I’m so excited to share a little glimpse into our home this holiday season — our first season in the new house! We moved back in March (after purchasing the house in January) and have been in full renovation mode since. We’ve painted every square inch of the inside of the house, removed all the popcorn ceilings, redid floors, and completely gutted and renovated the kitchen in the last 11 months — not to mention all the landscaping we’ve done on the outside! To say we’ve had a big year is an understatement, but it finally feels like home after all this time and work and now really feels like “us” — so this holiday season is extra special for that reason. Plus, it’s our first year hosting both sides of our family (& some friends) for the holidays, and we’ll be revealing the house for the first time to some of them!
I’m sharing a room-by-room tour over on my Instagram Stories LIVE today — so make sure to stop by and check it out, but here’s a little glimpse of the rooms we have decorated this year!
We kept our front porch pretty simple this holiday season (since we had ZERO outdoor holiday decorations to bring with us from the other house). I kept this gorgeous Frontgate “welcome” doormat that my parents gifted us when we first moved into the house — I love that it works all year round! We also got this gorgeous wreath made by one of our favorite local garden shops — Moscarillo’s in West Hartford, CT. I then scooped up these little trees I found on sale at Target — next year, I’m hoping to add a few bigger fresh winter plants so we can layer these trees in front of them!
Walking into our foyer, I was able to repurpose our first Christmas tree from our old house, which feels extra special for both of us because we always loved it so much. This is the 7.5ft King Flocked Christmas Tree from King of Christmas and this is our 5th year with it — these trees are a breeze to put up, are prelit and LAST season after season. I kept all the same ornaments on it from previous years — we went with a rose gold theme which is neutral and plays off the marble on the floor. We also have a lot of our sentimental ornaments on this tree — we usually scoop up an ornament from places we’ve traveled to and have a few little animals we love from previous seasons!
FORMAL LIVING ROOM
For our formal living room, this is the only fireplace on this floor with a mantel, so I decided to hang our stockings in this room (vs the family room below). I went with simple flocked garland — also from King of Christmas, and just added a few wintery touches to the room and our built-in shelves.
We both love simple decor in the kitchen and are hosting our first Christmas this year and have A LOT of other things (food/drinks/etc.) that are going to be on our counters and tabletops this year — so we wanted to keep them clear! I decorated the kitchen island with some simple garland, added these easy string lights, candles, and a few of our favorite gold decor items (including this reindeer which was actually the first Christmas decoration we ever got together — he’s been with us since our first condo in 2009). I also picked up some little decorations including these adorable little white cottages and glitter trees from Target and layered them on this wood tray which is acting as our centerpiece in our breakfast nook.
For our favorite room in the house, we got this gorgeous 12ft Slim Flocked Tree from King of Christmas this year — it looks perfect in the corner of the room (I had said out loud when we first looked at this house that I envisioned a Christmas tree in that corner). The tree took Raj and I no more than 20 minutes to assemble (just us two and a ladder). I cannot recommend these King of Christmas Trees enough — they make it so simple to put together, are pre-lit, come in about 5 pieces and you’re DONE. I ended up going to my local At Home Store for the ornaments and went with the Arctic Collection — plus a few multi-packs of the shatterproof ornaments to fill the space and add a little texture. Next year, we’re hoping to have a big driftwood mantel added to the fireplace so I can add a little more decor there. I also just added a bunch of cozy throw blankets and pillows for some nice texture on our sectional. The nice part about neutral Christmas decor is you don’t feel a rush to remove it Dec. 26th — we usually like to remove all the ornaments and keep the flocked trees and decor for a few weeks longer!
I hope you all enjoyed a little glimpse into our holiday decor this year at our new house. We have a lot of space to fill here so it’ll be nice to start to collect and curate our holiday decor over the next several years — we’re choosing to add to the space with only items we absolutely love, so it’ll take time and patience to get it to a “decked out” spot, but we’re excited to continue to grow into this house in the coming years.
Happy Holidays, everyone!