When I was growing up I loved unpacking the Christmas decorations. They were stored in the basement and most of them were contained in one large box.
Back then, my mom didn’t change up the decor so everything we hung on the walls or placed on the tree was something we looked forward to seeing each and every year. Opening that box was like saying hello to long lost friends. It was so fun to pull each thing out and place it in it’s usual home.
It’s funny how so many things remain the same even though I’m all grown up and I’m in my own home with my own children.
My kids get so excited to pull out the boxes of decorations every year. Even though I add and subtract some decorations from year to year, we still use many of the same ones every year and, again, it’s like saying hello to old friends.
On Friday, I showed you my foyer all decorated, ready to welcome family and friends.
To see Part 1 on my holiday home tour, click here.
I continued fussing with my Christmas decor over the weekend and now I think I’m finally finished re-arranging and primping. (Although, I can’t promise anything!)
I tweaked things in my living room and switched it up a bit after I blogged about my Christmas mantel here.
You’ll notice the chalk board is different and I’ve moved a few things here and there.
When I first decorated the mantel we didn’t have our Christmas tree. We bought a real one this year and we had about 4 branches that needed to be cut from the bottom, so I put some on the mantel and then added our stocking holders from the boxes in the attic. After adding those things, I decided that I needed to simplify the chalk board, so I drew the wreath.
Furniture needed to be moved to accommodate the tree and I like how it has come together.
I’m so happy I changed things up. It just feels better to me now.
I don’t have a lot of display space in my living room, so I made the most of this single shelf in our built-in. I love all the red, green and natural elements.
I kept the coffee table very simple and bought a huge poinsettia that takes up a lot of space. I love it’s height and bold red color!
I pulled a lot of greens from our yard and used large pine cones that I’ve found here and there to fill my large bowl. The little snow man countdown is something we have had for years and it’s a favorite with my kids. Just like I said earlier…it’s a long lost friend we meet again every year!
The space I was most excited to decorate this year is our kitchen. If you’ve been around here awhile you know that we underwent a big kitchen remodel this past summer.
I didn’t go all crazy in here because this is the most used room in our house. But, the bright pops of red are so happy.
I put just a few little Christmas decorations here and there with a few fresh greens.
It was so overcast the day I took pictures in here, I had to turn on the lights. It seems like we’ve had more dark and gray days lately than sun. Where are you sun?!
I think my favorite holiday addition to the kitchen is this faux garland. I’ve clipped all of our picture ornaments that have photos of the kids with Santa and family outings to Christmas events. It’s a great little trip down holiday memory lane.
There are a couple of empty ones to fill this year, and I can’t wait until our smiling faces are hanging from the garland!
Just past this doorway is my little butler’s pantry. I created a hot cocoa station there a few weeks ago and posted about it here.
Finally, I added just a few hints of red and green to the breakfast nook.
I added a little faux garland to the chandelier and a new table runner that my mom gave me.
I didn’t get all fancy with the table. I kept it very functional because this is the place where the kids do homework and we eat every meal.
This lazy Susan is ideal at the table, everybody can get what they need when they need it.
I almost didn’t include this picture to my tour because it doesn’t seem very blog-worthy, but then I decided to keep it real this season. Pencils at the table are a must for homework!
So, it’s nothing fancy, but I think it’s still festive. I especially love the little candles that remind me of ones we had in our home growing up. I found them at Target a few years back and I’m so happy to see them every year.
My favorite touch in the breakfast nook is my happy little cow statue.
We call her Lulu Belle. Er…really, my daughter and I call her Lulu Belle. My husband and son don’t understand her cuteness!
I made her a scarf out of a ribbon. I made a little fringe on the ends by making simple cuts. Sometimes it’s these simple little holiday touches that make me smile the most.
Thank you for stopping by to see my holiday home!
This tour is part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014.
I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th. Please visit Creative Country Mom to see all the stops on the tour each day. There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts so please link up if you have a holiday project, recipe or tour you’d like to share! Remember, go to Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.blogspo
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