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.
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
Pre-lit holiday trees (on a timer), along with faux poinsettias, lanterns and a topiary or two greet holiday guests.
The entryway holds cozy scarves and coats and welcomes visitors with an antler adorned for the season.
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.
Below, I had fun making personalized place settings using fresh rosemary sprigs fashioned into wreaths and adorned with simple calligraphy banners for each guest.
I like to mix and match the napkins and plates at each place setting to create a more visually interesting table.
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.
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.
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 ever-present holiday helper Baxter. He’s my favorite source of Christmas cheer. (The little boxwood wreath on the cabinet is from Target.)
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.
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.
Green velvet stockings on one end and cream on the other soften the sharp angles of the mantel and add a homey touch.
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).
To carry the festive feeling into the kitchen I simply paired a blue ginger jar with a few glimmering gold and white accents …
… and added a simple wreath and more twinkle lights over the sink to make doing the dishes less of a chore!
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.
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: