Christmas in the New Place

So with no new projects on the horizon (we’ve got some ideas, but haven’t started executing anything yet…we know, boring, lazy, not entertaining, etc.) and the holidays taking up all of our time, we figured we might share a quick post about what Christmas is like here in our new place!

As you know, I’m a big huge gigantic fan of Christmas. This is due, in part, to the fact that I was born on Christmas day. I know, ‘it’s amazing’, right? Joking aside, Christmas is super important to me. You can read all about my crazy obsession with Christmas tree ornaments here.

Now that we have so much more space, my Christmas decorating has been taken to a whole new level (of crazy)!

We have a bay window in the living room and a bow window in the kitchen now. These are two fantastic new places to add decorations that we couldn’t have otherwise accommodated in the past. I made a little pine, berry and candle/lantern display for the kitchen window:

DIY Christmas display, pine and berries DIY Christmas display in the kitchenI added my mom’s classic manger display to the bay window in the living room right next to the tree:

Christmas manger display

We also now have a mantle on our fake (it’s electric…boogie, woogie, woogie) fireplace, so of course I had to spruce this up with some lights, and some familiar old decorations that just didn’t really have a proper spot in the old place. I’ve got to admit, even though it’s a fake fireplace I am SO excited about this because we can actually hang our stockings by the chimney – with care, of course. 😉

As you saw in one of our previous new house/old house comparison posts (click here) we still have our coffee bar. However, there just so happens to be a very handy electrical outlet right above the mug rack, so I took full advantage of this by adding a little light display here too!

Coffee bar Christmas light display

Of course we still have our tree, but now with the added space and bay window, we thought this would be a great opportunity to make the tree even more of a focal point. In our old house, we really had no choice but to kind of stuff the tree in the corner next to our couch. Now, we have the tree right in the window for all to see. So this makes for a nice display looking in from the outside and also a way better setup for enjoying the tree on the inside of the house. Don’t mind my fun Instagram filters. 🙂

Christmas tree (old house)Christmas tree (new house)

And of course, our outside display is still just as fun. We are thinking we will probably add to this as years go by, but this is a good start for our first year in the new place (pardon the low lighting in these quick cell phone snaps). We also have these fun bushes now that we spiraled some lights around!:

Outdoor Christmas light displayOutdoor Christmas light display

How do you use your space to decorate for the holidays? Head over to our Facebook page to let us know!

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DIY and Home Improvement HoliDECOR Tips

We’ve been really into puns lately always, as you could tell in our previous post about our asBESTos week ever. Now we want to share some great holiDECOR tips with you! Are you tired of decorating in the same old way, year after year? Maybe you’d like to try and switch it up a bit! Here’s our quick hit list of some holiday decor tips and tricks:

  1. Deck the Halls (literally): You always line your windows and doors with lovely Christmas lights, but did you ever think of hanging your lights somewhere else? How about in a zig zag pattern running along the ceiling in your hallway? That’s what we did! We’ve used this technique before during the Halloween season, so we figured we’d give it a try for the holidays. We just took 1 strand of lights and ran it back and forth in a zig zag pattern, fastening each point with a thumb tack (not through the wires, now!) to secure the lights.
    Hallway Christmas Lights
  2. Heavy Metal Christmas? (this reference is weird, Google it): I’m an ornament hanging pro psycho. Here’s a tip…always hang your heaviest ornaments at the bottom of your tree and the lighter ornaments up toward the top. It seems really simple, but if you fail to hang ornaments in this way, you could have a real tree catastrophe on your hands. Distribute the weight evenly and you’ll be sure to have a very merry Christmas tree!
  3. Jingle All the Way…to the Bank!: Want to save some money this holiday season? Then LED Christmas lights and outdoor light timers are an absolute MUST! Andrew is in charge of all the lighting in and around our house, so you better believe the placement and color temperatures of our lights are going to be balanced just right. Andrew uses a light timer that camouflages itself quite nicely. We just stake the sucker in the ground, plug and go. As for the lights themselves, most of them are from our beloved Target and they are all LED. The upfront cost may be slightly higher, but LED is the wave of the future and prices had actually been coming down in recent years. With the amount of money you will save on your electric bill, you won’t even remember how much you paid for the lights! Now that’s something to ‘ho ho ho’ about!
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Can you think of any other great holiday decorating tips? Share them below or head over to our Facebook page and share your tips!