I’m pretty excited to participate in my first ever Holiday Housewalk tour. Basically, a handful of selected bloggers shoot their home decorated for the holidays and you can jump from home to home. As you already know, we’re smack dab in the middle of kitchen demo and a tree wasn’t something I wanted to mess with this year (I swear I’m not a grinch). Instead, I opted for festive and seasonal accents in the living room that have a smaller footprint and won’t get in the way of the kitchen reno. Click through and come on in to see how I’m doing minimal holiday decor this year!
Since we’re opting out of a tree, I thought it would be helpful to share some “holiday hacks” if you’re also decorating sans tree this year! Just because you don’t have a tree doesn’t mean you can’t have lights, ribbons, ornaments, and the rest of the frills.
Someone brought up a good point, and I thought it deserved a fair answer… “if the tree doesn’t belong in the kitchen, then why can’t you have one in another room?”. We live in a super small house. I honestly just didn’t want to deal with rearranging things to make room for one amidst a giant reno project. We’ve boxed up all of our kitchen items and that overflow is bound to end up in the living room eventually. When you live in a home while simultaneously renovating, you quickly learn that things are constantly shifting from room to room. Adding a tree would be like adding another piece of large furniture- and we just don’t have room for that right now. Alright, let’s dive in!
E X T E R I O R
I personally think that holiday cheer begins before you even walk in the door. I love hanging a wreath each holiday season. We were gifted this personalized wreath hook for our wedding over five years ago, and I still love getting it out each winter.
G R E E N E R Y
We’ll start with the obvious… nothing says holiday quite like greenery. I’m a pretty classic gal when it comes to garland, wreaths, and swag. I opted for super realistic looking faux Vermont White Spruce this year. I knew I wanted all of my greenery to be lit since we don’t have a tree to show off twinkle lights. Everything came pre-lit and ready to hang!
I added a classic dark red ribbon to the wreaths on the shelves, and completely restyled them for Christmas. I also bought a live rosemary tree for the back console- which I hate to admit, isn’t the happiest. I’m not sure if it needs more water or sunlight… it’s looking kind of sad these days. Any advice?
O R N A M E N T S
Even though I don’t have a tree, I wanted to use my ornaments in a fun and expected way. I scattered them throughout the shelves and displayed a handful in a beautiful cloche. You could easily add tiny lights to this sort of arrangement too.
O B J E C T S
You’ll also notice a bunch of other seasonal objects styled on the built-ins. I like to keep my holiday decor pretty minimal and modern. I typically don’t style the shelves with red, but I decided to bring out some of my red bound books to tie in the ribbon details for a traditional Christmas look.
H O L I D A Y A R T
Another thing you might notice is some traded artwork. I swapped out a few pieces for seasonally appropriate options.
I’m not into super cheesy santa artwork or literal Christmas images, but rather things that nod toward the season / winter.
T E X T I L E S
Outside of the built-ins and fireplace, I think another way to add warmth and Christmas comfort is by trading out textiles. I added a modern faux fur throw and swapped my linen cushions for some luxe velvet pillows, and I have to say- the result is pretty cozy!
The dogs definitely aren’t sad about the added blankets on the sofa. They know they’re allowed up if they stay on the blanket, and I guess they’ve been taking it as an open invitation lately. If you’re wondering how I’ll survive Christmas with filthy animals (see what a did there?) and a white sofa, read this post. Please tell me you got that reference.
A M B I A N C E
As cliche has it sounds- I also like to think about the warm glow and ambiance while decorating… you know, the one that gives you the warm and fuzzy holiday feeling.
I keep plenty of holiday scented candles around and turn on the twinkle lights as soon as it gets dark outside (sometimes sooner because I’m impatient)!
I thought it’d also be fun to give you a peek of the decor in the living room after dark. Sort of like this ‘A Night In’ post I shared earlier in the year. I tend to think holiday decor is better after dark anyway… that’s when the magic happens! The space really takes on a different vibe.
Pretty, right? I snuggle up on the couch with the dogs, a glass of wine, Netflix, and take in the view. It honestly puts me in a great mood after a long day!
Well, that pretty much wraps up the holiday tour this year! I plan to enjoy this beautiful space all month long. I’ll link most of the products in a collage below, but let me know if I missed anything.
01: wreath // 02: hinge arm sconce // 03: coffee table // 04: sectional sofa // 05: rug (vintage, but linked similar) // 06: garland // 07: black gallery light // 08: stockings // 09: windmill art // 10: wood knot // 11: wood credenza // 12: umbrella holder // 13: plaid pillow // 14: velvet cushions // 15: grid pillow // 15 (again, ha): ornaments // 16: white flameless candles // 17: oversized candle holders // 18: faux fur throw // 19: double wall hook // 20: large hand // 21: ceramic reindeer // 22: red flameless candle // 23: red ribbon // 24: wood bowls // 25: brass picture light // 26: glass cloche // 28: wreath holder // 29: wood nesting houses // 30: brass knot
For even more holiday content, check out these posts:
How I Decorated for Christmas Last Year // Easiest Stocking DIY Ever // Mailbox DIY (perfectly compliments any wreath) // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide // Etsy Gift Guide // Double Chocolate Holiday Brownies // My Favorite Hot Cocoa Recipe // How to Charcuterie This Holiday // See What I Gifted Emmett Last Year
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