Join me a for a loft holiday tour and see my Dallas apartment all decked out for Christmas!
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I'm super excited to invite you into my apartment today for a loft holiday tour!
I haven't shown too many pictures of my new home, so you get to see cute Christmas decorations, plus a bit more of my apartment.
My home is definitely still a work in progress, so it may be a while before you get a full tour. This loft holiday tour should give you a better idea of the layout though.
We live in downtown Dallas in a loft building which used to hold a department store and office space. It's a really cool building, and my apartment has soaring ceilings and lots of unique vintage features.
Are you ready to come in?
Loft Holiday Tour
My front door features a beautiful gold berry wreath. I kind of wish I'd put a bow on it, but c'est la vie ... ha ha.
This is actually the same wreath I used in last year's rustic glam holiday dining room for the chalkboard art.
If you look in the door, you can see where I hung the painting that used to hang over the couch in my NYC apartment. This loft is much more open than my New York space, so I've shifted things around quite a bit.
I have a few wreaths and decided to hang another one on the inside of the door. It used to be square (check it out in this holiday apartment tour from 2013), but changed it up this year.
I think it's going to need a big makeover next year.
When you enter my apartment, if you go straight, you'll be heading toward the kitchen / living room.
The other direction takes you into my bedroom, and there is a big entry space that I decorated with my Ho Ho Ho letters and a few scented pine cones (similar).
I topped the storage ottoman with one of the faux fur pillows I got in November. This pillow is so luxurious, and I can't wait to use it for years to come!
Check out my cozy holiday decor post for more pics of these gorgeous pillows.
I didn't do any holiday decorating in my bedroom (check out my luxurious bedroom retreat post for a peak), so let's head in the other direction toward the kitchen.
My kitchen has a cart that I use to store cookbooks, and I couldn't resist adding a few holiday touches here.
I've had that star marqee light for a while, and although I keep it out year round, it's definitely extra festive for the holidays!
My mom made this gorgeous hand stitched picture, and I look forward to pulling it out every year.
Isn't it fun?
My husband picked up this "Seasons Greetings from Texas" postcard at the Dallas Antique Company, one of my favorite shops at the Dallas Farmer's Market.
To display the postcard, I backed it with my favorite gold glitter paper, then popped it in a white frame with mat.
It's fun to add a few Texas items to our decor, although I do have to wonder why there's so much snow in that pic!!
Across from that cart, I have a big kitchen island.
I've never had one before, and I love it! We eat there a lot, and it's so handy for cooking.
I love decorating the island with seasonal decor.
Here I grouped together more of those scented pine cones (I painted the edges with a chalk marker), flameless candles on birch stumps, and a set of vintage santa salt and pepper shakers. Aren't they cute?
The final decoration in my kitchen is a chalkboard that I added simple Let it Snow lettering to.
I hung a few of my DIY Cardboard Gingerbread Ornaments on the frame.
My tree was already decorated when I made them, and there was no extra room. I'm glad I found a spot for them!
Next to the kitchen is the living room ... it's all one big room actually.
We have a small corner bookcase in one corner of the room, and I decorated the top of it with a big chalkboard.
This chalkboard art was so fun and easy to create! You can get a big unframed chalkboard at Home Depot for cheap, and I cut one in half to make this. I used a gold chalk marker to create a frame, then laid out the wreath and lettering with regular chalk.
Once I had the design set, I went back over it with a chalk marker. To shade the leaves, I filled them in with regular chalk, then smudged the chalk with my fingers. Finally, I added the lettering in the center with the gold chalk marker.
I love how it turned out!
The book case was covered with a little eco snow, then topped it with my DIY Christmas village.
I made these mini houses a few years ago, and I absolutely love them.
They were easy to make, and I keep meaning to create a tutorial. Maybe next year!
This clock also sits on that bookshelf. We got in from my husband's parents when they moved.
I love the unique shape, although it still needs to be set up. Don't look too closely!
The straw ornaments were another find from the Dallas Antique Company. Aren't they cute? I actually have some older straw ornaments from my mom, too, so now I have a small collection.
I found these super affordable straw ornaments on Amazon that are very similar if you'd like some for yourself!
Okay ... on to the living room!
Our living room features a huge wall of windows. I'm guessing they're about 12 feet square, and they were definitely one of the selling points for the apartment.
We live on a busy street downtown right across from Neiman Marcus, so there's lots of great people watching!
I decorated the window sill with my Lighted Holiday Marquee Sign that I made last year.
I also strung up my DIY Origami Lucky Star Garland across the window.
Combined with the marquee light, it makes a sweet sight, especially at night.
Next to the couch is a glittery tree I got last year, along with a brass elephant and my favorite candle (the smell is amazing!).
I love the combination of gold, brass, and copper here.
Here's a peek at my couch. I love the eclectic mix of patterns and textures.
That faux fur pillow is so cozy, although my husband isn't allowed to touch it ... just kidding (maybe).
We tend to move the pillows around depending on where we're sitting, so this arrangement is always a little different.
Then, I topped it with a vintage cloche filled with another flameless candle and a bunch of mini ornaments.
Now I'm ready to entertain, or at least enjoy some hot chocolate!
My husband and I love watching the Yule Log since we don't have a fireplace. It's so relaxing!
I hung my Fa La La Garland (also part of my Rustic Glam Dining Room from last year) on my TV console. This garland is a fave of mine, and it took me a long time to decide where to hang it.
The garland was made with the same gold glitter paper that I used to back the Texas postcard on my kitchen cart.
Told you I love that stuff! It makes the most beautiful wrapping paper for gifts, too.
Next to the TV, I filled a few glass containers with leftover ornaments for a little sparkle.
This little corner of my living room below probably has the most holiday decor per square foot in my entire apartment!
I topped my blue chair with a luxe faux fur throw that I'm seriously in love with.
Without fail, I cuddle up under that throw every night! I also added a cute metallic dot pillow and my sequin pillow that I've had forever.
The tassel hanging from the lamp was made from mini glitter ornaments and a little string.
I love how the tree sparkles behind the chair.
My in-laws downsized from a home to an RV recently, and my mother in law gave me a few of her Snow Babies.
I have four, and they look really cute adorning my bookcase.
Ah ... the tree!
My husband and I went back and forth about getting a real tree this year, but we never bit the bullet. Considering how tall our ceilings are, I really wanted a big tree this year, but I never got around to buying a fake one either. #ChristmasFail
So I put up my mini tree that I got at Walgreens (!) in New York and packed it with all my favorite, sentimental ornaments.
It does look cute, but now that I have the space, I'd definitely like a massive tree next year!
To make the tree taller (I thinks it's 4 feet tall!), I placed it on top of a couple vintage crates.
Now I'm eye level with the top ... ha!
I placed my DIY Vintage Shadow Box underneath.
I have many different ornaments that we've picked up on our travels. Each one brings back so many memories.
This ornament was from my favorite museum in Brussels.
It depicts a Hieronymus Bosch image and always kind of cracks me up.
My sister in law made this ornament for us.
Isn't it cute?
We have a Christmas pickle ornament.
I hide it in the tree every year, and then my husband tries to find it. It usually doesn't take too long with such a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree ... ha!
I love these cute shadow box ornaments ... you can find the tutorial here.
They were so fun to make, and I love hanging them on the tree every year.
Finally, there are these little snow people.
They've been in my family forever (as you can probably tell), and I think they're super cute and quirky.
Whew ... if you made it all the way through my loft holiday tour, you definitely deserve a Christmas cookie!
I hope you enjoyed it.
What is your favorite part about decorating for the holidays?
P.S. Check out all of my Christmas crafts, recipes, home tours, and more here!