Super Simple Holiday Home Tour
Christmas is almost here!! I am so excited!! I can’t wait to see my kids and grandlittles all under the same roof and opening presents!! It’s the joy and excitement on their faces when they open their presents that makes all of the preparation worth it!
I spend a lot of time decorating, not because I have 10 trees and a 100 boxes of ornaments or all new decor to set up, but because I want to make what I have look perfect and different from last year. I may add a new piece (purchased or handmade) each year, but I use the same decor year after year. Who can honestly afford to get new each year?! Not this girl!! So I get creative and switch things up.
I am so excited to join with my blogging friends to bring you a glimpse of “real life” Christmas with our Super Simple Holiday Home Tour. Homes that are filled with spouses and kids and dogs that really live in the spaces we create!! Sit back, grab a coffee or wine, and enjoy these wonderful home tours all shared for you at the end!!
Not so effortless decorating
The first things I worked on decorating were my mantle and my table. After 3 different tries (and 4 days! Christmas decorating is NOT effortless and don’t let anyone tell you it is!) I finally settled on how I wanted the mantle to look.
It looked way to bare without garland hanging from it, so I hung the lighted garland and then put another section on the mantle. I don’t have anymore lights so I added shiny Christmas balls to brighten it up.
All of the Christmas balls were purchased about 6 years ago on clearance after Christmas (that is THE best time to pick up deals on decorations). They have held up pretty well so far and the ones with paint coming off, well I just put them to the back or turn the ball so you can’t see it. I may get motivated next year and spray paint them all…maybe.
The print in the frame I got for free on the internet, and my Nutcracker is the newly purchased addition this year (but he was 1/2 off so I got him on the serious cheap!!)
I put more Christmas balls in this old ammo crate along with some pinecones and made the jute tree sitting next to it. Less is more I say.
The heart of our home
Come on into the family room. This is where we spend most of our time and this where everyone will be hanging out on Christmas.
I have wanted a fully flocked tree now for a few years. Decorated with all white decorations…but that is just not in the budget. So I set up the tree and then flocked it myself with poly fill, you can see how I did it in this POST.
Then two of my grandlittles came over for a sleep over and put all the decorations on it…it had sat undecorated for a week. I knew they would love doing it and it would knock one thing off my to do list.
They did a pretty good job! I only moved a few ornaments, no one looks at the back of the tree anyway hahahahaha! In order to give it a different look this year, I added the fabric garland (FYI, do that first) and called it done.
As you can see, no presents are wrapped yet. I am such a procrastinator!
I filled my carpenter’s box with greenery and even more Christmas balls and decorated the shelf my hubby and I put up when we first built this room addition. Don’t you just love the wooden Christmas tree my hubby made from left over trim? It was the perfect finishing touch to that shelf. If you want to make one of your own head over to my friend Toni’s blog Small Home Soul to see how she does it. It is super easy and so creative!!
Oh, and I did mention dogs…these poor little guys were really tired of me rearranging everything!
There is also the slew of projects I wanted to do, but didn’t get done. Working full time is an extreme deterrent to finishing everything you want to do!! This poor drop cloth fabric will be pillows one day, just not for this Christmas, unless I do some serious focusing this weekend!! Who am I kidding…I still have to wrap presents…priorities!!
The moral of this story and home tour…you can decorate on a budget, with the same items each year and make them look new. Real life is about the time spent with family, not the price tag or quantity of your decor.
Please don’t forget to visit the beautiful homes of my friends below!!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!