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Oh what fun it is to be joining my friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse and an outstanding line up of bloggers for an inspirational ”Christmas in July” Blog Hop. If you are stopping by from Design Morsels or if you just happen to be visiting, welcome! I am so happy to celebrate Christmas in July with you! Today I am sharing simple Christmas decorating tips that I use to make our 101 year-old Kentucky home extra special for the holidays!
Simple Christmas Decorating Tips
At our home, decorating for Christmas is all about creating a welcoming, homey feel with a mix of traditional, vintage, cottage-farmhouse, French or elegant-European, Victorian, and even a fun dose of whimsical Christmas kitsch…(Gimme all the Christmas!) You don’t have to stick to one particular style when it comes to Christmas decorating. To really make things special, I find that the beauty and magic is all in the little details.
1. “Tie It up” with Pretty Ribbons and Bows
“Brown paper packages tied up with string…” or books, candlesticks, wreaths, garlands, topiaries and much more…these are a few of my favorite things!
Ribbons and bows in a variety of styles and colors make everything seem extra festive, and using them to add a little extra Christmas here and there could not be easier. Common spots for big draping bows are at the ends of mantel garlands and staircase banisters and handrails and wreaths/door decor. Of course ribbon makes a beautiful Christmas tree garland or topper too.
Tip: Stock up on my velvet ribbon at craft stores during their holiday door buster sales or after Christmas when it is up to 70% off. I find all my pretty velvet ribbon at Joann.
Ribbon is also a beautiful way to display wreaths and greenery on cabinet doors or mirrors.
Traditional colors and fabrics like rich red or emerald green velvet, silk or satin are my go to ribbon choices along with traditional plaids.
I also love olive green satin ribbon!
Ordinary items like books or candles, topiaries, or even door knobs are easily elevated by tying them up with pretty ribbons and bows.
Decorating with vintage books with green, red, or ivory spines is another easy way to add a vintage look to a Christmas vignette.
Old books look so pretty tied up with a beautiful Christmas bow! Tuck a vintage Christmas postcard in the front for another special touch.
Style Tip: Looking for Christmas unique artwork? There are plenty of free printables online. Here I printed the copy of the cover of Good Housekeeping Christmas 1921 issue to celebrate our home’s Centennial Christmas last year. I simply stuck the paper copy in a beautiful frame. Of course this tip works when looking for artwork throughout the year.
Ivory and gold are also beautiful color choices for ribbons and bows if you like a more subtle, neutral or French Country Christmas aesthetic.
Another little tip is to use presents as decorative accessories as I have done here on this shabby little table. This present is actually an empty box. My family never appreciates this as they always think there are still presents to open and then they discover the boxes are empty!
Here I used both green and gold ribbons on my tree and presents.
In addition to the typical places like mantel and staircase garland or door wreaths, I tie bows and ribbons around just about anything during the holidays! A simple oversized bow tied around flatware is a lovely way to dress up a Christmas tablescape.
Even a grouping of beautiful holiday wrapping paper can become “decoration” when tied up with pretty velvet ribbon and displayed in basket in a corner.
Here I also wrapped an old porch post with red and white striped ribbon to create a giant oversized DIY Salvaged Porch Post “Peppermint Stick.”
Loosely tied long ribbons around candles or simply on the tips of branches look beautiful and very old-fashioned on any style of Christmas tree!
Christmas ribbon just makes everything look elegant and festive!
2. Keep it Cozy by Piling on the Pillows and Throws
Need I say “The more, the merrier!” when it come to Christmas pillows?
The only problem with all the pillows is storage! It can be easy to get carried away when shopping for Christmas pillows, so I have found that using pillow covers is a great solution. It makes it super easy to change up look inexpensively each holiday season.
By the way, the awesome plaid flannel pillows on my windows seat are actually…
3. And by all means when Christmas decorating…go mad for plaid!
4. Use Vintage Postcards as Vignette Inspiration and to Evoke Nostalgia
Vintage or reproduction postcards or holiday greeting cards can be used as the starting point for any vignette. Use the images on the cards to inspire what other items or colors to use.
In this vignette I imagined the sledders sliding down the hill in front of the snowy Christmas cottage pictured on the postcard.
5. Become a kid at heart and enjoy some vintage Christmas kitsch!
It’s especially fun to get creative with treasures under the tree!
6. Mix Fresh and Faux Greenery
Invest in a few basic highly realistic ever green garlands or sprays that can be used for many years. Use them as the main fillers for bowls, garlands or flower arrangements, then tuck real greenery, fruits or other natural elements such as cloved orange pomanders or dried orange and apple slices in among the faux greenery. In this dough bowl display I have used a mix of faux and fresh, and it’s hard to tell which is which!
Drape greenery and garlands over anything and everything!
Well friends, there’s a lot more Christmas where that came from! I am going to stop here with these simple tips or we might actually be here until Christmas!
It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays and I am sure this hop has given you tons of amazing holiday inspo. If you missed any of the inspiring posts simply visit them via the links below.
Happy Christmas In July!