It’s official. The holidays are here! In recent years, I felt like I wasn’t fully present–running here and there, trying to do all the things. This year, though, I’m slowing down and relishing every special moment. And as part of that resolve, I’m keeping my Christmas decorating simple and easy. Rather than bringing out all of my bins and boxes of holiday decorations, this year I stayed with a simple theme of trees, wreaths, and a few ceramic houses, incorporating my favorite color scheme of blue, white and black. After years of going all-out, I’m loving the look of less stuff. Nowadays, it’s about simple and soft and lots of natural elements. As a bonus, less stuff out means less to pack away later!  So, without further ado, welcome to my Christmas home tour–with a few easy Christmas decorating ideas thrown in here and there! 

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My Christmas Home Tour + Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Holiday guests are greeted at the front door with a festive wreath that makes a soft jingle as they enter the house. 

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My blue entryway cabinet is decorated for season with trees and tiny ceramic houses in a white and gold tray, and I added a small boxwood wreath to the mirror, using a suction hook. I love the sight of a twinkling Christmas tree when I walk in the house!

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In the dining room, I’m getting ready to try out some different table setting and centerpiece ideas before the big day arrives. 


In the living room, I added a touch of blue velvet to the side chairs, along with a black and white throw. I think black, white and blue look so pretty together–especially for Christmas.  I’m trying out a new piece of coastal artwork in here and love the calm feeling it adds to this space.

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Adding wreaths to doors, windows, mirrors, and cabinets is one of my favorite ways to dress up our home for Christmas.

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This is my second year with a color-themed Christmas tree of blue, white and silver ornaments; in the past we always had a mix of handmade and sentimental ornaments collected through the years. I have to admit I miss our special ornaments, so I’m thinking of setting up a second tree somewhere else in the house where I can display them.

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In the little hearth room off our kitchen, we recently added a new slipcovered sectional, just in time for holiday gatherings.

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I’m loving having the extra seating in here, since this is where we spend most of our free time. I also love the coziness a faux fur throw adds to this space–especially on snowy winter days like today! 

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I kept the mantel simple this year, with just a faux eucalyptus garland and some gold candlesticks.


 

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This is the first year I’ve had the updated version of our kitchen for the entire holiday season, as last December we were just having the cabinets painted and finishing up all the details.

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I’m having so much fun adding holiday touches to this space. I especially love the twinkle lights draped over the window.  I keep them lit all day during the Christmas season.

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If you have some oranges or clementines on hand, trying adding some to your Christmas decorating. They look especially pretty with white and blue and add a vibrant pop of color to the kitchen.

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Our rattan counter stools add a natural touch and help soften the hard edges in this space.


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I loved adding a touch of Christmas to our breakfast nook this year, too, as this is the first year we’ve had this table, chairs and pendant light.


 

I carried that festive feeling into our master bedroom by adding a faux garland to the headboard, along with a touch of velvet on the bed. 

Last year, I tried adding a fresh pine garland over our bed–which lasted about 20 minutes before I decided I’d rather not sleep with pine needles on my pillow! Even thought the faux garland isn’t as pretty (or pretty smelling) its definitely less messy!

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Along with a touch of fur at the foot of the bed and the glow of our brass lamps, our bedroom feels like a cozy winter retreat.


 

As I’ve shared before, no matter how I decorate our home for the holidays, nothing compares with the joy of gathering family and friends to celebrate the reason for this wonderful season.

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Thank you so much for stopping by for my Christmas home tour!  I hope you picked up a few Christmas decorating tips you can use in your own home.  I love to change things often, so be sure to follow me on Instagram, too! ♥

xo jane

P.S. For more Christmas decorating ideas, check out these 25 Beautiful and Inspiring Holiday Table Setting Ideas, as well as my Holiday Home Decor page.