Holiday Decor-- Day 3


Day 3 of Amber & Neely's Holiday Blog Challenge...Holiday Decor!

One thing they don't tell you in "grown up" school is that if you don't want to break the bank, you should probably start collecting holiday decor items in, oh, let's say, tenth grade. Then by the time you have your own home, you'll be all set and ready to go! Well, Kyle and I learned the hard way that you're just not going to have this perfectly decorated house right away, or at least not on our salaries! So, we're slowly building. But, we do always try to pick up a few items after Christmas every year when they're on clearance. That means that this year, we'll at least be in better shape than last year! Ideally, I would love my home to look like one from the Pottery Barn catalog during the holidays.

Exhibit A...

 I love their classy, yet simple way of piecing together everything. Last year we bought a beautiful table runner from there (red with white polka dots) and stockings from PB that I fell in love with at my lovey, Ash's, house...don't worry...we're pretty much used to copying each other and have been since our college days! We now have a tree skirt and tree lights. We had to compromise on the lights because I grew up with a "colored" lights Christmas tree, and Kyle grew up with a "white" lights Christmas tree. So, we have some of both! We also finally have lights to decorate outside. Luckily, Kyle and I have had a tradition of exchanging ornaments on New Year's Eve, my parents have bought ornaments for my brother and I any time we traveled somewhere,  and Beeb's and I have been sending each other ornaments in lieu of presents since college, so we actually have a pretty wonderful ornament collection! We're planning on decorating this weekend, so I'll let you know how it goes! 

Here are a few pics of decor from last Christmas...
Some goodies we picked up last year on sale after Christmas!
We finally got legit stockings...Pottery Barn!

Tree Skirt from Pier 1
Can't wait to decorate the mantle this year...looking so bare last year!
As you can see, we have a long way to go! The good news is that we set the bar pretty low last year, so I'm pretty sure we can do a LOT better this year! I'll keep you posted! Happy decorating!


  1. My husband and I are in the same boat! We both grew up with real trees and really wanted one for our "first Christmas"... but then we realized that we would probably break the bank buying the tree, a stand, a skirt, lights and ornaments trying to fill it up... It will come with time :-) What you have so far looks great!

  2. We have the same issue...we have NOTHING! Planning to get a real tree this year. Might be a naked tree! lol. Love your stockings :)


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