Come tour our home for Christmas decor ideas that you can use in your home. See an elegant red and silver Christmas tree as well as a rustic tree, learn how to turn a simple garland into a full lush looking garland.
I have a little Christmas obsession. I love to decorate, love all our family traditions, baking cookies with the kids, and celebrating the birth of Christ.
This year I did my Christmas decor a little different than years past. Come in and take a tour with me to find Christmas decor ideas to use in your home.
What better place to start a tour then at the front door. I didn’t show you the front porch decorations because they are the same as last year.
However, I am showing you my beloved NOEL sign once again. We painted the foyer after Christmas last year. I love how the NOEL sign stands out against the grey paint.
Most of the foyer is the same as it was last year except for small changes. Like on this little tree I added grapevine as well as real pine cones.
Under the tree, I used a blanket as a tree shirt. Much cheaper than buying one.
As you enter into the living room we have this wall with a mirror on it. The table is normally in the living room. But since I had no room in there for it I felt this was the perfect place for it.
Adding the nativity and trees sets the transition from rustic to more elegant Christmas decor.
Living Room Christmas Tree
My prelit tree did have some burned out lights this year, I added 2 strings of clear lights. Plus I found these really beautiful shimmering flame lights at the At Home store. They look amazing at night, they dance around almost like twinkle lights.
Under the tree, I did my old stand by. By adding quilting padding, 2 strings of clear lights, and then tulle on top of it, gives a snow effect under the tree.
This year my inspiration for the big Christmas tree was these cranberries. The deep red of the cranberries with the slightest touch of frost on them. They are picks that you can find at Hobby Lobby.
There are only a few of these on the tree but I have other types of berry picks to add that clustering effect. I also added pine picks, these gave the tree more depth and also help to make it look fuller.
How beautiful is that ribbon? That deep cranberry next to the silver really adds elegance to the tree.
The ribbon was easy to place on, placing the cranberry color on top of the silver. I then gathered the two together using a pipe cleaner I twisted it around a branch. Moving down the ribbon a few inches and creating a bubble I then secured to another branch. Working in strips instead of wrapping around the tree saved on the ribbon. Plus this allowed me to leave a tail at the ends.
The decor on the Christmas tree is a mixture of whites, clear glass, red, and silver. Different textures and sizes help create depth and fill larger holes.
I’m a sucker for floral picks that stick out of the tree. I have picks with pearls, the red berries, and then silver branch-like picks that are covered in glitter.
One of the final touches I add to my tree every year is sparkling snow. My dream is to have a beautiful flocked tree but until then I will add the sparkling snow to this tree.
How To Make A Fuller Looking Garland
This garland I was really excited about creating. Normally I have garland with lights that have some pine cones on, it’s nice but not what I wanted this year.
Taking a cheaper garland that I bought last year at Micheals. I secured it to the tv stand by taping down pipe cleaners with painters tape to the stand. Placing the base garland on the stand I twisted the pipe cleaners around it. It’s nice and secure.
Folding the garland in half let me find the center. Taking the center of the garland and placing it in the center of the tv stand. This helped to make sure I had the right amount hanging over each side of the tv stand.
To make the garland look fuller I added more pine picks. Adding three types of pine picks, throughout the length of the garland filled it in more.
Adding some pine cone picks, frosted cranberry picks, a large pine cone, and three textures of ornaments on both ends balanced the garland out.
In the center of the garland, I found an ornament that would dangle down. Placing a few ornaments throughout the garland gave it a splash of red.
Moving on to our kitchen and dining area I have that cranberry red on our table. You can see how I put this together by visiting Christmas Table Scape.
Next to the table is the sidebar, that I did up as a hot cocoa bar. Last year I did an article on How To Set Up An Easy Hot Cocoa Bar. Since it was a smaller bar that sat on the counter I thought this year it would be a good idea to use the sidebar for the hot chocolate bar.
The hot chocolate bar has been up since this fall. I thought with the cooler weather I would give them this Hot Chocolate bar to enjoy for a while.
The mini muffins on that cute merry plate are my recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins. Instead of using the normal size muffin tin I made them in the mini. Great idea for snacks in the kid’s lunches.
In the kitchen, I kept it kind of simple. Using things that I already had in my Christmas decor. Plus some everyday decor like this cake stand, to change it up a bit.
I really love to decorate the tops of the cupboards. Cookie Jars are one of my favorite items to put up there. Along with garland and lights. At night when the kitchen lights are off, you get the soft glow from these lights.
In the tablescape article, I mentioned one of my goals this year. It was to make turning the lights on easier, plus not seeing any cords.
These lights are battery powered and have a timer. They are on for 6 hours and off for 18, I love them. No seeing cords hanging on the side of the cupboards and no running around plugging them all in.
Here is a video tour of our Christmas Home 2019. I hope you enjoy.
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