Christmas in our Home + Link Up!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today is the final holiday link up with me, Katie, Lisa, and Annie! I can't really wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is already less than 10 days away... or that we'll have a little babe crawling around this time next year!

Holiday Linkup
<div align="center"><a href="http://homesweetruby.blogspot.com" title="Holiday Linkup"><img src="http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q792/lisampray/holidaylink-upbutton_zps47581a5e.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Holiday Linkup" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Because I'm closing in on my 8th month of the pregnancy I took it easy with our Christmas decor this year. It's been tougher than I expected to muster the energy to go all out like I normally do, let alone take it all down a few weeks later, so we stuck to the basics.

the tree

We try to get ornaments from all of the places we visit, so this year we added Paris, Venice, and Rome. And of course one for Rowan!

 
This was the first year we purchased a real tree and it's absolutely my favorite tree yet! And I'm pretty proud of my giant bow at the top even though that beast took about an hour for me to make. 

Tree Skirt.

the mantel


Love seeing that 4th stocking on our mantel! You better believe Santa will be dropping off some things in Rowan's stocking this year.

One trick I like to use with our mantel is to get tree clippings for free from places like Home Depot and use them to fill in the bare spaces in the faux garlands. It makes a big difference and brings more of that evergreen smell into the house.

Stockings.

I love that our house has such an open plan living space, especially since we spend the majority of our time there. You can see our tree from almost every part of the house. Including my office, which I love!

No Sew DIY Deer Pillow

We also have a few little Christmas details in our entryway and on our dining table. I'm still pretty crazy about the plaid decor (if you didn't notice yet!) so I reused our table runner from last year which I made from a huge tablecloth.

Now all we need is my favorite Christmas music, a fire in the fireplace, and some hot chocolate! Or if you're my husband, you get my favorite Pinot Noir and drink it without me...

Now its your turn! Link up with us and share your Christmas posts below!





35 comments:

  1. We collect ornaments from our travels as well, i think it's so fun! Your house looks beautiful, love all the decorations. And the 4 stockings-woo!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. this is taking it easy?!?! i love it ;) your tree and mantle are so pretty! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love all of your holiday decor but your mantle is my favorite!! And love that you collect ornaments from the places you visit. Such a good idea! And I agree with Jillian, this is taking it easy?! You should see my house then LOL!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh your tree and stockings are all sorts of gorgeous!! I love it!! You tied everything together so beautifully!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your tree and mantle are sooooo beautiful and festive!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your home looks beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting the link up. This is my first one!!!❤️

    ReplyDelete
  7. It still looks great for cutting back this year! Great idea with the tree clippings on the mantle. I always have a hard time getting my garland to look good, so I'll have to try that!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your home looks great! I love all of the plaid and your mantle is so festive and homey!

    ReplyDelete
  9. That bow is amazing!!! You should do a tutorial!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. How beautiful is your tree and mantle?! I love it! So Christmas cozy :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I was going to say exactly what Jillian said..that's taking it easy?!? You put my Christmas decorations to shame! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. What beautiful decorations!! I especially love that personalized tree skirt - I might have to go get mine embroidered :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love all of the plaid that you incorporated into your decorations... cozy, cozy!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love your decorations! Very simple and festive! Also, love the wrapping on your presents under the tree :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. you MADE that bow?!?!?!
    Your tree looks so beautiful.
    Of course Santa needs to leave something in that stocking for the new addition :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Everything looks so beautiful! And I absolutely love that pillow -- so cute!
    xo Southern Style

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love, love, love your tree! It's so beautiful! I also really like the plaid deer pillow! Goes perfect with your Christmas theme. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your tree is GORGEOUS! And you must share how you tied the bow on top, I love that! I kind of gave up on our tree this year with Brady trying to destroy it any chance he gets, ha. Rowan's ornament is adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh my gosh, your wrapped gifts are just gorgeous. Love them! And ALL your decor!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Okay, I love all of this. The plaid, the pillows, the tree skirt, the presents. It's all GORGEOUS!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Gorgeous tree! And thanks for sharing the tip about the evergreen clippings! I'm so going to be doing that...

    ReplyDelete
  22. Your tree and mantle look amazing!! You need to have a Christmas party!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. The stockings are so cute! I love getting an ornament everywhere we visit, too :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your tree looks absolutely fabulous!!!! That is such a great idea to get the extra clippings to fill in on your mantle! Definitely remembering that little gem!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your tree is beautiful! I love the plaid theme you have going on!

    Paige
    tomatoesforcucumbers.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Gorgeous tree, and such a fantastic idea to fill the garland with real tree clippings! Genius!! And that reindeer pillow is the cutest! Your decorations are fabulous! :)) Love the Rowan ornament, too!

    ReplyDelete
  27. That bow is amazing. I tried to make one last year and it was a HUGE fail.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Your decor is so beautiful! Honestly, simple is usually so much better. It's chic and timeless and is easier ;) Everything looks great, especially that bow!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Your "keeping it simple" is gorgeous!! I need deets on how to make that giant bow!! Everything looks so gorgeous and I adore all of the tartan!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Simply stunning! Love all of the details (especially the tree skirt!!)

    ReplyDelete
  31. You tree is sooo pretty! Love the red garland

    ReplyDelete
  32. Everything looks so beautiful and thank you so much for hosting! I love your stockings and your tree skirt. I keep looking at those stockings and thinking when we finally get around to starting a family I totally want to order those :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Your decorations are absolutely perfect! Your tree is gorgeous and I love the deer head pillow! And I agree with you on using real clippings. It adds so much to the garland! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete