Holiday Home Tour 2016

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

The Nester announced she was hosting an imperfect holiday home tour so I decided to jump on the bandwagon as that description fits our holiday home perfectly. Nothing too precious or fancy here.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I added the cedar garland to the front door and I love it! I think next year we’ll add lights but let’s baby-step this!

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

You may remember the last time I shared our Christmas decorations, we had just moved into our new rental a month and a half earlier. I was/am pretty proud of how quickly we were able to settle in and deck the halls. Since we’ve been here two years now, we’ve added more decor and more stuff (hello three kids) and I dare say it looks a bit more homey. So come on in!

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

We went the artificial Christmas tree route once we moved to California as we seemed to always be traveling during the holidays and my neurotic self couldn’t handle the dry needle fire danger while we were away from home.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I love that it is a snap to put up but missed that glorious cedar smell. The LA flower mart solved that for us, we buy a roll of fresh cedar garland every year and throw it on every available surface.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

This year I added eucalyptus to the garland after being inspired by this pin. I love the texture it adds but after two weeks it started to dry out quite a bit and the eucalyptus smell was overpowering the cedar so I plucked it out and we are currently just rocking the cedar swag.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I picked up the small pom-pom garland at Michael’s, of all places. It isn’t the heavy duty wool balls that I’ve used for other garland but it’s cheery and cheap, so it’s a winner. I handmade the large pom-pom garland using Emily’s tutorial. The pom-pom maker is essential!

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

On our white shelves flanking the fireplace, I just added our collection of nutcrackers, our elf, and some candy canes to make it bit more festive. I have this Lindsay Letters print displayed all year but I think it works beautifully for Christmas too.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

Our dining room got gussied up with more garland (there was SO much leftover!). I love adding the mercury glass ornaments to the light fixture for a little more sparkle. That glorious gingerbread house courtesy of TJ’s and my preschoolers’ artistic direction.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

We had to start displaying our nativity scene on the buffet as baby Jesus kept disappearing into the toy pile. I snagged those candle holders (which also stay out all year) at TJMaxx and the battery powered candles are making my life. I love that they just click on every night at the strike of 5:30.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I added a few bottle brush trees to our thrifted console and a boxwood wreath + bells to the tobacco basket. I think it makes this little corner pretty cheery!

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

After posting these pictures, it seems like I might have reached my limit on Lindsay’s prints. 

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I didn’t do much in the kitchen besides adding our advent calendar on one wall.

DIY Advent Calendar for toddlers

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I put some paper whites out and threw the felt mistletoe garland over the chalkboard.

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

I love the garland but it was definitely an undertaking of epic proportions!

Holiday Home Tour 2016|Ahrens at Home

We added a bit of Christmas cheer to the kids’ rooms too but they really took over on the decorating. Hudson’s tree is now exclusively outfitted with Lucy’s teething toys. Harper likes to set up the little people nativity set just so, with an occasional guest appearance by Ariel or Snow White. I love that they get into the Christmas spirit! They love their trees and everything about the Christmas season still feels so magical to them.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into our holiday home! Here’s hoping for cozy nights and family fun for the next ten days!

More about Brittney

Former corporate events manager turned house mouse extraordinaire. Living and loving in sunny So Cal. I still love a good party!

4 thoughts on “Holiday Home Tour 2016

  1. R. Pyper

    Your use of garland is so lush and beautiful—I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Cassie Bustamante

    love the mantle and front entry! the mix of greenery is beautiful!

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  3. Peggy

    Candles -in- the fireplace…what a good way to enjoy candles with small children around, and dress up the fireplace at the same time!

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    1. Brittney

      Thanks Peggy! Our drafty wood burning fireplace isn’t the best but the kids love seeing the candles lit up at night!

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