Simplified Holiday Decorating

It's easy to get into the holiday spirit  Finding the time and the energy to decorate our homes may not be quite as easy. We often feel overwhelmed at the thought of all of the decorating we'd like to do, or think we should do.  Breathe easy. and simplify your holiday decorating so that it takes less time, costs much less, and keeps clutter at bay. 

simple and budget-friendly holiday decorating

Here's how to simplify: choose 1 or 2 main surfaces or areas of your home to decorate, and leave it at that. 

You'll remember that last week we cleaned out our boxes of holiday decorations and purged so that only the meaningful and most beautiful things are now ready to put on display. If you've already put up your tree, some of these things will have been used already. If not, keep them aside. This week, all you need to do is pick 1 or 2 surfaces - like an entryway bench or a mantel or a dining room table and decorate simply. Use a few of your family vintage ornaments in a bowl, or hang a wreath and use green boughs on the mantel. When you don't have to worry about spreading tons of decorations all around the house, it becomes more manageable to get these main areas done. I find that they then stand out more as well. You may not even want to decorate more areas of the house later. Sometimes less is more! 

Simple Christmas Decorating

As you can see above, I've decorated the entryway simply with a mini tree in a vintage lunch pail, a handmade stick wreath, and a cozy plaid blanket. Simple and natural, and gives an inviting festive feel right at the front door. The stick wreath was easy- simple use a hot glue gun to adhere sticks found in your yard or around the neighbourhood to a cardboard circle cut-out. I hung it with a picture wire on the back. 

driftwood branch wreath DIY

I've also styled my Mom's fireplace mantel with DIY moss trees, a couple of wreaths and some cedar in a vintage pitcher. The moss trees are easy - just wrap moss (I used the real thing) around sturdy paper taped into cone shapes. I used a hot glue gun to keep the moss on and then also wrapped them with jute rope. 

simple, natural holiday mantel styling
moss DIY Christmas trees - simple, natural holidays

I've got 10 more simple DIY holiday decorating ideas if you missed last week's post and are looking for more inspiration. Good luck this week and I hope that simple styling brings you lots of joy! 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.