I’ve already posted our holiday dining room, kitchen and front porch tours so I thought I’d share our cottage Christmas decor in the living room, sunroom and master before the holidays are over. 

I swear I’ve had my rooms ready to share with you. I even started decorating extra early but just ran out of time. If anything, maybe it will give you a little inspiration for next year, or it’ll take up the 10 minutes that you would have spent loading the dishwasher (a job I despise, BTW). 😉

Sharing cottage Christmas decor with a tour of the living room, plus some easy Christmas decorating tips.

Ok, household chores aside. 

Last year was our first Christmas in the cottage and, since we were fixing up some of the rooms, I didn’t go crazy decorating. This year I started early and wanted to “do it up” in the rooms that aren’t under construction. Although, let’s face it… something’s always under construction in our house. 

Let’s start the cottage Christmas tour in the master. If you were able to catch my FB Live, it’s still on my FB page, then you’ll know that this room is T.I.N.Y. We’re able to fit a king size bed but there’s not a whole lot of extra room for anything else. I kept the Christmas decor to a minimum and used texture, to keep it cozy, and a bit of red, to create a festive mood. Easy peasy. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor with a tour of the master bedroom, including some easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the small master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a tiny master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Moving on to the living room, which is not only a small but it’s also an awkward space. We can’t have a full size tree in here but I was able to find a skinny one that fit. 

We did several improvements to this room this past year (like the fireplace redo, paint on the walls and new window coverings) so it was nice to see the finished room decorated for Christmas.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the living room, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I’m really loving the fireplace area this year. It’s still not in working order so I simply added lots of candles to give a similar glow.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

This is where the tv lives so I just went with a simple garland and our stockings. You can see our skinny little tree standing tall in his olive bucket. Because it’s so slim, I kept it simple and only decorated it with lights. I think I like it (although I’m not quite convinced just yet).

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room and fireplace, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room, plus a few easy Christmas fireplace decorating tips.

Our entryway is small as well so I just added a few festive touches of green. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room and entryway, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I can’t forget about my jingle bells, in a thrift store vase that just got a makeover (check it out here). Hubs really loved this one (and he’s very picky).

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small entryway, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I did a lot of work in the sunroom this past year so I couldn’t leave that out of the tour. The furniture was reconfigured during the makeover so the room has a completely different feel from last Christmas. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I wanted it to feel cozy in here so I used lots of pillows, faux fur and a touch of burgundy.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small but bright sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Like all of our other rooms, this is a small space so I kept it to a minimum. I shared phase 1 of the makeover earlier this year. Phase 2 is complete and I’ll be sharing that in the new year. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small, updated sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips and tricks.

We love this space. The pretty view is what really draws you in. 

Sharing pretty cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small but inviting sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips and tricks.

That’s the whole cottage Christmas tour (and the end of me using the word “small”).  😉

Thanks for checking it out and for all of your support this past year. I appreciate each and every one of you.

You can also check out a few of my past Christmas decor and DIY posts.

DIY Front Door Basket

Holiday Home Tour – Christmas Dining Room

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Master Bedroom

Pompom Throw */ Gray Velvet Quilt */ Faux Fur Pillow / Red Velvet Pillow Covers */ White Quilted Shams */ White Gourd Lamp */ Ceramic House Vase */ White Sheets

Living Room

Green Velvet Pillow Covers */ Gray Striped Pillow Covers / Truck Pillow Cover */ Knitted Ottoman / Coffee Table */ Small Wreaths / Skinny Christmas Tree

Entryway

White Lamp */ Black Lantern */ Coat Hooks* (no longer available)

Sunroom

Burgundy Velvet Pillow Covers* / Cream Velvet Pillow Covers / Metal House */ Faux Fur / Blue and White Vase / Large Round Cutting Board */ Hanging Light / Striped Rug */ Faux Fur Stool (DIY by me)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been blogging for more than 4 1/2 years but I’ve never shared a Christmas front door using my hanging basket. I know that I’ve shared this hanging basket a lot but I just can’t help it. It’s so incredibly easy to change out for the different seasons. Who doesn’t need easy in their life, right?

Add holiday color and style to your front door by creating a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with berries and black buffalo check ribbon.

Last year I used it and went super simple with a bunch of greens in it from the yard. This year I decided to add a bit more thought to it. It’s still very simple but it’s just a bit more put together than a bunch of clipped greens. 

My inspiration for this year’s Christmas front door was a trio of hanging bells that I ordered online a few months ago. I also wanted to use a pretty black and white checked ribbon that’s been added throughout other rooms in the cottage this year. 

Create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with just a few supplies, to add holiday color to your front door.

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Supplies for a DIY Christmas Front Door Basket

  • Hanging basket – World Market (I can’t find it on their website anymore)
  • Floral foam – Hobby Lobby
  • Black and white checked ribbon – Etsy (affiliate link)
  • Faux pine stems and berry stems – Hobby Lobby
  • Hanging bells – Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Floral wire – Hobby Lobby
  • Wire cutters

The well-used floral foam needed to be replaced so I cut a new block in half and stuck it in the basket.

Create this simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color to your front door.

Next, I added 4 pine stems to the back of the basket and 3 berry stems in front.

When I pick out the faux stems that I’m going to use for a project I try to look for the most realistic I can find. I also try to stick with one or two varieties, this time berries and pine. You can certainly use more but I like to keep it simple. 

How to create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with a few supplies, to add holiday color to your front door.

Once I was satisfied with the placement of the faux stems, I tied my ribbon around the basket, getting as close to the top as possible. 

From past experience I knew that the ribbon would probably try to slide down so I used a couple pieces of floral wire, in inconspicuous spots, to secure it to the basket.

How to make a simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color to your front door.

The last step was to add the bells. They aren’t very heavy but they did add a little bit of weight. To attach them securely, I tied all 3 to the basket with more floral wire, trying my best to keep all of the wire hidden under the ribbon.

Create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket with bells to add holiday color to your front door.

The whole project took about 15 minutes to make. Very simple, but it adds a bit of Christmas color to the front door.

Creating a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with bells and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color to your front door.

The wooden clappers in the bells make such a nice sound when the door opens and closes.

Did you know that was the name of it? I had to look it up.

Gotta love Google. 😉

How to create a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with bells and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color and style to your front door.

The bells are pretty big but I think the size of the basket and the height of the berries and pine stems balances them out. 

I love how it turned out.

I really love it with my new door (and paint color).

Creating a simple DIY Christmas front door basket, with berries and black buffalo check ribbon, to add holiday color and style to your front door.

How do you decorate your front door for the holidays? 

DIY Christmas Front Door BasketA simple DIY Christmas front door basket to add holiday color and style to your front door.

 

 

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to check in with the DIY Housewives. In keeping with the holiday decorating theme this month, because it is the holidays ;), we’re all sharing Christmas tree ideas. 
 
12 creative Christmas tree ideas to try from pallet trees to fun and easy ornaments.
 
My Christmas idea to try is a DIY ornament. I know…big surprise.
 
I sorta have this tradition going of making an ornament for our tree every year. Last year’s theme was red, and I was really into mirror effect spray paint, so I used the two together to make an easy ornament. You can check out this project here.
 
12 of the best Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
 If you’ve been following me for a while then you know that I don’t do a craft unless it’s quick and easy. 
 
12 creative Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
This one was definitely quick and easy and I love how it turned out. How can you not get into the holiday spirit when you’re making a shiny red Christmas tree ornament. Am I right?
 
12 easy Christmas tree ideas to try including this DIY mercury glass ornament.
 
Head on over to see the easy step by step instructions and the supplies I used. I love the red but you can use any color you want. Happy Christmas Crafting!
 
Make sure you check out the rest of the DIY Housewives Christmas tree ideas. 12 Christmas tree ideas
 

 
 12 Christmas tree ideas to try12 creative Christmas tree ideas including an easy DIY mercury glass Christmas ornament.
 
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I have to confess that decor posts are a tough one for me. Don’t get me wrong I love to decorate, but it doesn’t always come easy for me. I feel way more comfortable doing and sharing DIY projects. I have a lot of confidence in those. Decorating…not so much…not all the time. It seems like some people can effortlessly put a room together and it will be beautiful. As far as my own house, I am not one of those people.

Simple and rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

There’s nothing effortless about my decorating. Sometimes I struggle with our spaces and end up tweaking long after I think I’m done in order to get things just so. Even then I’m not always happy with the way it turned out. 

I’m not telling you this so you’ll tell me that I’m the greatest decorator ever. The reason why I’m confessing this to you is so you know that I struggle with it. I’m confessing to you so that you know you’re not alone if decorating doesn’t come naturally to you either. I have a decor blog and I’m confessing that it’s not always easy for me, especially in my own home.

Simple and rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

There’s no right or wrong in decorating, not in my book anyway, but I usually have a vision of how I want a space to look and I work to achieve that. For me, for our home. If that’s not bad enough, it also goes up on my blog for anyone to see. Yeah, it’s way out of my comfort zone. I mean, you’re putting yourself out there for everyone to see…maybe even criticize. I guess I’ve gotten used to it, developed a thicker skin, but it’s still hard.

Ok, now that I’ve bared my soul to you (I’ve done that a lot lately), I thought I’d share some of my Christmas front porch ideas. This is a perfect example of me struggling to decorate a space.

I knew that I wanted to add a few small trees to the porch but, beyond that, I had no idea where it was going to go. 

Check out these rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

Rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

I struggled for two weeks and then I ended up bringing my Christmas decor out of the basement and just started playing with it. Adding and subtracting until it felt right.

I took down the vintage window I had hanging over the IKEA dresser that I recreated and hung up a dried bay leaf wreath from last year. 

Simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate an outdoor space for the holidays.

Check out these simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.
I loved how the trees looked so I went with the rustic feel and added a few pieces of firewood, my vintage twig table, and a galvanized lantern. Simple and woodsy. 

Of course, nothing beats having a cute model pose in your space (bowtie and all). It’s the best decor of all. The reason why he’s is sitting so nicely is because he’s staring at his reward, a carrot. Cheap labor.

Check out these rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

I left the old screen, that I got for a couple of dollars at the flea market this year, and added some red with a plaid pillow on each chair.

Check out these simple Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

 

I hung garland around the door last year and loved it so I went with it again. It definitely works with my rustic, woodsy theme.

Simple rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

Check out these simple rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space.

I filled a wire basket with birch logs and pinecones and hung my DIY front door basket on the door. Love the addition of the cowbells on the basket and you can really see the pretty color of my new front door

Love these simple yet rustic Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.


I love the woodsy feel of the porch and, of course, it helps that we have that beautiful stone to really set it all off. 

Hopefully, it will stay this way. But you never know.

So tell me what kind of decorator you are. Does it come easy for you or do you struggle with it like I do?

 Christmas Porch IdeasLove these rustic and simple Christmas front porch ideas to help you decorate your outdoor space for the holidays.

 

Check out my other Christmas decorating posts.

A rustic glam Christmas tree and dining room.Rustic Glam Dining Room

Tour this cozy cottage kitchen dressed for Christmas Cozy Cottage Christmas Kitchen

 

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