I️f you’ve been following along for a while, you probably know I️’m a little obsessed with Christmas. I️ have been particularly excited this year because we just moved into a new house that has better spaces to decorate and add more lights (like prelit garland on two staircases) – you can never have enough! One thing I️ am pretty proud of, though, is the fact we only bought a few new holiday decor items this season – nearly all of it is recycled from previous years…I️ just changed up how I️ decorate a bit! Keep reading for some of my tips for refreshing your Christmas decor year after year and then follow the links to check out some of my favorite bloggers’ cozy holiday home tours.
Last Year’s Holiday Home Tour
How to Refresh Your Holiday Decor Without Breaking the Bank
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Our new house is actually a smidge smaller than our last house, but the layout is better and it’s more traditional, with built-ins and hardwoods throughout the downstairs and lots of windows. I️ knew from the moment I️ laid eyes on it that I️ wanted to put a beautiful tree in the large front window! We continued our tradition of getting a real tree for the front room, but since we have tall ceilings in this house, we were able to go big and went with a 9-foot tree. I️ actually like keeping things simple on the real tree, so after putting lights on, I️ reused the red deco mesh I saved from our artificial tree last year. I️ then added accents of buffalo check ribbon leftover from making a wreath bow last year.
TIP: Save the ribbon from your tree when you’re taking it down and wrap it around a paper towel roll to keep it in good shape.
Cozy Holiday Home: Living Room
I️ was a little intimidated with the living room built-ins, thinking I️ didn’t have enough holiday decor to fill the space. Once I️ pulled everything out of the boxes, I️ realized we actually had quite a bit! I️ took some time to move things around on the shelves until I️ liked the placement and overall, I️’m happy with how it turned out. I️ definitely want to work on styling the built-ins for future holidays, but I️ just didn’t have time this year (nor did I️ want to spend any more money!).
TIP: Lay out all of your decor and think about how you can change it up. If you usually put a decor piece in the same spot each year, try putting it somewhere different to freshen it up!
Our living room tree is my beloved artificial tree that has white and multicolored lights – I️ had no idea when we bought it that I️’d love that feature so much! But when you have young kids, they beg for colored lights, so this is a nice way to compromise – and when they’re in bed, the lights are quickly turned back to white.
TIP: If you like artificial trees, consider one that has a color-changing option – this way, you can change it up frequently without having to invest in another tree to enjoy both a white and color light option.
I️ always shop Hobby Lobby’s holiday floral and ribbon when it’s 50% off (which is most of November and December) and pick up a few accents for the artificial tree. This year, I️ grabbed new deco mesh to give this tree a totally different look than last year and I spent less than $10. I️ also picked up a few more wired floral sprays to stick in the tree for added flair. Sometimes when I️ look at old photos of this tree, I️ can hardly believe it’s the same – the deco mesh and floral pieces transform the look entirely!
TIP: Shop holiday decor sales and pick up accents like ribbon and floral sprays to give your tree a new look each year.
Cozy Holiday Home: Entryway
The one thing we DID buy for this new house was more (…a lot more) pre-lit garland. We have two staircases and needed garland to decorate the bannisters. In our last house, we basically only added garland to our mantel since the stairs were not in a highly visible location – so we had very little on hand. We ended up having to buy several 9′ and 18′ garlands, and I️ also picked up a battery-operated pre-lit garland for the mantel so we wouldn’t have cords hanging down. Worth every penny!
TIP: If you can wait until Thanksgiving weekend to decorate, grab your garland on Black Friday, it’s usually deeply discounted!
Cozy Holiday Home: Kitchen
I️ was able to reuse the mini kitchen wreaths from our last house since we have around the same amount of cabinets. I️ did pick up new ribbon this year, because our new cabinets are much taller and I️ needed to have longer pieces of ribbon to hang the wreaths. I️ found a pretty red and white candy stripe ribbon, which is what I️ was looking for the past two years but had trouble finding! You can read my full kitchen Christmas wreath tutorial here for inspiration.
We also snagged a pencil tree for our kitchen on Black Friday. We have an embarrassingly large collection of Starbucks ornaments collected over the years and decided we wanted to give them their own tree. A pencil tree fits into the corner of our breakfast nook perfectly…and from the kitchen table, I️ can actually see all three Christmas trees. The dream!
TIP: Ribbon is such an inexpensive way to revamp your holiday decor. Catch it on sale and refresh your bows and ribbon garlands throughout your home.
Cozy Holiday Home: Bedroom
Lastly, we are big decorators, so it’s no surprise that we like to bring a little holiday festiveness to our bedrooms and bathrooms too. Last year, we got a set of flannel holiday sheets from Target…but then we got a bigger bed this year, so we ended up getting another set of sets because they are amazing. We also picked up Grinch flannel sheets for the girls’ room and a Grinch picture from Hobby Lobby to pull it all together. They also have a mini tree that they decorate and it sits on their dresser.
TIP: Simple touches throughout your house can amp up the festiveness and provide a cozy holiday home. Pick up holiday-themed bedsheets when they’re on sale (possibly even post-holidays for next Christmas), and all it takes is a $10 mini tree to bring so much joy and excitement to your kids!
It’s time for a Holiday Home Hop! Stop by my friends’ homes on this “cozy” home tour:
Cozy Christmas Home Tour Tex Mex Mom
Simple Christmas Decorations Home Tour Live Well Play Together
Cozy Christmas Tour in Charlotte Dreams + Coffee
Cottage Style Christmas Decor Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams
A Cozy Christmas Home to Inspire You Miss Sue Living
Embracing Your Sentimental Christmas Decorations Lake Life State of Mind
Cozy Holiday Home Tour Keri Lynn Snyder
Jaclyn Musselman says
Your home is beautiful! You really did an amazing job with all of your trees! I love ribbon too and I use it Year after year.
Thank you! It was fun decorating a new space this year!
I think my favorite part is the holiday decor in the girls’ bedroom!! So cute and girly which makes me jealous because I live in a home with all boys 😂 Beautiful home tour!
Aww thank you! I️ secretly love decorating their room because when I️ was a kid, I️ was so excited to put a mini tree in my room and I️ hope they feel the same! 🙂
Rebekah Gaspar says
I love the decor in the bedrooms and the darling little wreaths on your cabinets! #goals
Thank you! I️ always love my cabinet wreaths – makes cooking and cleaning the kitchen more enjoyable! 🙂
Keri Snyder says
I just love the sheets on the kids beds! That is adorable!
Thank you! They are obsessed with The Grinch so they love these!
I spotted an Eiffel Tower on your buffalo check tree 😉 I love that you got a tree just for your Starbucks ornaments! You have a beautiful new home, congrats!
Yes! Each year, my parents get us ornaments from each of the European cities my husband and I️ backpacked through years ago (before we were married)! Thank you!
Mary Leigh says
How beautiful! I love the accent wall and the kitchen wreaths! But, I really need a tutorial on wrapping that ribbon around your tree! It looks SO good! Merry Christmas!
Aww thank you! I️ should do a tutorial post on the blog! 🙂