Our 2015 Christmas Decorations

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I’m excited to participate in the White Buffalo Styling Co Blogger Stylin Home Tours! If you’re coming from DIY Playbook, welcome, I’m excited to “meet” you! Since last year’s Christmas home tour, a lot has changed. We’ve removed a few walls and closets, a wet bar and a lot of carpet, linoleum and green tile. We’ve gutted two bathrooms, added wood floors, a lot of paint and several light fixtures. It’s been fun watching our home transition, even as we speak.

Our new doors arrived last week and are being installed as I write. I had hoped that construction would be complete before the holidays so that we could enjoy a little peace, but it’s part of the process and I’m so thankful we have the opportunity to personalize our home. It’s exciting to see your vision come to life, even if it alters along the way. I had a lot of fun decorating our home for the holidays this year, or should I say decking the halls!

While unintended, it seems the underlying theme is hanging of the greens and candlelight. I rarely start decorating with a plan, just my heart. When I do attempt do decorate with a plan, I find myself frustrated that I can’t find something that fits my vision. I have to say, decorating this year was more rewarding than ever as I was able to enjoy it with the girls.

The other challenge I had this year was sunlight. It’s been raining for days and the if it wasn’t raining, it was so cloudy that it may as well be. I look forward to adding a few more photos when the sun makes an appearance. Until then, grab a cup of cocoa and come in, I’m so honored to have you!

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Simple fall to winter Christmas decorations

Our hung a fresh cedar garland on the stairwell this year. I ran out of my favorite ribbon, but didn’t fret. I love a loose knot almost as much as a bow. Consider it my casual approach to Christmas decorating.

10 minute Christmas decorating ideas - hang a swag on a stairwell
10 minute Christmas decorating ideas - hang a swag on a stairwell

The family room has subtle nods to the holidays with bits of traditional red and green. I framed last year’s Christmas card, added felt mistletoe wreaths to the windows, updated two of our pillow covers and a couple of miniature trees. I keep our Christmas decorations child friendly for those curious little hands.

Understated and easy Christmas decorations
10 minute Christmas decorations - hang wreaths in windows
10 minute Christmas decorations - hang a wreath in a window
Classic red and green Christmas decorations
10 minute Christmas decorations - frame Christmas cards from previous years
Simple last minute Christmas decorating ideas

Ani and Adalyn both celebrate their birthdays in January, so I integrate a lot of winter decorations that I don’t have to rush to take down, plus, I feel like a month is just too short to enjoy Christmas decor. This year we added a few wintery homes to our bookcases that are adorned with boxwood wreaths. I covered the mantel in a fresh cedar swag and added bits of red cedar in the fireplace filled with candles.

white Christmas decorations
Traditional Christmas decorating ideas
Traditional Christmas decorating ideas
white Christmas decorations
candles and greenery in fireplace

As a child, I loved decorating for Christmas, but always dreaded unpacking and packing bins. I take a slightly more utilitarian approach to Christmas, updating our everyday decor rather than decorating with specialty items stored throughout the year. Adding snips of holly in a vase and on my framed recipes is just one way I update existing decor. It’s so easy and feels festive without a lot of effort.

Simple and beautiful Christmas decorations
Simple and beautiful Christmas decorations for the breakfast room or dining room

I created a quick centerpiece with cedar and pomegranates that still graces our table a month later! You can learn how to recreate it here.

Christmas table setting and centerpiece
traditional Christmas decorations
Traditional Christmas decorating ideas
easy-christmas

A little red cedar goes a long way on my new brass light fixture in the dining room.

Simple last minute Christmas decorating ideas
10 minute Christmas decorating ideas - hang a swag on a chandelier

This year, the girls each got their own Christmas tree. We made colorful salt dough ornaments the day after Thanksgiving to decorate their trees so that we didn’t have to worry about breaking them. We decorated Isla’s tree with copper cookie cutters as well. In lieu of tree skirts, we used blankets and infinity scarves.

DIY color salt dough ornaments - kids Christmas decorations
DIY color salt dough ornaments - kids Christmas decorations
kids Christmas decorations
kids Christmas decorations
Copper cookie cutters are a safe and beautiful way to decorate Christmas trees for kids

Starry string lights add a little bit of magic to Ani’s teepee. I also adore these vintage deer.

kids Christmas decorations
kids Christmas decorations
Not so Christmas winter decorations

And in the guest bedroom I’m anxiously awaiting the new brass headboard and footboard, which will be arriving in a few days. until then a boxwood wreath and soft blue accents are enough for me. It feels so peaceful, which is exactly how I want my guests to feel.

boxwood wreath christmas decor
a boxwood wreath is an easy way to integrate the holidays into your home
A simple and beautiful Christmas bedroom

I’m not sure what has gotten into me, I assure you that I haven’t gone completely overboard, but I decorated our bedroom for Christmas. I always add a little Christmas decor to the girls’ room, but this is definitely a first for me. Maybe it’s that I’m not in love with a lot of our furniture and that our carpet is beyond the need of being replaced. I just couldn’t help myself. The tree has yet to be decorated and the front porch is bare, but our bedroom is decorated and I’m content. Of course I kept it simple with just a few additions {and subtractions}. Here’s a peek into our Christmas bedroom.

Christmas bedroom decorations

It all started with the magnolia garland that we used in the dining room last Christmas. As you know, I love versatile pieces and garland is definitely one of them. I paired it with my favorite brass lamp on the dresser for a little understated decor.

Simple Christmas decorating ideas

Each December, I stock up on boxwood wreaths for the year at Trader Joe’s. They sell 22″ fresh boxwood wreaths for just $9.99. I preserve them and enjoy them through the holidays and beyond. A boxwood and candle is really all I need. Simplicity, friends.

A simple and beautiful Christmas bedroom

And well, then I came across this pretty pattern and thought it couldn’t hurt to add a couple of shams, right? I love the holiday color, but it’s a simple addition that requires little effort and storage until next year.

A simple and beautiful Christmas bedroom
Christmas bedroom decorating

I’m really excited to work on our master bedroom after the holidays, but for now, our Christmas bedroom makes me feel happy and at peace. Do you decorate your bedroom for the holidays?

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