The neutral and white Christmas look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out my Christmas home tour that I created on a tight budget .
“I’m dreaming…of a white Christmas…just like the ones I used to know…”
Growing up in the Midwest my whole life, I’ve always had a white Christmas and for this reason, I can’t even imagine having a Christmas in any other color. 🙂 This year, my Christmas decor choices definitely reflect my love affair with white, neutrals and wood. And all things simplified.
My whole house has evolved into this color scheme over the past year. It’s funny how our tastes change and grow with us as we change and grow, isn’t it? I feel like it’s taken me the entire 17 years we’ve been married for me to really find my groove in my home. I’ve done everything from bright, bold colors – both in my home and at Christmas time – to the primitive country thing and now…now I’ve fallen head over heels for whites and neutrals.
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Neutral and White Christmas, Simplified
Here’s the wreath that greets you as you walk in the front door. (To see more of my front porch, click here.)
This year, I felt compelled to keep things really simple. Despite the fact that I have a few trees (bonus points for following me on Instagram and you know how many I have) 😉 – each one is only wearing white lights. The tree in the living room is the only one that has the addition of fake snow on it’s branches – but no ornaments – and I’m absolutely loving it. I just bought some “buffalo snow” and laid it on the branches. One of these years, I’ll get a flocked tree, but until then, this will work.
The rug in the living room needs to go, but that will have to wait until the pocketbook allows, so for now, I’m just rolling with it. After all, this tour is all about keeping it real, right? So you get to see my rug that doesn’t go with my style. 😉
The little faux fur stockings hanging on the mantel are from the Target dollar spot and I adore them. They’re so soft and fuzzy! Similar ones found here.
Asmund is my silver ram’s head sitting inside a frame I picked up off the curb and painted. I love having a few random, quirky pieces around my house and Asmund is one of them. He even got a fleece scarf for the holidays. 😀 It makes me laugh to see people do a double take and start giggling when they see him.
Right below the ram, you can see my painted velvet chair. Draped over the chair is a lovely plaid throw/blanket scarf/table runner that my girlfriend Kim, from Farmhouse Made, created for me. (Find out how to make your own here!) And in the chair is a fun DIY pillow I made last year. I’ll probably write a post on it at some point, however, if you want a quick and easy Christmas pillow DIY, head over to The Purple Hydrangea and check out her Christmas pillows.
Next to the painted velvet chair, I put the French graphic side table – it’s perfect for my latest read or my never ending cup of coffee.
On another wall, I’ve got a farmhouse style mug rack holding just a few simple items…
These are the pillows that get tossed around and flung about by my boys. And see that little black and white plaid one? Yep…it’s the same throw from the photo above. I just folded it around an out-of-season pillow and voila! a whole new look. I’ve also worn the black and white plaid as a scarf, too. It’s SO versatile and so easy to make!! I’m using it one other place, too…..
White Christmas in the Dining Room
In our dining room, the entire wall of windows faces east and so this room gets the most glorious light in the morning. On either side of the windows, I’ve hung two old shutters that came off my Aunt Peggy’s house a long time ago. I kept the decorations on the shutters very simple, again, and I’m loving the look.
Hat and Mitten Storage Idea
Here’s an idea for you: if you’re short on entryway space, like I am, and find yourself in need of winter hat and mitten storage, consider something a little out of the ordinary! This year, I’m using a cute beverage dispenser found in the corner of the basement and all the hats and mittens are stored inside. It totally works. (Our back door is directly through the doorway to the right, so this is easy access as we’re running out the door.)
On the main wall in the dining room is the giant chalkboard I painted earlier this year. I’ve just hung some greens on it, changed out the wording, and put a small three legged table underneath. On the table, an old basket that was my Mom’s is filled with more greens.
Told you I kept things simple. 😉
More Ideas for a Neutral and White Christmas
On the dining room table, I folded my black and white plaid (yes, I used it again), laid it down the center, and topped it with the glass-glittered pinecones I made. As soon as November arrived, the white twinkly lights went up around the french doors leading from the dining room to the other half of the living room.
I did not photograph the other half of the living room, mainly due to the two green chairs that are sitting in there. They are patiently waiting to be painted. 😉 When I paint them, you can rest assured that I will share them with you. You can see the corner of one of the chairs peeking at you from through the french doors. You can also see the growth chart I made.
To the left of the french doors, I hung this simple canvas DIY – I just switched out the art print. This print was another gift from a sweet friend.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the little peek into my home. What are your favorite colors to decorate with in your home?
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