In this post: Don’t have the energy to dig out all the holiday decor but want to add festive style to your home? Try decorating with a mini Christmas tree.⇒
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You wake up and you think, “wow, I can’t wait to go through the boxes and shelves in the garage/attic/basement and dig out all the holiday decor! I want to pull out and fluff the trees, unfold the garlands and spread out the wreaths and then go through every last ornament, lining them all up around me, so I can pick out exactly what will look best together.”
HA! Kudos to you if you said yes… 🙂 But that has never happened to me.
More likely it’s “boy I love the way the house looks dressed for the holidays, but I sure wish the elves finished it while I was asleep.”
If you’ve ever felt THAT way, you just may appreciate the simple approach to holiday decorating in this post.
Sure, we all eventually get around to dragging out the big tree and the accessories that go along with it, and then give our all to decorating.
(Well, most of the time.)
Maybe you even do the whole fresh tree thing with all the effort that goes with that.
But there are lots of reasons to keep it simple and if that’s you, there’s no need to apologize for it.
For today’s post, as part of our 20 Minute Decorating series, I’m sharing a super simple and easy way to bring holiday cheer into your living room.
Or really any room.
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So instead of rummaging through the “big stuff”, y’ know the stuff that’s stored where you keep the wet vac, I just visited my recently organized seasonal closet for a much less labor intensive round of decorating.
Mini Christmas Tree
The key to this approach is a mini Christmas tree.
And when I say mini, I’m not even talking about a full sized tabletop tree. I’ll be playing with a couple of those 3′ or 4′ models later in the season, but for this post I’m talking tiny!
You see, the challenge of our 20 Minute Decorating series is to decorate something in… well, 20 minutes or less.
And so I reached for my little 18″ burlap wrapped tree and plopped it into a vintage garden urn. Instant holiday decor!
Then I spend the next 19 minutes finessing and refining until I was ready to call it good.
For the tree itself, the first thing I did was go out to the garden to cut some fresh branches. You can skip this step if you have a lush little tree but mine is rather sparse.
So I tucked in the fresh branches and was already so much happier with the presentation.
Next, I looped a few papier-mâché crowns around the greenery to act as little French-inspired ornaments.
I also added some wooden rose bud pods that I fished out of my holiday potpourri. (I love to pull decorative elements out of potpourri to give it an extra raison d’être.) They added a festive pop of red in an understated way, but I also could’ve used clusters of berries.
To finish off my tree, I ringed the bottom with baubles to fill the space between the burlap and the urn. The glittered orbs add a seasonal twinkle without being too much for the simple arrangement.
Scattered beneath the vintage garden urn I placed a trio of brass bells and a handful of snow dusted pinecones. These items upgrade a stand-alone arrangement, giving it a foundation and making it into more of a holiday vignette.
In keeping with the very simple theme I used a preserved boxwood wreath, completely unadorned, and tossed it against a white fur pillow, mirroring the greens in the diminutive tree.
A bowl of gilded ornaments sits nearby on a writing desk, reflecting the seasonal tone with very little effort.
There are times when you go big and other times when simple rules the day, and often they can be combined in the same home. As a matter of balance, not every room needs to be festooned from floor to ceiling and sometimes a mini Christmas tree is just enough.
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