Take a walk through our holiday home tour to see how we decorated our old Victorian home for Christmas last year. Feel the magical of the holiday season through our traditional Christmas decorations in our home tour.
Sharing a few tips a tricks to decorate your own home, plus a few new additions that we have purchased for this holiday season. I hope that the fresh evergreen and red ribbon inspire you with your decor this holiday season.
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Evergreen Wreath Tips
Evergreen wreaths are a classic holiday decor item that you are bound to see on many home tours. Whether you pick a faux or fresh evergreen wreath, they are a great addition to any home throughout the holiday season. On my holiday home tour you can find evergreen wreaths on mirrors, bookcases, windows, doors, and above our bed!
Fresh Evergreen Wreaths
If you pick a fresh evergreen wreath, it will last about three weeks indoors. However, they are a great choice for outdoors because the cold helps them stay fresh longer. Douglas fir, white pine, and juniper are great options for evergreen wreaths because they are less likely to loose their needles quickly like other evergreens.
Hanging Your Evergreen Wreaths
When it comes to hanging an evergreen wreath, my favourite option is to use Command Hooks. Every year I stock up on these to use throughout the holiday season and I am sure on this home tour there are so many of them being used! The key is ensuring you leave the little tab on the bottom of them so you can carefully remove them. Many people do not read the directions and make this mistake!
Clean the surface prior to applying the hooks, then after hanging the hooks leave them for a few hours before hanging anything on them! There are different types of Command hooks that you can buy. I usually buy a mix of the outdoor ones with the clear “stickers” to use on windows and doors, and regular Command hooks for other places like on the bookcase or on a wall.
Fresh Cedar Garland
One of my favourite additions to our Christmas decorations last December was fresh cedar garland and I am planning to add even more to the holiday home tour this year! Earlier in the season, I used faux greenery, but when December rolled around I switched it out of some fresh cedar garland.
About Fresh Cedar Garland
Fresh cedar garland usually lasts two to three weeks, so I would recommend waiting until December to use it in your holiday decor. The best way to keep your fresh cedar garland alive is by keeping it cool, soaking your garland before hanging it, and spritzing it with a little water every day.
How We Used it in Our Home
My favourite place that I added the fresh cedar garland was along the range hood in our kitchen. I have to admit, it was pretty crispy after 3 weeks. Luckily it was not in a “high traffic” area so it was only a bit messy to remove, but fine day to day.
I also added mini evergreen swags to hang above pieces of art and in vases throughout our home. This was something I added just before Christmas and I loved it so much. This year I am using some inexpensive faux greenery so I can do the same a little earlier. These are the ones I bought!
Norfolk Pine Garland
Norfolk Pine Garland is one of the most popular choices for garland. Long needle pine garland makes a great fresh garland option. Similar to fresh wreaths, they last for about 2-3 weeks. The smell of the fresh pine makes it a very festive choice to decorate your home with
One of the best selling garlands is this faux Norfolk Pine garland. I will be adding to my holiday home tour for this season! It always sells out with a few restocks throughout the season, making it a favourite for many. This pine garland has very realistic long needles and a wood-look stem, with a few different lengths available.
Best Christmas Garland Hanging Tips
Christmas garland is one of my favourite decor pieces that you will see throughout my holiday home tour. There are many ways that you could use garland in your home to add charm in your traditional Christmas decor.
Using Christmas Garland on the Mantel
In my opinion, this is one of the most classic uses of Christmas garland! I love decorating my mantel for the holiday season with garland. Whether you place it along the top, drape it down one side, or both – it is a beautiful way to dress up your mantel.
The best way to keep your garland on the mantel is by using the little command hooks and floral wire. These are the two key pieces I use in most of my Christmas decor because they are easy to use, and keep things in place! The reason I use green floral wire is because it easily blends in with wreaths, garlands and all of your holiday evergreens. it is also really easy to bend into the shape you might need. Command hooks are also great for hanging stockings on your mantel, especially if you have little ones at home and don’t want the stocking holders to be pulled down.
Hanging Garland around Doorways
One of my holiday home tour dreams is to have garland hanging around doorways! I think this is one of the most festive ways to use decor and makes the home feel really warm and cozy. My friend Julie has garland over her entyways and it’s stunning, you can tour her home here.
Garland as a Table Centerpiece
Using garland as a table centerpiece is one of the easiest ways to make a table look festive. Whether you start with a table cloth or table runner, and then layer in garland it adds a festive look to any table. I love to layer in candles and other pieces of decor too.
Sideboard Decorating Ideas
Another great option for Christmas garland is to layer it on a sideboard or console table. I like to decorate it similarly to a mantel, starting with the garland and adding in candles, other Christmas decor like trees and deer. This is a great place to also display a few picture frames!
A video Holiday Home Tour
Want a closer look at our home over the holiday season? I filmed a holiday home tour for you to enjoy a twinkly tour with our Christmas lights.