Yes! It’s time to start thinking about Christmas decorating even though it is July. Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour!
First, my home is currently NOT decorated for Christmas in July 🙂 Christmas Eve is 5 months from this publish date!
Instead I am sharing my Christmas decorations from this past year EARLY to help inspire you and to give you some ideas for Christmas 2020.
We all know the world will likely be different this holiday season, with kids home and maybe less travel.
Plus most purchases will likely be made online versus in store, so seeing a real home will be helpful to get your creative juices flowing.
This 2020 Christmas is the one where we can decorate in November and enjoy the twinkling lights to the New Year!
Christmas in July Home Tour
Each year I share my home’s Christmas decorations on Porch Daydreamer Instagram and save the blog post for the following year.
That way I can decorate at a slower pace and enjoy the process.
This home tour is how my home looked for Christmas 2019, which was a very tough time in my life.
2019 was the first year EVER that my mom and dad weren’t at our house to celebrate and my dad was in a nursing home.
So, I threw myself into decorating to make the house (and myself) look festive even when I wasn’t feeling that way some days.
It’s crazy because I can see 2020 is going to look very different after my recent kitchen remodel and the changes I’m slowly making in the family room too!
Time to dive into the Christmas in July Home Tour! First up are the Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree Inspiration
Yes, I have more than one tree and LOVE it!
They are prominently displayed in areas I use the most.
All three are faux trees, which was a big change a few years.
For over a decade, my son and I would take a drive up to the NC mountains to cut down a fresh tree each year.
Once he went to college, I went faux so I can set them up by myself AND they are pre-lit 🙂
The “main tree”, which is the largest in the home stands at 9ft tall!
It towers over the large entertainment center and it’s a stretch to put the star topper on each season.
With a base of solid colored ornaments, the tree is very personal housing our family ornaments.
We collect a new one each year to mark big themes that happened that year.
I label the bottom of each new ornament with the year, so we can look back and re-live the memories.
Then there is the mini-tree that sits on the corner of my office.
Since I am upstairs most days working, I missed having a tree and lights to enjoy during the day.
This little 3 ft tree fit the bill and we decorated it not only to match the office, but also as a “football tree” in my son’s college’s team colors.
Mick literally will pull his bed to sit directly under the tree!
Then there is my “pretty in pink” tree that lives in the corner of the dining room.
This truly is a pretty tree where I decorate it in a theme color with trailing ribbons.
It’s also my first and last flocked tree. The flocking is beautiful giving the tree a subtle glow.
I love the way it looks, but boy set up and tear down are a mess and I wear a mask to protect my lungs!
The dining room tree is the first tree to be put up and in time to enjoy it while eating our Thanksgiving meal by the twinkling lights.
Christmas Dining Room
When you first enter my home, the dining room is the first room people see and always comment on the paint color (it’s Valspar, Sea Salt Blue).
To play up the color, I like to use pink or blush as an accent color because it’s warm against all of the cool blues.
This past year I got creative and turned the mirror into a giant wreath!
To save money and not invest in a large wreath, crystal encrusted garland is attached directly to the mirror with clear adhesive clips.
Then to pull the pink through, I created a bow out of the same ribbon found on the tree that has a little sparkle too.
The same garland and ribbon runs along the center of the dining table, with a simple faux floral arrangement in mirrored container.
Small wreaths decorate the chippendale chairs and to make them look more festive is a Merry Christmas jingle bell ornament hanging in the center.
Have you ever wanted a Christmas village? I have a little one I collected years ago with my son.
It sits on the console table in my foyer and we love to look in the little buildings and imagine what the little people are doing.
This table is across from the staircase, which I decorate really simply.
Then to dress up the powder room door is a wreath hung on a wide white ribbon.
I love the blue pine cone ornaments that found a home on the banister to pull out the blue from the other rooms.
A little trick to save time on wrapping presents are pre-made ribbon wrapped boxes.
Just open one up and pop in the gift! I even leave the tissue paper inside, for my easy button each Christmas 🙂
Christmas Family Room
Our cozy little family room, with the odd corner fireplace.
To dress it up, is a pretty piece of winter holiday artwork and some pretty crystal cover trees.
On the coffee table is a simple arrangement with mercury glass trees, candle holders and clear ornaments.simple decor tip is to use trays to gather objects, organize and display them in a fun way!
Inside of the painted cabinets are simple gold winter touches, which I leave up beyond Christmas time.
The fireplace surround was recently updated with new tile and I love the all white look.
Another easy decor trick is to pick up some inexpensive pillows at Home Goods to decorate your family room or living room.
Do you decorate your bedroom for Christmas? I highly recommend it!
2019 was the first year I added some seasonal and wintery touches to the master bedroom.
I found the cutest “Merry Christmas” sign that I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it.
It found the the best home hanging over the mirror over the bed.
To dress it up, I added some simple wire pine garland around the mirror with added softness.
Everyone needs sequins in the bedroom! I love these pretty pillows with silver Christmas trees.
The lights wrapped around the canopy were just a fun touch and the glow is so romantic in the evening.
The sunlight during the winter is so pretty in the kitchen!
To dress up the counter stools, with some simple pins and velvet ribbon I created the look of a wrapped package with a jingle bell ornament in the center.
It looks like a winter wonderland with the snowflakes dripping from the light fixtures.
Then it was fun to add the “disco ball” wreath above the stove for some sparkle.
A giant reindeer sits in the center of a large tray on the island with pretty other Christmas accessories.
If you are looking for a quick way to add sparkle, buy vase fillers that look like diamonds and scatter.
Merry Christmas 2020!
Now life is a little slower and likely won’t include large holiday parties.
So make the most of your own home, so it’s a Christmas party every day!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas in July Home Tour and if you’d like to see my 2018 Christmas Home Tour:
Yes, my house was feature on the cover of and in a 10 page spread of a magazine. Enjoy!
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