DWELL: my simple and snowflake-filled holiday home.
Have you finished decorating for the holidays yet? I just finished this week and thought I’d take you for a little tour of our holiday home. We have a small house, so I like to keep our décor simple and focused in a few areas of our house for impact.
I often reuse the same decorations and display them in different ways each year. Many of my decorations I’ve made myself. This year I have a few new décor items that I mixed into our spaces.
Namely, snowflakes. Lots and lots of snowflakes.
This is the kind of snowstorm I can handle this year. It looks pretty. It sparkles. It does not require any shoveling!
My daughter helped me buy a bunch of snowflakes from the dollar store and craft stores. She’d just watched the movie Frozen and was fascinated with them! (“Elsa’s house!”)
I used hot glue and created a tree shape with the snowflakes on shades of blue and mint paper on my clipboard wall.
A few faux crystal ones dangle from the kitchen chandelier.
A large dollar store felt shape was the perfect place mat to hold a nest of winter birds. This is a simple centerpiece that can easily be moved for mealtimes.
Mixed in with my DIY milk glass trees, snowflakes created a chilly and simple vignette on our kitchen café shelves.
Let it snow! (Just kidding, Mother Nature!)
Moving on to the rest of our house, I love our faux white tree… It’s pretty and I love how it shows off ornaments. I don’t do a fun or new theme on our tree every year, I just reuse our vintage, metallic and red ornaments mixed in with some special personal ones.
I also added matching white garland to the bannister behind the tree and hung stockings down the stairs. Last year, I bought faux fur stockings and a matching tree skirt for a steal on clearance at Restoration Hardware after the holiday season. They add some warmth and coziness to the cold, white branches.
And I love hanging my oversized JOY letters on the archway into our kitchen.
There are few kid-friendly and fun additions in our décor like singing snowmen and fuzzy winter animals. They sit within our daughter’s reach and she knows she is allowed to touch these (non-breakable) decorations.
We also have another fun area of holiday decorations that captures her attention. I’ve had this metal ornament hanger for years. Set on a sturdy wooden box, I realized it is just my daughter’s height.
I filled tins below with soft and fun ornaments and she can play and ‘decorate’ her tree as much as she wants. I love that some of these ornaments were from my childhood. (the plastic canvas ones were made by my great-grandmother for me!)
And for the rest of the house, there’s not much to show… I just hung some wreaths and set out some containers of pretty ornaments. If you haven’t started to decorate yet and need an EASY holiday decoration… seriously, nothing is simpler than a bowl of shiny baubles! I do it year after year!
Thanks for joining me on our home tour!
If you wanted to see more of my Christmas décor style, please check out some of the prior years (I wasn’t online much in 2015):