As much as I love decorating for Christmas, I always feel a little guilty when I look at my (too) many plastic bins filled with decorations I’ve collected over the years.
This year, there’s also been a lot going on at our house that’s helping me to remember what’s really important.
With less time to decorate, a wish to keep things a little simpler, and a vow not to buy any more Christmas decorations, I set out to deck my halls using mostly what I already had (with the exception of a bit of fresh greenery and a bolt or two of new ribbon).
Here’s how it all turned out:
I’ve had these Dr. Suess-style ornaments for years, but this year I simply bunched them together and hung them from my kitchen chandelier.
Inspired by this Better Homes and Gardens idea, a sparkly vintage-style ornament house found a place nestled in some faux snow in my cookie jar.
To display some of the pretty cards we get, this year I hung a jingle bell ribbon on our pantry door and I’m paper-clipping my favorite cards on it.
For the kitchen vignette above, I put the mercury tree on a little pedestal, and paired that with a vintage-looking jar and candy canes.
My boys said they were too old for an advent calendar this year, so instead I shamelessly copied a favorite blogger of mine, Our Fifth House, and created a calendar for myself on my chalkboard wall. The “ornaments” on my tree each have a small good deed or random act of kindness for me to do everyday. I have to confess I’ve missed a few days, but I’m loving counting the days until Christmas this way.
In the sunroom this year I ditched the elaborate garland I usually wrestle with hanging on the mantel, and kept it really simple instead. Beautiful fresh greens with clove-studded oranges really work in this room where we also have our tree.
For our very short bannister, I reworked the grapevine wreaths I’ve used here before, and came up with this:
Right next the bannister, I mixed some pretty ornaments with tiny dried pomegranates and faux berries and displayed them on the same leaf plate I used on my fall mantel.
This mirrored tree is fun on a pedestal with some greens, and I added a sort of mini-runner to this table using inexpensive wide burlap ribbon (one of the few things I bought this year!).
I used more on my front door behind a wreath I already had:
A little more fresh greenery and a pretty pine cone are all this little hanging basket needed to be a little festive. For the rest of my entryway, I piled some ornaments and pine cones into a lidded jar, and displayed some other old things in new ways:
On the mirror above the entry table I hung a cluster of pine cones I made, inspired by one of my Pinterest pins from Country Living magazine this season:
This was so easy to do using these little screws, and ribbon I already had:
These simple swags round out the restful entryway decorating this year . . .
Usually my dining room is an elaborate affair with garland and ornaments on the chandelier and loads of little details. But this year I did only a few things, like setting out my gold tree forest on my dining room table:
And creating two silver and gold vignettes:
If you like to burned scented candles like I do, save the glass holders when the candle is burned out. I took a bunch of mine and, inspired by this image from Better Homes and Gardens:
DIYed them to become this:
I really enjoyed the decorating process this year. And I’m enjoying the Christmas season, trying very hard to focus on what it’s really about.
Next week I’m baking cookies and I’ll share some of my favorite recipes with you then. After that, I’ll be taking a little blog break for the holidays.
I so hope you’re enjoying the season and not letting the stresses take over!!