Merry Christmas and welcome to my Christmas home tour! Today’s the day I get to invite you into our new house all decked out for Christmas, and I’m excited to show you the holiday cheer I’ve added to our new place.
This is my favorite time of year in the blogosphere because you get invited into so many bloggers’ holiday homes. It’s fun to see how everyone decorates for the season and I hope you’ll find some inspiration for your own home as you tour mine today.
Here’s a video of my holiday decor…keep scrolling down for lots of pictures and more details!
We moved into this builder grade house back in October and had a baby a few weeks later, so I haven’t had a lot of time to even unpack our stuff let alone put my own decorating stamp on things. So far I’ve been focusing my limited time and energy on the main living area of our house which is our kitchen and living room on the first floor.
Since we’re still getting settled into the rest of the house, I chose to focus my holiday decorating on this main living space. And as tempting as it is to run out and buy all sorts of new decor every year, I really challenged myself to work with what I had rather than buying all new. I already have plenty of Christmas decor and want to save our money for all of the everyday house projects I want to tackle in 2018.
I kept our kitchen decor very simple. The cute tree on the island was a thrift store find from this summer. I hung a few dollar store ornaments on the tree and placed it on a copper tray which is also a thrift store find. The only other kitchen decor is a couple wreaths on the walls and a few Christmas mugs on the counters.
I created a simple Christmas centerpiece for our table using Dollar Tree items. They have the best Christmas things this year!
I shared a full Christmas tablescape a couple weeks ago (see below picture).
I really focused my holiday decorating on the living room with our Christmas tree and decor on the fireplace mantel. I’ve never had a fireplace before, so it was fun to have a real mantel to hang our stockings on!
Can you believe these stockings are from Walmart?! They are soft, velvet-like material with the cutest pom-poms along the top. We’ve doubled our stockings this year with the addition of baby Chloe and puppy Freya since last Christmas!
I draped some faux greenery along the mantel and hung the DIY garland I made last year using thrifted fabrics. I love the playful touch that ball garland adds! You can get the full tutorial for that garland in this blog post.
Those silver glittery letters on the stockings are also from Walmart. I found them in the Christmas aisle and simply hung them on our stockings.
I had fun creating a little vignette in front of the fireplace. I filled a cute basket with a cozy pillow, plaid blanket and wrapped gift. I’ll let you in on a little secret though…that plaid “blanket” is actually just a scrap of fleece fabric I scored at Goodwill last fall. I cut it in half and used some for this “blanket” and the rest as a tree skirt.
I filled this vintage Coca-Cola crate with a faux wreath and gift wrapped in pretty plaid paper. That wreath was also a thrift store find a couple years ago. Are you sensing a theme yet? Thrift stores are treasure troves of Christmas home decor and I try to visit my local stores often. Be ready to snatch up awesome holiday decor all year long! Check out my tips for finding holiday decor at the thrift store in this blog post (one of my all-time most popular posts!).
The built-ins were fun to style for the holidays! I’m going to have so much fun decorating these shelves for the changing seasons.
You can find tons of free printable art on Pinterest. Simply pop them in a frame for cute art that only costs you a bit of printer ink. I pin tons of printables to this Pinterest board.
Here are the built-ins on the other side of the fireplace. A few more printables, some knick-knacks and cute bottlebrush trees round out the Christmas home decor here. You can also see my diaper changing caddy hiding out in that black crate on the bottom shelf (I shared that in this blog post last week).
That little chalkboard is a DIY project my sister gave me a while back. She added chalk paint to a thrifted silver platter to create a beautiful decoration.
I put our Christmas tree in front of the window for this year’s home tour. I’ve been envying all of the huge flocked trees I’ve seen in other blogger home tours this year but held myself back and chose to make due with our worn out tree. It’s not huge, but I have a few hacks up my sleeve for making it look full and pretty (see my tips here).
The red plaid and black and white check fabric ornaments were a DIY project I did last year. Check out the super simple project tutorial in this blog post.
I filled our tree with a mix of ornaments from my childhood, the thrift store and the dollar store. I also tucked some pinecones into the tree as filler. I kept the color scheme to a mix of red, silver and bronze this year.
I found that pretty wrapping paper at Joann’s last week!
And that concludes this year’s Christmas home tour! I hope you enjoyed it and got some ideas to use in your own holiday decorating.
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Emily, your Christmas tour was awesome, gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing really is amazing what you had done so far in your new home, love it.
Aww thanks for the sweet comment, Sharon! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour today and I’m looking forward to showing you more of the new house as I have updates. Thanks for following along!
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