We’re not quite ready to let Christmas go at the Lanter house. We’re still enjoying our decorations, Christmas cookies and classic movies. We’re trying to squeeze out every last drop of Christmas that we can get, lol. Honestly, we’re like this every year, but knowing that this was our last Christmas before baby L arrives, makes us want to be sure to really not miss out on anything.
I’ve had the worst leg pains this trimester which has really limited my evening activities. This is the first year that we’ve been together that we skipped Christmas Eve candlelight church service, but I needed to stay off my feet. Hopefully next year, we’ll be able to pick up that tradition again. Otherwise, we held true to every single one of our other Christmas traditions this year (except Disneyland, which my feet absolutely couldn’t handle right now). Some of those traditions include: baking cookies, going out to look at Christmas lights on Christmas night, breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel and more.
Leave a comment below and let me know if you and your family have any special traditions for Christmas that you look forward to each year. I love getting new ideas from you about different things we could be doing!
Christmas Home Decor Tour 2017
Christmastime is the best time of year at the Lanter house. Matt and I LOVE to decorate for the holidays.
Our house still isn’t fully decorated… But it’s getting there, slowly but surely. All of our attention has been on the nursery and I can’t wait to finish it!
First up: Our family room. We added a new tree to the decor this year and I love the way it turned out. I had red and white in mind for this room and I HAD to have a flocked tree.
For our kitchen, there wasn’t a lot of decorating involved. I wanted to add wreaths to my counter stools but didn’t get around to it this year… So it’s on my to-do list for next Christmas.
I did add a pretty white berry wreath above my stove which really cozied up the space. My mom and cousin made my pretty Noel wreath which now hangs over my kitchen sink.
One of my favorite spaces to decorate is our dining room. I love changing out my tablescape for the seasons or holidays. If you missed my Thanksgiving tablescape, see it in this post. I chose to use my gold flatware and goblets from Thanksgiving also for my Christmas table setting. I skipped the table runner and placemats and opted for a more simple table, which I think worked out beautifully.
My formal living room is decorated using our tree and mantle decor from our old house. See our Christmas home tour from 2016 in this blog post.
I typically wrap my tree with ribbon, but this year I tried a different method that I learned from my friend, Emily Gemma’s Insta-story with her sister. They cut the ribbon into sections and place the ribbon pieces in the tree. I love the way it turned out! My mom and I did it together and she used the same method on her tree at home.
Last but not least is our bedroom. I love bringing a little Christmas to our bedroom to keep it feeling cozy when we go to bed each night. Since this photoshoot, we’ve added a live boxwood wreath wrapped in fairy lights directly above the bed.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our home. I linked the exact pieces we have that are still available and tried to find similar pieces for those that are no longer available. Leave any questions in the comments below.
Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.
Master Bathroom Reveal and Organization Details
What I’m Wearing:
When we bought our house, one of my favorite rooms was the white marble bathroom. I’ve always dreamed of a bright, white bathroom and I’m so thrilled to have that now. I knew I needed to make the most of the drawer space I had in the bathroom, while keeping it as functional as possible. The best way I found to do that is by using drawer organizers. I chatted about the process originally in this blog post.
Organization can get pricey fast, so here’s my routine to keeping the prices down:
- First shop at Homegoods and T.J. Maxx for your organization essentials such as acrylic trays, drawers and drawer dividers.
- Second, shop online at places such as Amazon, Target and Wayfair for the pieces you weren’t able to find in store.
- Last resort: The Container Store. They have everything you need for a perfectly organized space… But it’s the most pricey option.
Under my bathroom sink, I used multiple types and sizes of plastic baskets and acrylic trays to keep the space organized and functional. Below is my organization process based on product type.
I grouped together the hair products I don’t use on an everyday basis in a bigger basket towards the back left. The hair products that I reach for daily are grouped together in a basket in the front left for easy access.
For my curling iron, I use the Classica & Lillie Curler Caddie to keep it neat and easy to reach. I secured it to the inside of my cabinet door but it’s made to suction perfectly on your vanity mirror. It suctioned perfectly to my cabinet door, but didn’t on my tile. It can also be used to store your straightening iron. Because it’s made of silicone, it won’t melt and prevents burns to your surfaces. Save $2 on the pink or blue Curler Caddies with this link, but hurry… There’s only limited quantities available!
As for my hairbrushes and hair clips, I used acrylic trays to keep them separate, but still easily accessible. I try to clean my hairbrushes out after every use because I can’t stand having hair in my drawers… GAG! I also learned how to wash my hairbrushes to keep them clean and nice longer from Mawmaw. If you’d like me to do a post about how I clean my hairbrushes, combs or even hair extensions, leave a comment below and let me know.
I divided up my skincare based on usage. I keep my every day and night products in my drawer that I organize with trays from Homegoods. I use a silverware organizer to keep my cotton round pads in a neat pile that I can grab easily to apply my toner and the two smaller trays to separate my eye products.
My face masks and speciality skincare products are stored in the trays under the sink and in the grey basket in the open shelves.
Q-tips, soap bars (we use Dove) and cotton balls are all stored in the glass jars on the counter top. Because they’re all white, they make for a pretty display while still being functional.
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect bathroom light fixture for over the bathtub. Once I put the finishing touches on the bathroom, I’ll show the room in it’s entirety.
Photography by Kara Coleen.
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