With this year’s Thanksgiving in the books, it is time for me to share my Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour for this year. I know I may be a bit behind in posting this, but I have promised a lot of folks that I would wait until after Thanksgiving, so there you go!
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In years past, I have used a lot of natural evergreens in my Christmas decor but I decided to take the year off so that I could set things up a bit earlier. I have enjoyed that part of the process. With that being said, I decided to start over this year with regard to my garland collection.
To see how I have used natural evergreens in my Christmas decor in the past, stop by these posts to see more…
Still wanting to create a “natural” look, I searched high and low for garlands and sprays that looked natural to me…with a Colorado vibe. The combination of Norfolk pine and cedar really gives off an authentic winter feel that I was hoping to pull together. Natural winter evergreens, I believe, exude a classic look for the holiday season.
I have already had a very busy holiday season! The week before Thanksgiving, I was honored to be one of the featured designers for our local L’Espirit de Noel Christmas Home Tour again this year (this was my fourth year), so I have already been a little elf running around doing the table decor for one of the homes in the tour.
Since I have also been working on several other folks’ Christmas decorations, I wanted to keep things kind of simple here in our home to keep from being overwhelmed. Hence, the “simple” part of our Christmas decor for this year. In fact, I only put up three trees this year…SHOCKING, I know!!
Now, let’s dive into the tour…
My Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour – The Living Room
Since we do not have a mantel in our living room, I typically go “all out” on our coffee table and sofa table. Once I found the Norfolk Pine Natural Touch Garland (also linked below) I wanted to use, I went a little wild updating my garland collection. I actually bought all of the stock that they (Kirkland’s) had! I ordered several different options from other vendors, but theirs had the most authentic color, I thought.
For the coffee table, I started by placing the garland (I used two) diagonally across the table for added flair. I wanted the garland to spill off the table to add a little drama.
Next, I added a few matching sprays on the ends to add a little more “spillage” off the sides of the table.
For the main element of the table, I simply filled one of my glass hurricanes with white Christmas ornaments. SUPER simple!
And, then, I just added a few more throughout the garland to continue the festive look.
Finally, I featured my favorite LED (remote-controlled) flicker candles for some holiday/winter warmth. You can’t beat candlelight at this time of the year!
For the Christmas Tree in the living room, I wanted it to flow with the decor on the tables in the room. Years ago, our daughter begged me to have a flocked tree so I obliged. I brought it out again this year to tie in with the white tones that I featured on the coffee table.
You can see here how I coordinated it with the Christmas tree in this area…I laid the garland in a way that flows visually toward the tree.
To create the neutral look of the tree, I simply featured green tones and other mixed metals to coordinate with the decor in the rest of the room.
Natural-looking sprays helped add some girth to the tree (a simple and easy trick) and added interest.
For the ornaments, I simply layered them from the middle of the tree to the outside sections of the tree limbs by size and color. Not a piece of wire was used! This helps add a lot of depth to the tree.
This year, I left off a lot of our personal ornaments and used quite a bit of them on the dining room tree and our “personal” tree in the basement that holds all of the special family ornaments that I have collected through the years. That includes ornaments my kids have made, vintage family ornaments that have been passed down, and ornaments we have collected from trips, etc.
Here is another small, simple vignette in the living room (I bought the faux fur cone trees from Hobby Lobby so I cannot link them (so sorry!)…
My Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour – The Dining Room
For our main dining room, I continued the simple and neutral theme. I also used the same garlands and design ideas in this room for some Christmas continuity!
For the tree, I used our natural-looking fir tree and warmed up the color tones of the ornaments on this tree.
I still used a lot of green tones and mixed metals but also added in some brown and copper tones.
To help create a neutral and natural look, I simply included some pheasant feathers and magnolia leaves. I know that may be a little of an “outside of the box” look, but I love the warmth of it and how it gives a bit of a nod to my Texas roots. If you know, you know…
On the buffet, the goal was to coordinate it with the tree and the look I have going on the tables in the living room.
My buffet is extra long (do you know how?? Because I actually have two of them!), I used three of the Norfolk Pine Garlands and a couple of matching sprays and just winded them naturally down the top.
To complete the look, I just layered in a few gold ornaments, the same LED flicker candles (but in the amber/gold color), and a few black candlesticks for added drama. It looks super cozy and warm when the candles are lit up!
Being the horse lover that I am, I left some of my regular decor pieces on the buffet, especially my horse cherished elements. There is no need to completely clear your table tops to create a cozy, Christmas vibe. Just work with it!!
On our other console table in the dining room, I just added a few contemporary, black decorative Christmas Trees to our bar tray. Super simple!
My Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour – The Breakfast Room
Coordination was key here as well! For continuity, I used the same garlands but just changed up the color tones of the ornaments and kept it SIMPLE!
Since I have a lamp in this area, I only used one candle but you could do more here for sure! I just love the small touch of warmth it adds!
The table setting for this table is forthcoming! It will most certainly coordinate with the Christmas decor on the buffet. Stay tuned for that!
Other Vignettes throughout our Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour
Sometimes, all you need is a few simple, Christmas-themed elements to pull off a modern, simple, and neutral look.
For our stairwell leading to the upstairs, I kept it simple again. I also updated my garland for this area but tied in with the rest of the garland I used in our home by adding small touches of the Norfolk Pine.
For the ribbon, I used black and taupe to tie in with the decor in our home instead of focusing on the traditional colors of Christmas. This ribbon (linked below) stores well so that it can be reused. It comes in TONS of colors so you can create your own personal color palette.
In our entry hall area, I coordinated the sofa table with the stair railing by using the same ribbon and antique bells.
This is the other table we have in our entry area. I used the same garland as the stairwell, similar ribbon, and just a few ornaments to add a little Christmas flair. Super simple!
In the kitchen, there is a lot to show you but I am going to save that for the post where I share all of our Christmas tables. For this little space, I simply added these two leather Christmas Trees for a unique touch.
Small touches in the guest bedroom…
Small touches in the basement (NOTE: I don’t shoot much down here because there is NO natural light so the only way I can bring pictures to you is with a LOT of editing so I apologize for the quality of these images)…
To Shop these looks, click on the links below…
Hopefully, you enjoyed seeing some of the details of our Simple and Neutral Christmas Home Tour. I would love to hear your thoughts below AND your decorating plans for the holidays this year. Let’s all make it a good one! HO HO HO!