My 2021 Christmas home tour. This year I focused on utilizing simple decor to create a cozy atmosphere in a large open space.
This is our second Christmas in our new home. The first year we were still unpacking and settling into the house. While I loved the coziness of the space, I still felt pretty stressed. This year I focused on using simple and stress-free decor. My goal was to create a cozy atmosphere in the main living area of our home. This is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of wine while watching my favorite Hallmark movies in the glow of the Christmas lights.
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2021 Christmas Home Tour
Christmas Home Tour – Living Room
The living room is where we spend most of our time in the evening. We watch play or watch movies here after dinner. We get a real tree every year for the main living room tree. It’s one of our family Christmas traditions. We’ve all been sick, so we’re waiting until we feel better to hang ornaments on the tree. My girls love hanging the ornaments and then rearranging them throughout the holiday season. I adjusted my expectations for tree decorating in recent years. Now, instead of going all out on the perfect tree, I just let the kids decorate with shatterproof ornaments. It doesn’t matter what the tree looks like, it just matters the memories that we made decorating it.
My oldest daughter is a creature of habit, so she insisted that I put our small tree downstairs with the big tree again this year. We like the overtly festive vibes of two trees in our house. Usually, this tree is done in a Star Wars theme, but I wanted to keep it more simple this year.
The new house doesn’t have a fireplace, so we don’t have a mantel for stockings. However, this little cut-out into the playroom works as the perfect spot to hang stockings. Our stockings are one of my favorite decorations and traditions. My grandmother made me a beautiful appliqued stocking when I was a kid. I’ve kept that stocking and used it for almost my entire life. When I started having children I decided to create appliqued stockings for them too. I also made one for my husband so he wouldn’t be left out.
The stockings are made using Bucilla felt stocking kits. The kits are like paint by number but with felt, sequins and stitching. They are so fun and special! I love handmaking Christmas decorations for our home. It makes them feel even more special.
Coffee Table Styling
I styled the coffee table with a lovely tray from the 2021 Winter Decocrated box. Since we get a real tree I like to incorporate the branches and clippings into my decor. I added a few to a bowl with a few small ball ornaments. I also added a little winter-themed art and a cute little wooden squirrel. I’m obsessed with the painted wooden animals from this Decocrated box!
Christmas Home Tour – The Kitchen
I opted for keeping the kitchen very simple this year. I styled a tray in the center of our island with a vase of fresh Christmas tree clippings. Alongside that is a stack of faux books tied up in festive ribbon and a small candle. It’s so understated but beautiful.
The handbuilt bar in our kitchen acts as my faux mantel throughout the year. I styled this space with a lot of pieces from Decocrated as well. The black lantern and ceramic trees are from the 2019 Winter box. The wooden houses are from the 2020 Winter collection. The faux tree is a Target find from a few years ago, but the wood bead garland is from the 2021 Fall collection. I’m obsessed with the small fairy lights on the bar. They were only $5 at Target! The lights tie everything together but are visually lighter than traditional Christmas lights. Plus, they are battery-operated! That means no cords!
Above the bar, I hung some Christmas tree art. I added black cardstock to help the trees stand out more. I also painted a bit of snow on the black cardstock using a white paint pen. The final piece for this vignette was the simple hoop wreath. It’s also from the 2021 Winter collection.
Our banister also got a bit of Christmas love! I hung a simple garland with some Christmas lights down the length of the banister. Then I added my Christmas card banner as the final layer. I made this banner a few years ago using Christmas cards from my childhood. Some of them are from grandparents that are no longer with us. Others are just pretty and fun. I love incorporating sentimental pieces into my holiday decorations!
My Christmas Mom Cave
I can’t wrap up this Christmas home tour without showing off my Mom Cave. This space functions as an office and guest room in my house. I’m a big Marvel fan, so I created a Marvel Christmas tree for my space.
I also styled a few of my Marvel LEGO Minifigures with some Christmas houses for a fun Marvel Christmas village. love sitting in the glow of my nerdy tree and either blogging or reading.
Holiday Home Hop
I collaborated with several other bloggers to show off our homes decorated for the holidays! Be sure to check out their homes as well!
A Loverly Life – Tin Tile Tree
Cottage Living and Style – Christmas Home Decor in a Small Space
An Organized Season – A Wreath Inspired Christmas Decor
Color Joy Interiors – Easy Christmas DIY Decor
Fifth Sparrow No More – Paint a Christmas Star
The Busy Bee Co – Holiday Home Tour
Eighty mph Mom – Black Santa Home Decor
The Scented Homestead – Dried Orange Garland
Your home is lovely for Christmas! We are HUGE MCU fans in this house and I was so excited to see the Marvel tree. So awesome!!! It never occurred to me to have a fun tree like that. I could call it the kids’ tree but it’s really for me. Cap’s shield at the top! LOL
Which Marvel movies can you watch over and over? Favorites? Are you watching the shows on Disney Plus? Ok…bye…I’m being weird.
Infinity War is my comfort movie! I’ve seen it the most! But my favorites are Winter Soldier and Ragnarok!
Loving your festive holiday decor! What a great idea to make a garland from Christmas cards that have sentimental value to you! I hope you, and your family have a very happy holiday season, Donna
Thank you so much Donna!
Love the ceramic trees in the lantern and that you have created some fun trees and memories for the kids. We have the same mini white houses! Merry Christmas! Everything looks great! Enjoy your (new) home.
Thank you for your lovely home tour! Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. We have the same type of stockings in our family made by my grandmother. Oh the memories and nostalgia 🙂
Ashley, you did such a fabulous job decorating for the holidays! I love the garland on the staircase with all the Christmas cards <3
Thank you for sharing.
Wishing you and your family the Happiest of Holidays!
So many beautiful spaces! Love the personal touches throughout your home! Happy Holidays!
Your home is beautiful! I love all the special touches.
We love all your fun and personalized touches throughout your home. What a beautiful space! Happy holidays, Ashley!
Ummmm I don’t know if I can even express in words how much I love your Marvel tree. YES!!! I also really love how you decorated the rest of your home. The garland on the banister with the cards is beautiful. You did an amazing job!
Simple stress-free decor is my kind of decorating style! Your space looks lovely and elegant! I love your tree!
I love all of your holiday decor, and the Marvel tree is so fun! We’re a huge Marvel fan family too. I should do something like that for my husband next year! Thanks for sharing Happy Holidays!
Your home and Christmas decor are gorgeous! I love a cozy Christmas theme and think you did amazing with the styling. Simple is best– I hate going to someone’s house and it looks like Christmas threw up– so much tinsel and gawdy decor. This is definitely not that!