I can’t actually believe that it is December! It feels like every year it’s Thanksgiving and then immediately after a whirlwind of holiday parties, Christmas shopping and general hustle and bustle. For us it is also flying even faster with a full schedule of work for me and then, of course, loads of doctor’s appointments and our gender reveal (if you didn’t catch my last post, you can see it here)! For the Christmas decor this year my goal was to simplify. I wanted simple neutral colors, fewer ornaments, beautiful greenery and to get maximum coziness from minimal decor. I also wanted to challenge myself to not buy any new Christmas decor this year and that is not an easy challenge because every store is full of such beautiful things right now! But I knew that I had plenty of decor to pick from and enough to be able to re-purpose. And let’s be real, with baby on the way and bills that never go away and Christmas gifts to budget for, we needed to use our money other places this year. And sometimes a challenge like this can really help inspire in new ways. I figured in more ways than one, this year would be a great one to just have a fresh start. All of the decor that I have amassed since moving into our home 5 years ago, I actually downsized! I donated 2 containers of decor just to have a fresh start and make way for a new stage. And after Christmas when everything is 75%-90% off, I can thoughtfully choose some new items. I find that most of the time even some of the popular Christmas items are left over and on clearance just because there was so much bulk. And I just can’t stomach the thought of paying full price for anything when there is a possibility of it going on sale. I will definitely share what I am able to find at the end of the Christmas season, but for now here is my simplified approach. I wanted to share a little Christmas Home Tour with you because not only is it (hopefully) inspiring to you but it also helps me remember what I was able to do with what I had on hand. Hope you enjoy!
It’s a family tradition to pick out a real tree to cut each year so our tree was fresh cut at a local tree farm. We chose a noble this year and I love how firm the branches are! I think pregnancy brain really took over during the tree picking process….I don’t think I have ever been so indecisive. Thankfully we finally got one though! I used gold and silver ornaments for the most part but our family favorites are mixed in as well! Frosted trees, stockings and pretty much everything you see here was a clearance or garage sale find!
If any of you are on the market for a Christmas village, I would recommend estate sales! Nearly every one that has Christmas items has a Christmas village and way cheaper than buying one new. I bought a full set that has 8 little cottages and probably 30 little people and pieces. It was packaged in it’s original box and I paid $10 for the whole thing. It pays to wait to find the deal! I decorated it a little bit more in “my style” by setting it up on top of a vintage window pane that I found at a garage sale. As a bonus this means my cat can’t accidentally knock pieces off of the table!
I have never actually decorated my kitchen before, aside from a festive table centerpiece, so this is a first! I am not a person who has a “decorative” kitchen, I cook everyday and it has to be functional so I limited the decor to areas that wouldn’t interfere with my daily life. I used a strand of garland across the top of my hutch and was surprised at how incredibly festive that piece alone was! The garland was a $5 garage sale find. I got this tiny Christmas tree on clearance at Walmart for $7. I am not usually a Walmart person but every once in a while they really have some cute things! I picked some sprigs of boxwood and rosemary from the garden to lay the centerpiece. I just pointed the woody stems inward and the pretty sprays of foliage toward the outside. The candlesticks were all garage sale finds between $.50 and $1. I think for future arrangements a few more could be really pretty! If you are looking for candlesticks, always check Goodwill, my local one always has an aisle full of them! I used my everyday plates with decorative paper napkins and napkin rings to do the place settings.
Chalkboard art is a really easy way to change up decor in the house! It’s much easier (for me) than finding a piece of artwork that I like enough to leave up for all of the seasons and it’s a great creative outlet to get to play with some artwork. I am not one of those people with beautiful handwriting so being able to erase it is a bonus too! I got my chalkboard off of Facebook Marketplace for $10. It used to hang in a church’s Sunday school room, so it’s got fun history too!
If you have any questions or comments, post them below! I would also love to hear about your money saving tips during the holidays!
XOXO – Kendra