holiday home tour 2018

Hello friends! We are SO CLOSE to Christmas. I don’t know if that’s exciting or stressful for you, … I haven’t wrapped a single gift yet if that makes anyone feel better ;)

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t love decorating for holidays. Which may come as a shock to some of you, but seriously … it’s such a pain. You only leave it up for a short while, the trends change from year-to-year so it can get costly, and I rarely have guests or host any kind of gatherings so .. what’s the point? My dear sweet husband LOVES Christmas, however, and he gets excited about decorating every year. So, I push my grinch-ness aside just for him.

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite holiday vignettes from our home. I didn’t buy anything this year and tried to be content with what we already had. It was SO HARD (damn you, Target), but I know my debt-free goals will serve me much longer than any new random decor item. That’s what I repeat to myself on an almost daily basis, anyway..

holiday home tour

Our living room is pretty open to the dining room and kitchen, so finding a place for the tree wasn’t the easiest task. We settled on this area by the front door, but I dream of the day we get a TV small enough to mount above the fireplace and that entire wall is available for a less cramped tree. (Anyone else’s husband have a tacky giant television??)

Our “theme” (and I use this term loosely) is on the woodsy-er side. Plaid, animals, and natural textures abound!

holiday home tour
holiday home tour

The mantel is something I really struggled with. I had visions of grandeur for this, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t justify spending $50+ on garland and a new wreath. So, I threw together some things I already had and hung the stockings I made last year. I am still loving them!

holiday home tour
diy handmade stocking

My Christmas village is being displayed in this gorgeous antique cabinet that my husband scored for FREE. I collected the St. Nicholas Square Christmas Village for a small stint as a child and decided to pick it back up again this year. I don’t have many pieces, but I look forward to adding onto it slowly through the years.

st. nicholas square village

The last little festive area of my home is in our sunroom. This area is so lovely this time of year. We have a record player and a little fireplace that keeps us cozy out here. And of course, the tree. This tiny tree is so special to me. The vintage glass ornaments are mostly from my late grandparents’ collection. I get a little emotional every year when I decorate this tree. It’s a beautiful and special way to remember them and keep them close during the holidays.

vintage shiny brite tree
vintage shiny brite tree
vintage shiny brite tree

That’s all the decorating my little heart could handle this year. What is your favorite decorating tradition? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram.