2016 Holiday Decor Tour

Happy Holidays, friends!  I adore decorating for the holidays.  My house feels the coziest this time of year!  There’s something so heart-warming and comforting to me about pulling out and putting up the Christmas decorations.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks transforming my home into my kind of winter wonderland and thought I would share a few glimpses here with you.

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I generally focus on decorating our first floor since that is where we spend most of our days.  My favorite room to decorate is the family room.  With our open floor plan connecting the kitchen and breakfast room with this space, it truly is the heart and center of activity in our home.  I’m certainly a creature of habit and enjoy using the same decorations year after year.  It’s hard to believe that this will be our 10th Christmas in this home!  These decorations hold so many memories for me and now even more so with the addition of our daughter, Charlotte, to the family.  Seeing her excitement and wonder at the twinkling lights and festive touches makes my heart overflow with joy!

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As much as I love decorating for the holidays, I’ve realized over the past couple of years that I have more than I can ever realistically use and have done a lot of purging, especially of decorative cups, mugs, plates, and knickknacks that I used to put out in the other areas of the first floor.  I’ve kept my most favorite pieces to display on the shelves in our breakfast room and others we use to enjoy hot beverages and sweet treats by the fire on cold December nights.  I’ve also simplified how I decorate the living/dining room area to include a few finer touches and of course, our big front window tree which we hang our annual keepsake ornaments on.

One of my favorite decorations is the lit garland wrapped around the stairway leading upstairs.  I leave the twinkle lights on all day and night for the entirety of the holidays.  Charlotte loves them!  In our bedroom we (of course!) display our little Mickey tree that we shipped home from Disney World years ago.  It’s usually the first decoration I put up, sometimes sneakily before Thanksgiving!  Charlotte has her own little tabletop silver tree that she picked out on her own in Target (that is such a sweet and funny little memory for me).  I find it’s actually a great distraction for a squirmy almost one year old on the changing table!

I filmed a holiday decor tour of our first level if you’d like to see more:

I hope you enjoyed this look at how I decorated our home for the holidays this year.  I’d love to see your favorite glimpses of your holiday home. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you care to share!
Happy Holidays 🎄

* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


21 thoughts on “2016 Holiday Decor Tour”

  1. Beautifully decorated! I had a lot of purging too and had to child proof our tree. It is roped to the wall and only 1/3 decorated from the top. Such a sad tree, LOL! Hopefully, next year it will be different.

  2. Beautiful!!! I miss your vlogs SO SO SO much! I wish the world of social media wouldn’t be so harsh and you could share like you use to! <3 ya!

  3. Hi Jen thanks for sharing your lovely home . I admire your organized ways and neatness and amazing how you still keep order with a baby , Merry Christmas to you and family and always happy to see your beautiful Winnie , I would like to know how it is with the baby and Winnie how is she with her ? and if you still take care of her brushing every morning as you did before the baby came .

    1. Winnie is so great with CC. It’s wonderful to see their relationship develop. And yes, I still brush Winnie every day, but now more often in the afternoon than in the morning.

  4. Hi Jen! I love your Christmas decorations. They always look so lovely! I asked on twitter but I figured this would be an easier way to get a reply. Are you going to be doing any vlogidays? I have been missing your holiday vlogs so much 🙁 I hope you and your family are having a beautiful December, and I hope your Christmas is even better!

  5. Everything looks so beautiful Jen! I noticed Dream Snow in the book basket; that’s a favorite of mine to read to my grandson Everett. We are looking forward to the holidays even more than usual this year as he and my granddaughter Sophie both turn 2 Christmas week!

  6. I’m so excited to watch! I used to LOVE your vlogidays!!!
    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see more!
    Merry First Christmas to Charlotte! So special…you will always remember this one!

  7. Beautiful home tour! I’m a new follower, and have been watching your YouTube videos all weekend! You are just delightful! 🙂

  8. I just loved watching your video on your Christmas house tour! Love it and yes it does look so cozy! My favourite time of the year! Merry Christmas to your family!

  9. Was so happy to see you post a holiday home tour. Just as lovely as always. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year.

  10. I loved the entire vibe of the house. I actually made my self comfortable before watching this video with hot chocolate :D.
    Thanks jen

  11. Great video Jen! I really enjoy your style.
    Have you thought of using a sound machine to drown out noise for Charlotte? I heard of some Moms staying away from it so their child wont become dependent on it.

  12. I would love to see a video of you and Charlotte singing Christmas songs, that would be too precious. Thank you for sharing.

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