Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I look forward to decorating the house weeks before it’s even acceptable. Over the years my holiday decorating has become more and more simplified. So I thought it would be fun to share my simple Christmas styling guide. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
There are only a few things you need to make your home feel festive, without feeling overwhelming. We all know it’s Christmas time, the house doesn’t have to tell us. I’m looking at you Hobby Lobby. There is nothing worse than putting in all the time and effort to decorating so much for only a short period of time. Who wants the stress of pulling out all those bins, unpacking, and then hauling it all back into storage a few weeks later? Not me.
I’ve shared before that I limit myself to only my must-have decor and have done the same for Christmas. I haven’t purchased much this year except for a few faux cedar wreaths because I’d like to replace all of my old cheap ones. And I might have gone a little crazy at Target with the new holiday collections from Hearth & Hand and Studio McGee. But then I restrained myself and put everything in my shopping cart back! And in case you missed it, I shared all my neutral Christmas decor favorites.
SIMPLE CHRISTMAS STYLING GUIDE
- twinkle lights
- ceramic houses
I’m adding a wreath to the front door and a holiday welcome mat on the porch. Then in the entryway, I’m keeping it simple with garland above our coat hooks and hanging vintage bells. I’m putting my record player on our entry table this year so I have easy access to it. And I might add festive trees and white ceramic houses if there is space.
In the living room will be our tree of course. I’m using my favorite Charlie Brown tree from a few years ago and a basket to add to the height. Our mantel will have more garland and stockings that I’ve had for years. On the bookcases will be more ceramic houses. Nothing new for the living room, just using everything I have already. However, I did purchase battery-operated tealights with remote control from Amazon for the houses this year. It will make lighting everything up at night so much easier. And don’t forget this tree remote that makes turning the Christmas tree on and off so much easier too!
In the kitchen, it’s more simple Christmas styling with greenery. Garland above the range hood, and then a wreath and Countdown to Christmas sign just like I did last year. Ceramic houses will go on the kitchen shelves and I’ll add a few twinkle lights for a nice glow. And maybe Santa will bring me a new oven range for Christmas?
In the dining room, I’ll be adding a garland to our black chandelier. And then setting up the center of the table with white ceramic light up trees and wood trees. I wanted to do something different this year than my usual house set up and didn’t want to add more greenery since I’ll have some already. I might do miniature wreaths on the back of the chairs, but I’m not sure yet.
In our master bedroom, I’m still keeping it simple. In the past, I have had a small tree in our room and I loved it. But since I don’t have one this year, the lighted garland above the bed does the trick. And last year I loved having the wreath on our barn door, so I’m doing that again. A small tabletop tree and festive candles will instantly make it feel like Christmas. Plus the beams I DIYed earlier this year, make it feel like a cozy cabin.
In the other rooms, like the guest bedroom, bathrooms, and my office I will add some greenery and a few candles. Greenery and twinkle lights can go a long way to make it feel festive and cozy.
For simple Christmas styling, one thing I always try to remember is to make each room cohesive. It might seem plain to only add a garland or wreath to a room, but in our house, all of the rooms are open to each other. So when it’s all done it’s very decorated and flows nicely together, without feeling too overwhelming. In the past, I have added A LOT of decorations. And in just a few weeks I was ready to take it all down. But when I keep it simple, it’s calming and beautiful at the same time.
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