Today I’m sharing the next space up on my holiday home tour, my entryway. This space is always one of my favorite to decorate because of all the unique nooks and crannies and character of this space. I love to go for a winter wonderland look in here with tons of flocked trees, garlands, and wreaths and lots of white and neutrals. This year I added this giant chalkboard on the back wall with some lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas movies, White Christmas, which seemed fitting for the space. I also love the extra light and glow that these Christmas lights add to this back corner, which is normally kind of dark and bland. I’ve linked all my favorite decor items from this space below that you can use to recreate this look!Read More
I loved my Christmas decor in the pantry so much last year, that I kept it the same for the most part this year. I think this crimson tinsel tree was made for this room and the chandelier full of vintage ornaments is likely something I will stick to year after year. I especially love how all the deep colors and metallics pop against the dark walls in here. I kept all the tree ornaments in the white, gold, black, and silver color family and added a few new styles (like those gorgeous black and white marbled ones!). I'm excited to do some baking + Christmas recipe prep in here over the next few days!
You can find the rest of this year's holiday home tour posts here.
I'm wrapping up our holiday home tour with the center of our home: the living room. We spend the most time in this space so it's important that the decor is comfortable and cozy, but still special and beautiful at the same time. I always like to keep the living room decor semi-traditional and pretty neutral. I use my most favorite vintage ornaments on this tree every year and lots of greenery, cozy stockings, faux fur, and of course lots of gold! I loved having these built-in bookshelves to style this year and had no problem filling them up with a mix of vintage and new trinkets and treasures.
Probably my favorite element of the room is the mantle decor. I used three different gold magnolia garlands draped together off to one side and added wire twinkle lights on top. I have found all these magnolia garlands at different times while thrifting and I seriously use them all year round all over my house (some of my favorite decor pieces ever!). I layered the magnolia garland with a draped pom-pom garland on top and then chunky knit and faux fur stockings.
My other favorite find in here is my new basket tree "ring" from Hayneedle. I had seen similar styles like this at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, but they were always too expensive for me. Hayneedle's are right at $50 and fit around a standard round tree stand for a unique, textured look that is so much more chic than a standard tree skirt. I've linked all my decor including this tree skirt at the end of this post (if you have any questions about anything not mentioned, just ask!). You can check out the before and after of our living room here for details on paint colors, lighting, furniture + more.
Pom-pom garland: Anthropologie (old- similar here)
Glitter tree topper: Target
Wood bead garland (in tree): Target
Tree ornaments: mostly vintage + some from Target
Gold magnolia leaf garland: thrifted (similar here)
Gold antlers: Miss Molly Vintage
Carved wooden deer figurines: Vintage (similar here)
Copper lit star: Target
Fresh wreath: Trader Joe's
Pinecone wreaths: Thrifted
Gold manger scene: Vintage (thrifted)
Mini flocked trees: Homegoods
"All is Calm, All is Bright" pillow cover: Pottery Barn (old- similar here)
White yarn tree: Target
Plaid throw: Macy's
Concrete pedestal planter (with mini pine inside): Vintage (thrifted)
"Season's Greetings" pillow cover: H&M (old)
Wood house figurine: Target
White twig pre-lit tree: Target
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Our little entryway continues to be one of my favorite spaces to decorate for holidays. I love being able to do unique things with the staircase and knew instantly I wanted lots of draped greenery all the way down the banister. I also wanted a tree at the bottom of the stairs and picked my favorite vintage flocked tree for this area. Everything kind of built off of that theme from there, lots of flocked trees and garland, pinecones, glitter, and snowy touches- the whole space feels super wintry and cozy. I've since added some fresh garland to the stairs and some twinkle lights (more photos to come of that later).
Can I just take a moment to declare my love for my newly discovered battery-powered twinkle lights?! These are a lifesaver for decorating older homes that don't have very many outlets, and also perfect for tight spaces where you don't want to have any cords showing (one of my pet peeves...I'm a little OCD about it actually!). These lights from Target have been my go-to, not only is the strand copper but it's SUPER thin (literally just a wire) and instantly blends in to any décor with no ugly cords! I was always skeptical about these battery-powered lights because I thought they would not be bright enough, or have a weird blue-tint to them, but these are a perfect warm white color AND super bright! I can't recommend them enough!
The back part of this entry sometimes feels kind of dark since there's no overhead lighting back there, so I'm loving the addition of the Christmas lights in that area. It makes the entire entry feel more complete and welcoming! Most of the items I used in this space were vintage or thrifted (many came from Peddler's Mall Stores), but I've also linked everything else at the end of this post! All these decorations make the space feel so cozy that I don't think I'll ever want to take them down!
"Falalalala" pillow: Michael's
Plaid pillow: Target
Cotton wreath: Magnolia market
Flocked tree: Vintage (thrifted)
Marbled lamps: Peddler's Mall Stores
Suitcase: vintage (thrifted)
Vintage trophies: thrifted
Small flocked tree: Peddler's Mall Stores
Paper houses: Homegoods + Pottery Barn (old)
Pinecone flocked garland: Peddler's Mall Stores
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our home! I usually stick to a very strict "no decorating before Thanksgiving" rule, but with how busy the holiday season is for small businesses in addition to adding my new decorating jobs to the schedule, I decided to start early this year to alleviate some holiday stress. We also have a quite a bit more room in our new house and that means more holiday decor! The first room I have started decorating this year is the pantry (yes, the pantry). Even though it may seem ridiculous to most to decorate a pantry, ours is a space right off both the mudroom and kitchen that is clearly visible and also a room where we spend a lot of time. And let's be honest, I'm not going to miss an opportunity to deck out any room!
I knew I wanted a uniquely colored tree to really pop against the dark walls in this room. Thanks to Hayneedle, I was able to find THE PERFECT deep red tinsel tree and they were generous enough to send it to me to style for this room. If you have never heard of Hayneedle it is a one-stop online shop for home decor and you can find really great prices on just about everything, furniture, bedding, kitchenware, lighting, and more! I am always a bit nervous ordering trees online that I can't see in person, but I was SO pleasantly surprised when the tree arrived! It is extremely beautiful and expensive-looking and has more than enough lights that are a beautiful golden color when lit. I decorated it with lots of gold and metallic ornaments to play off of all the brass and gold details I have in this room, including our chandelier.
Speaking of the chandelier, it might be my favorite part of the Christmas decorations in here. I was inspired to hang lots of vintage ornaments and garland from it from pictures I had seen on Pinterest, and I love the finished look! It is such a beautiful and glamorous centerpiece for the room and a perfect way to display vintage or heirloom ornaments.
On our open shelving, I added some pops of gold as well, including garland at the top and a fun wreath hanging over the shelves. I also mixed in some of my favorite little vintage Christmas keepsakes, like these flocked deer, Christmas store signs, and my Santa cookie jar. I'm not quite finished with the entire room yet and still have a few finishing touches to add, but I wanted to go ahead and share a preview of my progress so far! Enjoy!
7.5 ft. crimson Christmas tree courtesty of Hayneedle
Red flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold wreath: Target (old)
Christmas signs: Vintage
Santa cookie jar: Vintage (similar here)