Simple Christmas Accents Around the House

I love decorating for Christmas but have to be realistic about the scope of things with a couple birthday parties to plan and host for my daughters thrown in the December mix.  I keep things much the same from year to year, making small changes here and there, but it helps me to know where everything “goes” when I pull the boxes up from the basement!
For our front porch this year I sourced everything from our yard.  I don’t always feel lucky to live in New England in the winter (the word “nor’easter” – as in the storm – gives me serious anxiety) but having such an abundance of seasonal greens ready to be clipped from our tress and shrubs for free is a nice consolation prize.
I used clippings from the bottom of our Christmas tree and red-berried branches from a winterberry bush to fill the black urn by our front door.  For the swag on the door I simply layered another clipping from our tree, some yew branches, and some holly.  I wrapped them tightly with floral wire at the top to make the swag.
On the sill of the large bay window in our living room I added I few giant pinecones my mother-in-law brought back from northern California years ago.

I was also super excited to bring out my newest Byers’ Carolers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, which my parents gave me for Christmas last year.  I showed you my other four carolers last week on my mantle.

In the dining room I added a pair of metal reindeer to the sideboard.  I got them from Pottery Barn a few years ago.

On the dining room table I used a red hemstitched linen runner down the center and placed a wreath of twigs and faux berries underneath the glass bowl that always lives there.  I filled the bowl with tiny gold glass ornaments.

I can get most of these Christmas accents out and in place in a day or two (meaning one or two naptimes!)which at this stage in my life is what works best for me.

I do love having the house feel festive!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07848936864799611251 Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    i love all the simple touches and i love love love the santa and mrs claus carolers! so cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01997597189473514404 Colleen

    so pretty! I love the tablescape.
    I tried to comment on your arancini post but I couldn’t get on your blog from reader that day. Love those! We just had a cooking lesson (some cousins and me) with our grandmother who taught us how to make them. It was such a fun experience learning some of her italian recipes.

    did I know you were in New England? Trying to remember . . .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12633790597836151314 Amy @ Fig Milkshakes (Home and DIY)

    Yes, beautiful, and I do like the simplicity. I shared on my blog – I feel like we keep it simple, but it STILL takes hours to get it all together – gotta keep it simple!

    I especially love your first picture with the swag and black urn with clippings. I have an urn like this as well. I keep thinking I would like to paint it black, but I don’t think I would have thought of the clippings – I think I might have to do this next year. Thanks for the inspiration!