This year's Christmas decorations are simple, rustic, and natural. Much of my inspiration was taken from our newly refinished floors as well as our in progress fireplace. The fireplace is currently unfinished. The photos you see here are what we were able to pull together literally an hour before our holiday party we hosted. My husband was finishing laying brick while I did my hair. It was a little crazy and I will share more about that soon.
But between the floors and the fireplace, it is like we have an entirely new dining room. Due to the fact that this room has been a mess from working on the fireplace for weeks, I only had so much time and room to decorate. But I also feel like the fireplace adds so much character to our room that I really did not need much to make this room feel decorated.
Over the years I have been downsizing on my Christmas storage bins. I am mostly down to our ornaments, greenery (trees, wreaths, etc), and a few sparkly trees and snowflakes. The trimmings on the tress and any type of theme I go with usually consists of ribbon. This year I used black and white striped ribbon and fabric to pull together all the natural decor.
Burlap and finger knitted garland hang alongside the striped ribbon.
The table runner plays off of the burlap giving the room a warm tone. By just repeating a few patterns or textures, the room feels pulled together in a simplified way.
The only new items I purchased this year are the mini wreaths and replenishing my ribbon supply. I am amazed that I can create a different look each year while using the same supplies. The noel banner I made out of wrapping paper that I glued to cardstock. The art and decor on the mantel where found around the house. And the mantel? It was a hand me down! Will tell you more about that when I share about our fireplace renovation.
Our stockings came striped and I dressed them up with some fabric and lace a few years ago.
One my favorite things this year is the garland in the chandelier. It feels extravagant.
It is interesting that as our home changes (the floors and fireplace) I find myself naturally gravitating to different looks to accommodate the new colors and textures. This year's decor is so different than previous years and it was just the change I needed to keep decorating with the same things year after year continue to be fun.
Here is a look at the room again but with all the pretty twinkle lights lit.
I have always liked the look of hanging garland over an entry so I finally hung ours up. Thought I must add that the photos do not quite give the full experience. Walking down our dark and small entryway hallway and then turning the corner through the garland to our dining room is pretty much magical. Twinkle light garland for the win!
Linking up with The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes! Check out all my Christmas decor posts here.