Simple Holiday Vignettes

Hi Everyone! Hope you are having a good December so far. It’s been snowy and cold in my neck of the woods, but I’ve been keeping busy with decorating our home. That always warms me up πŸ™‚Β  And while our home is not completely decorated, I thought I’d open up our doors to show you just some of our simple holiday vignettes this year.

A Word of Warning To My Traditionalist Friends!

I have to start with a bit of a disclaimer (or at least a word of warning to the traditionalists out there).Β  We decided not to put up our gi-normous 9 foot tree this year – gasp!

Instead, we opted for a miniature 3 footer. Wait, what? I know, I know… But, I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I really wanted to keep things low-key and it’s really hard to do that with a 9 foot monster in the corner – no matter how beautifully decorated the monster is πŸ˜‰

Simple Holiday Vignettes

Okay, so now that you’ve been forewarned, I hope you are still up for a little holiday mini tour of our home!

In keeping with my taste for minimal – and Scandinavian-inspired – decor, I kept the colour palette simple, too, with white and green with touches of black.

Simple holiday living room decor.

First up is my favourite seating in the house. This IKEA couch sits in front of a large window in our living room. I decorated the couch this year with these super cute pillows that were just calling out my name!

Warm and cozy holiday seating to snuggle up in.

Black and white pillows for a minimal, modern holiday palette.

I’ve already posted some pics of this cozy corner of the living room and just love the warmth that it evokes. So ‘hygge’ as the Scandinavians might say πŸ˜‰

Warm wicker basket with accessories and birch logs.

Birch logs, greenery, pillow and blankets.

(For more cozy inspiration, check out theΒ Cozy Christmas Spots Blog Hop where I teamed up with 5 other bloggers to showcase our coziest spots for Christmas)

On the far wall, our TV is surrounded by more simple holiday vignettes.

Green and white colour palette for a modern, minimal holiday decor scheme.

The coffee table is kept clean and minimal, but with a simple mix of greenery, candles, and baubles.

Greenery, candles and jingle bells - a fun coffee table vignette.

Greenery and holiday accessories make for a sweet holiday vignette.

Christmas tabletop decor.

And here’s a closer look at our miniature tree!

Miniature holiday Christmas tree.

It’s actually a pre-lit, outdoor porch tree that came as a pair. But the trees kept falling over (!) all winter long last year that I decided not to put them out this year.

To decorate our mini tree, I used a pom pom garland along with a few cream, white and icicle ornaments.

Pom pom garland and white Christmas ornaments.

Yarn pom pom garland around a mini tree.

Air dry clay star ornaments.

These sweet little star ornaments are handmade from air dry clay. For the tutorial, check out the full step-by-step here:Β  Air Dry Clay Ornaments 5 Different Ways.

Next to our couches is this pair of chairs that also received the cozy treatment with some faux fur throw rugs.

Pair of chairs with throw rugs and simple greenery.

Between the chairs is a side table with a bit of greenery, a few jingle bells, and a wooden bird in a cloche. Simple and pretty, (though I almost felt guilty putting that sweet little bird in that glass dome!)

Bird in cloche surrounded by greenery.

Directly behind that pair of chairs is my favourite, quirky DIY yarn wall hanging above a simple, mid-century style console.

Console decorated with minimal, Scandinavian holiday decor.

I’ve kept the accessories neutral, using white, cream, grey and unfinished wood.

Neutral palette holiday decorating.

White and raw wood tabletop Christmas decor.

Wood star ornament and yarn wall hanging.

And, finally, on the far side of our open concept space is our dining area which I’ve also kept very simple.

Holiday dining room tablescape decor.

You may remember my fall post where I covered the table with faux pumpkins, pinecones, and antlers. I decided to pair things down by removing the pumpkins and antlers and adding in some small votive candles. Easy-peasy.

Pinecones and votive candles for an easy holiday tablescape.

Pinecones and candles - holiday tabletop decor.

(To see how I decorated the table for fall, check out this post:Β  Welcome Fall With A Natural & Neutral Tablescape).

To match the simplicity of the table, the buffet is also kept sweet and simple with a bit of greenery to harmonize with the living room decor.

Buffet table holiday decorating with simple greenery in a jug vase.

Greenery in a jug vase.

Christmas tree sculpture and greenery.

You may remember this thrift store pinecone bowl DIY from a previous post. All it took was a can of spray paint and a couple of basic accessories to pull it all together.

Pinecone bowl decor with pinecones and Christmas ornaments.

Holiday pinecone bowl decor with ornaments.

(To see the DIY from start to finish, check out Simple Fall Pinecone Bowl Decor).

I hope you enjoyed seeing our simple holiday vignettes. I love decorating and enjoy seeing homes all decked out for the holidays. But, sometimes – just sometimes – I’m in the mood for something a little simpler and a little less extraordinary.Β  The mantra that really spoke to me this holiday season was ‘less is more.’ But whatever your holiday decor mood is this year, I hope you got some inspiration from our mini home tour πŸ™‚

Happy Holidays πŸ™‚



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  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Jelica you have done it again. You’ve created a warm comfortable space that is also very relaxing. I love everything about it. The pillows, the simple touches, and the tree which looks pretty grand perched up on that stool. Those icicle ornaments are also very cute. What I really love is all that MCM furniture you have in the space. Merry Christmas to you my friend!

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      December 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      I’m so glad you like the space, Mary πŸ™‚ I was definitely looking to make things easy for myself this year and, quite honestly, once I got all the old supplies out from our basement storage, it took just one afternoon to put it all together. (Of course, that doesn’t count my shopping excursions to search out some additional accessories to add into the mix πŸ˜‰ ). All in all, my goal was to create a casual and relaxed space – and I hope I achieved that. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year πŸ™‚

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    December 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Your home is so cozy and bright, very beautiful! I love all the little details and you know I love your style!

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    January 4, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Jelica. I so love the way you decorate. It’s the complete opposite to our chaotic, madly colorful home. Yours looks peaceful and calm and oh so lovely. All the elements you’ve used come together in such a beautiful way my friend. Please teach me how to be more like that

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