How about some good old fashioned Christmas decorating ideas to help you jump start your holiday. This year my thoughts are all about easy ways to add warmth and coziness to our home as we celebrate this special time of year.
I’m so happy to be participating in The Celebrate Christmas Home Tours, hosted by my friend Leen of Sand Dollar Lane. This is a five day tour with a new group of bloggers joining in each day inviting us into their homes.
With 30 bloggers participating this week, I know there will be lots of inspiration for us to explore and enjoy. All the links are at the end of this post.
If you are stopping by from DIY Beautify welcome and come on in. Cindy is one creative blogger, and I just love the cottage feel of her red and white Christmas bedroom.
Old-Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas
As you glance around our family room you will see simple decorations, that to me, have an old fashioned feeling. Here are a few things that I’m focusing on to create a relaxing and cozy setting.
- bottle brush trees
- dried orange slices
- seasonal colors of green and gold
Every year I try out different ways to decorate with what I already have. It’s like a little game I play, and it’s becoming a really fun challenge.
Christmas decorating in our home usually starts with the mantel, so that’s where I’m kicking off this holiday family room home tour.
Christmas Decorating Ideas For The mantel
The mantel is focal point in the family room, and the largest horizontal surface to decorate. I always feel that if I get the mantel just right, the rest of the room will fall into place.
The first step in decorating the mantel is layering the greenery. I’m using two 60″ faux Norfolk pine garlands securing them with hooks in four strategic places, so they will drape over the edge of the mantel.
I’m super happy with how the garlands are looking, especially after adding pinecones and dried orange slices. To me it’s a nod to simpler times when all the decorations were homemade.
Of course I prefer real greenery, but I can always add some when we get closer to Christmas.
Cream colored bottle brush trees in all sizes fill the space between the garland and the artwork. Some of the shorter trees are sitting on books to give them extra height. Click on my post Simple Bottle Brush Christmas Vignette for more ideas.
Fairy lights are the last addition which highlight the little details, and add that magical holiday element we love so much.
Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Ideas
I’m not sure I’ll ever have a themed Christmas tree unless we put one in another room. Until then we will continue with what I consider our everything tree.
We have a menagerie of beaded snowflakes, nutcrackers, glitter acorns, sequined fruit and mercury glass ornaments. Dried orange slice ornaments and little bundles of cinnamon sticks are a fun addition this year.
Green satin ribbon on the ends of the longer branches gives the tree a uniform look, and also adds to the old fashioned feel that I’m going for.
By the way, here’s a helpful decorating tip for you. If you don’t like the look of the empty space between the tree collar and the tree use an artificial wreath or garland on top of the tree stand. That way you’ll see greenery instead of an ugly tree stand.
Christmas Decorating With Green and Gold
You may notice a few new additions in the family room this year such as a new sofa and coffee table. We are so excited to have extra seating with a longer sofa, and chaise at one end.
A variety of pillows with green patterns adds to coziness of the sofa. This is the spot where we will pile up to watch our favorite holiday movies, and I can’t wait!
Coffee table styling on the round table includes a round brass bowl with gold ornaments. Green plaid ribbon works so well with the gold ornaments, and I’m loving the mix of textures with the small pinecones.
My little collection of brass candle sticks is growing since I found a few more at the local antique mall. The tall one in the middle is the most interesting, don’t you think?
After Thanksgiving, I plan on making a little arrangement for the coffee table with winter greenery and flowers. So be sure to check back for that.
The other side of the room is where the arm chair and ottoman are living during the Christmas season. I enjoy sitting here so much as long as I have a fluffy throw, my laptop and a mug of hot chocolate.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal ideas that you can use right now!
I can’t wait to share the rest of our home in the coming weeks with more old fashioned Christmas decorating ideas. More on that after Thanksgiving.
Our Celebrate Christmas Home Tours continues with At Lane and High, and I’m sure you’re going love Wendy’s cozy Christmas decorating ideas.
All the links for everyone participating this week are listed by day below, so be sure to come back tomorrow to view Thursday’s tours.
Our Celebrate Christmas Home Tours Continues…
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