This weekend mom and I decided to take on some last minute Christmas projects to finish my home. Better late than never! While we’re showing our projects we decided to give a Christmas tour of our main spaces. I hope you enjoy!
We were late to decorate for Christmas this year since we were wrapping up small projects around the house. While there’s still a few punch out items on the list, the overall renovation on our Kirby home is complete. If you’ve been following along, you know we recently had a faux fireplace installed. We haven’t owned a home with a fireplace before so it was so fun to decorate the mantle! The layer’s of mirrors, angel wings, a simple tree and bird candlestick were things I had around the house. I added fresh evergreen, using an old garland as a base. It was easy to attach with floral wire and gives a super full and natural look. The bells and the stocking hung from the mantle complete the look!
The tree is new and we used a mix of rich green, red along with cream and gold ornaments. We added simple ribbon accents. Then we treasure hunted for unique vintage ornaments to add some character. I’ll add to this collection through the years. I love how it turned out! We used an old wood pedestal and a glass dome as a cloche to display the vintage Santa we found thrifting. We added evergreen swags over the mirror and on our sconces, a bowl of pine cones and of course our nativity to the scene. This room is finally ready for Christmas!
Since the playroom wasn’t under construction we actually put this tree up a few weeks ago. But we had an idea to create a tree from old red books. We loved the cozy reading spot for Quinn but the Christmas tree was decorated a little loud with very bright tinsel and needed to be reworked for the space to come together. So we removed the tinsel and added more natural elements with the pampas grass and pinwheels we crafted from old book pages. The pinwheels were just one of the fun and easy crafting projects we did to add special touches while we decorated so late this year. We just turned on Hallmark movies and really got in the spirit of Christmas! This room is a storybook Christmas!
The kitchen reno was mostly done, but we were still working on the backsplash and the vent hood over our new induction range. When I added the wreath to the hood, it instantly felt like Christmas! The open shelves are a fun way to decorate while keeping the counters clutter-free for daily use. I did repeat an idea I saw on the Christmas tour of homes with a simmer pot. Though I haven’t actually done the simmer yet to fill the house with aromas of Christmas, it makes a beautiful display on my counter. We found a silver platter in an antique shop, added a bowl of oranges, fresh rosemary and candy canes! We dried some of the oranges and added them to our little display. We used the rest to create a fun garland for the tree in the dining room area. Again, fresh flowers and greenery add life to any space. This was a very easy transformation and it really feels like home!
We’ve never lived in a home with a fireplace and we’ve never had more than one tree! This year we have THREE! We added a skinny tree to the corner of the dining room. The tree is so simply decorated with beaded garland. The downside to decorating so late is that everything is picked over. The upside is it causes you to find creative ways to decorate. We used the last two wood bead garlands we could find. They had tiny red bells that seemed a little bright. So we rub and buffed them til they looked rose gold. Then we added strips of ribbon and some of our dried oranges. So easy and added just the touch of whimsey this tree needed. Next year we’ll add twinkle lights and that might be all we do. On our hunt for some unique ornaments and the vintage Santa, we found these fun Dutch brass shoes. I filled them with fresh evergreen, hung them on the wall and they look great!
The transferware was a gift from a neighbor. We were excited to find an old newspaper ad tucked in one of the pitchers with the original price of the pink dishes. We used these to surround a window created by a great local artist and friend. The plate wall looks so festive and the perfect backdrop for our tablescape. We used more pink plates, along with some inexpensive white dishes, The napkins are actually reusable towels embellished with some fun gold cutouts we found at Walmart. The vintage stemware was another great find, but when we popped in some gold vintage ornaments they were magical! We added a couple of vases of flowers and stems along with some vintage candlesticks for a sweet and simple feel. The overall look of this home has evolved into something of a cozy cottage. It’s been the most fun to decorate for Christmas. We may have started late but we love the way everything turned out!
We hope that you enjoyed our tour and last minute DIY ideas for your Christmas home. We had a blast adding these final touches to the home and are so excited to use these ideas again next year. We love to hear from you in the comments so be sure to share your thoughts and ideas below! Merry Christmas!