Walking In A Winter Wonderland Christmas Home Tour
Welcome to the Walking In A Winter Wonderland Christmas Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed Caitlin’s home tour. I love her style and how she decorated her home for the holidays!
Thank you to Mansa for hosting once again. I’m so glad to be joining up with some amazing bloggers showcasing our homes decked out for the holidays.
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I had so much fun this year decorating our home for Christmas. Some years I feel overwhelmed when I see the bins of red and green starring at me in the basement.
Not this year though.
Those bins were no match for me. They didn’t even have a chance
I had to break down this year and I purchased a few new things. Pretty new things always makes it easier to decorate your home for Christmas.
I also pulled out some of my ol’ faithful decorations. The ones I can’t seem to let go.
I fell back in love with red and green again this year. You’ll see the most red you will ever see in my house in this blog post.
We’ve only lived in our current home for three years so I am still experimenting with decorating this house for Christmas. I tried to think outside of the box and do things a little differently this year too.
For example…my entry way.
I hung these paper stars from IKEA on my banister and I still can’t tell how I feel about them hanging on my banister.
But for a few weeks out of the year, I decided it was worth it to just keep them put.
You will see alot of wreaths and trees in my home this year too. Wreaths aren’t limited to exterior doors only. I found my wreaths at Walmart. They are an in store purchase only but I have them linked for you just in case your store still has them in stock.
I also had plans to get a new Christmas wreath for my front door but once I stuck some greenery and bells in my hanging basket that I always have on my front door, I was happy with how it turned out.
You can see more about my King of Christmas tree here. It is such a pretty tree and I had fun decorating it with emerald green ribbon and faux eucalyptus. This was one of the first trees I really ever decorated.
The kids left me alone with this one. They get to decorate the Clark Griswold tree once we cut it down so I got to claim this tree.
A few weeks ago, I also replaced my dining room curtains for these emerald green velvet curtains from IKEA and I really think they set the stage for my colors this year for Christmas.
I never thought I would hang emerald green curtains in my dining room but I love them and I love them even more now that Christmas is getting near. You can see more about how I pretended to set my dining table this year using plastic plates with the traditional Christmas colors.
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I do not show my kitchen too much around here but I am trying to change that. I seem to like my kitchen the most over the holidays. I took down my DIY valance and replaced it with this flocked garland from Walmart
I also love switching out my flowers for Christmas greenery in my vases. It is such and affordable way to get to your home to feel like Christmas and it’s something you can keep out even after Christmas is over.
Our family room is my favorite right now. We haven’t cut down our real tree yet so the living room is in a waiting stage. Between you and me (and whoever else is reading this…so likely just my mom) I’m in no hurry to get our Clark Griswold tree. We put it in the corner where the pink chair is and it usually takes up that whole side of the room.
I’ll try to remember to share a picture once we get it.
And let’s just all take a moment to talk about my mantel, shall we? A few months ago I gave our fireplace a mini makeover with peel and stick tiles and holy moly what a change it made for such little amount of money.
The whole time I was working on my fireplace makeover, I kept thinking how much fun I’d have decorating this mantel for Christmas. And I was right.
For the past two years I always struggled with my mantel and I now know why. I really really really disliked the hunter green surround that was previously there. But I sure do love the peel and stick tiles I recently stuck up there.
I had alot of fun decorating the mantel this year. I think too much fun.
I did break down and purchased new garland from Hobby Lobby this year for my mantel.
The garland we used to have was 13 years old and was beginning to show it’s age. Apparently, the price of garland has drastically increased in the past 13 years too. Jiminy Christmas, I was shocked to see some of the prices.
I really do think this garland on my mantel gives me the biggest bang for my buck. It’s full and looks pretty realistic. I have two strands on my mantel but my mantel is freakishly long. I never think I have a large fireplace until I have to decorate my mantel.
The garland is pretty as is but since I can never leave well enough alone I added some more umph to my garland
An easy way to beef up any garland is to add some fillers to it. I originally stuck some real eucalyptus in my garland to give it some of that umph. The eucalyptus dried out so I switched it out with faux magnolia leaves and I’m liking it so much better…not to mention that it is much more low maintenance.
I pulled out our old stockings this year too. I purchased new ones last year but the kids had asked to bring back the old tried and true stockings. Not because my kids are nostalgic, but because these stockings are larger than the new ones I just purchased.
These stockings are easily 7 years old so I can’t link them if I wanted to.
I decided to string some wood beads through my garland too and I will have to say, the kids are not a fan. They (and the husband) looked very concerned when I was doing this. Again, this is one of those “it’s just for a few weeks out of the year” decor ideas. It’s different and fun and quite honestly, I have no desire to take this all apart to remove the beads.
At the last minute I found the nicest eucalyptus garland and decided it would look so cute on my new round mirror. If you look closely you can see my trick to how I got this garland to stay on my mirror
A girls got to do what a girls got to do.Ha!
Here’s a better picture
Do you see the white hair clip? It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo. I actually went to the store before I snapped these pictures to grab some smaller hair clips. Welp, guess what I forgot to buy at the store?!?
Oh well, #reallife
Let’s move past the hair clip, shall we. I sprinkled Christmas cheer all around my family room this year. It’s where we spend most of our nights as a family so why not lay the Christmas cheer on thick.
You can never go wrong with ornaments in a bowl surrounded by string lights
I found the white houses at IKEA and they are my favorite
PS..I didn’t do a whole lot to my front porch this year. It looks very similar to my porch from last year. You can see it here
And that’s a wrap folks! Time to take it all down and get ready for Spring…just kidding!!! I’m ready to eat lots of cookies and watch Christmas movies….and likely change my mantel…again.
Your next stop on this party bus is Ashley’s home! I know you will find lots of inspiration over there!
Don’t forget to check out all of the lovely ladies sharing their beautiful homes this year. I love these blog hops. They are so fun to do and I get so much inspiration for next year!
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