Welcome to the holiday version of our home! This is our second winter season here and I am still coming up with new ideas. I have so many more decorations I’d like to incorporate in the coming years, but this year I decked the halls with items I already owned.
I like to focus my holiday decorations in areas where my guests will see them the most, so I typically choose to put the major of them in the living room. I especially love my mantle and have so much fun making it festive!
Kai and I both grew up in families who loved natural trees, and we were eager to carry on this tradition in our home! Our tree is decorated with white lights, a mixture of matte silver and gold ornaments, glossy gold globes of various sizes, and hand-me-down ornaments that are sentimental to us both. Our tree topper is simply three beaded wire ornaments that spell out our couple’s monogram: K.H.K. If you’ve been following Sidewalk Ready for awhile, you might recognize our tree skirt – it’s our old duvet cover! (You can view my original bedroom decor post here, and updated bedroom decor here.) This has worked well to cover up our ugly tree stand. The only drawback: It’s hard to keep looking nice, especially since Epworth likes to lay under the tree.
This nativity set is sentimental to me because it used to belong to my mom. She gave it to me when she upgraded to the Willow Tree set several years ago, but I don’t know if I’ll ever replace it. It reminds me of when I was younger. My brother and I used to play with the figurines and act out the Christmas story!
Our minimal decorations in the dining room: wooden angels and birch tree candle pillars.
Aside from the physical decorations in our home, another thing that really brings on the holiday cheer is a certain atmosphere I absolutely love the smell of fresh pine along with a roaring fire. I can’t think of many things that are more calming. Because of this, I was excited to sample the new Crackling Lumiwick Pine Candle from Yankee Candle Co. It creates a crackling sound as it burns and the pine scent is perfect – natural and festive. I placed this one right where I can enjoy it – on the coffee table in our living room, which is where I typically work on my laptop.
Have you done any holiday decorating in your home and posted about it on your blog? I’d love to see! Feel free to share links in the comment section.