Simply Inspired Holidays: Decorating Your Front Door

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front DoorBallard Designs


Thanks to everyone who stopped by Saturday to see my exciting kitchen update! It’s been a great weekend, they even made progress on drywall! I’m starting to feel more optimistic that I’ll have more pretties to share with you soon. But even though remodeling is making a mess of my house, I’m really excited for Christmas and so I’m trying to enjoy that, too.

As you certainly know by now since I have been talking about this for a year (so sorry, ha!), we will have a new front door by Christmas and if I’m really lucky, we’ll have it before that. I’m trying not to get my hopes up too far since I’m getting used to things not happening on my timeline, but having my front door installed in the next few weeks would be a Christmas wish come true. It will even be installed already painted, so that means it will be all ready for a wreath! YES!

Even if the style of your door isn’t picture perfect like the ones in these inspiration photos, a bit of greenery can do wonders to usher in the season. I think you’ll be as inspired as I am by these photos!

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front DoorOn Sutton Place

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Door
DIY Christmas Garland via Nine and Sixteen

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front DoorHanging basket source / paint colors

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Door
Style Blueprint

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Door
Small Measure

Home Stories A to Z

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Door
Love Grows Wild

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front DoorIn the Fields

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Door
Talk of the House

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front Doororiginal source unknown, anyone know it?

Christmas Decorating Ideas - Decorating the Front DoorSouthern Living Idea House via Thistlewood Farms

I’m clearly so excited about my new door, but I’ll still decorate the one I have if the new one doesn’t arrive in time. It’s so fun to create a welcoming front entry. We even put up our icicle lights on the house already, can you believe it? I’m about to get on a roll here.

Click through for a link to a free holiday gift set with purchase.

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY!

Tomorrow is the last day to get your FREE Mrs. Meyer’s holiday gift set with free shipping on your first $20 order at Grove Collaborative (use my link to get the deal HERE).

And this is amazing, I just found out that Grove is also giving away THREE FREE MEALS through Feeding America to those in need for every new customer that comes through during this promotion. Isn’t that cool? We get a thank you gift for our first order, but even more importantly, we also get to help give back. That’s what this season is all about.

So, what should you get for your first Grove order, you ask? You can get everyday things you needed anyway like trash bags or paper towels, or you can even get some Christmas gifts! I’m buying Mrs. Meyer’s hand soaps to give out as gifts this year. They’re perfect for teachers, gift baskets, neighbors, stocking stuffers and last-minute gifts. If you’re wondering which scents to get, my favorite is the Orange Clove, but Peppermint is divine, too. The pine is also awesome, but it’s almost sold out already. Order soon so you don’t miss out on your favorites and give back to people in need, too!

*Already a Grove customer? Don’t forget you can get the Bubble Up dish brush from the holiday set for 50% off with my link here!

*Please note that Grove currently does not ship to Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska.

Simply Inspired Holidays: Finding Childlike Wonder

Forest and Sea Christmas - The Inspired Room


We’ve had quite a few changes in our life and home over the past year and a half. I think those changes have led me to crave that sense of being home for the holidays. With the stress of the actual move, a long transition and other changes mostly behind us and the light at the end of the remodeling tunnel starting to become a little brighter, we have been feeling more like we are actually home.

As I was thinking back to other holiday seasons, I remember feeling those sentiments after a move or other changes in life. Seasons of change disrupt your daily rhythms and can make you feel like you lose your footing or equilibrium for awhile as you adjust and adapt to your new normal or surroundings. Adulting sometimes threatens to steal our childlike wonder of the Christmas season!

I remember one Christmas years ago when I felt the gentle nudge to hold onto what Christmas looks like through my youngest child’s eyes.

Forest and Sea Coastal Christmas Decorations

You can read the funny (and tear-inducing) story about trying to decorate our home when our puppy Jack was only six months old and what my then eleven year old son said about Christmas when he came home from school that afternoon in this blog post from 2011. What he said that day tugged on my heart strings and left an impression that has inspired me to want to keep Christmas magical and child-like, even if I’m in full-on adulting mode and our kids no longer get up at 5AM on Christmas morning.

Christmas fireplace mantel decoratingOttoman source / Velvet stockings

A few years ago we started collecting “woodland animals” as Christmas decorations. Our family loves funny animals so it was a fun way to bring our sense of humor to our tree. From there our Christmas style morphed into what we called a “forest & sea” theme. We love to use fresh and faux greenery and a collected a mix of forest animals and coastal decor. I actually don’t really think of “forest & sea” as a “theme” but more of a tangible and quirky reflection of our story.

While we have lived in many houses as a family, each of our kids’ childhood homes and our beach house have been here in the Pacific Northwest (nestled between beautiful forests and the sea). I feel like our forest and sea Christmas is a special way to stitch together our favorite life memories and best of all, the quirkiness of our style helps bring childlike wonder to our home.

Do you have special family memories or ornaments that help inspire your Christmas decorating?


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