Welcome to our 2013 Christmas House! I know it is late in the season for a house tour, but it is my reality. I could blame the weather (bad photo conditions), but truthfully, I was still tweaking my decorations yesterday! 🙂 And, since I know it’s probably too late for you to do much with my decorating ideas, you should probably just Pin It for next year – when you hover over any picture, the Pin It button appears to make it simple to Pin.
I did start decorating right after Thanksgiving, but I just did it slowly. Plus, my real tree has had 3 evolutions…I wasn’t happy with the first two versions. My Christmas décor is pretty simple this year. I didn’t go crazy, but put touches of Christmas in most rooms so that it feels all warm and Christmasy at our house. So, on with the tour…few words, many pictures.
Starting the tour with the front porch. I used real greenery in the urns. One of my DIY Christmas Wreaths is on the door. I may have modified the wreath again yesterday, so it doesn’t even look like this anymore. 🙂
The urns were a combination of greens I bought, free ones from our tree, and other branches that were from centerpieces that we had at my work Christmas party.
Just inside the front door is our simple foyer table.
I tucked more live greens in the apothecary jar and added a few glass ornaments.
On the other side, a new-to-me mini tree from the thrift shop is beside a Santa that I won a few years ago.
The living room is full of Christmas. First, we have the mantle with more fresh greens. It’s pretty much like last year except I didn’t use lights and I tucked in a few magnolia leaves.
We put the tree to the right of the fireplace this year, also known as the odd corner in the living room. Our tree is fatter than usual, so this was a better spot for it. My issue with the tree was that our pretty green cluster lights died, and I had used them more as our garland in the past. So, without them it felt like the tree was missing something. I tried the popcorn and cranberry only to be eaten by Puddy. Then, I tried another garland from Lowe’s and it didn’t do it for me either. I finally got the clear iridescent garland at Kmart for less than $2 a strand. I like what it adds to the tree…it made it finally feel complete.
The side tables got decked out for Christmas too.
I added some red and white balls inside the top dish. The basket always sits on the middle shelf, but it got some greens, leaves and pinecones to make it more festive.
The other side table got another Santa, this one was from a thrift shop, more greens and more ornaments. I also added some Christmas books.
The shelves in my craft room got their Christmas touches pretty early. I already showed my burlap tree and my other embellished wreath.
The jute wrapped cookie cutter was a popular DIY Decoration from last year.
The last decorated area on our main floor is the breakfast room. I added some cream, gold and glass to the buffet. It’s very difficult to get a picture of the buffet without me in the mirror, so this is the best I can do with my amateur photography.
The angels were a new addition to my décor. I got them at the monthly church thrift shop for $1 each, which was a great deal considering they are heavy lead crystal, and oh so pretty.
Our basement is home to the rest of the Christmas décor, including the second tree. This is the artificial one, so it was one of the first decorations and will probably be the last to get put away too.
The built-in shelves for the entertainment center were completely taken over with Christmas décor. I just took a picture of each side separately, because you don’t need to see whatever football game that Bob had on TV while I was trying to take pictures.
I kept the other Christmas party centerpiece in tack and sat it on a little table for some fresh greenery in the basement.
Of course, I had to decorate my spraypainted branches for Christmas too. They are on a little side table with the reminder of the Reason for the Season.
I hoped you enjoy the Christmas tour, and more importantly, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!