The Simplified Christmas


A shot of the Figueroa house at Christmas.

Okay friends, it’s time for a little Christmas home tour! Before we begin, I have to confess, I am not an all out, holly everywhere, Christmas decor kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas. But that doesn’t mean I love the pressure that comes with it (and that applies to decorating as well). When there is too much emphasis on Christmas decor, not only can it feel overwhelming, it can even look overwhelming! And that is NOT how something that’s so special and magical should feel. That’s why I decided to simplify our Christmas decor this year and I couldn’t resist giving you a little peek...

A tiny Christmas tree warming up the living room.

We have to start off with the tree, am I right? It’s pretty much the focal point in every home this time of year. And I love it! Christmas trees are fantastic. They offer warmth, nature, ambiance… everything you want and need in your home throughout the winter. But, you might notice, our tree is a little smaller than the average one. Normally, Larry and I opt for a real tree and leave this little guy winking up in our attic window. But this year, since we were feeling overwhelmed, we decided to simplify and make our little tree the crowning jewel.

Our tiny tree is one of my favorite parts about our simplified Christmas. Decorating it was so much easier. Normally we’d spend hours wrapping lights and hanging ornaments…a fun process if you have the time. But if you don’t, then decorating your tree in a relaxed half hour is a huge relief. And if you’re not into fake trees, you can also purchase a small table tree (cut or potted) to achieve the same effect.

A shot showing the Christmas tree and mantel.

In order to give more focus to our tree, we did move out our big, off-white armchair. It took a little rearranging (never be afraid to rearrange) but I love what we came up with. The two danish-modern chairs make the space feel so much more open and they don’t block the fireplace the way the armchair did. Once the holidays are over, we will likely even leave it this way.

Another spot that got some Christmas attention is our mantel. If you’re decorating minimally, the mantel is a great showcase spot that doesn’t require a whole lot of work