Hello friends! With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d pop in and share a few simple holiday touches I’ve added to our home this year, plus some easy Christmas decorating tips for a stress-free holiday season!
To celebrate our 35th anniversary, my husband and I traveled to Europe in November, arriving home just before Thanksgiving. For a couple of weeks after our trip I was still in vacation mode and, to be honest, Christmas decorating was the last thing on my mind! Finally, about a week ago, the Christmas decorating spirit hit me and I headed down to the basement to haul out my holiday bins.
Once I opened the bins, however, I realized I’d sold more of my decorations at last summer’s garage sale than I’d remembered! Other than ornaments and a few odds and ends, all that remained were several tiny ceramic houses, little trees of all shapes and sizes, and lots and lots of wreaths.
Rather than running out to buy new decorations (and filling those bins again) I decided to make do with what I had on hand. And, surprisingly, it made my Christmas decorating so much easier! As you know, I’m all for making things easier–especially during the holidays!
If you remember, last year I tried to stick to a light, neutral color palette at Christmastime, but as I kept adding more and more festive colors to the mix, that idea went out the window! So this was my year to stick to a simple color scheme of blue (a neutral in my book), white, silver and gold.
And I have to say, I love the light and airy look. Since I haven’t covered every surface with decorations (like usual), the items I am displaying have more of an impact. And, as a bonus, less stuff out means less to pack away later!
So, without further ado, welcome to my Christmas home tour–with a few easy Christmas decorating tips thrown in here and there!
As holiday guests enter our home, they’re greeted by my DIY blue cabinet, topped with tiny houses and trees. A small boxwood wreath, hung with a length of ribbon, adds a festive touch to the mirror without completely covering it.
To the left is our dining room, where I’ve been trying out some different table setting and centerpiece ideas before the big day arrives! By the way, a plaid scarf makes a great holiday throw or table runner!
I found some pretty white hydrangeas at the grocery store, and I think they make a beautiful holiday centerpiece. Above, I tried my hand at arranging them with some fresh holiday greenery. (I really need to take a flower arranging class!) But, honestly, I think I prefer them in a simple round vase all by themselves!
I like to mix and match the napkins and plates at each place setting to create a more visually interesting table, so I usually bring out a little bit of everything. Then I try different combinations of things until I’m satisfied with the overall look.
If you have some oranges or clementines on hand, trying adding some to your Christmas decorating. They look especially pretty with blue and add a vibrant pop of color to the table …
… or the sideboard. As you know, I love using Pellegrino bottles in my decor all year long. They add a pretty touch of green to any spot!
Here they are again, adorning my bamboo bar cart, along with some festive bar ware and a couple of bottle brush trees! I added some battery-operated twinkle lights, too, but you can barely see them here!
In the living room, I added a touch of blue velvet to my buffalo plaid pillows–I think black, white and blue look so pretty together! Adding wreaths to French doors, windows, mirrors, and glass-front cabinets is one of my favorite ways to dress up our home for Christmas.
I also love using lots of velvet, chunky knits, and faux furs in my Christmas decorating.
As you can see, I’m prone to moving furniture around and trying out different pillow combos on nearly a daily basis! It’s my favorite form of therapy!
A trio of glass and ceramic trees adds a pretty glow to a side table.
Especially when the sun shines through them!
This is the first year I tried doing a color-themed Christmas tree, rather than our usual hodge-podge of ornaments collected over the years. I have to admit, I really missed our special ornaments, so I’ve been adding them to the tree, little by little. Before long, you won’t be able to tell there was ever a blue, silver and white theme!
As you can see, in the hearth room off our kitchen, I stuck to my tiny house+tree theme for the mantel!
I also used a wood bead strand I made as an impromtu garland. Here’s a post on how to make your own–they only take a couple of minutes to put together!
I love the coziness of this space–especially on snowy winter days.
In addition to sweet Baxter, another thing you’ll notice in the photo above and several others are Boston ferns. I love using ferns on our patio in the summertime and usually throw them away when cold weather arrives. This year, though, I brought them indoors, and I’m loving the fresh feeling they bring to our home, even at Christmastime! I never really thought about plants having different vibes, but they definitely do. The only downside about ferns is they shed–a lot!
This is the first year I’ve carried the festive feeling into our bedroom by adding faux garland to the headboard, along with some velvet and fur (and my favorite shibori pillows).
Along with the glow of our brass lamps and some shimmering candles, it makes our bedroom feel like a cozy winter retreat.
As I’ve shared before, no matter how I decorate our home for the holidays, nothing compares with the beauty of nature. This hawthorn tree in our front yard is always the most beautiful adornment of the season, by far.
Thank you so much for stopping by for my home tour! I hope you also picked up a few Christmas decorating tips you can use in your own home. I love to change things on a daily basis, so be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share the latest version of our ever-evolving home! ♥
P.S. For more Christmas decorating inspiration, check out these 25 Beautiful and Inspiring Holiday Table Setting Ideas