This year’s Holiday Home Tour looks a bit different for several reasons. First of all, we live in a cozy two-bedroom apartment while we are building a home and secondly, I only decorated the tree and the mantle. I had all of these grand ideas of getting a “silent night” pillow for the bed, placing a soap here, a hand towel there and really going all out with what space I had. But there just aren’t enough hours in the day so I decided to just knock it all out in one afternoon and get on with enjoying Christmas with our sweet little family. After all, the girls are 4 and two and they could care less about being drug to store after store to find frou frou and a tree topper and it’s not like I exactly have a ton of time to browse the internet for decor on top of work I already do for the blog. So a simple white & gold Christmas it is!
On Black Friday we got up and Zach watched Willy Wonka (or “The Candy Man” as the girls call it) while I did some Black Friday (online) shopping. We ate a late breakfast and headed out to chop down our very first Christmas tree! I grew up going to get a real tree and can still remember my dad laying on the ground to cut it down and have always wanted to do it with our family. Zach hasn’t quite been on board because it’s just more work and more cleaning blah blah blah but I finally wore him down. Maybe it was because I strategically packed all of our Christmas decor, including our tree, in the middle of our storage unit. Or maybe it’s because this year the girls were actually old enough to get excited about it and I used them to help me get my way. You’ll never know.
Needless to say, Zach loved it and we had such a fun day with our girls. We’ve already decided that we will do it year after year because it really was such a fun and easy experience. We didn’t pick a tree that was huge, didn’t get it wrapped and just threw it in Zach’s truck, carried it up the elevator, put on a pretty little tree skirt and voila. I made one trip to Target with the girls for the wrapping paper and ornaments and we spent the afternoon decorating the tree and watching a movie.
So many people have asked about these stocking hooks on my instagram. They are from Target and you just bend them to the size you want and push them back towards the mantle. There are grips on there that hold them in place! Genius! They hold up these pretty knit stockings perfectly and pair nicely with my pre-lit garland. I always spruce up my garland and even though this one came complete with flocking and pine cones I still tucked in sprigs that we cut off the tree along with some cotton I had around the house.
I love the gold and white colors of this wrapping paper and the different textures. I tied some of them up with big gold ribbons and the others with small white ribbon, sprigs from the tree and ornaments. I still need to add name tags but overall I love the look!
Scottie is very into photography these days and while she mostly wants to take my phone to take the photos she is also very insistent on being in them. I always oblige.
So there you have it, gang! Our cozy little Christmas nook, a.k.a this year’s Holiday Home Tour. For last year’s decor you can go here and stay tuned for an easy Christmas tablescape. All of the sources are linked below!
Pre-Lit Garland | Stockings | Stocking Hooks | Tree Skirt | Fur Rug | Similar Basket | Birch Wood from Grocery Store | Grid Wrapping Paper | Polka Dot Wrapping Paper | Gold Ribbon | White and Gold Ornaments | Owl Ornaments | Assorted Ornaments | Ribbon for Tree Topper