One of my favorite things to document and share every year. And these last 2 years of such difficulty have only made me appreciate the outlet of decorating for Christmas and made it even more meaningful. A few fun changes this year: 1) got a tree collar instead of a tree skirt, 2) made a wreath for the front door, 3) got amazing twisty taper candles from Wld Wst, 4) used the most perfect wrapping paper from my friend Korie Herold (along with a really cute one found at Michael’s), 5) got the kids’ ornaments for the year from Henterre Clay annnnd it’s our first year with our downstairs school area to decorate. Loved making it cute and festive and fun for the kids, but still aesthetically pleasing and functional for school. And, as always, repurposing and reusing things I already have and love or used in the past, but in a fresh way, is one of my very favorite parts. Hope you get a little joy seeing it as I did from decorating!
Loved using this beloved White Hearth pitcher for a simple table centerpiece along with some candles and our advent reading book. Made it an easy way to work in advent rhythms (albeit imperfectly) and lighting candles was a cathartic morning routine while the baby was waking up way early.
The most difficult thing about this year, which has been difficult for many reasons, was by far losing one of the most dear people in my whole life this Fall. I’m still grappling with the grief (and know I will be for a long time), but I find photos to be a lifeline. This very dear moment with Jocelyn, this favorite person, from my wedding day now lives on my tree to be pulled out and placed with love and care for every year to come and in just the smallest way it brings me comfort.
Shoutout to two small shops where I’ve gotten several little elements: Shop Anderson Manor (the brass horn on the mantel, some wooden candlesticks & the glass cloche) and Shop A Daily Something (the vintage heart ornament, the wicker sleigh, the vintage type tray). Love the character these things give and how nicely they flow with my home style.
If you enjoyed this, you can also check out last year’s decor!