A Christmas tour around our home.

December 14, 2016



I remember as a little girl my mom would leave no room untouched for Christmas. Even if it was something as simple as Christmas mice candle holders or a red dish cloth, these things reminded us that something significant was coming. I want to create the same atmosphere in our own home for my children, so for the past few weeks, I have added a wreath here, a garland there, and a million ornaments in between.

I decorated with them in mind so that it would become a place that felt full of wonder through their eyes. Our first Christmas in our first owned home called for more holly and lights than I would normally scatter. We are hosting this year as well, and staying put for the first time in years so I am taking my responsibility of Christmas cheer very seriously…




front door info in this post, trees from whole foods and pottery barn kids, car from an antique market





Bar cart, 12 days of Christmas print (by my friend Jessica), pine garland, lights, copper mule mugs, ice skates and mistletoe mugs, hot chocolate sticks, matches and lantern, felt garland c/o potterybarn,  record player



Birch star c/o, nativity scene (found at Hobby Lobby), glass jug, pillar candles




 Our beloved blue spruce with all kinds of heavily laden branches and tacky ornaments, tree skirt (Pottery barn out of stock), stag longhorn throw via In2Green c/o, side wooden table, stack of old Christmas books, rug (IKEA)






Village houses (Out of stock), white felt trees, eucalyptus, glitter wreath,  fair isle stocking, birch logs and lights, floor lamp, cableknit throw, tufted accent chairssheepskin (found mine at costco!), dorado rug, moroccan poufs, the baby was a free gift from heaven..;)






Wooden tree shelf (sold out from PBK), thrifted peacock chair, pillow faux sheepskin, red and white felt tree



Knitted advent calendar c/o (I filled this with ornaments for the boys to decorate their tree), nativity scene c/o, mini tree (Gabe and I’s very first tree from our first year of marriage still going strong!)





An accurate depiction of Christmas with little ones.

We started working on our unfinished basement and bedrooms are turned upside down at the moment, but I made the most of the space we mainly live in. I look at these pics and chuckle a little knowing that around every corner there are stuffed socks in drawers, bottles under the couches, and cars in the tree branches. Signs of living as we like to call them.

Are you traveling or staying put for the holidays this year? Since we are staying put I am hoping to use that extra time to do some of the service ideas we have been brewing. The kids are getting so excited for Christmas morning. I’d say it’s a tie between seeing all 7 stockings hanging on our mantle and hearing Veronica sing Christmas carols at the hop of her lungs that is giving me the Christmas spirit in the deep down tingle your toes sort of way. Children bring so much hope to the world. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”

Wishing you all a warm and peaceful week leading up until the best day of the year!



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  • Oh my god everything is so beautiful! Your living room is to die for x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • Your home looks stunning! Loving the dining room.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  • Your home looks so warm and inviting. Good luck on hosting Christmas this year!

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

  • Thanks for the great inspiration! I hope someday to have my home look this beautiful at Christmas! every year I add one beautiful Christmas decoration to our home and slowly but surely we are pulling it together! Thankfully greens are a cheap and beautiful way to fill in the gaps! Your home is so calm and understated yet sparkly and bright! Way to go!

  • Justine Mckenzie

    For yonder breaks – a new and glorious morn!!

    Loved this post. And the details that socks & bottles are tucked away in these photos hidden from site.

    Love reading your blog – Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Thankful that our Savior came to earth as a little bebe.

  • Even though my house will never look like this, Your pictures don’t make me feel “less than”. I just feel inspired to create small areas of soft beauty as best I can.

    • I am happy to hear that because that would never be something I would want! My hope is to encourage people to make the most of what you have:) Our very first christmas together we only had that little tree and a myriad of ornaments. Each year we have added a little here and there. Much love!

  • Everything looks so beautiful, festive, and lived in! Love it so much!

  • I really love how you styled the bar cart. I always like when you place unexpected items in places. So talented.

  • You are such an inspiration with this home decor. Even through a post, we can feel the x’mas spirit, it’s just so magical.
    My baby was just born two weeks ago, so i’m struggling with the end of the pregnancy (that I loved) and the season to prepare – especially for the other kids at home.
    Thank you so much for bringing on this x’mas spirit across the ocean (I’m in Paris, France)

    • Marine, your comment truly made my day! If I can give someone the Christmas spirit than it is all worth it! You will have many years to decorate a home ahead, but this year, just sit by a tree with some lights and snuggle that newborn dream. That is the greatest gift of all isn’t it? A new baby at Christmas time is so special:) Thanks for your note, and wishing you a wonderful Christmas from afar! x

      • Have a wonderful x’mas with your beautiful family, too! Thank you for your kind and wise words: so I’ll just sit by the tree and enjoy like crazy that lovely “baby neck smell” (forgive the poor English). 🙂

  • Your home is so beautiful! I love all of your decor, especially the dinning room. That’s the area of our house that is definitely lacking right now!


  • I love it all!! Especially the houses on the mantle, so fun!

  • I love your home Anna!!! Such a beautifully festive and cozy space in every view!!


  • Anna your home looks absolutely stunning. I am so happy for you, Gabe and your beautiful family to enjoy your first Christmas together in this special place you call home. Merry Christmas!

  • Hi guys! I’m wondering where you got your tree ball garlands from? I’ve been looking everywhere! thanks!

  • Hi guys! I’m wondering if you could tell me what you printed the 12 days of Christmas print on – paper or canvas? I’m basically just coping all your decorations from last year! ? thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.

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