I tried something new last year and brought out less “Christmas” stuff and opted instead to use some of my favorite everyday things with just a little Christmas sprinkled in.
Such an eye-opener.
Not only was my decorating time cut in half, but I ended up with a look that was a little less cluttered, yet still festive and cozy. Not to mention, the take-down was an absolute breeze.
I loved the simplified look from last year so much that I embraced the same thought again this year.
I don’t usually base my holiday decorating on a “theme” – instead there’s usually one thing that really inspires me and I kind of go from there. Last year it was all the pretty plaid – this year it was the gorgeous garland I used in my dining room chandelier last Christmas. It was one of my most favorite things and I knew I had to use it again – it has a rustic/woodland/traditional feel to it, so I just kind of went with that.
I may have brought back some of the plaid again too. I mean – how can you not?
I liked how the wool rug worked with that woodland vibe, and because I didn’t want a lot competing with the bold pattern of the rug, I was able to keep everything else really simple. The vintage dining chairs add to the overall warmth of the room, too.
I had a stack of these pretty pine sprays and I went a little crazy randomly hanging them throughout the house. If I felt like a spot needed a little green I just stuck a pine spray there (hung with clear Command light clips) – and problem solved!
What’s Christmas without a little mercury glass, right? The center of the table gets a touch of vintage with a mercury glass vase filled with greens and a little votive for candlelight.
And because you can’t really see the Christmas Tree from the dining room, I added a couple little pine trees with twinkle lights to the farmhouse cabinet. I love that the lights are on a timer and are set to come on before I get home from work. It’s such a nice welcome home after those long days.
When in doubt, fill a vintage silver tray (easily found at any thrift/antiques store) with your favorite vase filler. This birch bark and pinecone mix comes out every Christmas/winter season – I never tire of it.
There’s those pine sprays again – told you they are everywhere. And please ignore the black-tipped light bulbs – I apparently don’t look up often enough. Guess it’s time to change those! 😉