As promised, today I’m sharing our evening holiday home tour! This time of year, our house feels most cozy during the evening hours… even more so than during the daytime when everything is drenched in sunlight. It takes on a totally different look & feel thanks to the glow of lamps, twinkling lights, and holiday decor at night. Since it gets dark so early these days, I usually begin switching on our lights around 4pm. Is there anything better than warm glowing lamps and flickering candles during a cold winter evening? We currently have about six inches of snow left on the ground from the weekend storm, and there is nothing I love more than snuggling up and getting cozy at home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- our house was made for winter and the holidays. It looks best blanketed under snow, and while the exterior is looking pretty picturesque right now, the interior is also looking rather festive lately! Click through for the nighttime tour… come on in!
I figured I’d start with a couple exterior shots, so you can see our holiday lights on the outside of the house! I’ve always been a fan of classic Christmas lights. When we bought our first home, Emmett went all out and basically covered the entire house. It was so fun and festive! Then we moved to Utah and didn’t have a garage or a proper place to store all those lights. We got rid of them and had a couple Christmases without exterior lights. Once we moved to our current home with adequate storage, as well as the shed, we decided it was time to get back into the tradition of lighting our home exterior for the holiday season. We keep it pretty simple by highlighting the roofline and wrapping the columns.
I shot the exterior images on Saturday night- check out that moon! It was a cloudy night, but it peeked through for a photo. Ready to step inside? I decided to focus on and feature our living room and kitchen, since those are the two spaces that are feeling most festive right now!
We use our fireplace almost every day during the winter months. I love the way it looks while burning, and it helps to heat our home. It’s controlled by a remote and we usually click it on for an hour or two each evening. The dogs live for fireplace lounging! This is without a doubt their favorite spot in the house.
I also enjoy snuggling up in front of the fire. My ideal wintertime evening is sinking into one of our swivel chairs in front of the fire with a good book. After dinner, Emmett & I usually gravitate toward this space.
As always, the tree is the twinkling star of the show in our living room. The dotted lights reflect back into the space, bouncing from the windows and french doors, making this corner bright & cheerful.
I could sit by the fire and stare into the tree for a long time. Does anyone else do that? There’s something so mesmerizing about the way the lights bounce, absorb, and reflect from the different ornaments & textures.
I’ve slowly been wrapping gifts and decorating with those as well. I like to style them around the tree vignette in fun ways! This above package fit perfectly into the window sill.
Over the weekend, I knocked out the remainder of my holiday shopping. I feel like I can finally focus on enjoying the season now that my to-do list is pretty much finished. How is your holiday looking? Have you been enjoying it? Are you almost finished with your shopping, prep, or to-do list? We’re excited to be hosting friends this year, so I tried to get everything in order early.
Our holiday festivities are actually kicking off this week. Emmett has some fun things planned for us, and I’m excited to slow down a bit. Anyway, this corner will forever be a favorite of mine… with the demilune, tiny table lamp, and art vignette!
Let’s move into the kitchen, shall we? I dimmed the lights nice and low to make for some soft photos in this space. Though I’ll admit- I’m not the best at low light photography. I feel like evening photos don’t do our kitchen justice. It has so many beautiful light sources & settings, and it can easily be customized to be super bright for cooking, or softly lit as we settle in for the night.
I don’t do much in the kitchen for the holidays… I hung a couple pieces of garland above the windows, and styled a little pine tree next to the range, but that’s about it. Trader Joe’s had beautiful amaryllis and paper white bulbs, so I did buy one of those for the windowsill, and I’m looking forward to watching it bloom! I also made some seasonal swaps- like my hand soap and dish soap. Our pantry is also stocked full of holiday treats and food!
We got the most amazing candles in at the Tuesday Made shop last week, so I got one of those for myself. It smells incredible and is the perfect winter fragrance! Of course I paired it with my clawfoot pedestal. You can see more of the candle here, if you’d like, but I love adding these seasonal fragrances throughout our home. Like I said previously, a flickering candle goes a long way during the holiday season to create that cozy ambiance!
I hope you enjoyed the evening tour! I think it’s always fun to see homes from a unique perspective or at different times of the day… not just when rooms are flooded with sunlight. Those evening hours are so magical- especially during the holidays.
Thanks for scrolling and touring with me! If you’d like to check out last year’s evening holiday tour, click here… and to see my holiday decor during the daytime, click here. I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive week ahead! See you back here on Wednesday? I’ve got a recipe to share! Cheers to a fun and festive holiday around the corner.