This year we went neutral with Christmas decor and it all started with the fireplace Christmas decorations.
For the last 5 years I have wrestled with my Christmas decor trying to get it to work within my personal home decor style and it just was not working. There was a point in time when I pined for the traditional reds, golds, greens, and glitter! It would like explode all over the house and then by Christmas day I was so beyond ready to get it all packed away again I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to take it down.
Who even was I?
Now, I am much more comfortable with the subtle, neutral look of Christmas. And I am a better woman because of it. This probably means that I have grown into myself as a woman and I know what I like/don’t like and I am not leaving space for the things that don’t bring me joy or serve a purpose. See? Just like that I came up with a valid reason that I needed to purge all the gaudy Christmas decor I once thought to be oh, so CUTE, and start fresh with a completely new look.
Find the Look You Want
I am sharing all of this with you because I want you to know that I look back at my previous decor choices and seriously question who I thought I was trying to impress. Also, I want you to know that your home decor should make YOU happy. Don’t just go for a look because your favorite blogger has it. Decide if it’s what fits your style, your personality and then go for it.
As I made the change over to a Christmas decor that spoke to who I was truly as a woman, I started with my fireplace christmas decorations. The fireplace is kind of the central location where everyone gathers (that is, after they have finished gathering around the kitchen island). So I knew I wanted it to have a special look and decided to begin there. Before I even began, I had a pretty clear vision for what I wanted to do and I began to plan out what I was going to need to purchase in order to make it happen.
Every year I drag the stockings out and dread hanging them because they are just so bright and colorful and they seem to clash with everything else in our home. Not to mention the fact that they are all so different and hodgepodge that I really just felt like they were thrown up there to say it was done.
This year I put an end to that regret. My vision for the fireplace as a neutral palette so I started a Pinterest board (duh!) and started gathering ideas. I found several pieces of neutral inspiration containing all white stockings. I ordered a few different styles of knitted stockings. This allowed me to mix and match the styles for added texture.
If you’ve been around here much, you have probably heard me talk about texture. When you incorporate differing patterns in the same color palette or in this case, different knitting, this adds texture while keeping everything neutral. It is a way to provide some differentiation for the eye which is visually appealing. I found these perfectly affordable and stylish white knitted stockings on Amazon that work perfectly for my look.
Add a Beaded Garland
Since we have our TV mounted above our fireplace, I don’t decorate the mantle. Instead, I focus on the hearth of the fireplace. I knew I did not want to use a greenery. I wanted to find something more neutral and creamy white. Plus, greenery is best when it can drape over the mantle and we just don’t have that space.
I found a beaded felt garland and a beaded wood garland from Crate and Barrel that I absolutely love. They are both very neutral in a creamy white hue. But I was able to add in some cozy texture by choosing a felt material and a wood textile. Combining the two gives our fireplace a much more cozy boho vibe.
Fireplace Christmas Decorations: The Hearth
For the hearth of the fireplace, I chose a combination of lanterns. I grouped them by three on one side and placed a fourth on the other side of the hearth. In order to create a more cozy feel to the space, I added battery powered candles. I set them to turn on each day at dusk. Then I filled in the space with smaller faux Christmas trees.
I love my vintage decor pieces, ya’ll. So I had to incorporate my crock into the fireplace Christmas decorations. I wanted to continue to add warmth and fullness to the hearth.
First, I placed one of the mini faux Christmas trees in the crock. Next, I filled in the rest of the space with three pieces of beautiful birch wood.
When I put it all together I did a little happy dance because it was exactly what I had envisioned! Having a creative vision for a space and seeing it come to life is so rewarding!
When my husband and kids saw it they were just as excited as I was. Decorating this cozy atmosphere had created a feeling of JOY that affected all the members of my family.
And THAT is what having a home you love coming home to is all about! It’s a place we can all enjoy and love.
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