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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Simple, Quick and Easy Christmas Decor




I am seeing  a lot of nature inspired rustic Christmas décor this year!! I love the simplicity of it all, in fact that is another statement I am reading a lot , it seems as if people are wanting to simplify this year more than ever. I am not sure if it is a reflection of our economy, or if it seems too self indulgent to go over board on decorations this year.

For what ever the reason is I know it is always nice to have a few simple ideas to use in our homes. Blog land is full of amazing designs, but today I am going to zero in on simple, and easy- to- do ideas that maybe you all would like to try. If not this year then maybe next year.

This first idea falls in line with simple and nature inspired………..




A simple box filled with moss and votives made from cement! Go to the above blog and she shows how she makes them using paper cups. I love this!!! I think anyone, even me, could do this!!
For those of us that like a little *bling* in our Christmas décor…….



I can just see these all lined up en masse on a mantel. So simple and yet it gives a great Wow! statement.


Source: bhg.com via Kathy Sue on Pinterest


I actually posted this last year, but I think it deserves another viewing. You know those big plastic containers full of balls in the same color family that you see at all the big box stores? Empty the balls out and start gluing them on the outside and Voila an instant planter all decked out!!

Speaking of Christmas ornaments I did something a few years ago that is so easy and it really made a wonderful centerpiece in my dining room. If you have ornaments, candle holders, votives, and a mirror you are set, and you can make this in what ever color family you need for your own home……..




When the candles were lit, it really came alive!








I love the simplicity of this place setting. So simple and the silver paint just adds the right touch of elegance.



A simple embellishment of an ornament and a pretty white bird just perched on the corner of a painting. So easy and yet it adds a bit of Christmas in a very simple way.



Talk about simple elegance, I think this fits the bill perfectly.



A grouping of colorful candles and candlesticks with a centerpiece of one type of flower gives this mantel it’s Wow factor, and yet it is so simply done.

If you like to add a little embellishment in your kitchen how about this…….



I used jingle bell napkin rings and tied my signature black and white ribbon in a simple loose knot and my cupboards became a festive part of the overall Christmas décor.



How about using large pickle jars, greenery and little faux snow and twine to make these fun votive holders. This fits in perfectly with a nature inspired Christmas décor.



I must admit I am not crazy about the bow, but the overall concept is great!! I could see a grouping of three lined up in a row to fill in a wall. So easy to do and inexpensive!!

I would love to see a black frame with black and white striped ribbon and lime green ornaments, that would be just my cup of tea!

I am going to leave you with this last simple idea…..


I hope you are having a ♪♫Fa-la-la-la♪♫♪ time decorating and getting ready for Christmas!!


Enjoy the Process,” Of:

Keeping it simple and festive!!!

Kathysue

19 comments:

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Absolutely lovely Christmas decor, Kathysue! Your ideas are elegant and tasteful, and are wonderful suggestions for keeping it simple.
Thanks for sharing!
~ Wendi ~ xo

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Again, gorgeous ideas here.
Hope that you are feeling better, Kathysue.
Teresa
xoxo

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Thanks...these are all such great ideas and all nice and easy to do. I Hope you are feeling better.

Pat said...

Gorgeous images and wonderful ideas, Kathysue.

I am finally getting a few moments to sit down and enjoy a trip through blogland this morning. So happy I stopped by!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest one, FIRST OF ALL, that first blue photo of the white tree with the falling snow is just breathtaking. AND...I think a lot of us are thinking: NATURAL AND SIMPLE. I am so enjoying having natural elements in my home such as feathers, twigs, REAL GREENS and a small smathering of glittered birds. YOU ARE SO SWEET to come visit me today! I have the day off from work so I can catch up on my thoughts! In the whirlwind of the days, I prefer to take joy in the small things that speak volumes to me.

PEACE AND WONDER TO YOU! Anita

Linda Hartong said...

I love using the glass cloche. I believe I will go out into the garden and scrub mine up and make a center piece out of it.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Yes, lots of rustic and simple this year. Love these ideas especially the jars with the tealights and greenery.

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

I love love love love what you did to your kitchen cabinets. First, I love the idea. Second, I love that it is so you with your colors and your signature. What a personal Christmas expression. If I had cabinets I loved (like yours in green!!) I would SO do that. Hope you are enjoying the season. :) Carol

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I see several ideas here that I love. The bird and ornament on the picture frame...divine! I also love the vase made of ornaments. You also reminded me I should pull that round mirror out from under my bed and use it! Hope all is well on your end!

pretty pink tulips said...

So many lovely ideas - things we can do without going all out. It's funny, I'm definitely dialing it back this year. Not pulling out every Christmas decor I have. I guess a lot of us are feeling more of a wink and a nod this year.

I have jingle bell napkin rings like yours and love the little black and white ribbons tied on. Darling!

xo Elizabeth

Cherie said...

Dialing it back, like that expression. I am doing that this year. Maybe it's the way the stores market Christmas, the economy, the fatigue of get and acquire and present. Getting back to the heart of Christmas draws me, more and more, each year. I like the last image the best.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Great ideas...the best one is your little wreaths with the gingham ribbon. Love them!

Sherri Cassara said...

So many great ideas - I like the simple silver painted pinecones the best.

The enchanted home said...

I am glad simple is "in" because at the rate I am going I will be lucky if I even end up with that...I seriously need to get busy. My goal is this Sunday!! Does filling a few bowls with pinecones count? Lol....I love a lot of the more rustic nature inspired ideas, the first being a favorite. So simple and yet so pretty.
Thanks as always for the lovely inspiraiton and hope you are feeling better:)

Privet and Holly said...

Before I start
pinning away,
I wanted to say
thank you for the
inspiration that
you have not only
provided here, but
give throughout
the year!

xx Suzanne

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love the angel wings on your chandelier. Very creative. Everything looks beautiful

Sarah said...

Beautiful inspiration! I like to use natural elements in our decor.

SHERRY HART said...

Love your little jingle bell napkin rings with the ribbon! And those large pickle jars.....wow!

Prasad Kumar said...

Awww this is very nice! I was looking for some Christmas decorations to add up in my Christmas Pinterest board and I think some of these will be included. Thanks for sharing. Greetings to all!