Every year I tell myself I’m going to get my act together like a proper blogger and decorate and do a house tour y’know…like the day after Thanksgiving. Well don’t get excited because once again this year I have not done that. I have a really hard time getting into the Christmas decorating mindset until after Thanksgiving. And I am not one of those people that thinks through their house “theme” weeks in advance. I pretty much go up to the attic the week after Thanksgiving, bring down my favorite pieces and then add a few others from whatever strikes my fancy at Target that year. So no…this is not a proper “house tour” but nonetheless I thought I’d share a few shots of our house this time of year because I do love it.
Starting outside, I always love to decorate our wrap around porch. During the summer months we have big hanging ferns and the stair pots are overflowing with petunias. I’m always a little sad when they die after the first frost because it suddenly looks so bare. But then it all comes back to “life” with the holiday decorations!
The stars look pretty magical at night and they’re Moravian shape reminds me of our years in North Carolina.
Inside, I try to add a few festive touches to each room without going over the top. I get a little claustrophobic with too much holiday decor and with a birthday to celebrate on the 29th (Reed will be 2!!!) I just get overwhelmed with party decor AND holiday decor. I decided to not add any more chaos to the already chaotic playroom and instead hung this adorable paper nutcracker garland that I made from this Paper Source kit. Warning – this is super cute and I love the result but it took ME (a pretty decent crafter I would say) like 5 hours over the course of a couple of days to make these guys. WOAH! I was crafted out for the season after that.
In the dining room, I always flank the pair of built-in china cabinets with some preserved boxwood wreaths. I am kind of obsessed with preserved boxwood all year long but my obsession is at a whole other level around the holidays. I think I might have some in every room. These are from the Smith & Hawken line at Target. I used the larger ones in our dining room to flank the built in china cabinets and added a smaller one over our kitchen sink.
The crowning piece of holiday decor in our dining room is my cherished collection of sterling silver holly bells. I grew up in a town that was at one point the biggest producer of silver in the country. It’s heyday was really the early 19th century. Since then all of the silver mills but one have ceased operation. My parents have gifted me a silver holly bell from that mill every year since the year I was born (the company started making the bells the year before so I have a pretty darn great collection!) I love them and taking them out of their boxes every year and hanging them on the chandelier is definitely my favorite holiday decorating tradition. The collection has grown beyond what I can put on the chandelier at this point so it’s creeping onto the china hutches, etc (as you can see above!)
The family room is the headlining act with our tree and fireplace stockings. I love a mix of small, sparkly pieces on a tree and then some BIG ornaments. Things you can really see when you stand back and look at the tree and then things that invite you in to take a closer look. And I tend to decorate in bright, slightly less traditional colors. The big ornaments seen here are from Target (can’t seem to find links to them online). The stars were also from Target last year as is the tree topper.
I know I only have a few years left to decorate a really curated tree before the handmade ornaments completely take over. And frankly I can’t wait. It’s started and I love it!
And then over in the window seat nook, I add some simple boxwood stars to the sconces. I think I got these at the Boston Flower Exchange last year.
So there you have it! Nothing uber styled. Just life at my house this wonderful time of year 🙂
Target has very generously given me two $100 gift cards to give away to you, my fantastic readers. All you have to do is comment and let me know what YOUR favorite piece of holiday decor is and I’ll randomly pick 2 winners to each receive $100 from Target. They really are my go-to place for fun, small updates to my house year round but ESPECIALLY during the holidays. I always look forward to seeing what their holiday collection will bring each year.
This post was produced in collaboration with Target. All opinion are my own.