Holiday Decor: A Rustic Chic Christmas

Hey Mamas! I have a confession to make…

I’ve been in the holiday spirit for months now.

(As in, before Halloween…)

Isn’t that crazy? And to think I was that girl who didn’t even put up a Christmas tree just two years ago. Oh, how times have changed! Motherhood really does make you a whole new person.

I think this particular year means so much to me because I realize it’s Liam’s last holiday season as an only child. Soon he’ll be sharing all of these special memories with his little brother, which is beautiful, but I still want to make sure this year is special and magical for him. It makes me so happy to see him get excited about the little things!

I wanted to share our holiday decor with you all because I love it. It represents our family and my decorating style pretty well. I like to call it “rustic chic”, although my husband refers to it as “boho rustic chic” because I must’ve used those three words in the same sentence thousands of times while we were planning our wedding three years ago. He’s a bit scarred by it 😉

Like for Liam and Noah’s rooms, I put together a little video of the different accents I incorporated into our dining room for the holidays. You’ll also get a glimpse of our front porch which is still a work in progress. I hope you like it!

If you’re interested in finding a few of these pieces for your own homes, I’ve included the vendors I worked with below.

Happy holiday shopping!

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Are these not the most beautiful stockings you’ve ever seen? Fleece, linen, faux fur, and burlap… the set matches perfectly although each stocking has its own individual style! I was so impressed with the quality of these stockings and highly recommend working with Burlap Babe.
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I totally fell in love with Lisa’s work and shop, Southern Arcadian. She’s so incredibly generous and professional, and the whole process of customizing our “Riehm Family” stocking holder was a pleasure. She offers a wide variety of wooden signs and you just have to check out her beautiful aesthetic.

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If you’re looking for a tree skirt, look no further than The Burlap Cottage. Our linen tassel tree skirt adds such a cozy element to our dining room and I can’t imagine the room without it! It’s exactly what I was hoping for. If you’re a compulsive pillow shopper like me (or if you’re in the market for some holiday pillows), Leanne’s got you covered, too. Check out her beautiful shop!

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I’m saving this beautiful burlap table runner for Christmas Eve dinner (I know my son will get it filthy if I leave it out before then!) but I encourage you to check out Greece-based Etsy shop AJ Rustic Creations for all of your burlap holiday needs. I love their simple, elegant work!

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Another felt shop that I love is Creativity Customized. Andrea takes her time with each felt piece she creates and you can see the amount of detail in each design. Liam loves his snowman and gingerbread cookie!

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Everything else you see in the video that wasn’t listed above (light up frame, place mats, golden christmas trees, glitter presents, burlap chair bows, wreath) I got at Christmas Tree Shop. Because the holidays aren’t complete without a few CTS knick knacks!

That’s it guys! I tried to keep it simple this year and only buy a few essentials to not go overboard. I actually had a lot of fun doing some DIY projects too, like the reversible porch sign at the beginning of the video (the bucket below it is filled with salt, perfect for snow days!) and pine cone ornaments. The little golden ornaments are made out of salt dough, and were a part of a DIY project I did with Liam last Christmas when he only a year old. Check out the tutorial here!

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If you’re interested in step by step tutorials for the porch sign and pine cone ornaments, please do not hesitate to comment below! I’ll make sure to post them on the blog ASAP 🙂

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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