My Home for Christmas

Hello friends!  I can tell you that I am officially done decorating my home for the Christmas season, and while I will be picking glitter out of my hair for the next week, I love all the decorations!  During the week I will give you many more details on all the rooms that I decorated (living room, dining room and family room) but for now I wanted to give you a quick tour of my home this Christmas.

I am joining  Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com in a “Home for Christmas” event featuring lots of creative and talented bloggers.  I am sharing my home tour, but bloggers will be sharing different Christmas projects, so be sure to check out the links below and the hashtag #HomeForChristmas in all your social media.

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Some people choose a color scheme for the whole house and they bring it into every room.  While I love the idea and the cohesiveness of decorating within one color family, I tend to slowly inject holiday colors into the home.

The first room that I will share with you is my living room.  All the colors in this room are neutral so I only bring in white, gold and silver to decorate.

My Home for Christmas

Last year I shared my Christmas home tour and you may recall a similar setup.  I simply changed around some of the pillows, including this little one that says PEACE that I found on my last Target trip.  I went in for a candle and walked away with a cart full.  Story of my life.

My Home for Christmas

Since the gallery wall in the background is busy, I like to keep all the other surrounding tables decorated simply.  Here I placed a large initial hurricane (a $5.00 score at Marshalls) on top of a mercury class pedestal.

My Home for Christmas

I love these mercury glass ornaments but they are so heavy that I simply cannot place them on my tree.  Instead, I placed them on the same leaf that I used to decorate for fall, and I added greenery for a small pop of color.  To add a little dimension and interest, I placed the leaf on a rustic tree trunk slice.

My Home for Christmas

The opposite side remains almost untouched – those colors match my decor year-round.

My Home for Christmas

You may recall how I decorated my buffet for fall – I considered removing the wreath and adding the same one that I used last year.  After adding the “Merry and Bright” marquis sign and the little tree, I decided that this wreath would also work perfectly for Christmas.  I didn’t even have to pull out the ladder which is great!

My Home for Christmas

On the opposite side, there is a pop of color with the stockings for the whole family.  My kids really get into stocking stuffers so I purchased some big ones last year.

My Home for Christmas

Making another appearance this year is this sweet little tree from last years Christmas home tour, I just changed it’s spot.  It’s tempting to decorate exactly the same way year-after-year, but it’s way more fun to find a new home for decorations.  Sometimes as I am unloading the holiday boxes from the garage, I place something down on a surface meaning to go back to it later.  All of a sudden I look at it and think “I kinda like it there”.  A different perspective on an old decoration.

My Home for Christmas

Since the living room and dining rooms connect, I like to graduate color into the adjacent room.  I purchased 20 feet of fresh garland this year when we bought our tree and they said it should last 30 days – let’s see if it does.  For now, I love how it frames the entrance to the dining room.  I used Command Brand hooks to keep it from damaging the wall.

My Home for Christmas

In a few days I will fill you in on more details of the dining room, but it’s basically a lot of layering greens, gold and white.

My Home for Christmas

A little fur on the head chairs and small pillow soften the dark wood colors of the dining room furniture.

My Home for Christmas

So far we have been holding back on color but no more!  The family room is the fun room and our favorite room to hang out.  This isn’t even the “best” spot to put up our tree but we place it here so that we can enjoy it while watching T.V. and hanging out.  In a few days I will also give you all the details from my tree decorating adventures.

P.S. It involves broken ornaments…sigh.

My Home for Christmas

All my pillows are from different stores but they all work together nicely.  The throw and the reindeer pillow are from Target (last year) and the large fur one is from ZGallerie.  I love adding touches of black to anchor all the other colors.

My Home for Christmas

I had to take more than one picture because it’s a rare sight for all my pillows to be on the couch and not part of some “Fort” on the floor.

My Home for Christmas

More pillows – The one in the back is from ZGallerie and the front one (which I love) is from Marshalls.

My Home for Christmas

Almost done with the pillows.  Snowflake pillow is from Target and the beautiful (and personalized) one in the front is from Tiny Prints.   It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

My Home for Christmas

Don’t cut corners!  I love using baskets in corners full of pillows or throws.  Can you believe that the little deer pillow is from the Target dollar section?  Adorable right?

My Home for Christmas

So that’s my home for the holidays, but the fun doesn’t stop here. #HomeForChristmas is full of ideas and I encourage you to check them out by clicking  on the links below.  

Have you done all your Holiday decorating?  Do you do it all in one day or do you space out your decorating?

Home for Christmas

Christmas Home Tour Part 1

Baby it’s cold outside.  Not really, it’s Florida and it’s pretty darn hot.  But at least it looks like Christmas inside our home!

Christmas Home Tour

I had to break up this post into a few parts because of the amount of pictures, and today I am sharing the living room.  The entrance of our home is a bit formal and I chose a green, white and gold color scheme for the living room and dining room (which I will share with you in a few days).

Here is what you see when you walk in though the front door.

 

Christmas Home Tour

My family room is somewhat small and I chose a large couch for one side and two chairs for the opposite side.  We have re-arranged the furniture in this room so many times over the years but this is the best set up so far and the one that makes the room appear more spacious.

Christmas Home Tour

This little pillow (from Target) is one of the few things that I purchased this year to decorate for Christmas and I love it!

Christmas Home Tour

 

I found this little tree at Homegoods and it is battery operated and pre-lit.  I love how simple it is.

Christmas Home Tour

 

Burlap adds a warm, casual touch in an otherwise formal room.

 

Christmas Home Tour

 

This should be called the Target table.  The lamp, tray and frame are from Target.  Can you tell I love gold?

 

Christmas Home Tour

 

This cool little mirrored tray is one of my favorites and I display it year-round.  Isn’t it tray-chic?  Hehe.  What?!  You didn’t laugh?  Sigh.

 

Christmas Home tour

 

The centerpiece of the coffee table is the same tray that I usually display with some glittery trees and this cool candle holder with an even cooler (or should I say hotter) candle from The Honest Company.

 

Christmas Home Tour

 

On the opposite wall, is my buffet which you already saw when I decorated it for Thanksgiving.

 

Christmas Home Tour

 

I picked up these reindeer last year at Target and I really like how they look on this dark piece of furniture.  Wouldn’t you agree, deEr?  Hehe.  Ok, no more jokes.

Christmas Home Tour

This little sparkly tree behind the raindeer is also wrapped in burlap which is a nice contrast on the black marble.

Christmas Home Tour

Stay tuned for part two and part three of the holiday open house!

Is your home already decorated for the holidays?  Do you decorate every room of the house or just a few?

Maria

 

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Except the long lines at the market, in the department stores and the post office.

I don’t know what it is about me and waiting in line.  I realize that no one likes waiting in line but…I could have a shopping cart full to the brim and when I see that there is a long line for checkout…I start to ask myself if I really need anything in the cart (besides my toddler).  :-)  Does this ever happen to you?

Now back to what I love.  Back to the merriness of Christmas.  Back to the beauty of giving.

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Back to how to avoid lines.  I avoid the lines by shopping way ahead of time and also shopping online.

I never shop during black Friday unless it is online.  With my fear of lines and crazy mobs at the mall, there is no way that I am leaving the house that day.  Visions of not finding a parking space and women fighting over the last special edition Barbie doll for their little girls, keep me home, with my doors locked.

I am all about saving money but I find that the deals online match most of the deals at the store and even if I get an extra 5% off on black Friday, it’s just not worth it to me.  I need a cup of lavender chamomile just thinking about it.

Whether you are courageous enough to shop black Friday or just shop another time…have you noticed that there is always that ONE gift that drives you back to the mall during Christmas week?

To avoid forgetting that one gift, I started keeping a Christmas list years ago that keeps me on track for purchases and holiday spending.  I created a similar list for all of you to use.

I do realize that I should have thought of this a couple of weeks ago but I have been wrapping gifts like a madwoman and I figured it would still be useful.  You can either use it to check off the gifts that you already purchased and/or see what you still need to buy.

Here is the list:

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I hope the list will be helpful!

I am excited about our Christmas breakfast and in a couple of days I will share with you my recipe for Cranberry Scones, so stay tuned!

Until then…Happy Wrapping!

Maria