Welcome to MML”s Neutral Christmas Home Tour 2016 – A Neutral color palette has a certain freshness and serenity about it. My inspiration for a Neutral Christmas did not come from the usual wish to “try-out” a new (for me) color combination, instead this year I yearned to wrap myself in a more calming environment. I wanted to create surroundings that brought me peace and a quiet comfort. Sometimes the noise and chaos outside makes our homes a sort of sanctuary to which we retreat. Are you with me?
When decorating I kept it simple, being careful not to bring in clutter (noise.) I loved the Black & White tablescape I shared recently so I reused all those pieces in a new way, which meant I had time to make new additions.
I found a wood star (Home Goods) that perfectly fit the round window, sigh, the silver leaf gives a touch of sparkle. I moved my DIY over-size photo of the kids to the living room to let the wall breath.
For something different I made a swag name tag that pins to each chair. It was Quick and will be unexpected to guests. The chipboard black snowflake came in a dollar pack from the bargain Target bin.
The Neutral Christmas decor depends heavily on natural textures to keep it from falling into blandness – the fabrics have less pattern and more contrast. The quick-to-make tags were made from leftover supplies and remnants and bring a fun element to the plain chair back.
I’m just going to say it, I need to go to therapy for my chalkboard addiction. I chalked Christmas song lyric placemats to bring in a playful feel (that’s what I tell myself). The lettering process was done on one of those
rare rainy days when you just feel like staying inside all day… I flipped my black poster board paper (from the Dollar Tree) over and used liquid chalk pens and a white gel pen. You can purchase chalkboard sentiments HERE & HERE.
All the plates – the checked salad & striped dinner plate as well as the white charger plate – were purchased over a period of a couple of years at Home Goods. The bumped rim of the white charger reminds me of snowballs. The larger galvanized charger was purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. If you missed the Napkin Ring tutorial post you can read it HERE.
The two balsa trees, also from Target bargain area, have the Nordic vibe that I love. Again to keep things simple, I did not cover the table, its grainy gray wood adds a background layer of texture.
The candle holder has clean lines and look I covered another Dollar Tree battery candle in birch bark wrapping paper. With just a sprinkling of faux snow and greenery, is all it took to bring Nature into my tablescape.
Ok when I said understated I was not kidding. Pillows, my DIY Vintage Window, and an uncluttered coffee table styling. A neutral room needs only a few accessories – nothing fussy. Then I decided I had to get a tree…are you ready? As Captain tells neighbors, “It’s Kathy’s choice. A pencil tree. She calls it Nordic’ish.” Well, maybe.
The coffee table and fireplace mantel were kept cleared of clutter.
Three Tan & white Christmas pillows are simple with designs of snowflakes and deer. I recently posted about the affordable black & white buffalo checked pillows. They are so versatile, I will use them almost all year.
Remember the “knitted” pillow I made from a rug. It looks so cozy warm. It is squishy & soft although the over-sharpened photo doesn’t look it. HERE is the tutorial post.
Dare I even mention, We are not very Traditional? We do have a few traditions that we
try to do each year. One of my favorite is a carry-over from Captain’s childhood, that I thought was fun and a very clever way to keep a house full of children in their bedrooms Christmas morning, while Santa & Mrs. Claus scramble to turn on the lights and start the coffee pot… The Tradition is that the kids can’t leave their bedrooms until they hear THE BELL. Isn’t that brilliant?
My neutral gift wrapping toppers are mostly made from scraps of leftover burlap, ribbon, faux greenery and some tiny pine cones.
Are you still with me? The tour is almost done.
To keep the fireplace mantel as the focal point of the family room, I only decorated with pillows (from other rooms) and cleared off the tables.
HERE is the link to a recent post about how I styled the neutral Christmas fireplace mantel.
In the kitchen this week, I will be setting-up a new Hot Cocoa Station to share next week.
As you can see I am touring you towards the door. Our last stop of the day is the Entry. The compass pillow makes me wonder if Santa nowadays uses a GPS instead of, I’m guessing, a very old Rudolph.
The simple pine cone garland and the lack of colorful accessories are a clue to a Neutral Christmas inside. While arranging the entry bench, it seemed like I was removing more than adding decor. The entryway is where a peaceful mood is set for anyone entering our lake cottage this year.
Thanks for stopping by,
I wish you Peace this holiday!
Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!