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22.12.17

Christmas Home Tour 2017



Hey Loves!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Last year many of you absolutely loved my wreath and tree. I got such a warm reception that I decided to do a mini photo tour of the holiday decor around our home. I truly love this time of year. The lights, the decorations, the gifts, the food; I adore all of those things! I especially enjoy the process of decorating my home while listening to some Christmas music. It's such a stressful activity while I'm doing it but I can't get enough of the atmosphere that the holidays bring.

I'm going to apologize in advance for the mini-ness of this tour but with getting ready to see my family for Christmas for the first time in 6 years and getting the apartment decorated it's been a very busy month. I just wanted to make sure to share at least a few pictures to sprinkle some holiday joy for all my loves that follow me!

In addition to showing you some of my decor, I'm going to share with you 5 of our holiday traditions towards the end of the post.

So, go on and see!





So, this was a very exciting year. How so? Well, my wonderful father-in-law bought Christian and I a brand new, full sized tree! No more 3 foot tall tree for me! Don't get me wrong, I could make that little tree sparkle like a diamond for Christmas. But now I can decorate a Big Girl tree! We raided Hobby Lobby, Michaels, TJ Maxx, Homegoods and Lowes finding new ornaments to fully deck out our tree. We made sure to get one special ornament (one of our traditions) to commemorate Christmas as a married couple. It's that lovely white and gold ball in the picture above. If you look carefully near the top, you can see the golden heart ornament that we got for our first Christmas.



I expanded my decor to other parts of the apartment this year besides just the tree and the wreath. I put together this beautiful garland piece on our entertainment dresser. The garland is from Lowes, the flocked picks are from Hobby Lobby, the bulbs are from Michael's and the stockings and deer bust stocking hangers are from Homegoods. Can you believe that those stockings are UGGs and we found them at Homegoods for under $15 a piece? My point is to not be afraid to shop around for your decor. There are all sorts of options out there and you don't need to break the bank to make your house look good!


Of course, the holidays aren't complete without a creative coffee and tea station! Unfortunately we couldn't do a crazy amount of decorating to this area but I found a few pieces to tie it in to the rest of the home. We have had the Mr. and Mrs. mugs for a while but I dressed the cake stand that they sit on with the JOY sign. I also kicked up my artistic side with the chalkboard above.

On a side note, if you want to flavor your coffee or tea, I really recommend checking out Homegoods. We found all of those syrups there. Such things as S'mores, Pumpkin Spice, GLAZED DONUT, Peppermint Mocha and Salted Caramel can be found for under $6. I am obsessed with Peppermint Mocha flavor at this time of year!




And this is one of my favorites. I'm so proud of this centerpiece you see above. Unlike 95% of the greenery you see around the apartment, this is composed entirely of REAL greenery that we found at Trader Joe's. The candles and jars are from Goodwill. The mirrored base is actually an embossed four piece mirror that goes on the wall. We never put it up after we moved and I found them while I was digging up Christmas decorations. The place mats, plates, bowls, napkins, napkin rings and silverware were all dug up at Homegoods. Oh, and the wine glasses we found at Goodwill as well.

Of course, since I set the  table, we haven't touched it because we don't want to mess it up!

And that about does it for the photos that I have. I hope that you've enjoyed them and I hope they give you some inspiration for next year!

Oh yeah! I'm not going to forget about our Christmas traditions! Some of these we are going to start this year and some we have already started.

  • Buy A Special New Ornament! We've been doing this since before we got married but we've focused on getting even nicer ornaments to celebrate the holidays together.
  • Leaving Out Cookies For Santa! Yes, we don't have children yet. But I am a child at heart and I want to pretend that Santa actually exists. If you encourage your young ones to believe in Saint Nicholas then it's always fun to preserve the magic of Christmas in this way. And it's a valid excuse to make some delicious cookies!
  • Incorporate As Much Real Greenery As Possible! This isn't so much a tradition as a determination of mine to move away from using as much plastic. We already throw away so much garbage and I feel that it's a great way to be green and enjoy your greenery.
  • Go And Look At Lights! Some people might think it's creepy of us to slowly drive through neighborhoods. But we like to appreciate the beauty and hard work that goes into decorating the outside of your house for the holidays. A place called Reynolds Farm Equipment up in Fishers always has a huge setup! So pretty! 
  • Buy A Simple, Meaningful Gift For Eachother! We seem to get wrapped up in the holidays every year but we forget to actually get eachother an actual Christmas present. We are going to start making it a tradition to get eachother at least one simple and affordable gift.
 That's all for now but we will do more in the future, I have no doubt. Especially when we have children!

What do you think? Do you have interesting Holiday Traditions? How does you decor look this year? Leave comments and share! I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of our Christmas decorations! Have a great day Loves!
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