Casey’s Holiday Home Tour Decorated for Christmas

The halls are decked, the Christmas music has been blaring (on repeat), and it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year!

I’m not one to decorate for every single holiday, but when it comes to Christmas I can’t help myself! I certainly don’t swap out all of my home decor, but I do display some of my favorite holiday pieces that I’ve gathered over the years. I usually put everything up on the weekend after Thanksgiving. I blare the Christmas music, get all of our Christmas bins out of storage, and spend all day long getting our tree and decor up. By the end of the day, I’m exhausted and there is glitter all over the place…but it’s well worth the effort. 

Since Bridget’s house is still a bit of a construction zone, she took the year off from decorating for the holidays, so you’ll just be seeing my holiday home tour this year (or you can check out last year’s post to see both of our holiday home tours!). So grab some hot cocoa and let’s take a tour of our home all decked for the Christmas season.

Casey’s Holiday Home Tour

Our Main Room

Let’s start in the main part of our house…the kitchen/dining/living room! Our bar cart is usually in the corner by the windows, but during the Christmas season, we move it near the kitchen to make room for our tree. Just like in year’s past, I went with a chicken wire frame to display our incoming Christmas cards. 

We found this one at Homegoods a couple years ago (this one is similar),  and it always comes in handy! I keep the mini clothespins in a gnome jar (also from Homegoods) so I can quickly pin up any of our new cards each day.

I tucked in a few holiday accessories onto our built-ins, and this year I used some wrapped presents to liven up a few of the shelves. Such an easy and inexpensive home decor idea.  B and I actually chatted all about decorating your built-ins for the holidays in this post if you need more easy decorating ideas! 

I swapped out a few of our neutral pillows on the couch for some bright red ones. I’m not gonna lie, it feels a bit weird to see so much red in my house. I’m used to having neutral everything, so to see such a bold color all over our living room is a bit jarring. But it’s also a nice change and the pop of color makes me happy!

I have another pop of red on our dining room table. I simply filled a vase with fresh cranberries and put a candle inside, and boom instant centerpiece! You can take this idea one step further with water and a floating candle, like from this Christmas cranberry centerpiece idea. Such a simple craft for your dining room table!

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is my favorite part of our holiday home tour. There is just something so magical about the soft glow of a Christmas tree at night. 

When Bridget & I do our dream tree every year, we have so much fun coming up with a color palette and coordinated ribbon and ornaments. But for our real tree, we have much more of a mismatched look. 

All of the ornaments have a special meaning and are ones we’ve accumulated over the years. When we first started living together we had to buy generic “ball” ornaments, but we’ve slowly been able to replace them all with meaningful ones. We always buy one when we travel (we have a lemon ornament up there from our recent trip to Italy!) and have gotten some really beautiful ornaments as gifts over the years. While it isn’t the most polished and coordinated Christmas tree, it makes my heart full to see so many wonderful memories up there. Plus, it makes decorating it way more fun because we can chat about each ornament as we makeover the tree!

Oh and how about the faux fur tree skirt? Absolutely love it because it looks like the bottom is all snowy. 

Our Master Bedroom

I only added a few holiday touches to our master bedroom, but just a few made a big difference in this space!

Our new velvet pillows from Article are absolutely perfect for the holiday season. Love the luxe fabric with the forest green color. 

There you have it! A look at our Christmas home tour. It just goes to show that a few simple holiday additions can really make your home feel extra festive for the season. 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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