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Filed in DESIGN & STYLING — March 29, 2022

My favorite post of the year- my holiday home tour. This year I’m breaking it up into two posts and starting with the heart of the home. Come on in…

I always dress up the porch for the holidays to welcome our guests and the near daily deliveries we get. It’s such a nice way to come home each day to this view.

I usually use fresh greens outside because they stand up to the elements here in the Midwest fine. This year I’m using these faux cedar trees. I love them and they’re so affordable. I always run to Home Depot or Menards for fresh cedar garland. This is 3 20′ strands.

Heading into our living room. I always opt for neutrals just like my year-round home style, but I add in even more natural elements, warm tones and textures. This year I went with more browns, cognac, with hints of gold and of course always black to ground the space.

I carry the same scheme throughout my home including my trees. This year I got a new artificial tree. It’s a 7′ lit Noble Fir. I love the Charlie Brown sparse trees and we always get a similar style for our real tree as well. Find my tree HERE, ships in one day, on sale, and is so beautiful!

Christmas decor doesn’t have to mean trees, glitter, and extra clutter everywhere. I sprinkle in a lot of cozy textures in my pillows and throws and add all the greens. Cedar, pine, juniper, and eucalyptus are my favorite to use.

This year’s mantel I wanted a lush asymmetrical cedar garland. A classic go-to for me is always candlesticks and a gorgeous mirror. I layered this beautiful draping cedar garland with my favorite norfolk pine stems and garland for a really full and draping look. I use skinny small nails in my mantel to secure the garland.

On to the entry- I kept it fairly simple. These cedar trees have been a favorite this year, and they’re so affordable!

Over in our family room we always cut down a live tree the day after Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite Christmas tradition. I kept the tree a similar look as our living room tree. This year’s tree is a Fraser Fir. I love any Fir tree the style, shape and branches are so beautiful!

I swapped out our tree lights this year for THESE they hide really well in the tree, and give the most magical light because they’re so small and hidden. I also changed up my tree skirt. I’ve used wood crates and tree collars, but it’s been a few years since I’ve done a skirt. I loved the idea of a cozy fur to bring in that same texture from our stockings. I got this look by layering two throw blankets over the tree stand. Good fur and knit skirts can be super pricey so this is a great tip if you want that look without spending- use a throw blanket or two! This was $60!

These faux linen pillow covers are the perfect muted green I love layering these in with my others for the holidays and they’re under $20 for a set of two. Cozy knits and furs are my go-to, bonus they work all winter once you take away all the trees.

Last, let’s head into the nursery. I’ve shared a tour on IG HERE. Aside from my home office I spend most of my day in here with the baby. It was begging for a festive touch, and this really makes us all so happy!

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my home for the holidays! Stay tuned for part two featuring the kitchen, dining room, primary bedroom, bath, and my home office. I can’t wait to share the rest.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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