Simple and Neutral Christmas Living Room

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.

Minimal Christmas Living Room with Ribbon & Cedar Accents
English cottage inspired minimal Christmas decor tour
Minimal Christmas Living Room with Ribbon & Cedar Accents

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.

Minimal and natural Christmas entryway

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.

I filled my thrifted three tiered basket with more faux cedar and some eucalyptus, and another pretty ribbon adds holiday feel and warmth to this space. 

Simple Christmas entryway

My mom loaned me one of her antique sleds so I could try it in my entry, but since it’s so large I’ll probably end up using it on my porch instead? We’ll see! 


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.

Minimal Christmas fireplace and 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. 

Christmas mantel with knit stockings and cedar accents
Cable knit stockings hung on reclaimed beam Christmas mantel

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.

Fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas with cedar accents

Christmas Tree

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.

Simple and Natural Christmas Tree Ideas

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. 

Decorating with multiple Christmas trees, minimal Christmas decor

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. 

Musical themed minimal and neutral Christmas tree
Simple and neutral music themed Christmas Tree

I tucked some pretty fresh cedar on the sunroom shelves, and added a few thrifted instruments including some small symbols and a tambourine!

Musical themed sunroom Christmas decor ideas
Thrifty musical themed Christmas decor in cottage style sunroom

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!

Realistic faux cedar garland and Christmas Tree
Antique skis and knit stockings for minimal and natural Christmas decor
Minimal Christmas Decor using faux cedar garland and ribbon accents

And did you notice my new velvet pillows and cozy blankets on the white chairs? I love the holiday feel that they have! 

Simple and Natural Christmas Tree Ideas
Minimal Christmas Living Room with Ribbon & Cedar Accents leading into dining room view

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!



Simple and Natural Christmas Tour


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  1. Hi Andrea,
    I do like the lighter colour of the built-Ins! Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas…so cozy and warm!

  2. It’s so refreshing and calming to see minimalistic Christmas decor. So classy, calming, and elegant.💚

  3. I love the Garland made from music sheets and all the rustic snow equipment. Your home is very beautiful, whatever the season.

  4. Hey do you ever put up a nativity scene?? My children have loved ours every year & it helps us keep the real reason for the season in the forefront… enjoy your blog!!:)

    1. Hello, yes we celebrate as well, I do have a very pretty glass one, I just have to be careful where I place it with the boys 🙂

  5. It looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You mentioned your velvet pillows, but do you remember where some of the other pillows are from. You have a pretty pillow on the bench in the sunroof and you often have other cute pillows in your living room. Do you remember your other sources?

  6. Sooo cozy, I’d never leave!!! Where do you get your cedar? Thanks for sharing your lovely home!!!🎄Janie

    1. Thank you so much! I have collected it from different places over the years, but most of the garland I got last year from JoAnns!

      1. Ok, yes, I do recall you saying that throughout the video…I keep thinking they’re real!!! lol! Thanks!

    1. Hello! They are actually from Pier One, a store that isn’t open anymore, but hopefully you are able to find something similar!

  7. Your Christmas decor is so tasteful and stunning. You have been such an influence on me. I wish I would have had half your wisdom at your age. I know this is off topic but I recently started making kefir smoothies. Could you do a post on kefir? I would appreciate your advice.

    1. Thank you so much, you are too kind! And I do try to share about kefir in my IG stories, if you are able to follow me there, I don’t have a dedicated post on it yet, but thank you for the idea!

  8. How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?! These ideas are so beautiful! I will totally be using this post as inspo. We are having our kitchen cabinets refaced this month so I think we will have to wait for that project to be finished before we get our Christmas decorations out but this is making me so excited to get our tree up!

  9. I just found your page for your Christmas garland. But I am in love with your actual fireplace. I’ve never seen the wood stove in a fireplace. Is it actual wood burning did you do this yourself? Do you have a chimney if it is? So many questions on this.

    1. Thank you so much, it’s unfortunately not an actual fireplace, we just have a heater inside of it. It was all brick when we first moved in, we added the faux stone! If you search fireplace on my blog, there are several blog posts. Also, there isn’t a chimney.

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