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Welcome friends to my family room as I share effortless holiday decorating ideas with you!

After many months of hard work creating our basement family room, we are so excited to actually celebrate the holidays in this space.

So much so, that my eight year old placed a note for Santa upstairs to let him know that Christmas would be in the basement this year.

8 year olds letter to Santa

Isn’t that the cutest thing ever!

As you can see we are excited to celebrate Christmas in our new family room!

Certainly with all of the hustle and bustle it can be hard to find time to decorate your home for the holidays.

There are so many details that go into Christmas decorations and you want everything to be perfect!

That’s why today we’re excited to share some effortless holiday decorating ideas that will help you create a cozy, inviting space for your family and friends.

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This simple gift idea is sure to be a hit with your neighbors this Christmas season!

Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

White flocked Christmas tree decorated with coastal-nautical ornaments such as; sailboats, colorful buoy garland, burlap ribbon, mini life preservers, seashells, red anchors, blue glitter starfish and navy blue ornaments.

Our first holiday decorating idea is to focus on the Christmas tree.

This is of course the focal point of any holiday decor, so it’s important to make it festive and beautiful.

Let your personality shine as you decorate your Christmas tree.

As you probably know I love a modern coastal look and so that’s reflected in my Christmas tree.

Most of the ornaments on my Christmas tree are handmade, which made them very affordable.

Close up view of the flocked Christmas tree with a buoy garland, life preserver ornament and seashells.

For instance my buoy garland is made from painted styrofoam balls, electrical tape and rope.

You’ll also find on my tree, life preservers made from round frames and electrical tape, along with wooden anchors painted red.

While I do have traditional ornament balls on my tree, you’ll also find glitter starfish ornaments as well as seashells.

It’s unique, fun and and you get to know a little about me.

Close up view of a few of the coastal themed ornaments on the white flocked Christmas tree, navy blue ornaments, wooden sail boat, burlap ribbon, and buoy garland.

Handmade personalized ornaments are a fun way to make your tree unique too.

Or try simple glitter ball ornaments.

Hand crafted ornaments and decorations are both personal and festive.

Another idea that would be fun on your Christmas tree are handwritten notes, family photos, or some vintage items from a loved one.

My mom created ornaments using her grandma’s vintage costume jewelery.

And one more item I love to add to my Christmas tree is ribbon.

It’s a quick and easy way to totally change the look of your tree without spending a lot of money.

So get creative and have fun decorating your tree for the holidays.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas for the Mantle

Holiday decorating ideas for the mantle, white painted mantle and surround with an asymmetrical juniper berry garland toped with macrame buoy and seashells, burlap stockings embellished with blue and white striped ribbon and a sand dollar with a tiny starfish.

Next, let’s talk about my favorite area to decorate for the holidays, the mantle.

This is another key area of your home that should be festive and cozy.

So think outside the box and get creative when it comes to decorating your mantle!

Of course you can use garlands or even oversized candles to bring a warm, festive feel to this space.

Realistic faux green wreath with small pinecones is hung on the mirror over the fireplace mantle. Mantle is topped with realistic faux juniper garland, white small ornaments, seashells and macrame glass balls.

However, try something unexpected like large seashells mixed in the the greenery, or beautiful macrame balls.

Burlap stockings embellished with blue and white striped ribbon and a sand dollar with a tiny starfish.

And of course it’s the perfect spot to hang your stockings for Santa to fill.

Decorating the Coffee Table for the Holidays

Effortless Holiday decorating ideas, coffee table is decorated with realistic faux pine greenery, drift wood bowl filled with blue and white ornaments and a blue vase filled with jfaux uniper branch stems.

Another moment for adding holiday decor is your coffee table.

This is a great place to display holiday crafts, some pretty greenery, a bowl of ornaments, or a vase with Christmas stems.

Whether you use Christmas ornaments or a Santa nutcracker, these simple holiday decorating ideas are sure to help you create the perfect space for your family and friends this season.

So what are you waiting for? Get those creative juices flowing and have fun!

Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas for Shelves

Navy blue built ins are embellished with realistic faux winter greenery, a small drift wood nativity, amd a red and white bead garland.

Decorating shelves for the holidays can be a fun and creative way to add festive flair to your home.

Whether you’re using greenery, holiday signs or Christmas knick-knacks, there are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your shelves.

But keeping with our effortless decorating, keep – it – simple!

Effortless Holiday decorating ideas at the wet bar, frames "merry Christmas" sign on rustic wood shelf with greenery picks with pinecones, red candel on a bamboo stand and festive ribbon bows on the rustic lanterns on the rustic brick wall. On the epoxy counters is a red ornament cookie jar and a festive tray.

Try adding a few springs of greenery among your books and decor.

In addition add personal touches like photos, holiday cards, and festive decorations.

With a little imagination and effort, you can easily create an inviting space that your friends and family will love this holiday season!

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Make the Most of Your Holiday Budget When Decorating for Christmas

Wet bar area with marble look epoxy countertop and a rustic brick backsplash is decorated for Christmas with a festive tray and a red ornament cookie jar.

When it comes to holiday decorating, it can often be difficult to stick to your holiday budget.

But with a little ingenuity and careful planning, you can make the most of your holiday spending without sacrificing style or quality.

Some tips to get started include choose quality realistic trees, garlands and greenery that will last year after year.

DIY holiday decor whenever possible.

Not only is it fun, but you can save some serious cash!

Repurpose pieces you already own into holiday decor with a little imagination.

One of my favorite places to look for Christmas decor is yard sales and thrift stores.

Sometimes you can find some real bargains that only need a little cleaning or a coat of paint.

With these simple tricks, you can easily create a cozy holiday space while staying within your holiday budget.

Other Decorating Ideas When Planning Your Holiday Decor

Holiday decorating ideas for the mantle, white painted mantle and surround with an asymmetrical juniper berry garland toped with macrame buoy and seashells, burlap stockings embellished with blue and white striped ribbon and a sand dollar with a tiny starfish. The Christmas tree is decorated with coastal themed ornaments.

Begin by taking inventory of what you already have and what you’d like to add to your decor this year.

Next choose a theme, such as coastal like mine, or choose a color theme you’d like to carry throughout your home.

By taking the time to plan ahead, you’ll reduce last minute frustrations when you can’t find just what you’re looking for.

Often when it gets closer to Christmas, supplies are picked over, or you waste time running from store to store trying to find that perfect item.

View of the family room looking from the Christmas tree on the right towards the decorated coffee fable, decorated sofa table with trees and the decorated wet bar area.

We’ve put together a Christmas planner that will help you stay organized throughout the holiday season.

Just click on the button below to get your free downloadable Christmas planner.

Effortless Holiday decorating ideas, a variety of small Christmas trees from natural woven to faux greenery are placed on top of the long sofa table. In the background is a lit flocked Christmas tree.

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We hope that these easy, effortless holiday decorating ideas will help you create a cozy and inviting space for your friends and family this Christmas season.

With just a few simple touches, you can transform your home into the ultimate winter wonderland – so why wait? Get started on your holiday decorating today!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Renae

    absolutely gorgeous, my friends. That note to Santa is so cute. Happy Holidays to you.

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Thank you Renae, Merry Christmas!

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