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Simply Decorated Christmas House Tour

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Decorating tips for simple Christmas decor using repurposed items and items from nature. All of these Christmas house tour ideas can be done easily and are very budget-friendly.

Jennifer Rizzo has been hosting this tour for many years. It is has become a Christmas tradition. If you are not familiar with it, you can start the tour in order over at her blog and then follow through all week long.

If you are taking the tour in order and coming from Katrina & Co. welcome. If you haven’t seen her beautiful home and styling, you don’t want to miss it.

Over the years, I have gone all out when it came time to decorate for the holidays. But with each passing year, I have scaled back more and more.

To see all my Christmas decorating posts I have done in the past, be sure to check out my new Christmas page where you will find everything Christmas by category.

Green velvet ribbon with glittered pinecone attached hanging from ornate gold frame.

This year, I needed simplicity along with a calming atmosphere. With Ed and I traveling to California to help our daughter with our granddaughter’s care the last few months – life as we know it has changed. Added worry, stress and a new daily routine.

Being home in comfy and cozy style is what we both crave.

I didn’t buy anything new to decorate the house. Instead I went through my stash of decorative accessories and arranged my chosen items in new and festive ways.

Lets Start with the Living Room

My living room is small and the fireplace wall is the decorative focus of the room, so I always try to make it special.

I gathered a collection of empty frames I had and arranged them along the mantel by leaning them against the stone wall.

The large ornate gold-toned frame I found on my morning walk in a neighbor’s trash. I added glitter to the larger frames to give them a vintage Christmas feel.

A group of brass candlesticks and white candles on mantel decorated for Christmas

The brass candlesticks are from a church rummage sale. Two years ago I spray painted them silver. This year, I sprayed stripper on them to change them back to aged brass.

I cut the pine and cedar from trees in my yard.

3 white Christmas stockings hanging on mantel.

I made these white stockings when I first started blogging. I style them differently every year.

Decorate with throw blanket ideas that are not a ladder.

A new addition to the fireplace wall is a holder I made to hold my throw blankets.

Right now – I have faux fur throws on it – they are the best for snuggling under while watching Christmas movies.

Kosta Boda snowball candles in long wood dough bowl

I have a collection of Kosta Boda Snowball votive holders. I like to use them in different places each year. This year I placed them in a wood dough bowl filled with fake snow.

TV and console cabinet decorated for Christmas

I normally place the Christmas tree next to the fireplace, but this year I decided to place it between the living room and kitchen.

I like it here much better for a few reasons. You will see the best reason at the end of this post.

Small pine in planter on console table

I have a smaller faux tree in a ceramic planter on the sofa table. I found both the planters at Publix supermarket. They were a steal at $10.00 and $5.00.

Christmas candles on round wood wicker basket table

More candles on the wicker basket side table. I bought the votive tray in the summer at a La-Z-Boy showroom. The glass votive are each a different shade of green, but with the candles lit – they look yellow in the photo.

The Entryway

Entryway decorated for Christmas

Keeping the decor simple – I placed the large faux stone bowl on the sideboard again this year.

Large bowl filled with ball ornaments

I really like it and the paper wrapped ball ornaments I used on my tree last year.

Black based lamp and natural Christmas decor on entryway console table.

The lamp was a thrift store find that I transformed to look modern.

If you are starting to see a glittered pinecone theme going on in my Christmas decor, it is intentional. Free decor from nature.

A few decorations in natural tones.

I live on the shores of a lake with pine trees all around the house. Pinecones are everywhere. I like finding creative ways to use them.

Christmas cards on tray on console table.

Christmas cards you receive can become decor when you place them on a tray or in a basket.

Looking down into large bowl filled with ball ornaments covered in script paper.

The Kitchen

Kitchen plate rack decorated for Christmas

I added some pine sprigs, ribbon and jingle bells to the plate rack in my kitchen.

Plate rack wall with sprigs of pine and jingle bells
  • To add the jingle bells to the ends of the ribbon, I folded over the end of the ribbon and hot glued it to make a loop.
  • I strung wire through the handle on the jingle bell and twisted it to secure it. Then I threaded the wire through the loop I made on the ribbon and pulled the wire tight and twisted it.
Close up of pinecone made into a Christmas tree ornament.

I also made a few glittered pinecone ornaments with ribbon and hot glue.

Christmas Table Setting

My house does not have a dining room, so my kitchen table does it all. We did make a new larger top for the table this past year so we can seat more people around it.

Holiday table setting snowflake placemat and clear glass plates.

I used these snowflakes as placemats many times in my previous house. Since adding the new tabletop to the table, I went in search for snowflakes and the clear glass plates that I used with them.

I like the mix of casual and fancy crystal wine glasses.

Green napkin folded in the shape of a Christmas tree

I just learned how to fold a napkin to look like a Christmas tree. It was easy.

I bought my napkins at Pier 1 a few years ago. Here are green napkins I found that I think would look great if you like this olive green and white color scheme.

Vintage Christmas Gift Wrap & Ribbons

Wrapped Christmas gifts under tree.

The gift wrap is from Zazzle. It is a replica of vintage bark cloth fabric.

Christmas gifts wrapped on stool

The purple vintage ribbons are from Etsy.

Looking out at the lake at sunset.

My favorite seat in the house, especially at sunset.

4 Christmas Trees in My Living Room

Wide angle shot at night of living room that looks like there are 4 Christmas trees in reflections.

I had a pleasant surprise when I decided to place the Christmas tree at the end of the short wall that separates the kitchen and living room.

Doing this, plus adding the wall of mirrors over the summer that are opposite the sliding glass doors creates a lot of reflections.

I took this wide shot with my phone to show you that when sitting in the room, it looks like I am surrounded by 4 twinkling Christmas trees.

In reality – there is only one tree and 3 reflections of the tree when sitting in the living room – one in the mirror, a second in the sliding glass door and the third in the far window in the kitchen. There is also a fifth when standing in the kitchen as there is another sliding glass door, It is a winter wonderland. :-)

It feels pretty magical. This photo makes the room look much larger than it is.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you have any questions about anything I did, just leave me a comment.

Up next on the Holiday Housewalk is Jennifer from Tatertots & Jello. I know you will love her festive, colorful and happy decorating style.

Happy Holidays!

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53 Comments

  1. So beautiful Diane! I adore the purple and green combo on the gift wrap and your home is style so beautifully for Christmas.

    1. Hi Sherry – Here is the link to the darker brown throw – the second one away from the fireplace: https://bit.ly/3EybWRA The first one I bought at HomeGoods. The label on it says: Magaschoni Home. I love them both – it is hard deciding which one to use. :-).

  2. Wow, your home looks so cozy and beautiful for the holidays. So many great ideas. I love the throws hanging next to the fireplace, genius! I’ve pinned the beautiful vintage wrapping paper for next Christmas. Can you share what glitter you used on the pine cones? They are so pretty. Thank you for sharing your home and I hope you can enjoy some relaxation this holiday season.

    1. Hi Michelle – Thank you. As far as the glitter I use. I buy the brand Michaels or Hobby Lobby sells. They have different brands, but no matter the brand, I always buy the color – Crystal. It is white and even in color. I don’t like the white that is called Ice or the ones that have an iridescence to them. If you hold both jars up you can see the difference. Go for the white – Crystal. It always looks nice on whatever you use it on.

  3. Your house looks great. I feel like having a simpler theme this year, and reusing some of the many decorations I have, rather than buying more. I love your green and purple theme. I’m going to head outdoors for some fresh and fragrant greenery from my yard. Utilizing your reflections to enhance your Xmas tree lights is beautiful! You always give me so much inspiration and motivation, I’ll be referring to this post many times! Wishing you and your family all the best!

    1. Thanks Linda :-). Reading your comment made me smile when I read that you get so much inspiration and motivation from my posts. That is he best thing a blogger can hear. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season.

  4. Your home looks beautiful decked out for Christmas. Katrina lives in my area and has a shop inside of James T. Davis in Lynchburg. I’ve toured her home and it is lovely.

    1. Hi Paula – Thanks for telling me about Katrina’s shop. On my next trip to Cville, I will plan to stop in Lynchburg since we will be driving through it. I don’t have very many cute shops where I live, so this will be a fun stop.

  5. Simple, elegant and stunning. I really like the Christmas 2021 look that you created. Thanks for including the Christmas tree napkin folding video. Definitely doing that this year! Enjoy the holiday season! Best to you and your family.

    1. Hi Deanna – The napkin fold has gotten so many comments and emails that yesterday, I gave it a post of its own. I hope you have a very merry holiday season and can take time to enjoy every minute with your family and friends.

  6. Love the way you decorate with nature. It’s such a peaceful look. The reflection of the tree is magical. Merry Christmas Diane! Wishing you and your family, especially your granddaughter, good health in the coming year🌲

    1. Thank you Laura – Zoe starts the toughest phase of her treatment in January so your wishes are very much appreciated. Wishing you a very merry holiday season.

    1. Hi Donnamae – You are welcome. Since posting the video – I moved it to its own post now so it will be easy to find in the future and not buried in the home tour post. I even added two variation on how you can place the napkin on the plate. You can see it here: https://bit.ly/3DxDipE

  7. Diane, as always, your stylings are so inspiring and your Christmas trees seemingly everywhere with the reflections — fabulous! I love how you used small areas everywhere with greens and pinecones. Where I live there are many pine trees and pinecones. How do you ‘de-bug’ the pinecones and greens before bringing them inside? Also, thank you for taking a great deal of time to make things easier to locate in your archives. — Jan Duda

    1. Hi Jan – If the pine cones you find are closed, have a lot of sap on them, or have bugs in them, you can bake them first. Line a baking sheet with foil, place the pine cones on and place in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill any bugs and lessen the sap.

  8. This post is so beautiful. I loved how you really showcased all your past DIYs into your decorations. You really made a wise decision by placing your tree between the rooms. You really created a super elegant look. Best post ever.

  9. Your house is beautiful. I love the green, white, velvet ribbons, frames and pinecones. Bringing nature inside. It’s cozy and calming.

  10. It’s all beautiful, I specially like the pine cone tree. I’ve gotta get more of those into my Christmas decor, like you they are right outside so I should be gathering those. Merry Christmas Diane, it’s always nice to stop in here for ideas.

    1. Thank you – I like free decor and am always looking for ways to use the pinecones that are in abundance in my yard. I actually have to pick them up every week or we can’t cut the grass. Every year the pinecone sizes are never the same. This year they were on the smaller side. Every once in a while a huge one comes down. I make sure to save them. Enjoy creating with your pinecones.

  11. I NEED to know how to fold napkins in the shape of Christmas trees! Those are adorable! Tomorrow, I buy green napkins!

    Your place is lovely! As always, your ideas are ingenious!

  12. I love it Diane! The green and white {and little pops of purple!} are so pretty! The green ribbon with your pinecones and bells is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Yes! I want a video on how to make a Christmas tree from a napkin! Thanks and I love you pinecone decor.

  14. I adore the tiny detail of the bells with the velvet ribbon on your plate wall, that is just so charming!! I love it!!
    Happy Christmas, Shannon

  15. I love your Christmas decorations, just enough and the white and wood and greenery look fresh! Would appreciate your doing the napkin folding video too. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

  16. I love your Christmas decorations, just enough and the white and wood and greenery look fresh! Would appreciate your doing the napkin folding video too. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

  17. Diane, I have been eagerly awaiting this tour! I had a feeling you were going to go fully into your lovely white and wood style and you did. I love the tree in the new location. Everything looks so festive and yet, serene. Wishing you and your family joy and health.

  18. Diane, I love your simple and elegant decor. It goes so well with your lakefront home. I think I need one of those faux fur blanket holders. I hoard them in my house. 100% agree perfect way to snuggle up for Christmas movies. I love your mantel with the brass candlesticks and greenery. Also, love those snowball candle holders. They look magical. What a gorgeous view of the lake at night. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! xx

  19. Diane! You always have the best DIY ideas! I love the ribbons with the little jingle bells, the snowflake placemats that still look great 10 years later!, that vintage looking barkcloth gift wrap and the velvet ribbons! You really know how to create a cozy Christmas home. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas!

  20. Diane,
    Your house is beautiful–LOVE the simplicity and natural look and feel! Please do a video on the napkin fold. Sending warm Christmas wishes to you and your family!

  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE the look this year!!!! The simplicity is perfect and the green everywhere is so so pretty! Beautiful job!
    I wish you & your family much peace & comfort this Christmas season!!!🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  22. I got so many great ideas from this post….like I always do from your posts. Yes, please make a video on how to fold the napkins!

  23. Diane… I was completely inspired by so many of your ideas! I especially love the throw hooks, and that purple ribbon on the gifts is pure eye candy! You have a beautiful home, and you are extremely clever!

  24. As always you have so many great ideas that are easy to replicate. It all looks so pretty and I love the view of your living room with all the reflections of the tree and lights. I hope you are doing well and we should catch up some time. Happy Holidays!

  25. Your home is so festive. And I love the tripling effect of those mirrors. I would love a video of that tree napkin fold. I’m always trying to sneak a little something new and different into our traditional Christmas. Enjoy your day! ;)

  26. It all is just lovely. I would love to know how many lights you have on the tree and how you string them to be so hidden and pretty. I was on Hilton Head an few weeks ago and collected pine ones so I will be glittering some this week.

    1. Thanks Joy – I do like a lot of lights on my tree. I even add lights to my pre-lit artificial trees. I use about 200 lights for every foot of tree height. I just updated a post about how I light my Christmas tree. I am going to repost it tomorrow. You can see it here now: https://bit.ly/31vmUcg

  27. Your home looks lovely and very cozy. A very blessed Christmas to you and your family.

  28. Very pretty! I would love to see a video about folding the napkins the way you did – very festive!

  29. Diane, your decor is lovely, uplifting and peaceful at the same time. I took so many screen shots of examples that I would like to incorporate in the future. Your living room that looks full of trees is magical.
    My 5 and 7 year old grandsons are helping me decorate this year. They are so excited to bring out my musical trees and Swedish Tomte and small green trees (so am I). I will slowly add in new and different decor.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  30. Wow! You are amazing. So many fresh ideas. You’ve certainly created a cozy and yet festive environment. Thank you for all the eye candy! Merry Christmas to your and your whole family, Diane.

  31. Wishing your family peace, health & happiness in 2022. Your home is decorated beautifully. I adore the jingle bells & ribbon, the snowball votives in the wood dough bowl are stunning. What a great placement for your tree, so many twinkling lights. I’ve been trying for a more natural look this year too, I went a little crazy with all the Xmas signs everywhere a few years ago!

  32. As always YOU are an inspiration! I want everything! Lots of ideas to use when my Hanukkah theme is done and over !

  33. Diane, your home is gorgeous as always and I love your simpler approach this year! I love the green velvet and that pop of purple. I think this is the most neutral I’ve ever seen your holiday decor and I truly love it- those brass candlesticks with the greenery are glorious!