Deck The Halls!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

There is so much truth to this season being the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is magical all the way around. From the twinkling lights to the tartan and plaid, everything about December is just plain cozy. I could go on an on about my favorites (the scent of balsam, the red cup, red and green everywhere), but I think I'll let my decorations do a little bit of the talking for me. 

So come on in! I wish I could offer you a cup of hot cocoa and share a plate of cookies with you!

I'm all about texture and variety when it comes to decorating. Instead of going with traditional garland on my mantel, I wanted to find something that brought in a new textural element. So when I found this glittery stick garland, I knew exactly where it belonged. On my mantel of course! I wound some battery operated LEDs through it to add that extra special touch, and because I love twinkling lights just about everywhere!

This year I had a clear goal in mind when decorating for the tree. Since we've been married, husband and I have used old plastic ornaments that I bought during college. So this was the year to purchase ornaments that we both loved and fit our style. We went for mercury glass ornaments (because swoon), some wooden reindeer for variety, and matte, Christmas colored jingle bells, which we paired with our keepsake ornaments and I think our tree is just lovely. 

Next year, my goal is to find the right garland to go around the tree. Decorating has always been about slowly accumulating the right pieces. And it looks like that's the tradition we are keeping with! Maybe I'll have luck after Christmas this year with a great bargain find on just the right garland. Fingers crossed! 

Forgive our unfinsihed end table. Regardless of its state, it still needed some holiday décor. I found this cute sign at TJMaxx back in November and have waited excitedly to put it out. The jingle bells were a last minute touch to the cloche when I realized we didn't need hundreds of jingle bells on the Christmas tree. And I'm quite happy with the way they look all snug in there!

The Christmas sprucing doesn't stop in the family room. It goes straight into the dining room as well. And even to the master bedroom (that's coming, just keep scrolling!). I love subtle touches for the holidays all over my home. And yes, I definitely think that sometimes you can have too darn much. But, I'm hopeful in thinking that I find a decent balance between just right and too much!

My dining room always has a wreath for each door. And the table centerpiece is meticulously laid out to reflect the season. I like to incorporate the same elements all over (see the jingle bells) to make one cohesive look.

The master gets just a few touches of holiday cheer. Husband and I love having twinkling lights in our room, making it all the cozier.

And that concludes the tour! I only slightly apologize for all of the photos :) One of my favorite parts of blogging is being able to look back on seasons, memories, and events of years past. So I love documenting thoroughly, and that means a whole lot of photos! 

Check out Christmas decorations from the past. It's fun looking back and seeing how much my style has evolved from year to year!:

Grab the button below, add it to your Christmas décor post, and join Rachel and I! I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's decorations! 

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13 comments on "Deck The Halls!"
  1. I love everything -- and the garland on your mantel is so unique and beautiful!

  2. Sigh. Your home will be featured in a magazine one day, no doubt. Perfect touches.

    1. That would just be amazing if it ever did happen!!

  3. How beautiful!!! I really needed the little boost of Christmas cheer because I haven't decorated anything yet!! Love all the different little trees you got! =)

    Melanie | Blog:Toots + Dill

  4. I LOVE the garland on the mantle! How unique! Your home is fabulous! It looks quite cozy and the decor is on point! Best wishes this holiday season to your growing family. I'm sure Baby Hill will love the soft shine of the twinkle lights. Your home is the perfect setting to welcome in a newborn.

  5. Lovely decor. I actually have that same "merry christmas" garland. After Christmas sales are the best so I bet that you will have no problem finding a garland for your tree. Also love the ornaments. ours are a bit of a hodge podge (we collect them during traveling) so I always enjoy seeing coordinated trees

  6. Astleigh, everything is so LOVELY!!
    The stick garland is beautiful--where is it from?
    I love the table centerpiece, and all of the jingle bells and red balls!
    Your new mercury glass ornaments are beautiful.
    Wow, just wow!

  7. Ooh I love the lights on the mirror in your bedroom!

  8. I love all the decor! The cloche with jingle bells under it is such a great idea! I may have to steal that for next year!

  9. I absolutely love it! I love all the textures as well. And I'm a little bit of an addict when it comes to garland - every room needs one in my opinion. haha Your house looks lovely. I put most of my decoration in the bottom half of our house - I used to have it all over - but it's been working so far for me this year.

    The light in your home is SO dreamy. Loving it!

  10. I love all the mercury glass, and your dining table centerpiece is lovely! Did you make it yourself or did you find it somewhere? You have a wonderful talent for decorating!

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