Five Simple Ways to Cozy Up Your Christmas

When it came to my Christmas decorating this year, I decided to scale it back and keep it at simple as possible. Today I am sharing four simple ways to cozy up your home for Christmas without going to too much hassle.

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1. MIX LIVE GREENERY IN WITH THE FAKE STUFF.

For the past few years, I have been decking my halls with live greenery from top to bottom. From fresh wreaths to staircase railing dripping in Leland Cypress, it was an all out green-o-rama up in here. This Christmas, though, I decided to give my evergreens a little break, and just take a few clippings from my trees. It also reduces the amount of time I spent not only decorating for Christmas but also cleaning it all up! You might call this taking the easy way out, but I call it saving my sanity. Here is what I love doing though—I love mixing a little bit of live greenery in with my fake stuff. Unskinny_Boppy_Christmas_Home_Tour-9

Just cut a few evergreen branches and lay them into your decorating.

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Pile some ornaments on top, and you’ve added a little touch of holiday cheer without breaking your back or your Christmas spirit.

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In the majority of my house this year, I am 100% fake or preserved greenery. Unskinny_Boppy_Christmas_Home_Tour-18
See what I’m talking bout?? Not a fresh bough in site, but still super festive up in here!

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One new addition to my decor this year is this STUNNING olive branch wreath from Birch Lane. I have fallen in love with all things olive branch, so this was a must- have for me this year. I will be using this one all year long.

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I also am a big fan of preserved boxwood wreaths. Which brings me to tip #2…

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2. PUT A WREATH ON IT.

EVERY thing looks instantly more cozy and Christmas-y with a wreath on it. Nothing is safe from getting wreathed in my house, even my lamps. I’m swooning with love for the shape of this lamp!

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This next tip might be a no-brainer, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway.

3. ADD A WARM AND COZY THROW (OR TWELVE) TO YOUR FURNITURE.

There is nothing quite like snuggling up under a soft, fuzzy throw and just vegging out with your kids on the couch. We are big fans of snuggly blankets around this joint, so I have them tossed over every piece of furniture in my living room. Our favorites are chenille throws and anything resembling a cable-knit sweater. A pretty white pillow cover doesn’t hurt, either.

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4. USE A UNIQUE BASKET INSTEAD OF A TREE SKIRT.

I found this big metal/ burlap basket at TJ Maxx last year, and it’s been a huge hit with my Christmas tree. I LOVE how clean it looks underneath the tree by putting the base inside a basket. It’s also a great way to make a fake tree look real. People will never know you’re not hiding a tree stand and a pan of water underneath there!

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And finally, the last quick tip for cozying up your Christmas home?

5. LIGHT IT UP.

So, if all else fails and you are in a huge rush to decorate your house without seconds to spare, just toss some ornaments and a string of lights into a container and call it a day.

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This is the quickest and easiest way I know to add some Christmas spirit to your home.

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That magical combo of ornaments/ lights is my sure-fire way to get festive fast! I use this trick on everything, as you can see over here in this post.
I hope y’all enjoyed taking another tour of my holiday home this year. Please come back later in the week when I’ll be sharing my Christmas porch decorating ideas!

In the mean time, here is a sneak peek….

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If you need a BUNCH more great Christmas decorating ideas ( I mean seriously, who doesn’t?) then please take some time to visit and PIN the pictures from my tour and my friends Christmas Home Tours this week! We appreciate you reading and pinning our stuff!

Christmas Home Tours

Monday:

The Happy Housie | Everyday Enchanting | Maison de Pax | Life on Virginia Street | Unskinny Boppy | Setting for Four

Tuesday:

rooms FOR rent | Town and Country Living | On Sutton Place | Design, Dining and Diapers | At Home with The Barkers | Cottage in the Oaks

Wednesday:

House by Hoff | Jenna Sue Design | Love Grows Wild | Craftsberry Bush | All Things G&D | DIY on the Cheap

Thursday:

Rain on a Tin Roof | Making Home Base | The Wood Grain Cottage | Capturing Joy | Making Lemonade

Friday:

Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog | Fox Hollow Cottage | City Farmhouse | Ciburbanity

This post was sponsored by Birch Lane. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Love all your tips! I did the same thing with faux greenery this year and you’re right, when you layer in the real stuff it looks fabulous. And wreaths and throws everywhere are fantastic. :)
    SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU AS PART OF THIS TOUR!!!

  2. Great tips, I love how you lit the ornaments, so pretty.

  3. I love your cozy inviting home decked out for the holidays Beth! Your decor tips are all great too! Love the chenille and sweater knit throws myself! Pinning!! :)

  4. Maria Wimer says:

    Love it all!! Was wondering where you found the “Life us very Short…”. artwork in the stairway?

  5. LOVE your tips, Beth! And I think I need that olive wreath… my last name is Paxton, after all. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing!
    xoxo
    Rachel

  6. Beth I always like how you decorate! You’ve got a style I just love. The glowing ornament displays are some of my favorite features of yours :) And I couldn’t agree more with “putting a wreath on it” :)

  7. wow, super beautiful tour!! Christine from Little Brags

  8. Great tips, Beth! You make everything look so effortless :)

  9. These are such great tips, Beth! I feel completely inspired. Your home looks so lovely and festive!

  10. Merry Christmas! WOW! If seeing what you’ve done in your gorgeous home doesn’t inspire everyone to get in a festive frame of mind, there’s no hope! For the past few weeks, I’ve been on so many walks and tours, but I must tell you, your style fits me to a tee! Simply put, YOU ROCKED THIS THING!!’
    Can’t wait to see what you do outdoors!

  11. Love your site. Looking forward to receiving future posts!

  12. What a beautiful home you have, Beth! I agree 100%… put a wreath on everything! That’s my motto anyway. :) Thank you so much for sharing your holiday home with us!

  13. So many beautiful Christmas vignettes, Beth; and great tips! I definitely have a ridiculous number of wreaths in our house…but I think I need to add some more lights! Fun to be on this tour hop with you:)

  14. Everything looks gorgeous, Beth! Love the tips you shared too. :)

  15. Everything is so beautiful!! I love it “put a wreath” on it! Love everything!
    Debbie

  16. Dianne Robinson says:

    HI Beth!

    I’m a huge fan of yours and am glad I found you on Pinterest this summer. We have similar tastes, especially in paint colors!
    I love your Christmas decorations. Where did you find your small green wreaths that you have on the antique register and your lamp shades? They’re beautiful!

    Cheers,
    Dianne

  17. Love the wreath over the lampshade- that is genius! And your Christmas tree is stunning – of course I would expect nothing less since you are the queen of Christmas tree pictures! Merry Christmas, Beth!

  18. Beth, your home tour is amazing. I love all of the vintage accessories {especially the typewriter!} I just have to tell you that I took your Lightroom class at Haven, and can’t believe how much better my photos from this year’s holiday tour are compared to last year’s. My photography has improved a lot, and much of it is thanks to you! 😉

  19. DYING over that type writer! I have one preserved boxwood wreath and I’m in love… hoping to get a few dozen more in time for next Christmas. 😉

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