December 19, 2020
I was ready for Christmas early this year. We’ve spent so much time in our home in 2020 that I wanted to mix things up a bit and change the scenery! When the kids got COVID19 and Thanksgiving was canceled, I decided to decorate early. I’m so glad I did! It gave us a full month with all of the festive touches that made our home merry + bright!
Here is a peek into our modern mountain home in the Pacific Northwest
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THE FRONT PORCH
The porch was probably my favorite place to decorate this year. This was partly due to the carousel I found. Instead of horses it has reindeer and Santa (SO CUTE)! It truly gave the front porch a touch of magic. Every single person who came to my home was delighted by the carousel. It stole the show this year!
There is a whole story behind why I love carousels surrounding my grandparents and great aunts that I described on my Instagram this year!
The entry is always on the warm side with the dramatic black trestle style table and burnished gold mirror. My favorite item by the entry is the rustic stool from Terrain. It’s gorgeous and also practical. I added faux cedar and branches to the vase, a buffalo plaid basket underneath, and a string of beads for a subtle holiday touch.
We live in the Inland Northwest and the snow begins to fall around Halloween. I found these antique snowshoes locally. Almost every weekend in the winter you will find me at the mountain snowshoeing. It’s great exercise and so much fun to be in the snow. The mantel decor is a nod to that tradition.
I love using jingle bell garland below the greenery on the mantle. It adds an element of fun! You can buy it or make your own by tying jingle bells onto jute.
I keep the kitchen simple since we usually have so much going on in this space! The one area I go all out is the Department 56 Snow Village. These are so special to me because they are all from my Dad. He gets me one every year. I’m all out of room but I love each and every one so much. If I had to choose a favorite it would be the Ice Skating Pond or the Ski Chalet.
Like the carousel, I love adding some whimsy to the Christmas decor. This pom pom garland does the trick! I have it in my bedroom as well hanging from a stag’s antlers.
THE MAIN ROOM
I love the calm feeling of this room. We’ve got a forest green, black and white neutral color scheme going on the tree and accessories, and faux fur lines the floor and chair, creating a “cozy” feeling. I want people to immediately come into my home and want to snuggle up on the sofa or chair!
Games are always out on tables. Anything that encourages non-digital play is going to stay out in the open.
THE DINING ROOM
I meal prepped this year for the entire month of December. It’s been such a blessing to have food ready to go in the oven, on the crockpot, or on the grill. We use this room every night for dinner. The light is beautiful streaming in at the end of the day.
The Advent candles are front and center on our table each year. Every Sunday of Advent we explore the themes of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love. We made the Advent candles out of birch rounds and items from the woods around our home.
MY BEDROOM & OFFICE
The combination of black, white, green, red, and texture is all working together to create a Christmas palette. I love the way the greenery makes the room pop. We do a mixture of fresh and faux greenery in our home. These shown in the bedroom and office are real.
The other day my son and I were in line at Chick-Fil-A. I asked him, “Who can we bless today?” He quickly answered and we brought his friend a meal from the iconic restaurant and delivered it to his house. We can continually be asking that questions throughout our lives, “Who can I bless today?” It could be the mail carrier, the person who picks up the garbage, the UPS driver…. let’s pick our eyes up to those around us!
Adding a simple jingle bell garland
I love using jingle bells everywhere! These in particular make a great craft and activity for kids. Simply tie antique jingle bells onto jute string and drape them on the table, in garlands, on wreaths, and across mantles.