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Christmas Home Tour Part 1

‘Tis the season for sparkling lights, the smell of fresh balsam (or fraser fir depending on your tree), fuzzy blankets and a cup of hot cocoa cuddled up on the couch by the fire, watching Christmas movies. It’s Christmas! That means lots of decorating has been happening in my house! This is my favorite time of year for decorating. It means I can have a whole lot of glitter and sparkling lights and what girl doesn’t love sparkly? 🙂

When I was a kid, I used to take all the Christmas decorations that my mom didn’t use anymore and decorate my entire room with it along with the hallway and staircase leading to it. You see, my bedroom was on the 3rd floor along with my sister’s so when she was away at college, I had free reign to do what I want with it for decor. I remember I had these M&M colored christmas lights from 1993. Ha! They were quite tacky but I loved them. If you do a quick google search for them then you’ll know what I mean.

I’d like to think my Christmas decorating has matured a bit since then so please join me in my home tour! (For Part 1 of the tour, I’m only going to cover our first floor living room space.)

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

On top of our piano, I placed ornaments and greens into a silver bowl I found at an antique store recently. The vintage white ornaments are from the gift shop at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI which if you’ve never been to is especially beautiful this time of year decorated for Christmas. They even have carolers!

christmas ornaments, silver, decorations, home decor

I enjoy mixing old with new and real with fake in my decor like I did here with this sparkly champagne tree I got from Target a few years ago.

vintage scale, ladder, christmas tree, pinecones

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

I recently created a wooden box that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years now. I’ll talk about that in a separate post. I’m going to have so much fun filling it for each season! 🙂

wood box, coffee table, plaid table runner

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

I used large bulb lights that I picked up from Lowe’s to wrap around the window. They remind me of when I was a kid. Then, I hung this silver basil wreath on the window and placed greenery and ornaments around it.

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

One of the things that is very unique about our house is that it has a lot of shelving because the previous owners had built-in cabinets. We took out the cabinets and opened everything up. It’s great for adding little touches of decor here and there.

For this window shelf, I used a berry branch I bought at Homegoods and mixed in boxwood stems that I bought when we picked out our tree. — Did I mention I love boxwood? We have two of our own bushes out front but they’re not mature enough to be trimmed. — Then, I added these red mercury glass ornaments from Pottery Barn. Best time to get these by the way is after Christmas when they’re on sale!

window shelf, lantern, christmas decorations, home, living room

lantern, pinecones, christmas

I added a few sugar pinecones from Crate & Barrel that I purchased last year (saw them at Michaels this year) and green stems to our catalog/magazine tray.

sugar pinecones, pottery barn magazine

And last but not least (for Part 1 of the tour), I’ll leave you with our Charlie Brown Christmas tree – a must in our household! 🙂

charlie brown christmas tree

  • Marja
    Posted at 11:50h, 10 December

    Hi Grace!
    I nominated you for a Liebster Award, I hope you don’t mind. Here’s a link to the post:
    Really like your blog!

    • gblanch
      Posted at 20:27h, 10 December

      Hi Marja!

      Thanks for nominating me! I don’t mind at all 🙂 Seems like a great way to connect with other new bloggers! Will work on answering these questions tonight.

      Grace 🙂

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