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!