Home for the Holidays Home Tour

You guys, I am so excited to kick off the Home for the Holidays Blog Hop this morning!  I just couldn’t let my first holiday season as a blogger go by without a tour, so myself and 18 other super talented bloggers are welcoming you into our homes to get a peek at how we like to decorate with our own personal Christmas styles.  I can’t wait to see all of their unique spaces!
For us, Christmas is by far our favorite time of the year and we love to decorate, however, we don’t go too all-out crazy cause we don’t have alot of space (or attic) so we stick to decorating the main areas of the house, outside and the living room and dining room.
So to start, here’s our decor on the outside.  This is the one time a year that I appreciate that wall.  And until I can convince Matt to let us enter our little boat in the lighted boat parade, I have to settle with garland and bows on it :)  Oh, and it’s just not right taking pictures of Christmas decor when it’s 80 degrees outside, at all.

And then inside.  Our living room and dining room are one big open space so that’s where I focus all of my decorating.  I don’t decorate the guest rooms just because I don’t really want to store more stuff plus we don’t have alot of guests anyway :)  I don’t do the kitchen either for the same reason which is good, cause I also had to cook 10 dozen cookies for work today while I was taking these pictures and it was a disaster zone!

I love mainly white Christmas decor with pops of rich reds, again, not alot of stuff, just some garlands, pillows, and centerpieces.  The pillow shams are from Pottery Barn.  Aside from always being cute, I get their pillow covers so I can just pop them over my everyday pillows and all I have to store is the cover.

We don’t use our fireplace so I have a faux clamshell in there filled with those cinnamon pinecones.  And always with the disguise-the-tree-timer poinsettias :)  My mom cross-stitched me my beachy Santa stocking and she’s got a fishing Santa for Matt that I need to get down here, and then there’s Lily’s little stocking too.

We got a new, bigger tree, with pinecones, from Home Depot on Black Friday last year (this one), and I LOVE it.  Our tree used to be super beachy but now is more just a little beach with neutral and rustic whites and burlap ribbon.  There are still some DIY shell ornaments (of course) along with my acorn and driftwood garland and I got on a kick a few years ago of stringing up antique lures as ornaments also.

The rest of the living room just has a long garland over the entertainment center and some wooden snowflakes from World Market off of one of our oars.

I guess I have a tree “theme” in our dining areas, with a cluster of DIY cone trees on the dining table and my grandmother’s porcelain tabletop tree on the breakfast nook table.  I remember getting to “decorate” this tree as a little girl and to this day I still obsess over same colors being too close together on it.  Oh, and I couldn’t resist those fair isle pillows from HomeGoods!

And what’s some Christmas decor if you don’t see it at night?!?

Thanks so much for stopping by and get ready for the other eighteen tours this week!  Also check out  #HomeForTheHolidaysBlogHop to catch snippets of everyone’s tour.  These ladies are going to have some great inspiration!
(Links will be active the morning of that day) 
Monday December 15th
Petite Modern Life
Wednesday December 17th
 
 
Friday December 19th
Fresh Crush
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44 thoughts on “Home for the Holidays Home Tour

    1. Ha! Thanks Karisa! Tropical? yes…paradise? notsomuch. I love cold, wintery christmases so I would totally take you up on that!

    1. No, thank you for participating Bre! They were initially slated for the big window but I felt the other side of the room needed some decor so on the oar they went. They’re actually my favorite this year too :)

  1. Emily, it looks great!! LOVE the Christmas lights on the palm trees…too cute!! And I’m so about to go to homegoods to look for those fair aisle pillows…so cute. Thanks for hosting this blog hop! Can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to. :)

    1. Thank you Laura! I hope they have them, mine had some green ones too but I loved the gray ones of course. I am so glad you could join in, your home is beautiful!!!

  2. Thanks for the tour Emily! Everything looks great! I love your home all lit up (palm trees at Christmas time!!)! It’s so pretty! Also.. It’s a Wonderful Life on the TV… nice touch! :-D Such a classic! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks! That big queen palm is my favorite all lit up :) And yes, the token Wonderful Life on TV was captured but it was quickly changed to football after the picture…

  3. Emily, thank you so much for hosting this fun Christmas blog hop! I’m in love with your beach-y Christmas decor. How fun! And that pillow cover is gorgeous. What a beautiful home you’ve created :)

    1. Thank you Naomi!! I am so glad so many of y’all are participating, I can look at home tours all.day.long! Looking forward to yours in your new place :)

  4. Everything looks so pretty Emily! I love your coastal style, especially the white coastal Christmas tree – just gorgeous! Thanks so much for inviting me to participate in the tour – I had a blast!

  5. Love it, Emily!! Your house is so beautiful! I love those little trees on your table, so cute on that fur! Your Christmas tree is gorgeous too. And, slightly jealous of the 80 degrees. I’d take that over our 30 and snow at the moment. ;)

    1. Thanks Amanda :) Matt just couldn’t understand why I was cutting up our Ikea faux sheepskin from our bedroom :) I would sooo love some cold and snow right now though, this having the AC on and getting swarmed by mosquitoes in December is for the birds!

  6. Your home looks lovely all decked out for the holidays! The tree(s), the mantle, the tablescape, even your boat – love it all! Thanks so much for hosting, Emily – I can’t wait to check out the rest of the homes on the tour!

  7. Aww, I just love your home! So pretty and looks like a catalog! I totally agree with not going overboard with decorations – I don’t have the room to store them either! Thanks so much for putting this blog hop together! Fantastic job :)

  8. Oh Emily! Your place is beautiful! I love it! The outside is absolutely GORGEOUS! Next time, I’m in…pinky swear! And man, your sunshine and palm trees are making me super jealous. It’s been so cold and dreary here in Chicago. Send some sun our way =)

    1. Pinky swear done and I’m holding you to that! Thank you! I’ll gladly send it up there if you send us some nice cold air, I’ll throw in some sand too for something frozen :)

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christmas tour that was quite so beachy! lol. LOVE it! Its the exact opposite of my cold winter climate. Love all of the personal touches in your home :)
    Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

    1. Christmas is definitely a bit different down here :) I do love me some lights in palm trees but I’d rather have some snow! Thanks so much for stopping by Lindi!!

    1. Ha! Thanks Michelle! He is from an arts festival up the coast in Rockport and I just had to have him. Matt carried him all around for about an hour till we were done ;)

  10. This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls

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