Christmas Decorating {Wreaths & Trees}

The Inspired Room Entryway

I can’t believe we are about to celebrate our first Christmas in our new house! It’s crazy to think last spring we just started seriously thinking about moving to Seattle and now we are here, getting settled in our new home. YAY! I think the experience of celebrating holidays and making memories in your house is one of the things that helps bond you a bit more to a new home, don’t you agree? Thanksgiving here with our family was wonderful and we just really enjoyed being in our home. I think Christmas will be even more special!

Even though I feel a bit behind on everything right now, my favorite Christmas decor is so simple it’s pretty effortless to pull together. I love using simple greenery as a way to gently incorporate the season. Wreaths, swags and sprigs of greenery here and there, plus of course some twinkling lights and a Christmas tree or two, is pretty much enough for me to feel like our home is festive and ready for celebrating!

The Inspired Room Coffee Station

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we got things rolling in the festive direction and it was so fun! We still don’t have our house put together completely, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it. We went to a local nursery for a fresh tree and then came home and hung two pretty wreaths that I received from Harry & David (one of my go to holiday shopping sites online every year!). These wreaths smelled SO GOOD I could hardly wait to hang them in the house.

The wreath above our coffee station in our dining room is called the Winter Wreath and it is handcrafted at Harry & David’s family-owned Creekside Farms in California. The fragrant eucalyptus and fir base of the wreath is accented with other natural elements such as artemisia, tallow berries, pinecones, and thistle. You can hang it on your door or the wall and it should last all through the holidays and beyond!

The wreath above our entry cabinet at the top of this post is called their Lavender Herb Wreath. I’m sure you can imagine how divine it smells!  The lavender wreath is grown without pesticides or herbicides, which I love, and it is so pretty, too.

My family was in town and everyone was obsessed with the wreaths as I was unpacking them, they not only smell amazing but they are just gorgeous! They arrived in perfect condition and still look amazing!

The Inspired Room Christmas Coffee Station - Harry and David Winter Wreath

It was fun to hang the wreaths since we don’t have hardly anything hung on the walls yet. They really helped cozy things up a bit and of course, anything natural in a room adds so much texture and warmth.

Harry and David Winter Wreath

The Inspired Room - Gray Wingback - Harry and David Christmas Tree

We also ordered this adorable REAL CHRISTMAS TREE (above) and it arrived all decorated with lights and set in the cool pot. It’s so cute! Wouldn’t this make a fun gift for someone? It’s called the Classic Mini Christmas Tree. Every year I order gifts for family from Harry & David (a tradition started by my grandparents!) and this year wreaths and trees will be at the top of my list to consider (which also includes their delicious Pears and Moose Munch gift sets!). It’s so easy to order gifts from Harry & David, even at the last minute or when you have no idea what to get someone, you can easily find a tempting treat or pretty wreath or tree to send along with your Christmas wishes!

I recently had the opportunity to create a special holiday checklist for Harry & David, too, I hope you’ll go check it out! With so much going on this time of year I find it helps to have a list to focus our attention.

Next up at our house this week we’ll be decorating our tree! I’m excited about that. Can you believe how fast Christmas is coming up? Are you ready? I’m not :) but that’s OK. Some years I feel prepared early and some years not, this will just be one of the nots. :) I’m not stressed about it though, just really happy to be getting settled and giving myself the time I need for that.

I’m working on my next update post with our progress on setting up the house and I’ll be sharing our new painted bedroom, too (!!!). Even just from painting the walls, I can tell our bedroom is shaping up to be one of my favorite bedrooms I’ve ever had. :)

Furniture and accessory sources:

Herringbone wood cabinet

Wood and metal cart

Dipped stool

Hanging mug rack

Find more of my furniture, lighting, and accessories in my shop.

*This post was created in partnership with Harry & David, but all opinions are my own.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

HGTV Dream Home - Exterior Entry

Last week I had the fun opportunity to visit the 2016 HGTV Dream Home in Florida IN PERSON (thank you to Glidden for the invitation)! For years I’ve shared tips and inspiration from each of the prior “dream homes” so to actually get to BE IN one of the actual houses and see it for myself was pretty cool. I brought my daughter Courtney with me so I didn’t have to make the big long trip alone. We had the best time!

Even though we loved the trip and the house so much, I’ll admit I’m most excited to just be back HOME. I’ve flown across the country and back THREE times in the short three months I’ve lived here (that’s crazy for a hermit like me). As I’m sure you can imagine, I can’t help but feel happy to feel like I’m finally “home.” :-D

In fact, now that I’m actually home, I’ll share some more house updates so you can see how the bedroom and living room design progress and decisions are coming along. We are nearly done painting the bedroom and we rearranged the living room this weekend. I think both rooms are going to look great, even better than I hoped with only a few simple updates.

But for today, I wanted to take you on a little tour of the HGTV Dream Home. I’ll have more tips and inspiration to share from this house down the road, but let’s take a quick tour so you can get the overview.

Entrance - HGTV Dream Home

Exterior of the HGTV Dream Home

This house was an existing house that was renovated, rather than a brand new build. It was not pretentious at all. Even though the setting was absolutely incredible it still felt homey and livable. I really was in awe of the long tree lined driveway in the front and the gorgeous view out the back!

The front was nearly enclosed with a picket fence, which I think really made the patio space a welcoming and usable outdoor room.

Entryway in the HGTV Dream House

Kitchen Island - HGTV Dream House Tour

HGTV Dream Home Tour - Kitchen

HGTV Dream House Kitchen - Black and White

Neutral Living Room - HGTV Dream Home Tour

HGTV Dream Home Living Room

HGTV Dream House Tour on The Inspired Room

The open concept living room, dining room and kitchen were so comfortable, pretty and light-filled. I just loved the furnishings (all by Ethan Allen) and the lighting, too (all hardwired lighting is from Ethan Allen).  The color of these spaces is called Quiet Rain by Glidden, and it felt very similar to Polished Grey which I used in my old house.

Dining Room - HGTV Dream Home Tour

Dining Room in the HGTV Dream Home

Aren’t these three lights over the dining table cool?

The designer of the home was Brian Patrick Flynn. It was cool to get to meet him at the event, go on the tour with him and hear how the house came together. Glidden was one of the sponsors of the home this year so of course, color played a big part of the design. Coincidentally I found out that the white used in the house (Swan White) is the same white I used in my entryway and intend to use throughout my living room and dining room when we repaint!

HGTV Dream Home Tour

Paint Color: Kentucky Blue

Colorful Room in the HGTV Dream Home

Media Room - HGTV Dream Home Tour

This media room right off the kitchen was so cheery and full of personality. I really prefer smaller cozy spaces like this because they feel like a little nest. I loved the double doors leading into the space, too.

Mudroom Hallway - HGTV Dream Home

Right between the dining room and the garage was this adorable little hall leading to a powder room.

Beautiful Bedroom in the HGTV Dream Home 2016 - The Inspired Room

The eclectic mix of furnishings made this bedroom really charming and gave it that comfortable evolved-over-time feel. You could walk right out the doors to the backyard and the pool, which definitely made it feel very much like the perfect vacation room!

Bedroom Details in the HGTV Dream Home

Lovely Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn - HGTV Dream Home Tour on The Inspired Room blog

Bedroom Details - HGTV Dream House Tour

HGTV Dream Home - Bedroom

Bedroom Details - HGTV Dream Home Tour

Bedroom Closets - HGTV Dream Home

Marlin String Art - HGTV Dream House

There was a lot of original art created for the home, I thought this Marlin string art was a fun piece.

HGTV Dream Home Bathroom

I love love love the penny tile, don’t you? All of the faucets are by Delta.

Bathroom Decor - HGTV Dream Home

I loved the view from the entry to one of the bedrooms on the main floor, too.

Entry - HGTV Dream Home Tour

The stair railings were made out of metal, which gave them a really unique look!

Bedroom in the HGTV Dream Home

Paint Color: New Terra Cotta

HGTV Dream Home Tour - The Inspired Room

Each of the three bedrooms were distinct, but each beautiful and inviting in their own way.

Thai Teal by Glidden - Wall Color

The master suite walls on the second floor were extra bright and cheery (Thai Teal by Glidden), but it made a really fun color statement for an island bedroom. I loved that the decor was simplified to black and white to contrast and tone down the effect of the colored walls.

Bedroom Corner Chair - HGTV Dream Home Tour

HGTV Dream Home - Porch

My favorite thing about this room was the double doors out to a deck that overlooked the pool and the river. I would have coffee there every morning! And don’t you love that railing?

HGTV Dream Home Bathtub and Chandelier


HGTV Dream Home Tour

Blue Laundry Room - HGTV Dream Home

Dog House - HGTV Dream Home

Dog House at the HGTV Dream Home

Isn’t this dog house just the cutest? It has Trex decking inside and a metal roof. Jack would love it, I’m sure.

Backyard - HGTV Dream Home

HGTV Dream Home - Chairs by the Pool

HGTV Dream Home - Outdoor Shower

With an outdoor pool and the river behind the house, an outdoor shower to hose off before coming back in the house made perfect sense.

HGTV Dream Home - Outdoor Space

Pretty View at the HGTV Dream Home

View from the HGTV Dream Home

I really liked the exterior details such as shutters, the roof and the overall charm of the house with the balconies.

This house is soon going to belong to a lucky winner, so I hope you are entering! I’m a little jealous of whoever wins because it truly would be a dream to live in permanently or even to just visit as a vacation home. If you win, please invite me over :).

I’ll have more from this house down the road! I definitely came home inspired and more ready than ever to love the home I have :).

The HGTV Dream Home trip was sponsored by Glidden, but the photos and opinions are my own.

See my 17 Take Away Tips from last year’s HGTV Dream Home.

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