“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.”

Todd Baker

Welcome to our Christmas in July blog hop where we share diy’s, tips and the most popular Christmas decorations! I am so excited to join this incredibly talented group of ladies. Thank you Kristy for putting this all together and please make sure you check out Kristy’s Christmas decorating ideas. Kristy is a real interior designer and always has so much great advice.

If you are coming over from Missy’s blog, welcome! Weren’t her tips on decorating with color amazing? Missy is such an expert at decorating with color. I always love how she pulls things together and her home is always exciting to view. If you are starting on my blog and would like to see Missy’s just click this bolded link.

Christmas in July

Why would we do a Christmas in July blog hop? Well for all of us in this hop and many of those who read our blogs, we create most of our own decorations for the holidays. In order to get them done, we start working now.

As well, we start placing orders for new decor and materials now so that we don’t miss out on our favorite pieces.

I hope this blog will give you some ideas that you would want to incorporate into your own decor next Christmas! Keep in mind, with time passing so quickly these days, it won’t be long before the first snowflake falls!

Snow on a picket fence and arbor

Before I get into all of the decor ideas, I would love to pop back in time and share a special story with you.

It was a beautiful day. My husband, children and I were visiting my mom and she asked me to look for something she had lost. I looked everywhere and then I came upon a box under the bed in the guest room. There was a yellow stickie with the words “SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL – for Crystal”. It was a mandarin orange box and I ran out to my mom and said I had found this box.

Vintage Christmas Ornament

Her face immediately dropped and she said “you weren’t supposed to find that until after I had passed.” She then explained that she had left me her most prized Christmas ornaments because she knew I was the one who would treasure them.

You see, my mom and I loved Christmas. I mean we really loved Christmas. We decorated and decorated. We baked and baked. She read me Christmas stories and we had Christmas music on for the whole month of December. I never saw any of the rest of my family or any of my friends or their families get into Christmas like mom and I did. It truly was our thing@

The magic of Christmas has filled my life ever since and I have shared that love with my husband and children. Needless to say when it comes to Christmas, we go all out. So for this Christmas in July post, let me take you back and share some of my favorite decorations.

Entrance Decorations

Now that I am older, I have extended Christmas decorating under the guise of “Winter Decorating”. In Kelowna, we start to see snow in November so I start decorating right after Remembrance day. The wreath below is a wreath I created by spraying the wreath and clear plastic balls with mirror glass paint. I popped in a few ostrich feathers and what a winter wonderland wreath it is! The way the wind ruffles the feathers is so delicate. If you would like to learn how to make this wreath just click on this link.

Winter Wreath - silver wreath with silver ornaments and fluffy white feathers

To complete the picture, I draped real evergreen boughs and twinkle lights above the door. I then flanked the door with these gorgeous lit birch trees. Some faux snow and a lot of candles and voila “Welcome to Winter Wonderland!”

Winter Wreath on modern front door with lit birch trees flanking either side

As we drew closer to Christmas, I created a wreath alternative by sewing an old time traditional Santa hat with faux fur and aged bronzed bells and then stuffed it with evergreen boughs. This project was so popular – I have had 67,000 views of it!!! Here is link of how to make this wreath alternative.

Christmas Wreath Alternative

Now for our back door which is pictured below. I went for a very traditional red and green color scheme as I wanted something bold and cheerful. My favorite feature is the mailbox stuffed with presents. Who wouldn’t want to come home to that?

Back door decorated for Christmas with red stars, buffalo check door mat, red welcome sign and some red presents stuffed in the mailbox

Outdoor Decorations

Now if you have known me long, you know that I decorate my garden and greenhouse for every occasion and even snow and cold won’t stop me. A full evergreen wreath on the gate, lights on the arbour and red ornaments in the tree make it so festive and pretty.

Arbor in winter with snow and large green wreath on gate

This past year, the theme in my garden was Santa. First a cute sign on our mechanical shed.

Santa's workshop sign on door with evergreen swags

Then a full out Santa’s lounge in the greenhouse. This was so much fun to decorate. If you want to see more fully what I did, just click on this link.

Greenhouse transformed into Santa's lounge

The year prior, the greenhouse was set up more like a Christmas tree lot. It was so warm and inviting.

Greenhouse decorated for Christmas

What Christmas tree lot wouldn’t be complete without homemade sugar cookies and hot chocolate?

Christmas cookies
Don’t forget the cookies

Interior Decor

Foyer

Last year our foyer had a silver and black theme with a few touches of blue. One of my favorite pieces are my mercury glass candlesticks. They are so elegant.

Living room Christmas 2020

Here is a view from above our living room showing the Christmas prior where my theme had more black decor with pops of silver, white and blue. It is a striking combination.

Christmas  living room

The most fun project, I did last year was coming up with a variety of ways to decorate a dough bowl for Christmas. Here is the cute little snowman setting I created. There was also a table centerpiece one, one filled with moss, trees and reindeer, one for the guest room and one for the front entrance. Click here for a link to all the other options. I think you will really enjoy them!

Dough bowl decorated for Christmas with Snow people in it

Kitchen

Throughout the months of November and December, I change the decor a few times as you will see in the photos below.

First a bright and airy Christmas kitchen.

Christmas in our kitchen

Next a little more woodsy with faux trees and pinecones.

Kitchen open shelves decorated for Christmas with trees, signs, pine cones and small houses

Next, a corner that will please everyone with a sweet tooth. I love having a hot cocoa bar set up on a tiered tray so that there is lots of room for all the goodies like marshmallows, chocolate chips, candy canes, etc.

Christmas Tiered Tray

While some areas are quite done up with quite a bit of decor, other areas are simple with an evergreen bough and candles on a cutting board.

Christmas evergreens and candles

Dining Room

Take a look at how my style has changed from one year to another. Below our dining room was decked out with vintage red and white decor.

Dining room hutch decorated for Christmas

The year prior, the theme was the night before Christmas where I placed black and white Christmas houses and a silhouette of reindeer taking off. Silver bottle brush trees added to the dreaminess of the scene.

Dining Room Table

Something I would suggest if you have any small Christmas houses – place them in a fancy dessert cloche, sprinkle snow inside and let it take center stage on your table.

Christmas Center Piece

Thank you!

I hope this walk down memory lane has inspired you to start planning for your own Christmas decor.

Next up on the hop is Kristy who is sharing her Christmas decorating ideas and inspiration throughout the house. Kristy is a real interior designer and always has so much great advice. You are going to love her blog!

Want to see what is on my wish list for Christmas?

Below are items that are on my Christmas wish and order list. If you are interested, just click on the image and you will be taken to the product.

Disclaimer: If you do wish to purchase it, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for all of your support! You have no idea how much it means to me.

Christmas in July

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12 Comments
  • Cindy
    July 16, 2022

    Crystal, first of all, beautiful home and Christmas decor! But I knew I recogonized that lake view! I grew up on Lakeshore Drive in Kelowna!! Took swim lessons in the lake, picked apples, peaches and cherries in the orchards, waterskiied behind our boat, got married overlooking the lake 30 years ago! Sadly my parents have both passed and I don’t have family in the Okanagan anymore. Every summer I miss the Okanagan fruit! So enjoy those tree ripened peaches for me ok! Pinned 😉

    • Crystal
      July 16, 2022

      What a small world!!! I will definitely have a peach on you and be thinking of your gorgeous decor at the same time!

  • Kylie
    July 16, 2022

    Your home is just lovely! My mom is my reason for loving Christmas decor (and all decor), as well. Loved hopping with you today!

    • Crystal
      July 17, 2022

      Thank you so very much Kylie! So happy that our mom’s instilled the love of Christmas in us. So happy to hop along with you too!

  • Missy
    July 16, 2022

    Crystal, your home makes me SWOON! And the greenhouse…GORGEOUS! All of your Christmas decor is beautiful and so inspiring. I love the stories you share. They make your home all the more inviting. Thank you so much for sharing and for hopping today!

    • Crystal
      July 16, 2022

      Thanks so much Missy! Wow you swoon??? Now my day has been made! Thanks again – it means a lot to me.

  • Wendy McMonigle
    July 16, 2022

    Crystal, your home looks so festive and very welcoming. I wish you lived closer and I could visit you.
    I love the sweet story of the box you found. It is treasures like these, which make the holidays so special. I cannot wait to see what you do this year.

    • Crystal
      July 16, 2022

      I wish we lived closer too Wendy! Oh what fun we would have and I am sure we would get into a little trouble too hahaha!

  • Leslie Watkins
    July 17, 2022

    Stunning! So much beauty in every vignette captured! Thank you so much or all of your inspiration.

    • Crystal
      July 17, 2022

      Leslie – thank you so much! I truly appreciate your kind comment!

  • Kristy Mastrandonas
    July 17, 2022

    Oh my goodness Crystal, everything looks so beautiful and festive! I loved the sweet story of you and your mother’s mutual love of Christmas and how you found the special box. And I love that you decorate your greenhouse for the holidays too! Every single detail is beautiful!

    • Crystal
      July 17, 2022

      Thank you so much Kristy! I really appreciate your beautiful and kind comments!!! Thank you also for putting this hop together. It was so much fun and I met so many lovely ladies.