Christmas home tour with loads of ideas and tips for a winter wonderland holiday. This year I decided to spice things up here at Life on Summerhill and do some authentic decorating. Check out how liberating it is to go “less-is-more” for the holidays!
Christmas Home Tour describes the theme for our home this year. Life seems to be getting busier and busier for everyone and my old-soul personality has been longing for a homemade Christmas for a long time. Here are ideas to keep your decorations simple for the holidays.
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CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
You won’t believe what started this whole keeping it simple idea! Well, it started with our tree in the living room. My hubby and I purchased a tree many years ago, which lucky for us has been amazing. But, deep down inside I wanted a white Christmas this year. So, we started with flocking this wonderful old tree. This was the beginning of “keeping it simple”.
CHRISTMAS FRONT DOOR WELCOME
Every year I pull down the garland from the attic and decorate the front door, but this year the front porch was calling for “all natural.” One of my favorite places to purchase live wreaths and garland is Trader Joe’s and I adore boxwood wreaths. So, let me encourage you to pick up one of their live wreaths and add your favorite ribbon.
Another way I changed our front door was the planter. This year I have fallen in love with these tiny little Christmas trees! I found this one at Lowes. Add some lights, a little ribbon, some lanterns and your front door is complete!
Remember me sharing with you that your front door is a hint of what is to come inside? Well, your entry is your first impression! So why not add some character to your entry table, bench or whatever you have just inside? In our case, I decided the bench should get some Christmas decor. I pulled together some pieces I already had and added a real tree and created Christmas Entry that Brings Holiday Cheer.
FLOCKING TREE ADVENTURE
Well, this was much more of an adventure than I anticipated, but I highly recommend it! With the help of Marty and Hannah, we took each branch outside for spraying and then placed them on the tree. I think we used around 10 cans of snow spray, and that poor little Camilla bush outside where we were spraying was flocked too! While everyone in the South was having inches of snow our one little bush outside was the only snow we were getting! LOL!
ORNAMENTS OR NOT
Since we ran out of spray it took us two evenings to finish flocking the tree. This, combined with the busy-ness of the season made it a couple of weeks that our tree stood free of ornaments. That’s correct, weeks! But honestly, it was so pretty all covered in snow that we grew fond of it just like it was! Talk about a clean fresh look! However, I plan to add some ornaments here soon for an IG post coming next week.
If you have been following us on social media then you might have noticed the Free Printable on the mantle. It is no longer there, but this Thomas Kincade winter scene had to go up for Christmas day. You see it was given to me many years ago by my sister Pam who passed away last year. Christmas isn’t Christmas without her gift on the mantle and it makes me feel close to her having it there.
To finish this look flock some garland, add some lighting, toss in a village and something tall on the sides, add your favorite stockings and make this super easy pom-pom garland.
VILLAGE ON MANTLE
Our village was a new addition last year from Crate & Barrel but if your budget is tight look for some village buildings at the thrift store or dollar store and spray paint them. It’s very easy to get this look for a very little cost.
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PILLOWS & THROW
Pillows and throws can transform and warm a room. This year my niece came home with this adorable village scene pillow from Target. It was the perfect addition to our space and matched nicely with my blue snowflake-looking pillow that stays out year around. Just a few pillows and a throw make your space feel toasty.
In our home, Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus! So the season wouldn’t be complete without a Nativity. To add a little flavor to your Nativity simply add some Christmas tree cuttings from your local Christmas tree yard. Thanks to the Boy Scouts who are selling trees at the local church down the road I was about to add some real branches. Then simply add some battery operated mini lights under the leaves and baby Jesus will be highlighted and illuminated. This Christmas home tour is almost complete.
I love decorating with books and children’s Christmas books have the most beautiful illustrations. So why not capitalize on that free art and work it into your home decor? To see all the books throughout our home check out this post called Favorite Christmas Books that are Fun to Decorate with too.
BACK PORCH CHRISTMAS DECOR
I love, love, love decorating our back porch for the holidays! Usually, we get a real tree but this year I wanted to get a head-start on decorating so I could give you all some ideas and the back porch was the best place to begin. We were Christmas on the outside and Thanksgiving on the inside in November. LOL! Simply add a rustic style tree, flocked of course, then some cotton to create another super simple design. Next, add a sweet sea-grass basket for blankets and an old fashion outdoorsy Santa Clause. To see all the photos of our back porch click A Christmas tree Santa will Love to Leave Gift Under.
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This year’s decorating consisted of using mostly what we have on hand, and not pulling out all the boxes like we usually do. It was nice using some fresh pieces and creating some new things. Here is a list of what you will need to create a “less is more” design. THANKS for coming to visit this simple Christmas home tour!
- Christmas trees for living room, front and back porch
- Christmas lighting both battery powered and electric
- 20 cans flocking spray, Sno Blower, is my favorite
- Garland for mantle
- Village option from Amazon
- Art on mantle – use free printable or another Thomas Kincade option
- Nativity option by Willow Tree
- Free tree cuttings
- Christmas books, Gingerbread Baby
- Blankets and pillows
- Candle stands
- Danish star
Well, we have reached the end of our Christmas home tour. I hope you enjoyed it and get lots of fun ideas for the holidays. Merry Christmas!
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