Don’t you just love seeing inside other people’s homes? Call it nosey if you want, but this girl LOVES to see what everybody else has got going on behind their front door. I catch myself sometimes imagining what the inside of my neighbors’ homes look like…crazy? Maybe. But hey, I just can’t help myself. I think that’s why Pinterest and Houzz are so appealing to me; there’s no shortage of ideas for how to decorate/design a space. I figured there’s really no way I’m alone in this obsession, so I decided I’d give you all a peek inside my home this Christmas! Don’t say I never gave you anything 😉 So grab a glass of wine and let’s go see our little ranch all decorated for the season!
Bringing the Gingerbread House to Life
First things first, we’re all friends here, so this is a judgement-free zone, right? Good. Because the front landscaping of our house is ATROCIOUS. Like I sing “Welcome to the Jungle” every.single.time we pull into the driveway atrocious. We learned from our neighbors that the original owner totally let the yard go. He hated grass (what?!) and so the yard was full of random bushes and plants that had just been dropped here, there, and yonder. The owner before us tried his best to clean it up, but there’s no coming back from the state it was in. We pulled up a bunch of shrubs and limbed up several trees this past spring, but, quite frankly, the whole thing needs a complete overhaul. It’s coming, don’t worry, and yes, I’ll bring you along for the ride when we do it!
Ok, now that we have that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s all practice looking past the jungle to the beauty that is this sweet little ranch all decked out for Christmas!
In the south, whether you’re a Neutral Nellie (like me) or love Christmas in living color, you hang wreaths on the windows with RED bows. I picked up a roll of this ribbon and tied all the bows during one of our nightly Netflix sessions. I bought my wreaths at Hobby Lobby six years ago. They’re just a basic 24″ Christmas wreath (they’re 66% off right now, too!) and they hold up extremely well! They’ve hung on the windows in the elements for a month every year for the last six years and there are literally no signs of wear!
I kept the front porch simple this year. My fall decor out here was quite over-the-top, so I decided to go more minimalistic this season. The garland around the front door is two different types that I twisted together from At Home Stores. One is a lighted, flocked 9′ garland, and the other is a 9′ unlit, pine garland with pinecones. I bought two strands of each type of garland and started by hooking the flocked together at the center of the top of the door. Then I worked down one side of the door, adding in the pinecone garland at the top and twisting it around the flocked garland. I fluffed as I went along, and then repeated the process on the other side of the door. The teardrop on the front door is from At Home Stores as well.
I LOVE twinkle lights and believe that every room should have them at Christmas, and the exterior is no exception. Each year, my saint of a hubs gets out his ladder and staple gun and staples each bulb into place along our roofline. Having the lights follow the shape of the roofline makes the house look like a gingerbread house, which makes my heart so happy! I scooped up these lights with the white cords since our trim is white.
The entry is simple. My mother-in-law gifted me that antique pickle jar in the corner, and it sits on my kitchen counter most of the year. I put something else in its place for Christmas, so I did a twist on the Charlie Brown tree using 3 pine sprays from Hobby Lobby. I strung a strand of fairy lights around the picks and called it done! The red and white buffalo checked pillow on the pew is from Home Goods and the gold “Joy” pillow is from TJ Maxx. I change the blanket out each season, and this one was a Home Goods find. The scroll hangs up year-rounds and is a custom piece from my girl Sarah over at Sarah Disney Designs.
Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold
Our formal dining room was probably my favorite to decorate! I wanted a neutral color pallet with just a single pop of red on the table. All of the tree trimmings are from Hobby Lobby with the exception of the beaded garland. It was a hand-me-down from my mom that she picked up years ago. The furry skirt is from TJ Maxx and the angel on top is from Home Goods.
The mercury glass trees on the table light up and look soooo gorgeous at night! (I told you I love twinkle lights!)
They came from Hobby Lobby last year (2017) and I picked them up for a crazy good price in their after-Christmas sale. The flocked centerpiece below the trees is actually two pieces. They’re candle holders from Hobby Lobby! The magnolia napkin rings and placemats are both from Pier1. The glittered chargers are from Dillard’s (word to the wise: be sitting there when your store opens on New Year’s Day and you’ll get these babies [and lots of other gorgeous goodies] for a literal STEAL!). Lastly, I scooped up those red linen napkins in a pack of 12 at Home Goods.
I wanted the China cabinet to just have a little “kiss of Christmas” since the rest of this room is so glam. I grabbed those two 10″ wreaths at Hobby Lobby and just tied bows around them using the tree ribbon. A full tutorial for how I made these babies is in my “Christmas” highlight on Instagram.
Lastly, is one of the most sentimental corners in this room. This drop-leaf table belonged to one of my great-grandmothers. The nativity that sits atop it was hand-made by another one of my great-grandmothers. She had a kiln in her house where she fired all kinds of ceramics and she hand-painted each of these figurines. Oh! And the stable was build by my dad. Talk about a special piece!
Y’all Come Eat
If you read my post about how we build this farmhouse table, then you know the vibe for this room is a laid back one. I wanted to keep the table decor simple, and was beyond thrilled to get this red lantern (fully decorated, I might add!) on a Black Friday sale at Kirkland’s. The greenery on either side of it is made from picks I got at Hobby Lobby. There are 3 different kinds layered together: one long pine mix, a shorter pine mix with berries, and snowy one also with berries.
The Alpine trees in the corner are also from Hobby Lobby (are you sensing a theme yet? ha!). They’re 6′, 5′, and 4′ tall and came pre-lit. I had some burlap fabric cut on one of my trips to HL to fluff around the bottom and hide the stands.
I decorated the sideboard in the opposite corner with goodies I mostly already had. The snowy picks in the pitcher are new, but the flocked pinecones are from Christmas past, as are those cute little Annalee® elves in their PJs!
Plaid, wood, and burlap make up my kitchen decor. The wreaths and red buffalo plaid ribbon on each window came from Hobby Lobby. That ribbon is something they carry year round, so even if most of the other goodies I’ve mentioned here are sold out you should be able to get your hands on it and stow it away for next year!
The Santa and reindeer figurines on the bar are by Fitz and Floyd®, one of my favorite holiday treasure makers! They are from their “Renaissance” collection and my parents gifted them to us for Christmas last year.
This whole wall is probably my favorite in the kitchen!
The coffee and wine bar is so fun to decorate each season. I snagged that “Joy” sign, wooden deer and the little tree from Hobby Lobby. The lights on the tree are those same fairy lights I used on the “Charlie Brown” tree in the entry. They’re remote-controlled and my literal obsession. Seriously. I basically professed my love for them on an Instagram story one night…with a demo (and sound effects) turning them off. Those cute little mugs came in a 2-pack from Kirkland’s and I could not be more in love! We grew up camping and they look just like the metal Coleman® mugs my parents used to have in our camper. Talk about nostalgia! The dish towel is from a local shop here in Greenville and was a gift from my grandmother after their most recent stay with us.
Next to the coffee and wine bar is my Christmas card display. In our old house I used to wrap our pantry door like a present and clip all the cards to it so that visitors passing from the kitchen to the den could stop and see our loved ones. I don’t have a pantry door that will work for that design in this house, so last year I came up with this idea! I love seeing all the cards displayed for the season and literally run to the mailbox each day to see if we’ve received more! Everything you need to make this little project can be found at Hobby Lobby for cheap. The red and white ribbon along with burlap are on sale 50% off every other week. The red glitter clothes pins are in the Christmas section and are like $1 for a pack of six. You could literally make this whole display for around $20 if you hit the sales right!
That’s the theme for this room allllll year long, baby. It’s where we curl up to binge our favorite Christmas movies, nap on Sunday, and sip our morning tea and coffee from those cute little campfire mugs 😉
I ordered the tree for this room from Home Depot this year. I always do a tree with all of mine and Jared’s sentimental ornaments. It’s so fun to pull them out every year and reminisce about the story behind each one. Growing up, each year my grandparents gave us a Santa ornament. They said they didn’t want our trees to be bare when we moved our on own, and I could not love this tradition more! Jared and I pick up ornaments when we travel and several are from his childhood as well. There are six really sweet ones from J sprinkled in there too. Each Christmas he gifts me an ornament that reflects on the year that’s coming to a close. There’s a front door for the year we bought our first house. A pup for the year we got our precious Tillie, etc.
The ribbon is left over from years past, and it’s a satin and burlap duo from Hobby Lobby. The angel on top and the “rug” on the floor are both from Home Goods. The rug is actually a “shabby chic” (it was labeled that way on the tag) tree skirt that I just laid down as a rug under the wash tin collar. I LOVE layering tree accessories like that! It adds so much character! The collar is an authentic old metal wash tin that I picked up at auction years ago. I cut the bottom out of it and started using it as a tree collar about several years back.
The red pillow on the hearth is an oldie-but-goodie and the beaded winter trees pillow came from TJ Maxx last year. The picks and cotton in the lantern are from Hobby Lobby as well. Same goes for the ones in the vase on the TV cabinet. The candle is my FAVORITE Christmas scent: Fresh Balsam from Bath & Body Works.
The red and white buffalo check pillow in the club chair is the mate to the one on the pew in the entry and the nutcracker on the table is from Home Goods.
Imagine curling up under a cozy blanket back at the cabin after a day playing in the snow. That’s the vibe of this room. I feel like it’s a little lodge right off our den. It’s a true porch because it’s not heated or cooled with the rest of the house and since it’s all windows, when you sit out here you truly feel like you’re in the great outdoors. Traditional red and black buffalo plaid, fake snow, and a burly nutcracker round out the decor out here.
The buffalo check pillows and the nutcracker are from Home Goods and the cable-knit “merry” pillow is from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I ordered a giant roll of the ribbon on the top of the tree several years ago for a baby shower I was co-hosting and the remnants found their way into my Christmas decor. Believe it or not the flocked tree was a cheapo from Walmart! The whiskey barrel collar is from Home Depot and the cable-knit fur “rug” under it is actually a tree skirt from Dillard’s.
Merry Christmas, friend!
Well, wasn’t that fun?! I loved bringing you along for this little tour and hope you got some great ideas for your house! I tried to tag as much of my decor as I could but a good bit of it is now sold out online, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out! Be sure to pop in your local Hobby Lobby and At Home between now and the New Year. They’ve already made some serious markdowns and our stores were still pretty well stocked recently! Some of the links are affiliate links which may allow me to earn a small commission if you were to purchase through them.
When decorating for Christmas, I try to choose textures, patterns, and colors that I can incorporate across all the rooms since each one flows into the next. They may each have their own vibe/theme, but you’ll find snowy, flocked goodness, natural textures, and twinkle lights everywhere – whether it’s a casual or formal space. Even if the room’s decor is neutral, I try to add a slight pop of red for the season. In each casual space you’ll find burlap and similar patterns across accents like ribbon and pillows. I love for each corner of the house to have a little touch of Christmas so that everywhere you look you see signs of the season!
Tell me about your decor! Do you decorate every room? What’s your Christmas style? Be sure to comment below, and tag me in your photos on Instagram!