This year, decorating for the holiday season has been a little different. We’re still in the chaotic and messy construction phase of our formal living room renovation, which we *thought would be finished* (famous last words, ha!) weeks ago for the One Room Challenge. All of that to say, my decor feels more eclectic this year. I’ve decorated in areas of our home I normally wouldn’t… like a full-size tree in my office that will eventually shift to the living room, I’ve mixed and matched decor from years past, and I’ve grabbed a few new items as well. Regardless of the interesting mix this year, I’m feeling festive and in the holiday spirit. Click through to see how our Christmas things are currently looking indoors and out! Oh- and speaking of outside… it’s a winter wonderland out there. We had a winter storm roll through last week and dump a bunch (20+ inches!) of snow, that I couldn’t be happier about!
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Much like last year, I wanted the exterior of our home to feel super festive. I’m pretty sure this house was MADE to be covered under a blanket of snow. It almost looks like it popped straight out of a Christmas movie, don’t you think?! I installed my Nearly Natural faux wreaths on the front facing windows… I did this last Christmas too. Lots of you wondered how I hung them. It was really easy! I tied red Northlight ribbon around each wreath, and sandwiched it between the windows before locking them into place. They’re just hanging from the ribbon and I was able to install them without stepping foot outside. It’s functional and adds a nice holiday touch.
We replaced the front door back in October (check out this post for all those details), and I’m loving the way it looks decorated for the holiday season.
To dress up the wreaths, I added a simple bow and trimmed the ribbon tails long for a little added drama. I also tied a couple tassels to the bow to make it feel a bit more special. Those little details make all the difference!
I bought these allen+roth planter urns immediately after moving into the house, and I update them seasonally. They fit the budget, are timeless, and are the perfect accents flanking the front door. Would you believe me if I told you the trees in the planters are faux? They are!! These Nearly Natural pines even feel realistic. Unlike last year, I strung some Holiday Living battery powered lights around them. They’re on a timer and are set to turn on once it’s dark.
Let’s step inside, out of the snow into our entryway, shall we? Our new front doors are equally as pretty from the interior view…
I tied some of my existing garland to the stair bannister. I also styled our marble entry table with candles and greenery. Even though we’d like to rework this entry area someday (new stair railing, install tile, swap lighting, etc), I was happy to put a festive spin on this space!
You guys know I’m a details person. I pulled alllllllll of my velvet ribbon out of storage this year. There are bows everywhere!
I also brought my brass vintage deer back out. They’re my favorite piece of holiday decor! The sit alongside a flocked potted tree in the entry.
Again… I went crazy with the velvet bows. Emmett actually called me out and I’m perfectly fine with that. The more bows the merrier? I’m thinking yes. Quick tip when dealing with ribbon- cut the ends at a sharp angle for a clean, classic look!
So that’s basically the entry area… simple, festive, and fun. I stood back, took this photo, and thought “maybe I should add a bit more?”
I ended up doing just that. I brought up some tapered candles from my prop closet to add a little height to the table vignette. You can never have enough candles during the holiday season.
As I previously mentioned, the formal living room is still a major construction zone. Despite having just finished my DIY stockings and styling our beautiful new limestone mantel, I’ve only added greenery to this space in terms of holiday decor.
The fireplace and mantel really is my dream combination though! If you missed that post, along with additional limestone mantel options, check it out here. It’s from Lowe’s and fits the budget in comparison to others.
As far as the Christmas tree goes… I had grand plans to set up our artificial National Tree we used last season. Emmett and I both have pretty bad allergies and as much as I love a real tree, we just can’t do it in our house. This faux tree is incredibly realistic and pre-lit with warm lights. It’s my favorite! Anyway, my determination to decorate the tree despite the living room being under construction resulted in a 7.5 foot Christmas tree in my office (of all places).
I shoved it in the corner until we finish the living room (hopefully very soon), and then we’ll relocate it there. I’m kind of nostalgic about the Christmas tree decor. I always get a few new ornaments each year to add to our collection, and I’ve been doing this for over a decade. Our tree gets more full and eclectic each year.
I did buy a new, essential piece for the tree this year though… any guesses? This GE capiz brass star / tree topper, pictured below! Isn’t it gorgeous? I think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.
You can find everything I bought, pictured throughout this post, at Lowe’s (which was a LOT) in the collage below…
01: scented pine cones // 02: ge star tree topper // 03: national tree artificial christmas tree // 04: northlight ornament set // 05: global direct wall mirror // 06: holiday living tree collar // 07: northlight silver ornament // 08: northlight red ribbon // 09: nearly natural wreath // 10: historic cast limestone mantel // 11: holiday living battery powered lights // 12: nearly natural tree // 13: fresh garland // 14: allen+roth planter urn // 15: surya sheepskin rug
My favorite decor finds this Christmas include the tree topper (#2), and of course the faux trees (#10) in the front porch planters (#8) will forever be my favorite! They’re just too easy and everyone thinks they’re real.
There you have it… our 2019 holiday decor for the interior and exterior. What do you think? I’d love to hear in the comment section below! Have you started decorating for Christmas? Are you finished? Are there any loose ends to tie or last minute decor items to buy? For all other sources, please see the slider below…