Elsie’s Holiday Home Tour!

Elsie’s Holiday Home Tour!

Hello hello! Welcome to my holiday home tour! This year we leveled up quite a bit and did our best to make our home magical for Nova’s second first Christmas (since she doesn’t remember last year, it’s like her first Christmas all over again— lol). I have always LOVED holiday decor, but I think in the past I put too much pressure on choosing a theme or matching all the colors. This year, I just went for it and mixed everything that gave me a warm and fuzzy, nostalgic feeling together!

Wreath/JOANN, Garland/The Home Depot, Howdy Door Mat/Nordstrom.

My inspiration? This little cutie! She’s VERY into hot chocolate.

First up, the living room! I love hanging garlands from the beams throughout the year, but finding the perfect holiday garlands was challenging because originally I wanted something gold with a bunch of stars. But I opened up my heart to more red and green this year and I’m so glad I did! I love the vibe.

Berry garland/JOANN.

SEE! So magical!

There’s our little advent calendar, which is currently going strong! The only thing I will probably revise next year is to exclude candy from the prizes because EVERY day Nova already gets so much candy (literally everywhere we go people are trying to give her candy … haha) and so I end up taking the candy out and hiding it! I know tiny toys are really no better (if they are crappy stuff you don’t plan to keep), but this year I put a lot of miniature animals and things in her calendar (meant for her dollhouse) and those have been my favorite things, along with fun activities!

Diffusing Homebody essential oil every day. It’s my DREAM OIL.

These gold star stickers are EVERYWHERE in our home.

Here’s our dining room! We’re about to host a big holiday party and I LOVE decking out this room. Like most families, our dining room table is full of mail and random junk 95% of our lives, so it feels good to make it all magical!

Gold Star Stickers/Amazon, Bottle brush trees/I buy these literally everywhere—craft stores, Target, West Elm, Anthropologie, Etsy, Amazon, etc.

And one more dining room shot! This banner DIY is here.

I love this simple tree for our wall.

These wooden trees are from Target a few years back— I think the first year we lived in this home? And disco balls of all sizes are an all-season decoration for us (here’s a link to one).

Twinkle, twinkle … These lights are fun. I am planning to clip all our holiday polaroids to them, just haven’t got around to it yet!

So cozy!

We’re definitely listening to Kacey’s Christmas record on repeat this year. It’s perfect for little ones (but not annoying like some Christmas music—haha, sorry).

Three stockings this year … not sure if we’ll have three or four by this time next year, which is SO WEIRD but also a feeling I know so many people can relate to with adoption. Related or not … life is a mystery!

I love this little chalkboard and updating it each season!

Here’s our holiday portrait. I still haven’t ordered cards yet, but I will. Better late than never. Honestly, this time of year I think you might as well embrace the crazy. We’re all behind on something!

(Work Hard poster is from Schoolhouse Electric)

So proud of this beautiful girl. This past year, we’ve been through so much together and it feels good to celebrate one year together during the holidays, just like we will every year from now on.

It’s a very llama holiday this year since Nova’s favorite books are the Llama Llama series. Llama drama rules our world!

Llama + alpaca cookie cutters/Amazon.

Happy holidays from our cozy home to yours!!!!

Sending love and more love! xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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