holiday decorating :: 2015 home tour

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

i love love love to decorate my house! in fact, if you visit me this week, there is a VERY good chance that it won’t look the same if you come back the following week. i am constantly moving something from one room to another or from one spot to another. maybe it’s my creative nature or a tad too much OCD, but it certainly keeps things lively around here.

i am an expert at “decor shopping” in my own house and using what i already have to create a new space.

i don’t have an overabundance of Christmas decorations. in fact, i just have one large box. i like to add special touches using simple things like ribbon & greenery to decor i already have.

for some reason i seemed to struggle with how i wanted the house to look this Christmas. i knew i wanted to use traditional red and white, but it wasn’t until i stumbled on the buffalo checked basket at Target that it all came together!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey
i walked into Target earlier this week and calling my name from the Dollar Spot was this adorable checked basket. i knew it was the perfect accessory for my fresh cut little tree from the yard.

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

then, during a trip to TJMaxx, i found this ribbon. i had already used a red and white striped ribbon throughout the house, but decided that this ribbon was a better fit for the look i was going for.

to add a bit of color to my boxwood wreaths that hang from my old window i decided to add fresh cranberries to the mix. PERFECT!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

i love simple touches like this! i just pulled together a stack of magazines, tied a ribbon around the stack and added a little cranberry wreath with fresh greenery. so simple, but striking.

and those pillows. i just adore them! they were a great purchase from Parris Chic Boutique.

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

this little green truck moves with me from season to season. i originally purchased this little truck, {which is a bird feeder} at my local Rite-Aid Pharmacy, to give to my dad!

as you can see, the decision was made it NEEDED to live with me!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

two of my favorite things. my new cow print from Hobby Lobby and the metal Christmas tree i have had for years! this cow print seriously just makes me happy!!!!!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

i decided to fill up my antique radio flyer wagon with gifts! it looks adorable by the tree!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

speaking of tree – i have to tell you something! my WHOLE life we have had real trees, but this year i did something completely unexpected and purchased an artificial tree from Balsam Hill. i debated and debated this decision for MONTHS before my order. i have to tell you that i am VERY pleased with my tree. if i didn’t know better i would think it was real.

and something else about us…we are ornament snobs. Cynde Mini’s ornament snobs to be exact. our tree is FILLED with her ornaments – 17 years of ornaments with the first being purchased in 1998 after my oldest was born.

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

i talked my hubby into helping me make this adorable reindeer i found on Pinterest! so so cute!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

i am madly and deeply in love with my handmade star pillow given to me by my dear friend Joy! it is certainly one of my treasures!

2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey 2015 Christmas/Holiday home decor tour from Lauren McKinsey

wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons!

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