how I decorate

Welcome to my home. Please come in! I always start with a fresh wreath on the front door. You simply can't have Christmas without it. Around here Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving (and ends the day after Christmas).

I wrap the handrails with red berry garland. I love this stuff. In the past I have used evergreen garland, and while it smelled delicious, it was too messy. I always have to have a red poinsettia too. This is the one I bought on my kmart shop a few weeks ago. I haven't killed it yet! (Oh, about that, make sure you remove the foil wrapper from your poinsettia, or any extra water won't be able to drain out, and you will literally drown your poinsettia). We keep our Christmas cards received here on the entry table, and we have a mini Nativity set here as well.


My tree. It's fake. We bought it last year and haven't regretted it yet. It's beautiful, seriously, and it really really does look real. You're right, it doesn't smell, but it also doesn't need water, or drop needles, or make a mess, so...you know. I'm like things tidy but I hate to clean, so having fewer things to clean up after helps.


These are some of the red balls I purchased at kmart. I tied them with fishing line and hung them at different lengths, with a feather wreath I already had in the center. I love it, and it didn't cost much. I can see adding more balls over the years. Maybe even adding in some silver with the red.


More balls, different sizes. I love the different textures of the green ones, some matte and some shiny. I wish I had bought more of these. I love how the little ones are just tossed in as well. You can never have too many balls. Especially if you stick with just a few colors.


See how I put the candle in my new square vase with the small silver balls? I really like how this turned out, and wished they had more at the store when I was there. Remember I bought two, but I think three or four or even five would have looked even better.


My snowglobe collection which I acquired from my aunt Bev, a tabletop tree I made as a MOPS craft years ago, and our Santa book, where we keep all the previous years' Santa photos in one album. The kids (and grandmas) love to look through it.


Another view of our tree, from the dining room this time.


There is nothing easier than a bowl filled with pinecones. You can bribe your kids to pick them up off the ground outside, or buy a bag at any craft store, or at kmart, of course! You can even buy them cinnamon scented, like these ones once were. ; )


And finally, the mantel, where I display our Santa collection, and where the stockings are hung, with care of course. I also have my icicle wreath which I bought years ago at kmart. I have this wreath on the mantel all winter, not just Christmas. (See how I painted my fireplace surround here).


So that's how we do Christmas at our house. What about you? Do you have any decorating tips you can share? Or any secrets to keeping the house clean with all the extra "stuff" out?



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32 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your Christmas tree...a new 'fake' one is on our list to buy for next year! Love the feather wreath too! :)

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  2. Love the ornaments in the window! So pretty.

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  3. beautiful!! love all those balls!

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  4. Your home is beautiful! I love the balls in the window!

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  5. Gorgeous and fun - kinda like YOU!

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  6. I love the layout of your house...the stairs, the big front window..all of it and the tree is gorgeous!

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    This is our first year with a REAL tree.
    Our fibre-optic one kind of died, and this Christmas I fancied that piney scent.
    Not regretting it so far... although, are you telling me they need water???
    Should I have been watering this tree? Is this why my needles are drooping???
    Gah.
    Better go give it some water then, so it lasts til Christmas Day!
    xxx

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  8. love your tree! we went simple i have little knick knacks here and there stocking on the mantle of course and our tree :) i hung some blue lights in our sliding glass door too :)

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  9. BTW Rachel, I just opened up a Christmas Linky on my blog - any and all Christmas posts - would love you to come by and link up.
    x

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  10. Your house is beautiful! I love the ornaments in the window and the pinecones. Nice and Christmasy without being over the top.

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  11. Your home is lovely and inviting. I absolutely love the ornaments in the basket - great mixes of texture going on there. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Your house looks beautiful, and so does your tree! I also love the color of your front door. merry Christmas!

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  13. Your home looks so very merry!! Beautiful decorations...thank you for giving us a "tour" of your home!

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  14. ooooohhhhh! i love your holiday decor......i am especially a big fan of the christmas ornaments in the bowl and around the candles. so simple and elegant. happy holidays!

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  15. you are WINNING at kmart, girl! and i love your tree. can't wait to buy a fake one after christmas this year. last year of needles! hoorah!

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  16. This is all so Martha (Stuart) of you! I loved all of it, especially your feather wreath!

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  17. Beautiful. I agree with you with the ball ornaments. . .can never have too many! I hung ours from our dining room chandelier this year but with ribbon. . .I definitely like like the fishing twine (is that what you used?) more. Thanks for taking the time to show us your home.

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  18. Your home is beautiful for the Christmas season! Enjoy!

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  19. Your home is beautiful! I love your front door! Oh and your tree looks completely real. I would have never noticed the difference!

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  20. BEAUTIFUL!! I agree with you 100% about the Christmas timeline :) And my poinsettia thanks you for saving it's life! I had no idea about the foil...

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  21. Your home looks beautiful....I'm so glad you invited us in and welcomed us to your home. I enjoyed the tour!

    Melissa

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  22. We had a real tree last year, and I totally loved it, but we also had hardwood floors in that room so it was semi-easy to continually sweep up after it. This year it's a fake tree, not as cool but sooo much easier! :) Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful photos, your house looks awesome! ~Frances

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  23. Everything is so pretty. We also have an artificial tree. It's been years and I am finally okay with it. :) It is a lot easier. I love the balls hanging in the window!

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  24. I love the window display....so simple, but so pretty!
    Also, scented pinecones are just about my favorite thing ever!

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  25. I love the ornaments in the window, so lovely!

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  26. Beautiful tree, I love baubles hanging by the window.

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  27. Love everything about it! You have a beautiful home!!

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  28. the ornaments hanging in the window is such a simple, easy idea...i need to do that next year! (no more time this year!)

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  29. Simply lovely! My favorite element, the ornaments in containers. Thank you for sharing :)

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  30. Your home is absolutely beautiful. I loved the idea of hanging ornaments in the windows.

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  31. I really loved the visual guide of the article. From the front door to the mantle, the reader gets to experience your home like the actual guests that they are.


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