Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share how we deck our halls here at Pretty Practical Home. I’ve mentioned to family members before that one of my life objectives is to earn the title of “Crazy Christmas Lady,” and I feel like I’m well on my way. (I’ve got the crazy part down, at least.) If you’re joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here!
I’ll save the usual mindless banter we all
love politely tolerate and jump right into the tour. Apologies to the regulars, as the mindless banter will return once this post is published. (You always hurt the ones you love.)
We’ve been here for a little over a year now, and I’m slowly transforming our home one room at a time. (Special emphasis on “slowly”.) Let’s start in the foyer, which is going to get a minor tweak any day now.
This is my Chinese butcher’s table (similar), which played a crucial role during our house hunting trip last year. (If the table didn’t fit, we weren’t buying it.) I display the girls’ Santa pictures in different silver frames and get all weepy looking at how big they’ve gotten.
The mirror above the console is one I picked up from an antique store in South Georgia, along with the angel plaque. A few nails and a couple of coats of chalk paint took the pair from meh to yeah.
Let’s head to the girls’ rooms first. I purchased four boxwood wreaths and put them throughout the house with different ribbon. No need to make things complicated, right?
I added red satin ribbon to the wreath in Paige’s room. Sometimes less is more, and I think the simple wreaths are the prettiest.
Buster, our elf, forgot to show up the day after Thanksgiving. He’s here now, getting progressively less creative and less mischievous as the days go by. By the time Santa picks him up, he’s usually face down with a vodka tonic in hand, mumbling about the moms on Pinterest with too much time on their hands. Silly Buster!
Claire’s room received the same simple wreath treatment, just with a change of ribbon. I also wrapped some fake presents to put on her lucite chair because I’m a blogger who likes doing blogger stuff like wrapping fake presents. #keepingitnotreal
Now let’s head into the dining room, which is one of the rooms that has a plan in place but hasn’t seen any action yet. Again, I kept things simple with some live greenery (boxwood again, because I love it so) and silver ornaments added to our shell collection. (This was supposed to be in my holiday display at my home in Ponte Vedra.)
Next to the dining room is the butler’s pantry. I said to myself, Sharon, what can you put in this little area? A hot cocoa bar, of course! Did you know you can have your blogger’s license revoked if you don’t put one of these in your holiday home tour? I’m not taking that chance, plus I think they’re beyond cute. (And delicious!)
These food props were out for a couple of days while I waited for the rain to go away so I could take the pictures. Guess how many times I had to shout, “No, don’t eat that!” Yes, you’re right–one million.
Let’s head into the kitchen now, where I kept things simple (the running theme) with some white flowers, fruit, and another boxwood wreath. (And a Christmas tea towel, of course.)
I always keep some variation of white flowers in this white urn vase. (I’m nothing if not predictable.)
Let’s all turn around now so we can head into the living room. It’s basically one big room, which is why we love the house so much. Don’t forget to grab your Prosecco!
I have a piece of art coming for over the mantle finally. I was really hoping it would make it in time to show you, but no luck. Let’s look at the fireplace, anyway.
Not to beat a dead horse, but I like simplicity in my Christmas decor, since Mother Nature does a better job with it than I ever could. All the greenery in the house is fresh, except for the fireplace garland, and I usually add fresh cuttings to make it look fuller and smell better. The closer we get to Christmas, the more the house looks like a greenhouse blew up in it.
Stick some scraps of your tree in a footed bowl and throw some ornaments on top. Boom! goes the lazy Christmas decorating dynamite. I did the same for the dough bowl on top of the media cabinet.
And now for the grand finale, the tree! We use family ornaments we’ve collected over the years and I add ribbon trim.
I know lots of people love themed trees, and I used to be one of them. I’ll be sharing more about my tree and why I ditched the theme tree next week.
I’m so happy you stopped by to see our home, and if you take away any decor ideas, all you need to deck your halls are some greenery and ribbon. Seriously. And here’s one last look at everything all lit up, along with a handy collage for you Pinterest lovers out there. Man, I love how my home looks at Christmas!
If I’m the first home you’re visiting today, I’m going to send you to Amy’s over at My Life From Home. Her home is lovely and you’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit! Don’t forget we’ve still got two more days (10 homes!) to cover, so stop back by tomorrow and Friday to catch the rest of the tours. Have a great day!
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