Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend getting shopping, cooking, baking, caroling, crafting and more holiday activities checked off your list! We made some headway on a project that’s been hanging over my head for a month now (sneak peek here!) and had some good family time, so it was a good one all around! And…we had a nice sunny weekend, so I was also able to spend yesterday capturing our holiday home for you guys!

As I’ve been mentioning for the past week or so, I had a bit of a tough time getting into the holiday spirit (at least decor-wise) this year. The past two years, I have gone all out decorating every single space in our home…spending loads of time and money to create a Christmas wonderland inside our house. For me, with excessive holiday decor comes a good bit of anxiety (so much glitter and clutter?!?!?! And where do I put everything I cleared out to make space for holiday stuff?!?!?) This year, I started pulling down the bins and found my anxiety rising…so I stepped back, re-assessed, took away the pressures of having our home look a certain way, and just went with what I was feeling.

As much as I LOVED my Christmas decor of the past two years, this year I couldn’t handle all the color, and I found myself reaching instead for my more subtle and neutral accents. All the colored accessories went back to the attic, and I landed on a shimmery, classy, festive yet calming scheme for this year: white, gold and silver! Everything I used this year were projects and finds over the last two years. I loved that I didn’t have to make or buy a single thing and could still put together a lovely holiday home!

Over behind our front door is a bookcase that I style as our mantel. White and silver trees, silver glittered pinecones, a glittered dear, glittered letters and a silver wreath come together to make a dazzling display.

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Silver tree: Marshalls / White trees: DIY / Glittered pinecones: DIY / Silver & pinecone wreath: Target end-of-season clearance / “Believe”: DIY / Glittered reindeer: New River Pottery / Silver ornaments: Dollar Store

Our tree is nothing special yet is has such a classic look this year! We covered the tree in extra lights and then wrapped it in silver deco-mesh and silver strands of beads…then loaded up with every white, silver, and gold ornament we had! We LOVE our finial topper!

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Tree skirt: DIY / Gold sleigh: Mom’s basement / Finial: Christmas shop in Williamsburg, VA

Last week I talked about certain crafts/projects that my Mom made that had to come out in order for it to truly feel like Christmas. This mouse in the hammock is one of them. A little mouse in a hammock has been on our Christmas tree for as long as I can remember…years ago, Mom made each of us kids our own versions. So thankful to be able to carry this tradition forward! #NowitfeelslikeChristmas

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A few more silver and gold accents adorn our entryway table.

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Reindeer candelabra: Marshalls / Gold urchin: DIY / Brass candlesticks: Mom’s basement

I carried the gold, silver and white theme into our family room as well. I finally found something to put under my cloche! And those Christmas pillows I made a few years back? I love that I can just slide them on, and they bring in a subtle coziness to the room!

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Over on the media hutch, our year-round decor got tucked way (really, they are all just sitting on a table out in the garage – groan!), and I brought in a few more white accessories and trees.

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White nutcracker: Lowes / Gold wing bowl: thrifted / Gold trees: Dollar Store / White wooden tree: Mom’s basement / White & grey pillows: DIY  

Down on the ottoman, I swapped out a functional/usable tray for a display of glittery trees (my husband loves it when I do stuff like this ;). This view from the couch is one of my favorite displays this year! There is just something about clean silhouette-ed trees that just gets me!

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Silver tray: HomeGoods / Glittery and tall white cones: DIY / Small striped cones: IKEA / Brass mirror: Target / Fur remnant: Mom’s basement

Over in the dining room, I added just a few touches. I LOVED our nativity up on our butterfly cabinet last year so I was quick to repeat that again. The only difference is the actual nativity. We normally display our beloved Willow Tree nativity, but this year I could’t wait to display the Lladro nativity I inherited from my Mom. This was the exact nativity that was on our mantel every year growing up. Mom always displayed it with such pride, and I always loved that the nativity characters were kids dressing the parts. It warms my heart to make this our family nativity now. The blue walls really call to mind that very first Silent Night!

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Lladro nativity: inherited / Creche: Willow Tree / White tree candles: Pottery Barn / Silver obi: Japan

Lastly, I filled some class candle sticks with my remaining gold/white/silver balls and baubles as a center piece on the dining room table. It’s just enough to tie this room and the family room/entryway together!

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And that’s it! There’s nothing else to see – there’s nothing in the bathroom or the office or our master. Our Christmas decor feels normal and manageable this year, and I’m proud of myself for finding a balance between too much and doing nothing at all! I have to say..I’m pretty smitten with the white/gold/silver combo!

What do you guys think? What’s your approach when you just aren’t feeling the holiday decor?

I’ve been cranking out gifts for all of Henry’s little friends and teachers – I’m going to show you what I’ve been up to later this week! See you Wednesday!


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