I thought I'd give you a mini Christmas house tour. I say mini because I don't really do a lot of decorating at Christmas. I like to keep things simple because I find it calming, and at this point in my life, I need calm.
I kept the family room (above) in neutral tones using creams, taupes, greys and golds. I even turned the books so that the books blended in and added to the tones. I must say that although it's hard to find a book now, I love it and I don't think I'm going to turn them anytime soon. They were just too busy the other way. Actually, House and Home Magazine liked my tree and showed it on their Instagram account so if you follow them on IG, you would have seen it. That was pretty cool to have them say they liked my tree!
I needed some height at the end of my mantel, so I placed this large ornament I had in a silver candle stick. Even the collage got some garland. Found this gold silver and twine garland at Target and had to have it.
For the front hall I bought some miniature Christmas balls a couple of years ago in silver, deep blue and white. Usually I just put them in a clear vase, but this year I decided to make them into garland by stringing them on silver yarn that I got at Michaels. Then I decided to make a chalkboard by just painting canvas black and strung the garland across the top. The rest of the Christmas ornaments I just put in little mirrored vases I bought at the dollar store and put some greenery in between. The miniature wreaths I also bought at the dollar store and just tied ribbon around them and hung them from the shades. Simple, but one of my favourite decorations.
In the front room I kept it very simple as well. I hung a paper star that I got at HomeSense last year in the window and hung some white globe lights that I found at Target. (These lights were hard to find and I had to go to a few Target stores because they were all out. I also found similar ones later at HomeSense. The great thing is I can use them outside in the summer on my pergola.) The red twig wreath I got last year at my grocery store. I'm not really a big fan of red but in this room which is very gray, it looks quite stunning. I even went very simple with the railing this year and decided to just place a long string of gold beads that I got at the SuperStore. On the coffee table I placed an iron gold snowflake that I've had for a couple of years.
In my daughter's teen room we just hung some cool sparkly ornaments that look like old fashioned tree lights (which I love and think would look really cool to use for decorations at New Year's) and some tinsel from the dollar store. I also just placed some gold snowflakes that I got at the Superstore on the frames.
In the master bedroom I placed some red wooden beaded garland (that I used on my tree years ago) around the bottom of an Ikea candle and then placed some greenery around it.
So that's my mini Christmas house tour!
I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but haven't quite finished all my Christmas shopping. I'm going to be a little busy the next couple of days.:)
Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!