I was going to do a whole first level Christmas tour. But I took way too many pictures so I decided to break it up and do two posts, Christmas entry and dining room and Christmas kitchen. I am going to start with the Christmas entry and dining room. Get comfortable because there are lots of photos coming your way!The entryway is about the same as it was last year, minus a few garlands.
I again hung my Christmas Tree sign from Whimsy Green above the board and batten. Then I added a few scarves and a small tree. Lastly, I added a small Christmas pillow and the entry way was complete. I always love making the entry inviting and pretty as it is the first area guests see when they enter our house.
These tree lights are the only Christmas lights that stay on 24-7. And I am just going to confess that my new boots are from Amazon. Honestly, I can’t get past the convenience of Prime.
Around the corner of the entry is our DIY advent calendar. You can read more about this here.
Beyond this is our dining room and sitting room.
I did not put a tree up in this room this year. Instead, I actually used some real boughs and branches cut from my yard. The tree that I usually use in this room went in the new basement bonus room for the kids.
I tried to keep the Christmas decor simple with a few pops or red, twinkle lights and greens. I was trying to go for a hygge/Scandinavian vibe but I probably used too much decor to pull it off. Typical me.
The dining/sitting area/kitchen is where everyone gravitates when we entertain. Probably because entertaining includes standing around the kitchen island and snacking, eating a meal and then playing cards and Catan.
I went with a super simple centerpiece that can easily be moved for when the cards/Catan portion of the night begins.
It is just real greens, lights, dried eucalyptus and 2 garlands.
These benches are new this year and I hung some cute little faux wreaths on them.
I went a little out of my comfort zone and hung a real bough on my mirror with lights and garland since I didn’t put up a tree. I have already had to change it out once due to the continuous shedding of needles once it dried out. Cue the childhood memories of pine needles getting stuck in my socks.
Fingers crossed this bough makes it to Christmas!!
I hung our stockings that I picked up at Target at the end of the season on the fireplace.
They were embellished with a few ornaments and tassels so we could tell whose stockings they were.
Past the table is the buffet with little bar. I have an obsession with cute swizzle sticks so there is a nice collection of these going on there.
I am not going to lie, I had a hard time with styling the open shelves. I was a little tempted to take them down but then embraced the “less is more” mantra.
This FINALLY concludes my Christmas entry and dining room post! If you made it to the end, you are a trooper! And you must love Christmas decorating as much as me;) Up next, the kitchen!