Merry Christmas Decorating 2013


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:

homecrush Dr. Suess-style ornament swag

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.

homecrush cookie jar snow scene

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.

homecrush 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.

home crush Christmas card display


home crush Christmas kitchen vignette

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.

home crush acts of kindness advent calendar

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.

homecrush clove oranges

homecrush Christmas greens and clove oranges

homecrush wire cones filled with fresh greens and oranges

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:

homecrush Christmas bannister

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.

homecrush ornament display

homecrush entry table Christmas vignette

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!).

homecrush Christmas vignette

I used more on my front door behind a wreath I already had:

homecrush Christmas wreath


homecrush hanging basket with greenery

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:

homecrush Christmas entry table

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:

homecrush pine cone cluster

This was so easy to do using these little screws, and ribbon I already had:

homecrush how to string up pine cones

homecrush Christmas plate

These simple swags round out the restful entryway decorating this year . . .

homecrush Christmas bannister swag

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:

homecrush gold tree forest

And creating two silver and gold vignettes:

homecrush silver and gold vignette


homecrush silver and gold vignette

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:

bhg candle display

DIYed them to become this:

homecrush candle tray


Homecrush DIY candle tray

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!!


Click here, here and here for last year’s Christmas House Tour.

Sharing at the Scoop; Metamorphosis Monday; 2013 Christmas Tour of Homes; Wow Us Wednesdays; Thrifty Decor Chick: Christmas Party 2013; All Things Christmas Link Party

I want to know what you’re crushing on. I love your comments and try to reply to them all, so keep ‘em coming!

  • Moni ~ Zu Haus at Home December 16, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Your Christmas decorations are beautiful…love the mercury tree and the mirror tree on the pedestals!! Enjoy the Christmas season!

    • Kerry December 16, 2013, 10:29 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Moni! Merry Christmas!

  • Diane Weeks December 18, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Hi! Visiting via Wow us Wednesdays. You’ve added a lot of beautiful touches for not having as much time. The Dr. Suess balls are so festive! I love your chalkboard tree. That’s something I could do since I cannot draw at all. Was nice visiting. Will be back.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Blessings, Diane

  • Kristine December 21, 2013, 10:20 am

    Your home looks so beautiful and festive! I am having a hard time picking a favorite picture.I do have a weak spot for cloches, and things that sparkle. Merry Christmas!