{Simply Seasonal} Christmas 2016 – 5 Ways to Make Your Home Holiday Ready

on December 8, 2016
Hello! Are you as excited about this holiday season as I am?  The Simply Seasonal blog series began this past fall, and I’m so excited to be taking part in the holiday edition! We hope to give you tips on how to ready your own home for the season! I’m teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers to help make your holiday season a little easier by each sharing our favorite ideas for helping you spend less time readying your home and more time enjoying what matters most!

If you’re visiting from Recreated Designs, welcome, and the Merriest of Christmas’ to you! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and this blog! My favorite things are cookies, holidays, DIY, decorating and my family. My small family of seven (ha!), along with our shit zhu, Tito, who thinks he’s a human, moved into this house about nine years ago. The first few years we spent most of our time keeping everyone alive – five is a fair number of kids. After being relatively successful with that, we decided to tackle a few DIY projects. Since then, little by little, we’ve been making this home truly our own! I hope you’ll stay and look around. You might enjoy a few details about our home, or if you’re so inclined, please check out the myriad of projects in the project library.

I’ve been known to go a little overboard when decorating for holidays, but I’m proactively working on keeping things more simple than I have in the past. We love a real Christmas tree and try to begin readying our home the weekend after Thanksgiving. We spend a lot of time picking out our tree to be sure we find a tree that we love.

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I tend to mix things up, while incorporating heirloom items. I like to use neutrals but throw in splashes of color and bling to really bring out the excitement of the holidays. I also like to incorporate comfort items such as knit blankets and fur throws and pillows.


Here are 5 things I do to make my holiday season simple and enjoyable:
  1. Start and stay organized! Set a budget, carry a list and shop online as much as possible.
  2. Skip the white and embrace the colored lights once in a while. Christmas should be fun!
  3. Plan meals in advance to manage a hectic schedule.
  4. Feel free to say “no”. Make sure you have time for yourself and just for being with your family.
  5. Embrace traditions – they are what makes a family, and they are what you and your children will remember always.
I’ll be sharing a full home tour this coming Monday, but here is a sneek peek into our holiday home!
DIY Felt tag and Pompom Embellished  Stockings
Pinecone Petal Trees

Be sure to hop on over to The Interior Maven to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post} so you can be sure to check out all the amazing blogs in this series.




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  • Sue Purdy

    Beautiful tree and those stocking are adorable. It's been wonderful hopping with you. Merry Christmas.

    December 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Findingyourjoyinthejourney.com

    beautiful home. I love your tips for the holidays. They are definitely something I think about every year.

    December 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Fenton

    Your stockings are absolutely adorable. Your home is beautiful and so festive! Merry Christmas!
    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

    December 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Caroline Dilbeck

    I love your colorful tree and the stocking ornaments are so adorable!! Thanks for coming along on the hop. Merry Christmas!

    December 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • Uncookie Cutter

    I wish I was there :(. I miss you guys! Love all your projects and tips. The house looks beautiful! Pinning!

    December 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Meg - Green With Decor

    Your house looks so festive!! I love the tree and those stocking tags. And the fun trees on the dining room table! Merry Christmas!

    December 12, 2016 at 2:06 am Reply
  • Creatively Homespun

    EEEE!!! I love those stockings!!! I think they are soooo fun!! Thanks for joining in the hop! It's so nice to "meet" you! xo Shared and Pinned!

    December 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm Reply
  • Michelle James

    I am in love with those stockings too, but the pinecone trees knocked my socks off! They are gorgeous! Beautiful home tour!

    December 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • At Home With Zan

    Oooh, the sneak-peaks look so lovely already. Thanks for sharing these tips – planning holiday meals ahead is such a huge time saver,too.

    December 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Craftivity Designs

    Your bright colors are so fun and fresh! I love that you suggest to embrace colored lights 🙂 I'm with you!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Julie Nichols

    I love how used color in your home, so fun and festive. Your Christmas tree is pretty and I like your tip about embracing family traditions.
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

    December 14, 2016 at 12:04 am Reply
  • Sarah Burnell

    Your home looks lovely and bright! And I agree about staying organized and on-budget. There is not point to creating financial stress over decorations – it's simply not as important as being with loved ones and enjoying the holidays! 🙂

    December 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Kim, I LOVE your holiday home! There so much color and texture. Your stockings are my favorite! I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your family!

    December 16, 2016 at 3:27 am Reply
  • Samantha

    Your home is so fun and festive! Love your stockings and those pinecone trees! 😉

    December 24, 2016 at 2:33 am Reply
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