Ah! I love the holidays. A big part of the magic, for me, is taking a full week to two weeks to set up all my stuff and get it just right. This is our first year in our new home, which is always an exciting one! Around November 1, we pulled out all our holiday decor and since then I have been slowly adding, tweaking and setting up our living spaces.
This post is sponsored by JOANN. JOANN is my favorite craft store, but they have so much more than just supplies. They also carry a great assortment of seasonal decor, which I will link for you throughout this post. We’re proud to partner with them as they donated 300 million masks this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is going to be a long post, so grab a hot chocolate (with mini tree marshmallows!) or your favorite cozy treat! It’s time for our yearly dose of holiday decorating magic!
The first thing you see when you enter our home is this glowing pink tree with this topper. We decided to go with a food theme for this tree after I fell madly in love with a croissant ornament. It was my muse! Some of our favorite food ornaments are the pizza, soy sauce, avocado, and cheeseburger, You can see more food-themed ornaments here!
Our 5-year-old daughter helped me pick out the foods and decorate this tree. She’s so into it, which makes it all the more magical!
It’s important to me to always have a DIY element (or five!) when we are decorating. This year, instead of buying matching wrapping papers, I bought a lot of play kraft paper, some pretty ribbons and I am using white craft paint to give each gift a personalized touch!
Here are a few more details of our food themed tree.
I added these wreaths to the inside of our door.
We have a toy shelf in our living room and I added some things to make it more festive. I switch it up every season (really every month or so) and our kids get so excited to discover the new play things. Adding bottle brush trees to the bus and gold bells to the basket made it so much fun!
OK, going into the living room, we have an animal theme tree! This happened pretty naturally and we have been collecting animal ornaments even before we cared about themes. JOANN has really cute animal ornaments! We also have a pretty sizeable collection of Covid ornaments (we spent the whole year since March making our own ornaments from air dry clay—you can see the butterflies here in this photo). I love a mix of store bought and handmade ornaments!
Here’s our record station. I was so excited to pull out our vintage Christmas record collection and we’ve been listening to Dolly and Kenny on repeat. It’s so cheerful and fun!
I love to collect different sizes and styles of neutral trees. They are so useful for layering when decorating, like these two on the edge of our piano.
Here’s the view of our fireplace. The painting was made by our kids. If you look closely you can see their two different painting styles.
Thank you so much for coming along on my tour! It brings me so much joy to decorate our corners and enjoy that GLOW for a few months, especially with the sun setting so early. I know 2020 has been an especially challenging and heartbreaking year for so many of us. We’re sending you love and I just want to say thank you for being a part of our lives. More than ever I feel so grateful for our community here! Love you, Elsie