Mini Christmas Tour

Hey y’all.  I know I am running late sharing about Christmas decorations in our new home but here I am with a few shots. We did just move in less than 6 months so give me some grace here…these also aren’t great photos but better than nothing right?


I will be honest it takes some adjustment when you move, get a taller tree, and don’t know exactly where you are going to put too but as I always say “it takes time.” SO if you just moved or this is your first Christmas in a new home give yourself a break.  It will take time to figure out how you want to nest your home for the holidays but you (and I) will get there!  It doesn’t all have to be down pat THIS YEAR RIGHT NOW! (preaching to me;;)

With my entry table (which was a desk I had cut down and topped with marble) I couldn’t decide between poinsettias and baskets or just plants.  I think I may have texted a couple friends about whether are not poinsettias are “granny” and only for church and bank vestibules?  Started a poinsettia debate. Your thoughts?  I can take it;  Seriously I think I was craving some color and just bought the dang poinsettias and now I have them and they are red which I love. I did find some burlap little covers in place of the foil wrappers.

I also love these empty frames and framed Old English writing page I have as art on this wall..but it doesn’t photograph well. (especially when you are shaky and too lazy to get out tripod) But I do love it in person and that is what matters! You can hardly see it, but I also love the clear acrylic tray I have my nativity set sitting inside…it keeps it flat and intact and looks cleaner than the greenery I had underneath at first.


I need to paint one more frame in brass on that wall!

And looking into the study, our favorite room in the house!


The wreath is from Balsam Hill like all of the outdoor wreaths on windows and the garland on banister is basil from Williams-Sonoma, I had it last year and loved it but it has already dried quickly this year.

Onward to the living room, I have never had anything over a 7.5 tree..but now we have a 9 foot tree and its more to decorate especially when you are barely over 5 foot! But it is worth the extra work! I do love my tree from Balsam Hill, its the Stratford Spruce and the lights and on off switch are the best and its not super big in diameter but not dinky either.  I do think the branches are a little hard to attach ornaments but I think like the rest of a new house and new things is just getting used to it.  I did use the silhouette ornaments that I have blogged about so many times…I nearly retired them but just had to get one more year out of them and the boys haven’t complained (yet)…


Recognize pillows? The toile is made out of the fabric in my old living room drapes, I had just enough scrap for two pillows.  I want to do some amazing fabric maybe bolsters or lumbars on these sofas I just haven’t been able to commit yet…

I did little boxwood wreaths on the sunroom windows (which is rear of house) to mimic the windows out front….love that cheery ness and it has worked fine with raising and lowering blinds. I love these antique pine pieces in this room from Leftovers.  They really hold up to the boys and daily use.


This room gets a lot of wear and tear, this is where the wii and xbox and snuggling all take place…that’s why we need lots of blankets, basekts and Christmas books.


Back up front in the living room, just bottlebrush trees on the piano, I love bottlebrush trees. You can get a glimpse of my plank ceiling in the above photo but not much.  The check is my favorite buffalo check in the linen colorway from Calico Corners.  I had them made custom and the hardware is custom too (in this room only;;)


and hearing Christmas hymns being played!

The tree is actually behind one of the sofas and I am used to having it as focal point centered on windows…have to adjust my ways;; And it works I think because it’s a taller tree and I love that we can see it from dining room and kitchen. I am also used to a mirror over the mantle and put a wreath over it most years or word art but  now I have “big bird”… I love my Audubon from my friend Melisse at Campbell’s Melange and couldn’t bear to put him away for Christmas…especially since we finally have it hung properly…it was leaned for months.


My decorations look somewhat the same as they have year after year because I have the same stockings, same ornaments etc…that is comforting isn’t it..even when you are in a new house you have memories and part of your history with you in your books and Christmas ornaments etc!


I will be back later in the week to share a little bit more. Good luck mamas with all your Christmas chores this week!

{Balsam Hill did sent product to me in exchange for my review}

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  1. I love the boxwood wreaths. Your home is so inviting!

  2. holly!!!!!! i just adore your style & how you decorate your gorgeous home!!
    merry merry!!

  3. grace abounds.
    I know you don’t, but sometimes it feels like you write just what I need, as I sit here in an undecorated newish old home…celebrating the win of finally getting boxes OFF of the kitchen floor and counters, but wondering how much Christmas decorating I can truly handle this year. 🙂 Thanks for your honesty–you could have just shown us the photos of your beautiful home and left it at that for us to wonder how on earth you do it!

  4. Stephanie N. says

    Holly, I just have to say (& I hope it doesn’t sound too weird), but I could move right into your home & I wouldn’t change a thing! I love your style & your home is so inviting & warm. It’s just beautiful. & about the poinsettias – I’ve never thought of them as granny 🙂 & since you can only get them @ Christmas…well, it just says Christmas to me. I like the pop of red in the foyer.

  5. Holly you are doing such an amazing job with your new house. I love all the nooks and crannies you have shared so far. The study is such a cozy, delicious space and then your living room is so light and bright (those curtains! Love.) Your Christmas decor makes it all so homey and I totally agree, there is something so comforting about bringing out some of the same things year to year. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas making new memories there!

  6. Your home is just beautiful. The perfect combination of elegant and homey. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Holly!

  7. I think it is gorgeous!! And I am in love with the sunroom. Beautiful. Still no tree up here and no wreath on the door…so you are far ahead of me. (But the kitchen is done!)

  8. Holly,
    I love what you’ve done for Christmas, but I love your new home each time you’ve shared a room. I love your style. What is the paint color on the walls in the foyer? And as an “older” lady, I do still enjoy poinsettias at Christmas. They provide a pop of seasonal color in a few spots in my home. I also love white cyclamen in a container for the holiday, but they are a bit smaller and work in certain settings.
    Hope all is going well for these last days before Christmas. 🙂

  9. That’s it — I’m moving in!

    Love you, friend!

  10. It’s all beautiful. And there are still 10 days until Christmas! You are sharing your Christmas home at just the right time. I’ve felt a lot of pressure to have all my Christmas-ing “done” early this year (thanks, stinking Internet). But where’s the fun in that?! I’m still tweaking my decorations, adding a little here and a little there, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You do a wonderful job blogging real life, in real time, and I look forward to each post.

  11. It looks so light, bright and cheery! Fun to see it in your new home:)

  12. Happy Christmas! It all looks so beautiful and inviting! Well done! A few years back I accidentally discovered that Home Depot has a .99 cent poinsettia sale on Black Friday. My best friend and I went and laughed our heads off because most girls our age are out shopping for bags and boots and there we were cramming poinsettias into her station wagon like two grannies. I fill baskets all over my house. The day after Christmas they go on the curb but you can’t beat them for some Christmas color! Have a wonderful holiday in your beautiful new home!

  13. EVERYTHING looks gorgeous! Such a mix of comfort and class. Thanks for the tour and have a Merry Christmas!

  14. Thank you for this lovely reminder! We’ve been in our new house about 2 weeks now, and while I have 2 trees up, they’re not decorated and I don’t have a shred of Christmas anywhere else! I guess I have a decent excuse. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Holly!

  15. Holly your home looks beautiful! I think it is decorated in just the right proportion, and the message here is perfect for this time of year. Sometimes you have to cut yourself some slack!!
    Merry Christmas!

  16. Holly, your new home is beautiful! I love seeing it decorated for Christmas! You always have such great decorating inspiration on your blog and I look forward to all your new posts:) the tree is gorgeous!!! I wish I had 9ft ceilings for a tree like that and I love those silouettes! Merry Christmas!

  17. Marsha Kern says

    How are the puppies doing?? Your house looks wonderful!

  18. Simply stunning! I didn’t think your home could look cozier or more inviting, but it does! So festive!

  19. It’s all so pretty, Holly! Happy holidays!

  20. Your house is beautiful as is your spirit! Love everything thing you have done & can’t wait to see what happens next!
    Where is a good place in Houston to get the small boxwood wreaths in your study? Don’t have time to hunt and hunt!
    Merry Christmas! Hope your inner struggles quieten & you find your peace.

  21. Holly…i have to say that I was convinced that I wouldn’t love your new old house like your old, old house….your old house was just my favorite…..but this post changed my mind. It is just so lovely. (I’m sure you feel better too now…Ha!) In all seriousness, you have a such a way in making spaces so warm and inviting. I think your den is my absolute favorite room ever! I could move in there and never leave…..kidding…….not really, I really love that room!

    Happy Holidays!!!!!

  22. You moved in how many months ago!? wow. It all looks gorgeous!!! Magazine worthy for sure.
    xo, Elizabeth

  23. Love the new tree, think I may have to replace mine with a Balsam Hill next year. Watch the puppies with the poinsettias, I am pretty sure I have read they are poisonous to pets. Wishing you a blessed Christmas in your new home.

  24. Absolutely gorgeous!! While I am happy to extend grace (since you are in a new house or for whatever the reason!), I don’t think you need any because your Christmas decorating is stunning! Far more than I have scrapped together in my tiny home bursting at the seams from three small children and their tired mama and daddy 🙂 I love it all and only wish I could see it in person! Merry Christmas!!

  25. Everything looks lovely, just be careful with the poinsettias and the dogs- they are poisoness.

  26. Everything looks gorgeous. I love it all. I know it is hard after just moving recently but it all looks perfect. Have a Merry Christmas!

  27. Holly, I’m sorry to say I haven’t been to your blog in a couple of months, but I am blown way by how beautiful your new house is! It is so gorgeous and has so many design elements that I love. You’ve done a beautiful job. I am very tempted to contact you for a consultation!

  28. Hi Holly! Do you mind sharing the paint color you used in your living room? It’s exactly the kind of light, neutral but interesting color that I’m looking for for my great room, foyer and upstairs hallway. Thanks!


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