Oh my goodness, friends. I can’t believe another Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo upon us again.
I’m so humbled to be included Christmas after Christmas and this year is especially significant to me. After being diagnosed with cancer in January, this tour is literally what held me together. I would plan and dream about how I would decorate while I sat there through 10+ months of awful treatments and procedures.
My house also looks a bit different this year. No, I haven’t moved, but things have shifted and I will share more soon.
If you are coming from Golden Boys and Me I welcome you and I hope you find some holiday cheer and joy with my simple Christmas tour.
This is my version of an easy and toned down holiday because, to be honest, I’m working full time and am having a rough go with my cancer maintenance meds. So, this tour is dedicated to all you who are looking for some quick and cost effective Christmas ideas.
First of all, I knew I wanted to add in some color to my overwhelmingly neutral decor. I’m not really a red fan (I know that’s like the hallmark of Christmas) but, I do love a rusty burnt orange, and that seems to give a similar vibe as the red, just more toned down and subtle.
I ordered some super pretty velvet ribbon from Amazon in my chosen color. Then panicked and ordered another spool. And, I’m so glad I did! I used them both. You’ll see why when we get to my tree.
My tour starts in my mudroom, where I tied together an unused garland into a wreath using that pretty ribbon. It pairs so nicely with my heirloom vintage rug. For an added holiday touch, I filled a basket with a variety of faux trees and picks.
My kitchen looks very different from previous years. My island has been replaced with an eight foot long table and I’m so obsessed with it! A plaid throw with bits of orange and trees and garlands collected from Target over the years keeps my theme simple, yet festive.
My sitting room holds my large tree, which I’ve placed in a basket and secured using a vintage fur throw from the thrift store. I tied strands of the velvet ribbon to nearly every branch and I think it gave it such a classic feel. The area is rounded out with lots of textiles in neutral shades of white, along with some of my favorite collections: books, brass and antique mirrors.
I’ve wavered on adding simple white, frosted and clear glass ornaments to the tree. Maybe as the season progresses I will, but for now, I love how they look in this garden bowl.
On to my bedroom, which is my personal favorite, as I absolutely love sleeping with a lit Christmas tree. I gave the urn of my table top tree a new life this year with a coat of white chalk paint. I then added some battery operated lights, along with more of that pretty ribbon. Wreaths, garlands, velvet pillows and rustic ornaments complete the look.
If you’ve been a long time follower (especially on social media) you know that my rescue cat, Figgy, usually steals the show. He was having none of that this year and was an absolute grinch when it came to photographs, but his expression was just too much not to share. I hope it brings you a laugh, too!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you so, so much for stopping by. Next on the tour is Redhead Can Decorate.