This is sort of an odd year for us in regards to Christmas decorating because we’re moving at the beginning of December (it’s all happening fast). Although we’ve been boxing up our items, I still wanted to add a little Christmas cheer to our home while we’re here. We also have family scheduled to visit, so I didn’t want our house to seem less festive than it typically is this time of year. Rather than putting up a tree and going all out- I kept it quick and simple. This is also a great alternative for those of you with small spaces that can’t accommodate a giant tree or elaborate decor. I stuck to restyling our built-ins, the mantle, and contained the holiday decor to the living room. Click through to see how it turned out…
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Obviously a wreath on the front door seems mandatory. I’m pretty traditional when it comes to holiday decorating, and am a big fan of greenery paired with classic Christmas colors (red & green).
Since we’ll be moving right after Thanksgiving, I wanted our holiday greenery to work double duty. I’ve convinced Emmett to let me decorate our new home for the holidays as well (stay tuned for that), and I’m planning to use the same wreaths on the exterior at the new place. Typically I’m a fan of fresh greenery, but since we’re moving, this seemed like the easiest option to accommodate both homes this holiday. I found this Vickerman indoor / outdoor wreath that is very convincing for being faux, and I added a classic plaid ribbon for a bit of color.
I also kept our entryway vignette pretty minimal. I boxed up our table lamp for the move and replaced it with a giant, heavy Surya vase filled with greenery.
I love the texture and drama it adds to this side of the room- it feels like the perfect holiday touch without being too fussy.
On the other side of the living room, I focused on styling the built-in shelving and fireplace. I thrifted a bunch of red-spined books to add some color to the room. It kind of worked perfectly alongside our green fireplace. I actually wish I would’ve bought more… but again- moving and buying more things isn’t exactly ideal. Simple was the name of the game for us this year!
I used the same indoor / outdoor wreaths on the built-ins and added some festive ribbon to tie in the red books. My plan was to use the vintage ski prints from our bedroom for shelf styling (since we are boxing up artwork anyway), but they ended up being too large to fit on the shelves. I printed a couple smaller options just to add some depth and a wintery vibe.
I’m pretty sure I’ll never tire of candles in cloches. It’s a classic look that works year round for styling. I kept the other accessories bright and white to contrast the books and greenery.
Since we don’t have a tree, I opted to fill bowls and planters with ornaments, so we could see some of our favorites on display, without having a place to hang them.
Last year, around mid December, I went thrifting and found these amazing brass deer. I was excited to add them to the hearth this season. It seems like they were made to live against the gorgeous marble surround.
I also installed a healthy amount of greenery on the mantle. I used this lit garland so we could still enjoy a few twinkle lights this holiday season! Their glow gets me every time… it just feels like Christmas. Of course I always have to decorate around our media and Emmett’s surround sound. Despite my convincing spiel, he wouldn’t pack it away in moving boxes just yet.
In addition to the front door, entryway vignette, and the built-in / fireplace wall, I also restyled our coffee table. I swapped the darker books for lighter options, pulled out some little trays I had tucked away, and added some holiday scented candles with a bit of greenery.
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I’m definitely planning to go all out at the new house- which I can’t wait to share with you soon, after we close. We’ll get to enjoy those decorations all December long, but in the meantime- it felt good to have one last holiday hoorah in our current home. Lots of updates to come! Have you starting decorating for the holidays yet? My family used to start after Thanksgiving dinner wrapped up. I’m excited they’ll be here to celebrate with us soon! I hope your holidays are off to a good start.