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Winter Shelf Decorating

Farmhouse Shelf Decorating For Winter and Christmas, Log Home, Rustic

Wow can you believe it’s December already? I finally worked up the ambition to rummage around in my Christmas bins to find a few things to decorate the open farmhouse shelves in the dining room.  

I’ve decided I won’t be officially decorating for Christmas this year but rather winter decorating.  I’ve picked things that are more neutral and wont look so holiday-ish as the winter progresses.  

Farmhouse Shelf Decorating For Winter and Christmas, Log Home, Rustic

I figured I couldn’t go wrong with using mini pine trees, deer sheds (antlers), a string of patio lights (after all this spot is dark and now it has a beautiful warm glow about it), a glittery church, and my random black and white decor that’s always there.

I brought totes up from the basement and the shelves were the first area I started with.  This is the first year I can remember that we don’t have a tree.  I normally go out into our field, thin out the pines, and drag home some Charlie Brown tree. 

I really wanted to get back to basics and make life easier with less time spent decking out the cabin this year. So that’s what I’m doing. I doing what makes me happy and what I’m comfortable with. 

Farmhouse Shelf Decorating For Winter and Christmas, Log Home, Rustic

I love seeing everyone else’s beautiful decor but it’s just not for me at this stage in my life.  I’m wondering if we all get that way when our kids no longer live in the home? 

Farmhouse Shelf Decorating For Winter and Christmas, Log Home, Rustic

This is the first Saturday of the month and that means I’m joining in with several of gals to share with you some of our favorite cozy ideas for December.  Our host Jennifer is kind enough to put it all together for us.  The links to the other post are below and I know you’ll want to click through them and get some new ideas.  

Farmhouse Shelf Decorating For Winter and Christmas, Log Home, Rustic


Thank you for dropping by today and prayers for a wonderful December to you all!

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  1. Love the paneling and those shelves are wonderful. I really like how you added the antlers, little house and a variety of trees. I think this is just enough and looks amazing. Such a pretty and welcoming corner. That cow is pretty awesome too.

    1. Thanks Marty, I actually live in a log cabin. It’s the hardest home I’ve ever owned to decorate but after years I think I finally have found my style.

  2. I love the idea of “Winter” decorating Dawn! The winter greenery and bits of sparkle really make this such a cozy little corner!

    1. Kristi, Thank you so much and I find it easier to decorate for winter. I don’t feel as pressured to take things down in a timely manner that way.

  3. Dawn, I echo your sentiments. Christmas decorating is a lot of work. I went simpler this year but honestly, I was dreading decorating the tree. I remember when my mom stopped having a tree for a while and opted for a large wreath on her fireplace instead. It made me sad at the time but I totally understand it now. You’ve added sparkle with the lights and glitter church – it looks pretty and festive!

    1. Jennifer, at some point we do see why our Moms quit all the decorating. My mom quit years ago when she retired to Florida. I think as we age we do what we want instead of what we think others want. I bet my hubby won’t even notice there’s no tree this year, LOL Have a blessed Christmas my friend.

  4. I love the idea of decorating for winter vs. just Christmas! I tried to do that as well in my home! And that corner is just so lovely and warm with those porch lights! Just fabulous! 🙂 Linda

    1. Linda, I got a laugh out of hanging the porch lights, I didn’t even bother with actually Christmas lights. I’m just not in the festive mood this year but this is just enough to get the look without investing a bunch of time in decorating. Merry Christmas!

  5. I can’t believe it’s already December! Your shelves look so festive! xx

    1. Danielle, I have no idea where the year has gone, but I’m so glad to see it over. Praying 2021 is better. Merry Christmas to you!

  6. Anita Roth says:

    I am leaning that way to- simpler! My girls are all out of the house so I don’t have to do as much. But I have a brand new granddaughter so I do have a small tree. It is so much better!

    1. Anita, I hear you going simple and small is much more rewarding. Why do we put so much stress on ourselves with thinking we have to deck the halls to the max? I feel more relaxed not stressing over decorating. Merry Christmas my friend and congrats on the new grand baby, I bet she’s adorable and will be such a joy to you 🙂 Give her a squeeze for me!

  7. Dawn, you always create the most warm and ‘cozy’ ( no pun intended) spaces in your beautiful home! I imagine i would visit and not want to leave. Happy holidays!

    1. Aw, thank you Laura you are so kind. Decorating a log cabin is tough, there are times I’d give anything for white walls that are bright, but I work with what I have and am thankful for our home. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks Jeanie, I’m loving having the lights in that corner. I never realized how dark it actually was until now. You would think with french doors on either side it wouldn’t be so dark but thats’ not the case. Merry Christmas my friend.

  8. Oh Dawn, I adore your shelves so much! The winter decorating is such a great idea, I think I’ll have to do that next year, brilliant! This looks so welcoming and cozy!

    1. Laurie, It’s so easy for me to let decorating get out of hand and I just hate when the holiday is over and I have to take care of it all. This year that won’t be the case 🙂 Merry Christmas and thanks for popping by!

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