Happy December and if you’re visiting from Cheyenne’s blog, Sense and Serendipity, welcome! If this is your 1st time or 29the time visiting Back to the South, welcome! It’s so nice to have you!
Isn’t Cheyenne’s home fabulous? I’m so glad she was kind enough to bring us bloggers together for the Merry & Bright Christmas Home Tour. I’ve teamed up with 7 other bloggers and we’re inviting you into our homes to share our Christmas decor with you and give some inspiration! At the end of this post, I’ve added a link to everyone’s home so you can check them all out!
As you may or may not know, we bought our house last year and it’s been quite the project getting the house together. We took a break from major DIY projects such as building the coffee table and wine racks until the weather warms back up again.
Not doing any major projects leaves me with a lot of time on my hands so I started my Christmas decor early this year for the first time!
I decided to keep things neutral for the most part in the entryway, dining room, and kitchen. I went just a tad bit overboard with my Fall decor in October so I thought I’d be low key for Christmas.
The one pop of color I have is red and black plaid. Throughout the house, I used red and black plaid ribbon and buffalo check to accent the neutral colors.
Come on in and let’s get started with the entryway!
I added this traditional green wreath to a tobacco basket and hung it on the wall in the entryway. With a splash of red and black plaid ribbon and a bow! We’re on for Christmas!
Tobacco baskets are my weakness! I just love them and I was so happy when I found this large one at one of our local home decor stores. It took me months to find it! I thought about painting it green but love its rustic look.
How have you decorated your entryway? Share in the comments below!
Time to head into the living room…
This wreath hanging from the window smells so good, y’all! I got it from the Christmas Tree Farm when we got our Christmas Tree. I love how when you walk into the house, that’s the first thing you smell. You smell and see Christmas all at the same time! Such wonderful Christmas vibes!
Christmas decor tip:
Home decor isn’t just about what you see. Think of the 5 senses when decorating your home. How can you incorporate the look of Christmas into your home (see)? How can your home smell like Christmas (smell)? How can you hear Christmas in your home? How can you taste Christmas in your home (yummy cookies or hot chocolate anyone?), How can feel (touch) Christmas in your home?
For more Christmas decor tips and ideas on how to decorate your home, grab my Holiday Home Decor Guide
The scrolls on the left and right of the dining room wall each have a verse from our favorite Christmas songs. It was hard to choose because I have so many favorites like O Holy Night, Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy, O Christmas Tree, I could go on and on! O Holy Night was the winner for me and Let it Snow was the winner for E. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
These scrolls were a more involved DIY project in real life than in my head. Does that ever happen to you? You think…”Oh, this is going to be so easy!” Then when you start, you say, “What on earth was I thinking?” But, no matter the time it took, I absolutely adore them!
I’ve decided the scrolls will be a permanent home decor item in this room. The songs will come down and I’ll make new ones, but I haven’t decided what they’ll say just yet.
Since my family was in town for Thanksgiving, for the first time in many, many, years, I went shopping on Black Friday. By 7:15 am, I was in Michaels grabbing supplies for all my DIY projects and then off to Pier One. I’d been stalking lanterns for about 2 weeks and held out because I was hoping they would go on sale, and they did! Rather than paying $50.00 for them, I was able to get the lantern 40% off and I had a coupon for an additional 15% off. Score!!!
I just love greenery, especially on tables. Making this garland was so easy that it made up for the hours it took to create the scrolls.
To keep the red and black theme going, I painted the candlestick red and added a cinnamon candle.
Let’s head over to the kitchen and grab a cup of tea or coffee!
When it comes to my kitchen and the counters, I’m somewhat of a stickler because I can’t stand clutter! Do you feel that way too? I can’t cook in a cluttery kitchen. Drives me bonkers!
The kitchen decor is usually pretty minimal. I love these wood slice charges. The little plates with the greenery around them are so cute! A small piece of red and black ribbon hanging down and poof!
I also added some faux snow, plaid poinsettias, and red berries to a couple of mason jars.
Voilà! The kitchen is done!
These Christmas tea towels had to come home with me too. I couldn’t just leave them there, now could I? They scream Christmas, don’t ya think? It’s highly probable that I’m going to have to head on back for more of these lovelies.
I’m so happy you came over and to share my home with you. Hope you’ll visit again soon and enjoy Wendy’s home from At Lane and High. It’s great! I know you’re gonna love it! ❤️
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