Christmas Home Decor

Christmas Santa & Snowman Collection

I finally got all my Christmas decorations up and this year instead of a full home tour, I thought I would share only a few areas or vignettes in our home, including my Santa and snowman collection.

Every year I add one new snowman and one new Santa to my collection – it has been slowly growing now for a few years.  Some were gifts from friends and co-workers over the years as well.

I kept our big fireplace mantel decorated simple with some added greenery and two large feather trees.

This is our front entry table – it is still a little bit of a work in progress.  I’m always adjusting and moving my Christmas decor around on it throughout the holiday.   I made the JOY sign last year for the table.

This is a new Christmas collection that I named the ‘Woodland Creatures Table’!

Last is our dining room buffet all decorated for Christmas.  I usually hang a seasonal wreath between the hanging lanterns above it, but this year I found this stunning vintage brass horn at a local antique shop and added a plaid bow to it.  Most everything lights up on the table, including all the greenery around the XMAS sign that I made last year for the buffet.

Those signs were so fun to make and I still have letters available for sale in my craft supply Etsy shop – Ready Set Craft Kits

If you are working on building up your Christmas home decor, feel free to visit my other Etsy shop for beautiful Christmas Decor- Once Upon A Home Designs

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

10 Easy & Quick Christmas Decorating Ideas

All of us want to have the most beautifully decorated house on the block, but most of us are not interior designers or even capable decorators, for that matter.  That is why I put together these quick and easy Christmas decorations that anyone can pull off- yes, I promise, YOU can do it too!

1. Winter Wonderland Scene

Use an apothecary jar (this is a fancy name for a jar with a lid) to create your own winter scene in miniature.  Simply use salt or fake snow as your base and place a small house, or mini snowman and a few bottle brush / thistle mini trees inside, and voila! You have an instant Christmas decoration for an entryway or coffee table.

2. Traditional Candles

If you don’t want to stray too far from traditional decorations, try using pillar candles or even electric flameless candles but place them on a cake stand instead of plain candle holders for a little extra height.  Display with artificial holly berries or greenery to tie in the Christmas theme.

3. Snowman Decorated Door

This is a quick and easy Christmas decoration and definitely let the kids help out with this project! It looks adorable on the inside and is incredibly easy to do. All you need is construction paper, wide wired Christmas ribbon, a pair of scissors and a bit of cutting skills.  Tip- to cut perfect circles, flip a round tupperware container over on your construction paper and trace with a pencil around it!

4. Lighted Lantern

Rather than adding the usual pillar candle inside of these hugely popular lanterns, instead, fill with glitter and metallic ornaments and light it up with battery-operated mini lights for a more updated style.  Add two near your front entrance, inside or out to great your guests with some unique holiday cheer!

5. Ribbon Wrapped Garage Doors

I completely understand those who do not want to get on a ladder and hang Christmas lights on the exterior of their home- or pay someone else to do it.  So this one is for the minimalists and on top of being easy, it looks stunning. Use cut red fabric (or even the cheap red vinyl tablecloths will work as a substitute and probably stand up better to wet, cold weather) and cut strips to form a “T” shape.  Add a bow in the center and your entire home is now one big present!

6. Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Farmhouse style is trending right now and with this easy centerpiece, its easy to add in some farmhouse decor to your Christmas decorations.  Start with a three tier stand or lazy susan – don’t worry if you can’t find an inexpensive vintage one this three tier stand from Amazon will work absolutely fine.  Next add some rustic painted mason jars with Christmas florals inside and overstuff your three tiers with a mix of pine greenery, vintage and new glitter and glass bulb ornaments, miniature deer, bottle brush trees, and finish with a small chalkboard sign or any farmhouse style sign. This finished centerpiece would look stunning anywhere in the home but if you have a kitchen island- that would be the ideal place for it!

7. Perfect Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a Christmas classic and will never go out of style- even Martha Stewart would agree! An updated way to display them would be in a rustic wood box.

8. Garland Entryway

This Christmas decoration is easy to find in garlands at any retail home or craft store or fully decorated garlandsare available on Amazon. Drape them over your front door and finish with a coordinating wreath.  Add in some vintage ice skates (or new) and you are ready to welcome your friends and family for the holidays.

9. Christmas in a Bowl

If you have left over ornaments after decorating the Christmas tree – use them to create another table centerpiece.  Any decorative bowl will work but a glass bowl will really show off your display, next throw in a mix of ornaments and pinecones. This will make for a great statement piece on any dining table.

10. Woodsy Candle Sticks

You probably have these boring white, red or cream candlesticks around the house but this year, why not add them to empty and cleaned glass soda bottles. Plus, you can enjoy your frosty soda, before you start decorating!  Once all your soda is in your tummy, soak them in soapy hot water to remove the labels and scrub any remaining labels off then run them through the dishwasher.  Once perfectly clear and sparkly clean, add small branches from pine trees outside and tie up with jute twine.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to start decorating your home for Christmas. Stop by my Etsy shops for even more holiday home decor and to get ready for your holiday soiree with plenty of options for Christmas party decorations –

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Christmas Table Settings

10 STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTINGS

When the spread is this stylish, no one will notice if you overcook the ham on Christmas Day!

Before getting to the top ten trendy styles for setting up your Christmas dining table this year, be sure to stop by my Etsy shops this week for all your Christmas decorations.

Visit any of my shops below for this year’s trends –

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Let’s start with Farmhouse– its the big home decor trend right now and of course it is also popular for Christmas decorating.

So, if you don’t have this expensive vintage model red truck with a Christmas tree in the back . . .

. . . don’t worry, there is no need to rush out and pay for this!  In fact, I highly recommend passing on it.  Why?  It is not worth the price tag and will most likely not be in style a few years from now! Some home design trends can be skipped, especially if it is not in your budget.

You should set up your home and your dining table for Christmas in YOUR style not with exactly the same popular cookie cutter item that so many will have in their home.  Honestly, this red truck image is a bit redundant – on every pillow, gift bag, not too mention so many popular home decor blogs.

So, let’s get to the trends, that you can put together on a budget and in your own style.

FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Farmhouse is a  mix of vintage items with rustic and woodsy decor, at least for the past few years and is still trending this Christmas and its very easy to create a farmhouse table setting- without that red truck!  Visit an antique store for some old ceramic putz houses, smaller Christmas trees, wood candle holders, other vintage decor, and any rustic style painted signs you can find locally.  Gather some oldie decorations for your centerpiece, add in some natural wood elements, and give it some height.  Place settings for the farmhouse style consist of vintage plates and glasses. Goodwill or your local thrift shop is a great and affordable place to find really nice vintage gold and silver plated tableware.

PLAID CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Next up is traditional Plaid – it is an easy go-to and never goes out of style for Christmas.

BUFFALO CHECK CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

The updated version of plaid is Buffalo Check– big black and red squares.

WINTRY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

I like to call this next style Wintry – its icy blue and silver with strong elements of white.

WOODSY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Woodsy has been popular the past few years and is still very much in for this year.  Pull together sliced tree slabs, natural pine cones,  fresh or fake evergreen sprigs, and add in some miniature deer, elk, birds, bears or other forest creatures to get the look.

ELEGANT DINING TABLE

You can never go wrong with a style of Sophisticated Elegance and the best way to achieve this style at your Christmas table is to keep it simple and in a monotone (one) color scheme. This predominately silver set-up is a good example.  All gold works just as well too!

SHABBY CHIC DINING TABLE

Shabby Chic has been around for a while and is wonderful way to create an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia. The American version is lots of pinks, light blue, and mint green layered on creme.  For a more French style of shabby chic, stick with elements of grey and black layered on stark white.  The key decorative elements include – vintage lacy or crochet linens, chandeliers, crystal, and lots of roses.

SCANDINAVIAN DINING TABLE

Scandinavian has its style roots from mid-century (1950’s) and is a reduction of everything.  It is simple and clean.  Think IKEA- but not as contemporary.  This table setting is a good example- pick only one or two decorative pieces (snowflake candles and embroidered hearts shown below) and repeat it without over-doing it. Red is definite must for creating this style, as it is a dominate color in the culture and pairs perfectly for Christmas.

WHIMSICAL DINING TABLE

There is not a darn thing wrong with Whimsical.  If you pull it off, it can be fun and still classy.  It also makes a perfect set up if you plan to sit all the children at your Christmas dinner at a separate table.  What defines this style?  Any theme that is a bit more childlike- peppermint, Christmas movie themes, more non-traditional colors like neon brights or pastel pinks and blues.  Consider your table as Wooville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and go from there for a whimsical style.

TRADITIONAL DINING TABLE

Last is Traditional – basically dominate colors of red and green.  No need to spend a lot of money on this one.  Use your tableware and add in a solid red and solid green or even white with these two dominate colors layered on top.  Go with fabric for your linens in these two solid colors for your tablecloth, place mats, and napkins.  Lots of candles are great for the table center.   An easy and inexpensive table centerpiece can be created using red and green glass bulb ornaments fill inside a large clear glass bowl or vase.

So, there you have it – 10 Christmas table styles to get you ready of your holiday gathering.

Come back and visit the blog for more holiday inspiration and decorating ideas!

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