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Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas: My Home Tour Part 1

Take a tour through my Christmas Home for some Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas! It’s easy to make your home festive for the holidays!

Today I’m once again joining Krista of The Happy Housie, as well as more amazing bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series. As part of this series I have shared all kinds of Christmas inspiration over the last few weeks, including some FREE Christmas Planner Sheets for the Kitchen, my Christmas Village Mantel,  DIY Orange and Cinnamon Stick Napkin Rings, and my DIY Cinnamon Stick Sleigh Ornaments. And today I am sharing my holiday home tour along with my friends! 

If you’re coming over from Kelly’s Home at The Tattered Pew, welcome, I’m so happy to have you here!  We all hope that you leave inspired for your own holiday decorating!  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful homes at the bottom of this post! xo

A festive welcome to you!

Welcome to Part 1 of my holiday home tour, I’m excited to have you here! Today I’m sharing my home decorated for the holidays, and along the way I’m also sharing some simple ways to decorate for Christmas.

a black craftsman front door with a Christmas swag hanging on it. on the porch are three mini evergreen trees, decorated with red berries and plaid ribbon. there is a black and red buffalo plaid mat in front of the door.

Christmas on the Porch

One of my most favourite areas to decorate for the holidays is my front porch. We all really enjoy coming up to our home after being away and seeing this festive and cheery little area. Decorating a porch or front step doesn’t have to be complicated…it can be as simple as adding a festive holiday wreath, or going all out and adding all. the. decor. This year I made a really simple Christmas Swag that I think looks so nice on our front door.

a Christmas swag decorated with a red bell, dried orange slices and pine cones, hangs from a black front door

Another easy way to add a little Christmas to your outdoor entryway is to add fresh greenery. Garlands, wreaths and mini evergreen trees are perfect festive decor!

a wicker chair has a fresh evergreen wreath and buffalo plaid blanket sitting on it. in the foreground is a white birdhouse decorated with a mini grey wreath

And don’t forget a little holiday plaid! 😉 Also, how cute is my mini yarn wreath on that birdhouse?!

a white birdhouse decorated with a mini grey wreath sits in front of pine stems and a wicker chair

My Christmas Living Room

Now moving inside, come on in to Christmas in my living room! I know, I know, I do plaid every year. But we just love it too much to give it up, after all, isn’t tradition what Christmas is all about? Also, I can’t just reinvent Christmas every year…the very thought of that makes me feel exhausted.

a living room is decorated for Christmas. a white couch is decorated with plaid pillows and blankets. in the background is a stone fireplace with the mantel decorated with mini houses. the white shelves beside the fireplace are filled with white picture frames, cedar branches and stacks of wood

Things do look a little different this year with the addition of our new couch. I just knew I’d love all of my plaid pillows and blankets on my white couch…and I love it more than I even thought I could. Pillows and throws are the BEST holiday decor!

a stone fireplace with a white mantel is decorated with mini houses. the white shelves beside the fireplace are filled with white picture frames, cedar branches and stacks of wood. in the foreground are plaid pillows stacked on a white couch

My Christmas Village Mantel

This year I did decorate our mantel differently than I usually do! It all started with a tiny wooden house I found at Walmart then the next thing I knew I bought 6, then I bought 5 ceramic houses from Crate & Barrel and now it’s a whole Christmas village and I love it.

a stone fireplace with a white mantel is decorated with mini houses. the white shelves beside the fireplace are filled with white picture frames, cedar branches and stacks of wood.
mini wooden and white ceramic houses are lined up on a white mantel. in between the houses are mini bottlebrush trees

Christmas in the Kitchen Nook

Another space that I really love to decorate for Christmas is our kitchen, but especially our eating nook. I don’t add a lot of decor in here, but just enough to look festive and pretty. Sometimes just setting a festive table is decoration enough!

a woman is setting a wooden table with white plates decorates with linen napkins and napkin rings made out of cedar branches, cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices.

My favourite decoration though is another Christmas tree! I absolutely love having a tree in my kitchen area…I often wonder why I haven’t always done this. It adds such a nice, comforting feeling to this area of our home, especially at dinner time with the soft twinkly lights.

a wooden table and white chairs sits in a eating nook with a decorated Christmas tree, and a white chest of drawers holding Santa mugs

I adore the Scandi-feel to this tree.

a fresh evergreen tree is decorated for Christmas

In this eating nook area I also made a little hot drink station on the chest of drawers I keep in the corner that stores all of my kitchen linens and tea. It’s nice to be able to help yourself to a warm holiday drink!

a white chest of drawers holds Santa mugs and mini red and white ribbon Christmas trees

It’s also the perfect spot for a hot chocolate bar for the MOST delicious hot cocoa recipe ever…you should try it this year!

a hot chocolate bar sits on a white table. there are red and white Santa mugs, a plate of marshmallows, a bowl of cookies and a bowl of large marshmallows

My Christmas dog.

Seriously though, look how cute my little boy Blu is! He’s the perfect Christmas decoration…and he loves all the plaid too haha

a black and white dog sleeps on a red and black buffalo plaid sherpa blanket

My Tips for Simple Christmas Home Decorating:

  • Hang a Christmas swag or wreath on your front door.
  • Decorate your kitchen for the holidays. Add simple decor like festive tea towels, hang wreaths on cabinets.
  • Put a little Christmas tree in your kitchen. The lights are so pretty at dinner time!
  • Add festive pillows and throws. Fill your couch and chairs with pretty Christmas pillows and throws.
  • Decorate your mantel or a vignette.
  • Create a Hot Chocolate Bar with cookies!
  • Add candles and twinkly lights. There is nothing more cozy than pretty lighting.
  • Change out your hand soaps in the bathrooms to ones with festive scents.
  • Add fresh greens to your home, both inside and out! Fresh greens smell so good and look so nice.
  • Decorate your staircase with garland! Evergreen garlands are gorgeous draped along staircases.
  • Add cozy and festive flannel sheets to your beds. We love this, especially the kids!

PIN IT for later!

Thank you for taking a tour of my Christmas home, now head over to visit Abby at Just a Girl and her Blog, I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful holiday home! Once you’re done there, take a tour through all of these amazing and festive Christmas homes. Visit their posts by clicking on the links below the images.

Grace in My Space / All Things with Purpose / Life is Better at Home

The Tattered Pew / A Pretty Life in the Suburbs / Just a Girl and Her Blog

The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Joanna Anastasia

She Gave it a Go / Modern Glam / Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Rambling Renovators / Life is a Party / Clean and Scentsible

House by Hoff / Rooms for Rent / The Happy Housie

Maison de Pax / Stacy Risenmay / Maison de Cinq

Place of My Taste / A Pop of Pretty / The Happy Housie

This is Simplicite / Deeply Southern Home / Lemon Thistle

Love Create Celebrate / Sincerely, Marie Designs / The Happy Housie

Merry Christmas Decorating!

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  1. What a gorgeous tour! I love how you truly thought of all of the details down to the little wreath on the birdhouse! And Blu is just the perfect holiday accessory. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  2. Jo-Anna I loved your tour! That front door swag is beautiful. I love the red and white bell. I too am a huge fan of plaid so I say never give it up. Beautiful and Merry Christmas!

  3. So pretty, Jo-Anna! I love your front porch decor, your sweet village mantel, and that Scandi tree in your kitchen/dining. So lovely! Thanks for joining me:)

  4. Wow, Jo-anna, this is such a gorgeous home tour! And that kitchen tree with the orange slices – be still my heart, its perfection. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.