Linking up with Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk. Thanks for the opportunity Jennifer!
Hello, friends! Welcome to "Around the Watts House"! I'm so glad you are able to stop by today for a tour of our home, decorated for Christmas. Since I started decorating early, I've been itching to share so much of what I've done for a while now. Honestly, I'm surprised at my restraint! Some of you have found me via Joy in Our Home's "Holiday Home Tour". I honestly can't express how excited I was when Kendra asked me to be a part of her tour. I'm honored to be included amongst so many other talented blogger's sharing their homes this week.
As a new parent, I feel so lucky that I'm able to start Christmas traditions with my little family. Experiencing my son's amazement with the season has been a blessing. Nothing beats watching him sit next to the Christmas Tree, talking to the little birds that "live" in the tree, as if they are his best friends. "Hello, bird!", he says, as he waves. It's absolutely the most precious thing I've ever witnessed! I hope you enjoy our tour!
We start on our front porch. Some of you may have seen our porch lit up with lights a couple of days ago. This is the area I told you I'd be sharing with you all in that post. We don't sit out on this porch very often, so it gives me the opportunity to do something a bit extravagant with it each season.
Let's head inside.......
The foyer is set up with a fun red and white theme. I used red paper doilies, and white paper snowflakes to create a fun snow storm of sorts, above the table.
|I made this wreath, along with all of the other wreaths you will see throughout the house today. Using ornaments to decorate with was simple and fun. I love the outcome, and hope you do too!|
Our stairway is decorated with beautiful flocked garland, and red bows. Bows, bows, bows, everywhere you look! It sort of became a theme, after we finished this area. It's fun and cheery, and makes going up and down the stairs much more enjoyable.
On to the dining room. We went with a lodge theme in this room. The pops of green are refreshing in a land of red.
When I stumbled upon these wooden Christmas Trees at TJ Maxx last month, I pretty much wiped out their inventory. They make the perfect forest centerpiece!
I used ornaments that I made myself, as well as some red ornaments left over from last year's tree, and scattered them amongst a garland of flocked pine cones I picked up at Home Goods.
Let's head into the kitchen. I kept it simple in here, using a boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's above the microwave, as well as displaying these cute red bells I found at Ross Dress for Less.
Our next stop is the living room. It's the coziest room with all of the pillows and blankets laying about. It's even more wonderful at night when the lights from the tree, and garland are the only lights on.
|I took a section of garland and placed it into a wooden tray. I then sprinkled frosted gold pinecones and small ornaments amongst it.|
Over to the fireplace. It was the first thing I decorated for Christmas, this year. I had planned to decorate with white and metallic only, but as you can see, that changed. Red, red, red, bows!
|When Rordan was born, John ordered each of us a little initial tags from Etsy, to hang from our stockings. It was such a nice thing for him to do! I absolutely love them!|
|Our Christmas Elf, Fezziwig, likes to hang out on the mantel during the day. I think he likes talking to the deer.|
Now on to the main event; The Christmas Tree! I promised my husband I wouldn't go crazy and buy a new tree this year. Not that it's crazy to buy a new tree, but it wasn't in our budget, and I wanted to stick to my promise. Boy that was a struggle for me, seeing so many beautiful new trees out there, but I did it! I'm actually glad I didn't get another one though, because I feel like this tree has served my little family for so long, and it deserves one last hoorah, before it becomes a secondary tree. (I already have plans of where to place it next year!)
Looking back, though it wasn't my plan, I sure do love the outcome. It's warm and inviting, and what I've wanted for our home for years. Now we might end up with a new tree next year, but I can never say I'm sorry that I kept this tree this year. Sometimes, making due with what you have, gives you the best reward.
Here she is at night.....so pretty!
I want to thank you again for taking this tour of my home. I hope you have enjoyed it. Again, please be sure to visit all of the other great homes on the tour. I just know you will enjoy them!
- Monday -
1. Little Brags
- Tuesday -
- Wednesday -
- Thursday -
- Friday -
3. Meet the Bs