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Simple Christmas Decor

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I have to admit that while admiring all the gorgeous pictures from all the talented bloggers out there, I start to feel the desire to go to Pier One and shop my heart out on all new Christmas decor! 

I have decided to resist the urge and focus on what I do have, and like I do every year, add in a couple extra finds to take care of that little shopping itch. 

This year I am taking the less is more approach to my Christmas decor.

I am finding beauty in the simple things...candles, Christmas lights, cranberries, and making use of some of my household favorites...

My mason jar candles are one of my favorite things that I have added to my decor this year, and they are so easy and inexpensive!



I love the feel that these lighted branches give our home...




 Of course some of my old favorites, the Nutcracker and Snowman are out...


I have added these pine tree and cranberry mason jar candles throughout our home too, to add a little Christmas spirit to places that might otherwise be missed, like our bathroom window.


 Now on to the outside...we have kept it pretty simple here as well.



At first I was really struggling with what to put on my beloved ladder, but I have since decided that I am really enjoying it with just my lights and a couple random ornaments.  It is a nice clean feel from the busy Autumn decor this ladder boasted.



I am trying really hard to get over the fact that the little outside planters are empty because I haven't had the time to get to the fabulous projects I had in mind for them and that my mantle and tree can't even be shown off yet!  I feel like Christmas is going to be here tomorrow and I still won't be done. 

There's always next year, right?! And we won't even talk about how behind I am on my Christmas shopping or that I keep forgetting to put our elf in a new hiding spot everyday!  I am running out of excuses of why he is still in the same spot in the mornings!!! 

I will also be linking up to these fabulous parties...
http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/ ; http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/ http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/ ; http://goodbyecityhellosuburbs.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.lilluna.com/ ; http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/ ; http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/ ; http://733blog.blogspot.com/ ; http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/; http://www.somewhatsimple.com/ ; http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.houseofhepworths.com/ ; http://rhinestonebeagle.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.brandyscrafts.blogspot.com/ ; http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/
; http://whipperberry.com/ ; http://www.missmustardseed.com/ ; http://www.mysimplehomelife.com/ ; http://www.atthepicketfence.com/ ; http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/ ; http://commonground-debrasvintagedesigns.blogspot.com/ ; http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/; http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/ ; http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/ ; http://morrowsunshine.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.bystephanielynn.com/ ; http://www.iheartnaptime.net/ ; http://www.flamingotoes.com/ ; ttp://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/; http://sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.laughloveandcraft.com/ ; http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com/ ; http://www.remodelaholic.com/ ; http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/; http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ ; http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com; http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com ; http://kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.happyhourprojects.com/ ; http://www.homemakerinheels.com/ ; http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/; http://littlebighouseontheprairie1.blogspot.com/; http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/; http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com; http://todayscreativeblog.net/;http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/; http://www.thegunnysack.com; http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com; http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/; http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2011/12/christmas-blog-link-party-christmas.html; http://www.thenester.com/2011/12/2011-christmas-tour-of-homes-2.html; http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com; http://space46.blogspot.com; http://www.itsoverflowing.com/

19 comments:

Holly said...

I'm going to get my ladder and decorate it - that looks so cute. I love your metal guy...
I enjoy your blog.

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Thanks so much Holly!

Eclectically Vintage said...

WOW - I have a Ladder Christmas Tree too and those same snowy mason jar candles! Love your shotgun santa.
Kelly

Aimee said...

I totally want a ladder, but I totally have to stop! I splurged on stockings at Target and that has to be it! :) I'm loving the mason jars and greenery touches! It's PERFECT!


Thanks for linking up to my party!!!
XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

Jorgelina said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Happy Holidays!

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Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Love the mason jars with candles and the ladder tree is so cute!

abi said...

Love your ideas for mason jars and the ladder - so simple yet beautiful!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

This is such cute idea Brooke. I love decorating with mason jars and this is a great idea to share. THanks for joining my newbie party.

Space 46 said...

Adore what you did with the rustic ladder! Gotta keep my eye out for a ladder now :) Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My

Lori said...

So glad I found you....I'm a new follower. Stop by and visit and follow if you like. Warm wishes

KAT said...

very nice ! Happy Holidays !!!

- KAT -

Amber said...

Hi Brooke! I LOVE the mason jar candles in the wooden caddy. I just might copy that!

Robin said...

Your home looks so festive. I love the ladder all decorated. What a great idea.

mrshinesclass said...

Nothing wrong with simple. Especially when it is as charming as your Christmas decor. Love the ladder!

Sharon

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

I just love what you did with your ladder! :)

Barb said...

Your decorations are lovely! I kept mine mostly home-made this year.

Honey at 2805 said...

So clever and festive!

Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

shopannies said...

love your decor come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2011/12/little-story-with-gift-from-kitchen.html

raising4princesses said...

Thank you so much for linking this to my T' Time Party last week. I featured your ladder idea this week. I almost always start my party on Monday nights but due to motherhood of four children...{blush} I just started it a few minutes ago. Hope to see you this week! Have a lovely day, Maria http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

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