As you know, keeping things simple is my style. Christmas decorations do not have to be over the top. In fact, you can give holiday cheer with just a few simple touches. This year I decided to go with more of a traditional theme. I used greenery, red, black, and touches of gold to complete a more traditional look with a few modern touches here and there. Mixing in a few old and new pieces, I was able to create the look and feel I wanted within a reasonable budget.
On the front doors, I used a winter berry wreath. Here is one that is very similar I went very inexpensive considering I needed two. Henry spray painted our clay pots black and planted some mini spruce trees along with some red and white pansies for color. I bought a couple of deep red pillows from pier one to place in the rockers. This added just the right amount of Christmas color for the front porch.
In the foyer, I always try to make it as welcoming as possible. I had an 8 foot faux tree from several years ago I decided to use in this area. It is decorated in simple gold and red balls from target. For the tree skirt, I purchased a cream sweater material skirt from Target. Placing a cream and red throw in the wicker basket gave the room another festive touch while adding texture and coziness.
I also placed the same berry wreath on the barn door in the foyer to add a little more Christmas color. And I love the way the green and red look against the Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray.
In the dining room, I wanted to dress it up a little more, while yet keeping the same style. I used basic white plates for the bottom. I found some berry napkin rings I absolutely adored from pier one, and paired them with a dark gray napkin. I loved the contrast of this darker color against the white plate, and the gray matched the dining room chairs perfectly!
I used a clear vase for the center with an arrangement of garland and berries from Magnolia Home. I used a wreath I currently had to wrap the bottom of the glass vase. Its amazing how you can incorporate items you already have with the new and give it a totally different look. The wreath fit perfectly around the vase! Then, I added a few berries into the wreath to give it a pop of red.
In the kitchen I didn’t want anything over the top, so I started with adding in some greenery with a wreath I already had from last year. This is the same wreath I used to put around the vase in the dining room. I had two of them I had used on the front doors from last year. Again, I love the way the green looks on the wood! I also added in a few touches on the floating shelves.
A couple of boxwood wreaths, a little more greenery here and there, and a couple of gold bowls. For the island, I used the wood vase I already had and made an arrangement out of red and white berries with a little evergreen added in.
The family room is our place to relax, so I wanted to keep things warm and cozy in this room. This is where we have our second Christmas tree. This tree is the real tree we always pick up from a tree farm the day after Thanksgiving. As you can tell by looking at the tree, the kids picked this one out. It is a little short and fat and I’m thinking they might have felt sorry for it. Haha! I actually love it, too.
The kids did an amazing job decorating it with a stream of gold beads, shiny red balls, and also some glittery red ones. I will eventually get to adding some ornaments that the kids have made over the years. This is always fun and a great way to reflect back on memories.
For the mantle, I found the prefect garland and stockings at Target from the Magnolia Home collection. I entangled some twinkling lights within the garland.
On the family room built-in shelves, I added a couple of boxwood wreaths, some garland and berries, and again some gold accents. This was also a great place to put my new Merry and Bright sign from Between You and Me Signs.
I continued the traditional theme throughout all of these rooms without every room being the same. Each room has its own feel, but all incorporated the same elements with greenery, berries, and some black and gold accents.
In some rooms, like the dining area, I took a little more formal approach, while keeping it more relaxed and cozy in the family room. I basically kept the overall look and feel the same with incorporating a few new pieces in every room. I then tied it all together by duplicated a few of the same pieces. I hope you enjoyed our 2018 Christmas Home Tour, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!