Simply Seasonal Holiday Decor Tips

Thank you to Caroline from Organize Nashville for hosting today's Simply Seasonal blog hop! We are going to be sharing with each of you our holiday tips on getting your home ready for holidays. If you are coming from, Green With Decor, welcome!  I'm so glad you are here!

If you've been around here for a while, then you know that I like a lot of “stuff!”  I love collections and being surrounded by things that I love makes me happy.  That doesn't always lend itself to a simplified decor.  Each year, I talk myself into trying out an organizational system or simplifying my life with something like Kon Mari.  I always gain some great ideas and many of them do stick, but when it comes to my decor, I've always been a more is better kind of gal! 

This year, I came up with a few solutions to help me stay more simplified throughout the holiday season.  We travel to Arizona each year and spend Christmas with my parents, so it has always been a rush trying to get the decorations up and down and pack to get ready to go.  Though it can be a pain, the thing I love most about the holidays is spending time with family.

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When it comes to decorating my home for holidays, I love adding red.  It's a festive color which screams Christmas to me.  This year, I also added black and white buffalo check into the mix and I love the way it works next to the pops of red. {Affiliate link, see full disclosure here.}  These pillow covers are just a few dollars on Amazon  and make a huge difference in the overall look I was going for.  

Here are My 5 Tips to Keeping You Sane this Holiday Season

  1. Clear your surfaces before you begin- I like to start with a clean slate, so I pack up my everyday decor and then I can more fully concentrate on the areas I want to decorate.  It's easier for me to envision a space when it isn't cluttered.

2.  Pick just a few key areas to decorate.  I love the look of Christmas just about anywhere, but it can get overwhelming if you think you have to decorate every room in the house.  Start with a few key areas and you may find that that's enough for you.  I like to decorate my kitchen, family room, and office.  In addition, I usually put a centerpiece on my dining room table.  I don't do bathrooms or bedrooms though I have seen some that are beautifully done!

3.    Add holiday touches with things you use every day.  I change out my white mug collection to an eclectic mix of holiday mugs for the year.  It feels less frivolous to buy new decorations when I know these are something that will be used daily.

4.    Establish some low-cost holiday traditions.  Some of ours are driving through the neighborhood to look at the outdoor Christmas lights, making hot chocolate and putting together the teacher gifts, our Christmas musical at church, taking cookies to the nursing home, and going downtown to see the holiday trains.

5.    Give some away.  As you are getting your decorations out, it's a perfect time to give away those you no longer want or use!  

Here is a few more sneak peeks of my holiday home and I'll be sharing a full tour tomorrow on the blog!

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Be sure to hop on over to Two Purple Couches to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post} so you can be sure to check out all the amazing blogs in this series.

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Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville

Creatively Homespun

At Home with Zan

Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations

Craftivity Designs

Green with Decor

My Life from Home

Two Purple Couches

Old House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom

A Purdy Little House

Roots North & South

Pender & Peony

Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot

Rocky Mountain Bliss

Pocketful of Posies

Recreated Designs

Knock it Off Kim

The Interior Maven

Little Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home

Brooklyn Berry Designs

Simple Nature Decor

2 Bees in a Pod

Country Design Style

Finding Your Joy in The Journey

 

 
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To life feeling like home!

XO,

  1. I LOVE your black and white pillows! So neutral but yet so comfy and cozy!

  2. Oh Amy I looove those wood chairs with the metal frames! So pretty! Your home is lovely and looks beautiful decorated for the Holidays. Have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Sarah says:

    I agree about cleaning up first! It’s much more fun to decorate when things already look decent, than having a giant mess to work around. Plus, once it’s all done it feels sooooo good to just relax! I love how you decorated your home.

  4. After checking out your post I realized I need more throw pillows in my life! haha! Everything looks great (as always!). So glad you joined us. Pinned and shared! xo

  5. Samantha says:

    Everything looks beautiful! Your naughty or nice list is my favorite! I’m with you, I have to pack up my normal decor before I can even think about my Christmas stuff. 😉

  6. Amy, I love your style so much! Very fresh and inviting. I totally want to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate. Just beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  7. zan says:

    Such great tips Amy. Christmas decorating can get very overwhelming to do the whole house. I did our downstairs and a tree in the kids room because I realized I just couldn’t do it all!!

  8. Emily says:

    Your holiday decorations are beautiful, Amy! I also prefer to start from a clean slate, and I love your tip about giving away a few unused decorations each year!

  9. Love all of your festive touches! And all of your pillows are so festive, love the one with the mittens! I have that same red ceramic truck, it’s so fun!

  10. Great tips and beautiful home, Amy! Pinning!

  11. Leanne says:

    I love all your sweet Christmas touches. The typewriter with the nice and naughty list is my favorite! Merry CHristmas!

  12. Your home is gorgeous. I love the cloches and the little jars with Santa. I say Im going to make them every year but I haven’t made them yet…. maybe next year. I love all of your vintage red and green. Those are my favorite holiday colors.

  13. What a beautiful home! Glad I found your blog through the tour… Such thoughtful details everywhere! Hope you have a Merry Christmas…

  14. I love your color scheme of black and white with pops of red. My favorite spot in your home is the window bench with all of those gorgeous pillows. It is fun hopping with you!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  15. Sue Purdy says:

    Love your holiday home and your mantel and vintage typewriter is just perfect. Thank you so much. I’ll be pinning and sharing.

  16. Kristen says:

    Oh my gosh, you have like the best stash of black and white pilows! And that breakfast nook is so cute! We also love to drive around the neighborhood and look at all the lights on the houses too 🙂

  17. Lora says:

    Ohmygoodness! The typewriter with a naughty or nice list is adorable. I love it! The truck with a tree is really cute as a breakfast table centerpiece, too.

  18. Caroline says:

    Lovely as always. I especially like the red accents and buffalo check!

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