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Christmas House Tour 2014

by - Monday, December 15, 2014

With Christmas just over a week away, its about time I finish up the decorating around here. And I have! Sort of.

I'm not sure what it is this year, but I'm feeling a bit unsettled with my decor. I can't stop fiddling with vignettes I've already created and my mind is running with ideas on what to do with the leftover decorations (too.many.balls!). But at some point you just need to step away from the Pinterest, stop looking at the blogger home tours, and put down the glue gun so you can actually just sit back and enjoy the moment, know what I mean? Do you ever feel like that? There is such an expectation to make things perfect at this time of year.

master bedroom side table white accessories
Keeping things simple and white in the master bedroom
A berry wreath and plaid textiles add simple seasonal cheer
While one part of me wants to go all out for the holidays, the other half just wants to keep things simple. Pare down. Quiet the house. Fall easily into the season and loosen the schedule. 

Chloe's Frozen tree. Snowball lights, snowflakes, turquoise balls and a shoeless Elsa and friends are all we needed
to bring a touch of Arendelle to this tree in the guest bedroom.
These days go by so quickly. We've enjoyed a few traditions like our annual visit to the Christmas market and found new ones too - holiday brunch at Cluny is definitely on next year's To Do list. I love the trappings of the season. It's a time to indulge, enjoy, and savour; a time to reconnect with family and friends you don't see nearly enough of.

The pink tree takes pride of place in Chloe's bedroom. I love that our collection of treasured and special
ornaments is starting to grow.
But for the most part, what I enjoy most at this time of year, is just being at home. Baking cookies or watching sappy movies together. Spending the day in our pyjamas. Making a crafty mess. Enjoying the warmth of the fire with cups of hot chocolate in hand.

As I sit here on the sofa, with the soft glow of the Christmas tree reflecting on my keyboard, I'm reminded that the best gifts are not the ones found beneath the tree. They're the ones that imprint themselves on our hearts, year after year, moment by moment.

In the end, it doesn't really matter how our house is decorated. It doesn't matter that a string of lights is out on the tree, the pillows aren't plumped on the sofa, or that I don't have perfectly wrapped presents displayed just so in these photos. Its hard to do, with so much visual perfection around us (Instagram, I'm looking at you). But life isn't perfect so its a bit too much pressure to expect the holidays to be any different, no?

I think I'm ready to put the rest of the decorations away now. Join me for some hot chocolate, won't you?


I always love looking back at our home throughout the years. Here it is in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013

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