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Neutral Textured Christmas Home Tour 2019

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I’m excited to share how my holiday home turned out this year … like, really excited! Although my Christmas decor is simple and neutral, my house feels SO cozy; the greenery and twinkly lights give me all the feels! I hope you find my neutral textured Christmas home tour inspiring as you decorate your own holiday home this year.

UPDATED FALL 2021: The ‘Get the Look’ shopping links throughout this blog post may no longer be available since this blog post was originally written in 2019. However, you can shop my ‘Christmas Decor 2021 Boutique’ (which includes updated shopping links to the decor in my home) at the end of this post :).

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Like my everyday home decor, I prefer SIMPLE Christmas decorations. I don’t go ‘all-out’  like most home decor bloggers … partially because it’s a lot of work (especially to put it all away after Christmas).

I gravitate toward neutral textures, greenery (all faux because of my allergies), natural elements (e.g. wood Christmas tree figurines and woven baskets), and a little splash of color thrown into the mix.

I’ll start this tour with a series of holiday decor detail photos, and then I’ll get into the specifics (e.g. holiday stair decor and holiday kitchen decor).

neutral textured Christmas home white kitchen with decorations

Magnolia Hearth and Hand wreath with black velvet bow and sleigh bells. Hanging from window by a white ribbon.

Gold reindeer figurines with a white kitchen and Christmas wreath blurred in the background.

Christmas wreath with red berries hanging on real wood front door with seeded glass windows. Garland on stair railing in the background.

Cozy pom throw pillow with soft white blanket on a blue velvet chair. Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background.

Faux garland hanging on fireplace mantel with colorful bottlebrush trees.

Basket with leather handles holding wrapped Christmas presents and fuzzy Anthropologie ornaments.

I WISH you could smell this candle through the photo. It smells AMAZING and CHRISTMAS-Y (if that’s a word). I’ve smelled the other colors available (each color from this retailer has a different smell) … nothing compares to the green (Alpine Juniper) in my opinion!

Capri blue green glitter Alpine Juniper candle with Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background.



This year I decided to completely change my stair decor. I went from small flocked branches to a beautiful faux garland with white ribbon and sleigh bells.

See my past Christmas stair design in MY NEUTRAL (YET WHIMSICAL) CHRISTMAS DECOR 2018.

neutral textured home tour full stairs with faux garland

Faux garland with white ribbon and sleigh bells on stairs with beautiful wainscoting.

Faux garland with white ribbon on stair case with landing.

Close up of faux garland, white ribbon, and sleigh bells on stair railing.

Close up of faux garland with white ribbon and sleigh bells on stairs. Twinkly Christmas tree with lights in the background.

Closeup detail of Magnolia Hearth and Hand faux garland with white berries and tied with a 2 inch white ribbon.

Faux garland tied with a white ribbon and sleigh bells on white and wood stairs.



Another change I made this year is the greenery above my stove. In the past, I placed a swag of garland on the hood. This year I opted for this beautiful faux wreath. I cut off the bells to reduce the weight.

Tip: I hang all my wreaths with this Command hook (I use the 5 lb. hook).

neutral textured Christmas home white kitchen with greenery

White kitchen with glass cabinet doors and grey backsplash tile. Simple neutral Christmas decorations on the grey quartz countertop.

White kitchen cabinet with grey subway backsplash tile and neutral Christmas decor and blue Kitchenaid mixer.

White kitchen with grey subway tile backsplash and neutral textured Christmas decor.

I have to add this sweet pic of my baby, Lulu June, looking over her domain (i.e. our backyard) as I took photos all around her :).

Mini golden doodle looking into the distance with white kitchen and Christmas wreath in the background.



I am not a big ‘table centerpiece person’ … I prefer simple table decor (surprise, surprise).

I love this detail shot of the texture elements on my kitchen table. I mixed wooden Christmas trees (these are several years old), a faux wreath just like the wreath above my range, and this neutral table runner (similar linked).

Faux wreath with wooden Christmas trees decorating white kitchen.

My dining room table is basically a grouping of all my extra Christmas tree figurines and a couple of white ceramic reindeer. I took these extra pieces and put them together to create a very simple and neutral tablescape.

I bought this striped table runner that will look great in my dining room all year long!

neutral textured Christmas home dining room centerpiece

White wooden Christmas tree figurines and white reindeer figurines on dining room table centerpiece.



I LOVE this glittery glam Christmas village from Cody Foster! However, I don’t really have a great place to set all the houses up together, so they are placed throughout my house. Each colorful house looks fabulous on its own.

Cody Foster blue glitter house with white mirror and Thibaut wallpaper in the background.

Pink glittery Cody Foster Christmas village house with pink bottlebrush trees and Maren Devine feminine art.

White Cody Foster glitter house with pink bottlebrush trees. Schumacher Morroco wallpaper in the background.

P.S. You can see my love for wallpaper in these three photos … I just realized that each house is placed in front of coordinating wallpaper.



My tree is SO NOT your typical home decor blogger tree (i.e. I don’t just put up pretty coordinating ornaments). My Christmas tree is the same as it’s always been … full of homemade ornaments that my daughters made when they were younger.

I also have homemade ornaments that my mom has made for us over the years (e.g. the needlepoint dresses and balls with my girls’ names on them).

Christmas tree with colorful ornaments.

We have SO much fun laughing and smiling at all the adorable ornaments when we pull them out every year. Every single ornament on this tree has a memory attached to it.

Of course, the homemade and photo ornaments have memories, but so do the fancy Christopher Radko ornaments. For example, the heart ornament is a special edition Christopher Radko designed by a child at M.D. Anderson (i.e. the hospital where my brother-in-law was treated for cancer). 

Homemade ornaments on a Christmas tree.

I truly hope you found my neutral textured Christmas home tour inspirational as you plan to decorate your own holiday home.

I feel like my home is the perfect mix of neutral yet textured and colorful. Hopefully, some of this decor speaks to you and gives you all the feels!

No matter how you decorate for Christmas (i.e. simple or excessive), just remember to enjoy the process with your family (or on your own … whatever floats your boat)! Don’t worry about your decor looking perfect. It’s fine to have beautifully styled decor, but the Christmas decorations that matter the most are the ones with a memory attached to them!


  1. Jennifer says:

    It looks sooo beautiful!
    Im going to start decorating the week of Thanksgiving. Our youngest said I have to wait on her to help. Lol! I won’t turn that offer down????

  2. […] completely changed up my mantel this year (you can see last year’s mantel in my 2019 Christmas tour). I LOVE how it turned out. It’s so simple, yet […]

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