Decorating the house for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do. I love the lights, the garland and all of the sparkle! I’ve had to tone down the amount and locations of decorations due to two little girls that are in to everything, but it’s been a fun new challenge for me. This year I stuck to hanging things out of reach and left my more fragile decorations packed away. It’s just not worth it for me to constantly be fussing at the girls not to touch something. I’m trying to be less of a stressed out mom for the holidays this year.
My 2019 Christmas Decorations
One of my favorite decorations year after year is wrapping the banisters in garland and lights. The twinkle of lights can be seen throughout the house and it gives off such a lovely glow. This is the first thing I do every year when I start decorating for the holidays. It’s like an automatic “it’s now Christmas!”
My little Star Wars tree lives upstairs in the loft. I chose Star Wars for my theme this year because Episode 9 premieres in a few weeks. I like to switch it up and experiment with this tree since it’s a smaller scale. I’ve done chalkboards and buffalo check, Star Wars and a traditional tree. I’m leaning towards doing a princess theme next year. Since the girls have been sick for the past week we still haven’t been to get our actual tree, so it’s nice to have one in the house while we wait.
I added a festive pillow and some red to the couch this year, plus two awesome Sherpa blankets. They may not be the cutest, but they are so stinking warm and cozy. You can find me here on the couch with a glass of wine and one of these blankets watching Hallmark Christmas movies pretty much every night in December. I got the Merry Christmas pillow on Amazon several years ago. I made the red floral pillows from napkins that I got on clearance awhile back too.
I kept the decorations on the shelf behind the couch super simple this year. Just a little sign that lights up and a tray of ~shatterproof~ ornaments. I did hang some garland and a fun ornament wreath over my painting on this wall. It adds a little festive touch for this side of the room. I also love that it brings the pinks and blues from the painting into the color scheme of the decorations. I’m leaning towards picking up a box of pink ornaments to add to the tree this year and the ornament wreath and painting would help tie all the pink elements together.
I did something completely different for the mantel this year. Usually I do all reds and greens with greenery and lights, but when I spotted these little houses at the Dollar Tree I was inspired. I was also still feeling my fall mantel, so I wanted to keep the layered art. I ended up painting a large canvas black and splashing a little “snow” to serve as a backdrop, plus the little black and white one that Jesse painted. I added the trees and spray painted the little houses and voila! At $1 a piece the houses were a must and they are so cute. They aren’t perfect, and could probably use another coat of paint, but I like how the old colors seep through in a few spots. Especially the red because it looks pink and brings out the subtle pink in one of the paintings.
This is the most simple mantel that I’ve ever done for Christmas, but I’m loving changing it up a bit. It also sticks with my theme of not spending a lot on seasonal decorations. It was less than $10 for the houses and a can of white spray paint. I also loved that I did a little crafting to bring it to life. It’s been too long since I’ve held a can of spray paint! I was a little worried that it would feel a little blah with white houses and black and white art on a white mantel, but it turned out really cute. Plus, the stockings still add a ton of color and sparkle, so it’s a good balance.
Speaking of the stockings, these are Bucilla Felt Applique *affiliate* stockings from a kit. Mine was created for me by my grandmother when I was a kid and I’ve always loved it. When Mara was born I knew I wanted her to have one too, so I ordered the kit and spent most of December sewing and sequining it together. Then I did it again for Bellamy’s first Christmas. Since everyone else has one I decided to make Jesse one this year. Now, working on these stockings is like my very own Christmas alone time tradition. I love creating them and I love the way they look, plus it’s a fun way to think of my grandmother each year.
This year was a crazy one and I was really craving simplicity for Christmas. For years I felt like less was a bad thing when it came to Christmas decorating. That’s just not true this year. I’ve been more excited for the season than the past several years where I felt like I had to add more for my decorations to be beautiful. I love that there’s still a lot of sparkle and cheer, but not every surface of my house is cluttered with decorations. I also don’t have to run around turning on lights throughout the house. Haha.
Have you decorated for Christmas yet? Are you a simple decorator or all out?
You can see my past Christmas decor here!