I’ll Be Home for Christmas

LAST UPDATED: May 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 25, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

snowy christmas door decorations

A few years ago, we made the commitment to be home for Christmas. No more hustle and bustle on Christmas day, just waking up to the wide eyes and wonder on Christmas morning – at home for Christmas.

We’ve been spending the day in our pj’s, making meltaway muffins and are having family over for games and an early dinner {with firehouse green beans, of course}!

Since I didn’t do a full home tour this year, I thought I’d take you room to room to share some of my favorite moments.

Since we’re friends, come on in through the side entrance!

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas

I filled the mudroom with juniper clippings from the lake cottage…

Christmas decorating ideas for the mudroom / entryway

Farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas – simple ideas, easy and inexpensive diy Christmas decor.

I have mixed feelings about the word “farmhouse”, mostly because I feel it’s overused and let’s face it, I’m not living on a farm. However, I couldn’t find a better word to describe our mudroom. It’s what inspired this space.

Long before Chip and Jo, I was drawn to the warm detail of wood walls and brick floors that had long been incorporated in traditional homes and my Aunt Essie’s farmhouse in Southeast Missouri. Today I’m sharing our farmhouse Christmas decor in the mudroom, one of my favorite spaces to decorate for the holidays.

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas that last all winter

I see decorating as an opportunity to deep clean. I had intended to find the dirt getting caught in the mortar between the bricks {actually the reason we installed them}, but I hadn’t anticipated the beads I would find under the baskets where the girls keep their shoes. A mom never knows what she’ll find next!

Christmas decorating ideas for the mudroom / entryway

As I transition rooms from one season to another with our decor, it also encourages me to transition things like jackets, coats and shoes. I filtered outgrown and out of season shoes and coats from the mudroom, either donating them or storing them in the cedar closet in the basement.  I think it’s one of the easiest ways to maintain a clutter free, organized home.

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas with a diy swag

One thing I think we’re all drawn to when we hear farmhouse is the simplicity. There’s nothing simpler than foraging . Our farmhouse Christmas decor started with a walk around our property outside. A few snips of juniper with blue berries and a little ribbon is all I needed to decorate the mudroom.

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas

I created a little swag {let me know if you’d like a tutorial on how to create them} to hang from our spare coat hook and adorned it with ribbon.

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas that last all winter

For winter, I replaced the plate that hangs above the mudroom door with a branch, using a piece of fishing line to attach it to the nail. It feels so festive!

simple Christmas decorating ideas from lifestyle and home blogger Julie Blanner

Finally, a few branches stuffed into the crock by the door completes the room along with a soft throw we use for an occasional winter golf cart ride around the neighborhood.

farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas that last all winter

What does farmhouse mean to you? Do you love farmhouse style?

Christmas decorating ideas for the mudroom / entryway

You can get all the details of this farmhouse mudroom in this post or by watching the video in this post!

and branches from the backyard in the kitchen.

decorating with fresh greens

classic Christmas kitchen

In the breakfast room, I created a centerpiece with cedar garland.

traditional christmas table setting

I enchanced a basic wreath for the entryway and while I had intended to add a garland to the staircase again, time was not on my side.

how to update a basic evergreen christmas wreath

The family room was warmed up with a cozy throw and a couple potted paperwhites. I have two more plantings staggered to enjoy them throughout January.

simple chrisoms decorating ideas

This year stockings returned to the living room with ribbons to garnish them and a drapey fresh pine garland.

tv over fireplace with garland and stockings

tv over fireplace christmas

Poinsettias made it feel effortless, yet festive.

decorating with poinsettias

The bedrooms received a few magical additions as well…

add a little christmas magic to kids bedrooms

easy and inexpensive ideas to add christmas magic into kids bedrooms

Ani’s teepee is now her new American Girl doll’s home.

add a little christmas magic to kids bedrooms

and the kiddos spent the month cutting out snowflakes. {The paper bits are everywhere!}

easy and inexpensive ideas to add christmas magic into kids bedrooms

I love that their Christmas bedroom decor doesn’t have to be taken down tomorrow, but feels magical all winter long. Some of Adalyn’s Nutcracker themed bedroom may stick around even longer.

girls bedroom inspired by the dance of the sugar plum fairy from nutcracker

using battery operated christmas lights to decorate

winter and christmas decorations for a girls bedroom

Finally, the master bedroom, decorated for Christmas which has been very popular on Instagram!

decorating indoors with Christmas lights

free printable christmas tree print

decorating indoors with Christmas lights

decorating indoors with Christmas lights

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! If you need any last minute recipes, there are plenty here and if you’re ready minimize the after Christmas chaos, you can find all of my organization ideas here, many of which include free printables.

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mini loaves of bread gift wrapped