I look forward to this time of year as soon as October hits New England. The crisp in the air, the early nights. I love having an excuse to stay home all bundled up. (I’m also the first one to jump into Spring mode on March 1st, but that’s beside the point)
Christmas is my favorite holiday, it’s a time to spend real time with family and friends. There’s no excuse not to! Christmas can break up the winter blues, it brings us together, it’s a chance to feed our bellies with all the things we ‘try not to’ all year. For me, it’s a feel good time and I like to start it early!
Being our first year in the house, I knew it would feel special. I’m inspired to start new traditions here with my husband that will last. Lighting the big tree out front, sledding down our great big hill, sitting by the fire. I can’t wait to see what our future has in store for us here.
I’ve been accumulating holiday pieces throughout the years that I put out in our new space. Of course, with all the extra room, I immediately thought–there’s so much room for more! (All in good time, B.)
The first thing I pulled out was a big tin filled with vintage glass bulbs that a friend gave me years ago. In our old apartment, I could never find a spot for them. But as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to put them in our windows.
I really love the vintage feel of our old windows and these paired with them so nicely. Plus the pops of blue really worked with the wood tones.
I hung one in the downstairs bathroom too just for a subtle nod to the season.
This garland of tin hearts was meant to be temporary but I’ve grown to like them here. They’re so whimsical and can bring us right into Valentine’s Day. (I found them this year at TJ Maxx)
The dining room table is using pieces I already owned, like the silver deer and lantern. I wanted it to feel festive, certainly, without going out and buying all new table linens. Precisely why I buy neutral all the time! I can make a few tweaks without buying and re-buying for every season (or mood change).
Runner, wood candlestick and place mats are Pier1 and chargers are Target. The lantern is from HomeGoods. Deer are from a local nursery. The patina candlestick and holly wreath are vintage.
We had a Christmas dinner party this past weekend and I pulled out this place cards (Target) and loved the way they turned out! (Although, I must warn you, chalk does not write on them)
I’m not sure how this room is going to evolve, but for now, I added this door (an extra for the house) with one of the swags I made and some glowy pieces. It made the room feel cozier at night with all the lights, I liked it a lot.
In the kitchen, we added this garland (gifted from my mom) and twinkle lights.
We got a little tree this year, isn’t she cute?
It fits this little house so well, and I still get alllll the twinkly lights. Yes, alllll.
I used what we had already for the mantle too. It’s a bit hodgepodge but I love the pieces all so much. The small metallic tree is from HomeGoods, the tall sparkly one is from a local nursery and the burlap wrapped one was a gift. I added the little cardinal that’s usually an ornament just for a little red. Of course, I added lights to the tree and the mantle… what’s Christmas without lights?
On the other side of the mantle, I created this urn of greens. I knew I wanted to take advantage of all the evergreens we have on our property. I had thoughts wreathes and garlands, but settled on this DIY piece, a window box and a few swags for the doors (all pictured below).
I collected all the greens, along with these pine cones from our yard.
I stuck some holly sprigs into flower water tubes to keep them longer. Besides holly, the only other greens I used were cedar because they still had their blue berries on.
I put the sprigs with tubes in first and, to hide them, I put pine cones in around the base. I filled any gaps with the cedar and remaining, smaller holly branches.
An optional step would be to add some lights. I put the small, battery operated ones in mine. I placed it on the opposite side of the mantle and I think it finished it off nicely.
Like I said, a bit hodge podge, but I don’t mind:
With the same greens and many more from a friend, I created our window box and swags for the door. I love how the window box turned out so much! Simply left the soil in the box from the mums that were previously occupying it and started sticking in all my goodies. We spray painted the twigs white and will keep them to reuse next year. After it was all foraged, the arranging only took a matter of minutes and gives such a huge impact on the garage.
Here’s the swag I made for our back door, it smells so good and was 100% free!
I hope this holiday season treats you all well, whether you’re spending it at home or away, may it bring you comfort and some time to relax. From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!