Happy Thursday! I am so excited about today’s Cozy Holiday Home Tour!  I have been planning this tour with five other bloggers for a few months and I am so happy it is finally here. If you are new to the blog, thanks so much for popping by! Today, I am going to give a peek into a few spots around the house that are decked out for the holidays. Plus, I am sharing my ideas for keeping Christmas decor from taking over your house!

As always, I gravitate towards a cozy and warm theme for our home.  Our house is a 1950’s cape cod that we renovated several years ago. It still has a bit of the older feel and so I try to stay within that style. I love to decorate for holidays but I do not like dragging out a ton of bins and boxes with Christmas decor. So in the last few years, I’ve tried to simply our holiday decor while still making the house feel like Christmas!


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Tips for Simple & Stylish Christmas Decor


Designate Certain Spots for Holiday Decor

My first tip is to pick spots around the home that get updated for the holidays. Instead of trying to cover every surface in the home with decorations, designate a few areas! At Christmastime, I take away some of my everyday decor too. I used to just add Christmas decor to what I already had out and the house felt so cluttered! Now, I clear off some counter and shelf space.

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Some of my favorite spots for holiday decor are in my kitchen. The coffee bar gets a makeover for most holidays and seasons. This Christmas, I went with a hot cocoa theme! I was inspired by the hot cocoa sign I found at Kirklands. Everything else I had on hand at home. I TRY not to buy too many holiday specific decorations. The hot cocoa theme can stay all winter long!

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I change up my chalkboard for holidays and seasons. It’s another spot that doesn’t require a lot of decor …just a few little swaps goes a long way.

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I update our kitchen sink area with seasonal items too.

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Mix Old with New

It is so easy to want to buy all new decor every season…especially if you spend any time on Instagram or Pinterest. There is so much inspiration everywhere! But it is good to have a mix of old and new decor. I have memories of specific Christmas decorations that were in my home growing up. I want my kids to be able to count on some of the same holiday decorations too!

We have had these stocking holders since before we had kids. And while I might opt for something “new”, these holders are special because we got them when we were first married.

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Same goes for the stockings…there are so many cute ideas. But I am too sentimental to ever change our stockings!

A few years ago, I found this ceramic tree at an antique store. It is such a classic Christmas item.

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I love how this tree fits into our kitchen!


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I use my bar cart to display some of our old and new items. We have had the nutcracker for several years and usually I put it in the kids space. But this year I displayed in our living room and he fits right in:) I put old Christmas cards and Santa pictures in the basket.

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My nine year old was in charge of updating our light box and letter board and I think he did an awesome job!

I also love mixing homemade items with store bought decor. One of the kids made this mini gnome at school last year. He fits perfectly with the large gnome I got from Homegoods.

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Use consumable items as decor

It’s nice to mix in things like flowers, greenery and even food as part of the seasonal decor! These are items that can be thrown away or eaten by the end of the holiday!! Candy inside clear bowls or jars adds a nice pop of color. Just be sure you have plenty of candy to restock as you might always be replenishing! We just swapped out the remaining candy corns in this gumball machine for holiday colored M & Ms!

Even cute holiday themed soaps are a great way to add a festive touch!

Invest in decor pieces that can be used for all the holidays

My favorite decor pieces include trays, cake stands and lanterns! These are pieces that you can work with for every occasion! We are always moving these pieces around the house for a different look. The lanterns and trays get filled with different items. Frequently,  I update what is on the cake stands depending on the season.

This fall, I picked up this wood tray and galvanized house from the Hearth and Hand Collection at Target. These are versatile items that can be used with any seasonal decor.

Hearth and Hand Decor #targetstyle #fixerupper #joannagaines

Instead of setting the table with Christmas plates like I sometimes do, I stacked them in the tray. The table feels less cluttered without the dishes all out. If I’m being honest, it’s a pain to move the place settings when we eat at the table. (like we did for a few weeks around Thanksgiving).

Recently, I purchased this glass domed cake stand (similar). I filled it with a pumpkin and some greenery for Thanksgiving. Now, the dome is filled with white houses and snow (and the same greenery).

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I always love tiered trays for displaying seasonal items. I find that when I have nice, versatile decor pieces, I don’t need a ton of knick knacks and smaller accessories. It makes it easy to coral little decor pieces into these bigger decor items.

Group similar Christmas decor items together

If you have any cute collections like snowman, Santas, etc, minimize the clutter feel by grouping these items together. This year, I put all of my snowmen together on my tiered tray.

My mom has given these Lori Mitchell figurines to the kids over the years. I displayed them all on our piano this year.

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Use colors and textures instead of holiday specific decor pieces

In the last few years, I have figured out that I can change up the colors and textures in our house to get a seasonal look.

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One way I I do this  is by swapping out pillows and blankets. This year I bought a few new pillows and pillow covers! I plan to keep both the plaid and gray pillows out after Christmas.

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Gnome Pillow Cover (on clearance)

Gray Embroidered Pillow Covers (on clearance too!)

Gray Plaid Pillows


I swapped out my pillows and blanket on our pew bench too.

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Another way to change up holiday decor is to use color!  We went with a neutral/silver color scheme for the dining room mantle. Most of these items I already had on my mantle including the candle sticks, window and white picture. So it was easy to add a few more neutral items and take away a few things. This mantle will carry us through the winter months.

Our dining room table got a little Christmas update. I decided not to put out a full place setting (since we use the table frequently) and opted for some chargers and my favorite napkins. Buffalo check is another decor item that can be used throughout the seasons.

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Thanks for stopping by to view my Cozy Holiday Home Tour!  I didn’t get a chance to share all of my home including our Christmas trees.  But I’ll be back with this same group of ladies in a few weeks for a Holiday Lights Tour on Tuesday, December 11th!

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Make sure to visit the rest of the tour stops. I can’t wait to check them out myself!

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  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on November 29, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Love your Christmas touches!

  2. Dara on November 29, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I love the cozy theme. The tips you gave are great too!

  3. Tanya on November 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

    We have almost the same stocking holders. I’m the same way – too sentimental to replace. And we have stockings that I did with needlepoint many years ago. There are so many cute options out there, but I couldn’t replace them! Your home is beautiful!

  4. Brittany Worrell Boyce on November 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I love that vintage ceramic Christmas tree! My grandparents had one, so it’s very nostalgic for me!

  5. Brittany Wise on November 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I LOVE you coffee bar! You home looks perfectly cozy! Thank you so much for joining us this year!

  6. Caroline Martin on November 29, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Tell your mom I have some Lori Mitchell too! They are adorbs! I live vicariously through you !!!

    • Jaclyn on November 30, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Of course you have them too! I’d love to see your collection:)

  7. Lisa on November 30, 2018 at 8:20 am

    These are great tips for holiday decor. I, too, limit my seasonal decor to specific areas (the mantle, book case, piano, and bar cart). Christmas extends to a couple of other coffee tables/shelves, so I pack up everything that was on them into my empty Christmas boxes and only put Christmas items out. I just rotate my seasonal boxes (I now even have a Winter box and a Summer box) and it’s so much easier. And I don’t get tired of my decor either because I only see it for a few weeks (or months) at a time!

    • Jaclyn on November 30, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Yes I love this Lisa! I am moving towards seasonal boxes too. Most of my Christmas decor can carry through the winter. I love that you pack up your decor into your Christmas boxes.

  8. Bailey on December 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I love when I see other homes that appreciate the magic of Christmas through cute home decor! I love that you found an antique ceramic Christmas tree too! That is my favorite piece this year! I’d love to join your house tour next year! Or even this year if there is still time!

  9. Keri on December 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Love all of your decor! It is just so cozy!

  10. Shannah Walker on January 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Would you share where you kitchen rugs are from ? Love your home!

    • Jaclyn on January 15, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Thank you Shannah! They are actually from Costco! Such a deal and they hold up so well.

  11. Elaine on March 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I love your blue curtain in your kitchen window. Can you share where you bought it from. If you made it yourself can you share where you bought the fabric ? I love it. Thank you.

    • Jaclyn on March 5, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Hi Elaine! It is actually black…I made it using fabric from Joanne Fabrics!

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