The second part of my Holiday Home Tour includes all the other areas of my home that I decorate for the Holidays including the family room, kitchen nook, foyer, and front porch. For the living and dining room and the Christmas tree check out part 1.
Family Room and the Mantel
I like a lot of different styles and colors so I was happy to create a different look in my family room with the mantel and fireplace as the focal point. The mantel is a modern floating shelf over a tiled fireplace so I took a modern approach to traditional elements like the garland and wreath. The “garland” is made up of bunches of eucalyptus stems laid along the mantel while the wreath is made from a eucalyptus and lavender garland; both are non-traditional holiday greenery but beautiful. This year, for long-lasting and low maintenance, I used faux greenery.
I had the wreath up already for fall (See the wreath how-to here), but to dress it up I simply added a green satin ribbon and kept it long and loose for a whimsical, romantic feel that matched the wild and loose eucalyptus leaves and lavender.
Then I added the white trees* and candlesticks* in modern shapes and just a touch of red with the berry stems in a green and gold vase*. For a touch of sparkle I added these led string lights. Aside from the trees and berry stems I used all everyday decor I had.
In front of the fireplace I placed modern lanterns filled with string lights and added warmth with a sheepskin over a tufted ottoman. Usually this ottoman sits in front of my coffee table, and I just pulled it over to the fireplace. Don’t be afraid to move everyday items around for a new look during the Holidays!
On my coffee table I added a simple white ornament in a pretty gold dish. The string lights and moss balls in the terrarium transitioned from fall to Holiday easily.
Dining Nook and Console Table Styling
In the kitchen dining nook I have a console table. If you follow my posts and Instagram you’ll see that all I added was a Peace On Earth wood sign and the red berries to a vase, and it already feels very festive.
Trays are great for creating an easy centerpiece or coffee table decor with festive items like ornaments and fragranced candles. I like Target for my inexpensive seasonal candles*. I’m currently burning this Festive Fir one*.
This is the season to go over the top, so in the foyer I upped the glam with lots of shine. I added mercury glass trees to the mirrored side table. Then I added a silver wreath with lots of sparkle, a beaded pillow, and white fuzzy throw.
Though it’s the last area I’m showing you, Holiday decor starts at the front door for me because I love how welcoming it feels. I love seeing the lights when I come home and it is already dark out. I like that this wreath* is large (26″) and the red adds a nice pop of color to my dark front door.
So does this topiary*. It’s not the exact same one as I have because mine is older but very similar. For faux trees, wreaths, and garlands I often look to Balsam Hill* because it is realistic and high quality compared to a lot of what you can find in stores. I like using real greenery as well, but faux provides a long-lasting, low-maintenance alternative and can look great!
My planters already had these red flowers in them from over the summer and I just added the silvery leafy plants for a very Holiday look.
I enjoyed sharing my Holiday home with you and hope you have a warm and happy holidays!
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