Holy smokes. December is here. It feels like just yesterday that I posted about last year’s holiday home tour. We had just moved into our home, which happened to be across the country from where we were previously living. We were on a budget to say the least. I suppose with our sweet baby girl making an appearance this month, you could say we’re still on budget this year. Does that ever end? Ha!
This year I hopped on a Holiday Home Tour blog train with some other fabulous bloggers and DIY’ers. If you’re totally into seeing allll the holiday home deccor you can, there’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post.
If you came over from My West Coast Life, welcome!
Without further ado ?
Anyways, a lot of the decor is the same, you know, repurposing what we already had, less consumption etc. But we also switched things up a bit. I wanted a fresh and cozy vibe for the holidays this year. I had originally thought I was going to switch our scheme up by doing a simple white, gold and wintergreen theme. Once I took our decorations out though, that navy blue swayed me.
I really wanted to create a fresh, and inviting entranceway to our home. I picked up some mini spruce trees and made a rustic cedar wreath to adorn the front door. Instead of putting up a perfect string of lights around our door, I opted for a cozier, more comfortable vibe with loose lighting that spanned from tree to tree.
Our furniture situation has also changed since last Christmas. Last year, we didn’t have a couch yet and we were using just a small round table for two. This year, we have a small couch, two chairs and a long table that now seats 6. Oh, and since we made my office the nursery, my desk is now in this space as well ?. Let’s just say it’s cozy for sure.
Because we have so many touches of blue throughout our home decor, it made sense to have our Christmas decor compliment that rather than be something “for Christmas only”. I did repaint these plastic spoon trees a wintergreen and gold-glitter colour this year instead of the pink and blue from last year. I think it ties all of the fresh greenery we used in with the rest of the decor.
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To bring in that “fresh” look to our holiday decor I brought in so much fresh winter foliage. I hand-tied a fluffy (and full!) cedar garland to drape over our console as well as a couple smaller pieces for our bar cart.
One of my favourite parts about the bar cart, besides my holiday plaid tumblers which only make an appearance this time of year, is the mini live spruce tree. I’ve always wanted a live Christmas tree, but since I like to set up so early, it’s not yet possible. The mini spruce tree not only satisfies that need for me, but it balances out the big tree in the corner!
The most important part of any Christmas decor, the tree.
So my tree is a good 10 years old. I actually bought it when I worked at Bouclair. It was the first Christmas we were open and they sent us WAY too much Christmas decor for our little store. This tree with pre-lit lights ended up going to 90% off! I snagged this tree for only $9.99. Literally less than $10! So I can’t really complain too much when we put it out each year and I think how sparse it looks. To be honest, it’s always been sparse but now it has the “stuffed in the box, then refluffed year after year look”.
Since I also wanted a real tree, but we didn’t get one this year, my solution was to get some fresh Douglas Fir. I added branches into my fake tree to fill in the gaps. It also adds that fresh tree smell. I sprayed the branches with some Crowning Glory (a hydrating spray I use for floral design) and so far, so good!
Now the tree looks full and natural!
Don’t forget to head over to the next holiday home today, Love Create Celebrate.
That’s a wrap (no pun intended) on this holiday home tour. Don’t forget to check out the amazing work from the other participants for Christmas and Holiday Inspiration.
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