Christmas Inspiration and Planning In July

Yep, you read the title correctly this post is all about Christmas inspiration and planning in July! Christmas is my favorite holiday and the one I love to go all out for here on the blog and at home. It might be scorching hot here in Colorado but my mom and I have been planning Christmas for weeks now. There is a lot of behind the scenes planning and today you will get an early peek on the direction I am heading.

But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I will be skipping over fall! I love all things fall too, just getting some ideas out to share with you all!

Christmas In July planning and inspiration

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Christmas In July Blog Hop

So if you love Christmas like me then you are in for a real treat today! A ton of my blogging friends are all sharing their Christmas in July ideas linked at the end of my post. A special thanks to Rachel from At the Ponds Farmhouse for hosting, I appreciate all of her hard work and organization.

Christmas in July Inspiration and planning

If you are coming over from Mary of Life at Bella Terra, welcome! Wasn’t her wreath so creative and fun? Loved the inspiration with pops of blue!

For those of you new around here I’m Kelly! I live in beautiful Colorado with my family and our two dogs. I recently retired from teaching after a 20 year career and will be blogging full time! A few of my favorite things are faith, family and flea markets. I love quick and easy projects that anyone can do. Come see what my thoughts are on Christmas this year.

Christmas Inspiration and Planning In July

Last Christmas was our first Christmas in this home and I was really getting the lay of the land around here. Figuring out where to put my trees and all of my decor. I did share a Christmas in July post last year and little did I know that I wouldn’t even be in the same home!

6 Festive Christmas Dining Room

It was so much fun and I was even contacted by a magazine who saw it on the blog and came to photograph our home for their Christmas edition. It should be coming out this Fall so I will keep you posted! Definitely one of those pinch me moments.

See last year’s Christmas posts here:

Christmas Plans

After looking back at last year it has me so excited to decorate this year.

Only 153 more days. Ha But who is counting?!

So my thoughts for this year revolve around pinecones, sea shells and greenery. The colors will most likely be reds and blues and of course lots and lots of plaid. I’ve been finding myself leaning on more of the traditional side of styles lately.

Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Theme & Decor Inspiration

I’ve been doing some digging over on Pinterest and came up with some fun inspiration photos and pictures for DIYs I have in mind.

A coastal theme is on the horizon for sure. Not over the top, just sweet and simple and I plan to use all the shells we found this summer in Florida!

I am in LOVE with this combo of pinecones and seashells. I have been collecting out pinecones from our backyard. Now I just need to find a gorgeous basket like this one!

I will be using a lot of my favorite faux greenery and the plaid stockings I used last year! But will go for less of a rustic look and more of a classy traditional feel that I am crushing on.

Christmas mantel decor
Last’s year’s mantel.

Tree Inspiration

I have this thing for Christmas trees. It’s a small obsession I currently only own about 8 if you count the smallish ones too. You should see my garage.

And guess what? I have my eye on another one. I like it because it’s unique. It’s from Balsam Hill and they are having a Christmas in July sale right now. But still it’s a lot of money. So I most likely will keep dreaming.

What do you think? Its unlit which makes it cheaper. We have short ceilings so this is about as tall as we could go.

Last year I scored a flocked tree on sale. I had a new to me color scheme with added pops of yellow. It was out to the norm for me but I always like to mix things up.

Christmas in our new home!

I’m thinking this year I may want a real tree and I might want to put it on a round table. I love the look of this one. So sweet , right?! The pops of red and red gingham are my favorite too.

Sweet little Christmas tree

Wreath Inspiration and Planning

Last year out front I hung a large evergreen wreath and hung it just to the left of our front door. It was so pretty!

Christmas on our steps!

And the year before I made one. This Christmas wreath (shown below) might be my all time favorite wreath I have ever made with my dried peony one coming in a close second. I feel like it’s time to do another DIY Christmas wreath this year. What do you think?

How to make a large outdoor Christmas wreath!

Maybe a simple one like this with some coastal accents?

Coastal Christmas Wreath

Most Realistic Christmas Greenery

I rounded up some of my favorite realistic greenery pieces!

I have the garland and stems LOVE them! And I also have the wreath as well as the white Christmas tree. I can’t recommend this greenery enough. It does sell out so snag some now!

Christmas Inspiration and Planning In July

I know it’s early but I truly am so excited to start planning. After sharing this inspiration and planning post with you all I feel like I have a good direction to go. I guess I better get on washing up the shells I found in Florida and drying out the pinecones here from our yard.

Do you have any thoughts or plans for Christmas this year yet?

now make sure to head over to Andrea from Deign Morsels who is sharing a beautiful magnolia garland. Then scroll down to see what my other friends are sharing.

I’d love to have you hang out with me some more! Feel free to follow along with me on any of the platforms linked below.

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Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop. Be sure to click each link below to follow along on the hop.

The Ponds Farmhouse / Cottage on Bunker Hill / Midwest Life & Style / Cottage in the Mitten / Down Shiloh Road / Bricks N Blooms

Simply 2 Moms / Shiplap & Shells / Peacock Ridge Farm / WM Design House / Thistle Key Lane / White Arrows Home

Pasha is Home / Tater Tots and Jello / Robyn’s French Nest / Chas Crazy Creations / DIY Beautify / Cloches & Lavender

The Crowned Goat / Common Ground / Life At Bella Terra / The Tattered Pew / Design Morsels / Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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  1. Congrats on getting into a magazine. Your home is so gorgeous it’s no surprise. I love the plaid stockings. Eight trees, wow!. I can’t wait to come see but I’m inspired.

      1. Kelly I look forward to seeing your new theme this year. It sounds beautiful.

        You shared great inspiration!


  2. Each idea is so stunning, Kelly! How have I not seen that massive basket on the wall, though?! If it disappears, don’t look at my house. LOL!!!!! Love hopping with you today!

  3. Kelly I adore the coastal accents for Christmas, just the little subtle touches like the inspo photos you shared.

    Great minds think alike! Our large family tree is on it’s “last limb” and I have been thinking of trying the a smaller tree on a around table in the dining room or music room. I would have to find just the perfect tree size to make it work. I would love to use real but I am just slightly allergic to too much pine in the house. I can some little cut branches and greenery but a tree is probably too much so I am keeping my eyes out for a realistic faux one. I am also going to have to do a lot less this Christmas because I am just too busy with choir concerts during the holidays to do my typical holiday home extravaganza. I am actually looking forward to the challenge of seeing how I can make “less is more” Christmas work in our home (I am no minimalist so it will be a challenge for sure!)

    Love all of your beautiful inspo and can’t wait to see your Christmas this year!

  4. I’m so excited to see your coastal Christmas this year, Kelly! It sounds amazing, especially with all the shells you collected while on vacation in Florida. Congratulations on retiring from teaching and transitioning into blogging full-time. I’m really excited for you! Hugs and happy summer, CoCo

  5. Oh my Gosh Kelly, I just love everything you do. So much inspiration on your blog and I just love following along. Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.

  6. Kelly, I cannot wait to see your home in a magazine…no surprise there it is just lovely. I do really like that red gingham table tree….and look forward to seeing your 8 trees decorated this year! How fun to be in a relatively new home for the holidays. Thanks for sharing and happy hopping with you!

  7. Kelly congrats on the magazine that is amazing!!! I am in awe of your beautiful new home and of course you inspired me to move myself! LOL! I can’t wait to see how you decorate for the holidays this year and am definitely starting early with some of your planning tips! Pinned!

  8. Wow! I’ve never even thought of combining seashells with Christmas but the photos that you shared are stunning. I love your planning ahead steps and stages! Thanks for sharing today!

  9. Hi Kelly!

    Your home is so beautiful. I love every single idea you shared. Your sweet green cabinet is such a great color. And your home’s doorway all lit up for the holidays is so warm and welcoming! Happy Christmas in July, my friend!


  10. Congratulations, my friend! You deserve a magazine spread. Your decor is amazing. It was so much fun hopping with you.

  11. So gorgeous, Kelly. I love the idea of incorporating a coastal theme so you can use all of the shells you found on your trip this summer. How fun, and a great way to think back on those special memories. I can’t wait to see what you do this year! Happy to be hopping with you. Pinned!

  12. Kelly, your Christmas past and the ideas for this year are stunning! I can’t wait to see your home in print!! Congrats friend! So well deserved! xoxo

  13. Kelly your photo of your old church pew and the wreath really speaks to me. The rustic natural look is always a theme I try to incorporate into at least part of my Christmas decor. That huge basket in the top pic is so gorgeous. Love that look. Can’t wait to see your Holiday decor this year!

  14. I always love your beautiful ideas, Kelly. I am also thinking of how I can incorporate my seashells into my Christmas decor, sprinkling them here and there. Just when I think I have run out of ideas, you give me more inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you do next. So happy to have you blogging full time! So exciting.

    1. Kim you are just the sweetest! Thank you! I am so excited to be full time and CNA”T WAIT to decorate with shells this Christmas! You always inspire me too so I look forward to your posts more than you know!

  15. Kelly, You should order the Nora Murphy Country Home book on Amazon! It’s one of my favorite decor books…you will love the style & the photography!

  16. Kelly,
    You’ve got my mind spinning with ideas, thank you for all the beautiful inspiration.
    I love Christmas, and pinning this to reference back to in a couple of months.

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