Hard to believe that Christmas is next week. I feel like we just got back in town from Thanksgiving! Our Christmas tree was up before Thanksgiving, but since most of my decorating revolves around fresh garland, I’m a little late in sharing everything with you guys. As I have done in years past, my decor is very simple. I’m always drawn to a more minimal holiday look. But when you add in the smell of cookies baking and the sounds of our favorite Christmas movies playing in the background, it is very full of holiday cheer. I hope you enjoy my neutral Christmas home tour.
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Come on in! If you missed my Christmas porch decor make sure you check out this post.
The first thing you see when you walk in is the nativity set on our entry console. This set was my mother-in-law’s. It was originally brightly painted and didn’t match our decor. I painted it in a matte white chalk paint and couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. You can see the nativity tutorial here.
The stairway got covered in real cedar garland which instantly transformed the entire space. Since there is so much railing I kept it simple by not adding any ribbon or additional items to the garland. It’s so pretty all on its own.
In our living room I kept the same neutral pillows out that I used in the Fall so the focus would be on the tree and fireplace. Still completely in love with our slim Christmas tree. It tucks perfectly into corners and I don’t have to move furniture around.
I struggled a bit this year on how to decorate our fireplace now that we have the new mirror. Our mantal isn’t very deep and with the mirror there is even less space. The garland alone seemed too plain, but when I layered some dried orange slice garland to the top it was just what it needed. This was my first time doing the dried oranges and I loved it. You’ll see them pop up in another area of the house.
Stocking tip: To keep stockings from looking flat, I stuff the bottom half with plastic grocery sacks. Tissue paper would also work well.
The coffee table got a basket full of “snowballs”. One of my favorite feeds on Instagram shared this idea and I thought it was so fun. The snowballs are actually wool dryer balls.
Some of you may remember that last year I had a naked Christmas tree. I loved it and was so glad I tried it, but this year I brought back some of my favorite ornaments and enjoyed a more decorated tree.
I am not much of a decorator when it comes to the kitchen. It’s a struggle just to keep the thing clean so adding too much decor doesn’t work very well for us. However, I did add this faux cedar and pinecone wreath to the hood and used some more of the dried orange slices on it. It’s perfect for the kitchen. And I added some leftover garland to the corner of the art in the breakfast nook. The kids just did their annual gingerbread house when I took these photos so that was displayed on a cake stand. Since then they’ve already broken into it and started eating away.
The dining room is very simply decorated. I added more of the same faux cedar garland I used over our mantle, which looks so realistic, to top of the mirror. Those small antlers which are hanging year round look even more appropriate right now. My usual large green leaf clippings were swapped out for these faux Magnolia stems. And, some of my thrifted brass candlesticks were added to the top of the piano.
You can check out my Christmas table setting in this post. I’ll probably get it set back up later this week so it done and out of the way. The only change I’ll make will be adding some place cards that recently came in the mail.
Just a couple of small touches to our master was all it really needed to feel a little more seasonal. I brought out my grandmother’s brass deer and swapped my summer art for these winter trees. More magnolia stems were added because they just look great everywhere, and by my bedside table I added some leftover garland stems to a vase.
The kids’ playroom got a little touch of holiday decor with this wall hanging from Vol25. I would really love to add a second Christmas tree to this space where I can hang all of the fun Christmas ornaments. Ones from my childhood and the colorful handmade ones the kids bring home from school.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my neutral Christmas home tour. I hope you enjoyed it! This will more than likely be my last post this year so I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!