traditional Christmas decorating ideas | hanging stockings from the banister

Hello, welcome friends! I’m so happy you over today to see our home decked for the holidays. I want to take a moment to thank the always stylish Lindsay of White Buffalo Styling Co for inviting me to join her tour again this year. If you haven’t stopped by to see her home yet, please do! It’s always inspiring.

pretty pink hot chocolate recipe | creamy hot chocolate recipe kids will love!

As I write, I’m sipping on a cup of pink hot chocolate, which has become a favorite in our home and listening to some holly jolly holiday tunes. I usually coordinate our entire home for the holidays, but this year, I decorated some rooms in soft winter hues and others in classic Christmas colors. Why? Because I can. I love both and didn’t want to decide between one or the other, so I didn’t.

As you know, I don’t tend to go overboard when decorating for the holidays. I add a fews hints of Christmas in each room, finding beauty in simplicity.

In the entryway, I hung a fresh cedar and fir garland, allowing it to drape naturally around the base of the stairs. I nestled stems of blue juniper berries into the garland for a little added color and texture. From the moment you open the door it smells like Christmas!

beautiful Christmas decorations | garland draped on banister

fresh Christmas decorations | beautiful garland

I carried the soft blue and green hues into the adjoining family room with our Concord Christmas tree, which smells like fresh oranges and velvet pillow covers I’ve used in various winters, springs and falls over the past 5 years. A vase filled with long-lasting juniper branches fill my heart with joy. Photos coming soon…

I decorated our living room in beautiful blush tones as a nod to our 3 little girls. It feels so lighthearted and whimsical. You can see more of our living room and get all of the details here.

Christmas decorations | pink ornaments, gingerbread houses nostalgia and whimsical

creative Christmas decorations | gingerbread houses

lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner shares a fresh take on Christmas decorating

Can you find the red marble? My guess is that it’s from a Hungry Hungry Hippo game. I left it in for sake of authenticity.

wood filled fireplace - pretty Christmas decorating ideas

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pretty Christmas decorations

Before we change color palettes, I’ll take you upstairs to our bedroom. It’s been a work in progress over the past couple years {and still is}, but I’m so excited that it’s almost complete. I think your bedroom is one of the most important rooms to decorate in your home – it’s the first room you see when you wake and the last when you fall asleep, so make it dreamy. I found this darling miniature cedar tree at Lowe’s a few weeks ago, covered in tiny plastic ornaments tied on with twist ties {the horror!} I had to save it. I just had to. I planted it in my pretty brass bucket that is usually found in the entryway and it’s found a safe haven in our bedroom.

simple Christmas decorating ideas

Since I haven’t finished decorating our bedroom yet the wall behind is a blank slate. I hung a wreath filled with fir, cedar, juniper, white berries and pine cones. It’s SO pretty, my photos don’t do it justice.

fresh Christmas decorations | fragrant wreath

And there’s nothing a little poinsettia can’t do.

simple Christmas decorating ideas

You can see more of our Christmas bedroom here.

simple Christmas decorating ideas

natural Christmas decorations | wreath with juniper berries, fir and cedar

simple Christmas decorating ideas | fall to winter decor

Well, shall we move onto a few festive spaces? Let’s take a walk down the hall…

traditional red and green Christmas decorating ideas

festive Christmas decorations | ivory stockings filled with holly

classic Christmas | traditional ivory, red and green Christmas decorations

This year I hung the stockings upstairs. I love seeing the girls’ faces light up with joy when they discover their stockings and thought it would be fun for them to see when they walk out of their bedrooms. Plus, the hall needed a little Christmas, too. Any day now our new brass lights will arrive – so maybe I’ll have a little surprise of my own!

traditional Christmas decorating ideas | hanging stockings from the banister

festive Christmas decorations | ivory stockings filled with holly

traditional red and green Christmas decorating ideas

traditional red and green Christmas decorating ideas

Since fall has been overstaying its welcome {really just for outdoor photos, I’ll take the warmth any day}, I added magnolia branches in the mudroom. They transition from fall to winter flawlessly.

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framed family recipes and other simple Christmas decorations

I hung a cozy plaid wool throw to grab for the occasional golf cart ride, but the highlight of our mudroom is the pretty plaid pillow cover, one of my few non-fresh purchases this Christmas.

home for the holidays | classic Christmas decorations

home for the holidays | classic Christmas decorations

home for the holidays | classic Christmas decorations

tartan plaid | classic Christmas decorations in red, green, navy and ivory

classic Christmas decorations | small tree in crock

Finally, our little powder room. Nothing fancy, just a few magnolia leaves that make our home feel a little festive, without the fuss.

fall to winter decorations | magnolia leaves


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I hope you enjoyed our home for the holidays. Venture over to Cassie’s Hi Sugar Plum for more inspiration.


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  1. Oh Julie…it’s just so lovely!! I especially love all the touches of satin ribbon!! Merry Christmas to you and your darling family! xo

  2. Your home is lovely! Also. I have to ask about the shawl? that is hanging on the middle hook in your mudroom. Is that what it is and would you share where you got it?

    1. It sold out. I actually ordered another throw as well (that was even prettier) and they sent me an email that it was no longer available. I’m sorry!

  3. The first thing that came to my mind while scrolling through your stunning photos is simple understated elegance. You have this talent to highlight the pure beautiful simple things and I always enjoy it so so much. Merry Christmas! Oh and I have to show my daughter your ginger bread houses. Love them! She wants to make some just like it.