How is it suddenly November!? In previous years I have had of my holiday decor underway as soon as the October calendar page turned. This year I am not quite so anxious, while I am looking forward to decorating this house I just don’t feel quite in full holiday mode yet. That is probably due to our kitchen being in the midst of a remodel, I can’t imagine adding dragging out bins of decor to add into the chaos.
So while I don’t plan to begin decorating until closer to Thanksgiving, I always enjoying thinking about how I’ll decorate each year. I have to admit, even I forget some of the things I have done in my own home until I see the photos here on the blog. This year I am still undecided as to how to best decorate in our new home but I haven’t lost my love for a saturated green at the holidays mixed with pops of rich red, so I am again leaning in a traditional direction.
Above you can see how I decorated last year, and below was the previous year. Both years I stayed within traditional colors, I just used more red for a very traditional tartan Christmas in 2020 (below).
I have a 9′ King of Christmas flocked tree, which I consider our main tree even though in our last home I also decorated several other smaller trees. I am considering using this tree in our two-story entrance hallway this year and purchasing a new one for our main living area, I have had my eye on this one below ever since the holidays last year. The 9′ King of Christmas tree is stunning, but I think it will overwhelm the space we have here in our living room.
I am also considering this King Noble tree below, I like how light and airy it is, I think it will work in our space nicely. The King of Christmas trees are all on sale right now too, you can shop them here and get an additional discount if you sign up for emails. (not sponsored! Just sharing.)
Christy used a pretty color scheme of aqua, white and gold in her German apartment. If memory serves, she decorated this tree early enough for photos for our annual home tour, but also had a traditional fresh Christmas tree as is the German tradition. Using this black and white ribbon on the Sugar Paper boxes (these are great as you can use them year after year, shop the entire line here) is an easy and elegant wrapping trick. This 6′ flocked tree she used is one of our all time favorite finds, it’s just $39 and we both own it; we’ve decorated them so many times and in so many ways over the years.
Christy did a ballet-themed tree in her daughter’s room using the same tree several years ago too. This budget friendly tree is perfect for a kids’ room or a playroom.
For the last several years I also decorated a 7′ flocked tree in our dining room in our last home. That tree is now sold out, but this one is very similar (and a great price at less than $100 currently!) you will have to add lights for it yourself but sometimes I prefer to do that as I have found that eventually the lights burn out even on expensive trees anyway.
I also used this same tree in our front window in my former office back in 2018, I think it’s so pretty to see a tree through the window all lit up at night. You can see my entire home tour from that year here.
Here are a few more color schemes we’ve had over the years. In 2019 I went a bit out of my comfort zone when I found some beautiful teal/green ornaments at the Lucketts Holiday market. I love looking back on our decor that year. I really went a bit overboard with decorating because we hosted a big holiday party, of course I was thinking it would become a tradition but then the world ground to a halt a few months later. I’ll try to dig the photos out and write a post about that party, it sure was fun! That is the 9′ King of Christmas Prince flocked tree. You can see how I DIY’d the garland here. Attaching the garland to our archway was a bit of a challenge but it really was pretty in the space.
If you like non-traditional color schemes, here are two of my favorite blue and white trees. Above is Christy’s from several years ago in her North Carolina cottage (see more here), and below is her friend Ashly’s tree–one of my all time favorite holiday home tours. You can see it all here.
Finally, I was had fun decorating our breakfast bar last year even though the space wasn’t fully finished. We added this cabinetry in our kitchen that created a great bar for entertaining and extra storage (read more here). You can find a similar sign here and the pretty wreaths on the cabinets here.
If you enjoyed this post, you can see our post from last year with even more holiday home tours. We co-hosted the Holiday Tour of Homes for many years so we have featured so many beautiful spaces over the years. You can read more in this post here.
We have started preparing our annual posts with gift ideas, but if you have already started shopping you can see all our suggestions from last year here. Also one of our most popular posts each year is our guide to shopping small business for the holidays, you can find last year’s post here, we’ll be updating it soon!
We also keep our Amazon storefront updated with our favorite home decor finds and gift ideas, you can access it here.