Hi there! Welcome to part two of my Christmas home your this year. On Monday I shared my living room and dining room and today I’m giving you a peek at the mudroom, kitchen, and family room. Today’s tour is part of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. If you’re coming here via Cuckoo 4 Design, welcome! I never leave Julia’s blog anything less than completely inspired – her home and her photography are both so gorgeous.
Let’s start things off today in the mudroom. I have actually never photographed the mudroom before! It’s such a utilitarian space for us and I never thought to give it any real decorating love, but I started realizing how many of our friends come in through the side door instead of our front door and decided that, at least for the holiday season, I would pare down the coats clutter and actually pretty it up a bit.
My trusty wellies don’t get much wear this time of year (too cold most of the time even with the liners) so they make the perfect Christmas mudroom prop :)
Holly clippings from the yard make such an easy, festive swag when tied up with some pretty ribbon.
I couldn’t resist sharing my favorite new coat! Pale blush with a removable faux fur hood so it can be worn in the spring too. It’s on major sale right now – 20% off plus an additional 40% off of that!
I hung a simple boxwood wreath on the door out to the driveway. It really is amazing what a few little holiday touches did to transform this room from pure utility to pretty entry. My first grader walked in after school Monday and said, “Oh! It looks so pretty in here!”
Straight ahead as you walk from the mudroom into the kitchen is this black console table and my DIY windowpane mirror. I made the tassel garland this year and will share the easy DIY with you super soon!
I decided to set my Byers’ Carolers up here this year. They’re my most cherished holiday decorations and will always find a place somewhere in my house each Christmas. They’re handmade right near where I grew up.
I gave them a little reindeer pet this year too.
I think a stack of prettily-wrapped gifts makes any part of the house look instantly festive!
In the mirror here you can catch a glimpse of the simple decorations I set up in the back of the kitchen, where our kitchen table is.
I hung my DIY ornament garland across the top of the windows and tied three mini boxwood wreaths to the lower parts of the windows. Super simple but just a little touch of holiday where we’ll eat Christmas breakfast this year.
Next to the kitchen, in the family room, I added a few Christmas touches to the coffee table but really kept things very low-key in here. The reality is that this is our family lounging space and I wanted to keep the focus mostly on comfort so we can snuggle up all together, eat popcorn, and watch Christmas movies without fear of messing anything up.
Ornaments under a glass cloche add instant holiday charm!
I put two different kinds of evergreen clippings in simple white pitchers.
I sat here and did some of my wrapping and decided to leave a few of the pretty boxes out. They really are so lovely they’re kind of decorations in and of themselves. You can find them here – white large, white small, black large, black small. They’re a great deal for such beautiful boxes.
Since I hung our stockings in the living room, I decided to go with a really thick, full garland on the family room fireplace. I started with a couple faux white pine garlands and then stuck in lots of fresh clippings from the yard. This is a great way to get the look of a live garland with a faux base you can use year after year and free trimmings from your own yard!
I wanted the focus to be the garland here, and I also have to use low profile items on this mantle because of the TV, so I did a simple scattering of pinecones, white Christmas balls, and votive candles along the mantle. I really love the lushness but the simplicity of this mantle this year.
That’s it for today’s tour. I still have more to share – next week I’ll be showing more of my entryway and also will be participating in a different kind of Christmas blog hop, more focused on stories, special traditions, etc. that I’m really excited about. Make sure you stop by Go Haus Go next to see what the talented Emily has cooked up for Christmas! Here’s the full tour lineup for this whole week – I’ll update links as the posts go live.