Most of you already know that I FREAKIN love Christmas but most of all, I love DECORATING for Christmas … I definitely got my Christmas decorating passion from my mom! She doesn’t really decorate much anymore but she used to be one of those people who would have 4 Christmas trees set up around the house, LOL!! She also used to have a store in little ‘ol Peace River called “Beyond the Picket Fence” and it was HOLIDAY HEAVEN!! So, you can probably see the connection here! LOL!
Every year I’m always excited to decorate but this year it felt soooo different!! This is the first year I was able to decorate a home that we designed which is pretty freakin cool!! Not to mention, I may have gone a little balls to the wall this year as we are also hosting Christmas this year … in fact, we will have 26 people in our home on Christmas day, so, needless to say, I wanted it to be special and have all of the little details in place!!
While I know it’s a bit late for me to be sharing this blog, as most of you have probably already decorated your homes, I still wanted to share a few photos and details with you so you could see what I did … and guess what?? If you see some Christmas decor in here that you like … chances are it’s now on sale so you can snag it for next year!! Also, make sure to check out my dedicated Christmas Decor shop page too as some of my fave items might start coming on sale soon!! LOL!!!! We actually ended up shooting my decorating on the same day it dumped snow this week here in Kelowna so it was perfect for the shots … YAY for winter blizzards!!
On the outside of the house, Justin hung all of our Christmas lights (thanks, babe!!), while I’m a sucker for the old school lights, Justin actually convinced me to go with the NOMA LED lights from Canadian Tire as he wanted to make sure our new house had as low of a footprint as possible, so I caved! LOL!! Also, the wreaths hanging on the windows are from Vintage Meadow Florals and the team at Better Earth and Garden Centre here in Kelowna made me some live garland for the porch and inside above the kitchen sink and for the fireplace mantle, plus the wreaths on the doors! We also got a real Christmas tree this year too which I’m super excited about, if you missed my blog on our Christmas tree hunt, check it out here! When it came to decorating our Christmas tree, I knew I wanted something blue so I bought some ribbon and was going to weave it throughout the tree but I ended up switching things up and doing little blue bows on the tree instead, along with our lights and ornaments but I felt like it was still missing something. And then BOOM, it hit me … this tree needed some old school TINSEL!! LOL!! I love tinsel and Justin hates it but I think he just doesn’t get it because he’s too young! LOLLL!!!
Rocking Chairs | Pineapple Light | Outdoor Sconces | Merry Christmas Glitter Garland | Candle Holders | Cutlery | Garland | Pendant Light | Dining Room Chairs | Hello Doormat | Pitcher | Champagne Coupe | Red Velvet Pillow | Buffalo Check Pillow | Dining Room Chandelier | Kitchen Pendant Lights
I decorated Leo’s room … the guest rooms … our front porch, you name it, it’s been blasted with Christmas spirit! LOL! Most of you know that I am allergic to colour and generally when it came to decorating for Christmas I would stick to neutrals, whites and creams for my decor … but not this year!! This year I boldly stepped outside of my colour comfort zone and introduced RED into our home … and guess what?? I LOVE IT!! It’s actually kind of fun adding pops of colour into each room, I easily did this with my throws, pillows, the Christmas bedding I got from Pottery Barn … and the slipcovers for my IKEA chairs in the dining room, which were made by a local seamstress in Lake Country!!
I also love decorating with those battery powered mini lights as you don’t need to plug them in, so you can literally put they ANYWHERE … the only downside to my mini lights though is the fact that they need 3 D batteries … which seems a bit excessive! LOL!! So I would suggest looking for some that don’t require such big bulky batteries!! I used clear 3M hooks to hang our stockings, this year I decided to change things up and hang our stockings from the bookshelf in our living room considering there were going to be so many of us on Christmas morning … and it looks really damn cute having so many, plus I also love the fact that the stockings aren’t too matchy-matchy!! LOL!! You’ll also notice that I used lots of faux fur throughout our home and I finally got to bust out some Christmas wreaths in the mix too … you all know my addiction for wreaths!!
Welp!! That’s a quick overview of how the house looks!! Actually, before I go, I just wanted to mention something here … the other day I came across a comment on Instagram that made me a bit sad and I wanted to quickly share it with you along with my thoughts. It came from a lady who said they were feeling the stress of the holidays this year and that they felt hesitant to post a photo of their decorating on Instagram because they felt as though it didn’t live up to someone else’s life … this made my heart hurt. In reading this I just wanted to say that while some photos look perfect, it’s just a photo. Even in the photos, I’m sharing with you today, I had all three girls helping me decorate, stage, and clean up … I had a professional photographer, I was sick, Leo was sick, there were tissues everywhere, the couch had to be remade, it took all of us basically the whole day to make everything perfect and by the time you read this post, my house will be chaos again!! LOL!!! So keep that in mind when you see photos like this … it takes a team and my house isn’t always perfect, my intentions behind these posts are not to get you to buy more decor, or decorate more, or change your home … but to simply inspire you! So please, share your photos of your decorating, whether you have good lighting or not, whether your house is clean, or filled with snotty rags!! LOL!! Christmas is about what makes your heart skip a beat, it’s about the joy and laughter shared with your loved ones. Just keep that in mind!!