I love how my minimal Christmas living room came together and I am so excited to share my minimalist Christmas decor ideas with you today!
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If you haven’t seen it already, I shared a full Christmas home tour on my YouTube channel last week! I debated whether or not I should do one, because I really love to share my home room by room so that I can share details of each space’s holiday decor. Then I thought – why not do both?!
So even though I’ve already shared a full Christmas home tour, today I’d like to focus in on my living room and talk about the minimal and natural look I was going for this year.
As I was pulling out all of my Christmas bins and decor and trying to decide how to decorate, one word kept coming to my mind – minimalism. I just wanted things to be simple this year. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I have a newborn baby
So let’s start off in the entryway! I kept this area pretty minimal. I hung that beautiful faux cedar wreath that I shared with you last week in my Christmas decor haul, and added a simple ribbon and some pretty brass bells. If I’m able, I also love to use natural materials like fresh greenery this time of year.
For my stairs, I chose not to hang a garland this year. Instead, I created a swag with some faux cedar and large brass bells that I got at Walmart last year! I think it looks so pretty tied to the newel post with some ribbon, as it creates a classic look.
Did you notice my fireplace built-ins are a different color? I recently painted them Stingray by Benjamin Moore. It’s still a beautiful taupe-y mushroom, but it’s much lighter than the previous color that I had created. Although I don’t have it pictured here, I have added candles to the lanterns hanging on either side of the built-ins.
I did my fireplace garland a little different this year! I draped it lower and hung it closer to the Christmas tree. I replaced the holly and berries I used in previous years with different picks of pine and cedar, as well as eucalyptus and pinecones. It’s a beautiful centerpiece on my mantel, and I love the natural look and feel of it so much! All of my cable knit stockings are hung opposite of the garland, with more beautiful ribbon and my antique snow shoes.
The shelves are very simple, I just added a few cedar sprigs here and there as well as some shatter proof pine cone ornaments that I got at Hobby Lobby! I love that they look like mercury glass, and they tie into the antique ice skates on the bottom shelf that my Grandpa gave to me one year for Christmas. A few touches of greenery really highlight the wood bowl and Pfaltzgraff pitchers in this space.
I love the way my Christmas tree turned out this year! I bent all of the branches upward to create a more realistic, fresh from the tree farm look, haha! I didn’t go crazy with ornaments this year, either as I’ve been preferring minimalist Christmas trees lately! Just more of those pretty pine cones, some mercury glass bulbs, and some vintage white ornaments that I got at the thrift store this year.
I also used some wooden beads (some that I made and some that came from Walmart) and draped them loosely and imperfectly all over the tree. Some pretty brown and gray velvet ribbon finished up the look! I love to use neutrals when decorating my tree, and plan on wrapping gifts under the tree with brown craft paper, twine and some ribbon.
I decided to stick my tree in a big thrifted basket this year instead of a traditional tree skirt, and I love how it looks. Looking into the sunroom from the living room, there’s another Christmas small tree that I kept even more simple.
Since the piano is in the sunroom, I decided to do a music theme out there and hang all of my DIY Christmas hymn garlands all over the tree. My husband built a custom tree stand and we stuck the tree in a vintage metal pot that my mom gave me.
I tucked some pretty fresh cedar on the sunroom shelves, and added a few thrifted instruments including some small symbols and a tambourine!
Making your way into the dining room, I hung more greenery to frame the archway original to our home. Some old vintage skis are leaned against the wall along with a few more cable knit stockings, and this was the perfect way to hide the cord for the lights that I added to the garland!
I hope you guys enjoyed this minimal Christmas living room tour! I hope it has given you some inspiration to keep your decor simple this year! Merry Christmas!