We got a new artificial tree this year and I'm loving it!! We're not always home a ton during the holiday season and last year our real tree took a sad turn to dry and pokey because of it. This year the tree will stay pretty all month long!
In the kitchen I wanted to change things up a little bit from previous seasons but I also wanted to try to work with what I had already on hand. I put the garland and word signs up above the cabinets again but this year I added some shiny red ornaments to the garland. I don't know why I never did that before because I LOVE it. Several times I've looked at it and said to Loren "I don't know why I didn't do that before...it looks so pretty!". I think he's ignoring any further garland chatter from me. :) For the window, I grabbed some different ornaments I had and hung them with ribbon from the top of the blinds. The ornaments shine pretty when the over sink light is on. I also stuck a little mini tree next to the sink.
On the peninsula, I did buy these cute new placemats from good ol' Tar-jay. There's some candle holders filled with bead garland and some pictures of Santa propped along the wall too. (And don't mind the basket of random junk on the counter).
I always look forward to decorating the stair rail. Growing up my Mom always decorated ours nice and I thought it looked so pretty all lit up. So I copy her. I used less green garland this year but added some ornament looking garland that I picked up at JoAnn's (60% off!!). Like everything else, the new garland is shiny with glitter and makes me very happy. I hung our stockings including the ones I made last year and called it good.
Finally, came the dining room. I was a little more excited to decorate the space this year; I think because it's feeling a little more finished since I got the buffet decorated and some wall hangings up. I took some of the garland I didn't use on the stairs and placed it along the top of the buffet. Just like the kitchen, I added some small red ornaments to give it a little sparkle and spice. I also propped up a Merry Christmas picture and set a red mosaic candle holder out. The table is the same from the last couple years - ornaments hanging from the light and a big ol' basket of sparkle on the table itself.
So that's it! I really like the way things turned out this year, and like I said before it just feels so much more festive now that the decorations are up. I'm also happy that I was able to make a few little changes to our decor without spending a ton of cash-ola. What about you guys? Got your decorations up? Do you keep things the same every year or switch it up? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.