Welcome to my annual holiday home tour! Want to step inside and take a look around? I decided to share one big interior tour this year, so it’s a fun one to scroll. It includes snippets from our formal living room, my home office, the kitchen, and even our basement media room. Click through for some holiday decor inspiration and cheer!
Before we begin scrolling, you’ll probably notice my home tour looks strikingly similar to the one I shared last year (which I love). While it’s fun to mix up colors with ribbon, wrapping paper, and inexpensive decor elements- I’m a firm believer in investing in quality holiday decor that you’ll love for years to come- which echoes my everyday design philosophy. Some of my garland & wreaths are going on seven years old! I still love the look and wanted to share this, because I think we should normalize timeless holiday decor that can be repeated each year. That’s why I carry the same greenery in our shop year-after-year. Don’t feel pressure to reinvent your holiday look every season. With social media, we often see people changing their entire holiday repertoire every Christmas- which isn’t practical for our homes (or the environment). Just something I’ve been noticing and wanted to touch on. Get creative with ribbon, florals, branches, berries, and gift wrap to keep things fresh- or continue to build your collection little-by-little each year. I think that’s far more practical! Ready for the tour? Beginning in the kitchen…
I kept our kitchen very minimal this year because I often feel like things can get clustered and overwhelming with holiday decor. In a space like a kitchen, I’ve found simple greenery is plenty. It looks festive without cluttering up an already busy room, or taking up valuable counter space.
I’m a big fan of framing our kitchen windows with my favorite pine needle garland. Every year I get the question, “How do you hang it on your tile?” We install three tiny finishing nails at the top of our window casing. We remove them after the holidays, but never fill the nail holes (since they’re on the top of the casing, they’re hidden), and we’ll insert them again the following year. It’s easy and works far better than command hooks- which have trouble adhering to our textured handmade tile.
I also enjoy seasonal fragrances… this popular frasier fir hand wash, being one of them! As soon as they arrived at our shop, I snagged a couple for our house! I keep one in the kitchen and one in the powder room, as I always get compliments on it from house guests.
Just outside the kitchen lives our (unfinished) dining room… if you missed my recent holiday tablescape, it’s worth a look! You can take a gander at that, here.
THE LIVING ROOM
Our living room always gets the most attention, in regards to holiday decorating. It’s the room where I like to go all out- simply because we spend a lot of time in here, gather around the fireplace, and it’s also a space guests enjoy. This year, I styled my corner demilune vignette with cedar garland and a matching wreath. I’m not sure why I never thought to decorate this little corner before now! It’s making me very happy this year.
Our tree looks the exact same as it did last year– because I loved it so much! I did add a couple new ornaments, which I like to do every Christmas. I usually snag my top 2-3 picks from the Tuesday Made shop, as it’s fun to look back. I really enjoy the blue tree with our vintage runner… a perfect match!
Can you tell I was on an asymmetric kick with the garland this year? I felt really inspired to pare things down and let the greenery speak for itself.
An elegant pillar candle inside my favorite glass hurricane atop a couple books (for elevation) felt like the only thing the mantel needed… that and our stockings, of course. If you missed that old DIY, find it here!
This room is my favorite during the winter months- with the lamps on and the fire going. It gets so cozy in here! The dogs like to snuggle up on the sheepskin rug and this is our ideal place to hangout.
Of course I had to share an image of my built-in styled as I normally do for the holidays. While it induces rage amongst many (ha!), I particularly love the flipped books paired with my holiday decor. It provides a nice neutral and textural background for a month or two, accompanying our greenery, ribbon, and wreaths. It feels so much less chaotic with extra decor stuffed into this room, which brings a much needed sense of calm.
THE BASEMENT MEDIA ROOM
Moving along to the basement… I keep one small (naked / undecorated) flocked tree down here- simply for the glow of its warm twinkling lights. I always shove it in a vintage brass vessel, which is as easy & beautiful as it gets.
This year I also added my favorite small cedar wreaths to the picture lights with some navy velvet ribbon… it was a happy accident that the ribbon perfectly matched the upholstered acoustic panels! Not pictured (because I could NOT for the life of me get the window to expose properly)… pine needle garland resting on the deep window ledge. We’re lucky to have natural light in our basement thanks to egress windows, but they’re horrible for photographing. I have yet to figure it out. Anyway- believe me when I say there is garland jammed back there in the abyss.
Emmett & I have been carrying these vintage skis from home to home with us since high school. Can you believe that? They have a (possibly incriminating) story behind them that I’m pretty sure I’ve shared before. Ha! I like the texture they add to the basement corner and they’re a warm reminder of home- they used to live at our local ski lodge above the fireplace.
I also like to style little details throughout our home during the holiday season. This small ski dish is a favorite I style on the coffee table each winter. It says holiday without being overly specific, which lasts all season long.
Although, living in Utah- we can get by with ski decor year round. It’s really a lifestyle around here! I’m often asked if I switch out our vintage ski portraits each spring and the answer is no. These charming historic prints live in our basement year round. I love them so much! Emmett & I are very into skiing, and we’re looking forward to lots of trips, powder days, and turns this winter.
THE HOME OFFICE
I spend so much time in my home office, I definitely wanted to added a few simple touches of greenery. I installed a strand above my daybed that frames the vintage art, and it instantly made this room feel festive!
I also swapped my plaster intaglio for a wreath… the nail was already there and it seemed like the easiest move for a quick holiday vignette. In addition to that, I busted out my favorite oud noir candle that smells appropriate and cozy for the cold months ahead.
There you have it! That wraps up my interior holiday tour. Next Christmas, we’ll definitely have the entryway renovation completed, and I’m very much looking forward to dressing our beautiful new staircase in garland… and perhaps even installing a super tall tree in the entry! I’ll be sharing an exterior tour once we get more snow, so keep an eye out for that. It will include the entire exterior, front porch, and our shed. For more holiday inspiration, check out 10 ideas for styling garland, my annual gift guide, a simple tablescape in my dining room, and 10 thanksgiving recipes I’d like to try. Cheers to the week ahead! I’ve got lots to cram in before we celebrate Friendsgiving. Anyone else? Let’s do it!
PeggiNovember 21, 2022 at 5:39 am
Good morning! A beautiful holiday home tour indeed. I love the idea of evergreen garlands draped and swagged with abandon! Wintry and cozy without being too Clark Griswold. 😄 Although I admire colorful, over the top schemes, I feel like a slightly simpler look has more staying power. And let’s be honest, I’m going to really need those twinkle lights to boost my spirits around the end of January! I am definitely the girl who gets more excited to put up holiday decorations than to take them down. I also respect the notion of using the same items year after year and building a collection slowly. You can shake things up with different ribbon, wrapping and new candles. Even if the elements are familiar, you can play with placement and combinations. Speaking of which, I think asymmetrical arrangements must be in the air! I’ve been thinking about how to make that work on our mantel! Our decorating will have to wait until next weekend though. During our annual Thanksgiving grocery shopping trip, we did a final count. We’ll have 20 at the table(s) this year! Picture me doubling all my recipes. I’m excited! Houseful=heart full. I know you guys will have the best time in AZ! Let’s get busy, so we’re ready to celebrate!💜👍
SarahNovember 21, 2022 at 9:33 am
Good morning, Peggi! Thank you! I’m with you on the simplicity of holiday decor. I never strip down our decor right on Christmas or even the week after. I’ll take all the cozy feelings for January. You make such a good point about styling things differently or moving your decor from room-to-room to keep things fresh. That’s what I like to do, too! asymmetrical arrangements for the win… I was really feeling that this year. I can’t wait to see what you do after Thanksgiving! 20 PEOPLE?! That will be amazing, but so much work… I have all in the faith in you though. Happy cooking, baking, and gathering week! xo
ColleenNovember 21, 2022 at 8:55 am
I never tire of seeing beautiful pics of your stunning home Sarah and your holiday decorating only enhances its beauty 💖 I think you are absolutely right in building holiday decor over time. I’ve always had a modest amount and just adding a thing or two each year curates the best collection. I love you incorporated the dining room into this years tour as that dining set is so incredibly special. Touches of your dazzling office are also a treat too 😍
The asymmetrical garland swag on your mantle is so so pretty, I love the way it drapes onto the floor. I don’t understand why so many be would upset over your stunning bookcase. I actually love all the books turned around as it creates a soft tonal collage and backdrop that allows other features to shine. And that kitchen of yours is a dream……and of course your pine garland looks so incredible adorning the windows. Just delightful!
We are leaving Florida next week and your holiday tour is perfect timing. I’m excited to use the wooden garland from your shop on the tree ( this years addition to my holiday decor) Yay!
How did I miss the fraser fir hand soap? What a lovely gift that would make. Ok next years splurge item 😊 The tour was amazing as always Sarah! Wishing you and everyone a super terrific Monday 🌲🥂💖
SarahNovember 21, 2022 at 9:31 am
Thank you so much, Colleen! The book thing is a seriously divisive topic, ha. Who would have guessed?! Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad my tour has you excited to decorate when you get home. Have a safe trip back and enjoy one last week of sunshine! That hand soap is something I look forward to each Christmas- it smells so good. I hope you’re also having a lovely Monday :) xo
DannaNovember 21, 2022 at 10:56 am
Sarah enjoyed every bit of your home tour. It has me in the holiday decorating mood! What is it about the simplicity of green garland that makes a mantel, picture, table more festive and beautiful? I love it all! Thank you for the reminder to reuse decor and not always feel like we have to buy new every year. Your tree with all the ornaments and blue ribbons is spectacular and the runner….such pretty tones. While we were in Charleston, I bought a cheesy Elvis ornament and cannot wait to hang it. I don’t usually like those (I prefer glass blown ornaments) but it will always reming me of this trip! I love the asymmetrical garland on your mantel and table. Again, the garland adds so much beauty!
I was debating whether or not I should go to the storage unit today and get the Christmas boxes out. I think it is what I need to get into the spirit of the holidays coming. There is so much meal prep to do but I am still so full after eating so much this past weekend with my husbands family.
I second the fraser fir hand soap. It is my favorite Pura scent for this time of year! Good luck with all the prep and packing. There’s so much to be thankful for! Have a wonderful Monday!
SarahNovember 22, 2022 at 9:28 am
Thank you so much, Danna! I’m glad it sparked the holiday decorating mood for you! That’s such a great point, in regards to reusing decor… I love how certain ornaments remind me of a memory or specific year. It’s special to be able to reuse those things and look forward to pulling them out of storage each holiday season. That’s what it’s all about! I’m so glad you had a fun trip. I vote yes to taking a trip to the storage unit- that sounds like a fun and festive day. There is definitely much to be thankful for this year. I hope you’re having a good week! xo
LaurenNovember 22, 2022 at 8:21 am
The home tour this year is so good, and putting me in the cheeriest mood! Why do the holidays feel so exciting this year? I’m not sure what it is for me…but I’ve been itching to put up the tree and get the house festive. My favorite part of your tour is all the asymmetrical garland. I adore the look. The basement also looks so festive and cozy- your holiday decorating is proof that no matter what colors you use it will look beautiful. We finally got a new tree! It’s a gorgeous 9’ from Costco. I have spent so much time over the last few years shopping fake trees- the quality, texture and feel of the Costco offerings is unreal. We had our last tree for over 10 years and the quality was terrible compared to this one- I’m excited that we’ll have a fantastic tree for many years to come. I’ve also been given the green light to pare down the decorations we have, and move toward a more classic, timeless Christmas. I’m ecstatic about that. I see many a garland purchase in the cards for next year. You hit the nail on the head for me in regards to the social media christmas experience. We have collected our decor over the years and regurgitate the same look year over year. When we moved here we felt pressured to add more because of the size of the house- and it’s all that extra that isn’t resonating with me anymore. I enjoy adding a new decoration or two to the tree each year, but swapping everything feels irresponsible and wasteful. We have two different tree toppers- and that’s the extent of swapping we do. Haha! Speaking of toppers, where did you find the incredible star on the top of your tree? I’ve been wanting a star topper for years, but have yet to find one I love. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week, despite the hustle and bustle and preparation. There is so much to be thankful for. Safe travels to you and Emmett. Cheers to a fantastic kickoff to the holiday season!
SarahNovember 22, 2022 at 9:21 am
Thanks, Lauren! I totally agree- we’ve been doing all the festive things. Way to go on scoring an awesome tree from Costco! You can really find the best things there. We snagged a frame TV there during the holidays a few years ago (for so much less). I’m happy you’re happy about your new holiday decorating direction this year- that’s exciting! I also think using the same decor year after year makes it more special… I have fond memories tied to our special ornaments and decor that is fun to see and remember each year. Our tree topper this year came from a local shop (I went to their holiday event and snagged one), but they have it available on their site and could ship to you: https://rstyle.me/+la3SPjb4ytZDsE3xU2FrEg … They have it gold, too! I got the silver one. There is definitely so much to be thankful for. I hope you’re having an amazing Thanksgiving week so far :) xo
Megan ScanlonNovember 22, 2022 at 2:25 pm
You have a stunning home! I recently painted my living room aesthetic white after finding your blog and am trying to talk my hubby into faux wood beams 🥰 That room is perfection! I appreciate you pointing out that it’s ok to re-use Christmas decor year after year!! Real life right there and I’m here for it!! 😊
SarahNovember 22, 2022 at 11:25 pm
Thank you so much, Megan! I love hearing that :) Happy holidays!