Oh, my friends, here we are T-minus 4 days until Christmas and while I’m saying I’m “ready“, this year necessitated simplifying a ton. But though I’m super late in posting this, I wanted to give you a little Christmas Home Tour. However, here’s a secret, this holiday home tour is actually from last year. Oops!
Having sickness in our home since Thanksgiving has a way of helping you put things into perspective. Simple and “just enough” are perfectly okay. In fact, it keeps your priorities in check.
The gifts are wrapped but there are no cookies made and I’m actually only going to make only one kind of cookie later this week and maybe some party mix, but that’s it.
A Real Physical Christmas Home Tour
Since I never posted this on the blog last year, (new year blogger goals are basically writing themselves) 😉 I thought it would be fun to show you my home completely decked out from when I did a physical Christmas home tour for charity last year. We had over 100 people tour our house along with several other area homes and air BNB’s and it raised money for a great cause.
So here’s your private tour and a little video I made last year too.
This Year We Chose a Simplified Christmas Decor
Luckily, I had my tree up early and my mantle and table decorated and that was a real lifesaver for me this year. I didn’t decorate bedrooms or bathrooms or even shelves and I simplified my tree a little and I really love the simplicity. There are a couple of changes to my table and mantle this year but it’s basically the same. I made this wood bead garland for my tree and left off a lot of ornaments and once again, the simplicity is refreshing.
See how I made the beautiful Christmas tree bows to easily create a designer tree. YOU CAN DO IT!
So THIS is the Dining Room
Our dining room, with its unique fireplace feature, is the showplace of our open-concept living area so this is where I choose to decorate the most. It’s really all we need to make the entire space scream CHRISTMAS!
X-BACK CHAIRS || Similar FLORAL PILLOW || SIMLAR CANDLEHOLDERS || BATTERY POWERED TAPERS || BATTERY POWERED PILLARS || FAUX GARLAND
I chose to add touches of green throughout the house to keep continuity them continuity throughout the house. I wanted it to say “Christmas” not “Santa’s workshop exploded here“. 😉
See the complete before and after kitchen renovation here.
Basement Christmas Decor
This basement space is used mostly by our grandkids although I’m in the process of creating an office space where the colored light tree is.
Just this week I put up a little flocked tree in the basement because I love it so much. That’s all it really needed.
SIMILAR TREE || GREEN PILLOW COVERS || Similar GREEN THROW BLANKET
I skipped the bigger tree with colored lights for the kids. They’ll be happy to be together and open their gifts so I’m sure they’ll get over not having it down there.
Bedroom & Bathroom Christmas Decor
If you’re feeling it, adding little touches of greenery and lanterns to the bedroom and bath can bring the season into your private spaces.
Similar KNITTED THROW || SIMILAR PILLOW
Friends, I didn’t decorate half this much this year and I’m really fine. As they say in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Christmas came just the same.”
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated about how you will get it all done, YOU DON’T HAVE TO!
Enjoy the season and remember why we celebrate. Bring the JOY and bring JESUS… that’s all we really need. 😉
Your fireplace is amazing! The simple touches are just right! I hope all of the illness is gone for you.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Thanks Marsha. The fireplace is THEE feature in our house and we love it. Health wise we’re doing pretty good. The virus is done but I just saw my doctor today and I’m still dealing with a sinus type infection and now it’s kind of in my ears so she put me on a new antibiotic. Not my favorite but at this point I’ve got to try and get it under control.
Beautiful! Love your colors AND I’ve been looking online for washable rugs.
Thanks Carman! I love that rug… it goes with EVERYTHING!
Very nice! I love all the greenery.
I do too Diane! I think it’s a fresh and wintery look that can be put up early and taken down later. I just love the glow of the lights.
Just beautiful Paula! Like pictures out of Better Homes & Gardens as my mom would say! Merry Christmas to your family from ours! All the best in 2022!
Thanks Dawn! Have a very Merry CHRISTMAS. 😘
Loved this post, especially – that you didn’t do as much this year. I’m in the same boat, not sickness, but recently moved my elderly parents near me from out of state. It’s been quite an adventure and getting them settled. Blessings to you and yours.
You know Teresa, sometimes God says “rest” in the most gentle of ways. Hope your holidays are filled with the most IMPORTANT things which aren’t really things at all. 😘
For the first time in my adult life, I am not decorating at all for Christmas. In fact, I won’t even be home. My husband of 51 years passed away unexpectedly in September and I had rotator cuff surgery in November. I am with my daughter and her family so Christmas is going to be very different this year. But, that’s ok. We plan to celebrate Jesus, knowing that our loved one is celebrating WITH Jesus! There will be time to decorate next year? Merry Christmas 🎄🎄.
I’m so sorry to hear you lost your husband Gayle. Blessings & comfort to you my friend! But how amazing and accurate is your perspective. YOU are on the right track. It’s a season of WORSHIP. 😘
Beautiful, Paula! I love it. Everything looks so good. 😍
Thanks so much Dana. Merry Christmas to you and the fam. 😘
Gorgeous Paula! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Thanks so much Julie!
I’m so in love with your open concept living space! And that fireplace 😍😍. You definitely have the decorating gene! Hope you all continue to get better and get back to feeling yourselves. Once again, this has been another strange year, right? And this holiday season is starting to resemble last years within our family. Hubs and I had Covid over Christmas last year, then the rest of the family followed. This year, on Sunday our grandson was diagnosed with the flu and our granddaughter sent home from school yesterday due to contact with a Covid positive student. So it’s started again…..Like you I’ve scaled back and simplified. And you know what, I’m absolutely fine with it!! Less stress! So enjoy the Christmas Season!!😍🥰😘
Oh goodness. My youngest grandson had super red ears the other night and so we’re praying all stay well for Christmas. And scaling back puts the priority right where it needs to be, on HIM. It’s a season of WORSHIP.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and the fam Gina. 😘
Love your style! Remembering this for next year…Christmas, not Santa’s Workshop! lol!