There are two things that I should never be called:
1. late for dinner
2. a liar
Welcome to our 2016 holiday home tour, friends. We are thrilled to be the finish line for the Evolution of Style and 11 Magnolia Lane “12 Days of Holiday Homes” tour. Usually, the saying goes, “save the best for last”….well, we might as well be honest from the starting gates, or in this case, the front door. Prepare to be underwhelmed, because this year’s holiday theme is “understated”. And I think we did a pretty darn good job at sticking to the theme. *This post contains affiliate links. The wreath was kindly given to us this year by Lynch Creek Farms. As always, all opinions, bad puns, and poor grammar are mine all mine. Read our full disclosure policy HERE.*
Probably the BEST element of our home decor this Christmas is the fresh wreath that graces our front door. This was sent to us by Lynch Creek Farms, and it’s called the “Bah-Humbug”. Isn’t that completely apropos for our Bah-Humbug of a house tour?! I love it. This is the first time I’ve ever had a fresh wreath for our door, and I’m kind of in love with it! The smell, the non-plasticized look of it…the fact that there is no high maintenance zhushing involved, trying to get one of our cheapo fake wreaths looking like it’s plump and au natural. I feel like it’s kind of ruined me for wreath selection from this point forward. Kinda like that one time I got to fly first class.
At any rate,
“Welcome to our holiday home tour. Prepare to be underwhelmed!”
Check it out. We didn’t even put ornaments on the tree this year. How’s that for understated?
As I write this, the kids are snuggled on the couch by the fire watching Home Alone.
We did put our Fontanini nativity set out this year. That’s kind of a pre-requisite.
The train set being taken out is not optional here, either. The kids would overthrow the household government if we attempted to leave this thin in the attic. And seeing as we are barely in control here anyhow, we decided to not pick that battle. Plus, we all love our little ceramic village and the train. It’s mesmerizing. And the buildings were all painted by me or my Mom (a way cheaper option than buying a Department 56 set).
Other rooms in the house got little touches.
You probably didn’t even see anything in our powder room above, did ya?
A sprig of rosemary.
A tiny pine cutting. WOW, right?!
A super simple vignette in the dining room.
Here’s the mudroom (which is TOTALLY staged btw…if you looked in there right now, you’d see dirty floors and a pile of laundry as tall as our 10-year-old. Told you I was honest 😉
The bedrooms got the bare minimum. I put the little ceramic tree that my mom made for me as a child out in our room, and the kid’s rooms got two Christmas decorations each.
A little pre-lit Christmas tree,
And a Christmas canvas that lights up at night. You can see it in our oldest son’s room on the far wall.
Thanks for sticking around regardless of the dearth of holiday decor, guys. Despite our meager decorating measures, our hearts are bursting at the seams with excitement for the holidays, just as they are every year.
So happy holidays! May the snow be plentiful, and the adult beverages even more plentiful.
And since I didn’t even get Christmas cards made this year, I’ll share last years’ with you. We’ll pretend it’s because we’re being very green and “recycling” this year 😉
If you’re wondering about the sources for any of our holiday items seen in this post, we’ve tried to gather them all below.
Below is the full line up for the Evolution of Style & 11 Magnolia Lane
“12 Days of Holiday Homes” Tour
TRUST me when I tell you there are some GORGEOUS homes for you to see!! And tomorrow, you can link up your OWN holiday home for all of us home decor enthusiasts to peruse! It’s a lovely way to host a virtual holiday open house, without the dreaded clean up after the party is over 😉
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