here Ideas To Decorate A Christmas Mantel on how I put it all together and created the swag above the mirror. Layers of rich faux greenery, berries, antlers and pinecones make up the look of this space. The candles give such a beautiful warm aglow at night.I love how the cable knit stockings give such a cozy feel to the design.
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Our main tree is flocked and it’s about 7 feet tall. The room is about 20′ high so it can easily dwarf the tree. I really wanted some kind of wow factor. I wanted a warm, rich base and thought a nice warm would would be beautiful to house the tree. My husband brought my vision to life building this beautiful box “surround” and I stained it with a dark walnut. Behind the box it’s elevated on a turned over large wash basin.
When decorating I always start with the largest ornaments and work in a zigzag pattern. Then I incorporate patterned and textured pieces. I added pinecones from the yard and used mixed metals as well. Luxurious ribbons in a rich green velvet and birch ribbon give a simple elegance. To give a rich green look to the tree I added some eucalyptus and pine stems. Pops of sparkly black ornaments bring in the accents from the rest of the room.
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On the entryway table, I added a green swag spotlighting a pretty deer head with gold antlers. RIch wood candlesticks and birch candles, alongside a wooden lantern give warm light and ambience to this are of the room.
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On the staircase I added layers of rich cedar garland and dressed it up with some creme satin ribbon, eucalyptus and white berries. Large pinecones draped with a clustered swag of various greens give some drama and character to the end of the banisters.
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I love using wooden bowls for making arrangements using greenery and pinecones. I just made mini versions of collections similar to the mantel decor.
These sweet little galvanized houses make the best arrangements in a collection together. I just placed these into a galvanized tray and tucked in some greenery. Little fairy lights inside the houses light up the space with a pretty glow at night.
In the kitchen I wanted it to still feel bright and warm so I kept it simple and clean. Spotlighting a few areas with rich pine wreaths gives a festive feel without crowding the rest of the decor.
I used my open cabinet to highlight a holiday display of mini houses and trees. Arranging different heights and varieties of trees helps to make it less cluttered and more of a styled collection. I also added some of my holiday plates for display.
SImple ceramic bowls and pitchers are a perfect container to add a simple small tree and beautiful vintage ornaments. I also love to use glass canisters as little snow globe arrangemsnt just placing in some faux snow and bottle brush trees.
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WIth our rich gray wall and soft neutral bedding I wanted to keep that calm soothing feel but add some pops of red. I wanted a festive feel without being over cluttered or busy. I added these pretty plaid pillows that are flannel and oh so cozy. Rosie thinks it’s pretty cozy too!
I kept the mantel simple in this room with a mix of bottle brush trees, a soft flocked wreath surrounded by an empty frame and hung some vintage ornaments above to give a little sparkle.
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In the bathroom I just added simple touches of flocked greenery to add a festive feel without overdoing or cluttering the space.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’ll be sharing part of the tour with our family christmas tree and upstairs loft. Please feel free to ask any questions, I love chatting with you and helping where I can. If you haven’t subscribed to the blog yet, be sure to if you don’t want to miss any posts.