I always walk through the stores at holiday time, gazing longingly at all the pretties, but I rarely do much decorating beyond trimming the tree. Usually I see so many things that I like, I get overwhelmed with what to do with them and how to make them work together that I just avoid it altogether and go buy boots and skinny jeans!
But not this year!!!
This year Target offered to help me decorate, and I used some of these decorating tips to achieve the holiday decor of my dreams! I am SO SO SO excited about how it all turned out. What started out as a mantel project ended up as a house-wide decorating extravaganza!
So please, won’t you come in!
This is our front entrance. Every time I walk into my house, I just smile. It’s especially pretty at night when the candles are lit.
I already had that swag, and I love using it every year. Often I place it on my mantel, but this year I decided to make it work for this space. The mirror, tree, and candles are all from Target this season. I got the idea to put the cake plate under the gold hurricane candle holder from one of the photos on the Target website. I would have bought a larger size, but they don’t make one, and I really needed some height on that end. This worked out nicely!
I’m obsessed with those glittery trees. I originally had this with the another smaller one in the family room. It pained me to move it away from there, but I needed something in here too. I had to hold myself back from buying a dozen of them in different sizes for every room in my house!
Usually I use a lot of red in my decorating, but this year for some reason I was feeling the elegant metallics and woodsy greens. I carried that color scheme through into the living room and family rooms, but I deviated a bit on the banister in our foyer. I found this bow pre-made at A.C. Moore and loved it to much, I bought ribbon and beads to match. The green garland is old, probably purchased at Target many years ago!
This sled sits in the corner of our foyer. I usually use it outside on the porch, but this year I thought I’d set it inside for a change. I bought this years ago at a local shop.
Here’s a peek into my living room from the foyer.
And this is my fancy tree in our formal living room. Not that anything in this house is particularly formal, lol. But this room is mine. It’s where I sit to get away from the noise of the TV and where my friends and I sip coffee in the late afternoons while the kids play. I let my daughter help me decorate this tree this year, but I have the final say where the ornaments go! I’ve been collecting glittery silver and gold ornaments for a few years, and it’s finally filling out! This year I found this awesome gold/silver ribbon that I love, and I picked up the tree skirt and star on top at Target.
Now, won’t you come through the kitchen and into my family room! I added a few Christmassy touches in the kitchen. Here is my Command Center (the bookcase was purchased at Target, and I have a whole post on how I organized my command center if anyone is interested.) For the season, I added a few older Christmas decorations on top and a candle in the middle.
And this is the window over the kitchen sink. The advent calendar is holding Hershey kisses for each of the kids every day.
For years I’ve had portraits of my kids over my mantel. These portraits are my pride and joy. Each was done by a professional photographer when my kids were 18 months old, and I had them put on canvas and professionally framed. Each one is a bit different, which makes them even more special to me. So when a friend suggested that I remove them and hang a mirror there instead, I balked. Here is a photo from 2 Christmases ago.
FAMILY ROOM BEFORE
But after struggling to decorate around them for so many years, I finally decided that it was time to reconsider my stance on the portraits. I went in search of a big mirror instead. After visiting a few stores, I finally found what I wanted at Lowe’s.
In the meantime, we decided to repaint our family room a blueish/greenish/gray. Take a look!
A few days and a couple dozen Target trips later, this is what I came up with!
FAMILY ROOM AFTER
The JOY letters are “vintage Target” — I bought them for my mantel last year on Black Friday, and I definitely wanted to incorporate them into the design this year.
The candlestick holders, LED candles, and decorative trees are currently available at Target, as are the plates hung above.
Here is a full-length shot of the fireplace.
The hydrangeas on the floor are old, old, old. They actually came with us from our previous house. I had them in my dining room on the window sill, and I was going to use them on my mantel, and then I discovered the candlesticks. I set the hydrangeas on the floor “just for a second” while I arranged the candlesticks on the mantel, and then when I backed up, I decided they looked sorta cool down there! What do you think?
Here’s a closeup of the plates and trees. I will change out the plates seasonally.
I was having too much fun to stop with the mantel. Plus I bought so many different things for the mantel, trying to figure out what looked right together, that I ended up decorating a few other areas with the “leftovers”!
I was inspired by the groupings Target pictures on their website. I love how they don’t JUST show their products, they also show how to display and group them. This was SO helpful to me. In fact, I have a whole Christmas Decorating Pinterest board for inspiration! I created this little grouping of angels and trees.
This is our entertainment center which USED to house our TV. Long story. Well, actually, it’s short. My family decided it was time to upgrade our TV, and it doesn’t fit inside the cabinet anymore. Although there is a lot of wasted space inside there now, it’s too pretty to get rid of so we are just keeping it as extra storage for now.
This is where I often set up my lighted village houses, but I have no energy for that this year. I thought this was fresh and fun. The trees are from Target this season, as is the candle on the left. I thought that was such a cool hurricane. (You MUST read my story about The One That Got Away. Total hoot!)
The candles and tray in the middle, I already had. And those angels are one of my favorite Christmas decorations. They were a gift from my mom when we visited Williamsburg a few years ago.
Here’s a full photo of our tree at night. This is our “kids’ tree” — the live one that we cut down together, and the kids decorate with their ornament collections.
I absolutely LOVE how everything turned out!
Oh. One more thing. I bought this tray for the entertainment center, and when it didn’t work for me there, I spontaneously placed it under this my hurricane lamp on our kitchen table. I already had the wreath around the bottom, but it sort of got lost in the dark of the table. Now on the silver tray, it really pops! I was thinking of switching to a red candle, or adding some red berries around the white one . . . I guess decorating is never done!!!
And yes, we have the creepy elf. My daughter moves it from place to place. Cuz ain’t nobody else got time for that!
I’ve had so much fun with this project. I love adding new pieces to my holiday decorations and changing up my spaces each year. I think the most dramatic difference (other than the paint, of course!) was the addition of the mirror over my fireplace. That freed me up to do more with the mantel.
The last frontier is my dining room. I’m hosting 22 family members for Christmas dinner on the 29th so I want to come up with pretty table settings. I will have the table in my kitchen for the kids and the dining room table and another portable table in the living room for the adults. I’m going to start working on that project next!
How about you?? Are you decorated yet? What is your biggest holiday decorating challenge?
If you posted a holiday house tour, leave a link in the comments and I’ll try to come by and visit!
As a Target Inner Circle Member, I was provided with a gift card to put towards my holiday decorating and to facilitate this post. Of course, I also spent much of my own time and resources on this project, and I’m so delighted with how it turned out, I couldn’t wait to share!