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Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour

Even though I’m not 100% finished decorating our home for Christmas just yet, I’m excited to join my blogger friends to share my Christmas decorations for the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

Christmas Home Tour
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Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour 2016

So today, WELCOME to my home that’s (mostly) decorated for Christmas! Let’s get down to business…

A tall Christmas tree in the corner of a living room with gifts below and a plate of milk and cookies resting on a sofa nearby

This year I went for a very traditional color palette – snowy white with lots of red. It’s the first year that our son, Cian has any concept of what’s happening (although he simply refers to ALL Christmas related things as “Ho, Ho, Ho”) so I thought that keeping things somewhat traditional would be fun.

A Christmas tree in the corner of a living room, with red and white decorations, grey gift boxes with red and white ribbon and red and white pillows on a sofa nearby

The showstopper in the living room is definitely the 7 ft Prince Flocked tree from King of Christmas. It puts all other trees to shame. Even before it was decorated, it was thick and full and honestly, perfect. I’ve never seen an artificial tree that looks good bare before.

The corner of the Christmas tree, from the sofa, showing solid white and red throw pillows and a white blanket

The tree is decorated with ornaments from a variety of stores. All the white furry ornaments as well as the fur garland are from Pier 1, the star is from Target and the red baubles and faux berries are all dollar store items. Additionally, there’s some sparkly IKEA ornaments and some red cardinals that I picked up at Michael’s.

A light grey sofa, with white and red pillows and blanket, near a white coffee table with festive arrangement on top, and Christmas tree in corner

A red cardinal on a branch of the Christmas tree

Look at that flocking! I was worried that a flocked tree might shed all over the living room but once it was fluffed and decorated, it hasn’t shed even a speck.

Berries tucked in among the branches of a white frosted artificial Christmas tree

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A white side table with a red lantern, a potted plant with red flowers, a polar bear plush and silver ornaments

A close-up of a red lantern; silver, glittery ornaments and a potted plant on a white end table

Large presents under a Christmas tree, wrapped in solid grey paper and tied with wide white and red ribbons

A fireplace mantel with a mantel below the wall-mounted television, holding pine branches, red lanterns and stockings

The corner of a fireplace mantel with pine branches, white and red ornaments, a red lantern and red and white stocking

I couldn’t find any flocked garland that I liked for the mantel, so I just added some fresh greens that I picked up at my local farmstand.

A large pine branch resting on a fireplace mantel, with a red lantern, top of a red and white stocking and pine cones

The red lanterns are from Ikea and the stockings are from Target. As you can see, I tried to incorporate the pops of red throughout to make the room feel cohesive.

A red and white snowflake stocking hung from a white, wooden fireplace mantel and a pine branch nearby

A close up of a wicker basket near a fireplace, holding firewood and decorative pine cones and greenery

A red lantern, pine branches, white candle and a stocking hung from a fireplace mantel, below a wall-mounted television
Coming back around to the couch, again it’s all pretty simple. To complement the flocked tree, I wanted a textural element and I thought these furry white throw pillows were perfect. Paired with the solid red pillows and white chenille pillows, they make for a very comfy couch.

A pair of throw pillows, solid red and white, on a couch in front of a Christmas tree, decorated in red, white and silver

An end table next to a Christmas tree, displaying a silver, wooden train set and a lamp with a decorative glass base

A Christmas tree in the corner, near a side table with a large lamp and another table holding red and white holiday decor

A glass jug of milk, cookies and a candy cane resting on a red plate on a sofa, with the Christmas tree in the background

Of course, milk and cookies must be left out for Santa.

Moving through the living room and into the hallway….

A console table in the entryway, holding a large, white lantern, a red bowl with decorative berries and greenery and various holiday decor

A wooden console table holding various red and white holiday decor, near a light blue front door with a large red and green wreath

A staircase with large, red bows tied to pine branches on the railing

The garland on the stairs is fresh greenery again and I just tied it to the railings with dollar store bows.

Christmas decorations - a simple garland with dollar store bows

A red bowl with the words \'merry and bright\', on top of a table with other red and white decor, under a round, silver mirror
Upstairs, our bedroom is equally festive thanks to this quilt and shams from Pottery Barn. The end tables have bristle brush trees in a variety of sizes, some more Ikea lanterns and a little snow globe that I picked up at HomeGoods.
A bedroom with a red and white patterned quilt bedspread, matching pillows and solid white and red accessory pillows

A decorative pillow with the words \'merry and bright\', among solid white and red throw pillows on a red/white patterned bed spread

A white mug with a red interior, with the word \'cheer\' on the outside, resting on a magazine

A white lantern with star detailing, in front of artificial pine trees wrapped in burlap

A ring with red gingham ribbon holding bells, hung from a door knob

An oblong, decorative, red and white pillow with the words \'merry and bright\'

Next week I’ll be back to share our dining room, basement and the exterior of our house as well as some other little touches that I’m in the process of finishing up.

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Do you have a specific theme or color you’re going with? Let me know in the comments!

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