It’s that time of the year again and I must admit that I am a full-fledged Christmas fanatic! Nothing says holiday spirit to me more than lugging those big dusty boxes full of ornaments and decorations out of the basement…seriously, I love every bit of this season! I am a winter girl through and through and the holidays are, by far, my favorite time of the year. Luckily, my husband not only goes along with my Christmas decorating frenzy every year but loves it just as much (or so he claims)…either way, Christmas is our favorite! This year, I decided to dial down my decorating a bit (say that five times fast!) and go for more of a “less is more” approach. While I don’t think I would consider myself to be a minimalist when it comes to design, I do have to say that little touches of Christmas decor here and there go a long way. Here is a look at what I’ve done in our house (so far… I’m not always good at just letting things things be) for Christmas this year…
We got lucky with another almost perfect tree this year from the family Christmas tree farm. I’m a big fan of traditional family ornaments on a tree. The mismatched ornaments look beautiful and are full of memories and just say Christmas to me. I especially loved these wooden skates Joe made with his mom when he was young. These are the little things that make a Christmas tree feel so special.
Some fresh new holiday pillows made the couch more festive! Throw pillows are a great way to brighten up a space without much money or effort!
Just because you aren’t lucky enough to have a great big fireplace in your home, doesn’t mean Santa has to use the front door. One of our solutions is the use of this amazing antique mantel we found at a flea market. Nothing excites me more than a great find like this! This piece gives the feeling of a cozy fireplace and creates the perfect spot to hang your Christmas stockings. Being challenged in the fireplace department doesn’t need to stop you from the excitement of decorating the mantel!
In the dining room I went with silver and gold. This is a great way to make a space feel festive without being restricted to the traditional red and green of the holidays. These great T.J. Maxx vases bring some sparkle to the dining table, without breaking the bank, and can still be used year round.
I’m also loving this super easy table display with these awesome ruffle napkins. Wrapping the napkins in a piece of twine and sliding a simple sprig of pine in between is a perfect way to bring simple Christmas elegance to the table.
I love these little chalkboards I’ve been making out of old thrift store frames. With a little chalkboard spray paint (one of my favorite things lately) you can add cute little notes around the house.
Sometimes simple is best when it comes to holiday decorating and it doesn’t take much to make your home perfectly comfy and cozy for Christmas! What are some of your favorite Christmas decorating ideas?