You can see our outdoor Christmas decorations in this post, but I wanted to snap a few photos of this year’s Christmas decorations around our house! We’re having a very pared down version of our usual festivities (five adults instead of 20+) and while I’m deeply missing family members we haven’t seen since this time last year, I’m determined to make the most of this year’s low-key celebration. Our Christmas decorations have been a hybrid of things my parents brought from our childhood home when they moved in and things Will and I have ordered to fill a particular spot in this home. I imagine our collection of holiday decor will continue to expand and evolve in the years to come, but here’s how everything came together this year!
P.S. This blog post will be my last one for 2020! I’m excited to spend the next week and a half taking it easy, tidying, and getting in a positive mindset before the start of the new year. Wishing you all some R&R and happy, happy holidays to you and your loved ones! Thank you all for sticking with me in this crazy year and cheers to a fresh start for us all in 2021!
This was our first year cutting down our own Christmas tree and while it was a fun adventure and it’s a beautiful tree, I have a feeling we’re sticking with Stew Leonard’s next year. We’ve never had a tree with needles this sharp! Thank goodness Teddy has very little interest in the tree because it truly feels like a cactus to the touch — not exactly fun to decorate but still pretty to look at!
My mom, brother, and I spent all of Saturday afternoon wrapping (and shipping!) presents while listening to Christmas music which always gets me in the holiday spirit. The red wrapping paper is by Alexandra Williams Design — love all her patterns!
We never have peonies at Christmastime so I was over the moon to spot them at Whole Foods this weekend! I put them in our stocking holders (many years old from Restoration Hardware but I found a few on eBay here!) and it’s made me so happy to watch them open up over the past few days. Now I just hope I’ll be able to recreate the same scene year after year! I got a few questions about pieces in this photo after posting on Instagram — the framed map is an antique from my childhood home (this affordable print looks quite similar!), the chairs were a Craigslist find reupholstered in this Lee Jofa fabric, and the Ballard Designs ottoman is upholstered in this Schumacher fabric (they offer COM upholstery so I mailed in an order form and then shipped them the fabric directly).
Opposite the living room fireplace above is this view that I’ve photographed a bunch this holiday season. The wreath on the mirror is one of my favorite little “moments” in our house right now! It’s this pre-lit wreath hung with this pretty blue velvet ribbon. Sources for the art, lamps, pillows, and sofa are all linked in this post!
On the back wall of our living room (opposite the Christmas tree) are these two chairs between two windows with two more pre-lit wreaths hung with a nail above the window trim and ribbon. We have these candles in every window — running around and turning the window candles on every night is one of my favorite childhood memories and one I can’t wait to pass on to Teddy when he’s a little older!
I couldn’t resist this 36″ pre-lit wreath for the box window in our breakfast nook — you can see it through our kitchen and dining room all the way from the front door! Sources for lantern, table, chairs, and pillows in this post.
My mom used to decorate our dining table with this silvery pinecones and I was so happy when I found them in our attic this year! They’re a festive touch that’s not your typical red and green Christmas decor.
More faux garland and faux wreaths in our family room which is open to the kitchen (this fireplace is directly opposite the kitchen sink and stove because I have a slight obsession with symmetry). This pre-lit garland was an affordable Walmart find but we layered another faux garland on top for a more full look. Sources for our family room rug, sectional, chaise, and coffee table in this post and this post.
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