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Easy to DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas Photos To Inspire.

I have been scanning books, magazines, and Pinterest for ideas on how I want to decorate my house for Christmas this year and the holidays in general and thought I would share with you the images that I have found the most inspiring.   I like white with lots of color pops.  I haven’t used a red and green scheme in many years.  I want to keep things SIMPLE,  but elegantly festive.

The glow of candlelight excites me –  love these sparkly pumpkin candles for my Thanksgiving table.

glittery pumpkin candles
The Romantic Home

Or maybe I will go for a more rustic feel.  I have collected enough acorns to do this.

Cancles in Acorns in vases

The right kind of light can change the way a room feels.  Classic white string lights in glass vases is very pretty and do-able,  They create that feeling you get when you fall asleep in the glow of a Christmas tree.  Snuggly bliss.

How to decorate with christmas lights
So Haute

I saw Metallics in every store I went into. They are  “IN” this year.  These ornaments would even look good on my Thanksgiving table.   I think this is my favorite  photo in this post.  XO

Holdiay Decorating Ideas - Metallics
Style At Home

Melanie from Pretties and Posies has the best living room in the blogosphere.  She doesn’t blog anymore, but you can still find some of her photos on Pinterest.  I wish I could move right in. Love all the white. The stone fireplace is just dreamy.

Pretties and Poises Living Room at Christmas
Pretties and Posies

White with pops of color.  Love, Love, Love!

Have you ever read a Country Farmhouse.  I love Trina’s style and her blog.  I also love this room.  Simple elegance at its best.

Christmas Decorating Ideas
A Country Farmhouse

This is how I set my New Year’s Eve table last year. I want to do something similar again this year.

Holday Centerpiece and Tablesetting Ideas

My colors – A Creative Mint always has the most inspiring photos.

Metallic Christmas Ornaments
A Creative Mint

Very doable and affordable.  I already have the vase and ornaments. I will just have to pick up some dead branches in my yard.

Christmas Decorating Ideas

I have posted this photo before, but it remains one of my favorite rooms.

Christmas Decorating Ideas
Style at Home

Simple yet… so festive.

Chritmas Wreath Stacked Cake Stand
The Inspired Room

Ooooh…lala… they look delicious!

Pretty Pink Ornaments

I can do this trio of wreaths on my family room doors.

Decorating With Christmas Wreaths
Southern Living

I could have done this on Saturday night when we got an early snowstorm here on the east coast.    Candles in the snow – perfection.

Candles in the snow
Pretty and Posies

So now that we are already into November – we will be seeing festive inspiration popping up all over town  – even at your library, so keep your eyes open for holiday decorating  inspiration everywhere.

Christmas Tree made out of books
Book Shelf

and your ears, too for some audio inspiration. I only heard Christmas music in one store today, but that was all I needed to inspire me to gather all my Christmas CDs together when I got home so I can start listening. It will get me in the mood to get my house looking like all these inspiration photos.   We will see how close I can get over the next few weeks.

 Straight No Chaser Christmas CD

Have you been gathering inspiration yet?  How do you want to decorate your house for the holidays this year?

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  1. Thank you for the beautiful post and especially including the source of the photos. I fell in love with the fireplace from Pretties and Posies a couple years ago and I’m in the process of doing something similar. I’d looked and looked for her post and you said she is no longer posting so that explains a lot. You’ve got a great eye for design so keep sharing and i look forward to your future ideas and posts.

    1. Hi Bonnie – I loved Pretty and Posies style, everything she did looked amazing and her fireplace… still my favorite. How exciting that you are going to create the look in your home. Thanks for your nice compliment. I enjoy blogging and sharing with other.

  2. Im so happy for you and your daughter to have some special time together! Ok, now you’ve got me si interested to see how you decide to decorate!!!! Im new to all this blog stuff, but, do you have one? How do i get there? Will you post pictures?

  3. I love your inspiration photos. I was nosing around the internet looking for a particular Christmas decor photo from Pretties and Posies and came across this post. I love Melanie’s home and wish she still blogged! Thanks for sharing this roundup – I’m trying to figure out what direction I want to go with Christmas decorating this year and these are lovely.

  4. Oh I like Patti’s comment about Pandora, I am going to try that.

    How exciting to have your daughter back home. It is going to go by so darn fast. Thanksgiving is hardly even nodded at now a days, they were bringing out the Christmas stuff way before Halloween. It gets out earlier and earlier every year.

    I am going to do the Inspired Room wreaths on cake plates, I fell in love with that look the moment I saw it. I just ordered the wreaths to make it!

  5. and i thought I had a lot of Christmas cds! I contain myself with no decorations until the minute the plates are washed and dried, and then it is ON! And all I play are christmas cds until the holidays are over…at home, in the car, in my bathroom while getting ready…

    1. Hi Elle-
      You are my Christmas music kindred spirit! I smiled when I read your comment. I love Christmas music and listen to it constantly from a teeny bit before T-day till a few days after Christmas. My daughters used to give me a hard time when they were growing up, but now they understand the need to have the music on and they have their Ipods loaded up with the songs they heard growing up. It is not Christmas without the music.

  6. Great inspiration here Diane. My wheels are turning. FYI, I used your shower door stenciling idea, and did show a snippet of it today on my post. I linked back to your blog, however, I could not for some reason link directly to the shower door post. If you could send me the link I will try again. I was able to find it and pull it up though. Thanks Diane for the inspiration.

  7. I personally love the acorns…. but mostly the Evergreen stems in clear jars. My mother after I left home, would spray stuff from the yard with hair spray?? I forget now. The clear acrylic spay is okay on anything with some color. I sprayed the clear on a towel bar dowel (try to say that 3 times fast)l I painted white, turned yellow (icky).

    Now me, if I can afford to, I want all bulk nuts to place around and use in clear glass I got from Dollar Tree. And will go walking around my neighborhood for the Evergreen twigs and other stuff…. we have nothing but green still at this typing.

    I am so happy for you.. you will have your baby home for the holidays!!!

  8. Diane, thanks for all of the inspiration. I am usually a decorating maniac but I let Halloween go by without even carving a pumpkin. Totally a first for me. Just feeling ehhh. You have perked me up considerably. I was waiting for the couple of craft shows I am doing to get me going. I figured a bit of sparkle and glue would jump start my spirit. You gave me a lift. Thanks so much. I especially loved the pink ornies and the living room from A Country Farmhouse!

  9. What lovely things you have found, BUT I refuse to start with Christmas yet….it can be in my head though! I am just starting to switch Halloween for Thanksgiving….whenever John heads out to deer hunt…I do Thanksgiving…I will keep you posted :) Oh and I love your sidebar thank you to the referrals….how did you do that?

  10. So many pretty ideas. I love that fireplace! The stone is gorgeous. I am not quite ready for the Christmas holidays. I have to get through Thanksgiving. We have a huge dinner at my sister’s home so I have to think table decor for that right now.

  11. Such beautiful inspiration! Last Christmas, I used Pandora for holiday music for all my get togethers and I didn’t have to bother with any CDs. I don’t know if you know about it, but you go to, type in a song or music genre that you like, and it will automatically pick songs for you. So I have a channel that plays the old classics like Bing Crosby, etc. for when my family and older folks come visit and for my annual Christmas cocktail party with friends I have a channel that plays music from newer artists. I’m having so much fun creating different channels for myself and it’s free.

  12. I’m beginning to get excited for Christmas decorating and music! I just have to figure out where to put up a tree in this new, weird house. Love these images, so pretty!

  13. Nice collection of inspiration. It takes work to find all this stuff. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  14. I am feeling festive as well! Just now what to do? (wink) I love the one picture you said was one of your favorites as well. I just do not have a fire place! hmmmm Thanks for the inspiration! Now to rack my brain on where to get a fireplace! ha ha

  15. I feel horrible to say that I have been looking forward to decorating for Christmas already, Diane. I don’t normally, but since we are in our new place, I was thinking about where the Christmas tree would fit back in September! Yesterday I was in Walmart and they were playing Christmas music! I have got to thin out my Christmas decorations {again} this year.

  16. Say it isn’t so….oh no the pressure is officially on!! I knew it would come the hour after Halloween was over and sure enough….yesterday was out and started seeing wreaths and Christmas decor going up in my town!! Gotta admit, though it is so beautiul and your inspiration above reminds of how much fun it is to decorate for this season!