Happy Monday! Welcome to those of you coming from Number Fifty-Three. I’m really honored to be a part of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours: a week long tour with over 50 bloggers and their Christmas decor. You can see the whole schedule here.
My 4-year-old son has always done well with leaving things alone, but my daughter, who is 1, is a different story. Milly loves to get into anything and everything, which makes it hard to decorate at her level and impossible to do any decorating while she’s awake!
I wish I was better at reusing decor, but I tend to have fresh thoughts every holiday. Luckily the stockings I made last year made the cut this season.
I love decorating, and I usually have a pretty strong idea of what I would like to do. With that being said, I think it’s really important to give the kids some say and decor of their own. In their corner of the living room we placed a little Norfolk Island pine, and they helped me make these DIY cluster ornaments.
I took a small tree I already had, placed it in a pot on Xander’s dresser, and decorated it with ornaments he has received as gifts. He really enjoys pointing out the loved one who gave him a specific ornament.
When I think of the holidays, gatherings with family and friends come to mind. I love to bring out entertaining items that have sentimental value. The copper ashtrays above are something my grandfather brought back from Africa while serving in the military. They make great coasters and the stars have such a festive feel.
The gold and black cardholder and the candle snuffer were my grandmothers. Puzzles and card games were always on the agenda at holiday get-togethers, and there is nothing more cozy than candlelight.
I already have a lot of greenery in our home (my husband might call it a problem) but I moved some of my plants to other areas of the house to make room for seasonal things. While I don’t like the smell once they’ve bloomed, I love to watch paper whites grow and look forward to planting bulbs every winter.
Adding a sheepskin, some greenery around the dining space’s chandelier, and a mercury glass gazing ball to my plant cart are simple touches that can stay all winter long.