Thursday, December 8, 2011

Plain and Simple: 2011 Christmas Decor from the Roost

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Roost!  I had plans for something really original and different this year, but with my broken leg and mobility limitations I decided to take it easy and dress the home with simple Christmas greenery and humble decor. I really like this better anyway because it helps me focus more on the real reason we celebrate: the birth of our Savior! A big thanks goes out to my dear mom for helping me :)

One of these years, I want to go all out with a Moravian-Inspired Christmas, but for right now, most of the Moravian Christmas decorations from Old Salem are found on my Christmas tree. I am especially fond of the Moravian star, which represents the Christ Child, who is the light of the world!

The Moravian Star

I struggled to decide what I should do with the living room mantel this year (you can view last year's mantel here), but in the end went for simplicity: I placed my Willow Tree Nativity set among fresh evergreens and pine cones. I think it turned out quite nice.

We ordered some new flush mount industrial light fixtures for the kitchen (to replace the ceiling fans), but in the meantime before we put them up I thought I could use them as cloches for some candles. Traditional fresh greenery, simple pillar candles wrapped in humble burlap trim, and a few antique winter prints that I already had comprise the rest of my Christmas decor.

Swags over the mirrors and little lambs with greenery add some Christmas cheer!

I wrapped the candles in burlap trim and secured them with red and white straight pins from my sewing box

My Christmas table setting features a homemade Advent Wreath. I simply placed four small candles on a tray in a circle among the greenery for each week of the Advent season with a candle in the center to represent Christ. I used my good china for the place settings with white linen napkins crystal goblets.

A homemade Advent Wreath in the center consists of white candles with greenery and a larger Christ Candle in in the center covered in burlap trim. 

How do you like to decorate for the Holidays? I hope you are enjoying and able to reflect on all the blessings the season has to offer!

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  1. Oh; this is so beautiful and peaceful looking; I love your house!

  2. I love the burlap and industrial fixtures on the candles! Nice work!

  3. Very pretty. Love the simplicity which brings a sense of calm. First time to visit your lovely blog,so I'm going to check out some other posts. Newest follower.

  4. I love it, couldn't be any more perfect or elegant. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. So sorry to hear about you leg!! Hope it heals in a jiffy. The house looks so beautiful and peaceful. I just love it!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Your decorations are so pretty. Very simple and natural. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I think, we think alike. I love anything old, your house is charming. My husband and I use to restore older homes, so dear to my heart. Keep up the great work!

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Love all of your fresh greenery. Your tree is gorgeous too!

  9. I love your roost which has obviously been lovingly restored! The natural and simple decorations suit your home perfectly.Merry Christmas!

  10. I am all for simple and greenery is so pretty any time of year. So sorry about your leg, but am glad your mom could help. Your house has so many nice "old house" details.

    Thanks for joining the party.

  11. Your home and tree are beautiful. Simple but so elegant!

  12. Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and I wish you a wonderful New Year!

  13. So warm and comfortable, you've created a lovely space to live!