Christmas Decorating House Tour

Only 10 more days until Christmas and I am ready. It feels good to have my decorating done and I even had help with the outside lights this year.

I usually put them up each year, but my husband and daughter surprised me and did it when I was out.  My husband calls me the “Light Whisperer” – because I know my way around a string of Christmas lights and can find the problem quickly when you think you have everything working and then an entire section of lights goes out.

I kept my Christmas decorations simple this year – orchid ribbon, snowflakes, greenery, ornaments, and glitter. This post is a brief tour and recap of what I did.  I have written about most of these projects in the past few weeks. If you want to know more – just click on the links.

Ribbon Christmas Tree Topper

Christmas Decorating Ideas

I hung the wreaths on my doors by looping a length of ribbon around the top of the wreath and then used a metal push pin that you can buy at office supply stores to hold it up. I placed the push pin about 7 inches down from the top of  the ribbon so I would have enough to flap over the push pin to hide it and also as a little accent.

The push pin was placed right into the joint between the glass and the door frame so I won’t see a hole when I remove the wreaths.  I wrapped a small piece of florist wire around the push pin and the ribbon to cinch it in.

How to hang a wreath with ribbon

Window by my kitchen sink.  I always place a few of my Kosta Boda Snowball candles along this windowsill. It looks very pretty at night when the candles are lit.

Ideas for Christmas Decorating

To make my store-bought wreaths look a bit more natural, I added some cedar clippings from the trees in my yard.

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Banister garland.  This is the first Christmas that my staircase has no carpet – loving it!

How to decorate a Staircase for Christmas

In the foyer – window sash mirror with an Easy to Make Ribbon Bow.

How to make a ribbon bow

This Ornament Bowl was one of my very first projects when I started blogging over 2 years ago.   This is its 3rd Christmas.  I made it with two thrift store finds.

How to make a ribbon bow

I painted a thrift store mirror to place above the piano in my family room. I also painted and Glittered Tree Branches. You can find out how I did that over at my post on


I found the green candles at the Pottery Barn outlet in Lancaster, PA. They smell divine.

Decorating Ideas for Christmas

I found the perfect size snowflakes at the teacher supply store US Toys to use as place mats for my Holiday Table Setting.  I glittered the stems on the wine glasses to create a festive look.

Table setting ideas Snowflake-place mats

Made Paper Snowflake Curtains for the windows in my dining room.

How to make a Snowflake curtain for a window

And created a few Knitting Needle Ornament Trees to place strategically around the house.

How to make a Knitting Needle Ornament Tree

Windowsill at night.

Holiday Decorating Ideas Kosta Boda Snowballs

Now that the decorating is complete it is time for the paper and scissors to come out. Let the wrapping begin.

If you would like to see more Christmas decorating projects from previous years you can go to my Holiday Project Gallery.


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  1. Oh, ok. Given the length of them I thought they wouldn’t balance or were too heavy (even if they were light in weight) to not topple. I’m going to give this a try. Thank you Diane.

  2. How did you keep the tree branches from falling over? How did you support them?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      HI Donna – I just wedged them into the tall glass candle holders. They are lightweight branches. If you have any type of tall vase – it should work fine. You could add some Styrofoam to the bottom to stick the ends of the branches in if they need more support. I kept the branches after taking the decorations down last year and plan to do the same thing or something similar with them this week.

  3. Miss Charming says:

    I love the colors you used in your Christmas decor. And such fabulous tree branches.

  4. i love your home! it is just so beautiful and that ribbon on the wreaths is the perfect touch!

  5. Lisa @ A Room with A View says:

    As always, you have done a great job, Diane. The house looks perfectly festive and the color scheme is very pretty. I love the vignette above the illuminates the space.

  6. Beautiful! You have a great blog, too! First time stopping by!

  7. Your whole website is just beautiful. I found you recently through centsational girls craft party. I loved the Knitting needle/ornament tree and give it a try. Mine looks pretty and was simple. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Dawn – that is so nice to hear. Simple and easy is what we need right around now. Happy Holidays

  8. Kelly @Eclectically Vintage says:

    Just found your blog and loving it! Fab orchid bows, glittered branches and snowflake place mats. Following along.

  9. So beautifully done, Diane! Colorful, elegant, festive- love it!

  10. Robyn Rasmussen says:

    What a gorgeous color scheme!!! I absolutely love how you have decorated and I am happy to start following your amazing blog! I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled upon this sooner!! Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap up party.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Your piano vignette is my favourite! I also love the colours you chose for your decorations.

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  12. Oh, Diane! It’s just beautiful! That piano vignette left me with my mouth hanging open! lol! GREAT job!

    xoxo laurie

  13. the polka dot closet says:

    Gorgeous!!! I love your Christmas Colors! The steps look fabulous!


  14. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the tour. It’s lovely, just the right amount of glitter and shine mixed up with natural elements. Great photos, as usual.

  15. Christina says:

    Beautiful! I love it all!!

  16. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    It all looks very pretty, Diane! I love how you have used the purple throughout.

  17. Marty@A Stroll thru Life says:

    Oh my, everything is so beautiful. I love your colors. Hugs, Marty

  18. You are such a talented gal . . . I especially love the Knitting Needle Ornament trees and the kitchen window with the Kosta Boda snowball candles. You have encouraged me to utilize what I have and to “take a leap and change it up.”
    Merry Christmas . . .

  19. The enchanted home says:

    Wow its so stunning. I love it all….well done, not too much not too little! Especially love the wreaths hanging in front of your french doors..gorgeous!

  20. Laura@ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    It’s just beautiful Diane!