I am so so excited that the holiday season is upon us. This is my favorite time of year and I always get a head start on my Christmas decor. I just don’t think a month is enough time to enjoy the lights, the tree, and just the coziness of Christmas. Yes I know a lot of you wait until after Thanksgiving and that is ok! Everyone should do what they love. That is the whole point of decorating anyways, am I right? I have held off sharing too much of my decor but now that we are about a week away from Thanksgiving I couldn’t hold back any longer!! I also wanted to share before hand to inspire you and give you some inspiration when you pull out your decor this year.
Alright, so this year I am doing something similar to last year. However I am trying to go even more minimalist then last year. I absolutely love the simple Scandinavian/Nordic vibe and I wanted to try to follow suite. I stuck with a neutral color pallet of wood, white, grey, and of course greenery. On top of that I really tried to keep things simple and paired down. Let me share my neutral minimalist christmas living room!
On the left side of the room I created a cozy corner full of christmas lights, candlelight, and comfy textures. I recently repainted the mantle to a more crisp white and I love the clean feeling it has now. I found a small electric fireplace on Craigslist for around $30 and built a small wood box to set it on to give a more realistic look. It will be great to have a “fire” through out the holidays (and it has a heater as well!). On the mantle I tried to keep it simple and clutter free. A couple of wood stars wrapped in fairy lights, an antique marmalade jar, antique cheese mold, a couple of vintage books, and a few candlesticks are all I needed to get the holiday look. Hanging from the mantle I added a garland with more fairy lights and a couple of beautiful linen stockings.
For the glider I pushed the stool and the chair together and layered a fur, and heavy knitted grey blanket from Nordstrom Rack. The grey linen pillow I bought in Belgium last year and paired it with a knitted euro pillow. I wanted to make sure there was a place to set things when snuggled up in this chair so I moved my small wood table from Target next to the chair. In my book you can never have to many trees so I added a couple of small ones to make this corner the perfect place to curl up in with a book or cup of coffee! Let me tell you its hard to leave it!
On the opposite of the room is the star of the show, the Christmas tree of course! I REALLY almost left the tree with no decorations at all but decided for Christmas I needed to add a few things. The only things I added are a couple of wood slice garlands, a couple wool ball garlands, and raw wood ornaments. For the tree topper I found this adorable wool dove from Anthropologie and thought it would be an adorable addition. I decided to make a chunky knit tree skirt this year and I love how that turned out. I have done most of my Christmas shopping already (I know right!?). Staying with my neutral pallet I used white, marble, and tan wrapping papers and decorated them with twine and greenery. I will be doing a separate post on different ways to wrap your gifts this year.
On the entertainment center I have changed that up several times. It all seemed so cluttered to me so i finally pulled everything off and kept it super simple with some candlesticks and garland. I love it much better now. On the couches I changed out my pillow covers with grey linen (Restoration Hardware Outlet), fur (Target), white knitted, and some white wool pillows (one with a deer and one with a bear from Target). I added a chunky knit blanket I knitted last year as well. On the side table I arranged a collection of pottery I have collected and added some pinecone stems with stars cut out of an old book.
I also decorated our little back entryway for the Christmas season. I simply hung up a garland with fairy lights, a hanging star candle holder, cutting board, linen towel, and a cute Christmas sign. On the bench I placed a knit pillow, my “cuddle weather” pillow, and a few texture throws. Simple and festive!
Can you see why this is my favorite time of year? There is just something about the twinkling lights, the cool weather, and the coziness of textured throws and candlelight. I truly hope this inspires you for whenever you decide to haul out your Christmas decor this year! I will be back soon to share some other spaces in my home but for now I hope you can grab some fun ideas and inspiration for the upcoming Christmas season. Have a wonderful week my friends and be sure to leave me a comment on what you think and follow along with my on Instagram and Facebook!