Come along as I take you on a little cottage Christmas tour, with plenty of vintage and farmhouse-inspired style decor mixed in. My favorites for this year’s holiday decor are greenery, small Christmas trees, garland, and twinkle lights.
Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour 2020
Hi everyone! It’s day two of the Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour, hosted by Kelly from The Tattered Pew and Mansa from This is Simplicite. I’m joining so many incredible bloggers who will be sharing their inspiring Christmas decor throughout the entire week. You can find each link at the end of this post.
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Our Little Cottage Christmas Tour
I’m celebrating the fact that I FINALLY finished decorating for Christmas, and am ready to share my little Christmas cottage home tour with you. You’ll find neutrals and greenery throughout, with pops of red and turquoise.
I think there’s a rule about having turquoise in your home year-round if you live in a beach cottage.
I always love how the house looks once I have my Christmas decorating done. But I have to tell you, it seems to take FOREVER to finish these days!!! I’ve always waited to decorate until the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. It just made more sense to celebrate the fall holiday without my Christmas decor already on display.
And then 2020 happened.
All the rules went right out the window. It seemed as if there was a different mindset this year, and so many people were decorating early. I definitely needed some Christmas cheer in my life, and a reason to turn on the Christmas music and start watching the holiday classics.
Cottage Christmas Living Room Home Tour
Christmas Trees Done Differently
It all starts with a Christmas tree, doesn’t it? But in my case, it’s several small Christmas trees. Our house is 1600 square feet, so we do not have the luxury of being able to fit a large Christmas tree in our living room, or anywhere else for that matter. Instead, I go a little crazy with my cute little trees.
I want to be one of those super creative Christmas tree designers. You know the ones. They have gorgeous trees with fabulous ribbons and bows, and they have several of them throughout their home, all with different themes.
Maybe you’re one of them. If so, it is so impressive. Seriously impressive.
I’m one of those Christmas tree decorators that tries my very best to make my tree look pretty, but I don’t get too involved in the process.
There are no themes.
As long as my trees have twinkle lights on them, it’s all good.
If you could see some of the pictures I have from past Christmas seasons, you would be horrified. I thought more was better. I have to thank my friends over on Instagram and Pinterest for basically “slapping some sense into me”.
When you have a small house, you cannot decorate like the others, It doesn’t work. Trust me. You know the saying, “it looks like Christmas threw up in here”. THAT REALLY IS A THING! Wouldn’t those past decor mistakes make a great blog post? And the title would be “WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS”.
Wrapped Presents as Decor
Using wrapped presents as Christmas decor is a simple way to bring some Christmas sparkle to your living room. And they don’t have to stay under the tree. Put them in a chair, on a table, wherever you need a little pop.
I love using fresh greenery and neutral wrapping paper, as well as some faux greens and berries tossed into the mix.
Other Fun Things for Christmas Decorating
Add a few bottle brush trees and a mini house or two for the perfect Christmas vignette.
I add a few Christmas decorative pillows in with my neutral ones. Decorating with too many holiday pillows can get a bit cluttered, so be careful not to overdo it. And if you’re not convinced, I will send you a picture! I have definitely been there and done that.
We don’t have a mantel in the living room, so I use the glass cabinet to hang the stockings with care.
Cottage Christmas Kitchen Home Tour
Open Shelving in the Kitchen
Open shelving in the kitchen is my favorite place to decorate for Christmas. I put my white ironstone on display with greenery, berries, and pinecones mixed in.
A hot cocoa station would be perfect for your open shelves. I am definitely going to have one this season!
A tree in a crock is perfect for a cottage Christmas kitchen.
If you’re looking for a way to spruce up the kitchen, add a wreath or two!
One of the easiest vignettes you can create in 5 minutes includes seasonal fruit and nuts. You can read more about simple and easy vignettes in this blog post.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little cottage Christmas tour. Bloggers Best Holiday Home Tour continues with my dear friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse. You can find links to all the inspiring Christmas home tours below. Please check them all out. You will be so happy you did!
Until next time,
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