Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday home tour 2013

I was planning to show you my current everyday living room updates before I forged ahead with the holiday updates, but I've been sifting through my living room photos forever and if I don't skip ahead to the holiday photos, it might be January before I get to them!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had planned on a black/white/gold holiday color scheme this year. It was inspired by some amazing black and white herringbone ribbon I found, and my new love for spray painting things gold. Once I started pulling out my holiday decor from the basement, however, I realized I had quite a few silver items and hardly any gold items. Since I'm not pulling in a salary these days, I couldn't justify a holiday decorating spending spree! Instead, I merged last year's turquoise/blue scheme with this year's proposed scheme, and ended up with black/white/blue/silver. I'm thrilled with the results, so it's all good! Sometimes being forced to work with what you've got can push you to come up with something better!

Now prepare yourself because this is a Christmas tree unlike most others you'll see in blogland.

Yep, it's a mini tree! I purchased this on clearance the day after Christmas a couple years ago from a local craft store with the intention of giving it to my mom since she no longer wanted to decorate a big tree. Turns out she didn't want to decorate ANY tree, so it's been sitting in my basement waiting to be used. Well, mini tree, this is your year!

Between my minor surgery a few weeks ago and then Jason's rotator cuff surgery just before Thanksgiving, neither of us were allowed to bring up our large tree from the basement. I decided this year we would let our mini tree shine. And it weighs so little that I was able to carry it upstairs myself!

I set it on a round table from my basement project stash, and covered the table and base of the tree with a white fleece blanket. The cats enjoy playing hide-and-seek underneath.

I had no black ornaments, so I grabbed a few extra ball ornaments I had on hand and sprayed them black. Rather than leaving them plain, I decided to jazz them up with some polka dots. And then I almost died over the cuteness.

The polka dot ornaments match some of my wrapping paper.

Christmas, holiday

Christmas, holiday

I wrapped half our gifts in the polka dot paper and the other half in kraft paper so I could feature my awesome herringbone ribbon and the narrow black and white striped ribbon I bought to coordinate with it. Am I the only one who has an obsession with wrapping each gift a different way? No two can look the same!

Under the window is a bench that I originally picked out for our bedroom, but it makes its way out to the living room every few months. It's especially helpful when hosting guests because it can seat three additional people.



Christmas, holiday, chevron

Christmas, holiday

The herringbone ribbon makes appearances throughout the room, including as an add-on to our usual stockings.

The reindeer got bows/bowties made of the narrow striped ribbon.

I found the reindeer above at Goodwill a year or two ago. Last year I spray painted him turquoise. This year he went black. The topiary on my coffee table (above right) got a couple coats of white spray paint to cover the red/green/purple sparkly effect it used to have, which no longer fit with my decor.

Above the sofa, I hung a wreath from ribbon over top of my favorite abstract painting. My white lamp got a herringbone bow tie.


I managed to do just a little bit in the kitchen. To me, too much decor in the kitchen just gets in the way of cooking and baking, which we do a lot of around here.

And I swapped out the art on our stairway landing for a big wreath. I wrapped it with the herringbone ribbon, of course, and added a bunch of small tuquoise gem-like ornaments.

Looking at the photo above of our stairway, I realized I never added the lighted garland down the railing. I guess I'll be doing that this week!

Growing up, my family never changed our holiday decor from year to year. I didn't realize anyone did, actually, until I went to my friend Chris' house in high school. Her mom changed up their tree each year, buying all new ornaments. The first time I saw it, their tree was decked out in bright colors, rather than the standard reds and greens I was used to. I never thought I would do that myself but each of the past few years I've had the itch to try something different.

Do you use the same holiday decor year after year, or do you change it up? What about colors? Are you a traditionalist or do you do whatever suits your fancy? I've been loving all the white trees I've seen around blogland this year, especially with brightly colored ornaments.



  1. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


  2. It looks fab and I love all the ribbon touches! The colour combo works lovely with the room :-) I change up my look every year but I can't afford to buy all new either so always try to work with what I've got from previous years. The only thing I'll normally spring on is some new inexpensive ornaments in my chosen colour scheme to combine with some of my more expensive existing ones. My mom never changed ours either and I remember getting very sick of our decorations as a kid!! Lol xxxx

  3. Love the Christmas decor. I alternate between red and gold or blues and silver. I have been buying good glass baubles every year at the Christmas sales so my collection is growing.

    1. I had been accumulating turquoise and light blue ornaments for the past couple years, but adding the black and white made it fresh for me. I still have lots of favorite ornaments in standard holiday colors that I won't give up because I'm sure I'll be ready to use them again in a couple years!

  4. I've been changing things up (well... the tree at least) since that's really all the decorating I do. I like that little narrow striped ribbon the best. so cute around the necks of the deer. Your mini tree looks great as do your packages. I rarely even decorate packages because there are so many, they just get stacked on top of one another anyway. hehehehe Your home looks beautiful Hollie!

    1. You must be a big gift giver if you have stacks and stacks of packages! We don't exchange gifts with all that many people any longer, so we don't have so many packages that they have to be stacked much. And wrapping is one of my favorite things, so I can't go without a ribbon. I won't even use a gift bag unless there is no other choice, because I like the art of dressing up the package.

  5. love the unexpected color combo! the living room is my favorite area!

    1. Thanks so much for coming over to visit my black, white and blue holiday home, Cassie!


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