Holiday Home

Hey Friends!  I hope you have had a great week!  Mine started off with a 36 hour trip to Rock Eagle 4H camp in Eatonton, GA.  It was my daughters 5th grade trip that the school takes every year.  She wanted me to go so I happily obliged.  I will admit I was a bit hesitant because I am thinking  “100” 5th graders but I take all that back because I had a great time!  It was an amazing place and not what I expected as it exceeded my expectations.

I wanted to share my holiday décor.  As I mentioned in my Halloween décor post,  I love to decorate but as I say I ‘design on a dime’ and don’t spend a lot of money.  I try to keep it simple so it’s not a major chore to put up or take down. As you will see, I love color and I am not afraid to use it.

First up – The main 8′ tree in the living room I call it my ‘Jeweled’ tree. This year it needed something so I added the white garland and it was just what I was looking for.  I bought this tree at Lowe’s several years ago on clearance.

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Moving on to the Foyer/Entry, this is my newest tree.  I bought this last year at Big Lots.  It was the one out on display and the last one they had.  I really wanted it so they gave me 50% off  – Score!  I bought some fun buffalo check ornaments also at Big Lots and put it up as soon as I got home.  Love how it greets everyone when you walk in the front door.  Now you are probably wondering what is up with those huge stockings???  Well, if you know my Uncle you know he doesn’t do anything ‘small’ LOL!  It all started with Riley.  He had this huge stocking made and then when Reese and the boys were born he had 3 more made.  They are always a conversation piece and I love to tell the story about how they came to be.  And no, they are not completely filled. We stuff the bottom with tissue paper and just add a few stocking stuffers for the kids.

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The dining room has my small table top white tree with green and gold jewel tones. It adds some warmth to the dining room and I love the glow at night.

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I love our outside décor. For years I have done wreaths on the windows with the spotlight on the house. Easy and not hard to do.  Looking for wreaths?  I got mine on clearance at Target years ago the day after Christmas for $3 each and just added red bows.  Super simple!

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Most of the Christmas décor I buy is on clearance.  My mom and I go out the day after Christmas  (Yes we do – LOL) to look for bargains on holiday décor and to actually see what we can find for gifts for next year.  We start around 8:30 am and are out until dinner time.   These little silver trees on the end tables I picked up from Target last year for $3 each!   I was going to put one in each of the kids rooms but decided to sprinkle them around the house.  The new screened in porch also has a touch of décor.   I am looking forward to this years day after Christmas shopping extravaganza with my mom as I am now looking for white pencil tree.

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Some other easy décor ideas:

  • Add any extra ornaments as bowl fillers
  • Add fun décor from your local craft store or dollar store to update a wreath
  • For holiday cards add some putty to the back of each card and adhere to a door or wall area to add some holiday cheer. I add mine to my pantry door as easy décor for the kitchen.

Wondering if I go around to every tree to turn them off every night? I don’t! With an app on my phone it takes a second, thanks to Karl.   We are slowly automating our home.  Karl bought these smart plugs that we use in the outlets that are linked up to an app called Kasa.  You download the app on your phone, add the links and name them.  One button to each tree and the outside lights and I can turn them off in seconds. Here is the information on the Kasa app

I hope this gives you some new ideas to add décor to your home.   What do you do to decorate for the holidays?

XXOO.

Fran

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