This Holiday Home Tour is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to share with you all of the tips and tricks that I use to decorate my home for the holidays.
When the holidays arrive, I am often the first person that I know who decorates. I use having content for the blog as an excuse when really I just love to have my home feel warm and festive for as long as I possibly can!
Much of the holiday decor in my home is either hand made or upcycled from thrifted materials. Like these ribbon picks, this wicker tree collar and these vintage car ornaments. So today I want to share with you how I’ve decorated this year while not breaking the bank.
Holiday home tour:
Every year I create a holiday gallery wall like this one a few years ago. As you can see I usually just reuse wall hangings and signs that I have from past years.
Tricks for hanging a holiday gallery wall:
- reuse signs and hangings from previous years
- reconfigure the wall every year to make it feel new
- use this how to create a gallery wall tutorial so that you don’t put dozens of holes in your wall
- pull items from around the house that would match your holiday decor (ie. the baskets and wooden wall hangings are always found in my traditional gallery wall and I just reused them here)
This year I gave our traditional Christmas tree a fresh new look. In years past it looked like this Handcrafted Christmas Tree that I love.
This year I gave myself a budget of $50 and went to the dollar store to see what I could find to give our tree a different look. I picked up burlap ribbon, faux fur, wooden snowflakes and berry floral picks that all add a fullness to the tree this year that I absolutely adore!!
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Here are some similar Christmas tree decorations that I found:
- a white fur tree skirt
- pretty wooden snowflakes
- red berry picks (this is a great price)
- wired burlap ribbon
I have this amazing mid century modern shelving unit in the dining room that I love. It can be a challenge to decorate however because of the darker wood tones.
Tips for decorating a large shelving unit:
- use baskets and faux greenery to fill the space
- find neutral decor at the thrift store
- use everyday knick knacks in your holiday decor
- fill the space with battery operated twinkly lights.
In this display the basket, tree plate, pinecones and greenery were thrifted. The “noel” is handmade and the white deer is an ornament from Homesense.
Using similar colour, tones and textures throughout the house helps to make all of my spaces coordinate together for the holidays.
Whenever I can, I will add a new ornament to the collection like this little wooden round one from a local maker, Wildtree Studios.
Keepsake ornaments, like this one from Starbucks, often get a special place on the tree, front and center.
This year I created two new spaces in the kitchen to help bring the festive decor more into that space. This is a thrifted cutting block that rests beside my sink. It has a thrifted bowl full of napkins, a soap dispenser from the dollar store and a potted tree from Homesense on it.
Tip: add coordinating ribbon to all of your holiday vignettes to help the entire space work together. The black, red & white ribbon is from Costco and one that I put into all of my displays.
This hot cocoa bar is my absolute favorite spot in the house this year! It’s easy to create this cute holiday bar in the kitchen with a few things…
Hot Cocoa Bar supplies:
- This is the two tiered white tray that I used. It’s gorgeous and fits perfectly under my cabinets.
- I used wooden tea storage canisters from Homesense. These food storage jars are similar.
- Walmart has some cute table wear this year. That’s where the red plate, measuring cups and salt & pepper shaker (the truck and tree) are from.
- I made the string of beads using these wooden beads, it was super easy!
- The rest of the items were thrifted or found at the dollar store.
If you buy a gorgeous tray like this, just have fun with it and play with items that you love and that can be functional.
Wall hanging and vignettes are also a lovely way to decorate a home for the holidays! Don’t forget about your vertical space.
Finally, here are a few more photographs from around the house…
Don’t forget to check out this Star Wars Chewbacca themed Christmas tree.
Or this Red Buffalo Check Reindeer Christmas Tree that we put up for the boys this year!
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