An elegant minimalist woodland Christmas? Recently I shared the early Christmas decorating in our living room, so if you missed that…read it here. You’ll get a feel for my theme this year and I still don’t know what exactly to call it! Someone suggested Elegant Minimalist Christmas, and another reader (on Instagram I think) called it Rustic Woodland. Whatever you want to call it, I had a vision but like all decorating and interior design decisions things tend to take on a life of their own and change as you progress.
Elegant Minimalist Woodland Christmas – Dining Room
I’m starting in the dining room since you get a glimpse of it when you come in the front doors and then you view the pool and garden beyond. It’s one of the things that sold us on this house where we have lived for so many years now and can’t seem to give it up! One thing though that I would change would be to cover up the tile floors with wood. I haven’t had any success in convincing my GC husband who has seen far too many wood flooring disasters with his client’s homes. I’m still working on him though 😉
I think that this room is where the elegant comes into the Elegant Minimalist Woodland Christmas theme. Starting with the slim flocked tree from King Of Christmas, it’s so beautiful that I left it bare (minimalist?). It’s on sale right now, so head to my link if you’re still looking. KOC trees are the best and I’ve had several of mine since 2016!
I pulled a couple of my vintage Christmas needlepoint pillows out of the bins this year. This is one that we used to use on the old family room sofa when our kids were growing up and I think that they’ll enjoy seeing it again!
I’ve also used these preserved mini boxwood wreaths for a long time and tied ribbons to them streaming down. To attach to the chair backs I utilize safety pins that are hidden behind the wreath. On the buffet table (dresser turned buffet – DIY post) I’ve used a frosted faux magnolia garland, a variety of bottle brush trees and a French style urn with an evergreen and gilded gold leaf composition that I put together.
I am addicted to china and have many sets! What can I say…I was trained as a potter and have always had a love of anything made from clay. This collection salad & dinner plates are my very favorites and if you want something beautiful, timeless and elegant then it may be time to start a collection. The monogramed napkins and silver flatware are vintage and the wine glasses are no longer available.
More of the mini boxwood wreaths have been hooked into the Ballard Design Stools. If you’ve been looking at these, we LOVE them and they are so very comfortable and well made. They happen to be on a Black Friday sale right now and although the green is no longer available here is the blue color, which is fabulous as well. There are dupes, but non as nice as these (not sponsored;-).
I didn’t want to clutter up the kitchen too much, as I prefer things off the counter. The hint of holidays here is in the antique platter and I adhered a piece of velcro to the back and the marble wall to keep it from slipping down.
A simple apothecary jar filled with vintage Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments serves as another holiday hint. I did consider adding some ribbon but it’s too close to the cooktop.
The Family Room
Last year we were deep under construction with our kitchen torn out and the living room unusable with all of our “stuff” in there. We had this faux Fir tree (unlit) in the room and decided to put it up again! This tree is realistic and budget friendly and you’ll find it here for just under $300. I decorated it simply to continue that elegant minimalist woodland Christmas theme and coordinated with the same ornaments as the tree in this post. The garlands are from Pottery Barn several years ago and they happen to be having a Black Friday Sale right now. I’ve been shopping for gifts for my family!
Of course I did have to put some twinkle lights in the faux palm tree and my little Darby the photo bomber had to get into the mix!
That about wraps it up! It’s nothing very fancy and we enjoy our family room because it’s cozy and these white slipcovered sofas are extremely comfortable!
I didn’t purchase much new here but I did get these candles that are faux and have the most fabulous blue to yellow flame. They come with the remote that you see and look so realistic!
I hope that you enjoyed my Elegant Minimalist Woodland Christmas tour and perhaps took some ideas or found some of the products linked to your liking. More holiday inspiration coming your way soon!
Before I sign off, I posted our annual 100 BEST Budget Friendly Holiday Gift Guide yesterday and there are ideas for everyone from babies to grandparents and more! Take a look and thanks for being here, as always.