THE SIX THINGS YOU’LL NEED TO CREATE A RUSTIC, COZY, NATURAL CHRISTMAS TABLE WITH THING FROM NATURE OR THINGS FROUND AROUND YOUR HOME! It’s all part of the Cozy Living Series put together by our wonderful host Jennifer from Town and Country Living. Once you’ve read my post scroll to the bottom and start clicking away at all the other stunning cozy ideas for December!
It’s a snowy, blister winter all ready here in the Mitten state and my easy, cozy, natural Christmas décor looks just perfect in the cabin against the snowy white backdrop. Right now snow is mounded up knee deep against the French doors and it’s so bitter cold the snow sparkles with tiny diamond crystals. It was the perfect day to decorate for Christmas.
I was looking for something different this year with the way I decorated. I really didn’t want to make a big fuss and take hours and hours to get the job done, so I decided to make things as easy and natural as possible.
I new I wanted to stick with black and white, since I already have a lot of that going on in the cabin anyway. That made it super easy to decorate around I didn’t have to put anything away from the existing décor look, except a few throw pillow and two blankets.
I wanted one other color to go with the black and white so I chose the green that our island is painted and used that as an accent color.
I’m happy to say I didn’t purchase a thing this year, I did take a peek at what’s out there but I held back and didn’t let a thing jump into my cart. So when I got home for Christmas décor shopping looking I went to the basement and started getting down the totes that had just what I wanted to use in them.
Years ago I did a post about how I organize my Christmas ornaments and I recommend everyone doing this before you put yours away this year. It makes it so fast and easy to find what you’re looking for the following year and you’ll enjoy the decorating process.
Who wants to spend time digging through every tote to find that one item that you have no idea where you stashed it? You can see how I do mine here!
I was a lazy Christmas decorator this year. I kept most of the same things on the dining room table; you can see that here, from Thanksgiving. I did tweak it and add a few Christmas natural elements with the pinecones from our trees. I’ve added them all over the house in different ways, and I’ll be back in later posts to show you how else I’ve used them. By the way, pinecones keep so if you have the storage space you can keep them from year to year.
Deer antlers from my hubby and boys deer they’ve shot over the years. I know not everyone is a hunter but around here we hunt for food not for sport and I enjoy having the antlers to decorate with, they give the cabin that lodge feel this time of the year.
Wood slices that I’d cut a few years back to make ornaments with, and these were the leftovers I’ve had in the basement. Hubby took a tree down to make my wooden deer, you can see that here, and I used the leftover pieces to cut into wood slices. They come in handy for so many things. You’ll find them mixed into my décor all times of the year.
I used what I had: galvanized chargers, scalloped edged off white dinner plates, and my favorite pine tree salad plates from the Magnolia Home line.
I use the same ones over and over again, my black and white buffalo checked napkins. I have a thing for black and white and a thing for anything buffalo check so why not use what I love.
Another thing to use is white bar towels, they’re cheap and you can bleach them if they become stained or most Dollar Stores have thin kitchen towels that come in fun colors and patterns that work perfectly as napkins.
Yep I’m still using the same one from Thanksgiving but a drop cloth seems to be work as tablecloth for any occasion too. It’s linen look and oatmeal color looks so nice and crisp. I’ve even been known to use a blanket scarf or a quilt as a tablecloth.
What I’m getting at is USE WHAT YOU HAVE! Enjoy the process of decorating and quit trying to keep up with the Jones. I know you’ll all see beautifully decorated Christmas homes from other bloggers right now, but mine is simple.
What’s important to me is having my family enjoy what we have. Making things simple on myself this year was so nice. I didn’t feel the stress and I actually decorated the entire main level of the cabin in 2 hours time.
I’ve decided to only decorate one floor this year and I’ll be back to share with you the other rooms soon. Have you simplified your decorating for this year? If so leave me a comment and let me know what you’re doing to keep the Christmas decorating stress down.