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Celebrating the Joys of the Season: my (mini) Holiday Home Tour

December 17, 2016
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Christmas is just around the corner, and although it seems like our home changes on a daily basis, I thought I’d share a mini holiday home tour with you, highlighting a few of the simple touches I’ve added to our home this Christmas season.

My mini holiday home tour

I absolutely love decorating our home for the holidays. This year, I planned to keep everything neutral, so I began by using only light shades of white, gold, and green.  I’d seen this minimalistic look in magazines and loved it, but once the house was decorated, honestly, it looked kind of drab.

So I added a little bit of blue to the mix. It made such a big difference I added more blue.  Then I tried adding a touch of red here and there.

And before you knew it, my neutral Christmas palette went out the window and was replaced with all the festive colors of the season.  I do love the idea of a light and neutral Christmas, though, so perhaps I’ll try again next year!

But for now, welcome to my colorful holiday home tour!

My (mini) Holiday Home Tour

My mini holiday home tour

Pre-lit holiday trees (on a timer), along with faux poinsettias, lanterns and a topiary or two greet holiday guests.

My mini holiday home tour

The entryway holds cozy scarves and coats and welcomes visitors with an antler adorned for the season.

My mini holiday home tour

Although I haven’t decorated the dining room table for Christmas dinner yet, we’ve already hosted a few dinner parties this holiday season, so I’ve been able to try out a few different table setting ideas.  For this family gathering, I wanted the look of a striped table runner, so I simply used three striped dish towels, placed end-to-end down the center of the table.  The faux cranberries in the glass hurricane vase are from Target.

My mini holiday home tour

Below, I had fun making personalized place settings using fresh rosemary sprigs fashioned into wreaths and adorned with simple calligraphy banners for each guest.

My mini holiday home tour

I like to mix and match the napkins and plates at each place setting to create a more visually interesting table.

My mini holiday home tour

The gold chargers and flatware, both from Target, help tie everything together.

My mini holiday home tour

In the office, I added a touch of Christmas with this cozy fur throw from Target, a velvet pillow from Hayneedle, and a cloche filled with colorful ornaments.

My mini holiday home tour

The tufted ottoman, also from Hayneedle, is a recent addition and makes this space one of my favorite places in the house to put up my feet and enjoy a good book and a cup of coffee.

My mini holiday home tour

In the living room, I added touches of blue and silver with mercury glass candle holders and shimmering ornaments.  A few fresh evergreen branches balance all the shine with a touch of nature.

My mini holiday home tour

My mini holiday home tour

I love how the amaryllis adds a vibrant pop of red wherever I place it.  A couple of faux sheepskins bring a cozy touch to the seating area.

My mini holiday home tour

My ever-present holiday helper Baxter.  He’s my favorite source of Christmas cheer.  (The little boxwood wreath on the cabinet is from Target.)

My mini holiday home tour

I originally decorated the tree in shades of green, gold, and silver.  Later, I added an assortment of colorful ornaments, along with some help from our two sweet granddaughters.

My mini holiday home tour

In the hearth room off our kitchen, I used a faux garland on the mantel and added some pine cones and a string of twinkle lights which cast a pretty glow to the room, especially on cold winter evenings.

My mini holiday home tour

Green velvet stockings on one end and cream on the other soften the sharp angles of the mantel and add a homey touch.

My mini holiday home tour

An assortment of felt and evergreen trees, a few friendly sheep and a cheery red buffalo check pillow complete the space (along with one chubby bulldog).

My mini holiday home tour

To carry the festive feeling into the kitchen I simply paired a blue ginger jar with a few glimmering gold and white accents …

My mini holiday home tour

… and added a simple wreath and more twinkle lights over the sink to make doing the dishes less of a chore!

My mini holiday home tour

No matter how I dress our home for the holidays, nothing can compare with the beauty of nature. This hawthorn tree in our front yard boasts the most beautiful adornment of the season, by far.

My mini holiday home tour

Thank you so much for stopping by for my mini holiday home tour!  As you know, I like to change things up on a daily basis, so be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I share the latest version of our ever-evolving home ♥ xo jane

P.S. For more decorating ideas and inspiration, check out these posts:

My mini fall home tour
17 easy fall home décor ideas
10 fresh home updates
Easy summer home decorating ideas
16 simple Thanksgiving table setting ideas
Spring home inspiration: decorating with navy

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  • Lin
    December 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Hello Jane,

    How lovely to receive your newsletter on Christmas Eve, your home looks beautiful. Just wanted to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas all the way from England 🙂 xx

  • Lin
    December 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

    PS – it’s only 10.09a.m. here, so got the whole day ahead to do the last minute chores and a bit more Christmas decorating tweaking ready for the big day tomorrow. xx

    • Jane
      December 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much dear Lin for your sweet comments! They mean so much to me! I wish you and yours a blessed and happy Christmas and new year! xo jane

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