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Simple Christmas Decorating

Simple. It’s something I’m looking for lately.  When I started unpacking the Christmas boxes this year, half of the stuff didn’t even make it out of the box. And I’m not one bit sad about it. I need more “simple” in my life. So that’s what I’ve got going on with my Christmas decor this year.

I’m teaming up with several other talented bloggers for a Very Merry Christmas home tour and you can see my simple plan in action! Be sure to check out all the other homes at the end! 

If you’re coming over from April’s gorgeous home at House by Hoff, welcome! Isn’t her decor beautiful??

I intended to have an actual “house tour” for Christmas. But real life struck.  My tree isn’t up. My living room is a disaster zone because one of our projects took twice as long, cost more money, and resulted in an emergency service call to a plumber. So there’s that.

Simple Christmas Decorating

I guess when I say simple Christmas decorating, I should explain.  There’s a lot of stuff going on in these rooms. But nothing that took a ton of time or money. I’m a big fan of using things year after year. I just can’t justify buying all new color schemes or decor each year. And since I tend to stick with neutral colors in these rooms, I don’t really get tired of it.

Dining table with homemade Christmas decor
Close up of simple Christmas decorations as centerpieces
Mini Christmas tree decorated with homemade ornaments

The only thing I did differently this year is add a bit more white and silver. I found some gorgeous clearance stockings last year and my new Hobby Lobby trees are white.

Along with the faux trees and some random fake branches, I found in my boxes, it looks like a little winter scene. I bought a $3 cone tree at Hobby Lobby, but haven’t had time to decorate it yet.

And because I’m a lazy table decorator, I kept my same IKEA runner on the table which goes well with my black chairs and chandelier. Black accents make me happy – even at Christmas!
I put my $10 estate sale tree back up this year in a vintage crock.

I’ve got several DIY ornaments from last year on there along with a few of our new ones.

This room makes me happy and brings me joy. We actually use our dining room for meals so we get to enjoy it for a bit when we eat!

Dining table with simple homemade decor
Dining table with simple homemade Christmas decor
Close up of Christmas decor on a dining table

Since we were about to have Thanksgiving here when I took the pics, I used my wedding china. I still love it after all these years and it’s pretty affordable! So if one were to get broken, there would be no tears!

And those pretty little glasses:  I’m quite certain they came from Arby’s a million years ago. My mother-in-law collected the whole set years ago and she gave them to me recently. They match the china and my wintry dining room perfectly.

It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to look good! The silver candlesticks were a wedding gift and they stay out year-round.

DIY Ornaments

Easy DIY Christmas ornament from popsicle sticks
Easy DIY Christmas ornament - a triangle made from popsicle sticks
Simple Christmas decor ideas

Every year I like to DIY a few new things. So this year, I teamed up with my 8-year-old daughter and we put together some super simple Popsicle Stick Ornaments.

I’m using mine as stocking tags on my clearance stockings and she’s going to use hers on the tree (whenever it finally gets up!). You can see how we did it here. A really easy craft that’s fun for kids too!

I’ve learned to keep it simple when crafting with kiddos. It’s not fun for them if you end up having to do the whole thing because it’s so complicated. Simple stick trees. Winner!

I’ve got my old glittery silver deer (Pier One Imports finds from years ago) on the dresser (which houses all my china) along with a special silver angel. My sweet girl picked this for me at the school Santa’s Workshop last year! She knows me well!

In total, I think I spent about $20 this year on craft supplies and the few new decor things I bought. And it keeps my simple Christmas decorating a reality. Not everything has to be Instagram perfect and it’s okay.

I need an anti stress Christmas. Is that a thing? Who knows, but I’m certainly going to try! Merry Christmas and please hop around and check out all the other amazing bloggers!

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Collage of 2 Christmas picture of a home decorated for Christmas

Thanks to Carrie from Lovely Etc for hosting this great Christmas tour! And next up is Kristi from Making it in the Mountains!  Definitely check her out – she’s got amazing style and I love everything about her simple Christmas farmhouse bedroom!

All Things With Purpose * Lovely Etc. * Love and Renovations * Thrifty & Chic * Up to Date Interiors * Casa Watkins Living

Collage of a house decorated for Christmas

Green With Decor * Boxy Colonial * Bigger Than The Three of Us * Our House Now a Home * The Navage Patch

Collage of pictures of a house decorated for Christmas

Chatfield Court * Lehman Lane * Redhead Can Decorate * Designing Vibes * A Brick Home

Collage of a home with simple decorations

House by Hoff * Create and Find * Making it in the Mountains * Twelve on Main * What Meegan Makes

Photos of a house with simple Christmas decorations

Amber Tysl * The Striped House * Houseful of Handmade * Little House of Four * Avenue Laurel


Monday 10th of December 2018

You have so many stunning Christmas pieces. The sweet Popcicle stick tree, the Arby's glasses and your lovely dining room says everything Christmas. Yes, I would definitely say that simple Christmas is a thing :)


Monday 10th of December 2018

Aw thank you Meegan! I appreciate the kind words!


Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Melissa, such a pretty and festive dining room! I think my favorite is your popsicle stick ornaments- I'm going to copy this asap!


Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Thanks Beth! With two kids and a dog, it's nice to have one calm and festive room! And you should make those DIY ornaments! So easy!!


Saturday 1st of December 2018

It's so pretty! I can't believe those glasses came from Arby's. They look perfect with the setting. And those DIY ornaments are adorable!


Saturday 1st of December 2018

Thanks Kathy! I remember my mom collecting certain dishware or glasses from fast food places when I was a kid. Funny, huh??

Tara @ Lehman lane

Thursday 29th of November 2018

Simple decor is def the best! Your dining table looks great Melissa


Friday 30th of November 2018

Thanks so much Tara! I've definitely felt less stressed already. Just doing what I can and that's good enough!


Thursday 29th of November 2018

I love all of your simple touches Melissa! I'm also a big fan of using the same decor every year and keeping things manageable. Here's to a low-stress Christmas!


Thursday 29th of November 2018

Thank you Carrie - and thanks for hosting such a great blog hop! I'm really trying for low stress this year - this year I mean it!