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Christmas Decor – A Tour of our Home for the Holidays

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Christmas home tour featuring a coastal home with garland and minimal decor.

Christmas Decor Tour

Welcome to my first annual Christmas Decor Tour. With Christmas right around the corner, I am welcoming you in my home to see how I decorated this season. This year my love of simple and neutral decor expanded to the exterior decorations as well. Here is how I kept the decor on a budget and got the house decorated with three young children for the holidays!

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Front Porch

My first stop was Costco for their artificial garland. Last year I made the mistake of purchasing real cedar garland and it died within days. Costco has an amazing return policy and we were able to refund the cedar garland, but it was such a pain. Therefore, I vowed to never use real garland on our exterior again. We get direct sunlight several hours a day with warm days during the season. Linking this garland is not an option but they are currently $37.99 for each 9′ strand at Costco.

This year I am using real plants in place of artificial trees for porch decorations. I chose plants of various sizes and shapes that survive all seasons in our planting zone. By using live plants, I can plant these in our backyard after the holidays. You will see leyland cypress, blue star juniper, and rosemary flanking the front door. I purchased all of these at Home Depot and the rosemary came in the cute little olive buckets. The juniper is in a pot that is no longer available from Target. Finally, the cypress trees are in these planters from World Market.

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We have a large porch and I love layering welcome mats to fill up the space. I also like changing them with the seasons and how the bottom rug adds depth and character to the smaller mat.

This Costco wreath is such a beauty and I look forward to purchasing these every year. They are live and do very well with the heat and daily sun. I added wired linen ribbon from Michaels and my favorite black striped ribbon from Amazon to create a floppy bow. In addition, the same wired ribbon can be seen on the garland.

Tour the Inside

Next, we take a quick look around the foyer and peak into the playroom where the kids had a blast decorating. They decorate their very own tree with all of our special ornaments every year. The little kitchen is from Ikea and you can see the makeover we did here.

Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

Living Room

Moving on and into the living room, we moved our furniture around to make room for our King of Christmas tree. We have the 7.5′ Yorkshire Fir and you can receive 10% off with the code THECOASTALOAK here. Placing it close to the mantel creates a cozy atmosphere in the living room. I will post a full review of the tree within the next few days, so please check back for that post!

Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

Keeping with the simple and minimal theme, I purchased classic glass ornaments in various shapes and sizes. No broken glass yet! Our kids are following the rules and I have been lucky, but I know one may drop eventually! That is okay because they are from TJ Maxx and I’m linking several similar options here and below.

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Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

My favorite decorations this year are these simple knit stockings from Amazon, the Hearth & Hand artificial garland, and gold harmony bells.

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Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

I purchased this artificial wreath last year at TJ Maxx and it is no longer available, however I have linked sever similar options in this post. Subsequently, these pillows are from Home Goods and Target. In addition to holiday decor, one way to transition decor with the seasons is by swapping out your pillows!

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Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

The Sugar Paper Co. wrapping paper at Target is so cute this year! Unfortunately the green velvet ribbon is no longer available online, but most of the paper is still in stock. In addition, one of my favorite pieces of decor is this tree topper from McGee & Co.

Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Christmas Home Tour - The Coastal Oak - Come tour the neutral and simple Christmas decor in my home!
Caitlyn Motycka Photography

Christmas Views from Instagram Lately

I frequently share images on Instagram and here are few of the Christmas decor posts I have shared. You can follow me here and I love interacting with my followers while sharing inspiration for your decor!

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Thank you for stopping by and touring our Christmas decor this year. I hope this post gives you inspiration for your own decor and please send me photos if you have used my inspiration. Seeing my ideas in your home makes my heart happy!

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  1. I love your style! It’s simple, elegant, and yet feels cozy and like Christmas! I need to head to Home Depot for some real trees – it looks so nice and we can definitely use them in the backyard after the holidays. I was tempted to get the wreath at Costco last night, but worried it wouldn’t last in the South Carolina heat, but maybe I’ll try it!

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