I have been silent around here this week, and that’s because I’ve been working hard to get our house ready for Christmas. And this Christmas Home Tour. Carrie from Lovely, Etc has gathered up a bunch of bloggers to share their Christmas home tours this week. And because I do everything last minute … I figured I better wait until the very last day to share our home. And it was a good thing because I seriously just finished decorating last night and finished writing this post early this morning.
Anyway … there are about a million pictures to show you, and I’m a bit sleepy, so I’ll keep the chatting to a minimum. This year, we decided to forgo the bright red of last year’s decor, and instead go more subtle, modern, and simple (or at least simple was the plan). Let’s get to it …
If you missed it, we changed up our Entryway this past spring, and the white, black, and grey color scheme fit right in with our Christmas color palette this year.
I simply added some pine garland (which comes super cheap at Trader Joe’s FYI), a polar bear pillow (Target), and a black wood shim star (similar to the one I made last year HERE) to the entryway nook.
As you walk in, you’ll notice our three embroidery hoop / boxwood wreaths on the brick wall to the left (tutorial coming soon):
Stay tuned for this ‘wreath’ tutorial:
You’ll also notice our chalkboard advent calendar hanging on the door to the basement. My mom made that chalkboard for my brother’s grooms dinner (had the menu written on it), and I thought it would be perfect on this door with a wreath for Christmas:
When you head around the corner, you’ll notice our three new DIY Wood Frames with a simple ‘Merry & Bright’ trio of printables (tutorial on those DIY frames also coming soon):
Heading into the living room, you’ll notice our green, white and black theme going on:
On our large white wall (that we still haven’t decorated), hangs our Christmas Tree Wall Hanging:
More black and white graphic patterns:
Decorating our mantel has always been a challenge for me. We have a TV right in the middle and half book cases on either side. We also have a DVD player, cable box, and Apple TV box on one side … all which preferably need to be hidden somehow. Since I haven’t quite figured out how to build something to hide all this equipment, I came up with a somewhat temporary solution. This year, I decided to go with two large DIY planter boxes on either side of the TV that I filled with evergreens, pinecones, birch sticks, and lights. I simply wrapped the boxes with a black and white striped ribbon to give it a little color. The one on the left also works to hide all the cable boxes and cords (at least mostly).
I also dug up this black tree from our Christmas stash (an Ikea purchase from years ago), and hung some cute ornaments on it:
And then our stockings …
These were new this year (another Target purchase), and I love how they look against the white fireplace.
I simply tied on a wood chalkboard tag (also from Target’s dollar section) to label each stocking.
My birch branch deer simply got a black and white flannel scarf to fit in with the decor:
We added three boxwood wreaths to the windows (another Trader Joe’s purchase … $10 each!!):
Moving on to the dining room:
The table is set with a black table runner (with words to one of our favorite Christmas songs written on it … tutorial coming).
The placemats are simply some leftover grasscloth wallpaper that I had on hand (from my Mom’s house from 25+ years ago!). On top of the grasscloth is some faux birch strips I purchased this year from Bachman’s (a local nursery). I used my Black and White Striped DIY Napkins with simple wreath ornaments on top for some color.
Some birch cone trees (also from Bachman’s), a couple ‘merry & bright’ ornaments from Target, some candles and mason jars with boxwood sprigs filled the center of the table.
My mom also gave me these fun ornament place card holders that I filled with white strips of paper and a pine sprig:
I also added some bright green reindeer moss to the center of the table for a pop of color:
Over on the wall, I covered our painting with some black striped wrapping paper (to hide the orange and blue art that didn’t fit with our Christmas decor) and made a magnolia wreath to hang in the center:
Our stag got a winter makeover with a black and white scarf:
I added some more pine garland to our dining room window and a plaid pillow on our chair to up the cozy factor:
I only have a couple pictures of our tree. We haven’t finished decorating it, and I’m not sure it will be blog worthy when we’re done anyway (my boys have some tree decorating opinions of their own, so we let them have at it). One new addition this year that I’m loving is that galvanized tree stand bucket that my mom picked up for us at Michael’s. I did love my DIY Tree Skirt from last year, but this bucket is just some simple, clean, and makes cleaning up dropped needles so much easier (have you ever tried to vacuum a tree skirt?!?).
Every year after Christmas, I try to pick up some picture ornaments on clearance and use them to fill with pictures of my boys each Christmas. It’s so fun to look back through the years at what they looked like each year at Christmas.
One last stop in the kitchen ..
Little sprigs of greenery and poinsettias add some festive color to this space:
We also decorated our Chalkboard with more garland and some ornaments:
That’s it! Lots of green, black, and white this year, and I’m loving it! I’m officially DONE decorating this year, and we’re just going to sit back and enjoy it (and maybe add some presents under the tree)!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, but before you go … don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Seriously … amazing!! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.