Holiday Home Tour – Decorating Simplified

December 5, 2019

When decorating for the holidays, I like to keep it simple. I am excited to share my home with you today and give you a full tour of my simple, holiday decor. Even more exciting, all of my House to Home Haven ladies are sharing holiday home tours as well! You can find a link to each of their home holiday tours below. Grab your fuzzy socks and hot cocoa and enjoy!

I have to admit, when I started taking photos of my holiday decor, I felt a little self conscious. I questioned whether my decorations had enough pizzaz to excite viewers. But the truth is, we moved into our new house only a few months ago and many of the rooms are unfinished. Walls are still bare and we have some “stand-in” furniture while we save up for the perfect pieces. Even with our Christmas decorations out, some spaces still don’t feel completely put together.

On top of that, I have focused on a “less-is-more” holiday approach these last few years. This goes for decorating and gift giving during the holiday season. Every year Target tempts me with its gorgeous decorations and I really have to practice my self control! By sticking with what I already own (mostly), I have gotten more creative about how I display and reuse each item.

The way I make my home feel like Christmas, is from the memories in so many of decorations I put up out each year. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a beautifully designed tree, but decorating with stuffed animals and kids homemade ornaments is perfect for our current season of life. Coming to this realization has made decorating for the holidays a lot less stressful.

Ready to take the tour? Let’s get started!

Holiday Home Tour

Front Foyer

One of the big selling points of this home was the grand foyer. When we first toured the house earlier this year, I imagined beautiful garland draped around the staircase during Christmas time. It turned out just how I had imagined!

Front foyer staircase decorated with Christmas garland
Holiday home tour with Building Bluebird

I bought two bundles of cedar garland from Costco to drape the staircase. I used red, velvet ribbon that I already owned to make the bows (also from Costco). When I finished the staircase I had half of a garland bundle leftover that I used in our family room.

Garland and red velvet ribbon on the staircase

Living Room

Our new house was made to be decorated for the holidays! Half of the reason I fell in love with it was because I could envision decorating and hosting during the holidays – is that weird?! I pictured our Christmas tree twinkling in the front bay window and welcoming us home every night.

Christmas Tree

Once we started having kids, we became a colored-lights-on-the-tree family. Our real Christmas tree is full of family memories. We have ornaments from family vacations, kids artwork and even old Goodwill ornaments from when Chris and I were dating in Boston. Each one has a story and unwrapping them every year is my favorite part of decorating for Christmas.

Home made Christmas ornaments
My mom had this ornament made with artwork Thomas created when he was 5. I love it!

Another way I like to bring in subtle Christmas decor, is by adding holiday artwork. This holiday sign looks great paired with the Santa dressed in white!

It's the most wonderful time of the year Pottery Barn artwork

On our side table, I used tree trimmings to surround the candle in the glass hurricane. I grabbed an old green and red book and placed a brass candle holder on top. It’s subtle, simple and festive! For the finishing touch, I had to display my little baby boy in a Christmas stocking! This was Thomas’ first photo shoot after he was born and I love it so much.

Simple holiday decor

Dining Room

A few years back I compiled some photographs of our family members visiting Santa through the years. There are old photographs of our parents as children and pictures of Chris and I as kids too. We have continued to add to our collection with our kids annual Santa visits.

Santa Claus photo display

This display is always a hit with guests because they get to see old photographs and of course, amazing photos of crying children who are terrified of Santa. My new buffet was the perfect spot to display our treasured photographs!

Holiday cloche decor and Christmas photos

I used more tree trimmings to add greenery around the frames.

Santa pictures with terrified kids
Great memories of me meeting Santa at age 3.


In the kitchen we kept it super simple! I cut some pine tree branches in the backyard and filled the brass vase. The kids and I got crafty and made the multi-colored Christmas tree with fuzz balls and glue. I added a Christmas Cookie candle to the wooden tray and the kitchen decor was complete!

DIY Christmas tree & pine tree branches to decorate the kitchen

Family Room

We hung our new advent calendar in the family room (thanks Nana!). The kids love to use this to count down the days until Christmas. Evie has taken the lead on the advent calendar every morning, while Thomas works on his LEGO advent calendar.

Felt advent calendar

I haven’t shared many photos of our family room yet because it is still a work in progress, including the eventual removal of the grill in the fireplace. Who wants hot dogs?!

Family room fireplace decorated for Christmas

Everything we used to decorate in this room, we already owned. I used the leftover garland on the mantle and candy cane striped ribbon from my holiday wrapping stash. I used my kiddos holiday reindeer stuffed animals to complete the mantle decor in the family room.

Jellycat reindeer stuffed animals as holiday decor

When I was in college, my sister was giving away old Christmas decorations and I snagged this Santa. It is so old and no longer dances, but my kids love it! Plus it makes me laugh that it continues to make an appearance every year. A few years ago we purchased this reindeer with our tree and it is still holding up! Both of these little guys are kid friendly and add Christmas cheer to our family room.

Santa and his reindeer decor

Adding a patina’ed reindeer box, holiday coasters and holiday scented candle completes the holiday decor in our family room!

Christmas candle

Kid’s Bedroom

This year my daughter begged for a “pinkalicious” tree in her bedroom. She wanted pink lights and pink ornaments and we couldn’t resist making her little heart happy. We picked up a mini tree from the tree lot and put it in her room. We covered the tree in pink lights and ornaments found at Hobby Lobby. The sparkly star was an old decoration we no longer used. It turned out “pink-a-perfect!”

Holiday decor for a little girl

To add more holiday cheer, I displayed her holiday books on the shelf behind the tree.

Display holiday children's books to add Christmas cheer to any bedroom

I am looking forward to spending our first Christmas our new house. We have always traveled back to Ohio for the holidays so this will be our first Christmas morning EVER in our home!

Thanks for coming along on my holiday home tour! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the House to Home Haven Holiday Tours below!

House to Home Haven Holiday Tours


Clark + Aldine

The Inspiring Investment

Use the pin below to save these holiday decorating tips for later!

Simple holiday decor ideas for a stress-free Christmas season #christmasdecor #minimalchristmas #christmasdecorations

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply