Nester is hosting an It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful Christmas Tour of Homes and I’ve decided to play along.
But first let me ask: Have you ever felt like you needed to plan a party at your house so it would motivate you to clean and straighten and finish a lot of projects that you’ve been putting off? If your answer is yes, then you’ll understand when I say that participating in a blogger tour of homes is the online equivalent of that whole phenomenon.
You’re cursing yourself for deciding to do it while all the cleaning and project finishing is going on, but it feels so good to have it all done afterwards.
So with all that said, I guess every home tour stars in the entryway, right?
I didn’t make many changes here for Christmas, but I loved this variety of poinsettia that my grocery store had this year. It’s called a Jingle Bell Poinsettia. I love, love, love when you can do your decorating at the grocery store.
I paired the poinsettia with a couple of my favorite Christmas pictures of the kids when they were little.
And since we’re here, I’ll tell you that this candle – Slatkin & Co.’s Fresh Balsam by Bath & Body Words – is amazing. To die for.
A friend of mine was burning it at book club last year at this time and I ran right out and bought a couple. Which is saying something because they aren’t sold at the grocery store.
Off to the left of the entryway is the living room and this year I decided that the garland in here needed a makeover.
This is what the fireplace has looked like the last couple of years.
There was nothing really wrong with it, and I loved it at the time, but I wanted the colors to be more neutral, and the look to be little more full and sparkly.
My makeover started with a single strand of lighted garland.
After texting my friend Kathleen for some ideas and inspiration, I gathered a few things to try and dress it up a bit.
I used my dining room table as an operating table to combine the two types of garland and add some ribbon.
And after it was up I added the ornaments and other decorations, and – because it still didn’t seem full enough – I clipped a bunch of boxwood from the yard to add in too.
I really, really like the result. I think I’m now addicted to garland fluffing.
It wouldn’t surprise me if I didn’t drag some more stuff in from the yard to add to it before the holiday is over. Hopefully I’ll stop before the whole thing comes crashing down.
The piano room is just off the living room, and it always gets the “pretty” tree, complete with a bunched up tablecloth as tree skirt.
The dining room is on the other side of the living room from the piano room and it got just a few touches.
Like my childhood Christmas stocking hung on the hutch.
And white ornaments and more boxwood from the yard on a glass platter from my mother-in-law.
Before this weekend my dining room table was still a jumble of Thanksgiving dishes that needed to be put away and Christmas decorating castoffs that needed to be shown the door. So that’s what a home tour – even an online one – can do for your motivation. This clean table alone was worth it.
I didn’t do a ton of decorating in the kitchen. The boxwood wreath that’s on the window year-round works for Christmas too.
And because these ornaments play nicely with the neutral kitchen colors, I hung them from the cabinet knobs.
I added some greenery to the light fixture and a few Santa ornaments to the hot chocolate tray.
The family room is the most traditional Christmas room, starting with these stockings that my mother-in-law has made for each of her nine children and their spouses and children, and then their spouses and children, and she’s still going.
Many of the things she’s done inspire and amaze me but maybe none more so than making all these stockings. Except possibly sewing her daughters’ wedding dresses. Oh, and raising the nine kids of course. That’s right up there.
The estate sale oil painting above the fireplace works well with traditional Christmas colors, so I kept it in here. And in the corner by the fireplace are three small trees that my daughter and I bought on a whim a number of years ago.
The largest tree gets all the family ornaments. like those made by my kids, or bought for my kids, or bought at craft shows back when craft shows were a thing.
The other side of the room has the nativity, with the sheet music Christmas star above it. I realized as I was putting this post together how appropriate it is to have a big star hanging above the nativity, so I’m thinking these will have to always stay together this way.
This year I decided I wanted straw for the nativity and a Hobby Lobby sales clerk sent me to the cowboy section of the kids’ party aisle to look for some. All they had there were straw bales, not loose straw, but I spotted a grass skirt in the luau area and brought it home and cut it up.
Now aren’t you glad you read this far? You won’t find that tip on just any blog.
Another addition this year is this grain sack style pillow that I bought at The French Maker Vintage Boutique in Overland Park. She has fun mix of new and vintage things and she’s also a reader of this blog, which I appreciate.
Earlier this year I hung a mirror behind the couch and while we’ve just generally enjoyed having the reflection in the room, the trees and stockings and fire being reflected in the mirror are the best.
Thanks for coming along on this little tour and thanks to Nester for motivating me to get all the Christmas decorating finished so I can now enjoy all the other good things that Christmas brings.
I hope your holiday season is full of good things too.