Deck the blogs with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! 'Tis the season to be jolly! And, I have teamed up with the jolliest bunch of a**holes this side of the nuthouse to bring you a Christmas Blog Hop lol! It is the same talented group of bloggers who brought you the Fall Blog Hop, which if you remember, was full of farmhouse inspiration. We've pulled our Christmas decor together early to bring you lots of ideas! So whether you're the type to decorate early, or you prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving, I hope you'll all find some inspiration here. This girl loves to decorate, and I can't ever wait (thankfully I don't have a husband who makes me)! We still celebrate Thanksgiving...just by the light of our trees. So welcome to my Christmas Home Tour, sweet friends! Please pin and share your favorite ideas! Let's get started!
In Illinois we have reached below freezing temperatures. My husband keeps asking me why we live here again? But I don't think I could get into the Christmas spirit if there wasn't fluffy, white magic in sight! Midwest climate is all I've ever known. Celebrating Christmas somewhere tropical would be plain weird for me. Anyway, I haven't gotten the outdoor decorations up yet. So I'm going to start my home tour in the heart of our home, our kitchen! This is where our family spends the majority of our time. So it is not always as clean as these photos may portray it!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I remodeled our kitchen over the summer. My goal was to brighten up the space on a budget. I painted the cabinets white, added floating shelves in place of a cabinet, and put up a subway tile backsplash. But since then we've added another new addition...our island. This is actually the buffet table that used to be in our dining room, with a fresh coat of white paint to match the cabinets. But I rearranged the furniture in there recently and there was no place for it. This is a regular occurrence in our home because I tire of things quickly. My husband jokes that he can't leave me alone for five minutes lol. Luckily, I haven't tired of his jokes yet...
It took me a long time to figure out a decorating theme for the holidays. Some might say I obsessed over it! I initially thought I wanted to go with a ski lodge theme, but it has kind of evolved from there. One thing was sure, I knew I wanted a more pared down version of what I did last year, even though my photos were so well received. So I kept it simple in here. My main focus was on my floating shelves. I added a little Christmas cheer to them with some fresh greens, which gave the kitchen a nice woody, balsam smell. I also added crushed peppermint, candy canes, and candy mints to my glass canisters to give them a little color. So they're practical and pretty! Now my little farmhouse kitchen is fit for baking! Just try not to prick your finger on the pine needles!
I also brought my galvanized metal tiered stand out of the closet and turned it into a hot cocoa station! I've filled it with little canisters to hold my hot cocoa ingredients, my holiday Rae Dunn mug collection, and some natural elements, most of which I had. A hot cocoa station is perfect for those cold, snowy days leading up to Christmas, as well as for welcoming guests over the holidays.
SHOP MY KITCHEN
In our dining room we also have a few new additions. First, we added these CORBELS. I purchased four of these beauties to use as room dividers in the entryways to our living room. And I love how they transformed this space and gave it more of that customized, farmhouse feel. What were once ordinary entryways are now extraordinary! As I mentioned in my sneak peak, let's just hope my six foot six husband doesn't hit his head on them because I don't want to have to choose!
We also suspended our ladder from the dining room ceiling, making this spot the fourth location in our home that it has been suspended from. Shout out to my father-in-law for installing these new pendant lights in here...on a week night...after he'd worked all day. As usual, It was a lot more work than I anticipated. I'm so spoiled having an electrician in the family! It gets me thinking about what other lights I can update.
I might've mentioned in my Fall Home Tour that one of the biggest challenges I have when decorating is table settings. We don't have a formal dining room in our little house. And we sit down for a family dinner at this table in our breakfast area pretty regularly. My daughter also likes to sit here and play or create. And I've been using this space to wrap presents. I have to pat myself on the back because it is mid-November and I'm already DONE shopping and wrapping. That's why it's fitting that I have a t-shirt that says "Gangster Wrapper." Yes these are real presents and not just decorations! So I keep our table pretty casual. It's the most practical thing for our family.
SHOP MY DINING ROOM
MAIN LIVING AREA
I didn't get a lot of photos of our main living area. I work full time so the only opportunity that I have to snap photos is on the weekends. And sometimes the lighting just doesn't cooperate, especially during this time of year. I look forward to the day that I can replace the ceiling fan and carpeting in here. But sometimes you have to be happy with what you have while working for what you want (hence the full time job thing).
This year I WAS lucky enough to get a NEW Christmas tree though! It is the 7.5 ft King Flock tree from King of Christmas. It is on sale right now and it can be purchased here. They make the highest quality artificial trees! Ours has 800 bright white LED lights, and if you know my husband and his profession, he can't go an hour without talking about LED lights. So this tree is our dream tree! The best part is if one bulb goes out, the rest remain lit, a feature that our old tree didn't have that I battled the last few years. Another feature I was pleased with was the power pole, which makes assembly a breeze, because you don't have to search for cords to connect each section; The sections simply light up when you stack them on top of one another. This tree is also unbelievably full, required minimal fluffing, and there was minimal shedding from the flocked branches. My husband made the comment that it didn't need any decorations when we got it assembled. It is beautiful on its own! Seriously, the most beautiful tree I have ever seen in person! I wish I had a whole indoor forest of them!
I went to my favorite store in Illinois for tree decorations, Jeffrey Alans. If you don't live in Illinois, I'm sorry. This place is Christmas Heaven! I purchased the holly berry garland on my tree there. I also purchased all of my ornaments there. I used red glass ball ornaments, white snowball ornaments, and $70 worth of 3-D snowflake ornaments...big oops! Next time I will check prices, but aren't they the cutest! My daughter and I had so much fun decorating the tree.
Around the base of our Christmas tree I used a galvanized metal tree collar, which are all the rage right now. It is sitting on a white fur throw to give the appearance of snow. For now I also have my huge dough bowl sitting under the tree, filled with the miniature grain sack stripe pillows from the Target Dollar Spot last year. And I love all of the different textures and how they work together.
SHOP MY LIVING ROOM
The last room on our home tour is our master bedroom. And this might be my favorite room right now. The red and white buffalo check duvet cover and shams just make it. If you hadn't noticed I used red and white buffalo check in each room of the house to tie it all together. It kind of gives it that classic red and white country Christmas feel. The bedding is new this year and I have spent the last week trying to convince my husband that it's the same bedding I got last year. Bedding and throw pillows just seem to jump right into my shopping cart. "I need to stop," I whisper to myself as I click, "add to cart."
My favorite sheets ever have to be this six piece Essential Sheet Set from Linens and Hutch. They're very affordable and if you use my code rustic30 you can save an extra 30% on them this Christmas. Click here to treat yoself! I also love snuggling up with this Dartmoor white faux fur throw from Laura Ashley. Both the sheets and the throw are so soft that I wish you could feel them through the Internet! So click here to check out my throw too! I'm using a vintage Coca-Cola crate as a tray on mine! I love decorating with vintage pieces, especially during the holidays!!
The DIY faux fireplace helps to cozy our room up for the colder winter months here. This received a fresh coat of white paint over the summer. When I'm lying in bed at night, I feel a great sense of pride in the updates we've continued to make since purchasing our home from a flipper a few years ago. And I think about all the memories we have made here! I've dressed my faux fireplace with flocked garland and stockings. Now I'm ready to nestle in my bed while visions of sugar plums dance in my head!
Well sweet friends, that concludes my Christmas home tour. If you read this far, high five! I hope that you found some ideas to incorporate into your own decor. If you want to comment, I would absolutely LOVE to hear what your favorite part of my home tour was! Be sure to hop onto the other ten homes below for more inspiration. Happy Holidays from my family to yours! Wishing you love and laughter through the new year!