This past weekend the Florida Morehouse family had to stay around the house and get some things done, so instead of an adventure in the Orlando area I put the finishing touches to my Christmas decorations. Christmas is one of my favorite seasons to decorate for. I’m a true Wisconsinite by heart, born and raised in the town Kenosha, WI. I love the feeling of this time of year up there, that’s the one thing I really miss (of course family & friends too). We now live in Florida and during the first Christmas here I didn’t think it was an actual thing to decorate for Christmas. It was a little different for me to see lights and trees up during the warm weather and Palm tress surrounding us. Let me tell you…it’s actually a thing, Floridians decorate for Christmas too! 😉 We just don’t have to bundle up to experience the outdoor lights and decorations.
Currently, we live in a small 2 bedroom 1 bath condo, I call it our little cottage. Nothing fancy, but it’s a cozy little home and I love decorating our small space, especially for Christmas. This season I focused on a traditional warm & cozy feel! My inspiration came from a touch of mother nature, and upcycled & hand crafted items. Come along as I take you on my “Christmas Decor Home Tour” I’ll share with you some cost efficient tips & tricks on how I decorated our small space. Don’t forget to grab your hot cocoa or coffee, and while you’re at it turn up the Christmas music & get comfy!
Small Home Christmas Decor Tour
^ First stop, my living room wall display. I love using mother nature for decorations inside the home. I found these wonderful twigs outside and I placed them inside of this hanging candle holder along with some red hollieberries and a pine cone.I purchased the pine cone and hollieberries at the Dollar Tree. Next to the decorative wall display I have a homemade DIY Christmas garland. It has a color palette of metallic gold, white, and a pop of red. . Click here visit my previous blog where I guide you through the steps of creating your own Christmas garland. (because every home needs one for Christmas!)
^ Next up is the picture wire hanger, but instead of pictures I used the front of Christmas cards from last year along with foil printed paper from Target’s Dollar section ($3). All I did was cut off the front pictures of the card and used them for display. In a small home using the wall space to decorate is great, because it takes up less room in your floor plan.
^ We didn’t get a real Christmas tree this year because we have a 10 month old and we thought it would be best just to use our already purchased table stand trees. (a little more height helps to keep those little hands from touching!) We have two, so for this one I decorated it with the traditional ornaments that have been in the family for a long time. It’s perfect for a small home because it doesn’t take up so much space, plus if you have two you can have separate themes for the trees. We purchased these two trees at Big Lots last season. Great place to shop for Christmas decor at a reasonable price.
^ Here’s an expanded view of our tree setup. As you can see I have it placed on a small table that my great grandpa actually built. To make the tree look like it has a tree skirt I used our kitchen table items that displayed for our Thanksgiving. The colors went well and it added a little bonus texture to the look. I folded the table-cloth so all corners met in the middle and then I placed it on top of the side table along with a decorative twine place mat. We don’t have a fireplace, so we hung our stockings on the shelf and added our own “digital” fireplace! (YouTube is the best!). For the floating book case above the T.V. I used pretty wrapping paper and wrapped all the books then I placed a burlap bow on top.
^ For our second table stand tree, I went with more of a classy red & green theme. The burlap bow tree topper was something that I actually made last year. Click “how to make an easy burlap bow” for a video that I used to help guide me in the making. It fit perfectly on top of this tree (to secure it I just used floral wire). In the background you’ll notice a picture frame chalkboard. These are great to personalize for each season. I added a little touch of sparkly gold fern (Dollar Tree purchase) on top along with red bells (Target Dollar Section $1).
^ Onto our coffee table! We already had a wooden holder, so I placed ornaments and left over pine cones along with red & white hollieberries that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. The wooden holder is a lighter wood, but it picks up the lighter tones within the coffee table. Just enough, and not over cluttering for a small home. I could add a runner, but our little boy’s hands would definitely take it off! So we’re decorating while keeping in mind about “baby proofing”.
^ This is my favorite detail about our home, the open divider between the kitchen and living room. On the top shelf I have two glass jars that have gold pine cones, pine leaves, and an ornament on top (oranments are such a great decoration). The middle shelf has two silver glittered reindeer (Hobby Lobby from last season). Click “glittered reindeer” for a similar version that you can shop for at Target. The birchwood “M” was a gift from our wedding that I kept because it went with the natural warm and cozy feel. I found a similar one on etsy for $14! Click “birchwood lettering“to view it. The lantern was an item I bought at IKEA ($4). Click “ikea lantern” to be directed to the link. The two glass Christmas trees compliment everything by helping to soften up the look. The decorative red vine adds a pop of color. A simple sign “Merry and Bright” adds a classy appeal to the display. Click “merry and bright sign” to be directed to a similar wooden sign I found at Target.
^ In this picture, let’s start with the votives. They’re battery operated and were purchased at the Dollar Tree ( they come in a 2 pack) and the jars are baby food jars that I saved and upcycled. I tied a piece of twine on each one to provide more texture to the look. The plate mats are another Hobby Lobby buy (last year). The advent calendar was something I hand crafted. If you’d like to make you’re own DIY Christmas Advent Book Calendar to visit my previous blog that guides you through the steps. The red glass jar is a “kiss” candy jar that was given as a gift. I love the pop of color it adds. The vase has bottle caps and wine corks that we’ve been saving along with a branch from the Christmas tree and a pine cone.
Well, that’s it! My cozy little cottage all decorated for Christmas. I hope you enjoyed this tour and it inspired you to incorporate some things into your own home. What’s your favorite part about decorating for Christmas? If you would describe your home decor style for Christmas what would it be?
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Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life