Decorating for Christmas

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let's be real for a second? I've struggled with making our new house feel like it's really our space. I've already started tackling a few projects to work on that, but it's made decorating for Christmas even harder, knowing that I don't feel like everything else is quite settled yet. Does that make sense?

I will say that in our current house I'm loving the two areas of Christmas decor that are most meaningful to me, the tree and the mantle. Our tree is mainly personal ornaments, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Each year we add a few sweet ones to our collection, and I can only imagine that our tree will continue getting better with age. I can't wait for the little construction paper ornaments that Beau will bring home from school, with his little face on an angel or his little hands making a reindeer. I can't wait for our first Christmas morning as a family of three beneath our tree.. reading Luke 2 and eating our cinnamon rolls! It will be so much fun when Beau can snack on one with us next year! The mantle is extra special this year as we've added a stocking. I took our stockings to be monogrammed in the Spring, as soon as we had decided on Beau's name. I knew that I didn't want to put it off and then somehow not have the stockings done for Christmas. :) It's so incredibly surreal to me that our stockings now say "Mommy" and "Daddy", and that our sweet boy has one too!

Image by Dyan Kethely
The above ornament is one of my absolute favorites of ours. I got it the Christmas that we were engaged from participating in the Southern Weddings Ornament Exchange. A fun story, right?

I want to look back on some of my favorite areas at our old house during Christmastime, and maybe get a little inspired to recreate them in our new home!

This little hot chocolate station was one of my favorite details in the old house.

Looking at this image made me so nostalgic about our old house! I always loved our master bedroom dressed up for Christmas! It was so cozy while still being light and airy!

One of my favorite details was the clear lamps being filled with ornaments.

This instagram shot is so long ago! I loved that chalkboard so much for such a long time!

And the next year the same pillow made it outside!

I always absolutely loved our dining space during Christmas. This might be my favorite shot ever of our old home. That room housed so many sweet meals.

I can't wait to look at y'alls holiday decorations! I've LOVED connecting this week. I've been so surprised at how much conversation can be made over these sweet things. Also, I got a lot of questions about the Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls.. I made them in advance and would freeze most times! Hope this helps!



  1. Your Christmas decorations are perfect! I love your mantle and your tree is just so pretty!

  2. I think so many people can relate when it comes to feeling a bit unsettled in a new home and feeling unsure how to incorporate Christmas decor on top of that. As a new reader, I enjoyed these flashback photos to your old home. They're beautiful photos and I really love the lamps in your bedroom. We have a three year old and a seven month old, and you're going to truly love having Beau around for Christmas this year. It's magic waking up with a baby. :) Enjoy it all! <3

  3. My family moved into our current house nine days before Christmas when I was in 3rd grade, and while there were still many areas of the home that hadn't yet been settled, it was such a sweet time that had us extra focused on each other and making memories with the energy that would have usually gone into decking out our whole home with decorations. This year will be sweet, and each year thereafter can build upon that sweetness of your very first Christmas in this home. :)

  4. Okay, the ornaments in the clear lamps is GENIUS!!! Now I want to buy clear lamps just to do that! :)

  5. Your Christmas decorations are stunning. Your tree is beautiful, and having your little guy I am sure makes the holidays so much more special. I just had my second child in January so he is at that perfect age of getting into my tree, so it is only decorated about 2/3 of the way down (which I love bc I know I will look back and treasure holidays with both of my children this small *2 year old and 10 month old*. I was wondering what is the paint color on the wall around your mantel. I have been looking for an almost white neutral for my living area and I think that would be a great color to put in the running. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tha lamps with the ornaments are so cool, love the decor!

  7. I LOVE the lamps in your bedroom! just the perfect touch of holiday in the bedroom for sure!

  8. Where did you get the night stands from?!

  9. Love all the pictures from years past and this year!! Nothing more special then the 3 stockings on the mantle!

  10. Your home decor and style is absolutely gorgeous. I am excited to follow along as you turn your new house into a home! It truly does take time, which is how my blog name came to fruition!

    PS -- Totally forgot to link back to ya'll today! I guess that's what happens while blogging during lunch breaks! Love that you & Sarah hosted this link up.

  11. just came across your blog and so glad I did! your home is beautiful! Christmas with tiny humans makes everything just so much better :)

  12. I can totally relate to a new home not feeling homey yet. When my hubby and I first got married and we moved into our first apartment I'll never forget walking into our place for the first time, I was by myself because I insisted on making a load before my husband got off work. I walked into our tiny new space and quickly rose with anxiety. Our apartment seemed MUCH smaller than when we originally toured the place. I sat on the floor alone and cried. After I threw myself a goof pity party and we eventually got everything in its place, things started feeling more and more like it was "ours." Now, I love our little apartment. I know we won't be here forever, but it feels right. It might sound silly, but I am praying your home starts feeling like it's "y'alls" very soon!! Coming from someone who doesn't deal with change well, I understand sometimes even the best of transitions can still be hard!

    Also, your three sweet little stockings make me really excited for the day we have a little one. Love following along with your adorable family!

  13. I might be biased, but goodness, I love your holiday home tour photos from last year! :) And from the little peek at your mantel, I imagine your new home is perfectly cozy and festive, no matter how finished it is--it's going to be such a special backdrop for memories of baby Beau's first Christmas!

  14. Your home is beautiful, and I can't wait to see more! I completely identify with not being settled into your home quite yet, which makes it hard to truly decorate. But, I bet your home is feeling extra cozy and magical this holiday season with Beau! Isn't it just the best sharing all of this with our littles?!

  15. LOVE that pillow! What a cozy bedroom, I can see why you miss it :)


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