Today I joining Jennifer Rizzo for her popular Holiday Housewalk! This is a tour I admired and wanted to join as soon as I started blogging. I am honored to share my home with you and these bloggers. I loved hearing how Jennifer started this tour. She said that 8 years ago a local holiday home tour was $50 a ticket in her area, which she couldn’t afford at the time. So she decided to start a Holiday Housewalk ONLINE, for FREE! Such a great way to see different homes and gather ideas for your home. And bonus you get to stay cozy and warm in your own holiday home!
We are a family of 5 living in Connecticut for the past 4 years. We are a short walk to the beach and about an hour into New York City. Our home is classic cape style home. It is 1200 square feet, a big change from our 3500 square foot home in Utah. But we have nothing but love for this 1950’s home! And we like to keep it casual here. Relaxed home decor that hopefully makes you want to curl up and read a Christmas book.
Today I am sharing what Christmas looks like on the upstairs level of our cape. I shared our kitchen and front room already. Here is a peek below before we see the new Christmas decor.
See our Vintage Christmas in our front room HERE with our new electric fireplace!
Check out the rest of our small eat-in kitchen HERE decked out with some boxwood garland!
These stairs are the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. My two daughters share one of the bedrooms upstairs and the other bedroom we turned into a family room that doubles as our guest room. We just had family staying over the weekend and I made sure to have the room all decorated for them to enjoy the glow of the Christmas Tree!
Casual Christmas in the Family Room
This year I really wanted to find a way to make our houseplants mix in with our Christmas Decor. Because plants really don’t love to be moved if they are thriving. I was looking back and last Christmas I really didn’t have any houseplants!! I can remember in January our home feeling so blah and lacking life and hygge. That is when I started to get into houseplants. It really made such a difference in our home. But then I thought how do I make plants work with Christmas tree’s and all the extra decor? It’s all about adding in some green throughout the room to pull in the green in the plants and twinkle lights of course.
Typically I take-out some of my everyday decor to make room for Christmas decor. Not this year. I really didn’t add much but some twinkle lights and wreaths! I have to say I am so happy with the result. And looking forward to the fact that it will be a simple clean up.
For the tree I added in some fresh pines to give it that real feeling (and smell!). Our Christmas tree is slim and not that full. Adding the fresh pine picks added a lot to the texture and fullness.
I used some ornament I had from last year, with the exception of the black sweater balls. The wood beaded garland is my favorite! I added a lighter color to our tree downstairs. (Find similar HERE).
Our Christmas Tree stands right up with the stand in THIS basket. I have heard others using their umbrella stand from the back patio inside the basket! Smart!
I left the two larger houseplants behind the sofa and added some twinkle lights to them! Totally gives the same feeling as a Christmas tree.
I had some mercury glass bulbs that I added to the base of my larger Monstera plant. Just filled in where the leaves naturally separated.
Layered THESE faux cedar wreaths over the window and on our sliding track door. I like how the wreaths pull in the green accents throughout the room.
Let’s head into the girls shared bedroom…..
Casual Christmas in the Girls Shared Bedroom-
Favorite spot to decorate is our hanging swing. Just tied some fresh pines to the top and added a strand of THESE battery operated pinecone lights.
I have had that Merry Christmas banner for years, my favorite spot to hang it is in the girls room. (Find similar HERE).
This year I finally decided to get THIS blush tinsel tree I added it to THIS metal barrel. We hung some felt ornaments we collected last year. Having a tree in your kids rooms makes a great spot for them to hang the Christmas ornaments that they make!
Over on this side of the room we left the girls fiddle leaf fig tree and just added one strand of THESE battery operated copper lights.
I did get THIS new piece of art from Lindsey Letters. Quote from the movie White Christmas, “Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” My sister and I loved that movie and would and still sing it! Do you think I can leave it up all year? I sure hope so! The fresh pine branches makes it feel all the more festive. My favorite and most affordable way to dress-up art for Christmas!
We went antique shopping on Saturday and I bought some vintage ornaments to add to our tree downstairs. I also got a new globe that I added to the girls collection on top of their blue bookcase. I was all paid and ready to walk-out the door and I couldn’t stop thinking about that ceramic vintage white bulb tree. Did you have one or a grandma or mom have one?? My great grandma did! I had to go back and buy it. Many of you told me that Target is making some vintage-inspired tree’s HERE.
I hope you enjoyed our Casual Christmas Home Tour! You can continue on the Holiday Housewalk with Kelly Elko. I loved her dining room she recently featured on her blog with the two Christmas tree’s!! Can’t wait to see her home on the tour. See it HERE.
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