Hello friends! Yay, it’s my favourite time of year! This week, I’m joining up with my fellow Canadian design bloggers to share our Christmas Home Tour 2018. If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you might recall that I’ve been participating in this Canadian Bloggers Home Tour ( see #cbhometour on Instagram) for many years. Much gratitude to the tour hosts, Christina at The DIY Mommy and Shannon at Home Made Lovely, for wrangling over 20+ talented Canadian bloggers from coast to coast to make this happen.
Every year, something usually inspires my Christmas decorating.
Last year, it was the colour navy blue. This was inspired by our summer home/cottage build which is decorated with a nod to all things nautical. See: Silver & Navy Christmas Home Tour. The year before was all about a Winter Wonderland of silver and blue and red berries. And, three years ago, I was inspired by all things red plaid. (See: Red Plaid Cottage Christmas).
The one thing all these decorating schemes had in common? As my 14 year old would say, they were a little ‘extra’ 🙂 In other words, by the time I finished decorating, I could already feel the walls closing in. Our home felt like 20lbs of potatoes stuffed in a 5lb bag. Too much glitter. Too much ribbon. Too much greenery. Just too much.
Christmas Home Tour 2018
In 2018, I’ve been on a mission to simplify. I’ve been trying to create more breathing room, both literally and figuratively. So, it’s probably not surprising that this year I was inspired by minimalism.
I started out thinking that I could do the whole Nordic-inspired minimalist look. That lasted a whole hour.
I quickly realized that I am not a minimalist. The fact that I kept adding things was my first clue, haha. Plus, I love my Christmas decorations way too much to keep 90% of them in storage. So I compromised. I decided to just keep everything simple and streamlined. Oh, and white.
So when I say white, I actually mean blue and grey too. You know what I mean. Basically, I was aiming for a frosty colour scheme that would blend in with the surroundings. When I use too much colour in my Christmas decorating, I find that’s when the walls start to close in and I tire of it quickly.
Luckily, most of our Christmas decorations fall into this colour palette anyway. Anything we had in storage that was red or plaid, I packed up and brought to our new cottage. It looks beautiful and cozy there. (More on that in another post soon!)
But here, in our home, I wanted to keep things light and airy. So in addition to sticking to a white palette, I used a lot of furry textures like pom poms, feather wreaths and trees, and faux fur garlands. I already had most of this in storage. I just used it in different ways.
My fireplace mantel feels a little Nordic, and is lined with a simple row of white houses, snowballs and trees. On the mirror above the mantel, I hung a simple faux fur wreath on a striped ribbon.
This was a real departure for me! My Christmas mantel is normally decked out with layers upon layers of greenery, lights and ribbon. I’m not sure what took me so long to change things up. This feels so much better. The simplicity is so much more proportionate to the space.
I couldn’t give up greenery entirely! I used one simple swag, tied with with long ribbon on each end.
Instead of using bulky mini lights, I used a strand of tiny twinkle lights. I find these are so much easier to work with, and they give off a much more magical light.
On our Christmas tree, I also kept the look simpler than previous years. I didn’t buy much new for the tree this year, with the exception of a few decorations, and some furry pom poms for the top.
And, hello? Where is all the ribbon, right? If you’ve seen my tutorial for how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree, you’ll know that I normally add LOTS of ribbon to my trees. This year, I only used burlap and some furry garland. The only ribbon to be found anywhere on the tree is on the ends, where I tied my pale blue ornaments in twos.
I used all of my white, pale blue and glass ornaments. But to keep the look simple and informal, I mixed them up with some rustic elements like galvanized metal, wood and burlap.
One of my favourite parts of the tree is the top! The furry pom poms and silver antlers create a woodsy, Nordic feeling.
Because our Christmas tree overlooks our kitchen and dining area, I didn’t add too much more to this area.
This simple little feather wreath on my cabinet doors adds lots of texture without being overbearing.
I also added a little pop of greenery above the buffet cabinet with some twinkle lights. This sweet reindeer overlooks the kitchen.
Our kitchen rooster is also decorated. After all, it’s just not Christmas until your kitchen rooster is wearing pom poms, right? LOL
Another area where I really pared down this year was the stair railings. Instead of using lots of greenery, ribbon and lights, I kept it simple. I draped a pom pom garland and simple eucalyptus strand along the railing and tied it with pretty ribbon.
In our living room, I also simplified things this year. There’s a sparkly wreath hung on a canvas, and lots of furry texture.
I’ve had this rocking horse for years, and he might just be one of my favourite Christmas things.
This room sometimes has a Christmas tree decorated with lots of glass ornaments. But this year, I decided to go a much simpler route. I love the statement that this understated, scraggly little tree makes without even trying.
There’s so much more to show you. Can you believe that there are three other trees in our house, and another at our cottage that I haven’t shared yet? I’ll save those for another day because you’ll need to spend more time visiting these other lovely Christmas tours by my talented Canadian blogger friends. So grab an eggnog latte and get cozy. There’s lots to see!
Click on the links below from Monday – Friday this week to get beautiful Christmas decor inspiration from other talented Canadian bloggers.
Until next time, my friends, happy Christmas decorating!