Holiday Home Tour 2014

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was fantastic. We celebrated two separate Thanksgivings so as you can imagine, our pants feel a smidge tight. 'Tis the season for stretchy pants, right? Right. I'll keep telling myself that.

As soon as Thanksgiving was over, I immediately started decking the halls. There are many things I love about the holiday season, and Christmas decorations are right near the top. I buy a little bit more every year so I can spread the tidings of good tidings of great joy to even more rooms than before! Scott hates hauling it down from the attic but he loves seeing the house looking so festive, so he tolerates my growing collection of holiday decor.

Here's the hard part: There are so many types of decorations that I love, and I don't like to commit to only one style/color. This year I have two very separate "looks" going on, but I tried my best to make it work by confining the themes to separate rooms. It helps that I have two Christmas trees for the first time ever (more on that in a future post), so I get to create two different schemes.

Christmas Decoration Look #1:

Cozy Christmas

Since the den is our cozy, casual living area where we spend most of our time, that's where I focused the traditional, homey decorations. It just feels right to put the traditional stuff next to the warm brick fireplace, don't you think?

Our formal living and dining room already has a very neutral and serene color scheme, and I didn't really want to overwhelm it with a lot of red. So for this space, I opted for a color scheme inspired by my favorite fruit, along with some metallic accents.

Christmas Decoration Look #2:

Green Christmas

Here's how I translated that theme into our house:

The kitchen is directly in between these rooms, so it needed to help make the spaces flow better. Both rooms have some black and white patterns, so I used a black and white tablecloth in the kitchen to tie the rooms together.

I spent most of my time decorating the main living spaces, but I did add some touches of Christmas to the guest room and guest bathroom. I found this red and green quilt at the flea market a few years ago, and I think it adds a nice holiday vibe to the room.

When in doubt, add a poinsettia. Home Depot and Lowe's both had poinsettias for $1 on Black Friday, so we bought a few for the house.

Now that you've seen both schemes, which one do you like better? Do you have a favorite space? I can never decide which style is my favorite, so I'm curious to hear what you think!

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