I love Christmas. I decorate halfway through November and keep everything up until after New Year’s. I love the opulence and coziness of the season. I love that you get to merge the worlds of tackiness and tradition and not have to make a single apology.
And I love just a dash of things-that-are-tacky. They put a smile on my face.
There have been some absolutely jaw-dropping holiday home tours this season. It’s *almost* enough to keep me from posting my own decor.
But comparison be damned.
I’m posting it anyways.
I’m a big fan of shopping the clearance sections right before and after Christmas. While I adore the season, I don’t always agree with the price tags that some retailers slap on Christmas decor. This polar bear and Santa are from Superstore’s giant Christmas sale last year – I think I paid around $2 each?
And now that that they’re sitting happily on the mantel, I don’t know how I did without them.
The tall bottlebrush trees are from HomeSense this year. I’ve never had a vaulted ceiling before, and so I’m learning about scale and height when decorating the mantel. I love that they’re subtle, but still add a bit of drama to the vignette.
Now that we have room for two trees, I jumped onto the chance. Using sinamay (the mesh fabric) and various poinsettia and berry sprays, I decorated the tree. I treat the tree more like a floral arrangement than a traditional tree.
Mr. Suburble just stands back and lets me fret and fuss over it.
It’s safer that way.
This little deer is a thrift store find. She came in a bag of miscellaneous bits and bobs for wreath decorating. Lila is enamoured with her and moves her around the tree constantly.
I have to admit, I really like her. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more vintage ornaments the next time I head to the used shops.
Our table setting in the dining room is made of things that were just waiting in the craft room. The napkin ring tutorial is a quick and easy one.
My bloggy friend, Virginia, got me hooked on bottle brush trees this year. I want to put them EVERYWHERE.
(pro tip: they’re 4 for a $1 at Dollarama!)
In the family room, the girls and I have been working on a special tree just for them. It’s our Frozen themed tree!
We used fake snow – the blanket and the loose version – on the tree, and then added light blue sinamay. We’ve been adding little silver and blue accents to as we find them.
We decided that Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff can spend Christmas in the tree, just to keep things more authentic.
We kept things icy on the mantel too. Icicles hang from the garland, and silver accents intermingle with natural textures.
The wreath was thrown together with a grapevine wreath form and the contents of that thrift store bag in which I found the little deer ornament. It took no time at all.
Twigs from the yard were mixed with berry sprays and put in a vintage-blue mason jar.
And of course, the buck’s head is in this room. I can’t get enough of deer!
If you were visiting at my house, I’d offer you a boozy candy cane hot chocolate (recipe on the blog tomorrow!) and we’d sit in the living room and gab.
But alas, you’re not. So I can only wish you the most wonderful of Christmas holidays, and thank you for coming on a walk through my home.
Gorgeous!!! I felt the same way about posting my home tour – comparison be damned! LOL! Christmas is my favorite time of year! I honestly could sit contented for hours, no TV, no cell phone, and just sip hot cocoa in the glow of my Christmas lights. It’s so peaceful, and everybody seems nicer. 🙂
Your home is stunning Tara. I love the polar bear and the bottle brush trees and all of the lovely goodness! You did a fabulous job with all of it! Thanks for inviting us in 🙂
Thank you so much, Kirsten! Your words mean so much to me. 🙂
Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
Boozy candy cane hot chocolate?! Ohhhh, yes please!
Since my place is teeny, I only have room for one tree, but I decorate as much as possible because I love it! I may also wear reindeer ears when at home. Maybe.
I don’t doubt you do, crazy lady! In a smaller space, it’s probably easier to get that look of opulence and fullness – I’m sure your place looks amazing.
Awe… I wish I could come for a boozy hot chocolate! The house looks amazing! I am sure the girls are loving having two trees! Does Santa have to put presents under both? Talk to you soon!
Santa only puts presents under the big one, but maybe a stray one might find itself under the Anna and Elsa tree! I wish you could join me for a boozy hot chocolate too! Maybe in the New Year we can get together!?!? Somehow!?!?
It’s all so beautiful Tara! I agree – there is something so great about decorating at Christmas – I love it! Your trees look wonderful!
Thank you, Jo-Anna! Decorating is probably one of my most favourite parts of the holidays!
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca
Love the Frozen Christmas tree, such a sweet idea.
Oh thanks, Dannyelle! It’s a huge hit with the kidlets!
Happy to come and “virtually” drink boozy drinks by your trees 🙂 Oh my gosh…the Frozen themed tree…you’re a good mom!!!!
Thanks, Andrea. It was partially my idea – I really wanted to do a blue and silver look!
How exciting it must be to decorate your new home for the holidays! Looks great, Tara. Must run out and see if I can get my hands on some of those bottle brush trees!
It’s VERY exciting to be able to properly decorate. Last year was a bit of a bust with the house sale.
And definitely get some of those trees – they’re SO cheap!
I saw bottle brush trees at Dollarama and just about let out a squeal! Want to go back and get a few!
I want to stock up too – they have white AND silver. I’ll probably have to buy both.
And then maybe get some green ones and flock them.
Gah. Dollarama – you are my kryptonite.
Oh and I also wanted to say how beautiful your house looks!
Thank you, Barbara! 🙂
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com
Your home tour is beautiful Tara! I love that Frozen tree… wait till I show Elsa and Onna to our daughter 😉 It’s all so pretty! Would love to have you link up with us tomorrow please!
Oh, thank you, Kendra! I’ll be sure to pop over and link up! 🙂
Um, can I please come over for a boozy candy and see all this gorgeousness in person? I am so jealous of two big trees and two big beautiful mantels to decorate. It looks IN-CRED-IBLE Tara!! And I am in love with the bottle brush trees too… totally planning those for my ‘tablescape’. Amazing job, friend!!
Oh Krista, there is always in invite for you to come have a big boozy something at my house. The bottle brush trees are amazing. Dollarama has the BEST deal on them!
Oh my gosh! Both of your trees are fabulous! I love how you decorated your tree from the perspective/theme that it was a floral arrangement. I also love how you liked a bit of tacky but to be honest I did not see anything that was tacky at all. I just saw fabulous style. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Oh, thank you, Thea! I appreciate you saying that you didn’t see anything tacky… though I can assure you -it’s there! 😉
Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz
I really like the poinsettias in your tree! Very classy and traditional. And I bet your girls are obsessed with their Frozen tree! The snow is my favorite! So so cute!
Gorgeous, Tara! And you are scoring major mom points for that Frozen themed room! I’m sure the girls will remember that for a long time. It will come in handy when they’re teens 😉
Laurie@ Vin’yet Etc.
Tara, I adore the way you talk to us, your story telling is perfect, I read every word! Comparison be damned! Oh boy that is my favourite quote EVER! I nearly drove my self crazy and you know what, once I realized that NOTHING is perfect it all seemed to just flow and work. Thank-you for opening your beautiful home for this awesome tour, everything is wonderfully beautiful! I adore that vintage deer, she’s so sweet! Merry Christmas to you and your adorable family! xo