It is safe to say, that around here, we really love all things Christmas.
Already our glittery entry way lights have been used so much. It is dark here by 4:30 pm!
(challenging to take photos in too!)
In our kitchen we have a little, out of the way corner, that gets switched up all of the time.
It has been a baking corner, a coffee spot, a smoothie station and now it is the prime spot to make a hot chocolate with a side of candy cane.
For the Christmas season, our vintage jars now hold marshmallows, twisted colored peppermints and yummy chocolate squares that all melt perfectly into homemade hot chocolate.
room and dinging room.
and a chandelier covered in natural goodness.
There is something special about rustic elements mixed with shimmery shining elements. The combination makes me so happy.
We decorated this area with a simple boxwood wreath and some more garland.
We are still trying to find the perfect combination between adding real elements and ones we already have. I love the combination of adding outdoor natural sprigs of trees and bushes into our decor. The kids like to help as well. And by “help” I mean shake the branches like a Polaroid picture or like Taylor Swift when she sings “shake it off “.
I have just accepted the fact that we will be cleaning up needles and twigs for the subsequent entire year.
Pretty and out of the way of curious two year old hands.
This year we added tons of gold and metallic ornamental balls to our tree and the kids happily learned how to swoop and sway pretty ribbon.
Our DIY bells from last year and some new thrift store finds made this years tree.
(More on that in another post!)
This year our focus is on giving and loving others, rather then on receiving gifts.
I still couldn’t help myself though and have already wrapped a few necessity gifts under our tree, making it actually feel like Christmas is right around the corner!
Chalkboard labels from Michael’s and The Dollar Store make the perfect gift tags!
Across from the love seat and our golden tree, we have the brick wall we built up three years ago, when we were bright eyed and bushy tailed and had first begun our suburban renovation. 😉
Some more metallic pretties, some twinkly lights and some neutral accessories complete the look.
Again, by adding a few natural elements, we were able to get the most out of our faux garland.
We placed some pretty icicles on our chandelier for some whimsy and sparkle.
Painted candle holders, painted wooden tree stumps and slim silver candle sticks make a perfect varied centerpiece.
I have been looking for a chance to get to use my collected and mismatched gold tea cup collection.
This year, I taught my babies how to fold a napkin and how to place silverware. They felt so accomplished when everything was all set out and looking pretty and ready for some photos.
This years dining room table was all dressed up for a leisure family breakfast complete with a delicate gold rimmed teapot and sparkling apple cider to mix for a yummy kid friendly mimosa.
I am so pleased I get to show off how each collected tea cup and saucer is unique and beautiful in its own right.
Beyond our main living area, we haven’t gotten the chance to decorate too much.
I mean, it isn’t even December 1st yet, right??
So far, our upstairs hallway has been dolled up for Christmas with a sprig of pretty.
Just enough to draw you down the hallway.
Our family room holds our newly painted piano, which got a little festive with a collection of pretty blue glass bottles adorned with little green wreaths.
All my favorite colours all in one place.
Too bad there weren’t actually open waters and sail boats floating about during this time of year.
For now, I will just visually soak in all of the blues and greens and instead dream of next summer, while enjoying the joys of winter.
Through the years we have started our own traditions around here.
Our kids now get excited to have their own mini trees in their bedrooms.
You know, so all of the macaroni crafts and hand cut snowflakes have somewhere to hang loud and proud.
They love redecorating their very own tree, over and over again.
Just like their Mama. 😉
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