Welcome to part two of our holiday home tour! If you missed part one, you can find it here.
Next up is a tour of my favorite room to decorate, our dining room, along with a quick view of outside. I think between the wine rack/buffet and the table, it’s the easiest room to switch out for seasonal decor and the place where I can make the most impact with little effort. It also gets the most natural light of any room in the house because of the large picture window so it just feels brighter than the rest of the house.
After decorating the Thanksgiving table with some natural elements, I decided I really liked the eucalyptus and wanted to keep that for my Christmas centerpiece. Once again, I pulled out a great piece of vintage silver from my mom’s cousin to use as the central platter for the base. I can’t wait to add some open shelves to the kitchen to be able to display these year-round. I raided my trusty stash of unbreakable ornaments and added the white pine cones from my fall decor along with some berry branches I had on hand and some new mercury glass votives (the small ones are from Michael’s and the larger red ones are from the dollar section of Target). Side note: keep in mind that your reflection will be visible when taking pictures of shiny ornaments! Next time, I’ll have to remember to change out of pajamas before taking photos.
For the wine rack, I added the Noel sign and the berry wreath. Since we have the fake tree, I’m trying to bring in some live greenery in other spots in the house. For the dining room, I added some fresh-cut Fraser Fir branches to a silver pitcher that was one of our wedding gifts (Crate & Barrel Gatsby collection, which I think is discontinued). I love getting these freebies at Lowe’s or the Christmas tree lot – I used some to decorate our mailbox as well.
raiding my mom’s basement helping her bring up her own Christmas decor, I found these never used Merry Christmas bar glasses and took those home with me, along with some Christmas wine glasses I mixed in with my existing ones. Not gonna lie, one of my favorite ways to save money is to use “found” decor from my mom’s stash!
Our house is really hard to get a good picture of on the outside due to the hill, but this was the best I could do. What you can’t see is two wreaths in the windows to the right that are lit – the good news is that you can see them from the street now that we’ve removed all the pine trees! On the front door, I added fresh garland and lights, along with a fresh-cut wreath, though I added the ribbon and bow. From the street, it looks really pretty at night! The outside is still one of the bigger renovations we have left and our Christmas decor outside will likely evolve as the house and front yard do.
Up next, our kitchen and man cave!
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