Christmas is a magical time of year. People are inspired to invest a little more into the details of their home with the hopes of creating a warm gathering place for family and friends. For someone who enjoys decorating, Christmastime is extra dreamy because for one month I am not alone in my obsession with pretty dishes, cozy lights and coordinating throw pillows.
The great part about decorating for Christmas is the colors and themes you choose don’t have to match the rest of your home. It all works! Personally, I like the challenge of merging the homemade, handed down and brand new.
My strategy for determining which of the collected, festive decor to display is not to try to use everything. I pick a few spaces in my home I really want to play up and start there.
Second, I try to create different arrangements each year to make old decorations feel new. This helps me exercise creativity without buying too much more. Of course, Jesus is the reason we celebrate this time of year, so finding a new way to display my Willow Tree nativity scene is at the top of my list! Sometimes I bring out all the figurines, Creche and all, while others years I prefer to display them in various places around the home.
This year I added cotton stalks to my pine and berry branches giving these festive bundles a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ feel. Last year’s plaids and lanterns make an appearance with new chippy paint signs, galvanized metal accents and some DIY pine cone projects. ‘Use whatcha got and make what ya want’ is my mantra this year!
Third, I think through what memories we want to make this season and stage those moments throughout the home. Those special moments enclude: lighting the Christmas tree, opening stockings Christmas morning, sipping hot cocoa, watching Christmas movies, and counting down the days of Advent.
The Christmas Tree(s): If you are like me, there is an order of procedure when decorating the Christmas tree and there is thought behind which ornaments are placed where. To satisfy my desire of having a PRETTY Christmas Tree and my husband’s desire for a FAMILY Christmas tree the solution was simple, two trees!
The artificial, pre-lit, 6-footer is my Farmhouse Christmas Tree! Its strong branches of mixed pines can uphold the heavier ornaments. This tree I get to set up as early as I want and adorn it with all my “pretty things.”
My Farmhouse Christmas Tree consists of: classic white lights, wood bead garland, white glass ornaments, stalks of cotton, pine cones, extra large jingle bells, metal snowflakes, painted mason jars, cow bells, miniature milk jugs and, of course, some good ol’ southern sayings. I wanted this tree to feel like the Southern Belle of all Christmas Trees.
Our family tree is whichever natural beauty we select to chop down and haul home. This one we decorate together with no care as to which collected or handmade ornament claims front and center.
The mantle. The focal point of our living space creates the perfect cozy ambiance. The stockings are hung, garland is strung, and small twinkle lights illuminate the pine branches. This year I went with mismatched stockings from Pottery Barn, and tasked a friend with making some handmade embroidered hoops to personalize our stockings.
In the living room I used ivory, crimson, emerald green and plaid throw pillows to brighten up this neutral space. Old books, lanterns, cotton stalks, berries and galvanized accents play up all the farmhouse feels.
The Kitchen: This is the place where all the yummy holiday treats are prepared and enjoyed. Why not make it festive as well!? In the kitchen, less is more. With full countertops, something simple like a floor mat and a hot cocoa bar go a long way!
Christmas cards are a big deal in our home and this year I wanted a special way to display them. Since my budget was limited, I decided to make use of this old, red window frame my mom and I found on the side of the road. I strung some close pins and jingle bells to the window with twine and garnished it with a pine branch. The two Christmas cards pictured above date back to the early 1900’s! See how they found their way to our home.
The Bedroom: When it comes to sprucing up the home, the master bedroom is often forgotten. This year I wanted Christmas to spill into the bedrooms as well. Now when I cuddle up in bed to stream a Hallmark movie, I too feel submerged in twinkling lights and small town charm. Make your room feel like a Hallmark movie by adding some twinkle lights and greenery, a chippy paint sign, festive pillows or a simple stem of mistletoe.
The Guest Bedroom: This space has become my little vintage paradise. The layers of neutral textures in this room make the perfect canvas for a ‘snowy cottage’ night. Small touches of emerald green and shimmery gold make this room feel like a fairytale.
Some of my favorite details in this room are the vintage gold bells, winter angel tree topper and homemade pine cone wreath. I dusted the pine cone wreath with gold spray paint and topped it off with a velvet green bow!
The Front Porch: We haven’t taken the plunge to invest in house lights just yet, however every year our porch gets a bit more festive. This year it’s all about that buffalo check! Big Bows, lanterns, and chippy paint signs adorn our porch in a creative, DIY kinda way : )
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how childlike you may feel, Christmas is something to anticipate. Whether a traditional Advent calendar, a paper chain strung throughout the home, or your own DIY countdown calendar- celebrate the season! I got the idea for this Christmas Countdown HERE!
“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices…”
Want some more Christmas inspiration? Check out the Rustic Bungalow!
THE BUNGALOW: It’s rustic, cozy, layered with natural textures and smells of evergreen and cinnamon. There are touches of DIY, a sprinkle of store-bought, and years of collected festive treasures.