Hello Friends!! Happy Friday! I am so excited to be joining in with all of my friends for the final day of the Holiday Housewalk! I’ve had the joy of participating in the housewalk for the last two years, and I am so excited to be joining in again this year!
If you are visiting from my friend Jeanne Olivers blog than welcome!
I adore Jeanne’s home and her decor, not to mention Jeanne’s heart for inspiring women to pursue their creative passions.
Last year I focused on adding in blue tones for a wintery mix with our frosted tree, but this year I ditched the blue and focused more on adding natural greens mixed with white plaid, and a few faux furs.
It could be because I was a bit inspired by our new christmas tree this year, but I just wanted things to fill fuss free, and a bit more simple, if that makes sense. Instead of piling on the decor, I just wanted little accents here and there to shine.
Some fun new pillows from HomeGoods, Target and these new plaid pillows from Sew + Cloth helped go with my fuss-free winter look. The best part is they will last right through the holidays, straight until spring, so that means less to take down after Christmas too!
I showed our staircase before with a faux garland, because it was still a little too early at the time for a real one. As soon as we hit the beginning of December I put a real garland up and it will last me just until Christmas before it completely dries out.
I made this one out of fresh cedar branches, 2 different types of seeded eucalyptus, a few sprigs of olive branches, and finished things off with tiny silver ornaments for a little sparkle. It smells heavenly, and adds so much of the fresh greenery that I love.
I filled a simple vase with the left over branches I had and placed it on our coffee table. I typically don’t use fresh greenery in the winter like this, but I love the added touch it adds to our living room, and it doesn’t feel out of place because it ties in with all the garland because I used the same seasonal greens.
I love to add subtle seasonal touches by swapping out my artwork. This gold foil print from Lindsay Letters did just the trick!
It reads : “AND HE WILL BE CALLED “WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, ALMIGHTY FATHER, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.” – ISAIAH 9:6″
As I mentioned earlier we got a new tree this year. You can read all about it HERE. I ended up changing out a few ornaments after that post, simply just because I loved the white ones so much, I wanted to highlight them by adding silver and mercury glass ornaments as well.
I also moved our christmas tree this year. I placed it where one of our wingback chairs normally sits, and moved the chair to the other side of our sofa. The tree sits right in between our living room and dining room, and now we can gaze at it better when we are sitting on the sofa, like in the photo below.
I only added a few miniature trees to the built-ins and some sprigs of fresh cedar. I love how simple it feels, yet the tiny houses make it feel like a cozy little winter village scene.
Looking into our dining room, I carried a lot of the green and white into this space as well, while still keeping things on the simpler side.
I love that when we sit at our table this year we get a better view of the Christmas tree from this room too!
I kept things simple on our dining room table, by bringing in our rattan chairs from our outdoor eating area. I also added this white linen check table cloth from Not Perfect Linen.
It is so soft, and I love that it mimics the plaids from the pillows in the living room slightly. The relaxed linen helps keep things casual, with my simple tablescape of faux garland and mercury glass trees and ornaments.
If you haven’t caught on, it was really about the fresh garland this year! I made all my own garland because it was cheaper than buying already made. I went to our local greenhouse and bought bundles of fresh cedar. And then to add a little variety I used 2 different types of seeded eucalyptus.
I love hanging one on the doorway that leads from our kitchen into the rest of the house. Since the dining room and living room are open to each other, a fresh garland on the doorway leading in from the kitchen almost sets the stage and welcomes the christmas feel throughout the rest of the house.
Since the kitchen doesn’t really have a lot of spaces to decorate, I hung these paper ornaments for a little added whimsical feel.
This year I decided to make an extra long garland and drape it over the two windows in our kitchen that our entryway bench is under. It adds a big dramatic holiday presence in the kitchen, but doesn’t compete for valuable space.
I kept it simple by only using the fresh cedar, and added some antique snow shoes to the wall above the bench.
I small faux table top tree, and a white pom pom garland, was all I wanted to complete this little winter scene. You can find the pom pom garland HERE, and I love that it’s not only cute decor but helps support women in other parts of the world as well.
Next to our entryway bench are our open shelves. I’ll be sharing more about our open shelves in the kitchen decorated for Christmas next week, because it truly is one of my favorite parts of our kitchen. It’s my favorite time of the year to decorate them, and I feel like they just shine at Christmas!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and joining on my housewalk tour! To continue on with the tour be sure to stop by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. You are sure to be inspired!
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