But I think everyone is almost back to normal, and (after sanitizing every inch of this house) I'm back in gear to get everything finished up before the holidays. Would you like a little tour of my home all dressed up for Christmas?
Here we go...
This is the first year I got to have a "pretty tree" in the living room for me to decorate and let the boys decorate a smaller tree in their bedroom with their own ornaments. They loved it and so did I!
I upgraded my tree skirt this year when I found this beauty at Kohl's on sale. It fits in perfectly with my neutral color scheme. I haven't come up with the perfect tree topper (yet!), but a big ribbon bow cascading down the sides of the tree works for now.
* You can find my beautiful tree skirt and more holiday decor at the Kohl's Holiday Shop! Click HERE!
The tree is decorated with a mix of handmade ornaments like my Pinecone Gnomes, Vintage Sheet Music Ornaments, Felt Pinecones, and Sparkling Glitter Ornaments, along with some large snowflakes from Dollar Tree and a few beauties I found half off at Hobby Lobby.
Right next to the tree is my faux fireplace decorated in shades of white, cream, and brown. You can read more about my Christmas Mantel HERE.
My kitchen has an opening in the wall looking into the dining room, and it is the first thing you see when you walk into our home.
I dressed it up with a banner made from sheet music and more of my Dollar Tree snowflakes hung from fishing line.
I placed a thrifted silver bowl underneath the banner and filled it with silver bulb ornaments and some of my Sheet Music Eggs to coordinate with the banner.
I created a winter vignette on a buffet table on the other side of the dining room. My Felt Pine Trees are the centerpiece, and the holiday chalkboard art from Nest of Posies and some fresh greenery from one of the trees in our yard complete the look. I love that it gently gives the feel of cozy Christmas, without beating you over the head with red and green.
One of my most sentimental decorations is the nativity set from my Grandmother and the stable that my Grandfather made himself. He passed when I was little, so it means a lot to me to have this in our home.
For me, Christmas means candlelight everywhere.
I filled a variety of glass vases with coffee beans and vanilla candles to set throughout the house. The smell is amazing!
I created a woodsy winter wonderland in our breezeway using lots of greenery, pinecones, and pops of red. The Deer Head Burlap Pillow I made completed the space!
And last, but not least, I keep one china cabinet dedicated to my "vintage" Christmas decor. I find this to be the best way to display all those wonderful hand-me-down decorations that are so special, but look like a mess when displayed all over the house. Cut down the collection to your favorite pieces and display them together in one place. It's a fun blast from the past!