Wednesday, December 10, 2014

simple holiday decor

Hi everyone!

 For the first time in many years, we will not be hosting our family's Christmas. Instead we will head north to my mother's home. There is no pressure to decorate so I am enjoying just a few holiday touches in our cottage. A fresh wreath with simple checked bow on our blue front door

and a little live tabletop tree found at Lowe's in Brevard. 

This photo is off center on purpose, see the tv on the left of the hearth behind the lampshade? 
The little tree comes with a reservoir stand attached and is under $20. 

I decorated without lights, just tied ribbons to attach the glass bulbs to the tree. 

 An old nut tree that I made years ago is on the kitchen counter next to the temporary baking station

I need to be better prepared for holiday baking next season. Could only find a few cookie box choices at Michael's in Asheville. Blogger Libby Wilkie recently posted some nice canisters found at The Container Store, will try to find some post-holiday bargains online, if I remember!

A few antlers that our dog Andy found from our woods in Ohio are placed around.

I tucked a few sprigs of evergreen into a pedestal of acorns found in our yard here.

Nightly fires in the hearth, indoor bulbs growing in sunny windows and a nice commercial-free Christmas station on our Sonos sound system  softly playing all day make the season special. I will add greenery to the mantle and perhaps bring out some silver as we get closer to the holiday.

Hope you are enjoying the season no matter what holiday you celebrate or how you like to decorate your home!  I am a less-is-more lady these days.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. That is the most charming size for a little tree! Our Lowe's had them as well, but yours just seems cuter for some reason. :)

  2. Cindy: Well, thank you for the shout out! And the tree is just perfect. Lowe's is a few miles down the road so I will take a look tomorrow. I'm way…behind on all Christmas things. I'm trying something very new on the blog and just hoping to get it done to post Sunday night, so that consumes all my time! But thanks for the tree suggestion; I'll let you know what I come up with.

  3. Love your natural Christmas look! And how jealous am I that you didn't have to string any lights! My salon tree is pre-lit, but I use real for my tree at home. I think I'm going to put it up tomorrow. I use between 25 and 30 strands of lights! Such a pain. But I don't like a poorly lit tree :) I prefer an unlit tree like yours. And I really love your front door. Merry Christmas!

  4. Simple, natural, beautiful. I love the antlers and the fact that Andy found them in the woods is bittersweet as I'm sure seeing them makes you think of him. Our local Whole Foods has lovely tabletop trees. We just don't have a tabletop to put one on. My husband has been sick for a week so we weren't able to get our tree last weekend as planned. He's on antibiotics now and beginning to feel better so we'll be visiting the tree lot tomorrow for our tree. I'm so excited. I love pulling out the ornaments and unwrapping each of the vintage glass ornaments we've bought over the years!

    It sounds like you are enjoying a peaceful holiday season, Cindy. Enjoy,

  5. I love your simple yet festive accents. That tree....such a cutie :) Your new home is beautiful! Very warm and stylish. Cindy, what is the color of your front door? Wishing you and Arvind a festive and fabulous holiday season. Cheers, L

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