Yes, it’s 2016, but I still want to talk about Christmas!
Even though I didn’t have this blog before Christmas, I still wanted to share the way I decorated my home, because I actually decorated and I loved the way it made our home feel more warm and cozy.
My husband and I moved into our home a little over a year ago. Since moving in, we bought the basic necessities such as a dining table, bed, couches etc. Even though we’ve been here for almost a year, the decor and design of our home is pretty sparse. I jokingly call it the big empty white box.
There’s many reasons why it’s taken so long to get around to adding some personality to our house. One major reason is our pup Posey. We got her in May and since then our lives have revolved around loving and training her to be well mannered dog. (SO. MUCH. WORK. but that’s a blog post for a different day). We rearranged our whole house to make it puppy friendly. She basically took over our dining area with boxes and baby gates blockading her from the rest of the house.
Thankfully through many prayers (and tears) Posey has earned access to our whole house, which means we were finally able to dismantle her fortress and put our dining table back where it is supposed to be! She’s so cute though, it was worth the wait!
Since then, we’ve been playing around with different furniture configurations, which means we still don’t have anything on our wall. I want to wait until I find a configuration we like before I start pounding holes in the wall.
Also, I’ve realized that interior design isn’t easy. Often times I have to see furniture in my house before I decide I don’t like it. Let’s just say it’s not as easy to return furniture as it is to return a dog leash to Target.
And that leaves me with my big, empty, white box. The interior design struggle is real friends, which is why I was so happy to bring down our Christmas decorations from the attic. My Christmas decor is not vast by any means (I’ve made a vow to only buy Christmas decor after Christmas when it’s on sale), but there’s just something about Christmas that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Our house has a very neutral color palette (see the big empty white box above). This year, I kept my Christmas decor relatively simple with a dash of glitter and sparkle. My inspiration this year was evergreens. I love the contrast of the green and brown against our white walls.
One of my favorite pieces of our Christmas decor is our little tree. It’s not quite a Charlie Brown Christmas tree as it is quite full and very sparkly. My sister got this from her work a few years back. She graciously gave it to me (or I annoyingly asked her if I could have it, can’t really remember) last year for my husband and my first Christmas together. I reused my gold table runner from my wedding as a table skirt. The only thing I don’t like about the tree is that because the branches are so thick, we can’t hang regular ornaments off of it. A goal for next year is to find a way to display our Christmas ornaments.
We don’t have a fireplace, so finding a place to hang the stockings was a challenge. Last year I converted an old pallet board into a place where we could hang our stockings. This year we have more people in our household with my sister and her family living with us AND the stockings had to be in a place where puppies and babies couldn’t mess with them. One of the Bay Area storms brought down a big, beautiful branch. Add some 3M hooks and LED lights and you have a perfect place to hang our stockings! This year I bought initial ornaments from West Elm to personalize our stockings. I’d still like to add something else to them, we will see what I’m inspired by next year!
On Christmas morning, I woke up at 6am, giddy and excited to make my table garland. My how things change as you get older. I had bought a few bunches of greens and from Whole Foods, googled “how to make a table garland” and voila! Garland made. It was so fun to create this tablescape, I almost didn’t want anyone to actually eat. Just admire the tablescape please, that should be more than enough to fill your stomachs. I used some twine and rosemary as a simple touch to finish off everyone’s place setting.
OUR HOT CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE BAR
This was our first year hosting Christmas dinner for our family. I wanted to do something fun and special to make our first year of hosting unique. I decided on a hot chocolate/coffee bar! Complete with crushed peppermint candies, marshmallows and mini chocolate chips, it was delicious. To top it all off, one of my friends even made homemade whipped cream. The keurig worked perfectly for the coffee lovers and also made it easy to get hot water for the hot chocolate drinkers.
It’s already January 9th and my Christmas stuff is still proudly displayed. Every day this past week, I thought to myself, “You need to take down the Christmas stuff.” And then, I answered myself with…
“Maybe next week.”