Christmas Around the House!

Our halls are decked for our first Christmas in our new home! 
Let’s start with my favorite part of our house — our staircase garland! As I mentioned on Instagram, this project was truly a labor of love that was worth every hour (about 13 total), 3 trips to Trader Joes, 2 craft store runs and one fight with my husband. But like I said — worth it. Matt and I are so in love with the garland and he gets equal credit for staying up till midnight (twice) holding garland for me in just the right spots (no wait, a little to the left, nooooo I said LEFT, no sorry, I meant right. Now up tiny bit. More. More. More! Perfect.) while I tied one million twigs together.

We decorated about 20 feet of banister using 4 fresh white pine garlands, 5 bunches of mixed eucalyptus, 4 bunches of silver dollar eucalyptus and 24 yards of ribbon. All of the greenery was purchased at Trader Joes.

Once the garland was finally finished I stood back to admire our work with tears streaming down my face. I was just so overwhelmed with gratitude for our home. We’ve worked so ridiculously hard this year to make it our own and I truly feel so blessed that it is ours.  I still can’t believe it when I pull into the driveway at times. It’s been such a dream come true for us.

I had always dreamed of having a fireplace one day in our home. And now we have one! If I’m home, you can bet we have a fire going.

We did have a few sad moments while unpacking the Christmas boxes. There were several reminders of Charlie. His stocking took my breath away when I unexpectedly stumbled upon it as I was flipping through the stack. And then came the ornaments. Every year my mom has a family ornament made for us and Charlie has always been included. We miss him dearly and Caroline still asks when he’s going to come back because she misses him so much.

Every year I frame our Christmas card and it has brought me SO much joy to see them add up over the years. I absolutely loving walking past this table in our house.

Previous Christmas Cards 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 coming soon!

This year Matt, Thomas and I decided to get a live flocked tree! You know who was adamantly opposed to it? Caroline. After a strong “But I don’t want snow on my Christmas tree!” meltdown we compromised and let her pick out a mini tree without snow for the play room. Everyone was happy.

 Ta-da! 100% decorated by Thomas & Caroline. But mostly Caroline.

 Handmade gingerbread man…also by Caroline.

And now for our tree!

Gosh I love this tree so much. It is so unlike me to not top this tree off with a massive bow. However, when I saw this Moravian Star Tree Topper I knew we had to have it. Matt is from Winston-Salem so I knew he’d love it so much.

Tree Collar Basket // Moravian Star Tree Topper

Previous Christmas Trees: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 20132012 | 2011



  1. Rachel Emily
    December 13, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    That garland is sooo gorgeous! Totally worth all that time and energy! I'm so sorry you are missing Charlie this year, loosing a pet is so hard.

  2. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    December 13, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Absolutely LOVE all your gorgeous decorations!! And beautiful garland, well worth the sweat and tears! I need to put a few bows on ours x

  3. LHWinstead
    December 13, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Your home is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I love all of the Christmas details – especially your banister!

  4. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    December 13, 2017 / 3:12 pm


  5. Anonymous
    December 13, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I do have a question…What color paint is your banister and also what is your foyer light fixture? I'd love to have that info if available. Thanks!

    • Carolina Charm
      December 15, 2017 / 3:09 am

      Paint is Wrought Iron and pendant is from Wayfair. You'd like these posts (lots of info!)

  6. East Coast Chic {Natalie}
    December 13, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Gorgeous!! That banister garland is GOALS!! I'm writing it down so I can do that next year on our banister, my hubs is going to love me 😉

  7. Erin Ressler
    December 13, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Your banister garland is PERFECT. I will give you a little tip in case you want to do it next year, though. You can purchase silver dollar eucalyptus garland in 25 ft strands online. Then all you would have to do is wire in a few stands of pine. I assist with wedding flowers here in my local town and this is what we use for wedding garlands. Ordering the euc garland pre-made with probably save you 10 of the 13 hours. Don't get me wrong, it is STUNNING!!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Carolina Charm
      December 15, 2017 / 3:10 am

      OHHH MYYYY GOOOOSHHH. I had no idea you could get eucalyptus in strands!! I am definitely going to look into this for next year! Thank you!!!

  8. edie3
    December 14, 2017 / 12:49 am

    What a gorgeous garland. And I am from Wisnton-Salem, too! Small world!

  9. The Lucky Lifestyle
    December 14, 2017 / 12:50 am

    Everything looks great! Genius idea to frame your Christmas cards — I wish I'd thought of this a long time ago!

  10. Laura Darling
    December 14, 2017 / 2:34 am

    The tree looks beautiful and that garland looks amazing!!

  11. Kaity
    December 14, 2017 / 3:06 am

    Beautiful! I love white Christmas trees and I love how you've displayed your Christmas cards. I have one large frame that I keep adding our cards to, but it's seen better days so I need to revamp! 🙂

  12. Kristina @ Medicine and Manicures
    December 14, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Your home looks beautiful for the holidays!! The garland looks amazing- but how do you keep it fresh for weeks without water??

    • Carolina Charm
      December 15, 2017 / 3:11 am

      It only stays "fresh" for about 2 weeks. It's dried out at this point but still looks prety!

  13. Laura Wyatt
    December 14, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I love this post SO much!!! It's so fun to see how far that house has come – y'all have truly made it a home and it's so warm and welcoming inside (I can vouch!) xoxoxo

  14. Unknown
    December 14, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Beautiful home! You need some red Christmas pillows instead of your blue 🙂 I love the idea to frame past Christmas cards!

  15. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    December 14, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Everything looks beautiful!!! So impressed by your garland! And gosh I just got tears in my eyes reading about Charlie ugh I dread that day 🙁

  16. Unknown
    December 14, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Where do you get your frames for the Christmas cards? I like to display mine too, but haven't found frames I like – I love your simple ones!

    • Carolina Charm
      December 15, 2017 / 3:20 am

      Michaels Arts & Crafts — and always use a 40% off coupon so it makes them just a few dollars. Cheap and pretty!

  17. Brandi
    December 15, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Love the framed Christmas cards!!!

  18. sara [at] journey of doing
    December 17, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I do love that tree topper! We don't have one yet because I'm still looking for the perfect one!! Love the Christmas cards, too. I've been wanting to figure out something to do with ours!

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