Monday, November 27, 2023

Christmas house tour 2023

This year after our indulgent Thanksgiving meal, we did what we always do, put the Thanksgiving decorations away the same night and start tidying up. We know that Black Friday will bring 18 bins, several large bags, wreath boxes, etc. for unpacking. This year we kind of sighed at the shear amount of decorations we've managed to collect over the years.  I always give some away, but apparently not enough.  These post covid years are leaving us feeling still tired. Or maybe we're just getting older. We managed to put out every decoration and get every single outdoor light put up. I think we will try to slow down time and enjoy the last full December with our high school senior and our quickly growing up other teenagers.  Soak in all the details and savor this time together. Each holiday that comes and goes I am reminded of how the time is quickly fading to be all together as a family. I am grateful we have created so many fun holiday traditions for the kids that they will hopefully cherish forever.  My hope for them is to look back at this blog and be reminded of the home we have created for them. 

Our Vintage Whippet statue adorned with vintage gold foil garland.

The China hutch gets a dose of vintage glass Christmas ornaments so they are nicely protected. My grandmother's Americana calendar from 1978 gets displayed.

The vintage painted sideboard displays wooden trees, a butter dish and salt and pepper shakers from Anthropologie.

In the loft we use the silver tree with pink ornaments and top if off with a light up Zelda tree topper.

Our kitchen island tree gets 1980's hand painted wooden ornaments I found thrifting.

At a recent estate sale I found so many European Christmas items, including this four tier nativity candle spinner from Germany. My Paper White bulbs are starting to grow.

I used vintage tablecloths on my tables this year. They aren't necessarily for Christmas but they seem to work anyway. The green candle lantern is from World Market.

I had fun setting the dining room table with my new to me Villeroy & Boch Naif Christmas plates.

The eat in kitchen displays one of my Christmas cactuses and dessert plates and cups from Anthropolgie's Nathalie Lete collection.

My mom's hand painted stocking holder moves around every year but this year I have a vintage stocking to hang on it as well.

My German Smoker guy will be ready for my new incense by Knox that is a blend of Christmas spices. My house will smell like Grandpa is here smoking his pipe.

I saw a lady in BH&G's put ribbon and ornaments on her chandelier so I had to copy it. I just used some gold and champagne bulbs with burnt orange velvet ribbon.

Our upstairs tree looks a little sparse. My hope is that I will slowly find vintage ornaments to fill it up. The candle lights make it look very Little Women.

The little golden tree makes an entrance this year with gold glass ornaments and an orange bow. 

A banner I found at the estate sale with God Jul and little elves hand painted. Couldn't resist. 

The bottle brush trees are right at home with the light up Swedish wooden decoration.

Winter Peppermint tea and Starbucks coffee always at the ready in our elf and Santa mugs.

Our knitted reindeer looks right at home every year with it's black white pattern.

The entry table gets cinnamon scented pinecones this year.

I just love our paper stars and lanterns from World Market. They are probably my favorite decorations besides my new German things.

The window wreaths have pretty pink ribbons. 

Every year we say we're going to just put up our faux tree and then every year we realize it's not the same as a real tree. A big shout out to Jordan Christmas Tree Farm who let us in without a reservation. This year we splurged on a 9 footer, which also means our star is sitting parallel with the roof.

We moved one of the living room chairs to our dining room and I think it gives this space cozy vibes.

Swedish throw blankets complete the living room chairs.

The office is adorned with flocked wreaths and pink bows. 

Hope you enjoyed our Christmas tour and are inspired to decorate a bit. It sure does make the winter months less dreary! 


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