Simple Christmas Vignettes and Easy Decorating Ideas

Welcome friends!  I’m so happy you took the time to stop by during this busy week!  Today, I’m joining four blogger friends to share some last minute holiday inspiration.  For my contribution, I’m sharing some simple Christmas vignettes along with some easy holiday decorating ideas!

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Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holidays at Home:

Now, let’s get started with the holiday decorating ideas!

Holidays at Home collage

Before we begin, I want to thank Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing this mini blog hop!  And if you’re arriving from Our Southern Home, Welcome!  Isn’t Christy’s home gorgeous?!!  What an inspiring tour…and the cutest little dog!

Simple Christmas Vignettes:

Sprinkle holiday cheer throughout your home…

Recently, I shared my Christmas Home Tour where I showed my kitchen, family room and Christmas mantel.  Last week, I shared my Blue and White Dining Room Ideas which included my artificial Christmas tree, a holiday table setting with a simple Christmas centerpiece and some other creative Christmas ideas. 

Even with two tours, I still wasn’t able to share every single photo I took.  So, today I’ll show you a few holiday vignettes around the house that didn’t make the tours.  For instance, I decorated my round glass tray in the bar area of my kitchen…

Round glass tray with crystal barware and Christmas decorations - simple vignettes

Even though I store all my entertaining glasses in the cabinet above, I still like to display a few pieces of crystal in this tray.  If you want to create a quick vignette, a tray is a great place to start.  With a bit of faux greenery and a few Christmas decorations, I dressed up this tray for the holidays.  Recently, I shared some other Christmas tray decorating ideas you also might like.  For even more Christmas tray ideas, read – Christmas Coffee Table Decorating Ideas.

Since a little faux greenery goes a long way, I also added a little Christmas tree to my boys’ bathroom…along with a few reindeer themed accessories.  Being teenagers, they probably didn’t even notice these simple Christmas touches!  At least this bit of holiday cheer makes me happy when I go in there.

Christmas towel and decorations in boys gray bathroom

A few years back, I made over this bathroom to make it more teen-friendly.  Be sure to check out that before and after for all the details!

Easy Holiday Decorating – Festive Christmas Pillows:

If you don’t have much time to create a Christmas vignette, then just add a few Christmas pillows around your home. 

This year, I I used a lot of Fair Isle snowflake patterns in my home so this pillow fit right in.  Since it arrived after I shared my home tour, I’m sharing it now!

Red Fair Isle snowflake pillow on spindle chair - simple Christmas vignettes

Since these fair isle patterns were so popular this year, my exact pillow sold out in red.  Though it’s still available in neutral/gray AND it’s on sale at the moment!

As I’ve mentioned before, I have pillow inserts in several sizes so I usually just buy new pillow covers to update my decor.  I like to think I’m saving a little money that way!  Though, it is easier to store just the covers than big fluffy pillows!

While shopping in Homegoods, I found this adorable woodland theme pillow with a vintage Christmas vibe…

Neutral woodland animal pillow on tufted bench - Christmas vignettes

Of course, Homegoods doesn’t usually sell separate pillow covers…but I’m willing to make room in my pillow stash for a few more!  In the game room, my colors are more neutral so I found a spot for this pillow on my tufted bench.

Across the room, I added some greenery and white houses to my pub table where we play chess.  Touches of greenery always looks festive at Christmas time.

Chess game with greenery - simple christmas vignettes

And in the living room, the piano is a perfect place to add a strand of garland!  We display our family Christmas tree in this room as well, but for some reason I don’t have a good picture of it.  Maybe I’ll add that later.  Although it’s nothing exciting…just a real Christmas tree with family ornaments and an angel on top that never seems to stay on straight!  

Black piano decorated with Christmas garland - simple vignettes

Simple Christmas Vignettes – Snowflakes and Sparkle:

Decorate with a classic winter theme…

Down the hall towards the laundry room, I decorated my chalk board with a simple snowflake theme. This chalkboard is always a fun place to display holiday decor and to write a quick message.  

Let it Snow Chalkboard - simple Christmas vignettes

To continue with my snowflake/fair isle theme, I tied a bow on my stair garland.  An easy way to update holiday decor from year to year is to just switch ribbons.

Red fair isle snowflake bow on staircase garland

This year, I made my life a lot easier with the Christmas lights.  Usually, I wrap the standard plug-in lights around my garland and then have extension cords all over the place.  Instead, this year I bought these battery operated fairy lights and wow, what a difference!  Overall, the lights seem just as bright but I don’t have to worry about tripping over cords.  

snowflake bow and fairy lights on staircase garland

Speaking of lights, here is how my dining room looks at night.  As I mentioned, I shared my tour last week but that was during the day.  At night time, the room takes on a whole new look.

Navy blue dining room at night with lit Christmas tree

For a room that doesn’t get used much, we’ve definitely been enjoying it more these past few weeks!

Christmas tree with white lights in bay window

There’s just something so magical about Christmas tree lights…don’t you agree?

Simple Christmas Decorating Takeaways:

  • Decorate trays – create some little vignettes on them.
  • Add some greenery like garland to everyday items.
  • Bring out the Christmas pillows (or change pillow covers).
  • Snowflake themes work for the Christmas season and beyond.
  • Change your ribbon for a new look each year.
  • Use battery powered lights.

Hopefully, I’ve given you some last minute Christmas decorating ideas for your home!  

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    1. Thanks so much Christy! Yes, that Southern Living tray gets a lot of use. Too bad they’re not in business anymore because I loved their pieces. Great to tour with you again and have a very Merry Christmas!

  1. Great ideas Shelley! And your holiday decorating is lovely! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration, as always, and Happy Holidays to you!

    1. Thanks Juliet! I’m sure you’re whipping up some fun cocktails this holiday season! Cheers and Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Your dining room is a stunner in the daytime, and even more beautiful at night! Love the chalkboard with the garland in the hall. And that HomeGoods pillow is amazing. What a great find for neutral Christmas decor!! Merry Christmas Shelley!!

    1. Thanks so much Debra – you’re so kind! Yes, I was so pleasantly surprised to find that pillow at Homegoods. I figured it wouldn’t last long so I snatched it right up! Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Shelley I love your fair isle accents! Event though they are red and white, I still think they work for winter and not just Christmas. I also love your woodland pillow! I neeeeeeds one! I am also really using restraint and trying to only buy pillow covers, but some pillows you just have to have!

    All of your little touches make your home so special for the holidays! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Amber! Yeah, maybe I could get away with keeping the red pillow out…at least until Valentine’s Day! Isn’t that woodland pillow cute? You never know what you’ll find at Homegoods. Thanks again for your kind words and for hosting this awesome blog hop. Merry Christmas, friend!

  4. Beautiful little displays for Christmas! I love the red and white fair isle ribbon…how pretty!! Little vignettes all over the house are my favorite and you accomplished that so beautifully. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Rachel! Yes, the little vignettes are fun to decorate aren’t they? Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  5. Hey, Shelley! Thanks for sharing your beautiful decor ideas at the Fabulous Friday Link Party! I’m excited to tell you we’ll be featuring it tomorrow! Have a great day!!

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