holiday home tour

Christmas Home Tour

There is nothing cozier than a home at Christmas.  They just come alive and glow and I don’t just mean from the thousands of twinkle lights.  Although, we have thousands of twinkle lights.  There really is no place like home for the holidays, I want to invite you inside our home for a few minutes.  I get my best Christmas home decorating ideas from others.  Come on in!

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved when people put wreaths on each of their windows.  When I pull out a dozen wreaths from the backroom each Christmas, I think I have a wreath problem but then I see them up and I fall in love again.  The window and door wreaths have timer battery-powered lights so they don’t have cords.

My grandma gave me her old sled from when she was a child and we proudly display it on our porch along with a lantern and snowman pottery.  The front door swag is a hand-me-down from my mom that she got from Frontgate.  I would love to get another rug to layer under the doormat at some point.

One of my favorite Christmas decorating Ideas I wanted to recreate was garland on our staircase.  My mom always did it growing up and I just loved it.  When we bought this house, I couldn’t wait to do it.  Every year, I put my decor in different places.  No year is quite the same and this year I put our Willow Tree Nativity set on the dresser in our foyer below personalized Christmas print.

We just rearranged our family room.  I love to do this from time to time to freshen up the space and make things news.  If you want a simple and inexpensive decorating idea, rearrange your room!  Your family might think you are crazy at first but mine are used to it now.

For Christmas, I take most of the normal decor off my shelves and then add my place Christmas decorations and then supplement with my regular decor. The regular decorations I don’t use, I store in my now empty Christmas decoration storage boxes in the basement.

Our tree is full of memories.  Each year when Scott and I were growing up we both were gifted an ornament based on our interests.  My mom carried on the tradition and we all still get an ornament every year.  This year Lucy got an Elsa ornament, Vera got an acrobat ornament and Solon got a Harry Potter ornament.  Scott got a basketball coach ornament and I got a product launch ornament.  Each year when we decorate the Christmas tree, it’s so sentimental as we recall the memories the ornaments bring.

Many of our decorations are heirlooms or hold sentimental value.  The Santa Clause on this table was my Grandma’s.  When she passed away, he was given to us. I also keep all the Christmas cards in this tray.  As they come in, I punch a hole in the corner and place them on a metal ring.  My kids love flipping through the cards all season long.  We stow them away and pull them back out season after season.  We have 5 sets of Christmas cards and it’s so fun to look back and see how families we love have grown and changed.

My mom gifted us the carolers on the dining room buffet and I love the centerpiece on the table with plaid runner.  When we have dinner I just turn it and place it at the end of the table so it doesn’t get dirty.

Then, we have just a few touches in the kitchen.  My mother-in-law gifted the kids the snowman coffee cups in the kitchen window for hot chocolate sessions.  I also added a cake stand with poinsettia to hold my soaps.  With so much extra decor around the house, I love to keep my kitchen pretty simple so there’s lots of room to make all the delicious seasonal treats.

Every year, I add in a little something and this year we added a Santa tree.  I bought inexpensive 4×6 frames and placed our Santa and Christmas card pictures inside.  It’s so fun to see how much our family has grown and changed.

We just add a few pops of greenery to our bedroom.  The kids each have a little tree in their rooms they decorate themselves.  They also each got a strand of lights.  They love to sleep by the glow of the lights.

As we say goodbye, I’ll leave you with some photos of our home by night.  There’s nothing better than the glow of twinkle lights.

Hopefully, you got some fun new Christmas home decorating ideas.  Maybe, even a few new tips you can implement in your home.  There really is no place like being home for the holidays. We love to snuggle up together watching a movie by the light of the Christmas tree.   Make sure to stop and enjoy those simple but purposeful moments with your family this season!

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Christmas Home Tour 2017

There is no time I love to decorate our home more than at Christmas.  My mom was the master decorator and the Queen of Christmas, so growing up, our home was always magical at Christmas.  I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to dress up my home for Christmas and love doing it every year EVEN if it looks like I puked totes before I finish.  Anyone else?

I have shared before one of my “would like to haves” was a 2 story entry so I could decorate it just like my mom did when I was a child!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to do that.  So, come on in and let me show you around.   If you want a peak into our home last year, click here.

I have always wanted to have wreaths on each of the windows.  Every year I add a little something to our outdoor decor.  This year, I added battery operated lights to the wreaths on the 2 little window wreaths.  I am thinking next year I might add one more bush into the lights and some more battery powered lights for the garage wreaths.

My mom taught me how to make a wreath, the bow and add “picks” (those things in the bins at Michael’s with a stick on the end).  Every year, I fix and fluff the wreaths.  It’s a hot glue project so I can totally handle it.  If you have ever wanted to make your own bow, Youtube offers great tutorials!

The sled is actually my grandparents’ sled they gifted me and my dad used it when he was a little boy.    My mom handed down the door garland to me and gifted us the little snowman on the porch.

Like I said, I love decorating our staircase with garland.  I actually put two lit garland strands together to make it more substantial and then use zip ties to secure it to the staircase.  Every morning, I turn it on and it truly makes me so happy!

I am always curious how other people decorate.  Do you take down your normal decor to replace it with Christmas decor? Do you add in?  I do a little bit of both.  I took down about one tote’s worth of decor, mostly fake plants to add in some Christmas decor with my other existing items.  I love having some holiday decor in my office to add to my shelves.

There is nothing I love more than sitting in our family room and watching TV by the glow of our fireplace garland (handed down to me by my mom) and Christmas tree.

I store the kids seasonal toys on one of the bookshelves.  The little people nativity, indoor snowballs and all sorts of Santa hats and other little toys.

Growing up, both Scott and I received ornaments every year.  My mom carries on the tradition with my kids and gets them each a gift based on their interests for that year.  This year Solon got a Seattle Seahawk helmet, Vera got a zebra and Lucy got Poppy the troll.  She also gifted us with a very meaningful ornament this year (more on that another time).  
The kids love putting on their ornaments.  We also get an ornament from the places we have traveled so its fun to reminisce about the different memories we have made as a family.  This year we added a Seattle ornament to our tree.
Growing up we always had these candle nativities that went round and round.  We have 3 but I just got out two this year, little hands love to play with them, so we enjoy looking at them on a shelf during this season of life.  We do light them on occasion too.

 My mom gifted me this nativity when we first got married.  It has stood the test of time with little hands moving the different characters around.  This year she gifted us the angel (it’s not Willow Tree) to add to our set.

We love getting Christmas cards and this year, we decided to try something new and affix them to our pantry door.  We love looking at them all season long.  Then at the end of the season, we pop a hole in the corner, string them on to a ring  and place them in a basket to enjoy all year long.

I like to add a few seasonal touches to our bathrooms, bedrooms and mudroom.  I cannot get enough greenery this time of year.

My mom is a needlepoint artist so she gifted us a couple of pieces as well as a few pillows that we display lovingly.

Our backdoor is where we keep our 25 days of activities advent.  The kids love coming to peek inside to see what our little activity is everyday.  If you are on my email list, then you got my free printable. If you would like it, just sign up for my email subscription (here).

I love turning on the greenery at night in our bedroom and just enjoy the twinkling lights as I relax before bed.

The kids each have a little tree in their rooms and this year I put all the Christmas books in Lucy’s room in a basket.  It seems we do most of our reading upstairs and Lucy does twice the amount of reading since we do it before nap and bedtime.  Our books are getting more use being upstairs this year.  
So there you have it, a peak into our home this year.  I am so thankful for the roof over my head and the opportunity to dress it up for the season.  We love inviting people into our home and enjoying the wonder of the season together.  Merry Christmas!

PS — If you are looking for all the Christmas movies and shows on TV, this website has all the listings!  Bookmark for all those cozy family movie nights in!  I also created this little graphic too!

Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko
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