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Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

Hey there friend! If this is your first trip to my little corner of the internet, then welcome! If not, welcome back! ๐Ÿ˜ This is somewhat of a special day for me… My first home tour! Well, partial home tour that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ My friend Brittany from Our Home Made Easyย is hosting today’s Christmas light home tour and I am so excited to join her!ย If I’m completely honest, I’m a teeny bit (okay, maybe a lotta bit) nervous to share what I’ve come up with this year for decor because I’m still working on figuring out my “style” for Christmas. So, let me show you the more traditional red and green I’m starting with and maybe this time next year, we’ll have something vastly different. ๐Ÿ˜‰



When you walk in my home, you’ll see the beautiful advent calendar my husband, David, brought home from Germany on one of his many business trips. I’ve had the little tree next to it for so long the lightbulbs no long work! I wrapped the tree in someย warm white twinkling lightsย I purchased at Lowes and I actually like it better than the restrung ones. I used the 30 count length on the tree, and it ended up being just the right amount. Plus side of using the battery operated twinkling lights? I don’t have to hide any cords! ๐Ÿ˜

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

My favorite part of my decor this year has to be my banister. I actually layered three different kinds of garland to create the look as well as a hanging bushel style greenery at the end to make things look a little more full. The warm white twinkling lights were just the right addition to make it look magical.

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

 

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

I couldn’t do any decorating in my kitchen this year (not yet anyway), because it’s been under some construction. We built our house last year, so you’d think there’d be nothing for awhile, but when the kitchen was installed, the peninsula for the counter was secured to the drainpipe from the master bathroom instead of a stud. Whoops! Unfortunately that allowed the water to leak into the wall behind and grow mold. Everything is remedied and put back together now (FINALLY!) but we still have to repaint and rehang the floating shelves in there. So in the meantime, we’ll skip over that. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Just past the kitchen is the dining room playroom where we have our Christmas tree. It’s really the only spot in our house that it will fit because of how big it is. It actually works out perfectly because putting up the Christmas tree serves as good motivation for the girlies to clean up their toys! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This year it also became the perfect opportunity to talk to Gracelynn about how fortunate we are and how kind it is to take the things that we have (in good condition) and donate it to families who aren’t as fortunate as us. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that she was eager to give away a number of her toys so that other kids had things to play with too. I had been planning on doing this for awhile and had an idea of a few things we would be passing on, but she baffled me by grabbing things that I hadn’t even considered donating and tossed them in our box. With each item she put in, she said “Mommy, I think friends would like to have this”. I was so proud of her, I almost cried.

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

We decorated our tree with all our sentimental ornaments and a few different colored bulbs this year as opposed to doing a themed one like a lot of others I’ve seen online (maybe next year ๐Ÿ˜‰). David’s mother gives the girls a new ornament each year at Christmas and we try to get a family ornament each season as well, so our collection is ever expanding. The tree ended up being the perfect backdrop for Gracie and Anna’s Christmas pictures this year, don’t you think?

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

Our living room is just past the dining roomย playroom and, despite not really knowing my “style” yet, I am very happy with how things turned out.ย Our tv is right above the fireplace so it doesn’t leave much space when it comes to decorating the mantel but I couldn’t turn down the challenge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I kept it simple and dressed it up with garland andย battery powered twinkling lights.ย When I decorated the bookshelves, I took everything off so I could start with a clean slate. I actually had to call my best friend when putting the shelves together to help me with the trial and error of discovering the balance it needed. In the end, it was a success!ย 

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

I still can’t believe we’ve been in our house over a year already and are about to celebrate our second Christmas here. Wow! Time flies! I had a silly “aha!” moment when decorating in here this year… You don’t have to use all the decor you have in order to make things look good. Say what?! I always tried to find places for everything in previous years (and homes) and I never really LOVED it. This year, I still have half empty tubs of decorations in the basement and I’m totally happy with leaving them there. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

Merry and bright Christmas lights home tour by 15 different home bloggers. Come take the tour and you'll find a ton of inspiration for your own home.

Now that everything is decorated, I am ready to sit back with a cup of coco and enjoy the season. I didn’t realize how much joy I would feel when everything was put together. I can’t help but smile every time I turn on all the lights and watch the place glow. Thank you so much for letting me share my home all decked out for Christmas with you. I hope you have a beautiful holiday season and a wonderful New Year.



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