Welcome to my annual holiday home tour! Want to step inside and take a look around? I decided to share one big interior tour this year, so it’s a fun one to scroll. It includes snippets from our formal living room, my home office, the kitchen, and even our basement media room. Click through for some holiday decor inspiration and cheer!
Before we begin scrolling, you’ll probably notice my home tour looks strikingly similar to the one I shared last year (which I love). While it’s fun to mix up colors with ribbon, wrapping paper, and inexpensive decor elements- I’m a firm believer in investing in quality holiday decor that you’ll love for years to come- which echoes my everyday design philosophy. Some of my garland & wreaths are going on seven years old! I still love the look and wanted to share this, because I think we should normalize timeless holiday decor that can be repeated each year. That’s why I carry the same greenery in our shop year-after-year. Don’t feel pressure to reinvent your holiday look every season. With social media, we often see people changing their entire holiday repertoire every Christmas- which isn’t practical for our homes (or the environment). Just something I’ve been noticing and wanted to touch on. Get creative with ribbon, florals, branches, berries, and gift wrap to keep things fresh- or continue to build your collection little-by-little each year. I think that’s far more practical! Ready for the tour? Beginning in the kitchen…
I kept our kitchen very minimal this year because I often feel like things can get clustered and overwhelming with holiday decor. In a space like a kitchen, I’ve found simple greenery is plenty. It looks festive without cluttering up an already busy room, or taking up valuable counter space.
I’m a big fan of framing our kitchen windows with my favorite pine needle garland. Every year I get the question, “How do you hang it on your tile?” We install three tiny finishing nails at the top of our window casing. We remove them after the holidays, but never fill the nail holes (since they’re on the top of the casing, they’re hidden), and we’ll insert them again the following year. It’s easy and works far better than command hooks- which have trouble adhering to our textured handmade tile.
I also enjoy seasonal fragrances… this popular frasier fir hand wash, being one of them! As soon as they arrived at our shop, I snagged a couple for our house! I keep one in the kitchen and one in the powder room, as I always get compliments on it from house guests.
Just outside the kitchen lives our (unfinished) dining room… if you missed my recent holiday tablescape, it’s worth a look! You can take a gander at that, here.
THE LIVING ROOM
Our living room always gets the most attention, in regards to holiday decorating. It’s the room where I like to go all out- simply because we spend a lot of time in here, gather around the fireplace, and it’s also a space guests enjoy. This year, I styled my corner demilune vignette with cedar garland and a matching wreath. I’m not sure why I never thought to decorate this little corner before now! It’s making me very happy this year.
Our tree looks the exact same as it did last year– because I loved it so much! I did add a couple new ornaments, which I like to do every Christmas. I usually snag my top 2-3 picks from the Tuesday Made shop, as it’s fun to look back. I really enjoy the blue tree with our vintage runner… a perfect match!
Can you tell I was on an asymmetric kick with the garland this year? I felt really inspired to pare things down and let the greenery speak for itself.
An elegant pillar candle inside my favorite glass hurricane atop a couple books (for elevation) felt like the only thing the mantel needed… that and our stockings, of course. If you missed that old DIY, find it here!
This room is my favorite during the winter months- with the lamps on and the fire going. It gets so cozy in here! The dogs like to snuggle up on the sheepskin rug and this is our ideal place to hangout.
Of course I had to share an image of my built-in styled as I normally do for the holidays. While it induces rage amongst many (ha!), I particularly love the flipped books paired with my holiday decor. It provides a nice neutral and textural background for a month or two, accompanying our greenery, ribbon, and wreaths. It feels so much less chaotic with extra decor stuffed into this room, which brings a much needed sense of calm.
THE BASEMENT MEDIA ROOM
Moving along to the basement… I keep one small (naked / undecorated) flocked tree down here- simply for the glow of its warm twinkling lights. I always shove it in a vintage brass vessel, which is as easy & beautiful as it gets.
This year I also added my favorite small cedar wreaths to the picture lights with some navy velvet ribbon… it was a happy accident that the ribbon perfectly matched the upholstered acoustic panels! Not pictured (because I could NOT for the life of me get the window to expose properly)… pine needle garland resting on the deep window ledge. We’re lucky to have natural light in our basement thanks to egress windows, but they’re horrible for photographing. I have yet to figure it out. Anyway- believe me when I say there is garland jammed back there in the abyss.
Emmett & I have been carrying these vintage skis from home to home with us since high school. Can you believe that? They have a (possibly incriminating) story behind them that I’m pretty sure I’ve shared before. Ha! I like the texture they add to the basement corner and they’re a warm reminder of home- they used to live at our local ski lodge above the fireplace.
I also like to style little details throughout our home during the holiday season. This small ski dish is a favorite I style on the coffee table each winter. It says holiday without being overly specific, which lasts all season long.
Although, living in Utah- we can get by with ski decor year round. It’s really a lifestyle around here! I’m often asked if I switch out our vintage ski portraits each spring and the answer is no. These charming historic prints live in our basement year round. I love them so much! Emmett & I are very into skiing, and we’re looking forward to lots of trips, powder days, and turns this winter.
THE HOME OFFICE
I spend so much time in my home office, I definitely wanted to added a few simple touches of greenery. I installed a strand above my daybed that frames the vintage art, and it instantly made this room feel festive!
I also swapped my plaster intaglio for a wreath… the nail was already there and it seemed like the easiest move for a quick holiday vignette. In addition to that, I busted out my favorite oud noir candle that smells appropriate and cozy for the cold months ahead.
There you have it! That wraps up my interior holiday tour. Next Christmas, we’ll definitely have the entryway renovation completed, and I’m very much looking forward to dressing our beautiful new staircase in garland… and perhaps even installing a super tall tree in the entry! I’ll be sharing an exterior tour once we get more snow, so keep an eye out for that. It will include the entire exterior, front porch, and our shed. For more holiday inspiration, check out 10 ideas for styling garland, my annual gift guide, a simple tablescape in my dining room, and 10 thanksgiving recipes I’d like to try. Cheers to the week ahead! I’ve got lots to cram in before we celebrate Friendsgiving. Anyone else? Let’s do it!