Holiday Home Tour – 2015

What a whirlwind it’s been for our little family these past few weeks! I feel as though I’m still getting resettled from our trip back to Virginia to visit with my family for Thanksgiving. It was great getting home to see family and be able to spend some time with our friends since we don’t get the opportunity to visit that often. Besides, I probably ate a good 3 full plates of food so I know this baby has been well fed!

Since returning we both have been busy getting back into the swing of things at work. For me, it’s been a Christmas whirlwind and there’s no sign of slowing as we approach our Christmas break here in a little over a week. However, I feel so blessed to work at a Christian school where our love for Jesus can be openly shared and celebrated during the holidays. My kids are working on a nativity story where they wrote the script and on Monday they’ll begin shooting the video to make it into a little movie. I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with!

But, back on track…today I am excited to share a little peek into our home this holiday season and share with you the traditions we’ve started and are eager to share with our little one that will be arriving in the new year. Feel free to stop on by my post from last year sharing some of our holiday-themed date nights and traditions as newlyweds here! There may or may not have been multiple Christmas cookies eaten during the writing of this post.

 

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

Living in a one bedroom apartment I don’t have the space or storage for what my inner Christmas interior designer would love to do with our home for the holidays. However, it’s easy to decorate any room with just a little bit of creativity. We don’t have a fireplace or a mantle, which doesn’t allow for me to hang or display holiday odds-and-ends.

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Wall Candles: World Market (similar)]

The last few years we’ve opted for a fake Christmas tree since the care for a real one is a bit more than we want to deal with. Also, we tend to travel around the last weeks of December so we wouldn’t even be home to fully enjoy having it. This year I found Scent-Sicles, which give our fake tree a real tree scent of Douglass Fir and it’s been our best find yet! It really gives our living room that scent of Christmas without the use of candles (even though we have them).

 

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

These stockings are for decoration only at the moment (via Target), but I do plan on stuffing them as Greyson grows up and understands the traditions of Christmas.

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Stockings: Target] [Chalkboard Stocking Hook: Target]

Also, this year I love that I found a mini-stocking just for Greyson! We are so excited for his arrival and can’t wait to celebrate his first Christmas next year.

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

Last year we officially kickstarted our #verydanielxmas and one of the traditions we’ve begun is selecting new ornaments to decorate our tree with that represent moments or experiences of that year. When we were in Hawaii to celebrate our first year of marriage (and quite possibly where Greyson was conceived), we stopped by this soap and candle shop and saw these handcrafted wood ornaments. The rooster is Kauai’s unofficial symbol considering all the free-range chickens roaming around the island and we knew we had to pick this ornament up and I’m so glad we did…even if it was June at the time!

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Book: Target] [Holiday Lamps: Target Dollar Spot] [Tree Skirt: Marshall’s]

While roaming Target, my favorite pastime, I stumbled upon this storybook and thought it was adorable and the perfect addition to under our tree. Currently we don’t wrap gifts for under the tree so it tends to be a little bare under there. So, while walking around I thought it would be fun to pick up this children’s book, Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way To California (they have books for all states!). It shows Santa visiting all the different locations throughout California (no Ventura, whomp whomp) and I will love reading this to Greyson in the coming years.

Side note, I love the idea of selecting a new Christmas book each year for him to open on Christmas Eve that we can read together as a family.

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Throw: Pottery Barn] [Pillows: TJ Maxx] [Grey Pillows: Ikea]

I love these pillows from TJ Maxx! I wanted new decorative, but comfy, pillows for our living room and these guys are the perfect fit for our home. Even the husband loved them and wants to keep them out year round!

P.S. did anyone know that you can order TJ Maxx online?! Mind seriously blown!

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Mistletoe: Etsy]

This year I thought to add a mistletoe to our traditions and currently we have it hanging on the entrance of our kitchen, a place where we spend most of our time. It’s been fun sneaking more kisses in to our daily routine!

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family![Rustic Magazine Basket: World Market]

I was eager to do a little more decorating in our kitchen this year for the holidays. I remember seeing a few ideas on Pinterest that I always wanted to try and I’m so happy to be able to pull it together this time around. I purchased ribbon from Michael’s for our card display (which should be arriving soon!) and with the leftovers I decided to decorate our cabinets!

 Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

I love the little pop of festivity with the addition of my fake garland along the top of our cabinets. I’ve debated on whether or not I like just the one piece along the center or go ahead and buy a second strand so it extends the full length of our cabinets.

What do you think will look best?

Take a peek into our home and how we bring the holidays to our family!

One of our favorite traditions as a family is making and decorating sugar cookies. I use this recipe every year and purchase whipped cream icing and use food coloring to make decorating festive and fun! Add a few sprinkles with your favorite Christmas music playing in the background and you’re set to go! This is another fun activity we can’t wait to begin with our little one.

  Another fun tradition in the decorating game is gingerbread houses! Last year we did a simple and traditional gingerbread house and this year I found a manor at World Market! It was a bit frustrating to assemble, but so much fun to decorate and a great time to do it with the hubs (as you can tell who gets really into it, haha).  

Santa Paws is coming to town! So excited to get a photo of Murphy with Santa ???? #santapaws #christmas #doxie #dogsofinstagram A photo posted by Kelly | Primarily Inspired (@kjdaniel1) on

Aaaand…before leaving today I just had to share this adorable photo of our Murphy-dog with Santa Paws. Feel free to judge us openly about taking our pup to see Santa, but I am not ashamed whatsoever. It was his first time and I’m not quite sure how Santa felt about our wiggly little guy, but he makes his fur-mama so happy!

That’s our little humble abode and I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our home for the holidays! I can’t wait to see the other home tours and see what everyone does to celebrate the holidays! How do you decorate your home and what are your favorite holiday traditions with your family?

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  • So pretty and happy! We have yet to make gingerbread houses but I’m hoping to incorporate that into our yearly traditions – hopefully sooner than later because YUM. (Do you guys eat yours afterwards?!)

    • Thanks Emily! We only just started doing gingerbread houses last year because it was something I never did as a kid, but my husband did. It’s turned out to be such a fun little activity for us and something we keep up all season long in our house. We don’t eat ours — the candy and icing just get too hard, haha.

  • So pretty and happy! We have yet to make gingerbread houses but I’m hoping to incorporate that into our yearly traditions – hopefully sooner than later because YUM. (Do you guys eat yours afterwards?!)

  • First off…Your home is adorable! There are so many things in each picture that I just “love”! I love the stripes on your wall, the basket that holds your cooking magazines, the ribbons on your cabinets and your couch seriously looks comfy! Thanks for giving me holiday inspiration!

    • Haha thank you Savannah! I have been pinning my behind off these last few years and finally I have *some* space to do them. I can’t wait until we’re in an actual home…but until then, I try to do what I can with what I have 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • What a clever way to incorporate stockings when you don’t have a fireplace! (We have one and maybe next year I’ll make stockings!).

    Love love the ribbon on the cabinets. Just the perfect festive touch! I live by ‘less is more’ and I think I would leave the holly garland as-is (without adding more) above the cabinets.

    Love this!

    • Thanks, Lisette! It’s by no means as beautiful and classic as your home, but it’ll work for now 😉 I can’t wait until we have a mantle because it’s difficult to decorate with little wall space for hanging!

      The ribbon idea, of course, is courtesy of a pin I found a few years ago. I love how it adds that slight festive touch to our small kitchen. Thanks for the feedback about the garland. I debated back and forth and have grown to love the simple one piece along the top!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • My goodness. You’re home is the sweetest! I love your painted stripes. Everything looks so lovely. You did a wonderful job decorating!

    • Thanks! When we moved in I hated the boring solid color and it’s throughout our ENTIRE apartment. So, I decided one day to play around with some paint and I’m happy with how it turned out 😉 There’s only so much I can do around this place so I’m happy that others are finding it as cute as I try to make it 😉

  • Oh I love how you decorated! And the stripes on the wall in the living room is perfect!

  • Girl, I had no idea you could order online for TJ Maxx!! Haha I love what you did with the space you had. Its perfect!

    • Isn’t it amazing?! I haven’t done it yet, but I was excitedly surprised to see you could make purchases through their website. I love the option because sometimes the TJ Maxx near me is a hit or miss.

  • Elle

    I love all your decor! We are in a one-bedroom apt as well, so we had to be creative in how we decorated this year, since it was our first christmas as a married couple. I love those pillows from TJ Maxx!

    • Thank you Elle! Creativity at its best when apartment dwelling. However, no matter where you live it’s all about how to make it your own space 🙂

  • I love that you’ve really decorated your entire apartment and made the most of the space you’ve got. I LOOOOVE the mistletoe idea as well as your adorable stockings and fun ornament tradition. That’s one I hope to start when I have my own family someday! 🙂

    • I love decorating and Christmas is the best excuse to totally deck out my house. I can’t wait until we’re in a bigger space (whenever that may be) so I do try to make the best with what we have. Mistletoe was new for us this year and we had a lot of fun sneaking in kisses. Just another tradition I can’t wait to share with our little guy once he arrives 🙂 Thanks for hosting yet another fun linkup, Kiki!

  • those stockings and pillows are adorable! and i didn’t realize you taught at a christian school–i do, too! and you’re so right, it really does make a difference when you can talk about and celebrate the real meaning behind the celebration. also, the chicken ornament from hawaii is so cool! our family reunions are chicken-themed (because 4 generations back the family were chicken ranchers! HA!) so we’ve got some chicken ornaments, too! hahaha

    • I LOVE that your family were chicken ranchers! And yes, when we visited Kauai it was hilarious to see all the (literal) free-range chickens all around. So, when we were in that little shop I just had to pick up an ornament to symbolize our trip that year. It’s one of my favorite ornaments 🙂

  • those stockings and pillows are adorable! and i didn’t realize you taught at a christian school–i do, too! and you’re so right, it really does make a difference when you can talk about and celebrate the real meaning behind the celebration. also, the chicken ornament from hawaii is so cool! our family reunions are chicken-themed (because 4 generations back the family were chicken ranchers! HA!) so we’ve got some chicken ornaments, too! hahaha

  • I love your striped wall!

    • Thank you! One day while the husband was out of the house I just went to the store and picked up some paint and started painting our walls. Stripes are so easy to do (they do take some time, though) and they add such a fun touch to any room. It’s been fun to change things up around this apartment from time to time and these accent wall stripes were great!

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