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As I have said on previous occasions, I LOVE to decorate for any and all holidays! I especially love the Christmas season. This year I decorated both my Chicago home as well as my California one. I thought it would be fun to tell you first about the Chicago one. (I actually decorated the California house one for the first time when I was out there for a few days in November.

This year my younger son Jake and his lovely girlfriend are coming for a December 28th visit so I thought it would be fun to do it up there too! Stay tuned for those photos…). The photo above shows our Christmas tree with all sorts of gold bows, fabric and lights. For details check out the earlier blog, “How to Decorate a Very Sparkly Christmas Tree”.

As you enter my front foyer, I have placed a wooden bench on which I have placed numerous Christmas pillows, presents, and a plaid throw. I also placed my wellies from the garden next to the bench but now they’re filled with artificial Christmas greenery, a candy cane, and some pine cones. My pillows have been collected from Pottery Barn, Homegoods, and Amazon over the years. Here are some darling ones, and here.

In my front hall I have a small table on which I have placed three gold bottlebrush trees. I love how they look when just the small lamp is lit right adjacent to the trees. Here’s a similar set.

In my kitchen, I placed a Christmas garland over the kitchen window sink and a sweet Santa and Mrs. Claus on the window sill.

On the island, I popped a wooden bowl filled with red berries, greenery, and ornaments on it. I then flanked this bowl with red pillar candles in old Crate and Barrel hurricanes.

A really fun thing I did was to take a paper Christmas placemat and cut it out and place in on my grandkids’ high chairs. The tray on the chairs is made of two parts; one clear piece lifts up and that’s where I put the placemat. It looks really cute! The placemats came in a tear-off pad of 35 mats. Here is a similar pad as I bought mine two years ago.

My great room is especially cozy. I have Santa pillows on the couch and loveseat and on the ottoman, I have a wicker basket filled with Christmas greenery and red glass ornaments that I purchased at Homegoods and Pottery Barn several years ago. Here are very similar ones. What I love about this arrangement, is when the four grandbaby boys come over, I just whisk away the basket to a safe spot until they head home. Easy, peasy.

chicago christmas home decor

Behind the sofa is a sofa table on which I placed two tall snowmen as well as a Christmas tray to hold the car keys and cell phones.

On the mantel I hung thirteen stockings with care. The burgundy velvet ones are from Pottery Barn and the others are from Lands’ End. I hang them with these 3M hooks and tape every year. Next year, I think I’ll have to use the higher (longer) edge if we have any more family additions by then!

What do you think? Do you like my decorations? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much!

Check out this post on decorating a very sparkly Christmas Tree.


Dr. Julie

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