It’s FINALLY time for me to let my inner Christmas elf out and share all the things I’ve done to decorate my house for the holidays. Most years, I fly to Connecticut to spend Christmas with my family. This year that’s (tentatively) still the plan. However, just in case, I decided to decorate the house with some festive elements to make things feel a little more… festive. Here’s a mini tour of my holiday decor this year.
Living Room Holiday Decor
Starting with the living room, I have a few festive pillows on the couch, but the big holiday-themed piece I focused on was updating my blanket ladder. The ladder is a DIY (tutorial coming soon!) and really functions well for both blanket storage and decor. I included a few blankets from Home Goods and Target (similar ones here, here, here), and chose to hung two tiny stockings at the top (also from Target). For a finishing touch, I added lights that are on a timer to automatically come on when it starts to get dark. 10/10 would recommend. (You can get the lights here, and timer here).
Kitchen Holiday Decor
The kitchen is where I went a liiiiittle more wild, but I love how it came out. One of my favorite parts of decorating my kitchen was coming up with an idea for the area above the cabinets. This empty space was the perfect opportunity to fill it with something festive. I found this garland with ornaments at At Home (similar), and wrapped some boxes with some bows I DIY’d. It’s so pretty and really brings me a lot of holiday cheer when going into the kitchen.
The last festive place in my home is my “command center” where I usually put my bags/wallet/mask when I come home. Since I usually celebrate Christmas out of town, I rarely find the need to get a Christmas tree. Instead, I have this fake mini tree that I’ve had for a few years (fun fact: many places actually have MINI REAL CHRISTMAS TREES if you’re looking for a real tree instead of a fake one). I’ve been collecting mini ornaments from various places but my favorites have been At Home, Michael’s, and Target. Instead of a star on the top, I used wired ribbon to make a bow and let the tails cascade down the tree. I found a pretty cable knit tree skirt to hide the tree legs.
On the shelves, I have a small collection of trinkets, in addition to my letterboard. Going from left to right on the top shelf: the vase and ornaments are from Michaels (gold and red), the llama is from World Market (similar), the gray Santa is from a small shop in Denmark (similar), the fake burlap wrapped tree is from Target, and the silver trees are from At Home. The bottom shelf has a vase and flowers from Michaels, some mini bottle brush trees from Target (similar), letterboard from Amazon (similar), Danish horse from Denmark (similar), small cake stand from Target, and candles from Michaels.
Under the shelves, I have a silver snowflake card holder (similar) and a 2020 calendar (LOL). I’m a recovering wrapping paper collector, but one of my favorites from last year was an Elf themed roll from Michaels. I haven’t put bows on them yet, but they add some extra something sitting on the empty space of the table.
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