With this being our very first Christmas in our house I didn’t quite know what the holiday decor would look like. Those of you who have recently moved from an apartment to a house you’ll be able to sympathize with me: holiday decorations are expensive!
Because Thanksgiving was late this year and us leaving halfway through the month to visit family, I wanted to keep things simple. We’re also still working on slowly renovating most parts of the house so to go overboard on Christmas didn’t make much sense.
I’ve never been one for Santa and Rudolph decor instead opting for a neutral, natural theme – no surprise there! We have a beautiful pine tree in our front yard so I took a morning and cut some of the lower branches for most of our decor.
Right after Thanksgiving we hopped over to Mystic Christmas Tree Farm and picked up a spruce to fill our home with the fresh scent of Christmas tree. We pulled out the decorations we already had like this tree skirt (still available at Target!) and a little artificial tree for the hearth to add some warmth.
My favorite addition to the mantle are these beautiful tapered candles I found at the Paula Rallis Home store. They’re a deep red but come in multiple colors. The rest of our decor is actually more winter than Christmas and I plan on leaving it up through January at the earliest.
The outside of the house still needs a bit of love and we have big plans for the spring to spruce it up a bit. Painting, new fixtures, shutters, landscaping are all on the list but until then we added a bit of Christmas cheer with fresh cut greenery, velvet ribbon, and a beautiful wreath.