I love Christmas decorating. I truly do, but I don’t love stressing over my decorations. If you can relate this is the post for you. Let me show you how I decorated my living room for Christmas with lots of simple ideas for Christmas decorating
I love Christmas
I love the Christmas season…
I love the decorating, the twinkly lights, the trees, and everything that goes with it…
I love sharing my Christmas decorations with you all and visiting all my friends who are sharing their decorated Christmas home on their blogs.
Did you see my friend Kate’s home (Southern Home and Hospitality)? She does such a great job of decorating with plaid for Christmas. I am sharing all the links to my friends’ Christmas home tours that we are doing this week at the bottom of this post.
But as much as I love the whole Christmas hoopla. I kinda not love a lot about this season too.
Maybe you can relate, but I don’t like the stress put on us to do it all perfectly. I don’t like the implication that you can only have a beautifully decorated Christmas home if you spend a lot of money. And I definitely don’t like the idea that you have to reinvent Christmas every year.
Don’t get me wrong, if you like to go all new every year that is totally ok in my book. But it is just not me.
I am a sentimental gal at heart. I like my Christmases to be predictable, familiar and with lots of little personal traditions.
This year more than ever.
While working on the renovation, we live in a temporary apartment that we created on the house’s first floor. The apartment is cozy and comfortable but still has a lot of unfinished touches. That’s OK. It will get its final makeover one day. If you’d like to follow our renovating adventures, watch them on our Youtube Channel: Lex and Marianne.
This year has brought so many changes: a new home, in a new country, a new life with a whole new lifestyle attached. I am craving safe, and familiar and tried and tested.
So that’s where this years Christmas went as well. Nothing new in this home. All my Christmas decorations came from the same totes I packed them in last year. Some of my decorations have been with me for more than a decade. A lot of them are homemade.
Let me show you….
my favorite simple ideas for Christmas decorating
Decorate your tree in an easy color scheme using what you have
My Christmas tree has been showing off mostly white ornaments for many years now. This year I used just about every Christmas ornament I ever made. Some white and some in wood or neutral colors. I was surprised myself how well they all work together.
There are the hand-sawn wooden Christmas stars, and my no-chrochet crochet ornaments, the vintage cards decorations from last year, the little Christmas puppet angels from many years ago and the burlap ornaments that are so old I can’t even remember in which year I made those.
This year I used a stack of painted suitcases as my tree stand. There is a stack of books in the bottom one to make sure the top is sturdy enough for the weight. I put my gym bag over the tree stand inside the top suitcase for some extra counterweight and hid that and the cords with my chunky knit blanket.
There is a memory attached to nearly over ornament in that tree. And I have used them over and over again. And I still love them all.
Create lots of simple vignettes
This temporary living room is rather small and there is a lot of living going on there. My Christmas decorations can’t take up too much space or it will all become too cluttered and busy quickly.
I am also dearly missing a focal point like a mantel or a dresser or a sideboard. So instead of going for a showstopper kind of Christmas centerpiece, I went for a couple of quick and easy ones.
Like my mom’s baking tin filled with moss found in the woods around our house. The larger deer is a thrift store find, it was a brass deer that I painted white a long time ago. The tiny driftwood Christmas tree is also a project from many moons ago.
The glass hurricane light got a quick filling with faux snow, some bottle brush trees and a lighted car ornament. Took me all but five minutes to pull together. There really isn’t much to it.
Just as easy is my ‘centerpiece’ – if you can call it that- at our small dining table. Just a nice large bowl with a huge pillar candle and some faux greenery around it.
It’s a nice contained centerpiece that I can easily put aside if we need the table.
Of course, there had to be a bit of lantern decorating too. I changed up one of my fall lanterns and added some bottle brush trees and tiny fairy lights. The paper star on top was part of a whole pack I made for a wreath (how to fold a paper star). To hide the battery pack for the lights I placed the lantern on a tray and added lots of painted pinecones. Looks good and the battery pack is nicely hidden.
Hang a Collection of wreaths
As I said before. This living room is kind of small and I don’t want to stumble over my decor. So when there is no floor space to use for decorating, go up and use your walls.
I gathered up all my old faux green Christmas wreaths and even whipped up an extra one with some leftover bits from my stash.
I love how the impact of each wreath is enhanced now that it is part of a collection.
I was pleasantly surprised myself with how good this wall of wreaths looks. This might become a new tradition…
Scatter Christmas Pillows
Through the years I have collected a couple of Christmas pillows that I bring out every year. It is the easiest thing ever to change a pillow case and it makes my soft furnishings look purposeful and perfectly in season. The one with the deer head on the couch is my favorite.
Although the french Joyeux Noel pillow has never looked better than it does this year in the brown chair underneath my wreath collection. In case you are wondering that pillow is years old and came from the H&M home collection.
Have Fun Christmas Decorating
Most of all remember that your home doesn’t need to be magazine perfect. If it feels right for you and your family it is the best Christmas home ever.
My Christmas decorations have always been easy, mostly handmade and incorporating lots of natural elements. It is simply my style that I keep gravitating back to year after year.
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If you like my style of Christmas decorating you will love the E-book I wrote about how to get the natural Christmas look on a shoestring budget.
More Christmas Decorating Ideas
Next up on the tour is Kim from Shiplap and Shells with a beautiful rustic Christmas home tour! You’re going to be so inspired!
Be sure to visit all my friends who shared their Christmas home tours this week!
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.