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If you’re joining us today from Modern Glam, welcome! Ashley’s home is so beautiful and we love the way she decorated her cozy home for the holiday season.
This year I took my time while decorating our home for the holidays and focused on incorporating simple touches that bring us joy and evoke the spirit of Christmas. As always, my hope is to create a home that looks beautiful yet feels inviting and liveable. This is especially true during the holiday season when our day to day lives can feel busier than normal. I wanted our holiday decor to feel both intentional and minimal so that it helped to create a sense of calm.
Before I begin decorating our home for Christmas I always take some time to edit. I remove the pieces that no longer fit with the season and slowly incorporate the pieces that do. This gives our home time to breathe and provides a blank slate so that I can focus on the items and decor I want to add.
I usually start by layering in pieces that will stay throughout the winter, like throws, pillows, and art. This sets a foundation so that once the holidays are over and the Christmas decor is packed away our home still feels cozy and inviting throughout the winter months.
Once I have layered in the foundation pieces, I bring in the holiday decor, starting with the largest and most notable items. I like to put up our trees and leave them bare for a few days before I begin decorating. I have no real reason why I do this, I just enjoy the glow of the trees before they are covered in ornaments. Next, I hang the garland, both inside and out (see our Step by Step Guide to Hanging Garland on a Mantel), to add a nice pop of colour and texture. And it’s after the trees are up and the garland is all hung that I start to add a few more festive additions, like bells, ribbon, and ceramic houses.
We hope you’ll stay awhile, so grab a cup of coffee and join us while we walk you through our holiday home…
2020 Christmas Home Tour
Stepping through the front door you’ll find our living room to your left and I’m sure the first thing you noticed is our frosted Yukon Spruce Christmas tree. Last year we decorated our tree in shades of pastels, while this year we went back to neutrals. I incorporated shades of white, silver, and copper with a hint of navy for contrast (you can find all of the details on our tree here).
Our fireplace got a big dose of holiday spirit with nothing more than a lush full garland, stockings, and vintage-inspired bells. We kept our mantel simple, as these doors open to reveal our TV. Nick built this fireplace two years ago and I love that it’s the focal point of our living room but easily conceals our TV (you can see the plans here).
But before I even began decorating our tree and mantel, I add a few cozy layers to our living room that will stay until spring. A plaid throw in camel and blue looks beautiful with a mix of patterned pillows in shades of indigo, grey, and taupe. Our cozy sofa is the perfect place to snuggle while reading our favourite Christmas books with the girls.
A bowl filled with mercury glass ornaments and two vintage brass deer add a simple nod to the holiday season without feeling overwhelming.
Joining our living room is our dining room, which we kept uncluttered with a single vase of long needle pine branches and a ceramic house and trees nestled under a cloche.
We let our Christmas tree be our big holiday moment, while simpler pieces, like these, make up the rest of our holiday home.
We’re going to skip over the kitchen this year as we’re in the middle of a renovation, but I am so excited to decorate this space next Christmas. If you’re interested, you can see how we decorated our kitchen last year for the holiday season.
We even added a festive touch to our powder room with a vintage-inspired winter print and a vase filled with pine branches. It’s simple touches like these that help add charm to a home without feeling overwhelming.
Next, we’ll head upstairs to take a peek at how we decorated the girls’ bedrooms for the holiday season. Both of our girls’ bedrooms are decorated in shades of pastels so we carried these colours through with their Christmas decor.
They each have their own miniature 4′ tree in their room to decorate, and I added a few simple touches to bring in some holiday magic. If you want to see even more details and catch a glimpse of their playroom decorated for the holidays be sure to visit tomorrow.
We hope you enjoyed the tour, and don’t forget to visit the next stop, Cassie Bustamante, for a wonderfully eclectic holiday home tour.
This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series home tour week! We’re all sharing part of our home decked out for Christmas. Be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.