Christmas Charm

Hey guys! :)

I've been asked by the lovely team at Compass to share some photos and info on my home as part of their Starter Stories project on Twitter. I've been meaning to do this for the longest time under my Bedroom and Humble Abode tabs (which I will still do at some point!). But since it's the holiday season after all, I decided to also include this with our Christmas decor! Check out Compass at: compass.com and their Twitter page at @CompassINC to see some of their featured starter home ideas!

Over the years, I've tried to keep the decoration in my bedroom more subtle. My room is already cluttered enough as it is! And because I love decorating so much, I always went too overboard when it came to putting up Christmas decoration (who am I kidding -- I still do!). But I think I've gotten better! This was my "Christmasy" room one cozy evening while I was watching Jimmy Fallon; some multi-coloured lights on my mini tree (sometimes I put white lights) and blue lights on the corner shelf (love blue lights!).

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I also added a little bit of gold tinsel around my bulletin board and keep a green, pine-scented candle out.

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This is where I keep my card-making stash! Before I found the basket lying around in our cantina, the cards, Christmas stickers, markers and chocolates were just lying around on my bedroom floor. It looked a mess! I was originally looking for a little tray to put them in but luckily, I stumbled upon the basket (you can honestly get these in the dollar store!). Now they look nice and organized!

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... Unlike my desk when I was working on them.

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Under my TV, sitting on the VCR is an old sled decor my mom used to put out.

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And on top, is a plush, festive polar bear.

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Beside, a cheery snowman couple.

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My beloved beach paradise picture (which you see as soon as you walk in) has some gold tinsel and a red bow centered in the middle. Other years, I've put lights across the top but the wiring going down to the outlet never looked too flattering and would often come out of the plug. So I decided to keep it nice and simple this year!

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As well as for my dollar store mirror: because my dresser is busy as it is with jewellery and photos, I kept it simple with a red bow. It's amazing how much it adds with so little (less is more!).

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And on the closet door.

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My little palm-plant normally has a tiny reindeer sitting in it but I seem to have misplaced it this year! Instead, I found some sparkly, white faux twig at the dollar store, separated the twigs and stuck them in the soil. The colour went nicely next to the white table and mini tree.

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I also added some left-over white, twig to the pine-decor on my door.

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The white helped the darker, earth-toned colours of the pine stand out against the wood.

In a previous post, I showed you what our entry-hallway looked like. It still looks pretty much the same, with the exception of the bright red bow tied to the bottom of the staircase banister.

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Our main Christmas tree in the dining room! It's a faux tree: when I was a kid, we always had a real tree, but within the past couple of years we've since stuck to an artificial one. Only the lights are twined through at the moment. This weekend, the ornaments will go up as well as the star on top!

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On the piano and by our main front window, more twinkle lights shine through. It looks superb when the lamps are turned off and only the Christmas lights glow through the darkness!

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The living room features some artificial poinsettias on the left, hanging tinsel, a dancing-Santa in the middle and multi-coloured lights. The lights over the fireplace are supposed to be turned on as well, but we seem to be having a connection problem with them this year!

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We keep more Christmas-themed scented candles out. The green, sparkly reindeer are one of my favourites!

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Our Christmas cards hang on the entrance to our kitchen.

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As well as the mistletoe!

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Some table centers.

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My mom even added a few things to the bathroom.

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Entering the basement (it reminds me of the basement from That '70s Show!)

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And the basement living room (once of the coziest spots in the house! It's no wonder why my dad's always hogging it living with three other women).

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Since we have a fake main tree in our dining room, my dad insisted on at least getting a real "elf" tree, as they're called, for the basement. I've got to admit - I quite love it! It's small and cute and smells divinely of pine; makes me think of Christmas morning from my childhood.

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I was watching Rudolph next to it last night (made for a lovely Instagram photo!)

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Last weekend, my dad finally got around to putting the lights up!

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With lovely results! Coming home at night in darkness at 5:00 pm can be depressing, but when I see these lighting up the house, it definitely adds some warmth.

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The other night, Brian and I went for a chilly evening walk and made a pit stop to Starbucks where I admired the snowmen cookies and ordered a tasty Peppermint Mocha. If Christmas had a taste, I'd say that'd be it! (Hot chocolate for Brian, of course). We brought them back to my place and laughed over the classic Christmas Vacation.

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And there you have it, folks! Like Cartney, hope you have a relaxing, cozy evening! :)

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