I’m so excited! I know have not one, but TWO At Home Stores within just a few miles of my house. The newest one opened just in time for us to do our holiday decor shopping. Since we moved some items had been broken and some of them no longer really fit the look of our house or yard. It’s time for our holiday decor to get a whole new makeover. The girls and I headed out to the brand new At Home Store to see if they had the inspiration and holiday items we needed and wanted. They did have all that and a whole lot more!
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Entering the new store, I was excited to find both seated and shopping carts. The seated carts meant I could take my time, since walking with the cane can sometimes be a pain – in more ways than one. There were ROWS and ROWS of holiday items. Somewhere according to category, others according to color. Other aisles were according to price making it easy to consider your budget. We made our list of needed and wanted items and checked it twice. We basically had four holiday decor dilemmas. The challenge, to stay on budget and to decorate a tree, outdoor, entryway and mantelpiece.
Holiday Decor Dilemma 1 – The Christmas Tree
The first dilemma is that all three daughter’s wanted a whole new look for the Christmas tree. White, gold, silver and a touch of black was the theme they decided on. Normally they get to choose one new ornament for the tree each year, but they were so excited about the new theme I just didn’t have the heart to say no, even though it meant that we only had a few ornaments to get us started. But with the aisles and aisles of decorations at the At Home store, many of them with “under $5, $10 or $20” on the end caps it made it fun to shop and easy to stay on budget. Having tables colors grouped together also made it easy for us to find just what we wanted. Choosing from our two favorite tables we picked up lots of silver and white as well as the beautiful angel on our tree top. I love how the light from the front window shines through on it.
Holiday Decor Dilemma 2 – The Great Outdoors
This house has lots of bushes in front of it. That can make it hard to come up with fun holiday decorations. It was easy with the netted lights from the At Home Store. We picked up a projector to create a moving light display of snowflakes along the brick wall. Since Houston only gets snow about every 5 years we decided to create our own! The girls have always wanted inflatable decorations and I didn’t realize exactly how easy it was to do them. Be sure to use outdoor extension cords to be safe and we use a timer, so it doesn’t stay on all the time. Each of the kids picked out their own personal inflatable. My middle daughter even named hers “Vixen.”
Holiday Decor Dilemma 3 – The Entry Way and Art Nook
This house has quiet a large entry way. It also has this beautiful recessed art nook and I never really know what to put there. As soon as we saw the tree table at the store all our questions for the recessed area were answered! The beautiful tall, small trees were already ornamented and just the right height. My middle daughter fell in love with the white ceramic tree in the middle. When we turn the ceiling light on above it, it makes a bright, halo like effect which is just the mood we wanted in that area.
My younger two daughter’s LOVE Nutcrackers. The music, the movies, and they have even been to the ballet. No Christmas would be complete without them. I did have to reign them in a little bit as they wanted the really big ones. But now they have their own tree and nutcrackers. A pre-lit tree, a few colorful ornaments and these beautiful blue nutcrackers and all the work was done. I think what was best about much of what we accomplished was that the girls were so involved with it all. No, it wasn’t handmade but they did all the work and couldn’t wait to show it off to dad when he got home.
Holiday Decor Dilemma 4 – The Mantelpiece and Stockings
This year we have a new addition to our family. No, I haven’t had a baby, but my oldest daughter is dating a really amazing young man. He’s really become part of the family. He even helped with shopping and decorating! We wanted him to have his very own place of honor on the mantelpiece. Each of our stockings are personalized, so I was thrilled to find one that he liked that was with the letter “D” for his first name. We also picked up new stocking holders to decorate the mantelpiece.
I remember when we used to do much of our holiday decor with handmade crafts. Now things are so busy with cross country, choir, orchestra, homework and all our other activities we don’t always have the time to create the look we want “from scratch.” Though not handmade items, my daughters and I spent the entire day together picking out just what makes our house a home for the holidays. Each area expresses the personality of those in our family (even the boyfriend who isn’t quite yet IN the family) with beauty, humor and fun.