How To Decorate More Minimally For Christmas

How To Decorate More Minimally For Christmas

Let me tell you a little story about me, a rose gold obsession and my local Home Goods. A few years ago we were celebrating our first Christmas out of dental school (read: we finally had money). I went berserk at Home Goods, bought up every rose gold item in sight. Big dears, sparkly wreaths, plates, napkins, tree’s, ornaments. You name it, I bought it. I was so stoked for the Christmas of 2015! Then fast forward to 2016- ummmm rose gold is out, I’ve moved on from anything sparkly and I had a huge space taken up in my garage from Christmas decor I wasn’t into. Not to mention a bin full of rose gold glitter that spread like a disease.

Never again! Our current garage doesn’t have much storage space, so every square inch is valuable real estate. I don’t have the luxury nor the desire to fill that space with plasticy, soon to be outdated Christmas anything.

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So what do I do? What do I buy? What does great Christmas decor mean to me?

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First: Real, live things that die and can be thrown away and not stored. I’m the biggest fan of foraged decor, very Nordic inspired! Bonus points- they smell good and are always, always in style. Plus- hello price tag on good fake stuff- no thank you!  Live things I buy:  Costco garland ($24 a pop, I get two because I’m extra) Poinsettias ($18 for a four pack at Costco). A real live Christmas tree (Permit: $20). The memories of cutting this down are my favorite, and the character of a wonky Colorado Rockies tree brings me so much more happiness than anything perfect from a box! Trust me on this and try it one year, you’ll be hooked!

First: Real, live things that die and can be thrown away and not stored. I’m the biggest fan of foraged decor, very Nordic inspired! Bonus points- they smell good and are always, always in style. Plus- hello price tag on good fake stuff- no thank you!

Live things I buy:

Costco garland ($24 a pop, I get two because I’m extra) Poinsettias ($18 for a four pack at Costco). A real live Christmas tree (Permit: $20). The memories of cutting this down are my favorite, and the character of a wonky Colorado Rockies tree brings me so much more happiness than anything perfect from a box! Trust me on this and try it one year, you’ll be hooked!

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Second: I buy for texture:

I purchase things like, cozy knits that I can use on beds throughout the year, baskets for the tree’s and tiny vases for branches and sprigs, furs and cream and white candles. All stuff I can make look seasonal but has use all year round. Even my tree skirts are just cozy blankets I can use all year round in the baskets with the trees. I do purchase pillow covers, ones you can remove the insert because (space) and I try to stick within neutrals that I can use all year. I do have a few fun red pillow covers, a few that I also bust out at Valentines.

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Lastly: Every year I purchase something I would consider an heirloom piece. Something timeless, that I know will never go out of style and that will be of value to give to my Lucy girl one day. Like vintage brass candlesticks, Christmas china, traditional bedding. We had their little hands cast as babies to use as their stocking holders and those are definitely heirloom pieces that warm my heart every year. This year I got a set of beautiful brass bells for wreaths. Silver and gold will always be Christmas classics. Always.

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All I store every year is the Christmas ornaments (which we collect on all big vacations) stockings, lights and heirloom pieces, pillow covers and a few knick-knacks. One bin. No herpes rose gold glitter, just beautiful pieces I can’t wait to see year after year. I love a good Scandinavian look, a hygge vibe, and knowing that I won’t roll my eyes when I bust open the Christmas decor next year.


Happy decorating! I challenge you to toss or donate anything that doesn’t bring you joy, and doesn’t make you feel stoked that you own it.

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