Home for the holidays has taken on a whole new meaning this year. It seems that many of us decorated a little earlier than usual in hopes of bringing much needed love and joy to our lives during this disruptive time. Today I’m sharing our home at Christmastime. I created cozy corners to encourage quiet, peaceful moments and added festive decor to unexpected places, all while staying true to my minimalist aesthetic. Grab a cup of cocoa or coffee and welcome to our home at Christmastime!
The kitchen. It’s the center of our home and is across from our living room, creating a great room space. To avoid too much clutter (that takes away room for food and gifts;) our home was carefully edited to create all the holiday feels while keeping in mind that we need to be able to move about. Nothing is off limits and everything is ‘used’ so things get moved around. This is a home not a magazine.
This year we went to a tree farm and found the perfect Christmas tree (I always say that;) It reaches all the way up to the beam (11 ft.) and the branches are perfectly spaced to show off the ornaments. I wanted the tree to be decorated with minimal glitz and organic, natural pieces so I added hand made wood decorations, jute and wood beaded swags, mercury glass ornaments, and of course the white lights. This year I added a tree collar, an alternative to the traditional tree skirt. It conceals the tree stand and the earthy handwoven natural fiber enhances the look of our Christmas tree. We have a sectional sofa and chaise that pulls apart so I was able to create a cozy sitting area around the tree. Our space is small so there is always lots of shifting around. Full disclosure though, we are not finished decorating. The train is missing! We have lots of track and it’s a large train so it will be ‘in the way’ but it’s fun and a tradition to put it up. I will share more on that in my Instagram stories so stay tuned.
Creating cozy corners for reading and sipping hot cocoa is important. Pillows are scattered about and soft, cozy throws are draped over furniture or stored in baskets for easy access. I’ve added a leather wrapped vase filled with seasonal greens and a cedar ceramic candle that I will re purpose later. These are both Jenni Kayne items, make nice gifts, and as always, you receive a discount on purchase with my code lemongrovelane20 at checkout. I found a beautiful white wash garland early in the season and I love the way it looks in my stone bowl. I’ve saved most of my holiday finds in my Instagram story highlights. Lots is sold out but do check to see what’s still available. You can also check my holiday home tour and DIY mantle posts for more inspiration.
It’s fun to decorate the open shelves in the kitchen. I’ve styled them with ceramic pottery, fresh greens, walnuts, a citrus chain, and added a few bottle brush trees.
I found this branch while we were hiking and decorated it with my dried oranges. If you’ve yet to hop on the dried citrus train, I shared how I did mine in this blog post.
Our mantle is adorned with a mix of fresh greenery and then I added wooden candle holders, tapers, and flame-less candles. The stockings are styled with a velvet bow and homemade wood star ornament.
We brought this pie safe out of storage a while back and it currently stands against an open wall. I’m not sure it will stay here but it’s fun to have there for now. I added my glitter houses, bottle brush trees, and a stocking for a festive vibe.
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