This silk ribbon and cedar inspired Christmas tour is simple and a bit rustic, yet fitting for our English Cottage style home!
Today I’m joining some friends to share our silk ribbon and cedar inspired Christmas tour! After touring my home, be sure to check out all the lovely inspiration linked below!
As I type this post, big flakes of snow are falling down outside of my living room windows. It’s the most beautiful backdrop behind the glow of my Christmas tree. The kittens are sleeping – one in each chair – along with my two youngest boys. The house is quiet apart from the soft hum of the furnace, and I can’t help but fight tears as I look around and think about all God has blessed us with this year.
I’m sharing my Christmas home tour with you today, but this home is so much more than the fresh cuts of cedar or the pretty silk bows hanging from the garlands. It’s the memories and the moments – like the time you take to put your phone down and admire your little boy’s eyes as they reflect the twinkle lights from the tree – that make this home so very special this time of year.
This season is so busy…some even call it stressful. And if we aren’t careful, we’ll miss those simple, precious moments that surround us during this magical time of the year. As we count down the days and try to “get through” these next few weeks, I would challenge you to not just endure this time, but enjoy it. Cherish every moment. Create special memories. Make cookies with children or grandchildren. Sing Christmas carols and watch Christmas classics as a family. Decide to just stay home and truly be with each other.
I hope you enjoy my silk ribbon and cedar inspired Christmas tour today! If you missed it, I shared my Christmas bedroom already along with my Christmas porch on the blog last week. It was in that post that I explained why I love fresh cedar so much! There is something about it that just reminds me of a simpler time – an old fashioned Christmas. And there is nothing more beautiful than pairing cedar with a lovely silk bow.
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I kept things very simple in my entryway and added some fresh cedar to my thrifted basket. I used some faux garland (linking it here, it’s so affordable) but I also added some fresh cedar stems to fill it out and make it look more lifelike.
One of my favorite ways to decorate at Christmas time is to use antiques that fit with the season. My thrifted ice skates pop beautifully in my basket, and I also displayed some antique skates on my fireplace shelves. My grandpa gave them to me one Christmas and I love them so much!
One of my most recent finds are the old wooden snow skis I have propped up next to my couch. I recently scored them for $35 while antiquing! I might leave them up all winter long, we’ll see!
My mantel is once again a mixture of real and faux greens. I hung the garland it so that it tapered down towards the tree, which is another favorite of mine this Christmas!
For my entire marriage (almost 10 years) I have always had thrifted Christmas trees. This year we finally decided to purchase a new one, and I am so in love!
I got this tree on Amazon and I cannot tell you how impressed I am by the quality! The needles and trunk look so lifelike, and I love the longer branches that stick out, just like a real tree! I kept the ornaments pretty minimal and simply added my DIY hymn garland that I made last year along with some DIY wooden bead garlands. A few thrifted brass ornaments and some mercury glass, and that’s it!
The twinkle fairy lights you see in every corner and on every table are so beautiful. I got them here and they add a little magic wherever you use them!!
Another antique find are these snow shoes…they were missing the straps so I didn’t pay much at all! I love how they look in my Christmas decor! As you enter the dining room you can see how I added more of that same garland to the archway. I once again added real cedar branches to fill it out!
The buffet also got some cedar along with a pretty silk ribbon on top of the mirror. It is so simple but so elegant. You can see more of my Christmas shelves here along with a simple Christmas table setting!
You may have also noticed that we got a new light fixture in our dining space!! I love it so much…I actually scored it on Black Friday and got it for so much cheaper than what it’s listed at now, but I’ll link it for you here if you’re interested!! 🙂
We made a little countdown on the kitchen chalkboard…my boys helped me, can you tell? Haha 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this silk ribbon and cedar inspired Christmas home tour today friends! Be sure to check out all the other gorgeous home tours linked below!!