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Holiday Home Tour part 2

Today is Christmas Eve! We still have a few days with our decorations before I am forced to take them down by a certain Grinch. If you missed my first post about our holiday decor in our living room Friday,  you can check it out here.

Its no surprise I love garland, and this year I had every place that I could. My favorite place for garland is our stairs, I was glad to have enough to make it all the way to the top!

Holiday garland stairs

upstairs garlandGarland going down

I love coming down the stairs every morning to this view. It definitely puts me in the holiday spirit! I wish the garland could stay up all year!

Our dining room has lots of fun details from the tie backs to the chandelier. Not much is left undecorated!

holiday tablescapeThis cute mini sled was gave to me by my mom. She had an extra. I was looking for something to add height to the table and add to the pine and the sled did just the trick!

holiday tableChair tie backs

Dining room chandelier

Daniel’s favorite tree is also in our dining room, if it were up to him it would be the only tree we had. As you can see it takes the Charlie Brown tree to the next level. We had to tape one of the branches back on and another is about to that point.

peanuts charlie brown christmas tree

These trees sit on the planning desk in our kitchen, they tend to leave a little snow on the desk when you bump them but they are an easy clean!

kitchen trees

Last but not least, there are these super cute marquee lights my sweet friend Lindsey made me! They are battery powered so I have moved them all around our house including our kitchen and our living room. She does custom orders, so make sure you check out her Etsy site here.

Joy marquee

I am still in disbelief how fast Christmas came this year, and I’m in no rush to take our decorations down!

Wishing you and your family a very, Merry Christmas!



Our Living Room Christmas Decor

Christmas is my favorite time of year so it probably is no surprise that I go overboard when decorating for the holidays. If it were up to me we would decorate on November 1st but Daniel is not a fan. This year I waited as long as possible until I just couldn’t contain my inner elf any more and got to work the Sunday before Thanksgiving, just 4 days early.

There are very few places left undecorated in our house, and I cannot believe Christmas is only a week away. It doesn’t feel like it because of the lack of snow, warmer weather, and how busy I have been with work when typically this tends to be the slow season of the year.

Here is a peak into our holiday decorations around our living room!


glitter candles

This table normally sits under the front window in our living room, but I moved it to behind our couch for the holiday season so our tree could be the star of the show and visible to all of those who drove passed our house! This Crate & Barrel lantern is my favorite decoration for any season, I dressed it up with ornaments and jingle bells on the inside and a red burlap bow outside. I love how it looks on our table. On the other end of the table I have these mercury glass candle sticks with red and silver glitter candles.

Joy sign mini trees

Our house could also be considered a forest. In addition to our big tree, we have quite a few mini trees set up around the house and they come in groups of three. These particular trees can be found above one of the book shelves in our living room against the back wall.

Christmas candle

As I mentioned in a previous post I think no home decor is complete without an appropriate scent. This Celebrate Christmas candle by Yankee Candle only lasted us about 2 weeks and we quickly moved on to Mistletoe.

jingle bell trees

On top of the other bookshelf next to our record player we have these jingle bell trees. I found them at Marshall’s last year and I love how well they fit into the theme of our decor.

holiday mantle

Our mantle remains unchanged from last year, with the garland and berries, as well as our chalkboard stocking holders from Target. “Merry and Bright” was the only three word phrase I could think of. Anyone have any suggestions for next year? Also our stockings are from Pottery Barn. They will forever be my favorite because of how timeless they are. Next to the fireplace I replaced the orange sticks we usually have with red and silver glitter sticks. No place is left unturned! (PS don’t be frightened by the potential fire hazard this looks like. These candles are actually fake from Pottery Barn)

2015 Christmas Tree

Our tree hasn’t changed much from last year with the exception of a few new ornaments from our travels this year and it is now surrounded by our two new chairs we added this summer. I could dedicate a whole post just to the different ornaments we have collected the last couple years.

tufted chair christmas

This is probably the coziest corner there ever was. I styled these hunter boots with some left over glitter sicks next to the fireplace and extra pine cones and pine needles. I wish all of my days could be spent here next to the tree with a peppermint mocha and a good book. Maybe next year when life slows down a bit!

Riesling Christmas Card Pottery Barn Photo

Shamelessly, I had to add this picture to the post. Although it is not really our decor, I love this picture. I snapped it of Riesling while I was taking a few pictures of our decor and loved it so much I put it on our Christmas card. To make things even sweeter Pottery Barn reposted the photo on their Instagram page as she is snuggled up with the Cozy Knit Throw I received as a gift for Christmas last year. The photo got over 10,000 likes. To say I am a proud dog mom is an understatement. We knew our dog was cute, but this just validated things.

As you can see all of our decor is red, silver and full of glitter. The rest of our holiday home tour is coming soon!



Fall Decor Round Up

Well friends, I’ve been slacking on the whole blogging thing lately. Not off to quite a good start, but it happens. Life sometimes gets in the way.

It wasn’t until I was taking down my fall decor and putting up my Christmas decorations that I realized I never took pictures of the ways I decorated this year. So I snapped some pictures as I went.

Fall/autumn manor

Always next to our TV we have orange sticks on display to bring some color into our otherwise fairly neutral living room.

Fall/autumn mantle

My favorite decor, no matter the time of year is a great garland to place on your mantle. Daniel disagrees because it occasionally interferes with turning the volume up on the TV, but thats a story for another day. I found this garland at Pier 1 last year. It has plenty of fall colors in the leaves as well as a few berries and pine cones. It also hides the sound bar and cords  underneath the TV, so for that I appreciate it.

pumpkin lights

I found these pumpkins at a small shop last fall and fell in love with them, they are a little bit on the rustic side, but can be up all season.
fall/autumn lantern

Lanterns are a great way to bring in seasonal decor. I think they are subtle and can move around and fill the space where there may be some decor lacking. This year I put a autumn spice pillar candle along with some berries, leaves and straw to make it festive for the season.

Fall/autumn table settings

To me, fall is all about the burlap, straw, orange, reds and browns. I also am a sucker for anything gold so I was able to incorporate some as well. I normally keep our table somewhat set because you never know when you may have some guests. Above is how I had it set for most of the fall. The burlap runner is from Target and works well with many different settings. I found the pinecones, acorns and glitter pumpkins at Pier 1 last year. The place mats are this year from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lastly, the wood disk is from Michaels. I utilized it to bring some height into the setting.

fall yankee candle

Home decor is not complete with out a seasonal scent.This year we burned Fall Festival in our living room. I think scents help to really bring all your decor to life and create the cozy feel when you come home at the end of the day.

I justified taking my fall down a little early this year (Sunday before Thanksgiving) as about a week prior I hosted a “Friendsgiving” with some girlfriends from high school. I love entertaining and am truly grateful for friendships that have continued since graduation and the ability to reconnect with some other ladies after college. In addition to hosting, I made the turkey, stuffing, and gravy and no one ended up in the hospital so I think I succeeded and consider myself a true adult now.

Ignore the bad lighting, but here are a couple pictures of the table settings from that night:

Friendsgiving table settings Friendsgiving table settings

My place settings were fairly simple and I was able to utilize things I already had for decor and for my tables.

The first table I utilized woven placemats to incorporate the straw feel. I also had red, green, orange plaid napkins which I tied with straw and placed faux leaves in the tie to really make it feel like fall.

At the second table, I added brown napkins and white plates to what I already had set at the table. I went with something a little more simple to not distract from the fun placemats I had set. Additionally, the gold glitter pumpkins are in my opinion the highlight, so I didn’t want to take away from that.

Dinner parties are kind of grand. I look forward to hosting many more for the rest of the holiday season.

Hope your Thanksgiving was great!