Christmas Decorating in Kids’ Rooms!
Hello, friends, and welcome to my second holiday home tour where I will be sharing Christmas in the kids’ rooms! If you are coming over from So Much Better with Age, welcome! Isn’t Jamie’s house just so beautiful and elegant?! Today I am so excited to be part of the Happy Housie‘s Seasonal Simplicity tour, and I felt like it was the perfect chance to share what I’ve done in the kids’ spaces to bring a little holiday spirit and joy into their part of the home. Because they are kids who already seem to have a lot of “stuff” simplicity was definitely the way to go when it came to decorating their bedrooms. However, I will fully admit I am someone who LOVES Christmas and I dream of one day being able to afford to have special Christmas bedding, and sheets, and making this house so cozy for the holidays when my kids come back from college. One day! For now, I work within my means and add simple budget friendly touches that I am happy to share with you today. By the way, there are 50 homes on this tour, so make sure you check out all of the links at the bottom of this post so you can visit all of them and be inspired! (I’ve created a shoppable boutique at the end of this post in case you are looking for anything in particular. This blog uses affiliate links.)
If you are new here, we have three kids ages 14, one month shy of 13, and 19 months. Each of their rooms got a little something special for the holidays, but we are going to start in my favorite of the three at the moment, Sawyer’s bedroom.
We’ve been chipping away at Sawyer’s bedroom over the last couple of months and the final piece is now in place so we’re calling it done. I’ll be sharing more details on it soon, but that ceiling fan is what I am talking about. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Sawyer is my 14 year old, and he really isn’t into decorating, but he is one for sentimentality. For the past several years, he’s been collecting nutcrackers which he will one day take to his own house. My hope is that they will make him fondly remember the Christmases we celebrated while he was growing up. Can someone please get me a tissue? In the past we’ve displayed them in the house as there wasn’t much room in his bedroom, but this year with the addition of his track shelving surrounding his bed, we were able to put them where he can see the every day.
As you can see, I simply mixed them in with all of his other items on his shelves.
Above his bed, I simply added some Star Wars stormtrooper lights we bought a couple of years ago. He told me he didn’t want lights in his room this year (because he’s almost a man, I mean he has to start shaving…. sigh) but I added these anyhow. By the way, his room is on the basement level with one window, and it was raining the day I took these photos, so these little lights came in handy.
On his bed, I added a navy fleece blanket with silver stars that my friends at Sherwin Williams sent me to help kick off their color of the year, Naval. It’s so soft and I felt like the night sky suited this season well.
On his dresser, I added a small tinsel tree we have had for years. I bought him and Emmy a little tinsel tree each years ago in a Hobby Lobby after Christmas sale.
Across from his bed, he has a taller dresser I found on facebook marketplace, and I added a couple of larger nutcrackers that were too tall for his shelves. (Please disregard the dusty floor… this is what happens when your kids are old enough to “clean” their rooms themselves and you just don’t bother checking their work).
These big guys guard Sawyer’s historic moon landing newspaper. If you didn’t notice from his decor and bookshelves, Sawyer is a bit of a history fan. On his shelves he has some old Abe Lincoln mementos, as well as a piece of the Berlin wall my parents gave him last year.
I just love how cozy his room feels, and I love that he wants it filled with pieces of American & world history as well as bits from his own history.
Now let’s head into the almost teenager’s bedroom. Emmy will be 13 in January and this child loves to decorate. She did most of her holiday decorating on her own, but that’s par for the course since she practically designed her own bedroom.
As you can see, for Emmy it was all about changing her pillow covers using some that I already had on hand, and adding in her Christmas-y stuffed animals.
She also lives for piles of cozy blankets, like her faux fur throw from PB Teen and her black fringed throw. Most days when it’s cold you can find her under them, reading or cruising pinterest for ideas on how she can change her room a bit- coming this January!
The one thing that I did purchase new for Emmy’s bedroom this year is these rose glittered icicles. We were shopping in Target and saw them and thought they’d look so fun hanging from her canopy lights. They were so inexpensive, too, at $6 for all of them.
As I mentioned, years ago, she got a little tinsel tree as well, and she was so happy to put it out this year.
She decorated it with some aqua beads I already had and a string of LED lights. She’s also making some adorable ornaments for it that I hope to share. I just love this area of her room, because it reminds me that she’s still my little girl who loves to play with her dolls.
On the other side of her room she didn’t decorate too much, but she did change her light box. Also, for the record, I want you to know that I did not do much to her bedroom before photos… I want her space to really reflect her and how she lives here. Granted, this is definitely her room at its cleanest.
Finally, let’s head into the littlest Bustamante’s bedroom. This year Wilder will be almost 20 months when Christmas rolls around, and although he doesn’t grasp it quite yet, he is enjoying the magic of the music and decorations. He has actually learned to say “Alexa” but it comes out as “Aka.” First thing in the morning if Christmas music isn’t yet playing, he’s looking at our Echo (which is a total steal right now!) and shouting, “Aka!”.
I really wanted to add some fun to his space but didn’t have many surfaces to work with (at least that would be safe from toddler hands!), so I decided to take it to the ceiling. Luckily, his wallpaper is pretty much already perfect for the holidays, too.
I found these fun Christmas lanterns on Amazon and knew they’d be perfect hanging in his room. They no longer have the exact ones I got, but these are really similar. I hung them with command hooks, and the look of awe on his face afterwards was worth it! He absolutely loves them. Over his crib I also added this “Believe” art that was gifted to me last year.
As you can see, I added a little deer pillow to his nugget, too. It’s simple and I already owned it, but we spend so many hours sitting here so a pillow is nice.
Just on the opposite side of his room across from the nugget is his changing table and book ledges.
I added colored lights and changed all of his books to winter/Christmas season books and we’ve been enjoying reading them, cozied up on the nugget. Wilder’s face lights up every time we turn these lights on, and that makes me so happy. My older kids still enjoy Christmas and the traditions we’ve created over the years, but it’s really something to see it all through the eyes of a toddler again.
Just to the left of Wilder’s changing table, you can catch a peek of our bedroom out the door. I will be sharing that next week, so stay tuned!
Lastly, I changed the items hanging on his vintage hook rack slightly.
I bought him a wolf hat this year which he refuses to wear because apparently hats are the devil. At least it looks adorable hanging here. I also added this sweet Rudolph sweater he got last year. It doesn’t fit, but it looks cute hanging there. He loves it and wants to wear it, but he can’t without me singing “Big man in a little shirt!”
Thank you so much for checking out our kids spaces today! If you missed peeks of my kitchen, my dining room, entry, and porch, you can find it here. Now be sure to head on over to Lemon Thistle to check out Colleen’s home. I am a huge fan of her modern style and I know you will be, too.
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