Hello and happy day from The Mitten! Today I am sharing my simple & traditional holiday home tour, with YOU!
Did you know there are only three more Friday’s until Christmas?
It’s so close, right?
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. – Larry Wilde
Let me ask you….are you all decorated for Christmas?
If you said yes, I am right there with you!
If you said not yet, my hope is that this post will help give you some Christmas excitment and decor ideas.
Come along and see how I decorated my home for the holiday season!
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Blogger’s Best Holiday Home Tour
I am so excited to share, that this week, I am participating in the Blogger’s Best Holiday Home Tour with some of my very talented blogging buddies! My good friend, Kelly at The Tattered Pew, is our host. If you are joining me from Lynne at My Family Thyme, welcome! I am so glad you’re here. Wasn’t her Christmas home tour fabulous!?
In case my blog is new to you, my name is Kim. A wife, mom and mimi who loves color. I make blankets for a cause and you can read all about that in The Journey. Home decor, sewing, reading and painting furniture are a few of my favorite hobbies.
Oh…and I love a pretty table setting!
That Traditional Vibe
If you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you that I love Christmas!
In fact, not just a little…a whole lot!
What’s not to love, right?
When it comes to Christmas decor, I am team traditional. I love the traditional red, green and gold that comes with the holiday.
Call me old fashion, but the colors and traditions of Christmas past make my soul sing!
Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the bright colors that are currently popular and also the neutral vibe. But for me, I always stick to a more traditional theme. By any chance, did you see my recent post on Some of The Best Walmart Christmas Finds? If not, check it out. No matter what your vibe, there is something for everyone.
Simple Christmas Decor
This Christmas, my decor will be simple.
I will be having wrist surgery the first week in December and will unfortunately be in a cast for about two months.
That being said, my decor needs to be simple, making it easier to put away.
My first project, hanging wreaths in my front windows.
Believe it or not, this is my first time doing it. I got the best deal on the wreaths and scored the ribbon at the dollar store.
I love the way it looks and it was the easiest decor project with a big impact.
A Traditional Tree
Next, I put up the tree and added pieces of ribbons. Ribbon takes up more space, is so much easier to pull off and put away than ornaments. Therefore, I filled quite a bit of space with them. I cut the ribbon into smalls pieces and folded them into the tree.
No secret process. Just fold and tuck.
Finally, it was time to decorate the tree!
A train usually graces the bottom of our tree, but this year I used my favorite big red velvet tree skirt instead. Thrilled, is what I was, when I decided to use it again. It’s so pretty!
I think my reindeer likes it too!
Here’s a little secret. I literally have hundreds of ornaments. When I tell you that, I am not kidding. Back in the day, I would put up two nine foot trees and a small tree in our office. Hence, all the ornaments.
This year, like I said, I wanted to use the traditional red, green and gold, and that was no exception for my tree. As a result of those hundreds of ornaments, I was able to go through and pick out those colored ornaments without purchasing anything new.
I am so pleased with how it turned out AND by using the ribbon I used half the ornaments, I normally do.
In addition to using the red and green ornaments, I used the same color scheme for my wrapping paper.
Tell me, do you coordinate paper or am I the only one?
The Stockings Were Hung
You know the old Christmas saying, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”? Well, I do have a fireplace but I have no mantle. So, I have to get creative with hanging our stockings.
I have a short bannister which leads to the second floor. I currently use that area and the stockings fit there great! That being said, I will have to rethink that for next year, as we have twin grandbabies on the way, in May!
Yes, that’s right, friends! Precious twins!
But for this year, I used my favorite garland, some pretty plaid ribbons and artificial berries to dress it up.
Touches of Christmas
My home is an open concept. When I say open concept, I literally mean entry, living, eating and kitchen all in one open room. Not one wall or partial wall divides the areas. The room is surrounded by windows, so there is very little wall space. Therefore, I have to get decor creative with cabinets and my kitchen table.
For quite sometime, I dreamed of a large Santa picture to adorn the wall above one of my cabinets.
You know, the kind of Santa picture that my sweet gbaby would love and always remember.
Believe it or not, I found it and you know what? It’s exactly what I dreamed!
Adding red candles to my recently transformed candle holders and some greenery was simple and was the perfect touch.
The ladder is a year round staple in our home. I just switch out the blankets for the season.
Did you spy one of my cottage blankets on there?
I thought so!
I have one other cabinet near the front door that I seasonally change out too.
Finding some beautiful new items, this year, at The Miten Collective, was exactly what I needed for this space. If you are local, do yourself a favor and check it out! It’s such a pretty store.
The reindeer and neutral trees complemented the gold and cream Santa, little house and pine cones I already had.
Mixing old with new is the best!
It holds so many memories, doesn’t it? Especially at the holidays!
As a family, we eat there, laugh there, pray there, share life together. What an important place the table is!
Therefore, it is only fitting that it be set beautifully.
First, I added my red and white table runner, then my red foot tray I made last Christmas. As far as decorating my footed tray, I added a few trees, a candle stick and a sweet picture of my daddy. Although, he is no longer here, I felt it important to include him at the table.
When decorting a tray, I say add what makes you happy! Creating a space that gives you, your family and friends that warm feeling is what it’s all about.
I also used a string of red and cream garland to add a little element of fun to the table.
Typically, I mix and match my dishes. Trust me, I do have plenty of full sets of dishes, but I like the whimsy mixing gives the table.
This year, I added a set of cream colored dishes from The Pioneer Woman collection and some Christmas dishes I have had for years. Alternating the plates and adding some red napkins gave me the look I invisioned. I tied the napkins in a knot and they look just like a bow!
That’s right…I gift wrapped my dishes!
On a previous trip to the dollar store, I bought some red bells. I wanted to incorporate them into my table setting so I ran to the field next door and trimmed some greenery. Using green twine, I wrapped the bell and greenery around the napkin.
I topped the table off with some red tumblers.
Yet, so pretty.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
One More Thing
Before you go, I would love for you to visit my talented blogging friend, Joy, at The Aspiring Home.
I hope you enjoyed my traditional, yet simple holiday home tour. I hope you make wonderful new memories this holiday while remembering those that make your heart sing!
Everything looks beautiful! I love the quilts and the little touches like the bulb on the napkins, etc. I am sure that you and everyone that walks in your door are enjoying your traditional christmas!
Thank you, Elizabeth! It is my hope that everyone feels welcome and enjoys!!
Your home looks beautiful decorated for Christmas. I so much enjoyed every picture that you shared.
Thank you, Paula!
So beautiful, my friend. Happy holidays!
Thanks so much, Renae!
Jennifer Howard says
Everything looks so beautiful!! I was thinking that you are going to need a bigger space for stockings before you even mentioned the twins!!
I love the table with the big Santa and grapevine trees…I would steal them if I lived closer!!!
I knew you would like those!! Come on by! I’ll let you borrow them for next year!
Such a pretty Christmas home. Love the jinle bells at each place setting. Love the table, so pretty.
thank you, Cindy!
Your holiday home looks so beautiful! I love how you’ve wrapped the presents and your tablescape is lovely and festive.
I just love making a pretty package! Thank you for your kindness, Shawna!
It is so festive and welcoming! Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Robyn!
Kim, your home is decorated so beautifully for the holidays. I’m a big fan of the traditional red, and I love you you tied the napkins on your table and added the cute bell detail. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much, Jen! It’s the first time Ive tied my napkins that way. Merriest Christmas to you, friend!
Rachel Harper says
I’ve always decorated with red until this year. It was a hard choice but my hydrangeas inspired me. I still have lots of red on my porches and touches through out. I’ll never stop using traditional Christmas colors and yours are so perfect. I’m so glad we did this tour together.
Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Always an honor to tour with you! Merry Christmas, Rachel!
Hi Kim! You chose such cute fabrics for your holiday blankets–love the ladder decor! Your table is so pretty, too! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Thank you, Cecilia! I hope your Christmas is blessed!
Amber D Ferguson says
Oh my goodness your home looks so festive for the holidays! I love the gold and cream Santa, the sweet tribute to your father, the striped table runner and those bows napkins are the best!
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much, Amber! It was my first time using the bow napkins and I was so pleased how they turned out! Merry Christmas!
Kim your tour was so fun. I enjoyed it so much and happy to be touring with you. Happiest of holidays to you🎄🎄
Thank you, Ann!
Libbie Burling says
Hello, my Mitten friend!
Your home looks so lovely! I love the coziness you’ve added while keeping things simple. I am feeling the need for simplicity this year myself. Happy hopping! 🙂
Thank you, Libbie! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
Ana Ochoa says
I just love the traditional red and green! So beautiful!
Thank you, Ana! Merry Christmas!
I absolutely love your house Kim! Although I just about cried when I realized how MUCH you have done and how LITTLE I have done. I’ll be on a mission to find my own Santa picture now too! xoxo
No tears, friend! I’m just ahead of the game because of my surgery! You’ll be there in no time! xoxo
Jennifer Fancher says
Nothing says Christmas more to me than the traditional green and red, and boy, you styled it so beautifully! I am doing the traditional colors upstairs in my home and this have given me such inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you so much, Jennifer! I’m so glad you liked it!
Oh Kim, your home looks so beautiful. How I wish we lived close to each other. I am in love with your Santa and Snowman artwork. Love it!
Me too, friend! Think of the wonderful visits we could have! Thank you so much for your kind words on my home! ❤
Leslie Watkins says
Beautiful! Love all of your colors, ribbons and details. And all my favorite bloggers sharing! Amazing tour. I’ll try to follow you all.
Thank you so much, Leslie!
Anne | Simply2Moms says
I just love all your traditional red and green decorations, Kim! I’ve tried being neutral, but always feel more Christmassy when I pull out the red accents. I hope all goes well with your surgery! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
I appreciate that! I agree, red just seems to remind me of all things Christmas. Merry Christmas to you both!
Everything looks amazing as usual. I can’t believe you found that ribbon at the dollar store. I just spent a boat load of money buying ribbon Michael’s the other day. I too love the traditional colors. So excited about the twins.
Thank you, friend!! I found great wire ribbon at Dollar General this year! I usually buy all my ribbon after Christmas. It’s so much cheaper then. Have a great day!
Julie Ciechanowski says
KIM!!! Your home is absolutely stunning! How you pulled this gorgeous home together for Christmas before your surgery is mind blowing ❣️ As for a favorite, don’t have one, love it all. YOU and simple for the holidays do not go together, yet you did it!! Well done my friend ❤️ Merry Christmas 🎄🎁
Awe, thank you, Jules! You are so kund to me! It’s amazing what you can do when you are under a deadline! Merriest Christmas!!
Mary K Blaine says
Tour home tour is beautiful! I never thought of wrapping my place settings! What a clever idea. Can’t wait to work on my home this week with on the inspiration from tour home tour.
Thank you, Kay! Folding the napkins was the easiet! Have fun decorating!! xo
Lora Bloomquist says
Thank you for the lovely tour! I love that quilt with the Christmas fabrics, and you made it? Congrats on the future grand twins; that will be a fun ride! Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Lora! I did make the blanket and we are beyond excited for our new gbabies! Merry Christmas!!
Kim your home looks so beautiful and cozy for the holidays! Love it all! xo
Thank you so much, Stacy! Good luck with your move! Merry Christmas!
I can see that Christmas makes your soul sing. Everything looks so festive and fun. Loved all of your details – the bells on the napkins, the Santa photo, quilts, all the bows, etc. It was all beautiful. Enjoyed hopping with you this week. Merry Christmas!
It truly does! Thank you for the very kind words! Merry Christmas!!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
Your home is decorated so beautifully for the holidays Kim. I love the traditional red and the sweet bell detail. Merry Christmas my friend!
Thank you, Kim!
This is very beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Rachel!
Mary Anne Russo says
Kim your home looks beautiful and I love the traditional colors! So exciting with more grand babies on the way! You sure will need more room for stockings! Happy Holidays!
Thank you, Mary Anne! I am already planning the stocking hanging for next year. lol Merry Christmas!
I enjoyed the nostalgic feel of your post. So warming!
Your home is beautiful. Love all the pretty details. Thanks for sharing all then tips. The links are great!
Keep posting I will be checking in, sorry so late.
Thank you, Tina! You are always so kind! xo
Lynne Zemaitis says
Kim, I love your beautiful Christmas home! The traditional pops of red and green are so fun and festive. Congratulations on your growing family! That is so exciting! It was wonderful to be on this tour with you. Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Lynne! Same to you and yours!
What a gorgeous holiday home tour! Yes, I’m a little late to the party … but I finally have time this week to take all the tours and oh, what fun! I adore your tree topper idea … and love the traditional red and green scheme. Hope you’re wrist is healing and you were able to fully enjoy the holiday season. Twins on the way … wow. We have twin grand-nieces and it so much fun. They’re old enough to start playing parent-trap games with us. Fools us every time. Wishing you the happiest New Year, Kim in the Mitten! xo
Thanks so much, Juliet! We are so looking forward to having twins in the family! Happiest New Year to you!