I love it when Deb Raney blogs about home decor! I was inspired by her recent post to offer up a holiday home tour of my own (especially because a great deal of cleaning wasn’t required). Come on in!
Cyclamen in pots do wonderfully well for me during our Texas winters and add a festive pop of color. When a neighbor gave us the nutcracker standing beside our door many years ago, the kids named him Simon. So Simon is on duty, greeting guests. Simple wreath of real greenery. Simple, lit garland of not-real greenery.
I prefer Christmas decorations that offer a cozy, slightly rustic, home-spun feel. In recent years, I’ve started adding banners to this sofa table each holiday. I picked up the reindeer and trees on top the table on a trip. Christmas decorations are my favorite souvenirs because they’re useful and because I remember my travels each year when I unpack them.
Instead of placing our tree in our front window, I place it where we spend the most time — the sitting area near the fireplace and TV. It’s covered in ornaments that date back to the start of our marriage and tell our family’s story. I always try to write the year that I acquired each ornament onto its back in permanent marker.
I have several nativity sets but the one in the foreground of this photo is my new favorite. My youngest daughter attended “Christmas art camp” for a few hours each of the past four weekends, and this was the result. A nativity set that she handmade! In the background of this photo, on top the bureau, you’ll see groupings that include Santas, angels, trees, and more. I’ve found that instead of scattering unrelated items all over the house, I prefer to bunch them together into a sort of “collection” for more impact.
My Department 56 Dickens Village spans the length of our dining table. The light spilling from the houses is cheery and eye-catching. Plus, the display is a kid favorite.
I picked up a set of snowflake plates years ago. I’m so glad I did! We use them every December. More recently, I was given a set of small plates with holly around the edges. They’re about the size of a saucer and each plate has different artwork and a different saying. I’ve been eating very clean (following the Paleo diet) for several months now. But these plates make me feel as though I’m splurging when I have a slice of Paleo pumpkin bread for dessert.
This advent candle is a new addition this year. My sister sent one to me, one to my other sister, and one to my mom. Though we live far apart, it’s fun to know that we’re all burning down our advent candles together as the month progresses.
My mom made a felt calendar just like this one when my sisters and I were small. A few years ago, she made three more — one for each of her daughters — so that we could continue the felt calendar tradition with our own kids. This is one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve received from her. Thus HOT TIP: Christmas decorations that your kids loved when they were little make great gifts when they’re grown.
I have more ornaments than space on my Christmas tree, so I decided to display all of the photo ornaments that my kids brought home from church and pre-school on our refrigerator this year. Not only did this brighten up this area of the kitchen, but I get a glimpse of a sweet little face every time I open my fridge.
I’m heading to California to spend Christmas with my side of the family, then to vacation on the ski slopes. I look forward to a 2018 filled with good friendship and good books here at Inspired by Life.