Oh I decorate and I love all the colors and the lights, but as the years go by, I find that I spend less time filling every corner of every room with stuff and I only put out what I really, really love.
I have weeded out things that felt junky or that did not hold special appeal, sentimental or aesthetic, if I no longer LOVE it, it no longer gets displayed. I can say that I notice my cherished items more now, as they no longer have to fight for attention and I spend A LOT less time decorating. That has left me with more time to truly enjoy the season.
Of course, I still love looking at all the houses that are completely transformed during this magical season, mine is just no longer one of them! I still think it's dressed with enough sparkle, Santas and that glorious color red to invoke the excitement of the season, but I'll let you be the judge!
I guess it's only fitting to start with the tree! It is not stylized or themed in any way at all. It will never win an award for its glamour or show. It is very simple and filled with ornaments that we love ~ every last one of them is special, sentimental, right down to the plain round glass balls. They were purchased on a fun family outing as a remembrance. Our tree tells the story of our family better than a photo album or home movies ever could. To me, it represents our history and it is gorgeous.
The living room is really a winter room, complete with dark wooden beams and a stone fireplace. It is very at home during Christmas!
This year I added a snowflake pillow and hung a wreath on the fireplace. I used a dollar store ribbon to hide the lights and the cord. I plan to make new stockings, but we'll see!
*Update~ We had a snow day and made the stockings!
The kitchen, the heart of the home, is filled with Santas and lights. I just adore a simple sparkle.
The wreath over my hood is a perennial staple, but a couple of mini wreaths for company and an easy sign leave no doubt it's Christmas in here.
White flowers are elegant in any season.
I'm crazy for Santa Claus...and anything red!
My kids' handmade paper chains hang over a faux wreath adorned with real lemons and limes.
Bathrooms are easy to decorate! It takes so little to add Christmas spirit in here!
Kitchen towels look great in the bathroom, too. I mean a towel is a towel no matter what room it's in!
Snow is the perfect accent in my blue master bathroom.
The master gets a quilt change and few precious additions, but honestly, the sign over the bed personifies my style lately~ even at Christmas!
The tree was given to me by kids years ago. It looks perfect in here during the holidays.
The family room used to get wreaths in the window, but this year, I opted for an advent calendar garland. It's working out really well so far, we are all enjoying it!
Of course, there are a few other seasonal touches peppered around the house, a random reindeer, a tree in the finished basement, you get the idea, but I have shared the basic high points....and a lot of red!
It's no wonder that this is my favorite time of year!
Merry Christmas to all and to all...well, you know! ;)
So this year was all about red...check out my rustic style Christmas here:
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