07 Dec Christmas at Our Home
It’s another Monday morning… dull and dreary as ever… Back to work after a whirlwind of a weekend. Luckily, this Monday has given me something to get be VERY excited about. Today, I get to share with you a little bit of my home at Christmastime! I’m one of several bloggers and business owners who has been asked to open up my doors and share our Christmas cheer [and decor] with you all!
So… without further ado… Here’s how we decorate for Christmas at our humble abode…
When we designed our home interior, we wanted to create a space with modern elements and a cozy and traditional feel. If anyone asks if you can blend modern and traditional, yes you can! Our 1950’s home has been renovated to fit the style of this decade, but still has its traditional charm… and we wanted our Christmas decor to fit just that.
To me, Christmas is all about family and tradition. We’ve blended the aesthetics of modern Christmas decor and the traditional decor that I grew up with, much like I love to demonstrate a blend of the fun, Santa side of the season mixed with the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let’s begin with the kitchen/family room.
While the living space is more formal, this space is the one where we do most of our living, and the decor I chose for each space reflects just that. For our kitchen and family space, I decided to go with a more fun and kid-focused decor with brighter colors like blues and reds and a focus on santa, cookies and treats! I even used a lot of the same decor that filled my house as a little girl [like these cookie trees and Santa’s Cookie Chest]! I found this precious milk jug that’s JUST for Santa to drink from on Christmas Eve… how darling is that?
My mom found these AWESOME, blue, mercury glass Christmas trees that look great on our island next to the pops of red! That William Yeoward bowl is always on our island and is filled with new things each season from Easter eggs to lemons in the summer to acorns in the fall [it even had blue gum balls when we found out that B was going to be a boy] and is filled with red ornaments at Christmastime. The little tree by the sink is actually fresh rosemary! I use it when I cook during the Christmas season! It’s both festive and functional!
One thing I loved about Christmas when I was a little girl was walking through the house and finding little pieces of Christmas everywhere… My mom was great about placing a Santa here, a nativity there, a festive pillow on a love seat or a Christmas candle on an end table. It was so fun for me to find that little surprise every now and then. I’ve tried to emulate her skills by placing Christmas nicknacks in fun and different spots, like this Santa in our bar space or the Christmas tree candle on the piano.
Side note… the piano belonged to my beloved great-grandmother and now belongs to me. It had been sold out of the family and this year, as a birthday gift, F tracked it down and bought it back for me! I bawled… BAWLED when I found out it was going to be mine! Now, I get to watch my baby boy learn to love music just like she did with this family heirloom! That book of Christmas Carols? It belong to F’s Grandbunny, who was the matriarch of the family and helped raise F into the man he is today. She passed 2 years ago. It’s so wonderful having little pieces of our loved ones near this holiday season.
Now onto the living room… This is the more FORMAL side of the house, but as our family has grown, the space we take up has increased and we now utilize this space FAR more than we did before B arrived! Our formal sitting space now has B’s anywhere chair from Pottery Barn Kids and of course I had to Christmas-it-up a bit! This stuffed nativity set is perfect for B to play with now and learn the true meaning of Christmas as he grows [thanks, Glammie!].
His spot sits beneath the Advent calendar and the nativity scene that we received as a wedding gift from a family friend of mine. She wrote me a letter encouraging me to keep it out all year long to remind myself of the humble way the Lord came into our world. What a cool way to consider the nativity. I’ve never thought of that before! I love the scene and have several throughout the house like this Jan Barboglio nativity set by our front door.
Our dining table is set with some candles, glasses I filled with cranberries for a pop of color and two sparkling reindeer with fur wraps that make the table have a masculine, holiday feel to it. The buffet behind it has more of a “snow village” theme with creams, whites, golds and silvers. The trees are from Horchow and have music notes on them. I found those precious snow covered houses and snowmen at Breed & Co. in Austin. This space ties the formal colors in the garland on the mantle with the stockings [all from Horchow] together with the bolder reds, greens, silvers and golds in the Christmas tree… See? You really can have it all!
Our Christmas tree sits right in the center of the windows where it’s visible to all who drive/walk by! I’m old-school and I love ornaments that reflect the owners and the lives they lead during the 11 months outside of the season. Christopher Radko is my favorite and does an incredible job of creating diverse ornaments that reflect a wide variety of personalities. When you look at our tree, you don’t just see Christmas images, you get to see us!