Thanksgiving is behind us and it is time to deck the halls! As a blogger, my home should have been decorated and shared with you all long before now, but I just cannot put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Normally the weekend after Thanksgiving is a whirlwind of stress and totes full of Christmas decor all over the house. Not this year! This year we are having a cozy minimalist Christmas.
Today I am joining six of my blogging friends to bring you our Christmas home tour. You are sure to find inspiration in these amazing decor bloggers homes, so be sure to visit them all at the end of this post!
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I have recently been editing and getting rid of a LOT OF STUFF in our home. The older I get the less I want to mess with it. I want a home that reflects our style and works for my husband and me. The holidays are no exception.
In past years I went all out, over the top, with our Christmas decor. It was so much work and getting it to look just right stressed me out beyond belief. Who really needs that? Not me! Taking it all down and packing it away was just as bad.
I recently read the book Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Mcquillyn Smith, aka The Nester, and it has totally changed how I look at our home and how I decorate. We live here and although it would be great to have Instagram worthy spaces every day, all day…did I mention we live here? It has to function for us and I was getting really tired of being a “stuff manager” as she calls it.
So the hubby pulled out ALL the Christmas decor from the garage and I went to town deciding what to get rid of and what to keep. He will be super happy when he has to put it away again, we are down to the Christmas tree and just ONE tote!!
Without further ado….let’s see what I kept.
Welcome to our cozy minimalist Christmas
I bought this Christmas swag made with real greenery. I didn’t like the plaid bow so I replaced the bow with rustic bells. The fresh pine smell is a wonderful greeting as we walk in the door. The rest of the greenery is all faux greenery, I don’t think my hubby was very excited about the thought of me cutting any from our pine trees in the back yard…
My small collection of trees made the cut and I used them as a centerpiece vignette on the dining room table along with the mercury glass candle sticks my daughter got me for Christmas last year. They all sit on top of the vintage table runner I picked up at a local antique store a few years ago.
I love that they add texture and glam to this rustic table. It isn’t overpowering and there is still plenty of room to sit at the table and eat. You can find similar Candle Sticks here, as well as similar silver bottle brush trees here. I made the jute tree myself 2 years ago using a cardboard cone from Hobby Lobby. The white and gold ceramic tree was also a Hobby Lobby purchase, raise your hand if you can’t get enough of Hobby Lobby!
In years past I have gone over the top decking out this fireplace, but this year I really did want it to be simple. The faux greenery and old glass candle holder can stay up after Christmas along with the greenery in the 8 gallon crock.
Even Frosty can stay for the rest of the winter. Heck, looking at it now I think it can all stay. What do you think? Being able to transition from season to holiday and back to season again without making a bunch of changes and without having a bunch of stuff is the goal.
Although you all know that I am not really the crafty sort, I did manage to make those Christmas tree garlands without causing injury to myself (small miracle). I cut out the image and traced it onto white felt fabric, cut them all out and hot glued them to the twine. They add a modern touch to the fireplace and cost absolutely nothing to make since I had all the supplies already on hand.
The white wood Christmas tree was an idea I saw from my friend Toni at Girl, Just DIY and my hubby surprised me with it two years ago after I showed it to him. He also bought Frosty, that man is a keeper.
The Nester says to pick three places to add Christmas to when layering the holiday into your seasonal decor. I have those three…the fireplace, the dining table, and you will see our Christmas tree in just a minute.
I couldn’t help adding just a small touch of Christmas to our living room though with this little tree and it’s pretty pink ornaments. We are never in here, but on the holidays it is filled with grands playing with each other and watching tv, so I just couldn’t resist.
If your husband is a hunter like mine and you have to have a deer head on the wall (you have to let him have his moments) then you might as well give him some Christmas spirit too.
This small vignette sits on an antique dresser I got at an auction recently. Carrying through the natural decor of the season with faux pine branches, I added my gold nutcracker and that cute little wood block with the tree painted on it (I did not make that, I bought it). This dresser holds even more magic…wait until you see!
I know you are thinking that this is far from minimalist, and you are absolutely right. The Nester says that a home should function for you and your family. You should only have things that you love…AND I LOVE A FULL COLORFUL CHRISTMAS TREE! This is my maximalist moment in a home that is becoming easier to manage day by day as I rid it of stuff that we just don’t need.
To truly appreciate a decorated tree, you have to see it at night. All lit up and sparkling it makes the room so cozy.
This is my second year using the pink and green scheme on our Christmas tree. I love color and this tree just makes me so very happy.
The color scheme was inspired by this colorful little Christmas tree I made last year using a cardboard cone and ribbon I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Make your own colorful Christmas tree centerpiece with the directions here: Colorful Christmas Tree Centerpiece
It is the only thing sitting on the coffee table. People will put their drinks on the table and the grands might play a spirited game of Monopoly on it, so best to keep the decor on it minimal and easy to relocate if necessary.
I got those Christmas tree pillow covers last year from IKEA, so here is One I am really liking this year.
See my little photo bomber? That is Winston and I know he is just waiting to sit on the new soft blue striped sweater pillow I just bought. He isn’t fooling anyone.
He is just waiting for me to leave the room.
What did I tell ya? This is real life with dogs.
Puglsey made himself comfortable on the other couch, he even kicked the Christmas tree pillow onto the floor. They were tired of mom decorating. It’s hard to be mad at these little guys.
That is the end of our cozy minimalist Christmas home tour. Simple and easy with decor that will last through the rest of winter. Thank you to The Nester for making my life so much easier. Just one tote of Christmas decorations….YES!!
How do you decorate? Do you go all out or do you think this year you might…just maybe…simplify things a bit? Let me know in the comments below!
Be sure to visit all my blogging friends for more Christmas inspiration below!