It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I am so excited to welcome you in, once again. I did a poll on my instagram a few weeks ago to find out how you most enjoy a holiday home tour – still photos or video. Well, the results were tied and many of you said both. I’ll try to deliver on just that over the next couple of weeks. Let’s start with the exterior and foyer.
Exterior Classic Christmas Decor
I love white lights, garlands and big red bows so much at Christmas. I can usually go 2-3 years with my ribbons before they fade and must be replaced. This is year FOUR with these bows and I’m really happy with how they held up! I’ve used the same wreaths for the past thirteen years. I never love my home more than when it is decked out in holiday finery!
Every window on the front gets a wreath. It’s a classic look that I’ve used for the last nineteen years on both of our homes.
See my easy technique for bows in this video >> How to Make Christmas Bows and how to hang your wreaths in this post >> 2 Easy Ways to Hang Christmas Wreaths.
I assembled monogrammed wreaths for four of our exterior entry doors quite a few years ago and I still love them. See how I made it and get links to the products used here >> Holiday Monogram Wreath
My ferns did not last this year so I plucked them out and replaced them with rosemary and pansies in October. I have some lovely urn fillers I typically use here, but I hope this real set up will hold up through spring.
The side entry is not left undone! Nobody uses this door, other than Elsa, but it still looks festive from inside and out.
The friend’s entry is the last little piece to share. I put out our bucket of waters and treats for delivery people on Black Friday and have already replenished it!
Foyer Classic Christmas Decor
Without further ado, I’m excited to welcome you inside!! The outside decor flows right inside with red ribbons and greenery. I also like to add pheasant feathers in the foyer and den.
You can watch my short video tour here…
And start the photo tour here…
You probably notice that I don’t change a lot of my decor year over year. I hope it doesn’t get boring. I tweak things here and there but rarely do an overhaul. This year I decided to eliminate anything that I hated putting up or doing. In here, that was the burlap cover I usually put over the table. It always felt like a chore so this year I nixed it. That little change felt so good.
I’ve had the glittery Santa for years and usually put him here on some of my mom’s antique books, surrounded by little trees. I still remember buying him at the Shop of Vinings when Sister and I lived together. We loved that store! I always frame the boy’s current Santa picture here in the foyer, but am using flowers until it comes in.
The garland here in the entry is simple and festive this year. I tie it on with small ribbons as to not damage the railing.
I replaced the garland I had used for the past ten years with a battery lit option two years back. It’s not as full or fluffy, but it doesn’t require running an extension cord up the stairs and across the hall so it works much better for us! I picked it up at Target. The lights are on a 6 hour on / 18 hours off timer which is nice. They can also be turned on or off at any time.
Another minor simplification was that I used to weave ribbons all through this garland. It made it appear more filled in, but drove me batty getting it just right. And so this year I didn’t do it. My goal was to make making Christmas joyful, not annoying.
I loved bringing out the Christmas shades hand painted by my mother again this year. You can read all about them here >> Christmas Lamp Shades
Finally, the umbrella stand gets a pre-made greenery pick. It plops right inside in two seconds flat!
Thank you so much for coming back year after year to tour our holiday home! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Dixie Delights Classic Christmas Home Tour 2021
video tour | exterior + entry | living room + office
den + powder room | kitchen, dining + mudroom
bedrooms | porch + pool
Christmas Decor Shopping List
Remote Tree Switch | Monogram Guest Towels | Magic Light Wand
Balsam & Cedar Candle | North Pole Pillow
1″ Red Velvet Ribbon | 3″ Double Face Satin Red Ribbon
Record Player | Elf soundtrack vinyl
Holiday DIY Video Series
How to Make Christmas Bows | How to Spruce Up a Basic Wreath
How to Make a Greenery Bouquet | Easy Flower Arranging Tips + Tricks
2 Ways to Tie the Perfect Bow
Other Holiday DIY
2 Easy Ways to Hang Christmas Wreaths | Paper Bow DIY
Painted Lamp Shades | Reindeer Kid Art
All Holiday & Seasonal Decor | All things Christmas
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED