Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour

Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour for 2016! This year, more than ever, I’ve tried to focus on simple Christmas decor ideas. Ideas that perhaps made use of things you already had and that were affordable. I hope along the way you were inspired to add some Christmas cheer to your home…and at the same time enjoy the process.

This post is heavy on pictures, so to help matters, I included just two images of the rooms that I’ve already shared. There are also links to the specific posts so if you missed one, you can catch up. I’ll keep my chatter to a minimum so you can relax and enjoy the tour.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas

Our Front Porch

Christmas Front Door Decor | Juniper & Pinecones | Easy, natural ideas for decorating your front door for Christmas. Includes white lights & grapevine.

Christmas Porch Decor | Red, Ribbon & Pine | Touches of red, striped ribbon and pine add Christmas cheer to this front porch. Easy ideas to inspire!

Part 1: The Sitting Area
Part 2: The Front Door

Our Entry

Christmas Entry Decor | Garland, Stockings & Berries | Easy ideas for decorating your foyer and stairway for Christmas. Budget friendly and festive!

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Click to see more of the entry…

Our Dining Room

Dining Room Christmas | Decor Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

Dining Room Christmas | Decor Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

Click to see more of the dining room…

Our Guest Room

Christmas Guest Room Decor Ideas | Easy, budget friendly ways to add Christmas cheer to your guest rooms using throws, pillows and more.

Christmas Guest Room Decor Ideas | Easy, budget friendly ways to add Christmas cheer to your guest rooms using throws, pillows and more.

Click to see more of the guest room…

Here is the last stop on the tour…simple Christmas decor ideas in the living room. Like the rest of the house, I kept it simple with pops of red and greenery. When this room was finally finished, I literally let out a huge sigh of relief. Now Christmas can come and I’m ready!

Our Living Room

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.No home tour would be complete without a picture of our little dog, Kelly. She is never far from my side and brightens every single day.

Simple Christmas Decor Ideas | Home Tour | Inspiration for decorating your home for Christmas in a simple and classic way. Festive and budget-friendly.

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Here are a few sources from the living room:

Grain sack pillow (from my personal collection) | Other throw pillows from T. J. Maxx | Basket on the coffee table | Kelly’s stocking is no longer available.

Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy these last few days of Christmas prep. I plan to slow down a notch and am looking forward to what’s ahead. I’ll be back at least once before Christmas so I’ll see you then!

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83 Comments

  1. One of your best posts! You have such wonderful ideas, and I so appreciate every one that I’ve used – always simple and affordable.

  2. Laura Tollander says:

    Love your beautiful home, your website is the only one I spend time looking at!

    Minneapolis, MN

  3. Love your decorating style! Gorgeous!

  4. Connie Trevino says:

    Very pretty. Enjoy looking at your website.

  5. Lorraine Thomas says:

    I really admire your style. May you & your family have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  6. I love your home and, of all the bloggers I follow, I identify the most with your style. Hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

  7. Your home is just so beautiful…and I especially love to see your Christmas home!!!

  8. So lovely, thank you for sharing

  9. Ann! Your “holiday home” is stunning. I’ve enjoyed following along as you have taken us from one beautifully decorated space to another. Your home looks totally Christmas-y but in an unfettered and natural way. Using nature as the theme for your Christmas decor feels so fresh and new. I love the basket on your coffee table as a tray to hold greens and pinecones brightened up by your hurricane glass filled with shiny red balls. I’ve saved all of the the posts featuring your holiday home decorating; you’ve done so many things I’d love to try next year. By the way, I don’t know HOW, as long as I have followed your blog… I’ve missed Kelly! She is adorable! I’ve been a miniature schnauzer lover since the first time I met one! I’ve had three of them over the years and I loved them like my kids. We lost our last sweetie pie a couple of years ago. I thought we would get another soon after “Bart” got his wings. For some reason, we decided to put a new one on hold for awhile. Just last week, I told my husband I was missing the “clicky” sound on our hardwood floors, he raised an eyebrow at me and told me I should think about how much I REALLY missed it! Merry Christmas Ann! Merry Christmas Kelly!

  10. Laura Poulter says:

    Ann I love your decorating
    I’m in Canada
    Do you order items from a wholesaler?
    Do u know of some wholesalers in your area

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Laura,
      No I don’t buy anything wholesale. I pay full price unless I’m lucky enough to hit a sale!

      Merry Christmas,
      Ann

  11. Julie Lorson says:

    So beautiful and elegant. Thanks for sharing. I also love your puppy! I just lost my chocolate Cocker Spaniel in October and he was beautiful like your Schnauzer. Enjoy your posts.

  12. Carol Balderas says:

    Your home is so beautiful! I am so happy to stop by and admire everything you do for the Holidays!

  13. Shirley Graham says:

    Love the pillows and the plaid! Where did you get the pillows? I know it’s late for Christmas but would like to find out where! Everything looks so very pretty!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Shirley…can you tell me what pillows you are referring to?

  14. Your home is lovely, Ann! I love the simplicity. I’m sure your guests are wrapped in the holiday spirit when they enter your door!

  15. So very classy! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  16. Love the flow from room to room and the cohesive theme of traditional Christmas colors. Festive and fresh!

  17. Barbara F says:

    Ann, your home looks lovely in all the beautiful Christmas finery. I think the guest room is my favorite – it is just so sweet, festive and welcoming. Thank you for all you do and all the things you share so freely with your readers.

    Many blessings!

  18. Everything is so lovely and festive! And doggy is posing so nicely. I especially like the coffee table display. I also love your furnishings and the color palette. Beautiful. You are becoming one of my favorite blogs with the best eye candy!

    Happy Christmas and New Year!

  19. Everything looks peaceful and calm at your lovely home. How wonderful! Thank you for showing us around.

  20. Greetings Ann, I just love all your décor and your home is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and especially opening up your home for all of us to enjoy. You have truly inspired me to continue to love decorating and taking what is old and making it new again. Your little Kelly is so precious and she is quite the poser for that Kodak moment. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  21. Jane Windham says:

    Ann, everything is just beautiful, and I agree that your staging and photography are just superb! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  22. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, your home is absolutely lovely. You have done such a great job of decorating — love everything! Your precious little Kelly is such a cute little dog!

    May you be blessed with a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for the wonderful posts. I really enjoy each one!

  23. Your home is beautiful and charming. It is such a delight to look at the pictures. I have looked many times.. thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas

  24. Charmaine says:

    I love everything about your home! It looks so warm and inviting…the perfect place to relax and visit with friends for the holiday. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  25. Your home is so charming, Ann … I love the simple, restrained and, therefore, very calming decor! Christmas shouldn’t add stress to our lives; your interiors, to me, are like “visual Valium”. Merry Christmas from Ontario, Canada!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I love the visual valium comparison! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  26. Francis C. Moore says:

    I love your Christmas decorations. I have an olive bucket which is really rusty. Did you paint yours?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      No I didn’t paint them. Honestly, I love really rusty things but you could touch yours up with a little metal spray paint. Merry Christmas Francis!

  27. Susan Lank says:

    Your home is beautiful, thank you for sharing your ideas and creations!
    I have two Miniature Schnauzers and they too brighten each and every day!

  28. Kristine Puzel says:

    I am coming back later this month to spend more time…. but everything is just so …right! Just enough, in the right spot, in the perfect color! It really is all so lovely, which is why I want to come back when I have more time to really study the details. I love Kelly’s little plaid collar… and her little face ! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I know everyone is busy so I do hope you come back. Merry Christmas!

  29. I love everything about your house, everything about your decorating. I love looking at your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Sheila DelCharco says:

    Everything is just lovely! I love all the simple touches! Simple is better! And it looks so inviting and festive! I always get great ideas from your blog! I told my husband we have to go on a oinecone gathering date because I WANT that garland! Merry Christmas Anne!

  31. Kerryanne - Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Your home looks so lovely Ann. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter. Merry Christmas

  32. Truly beautiful! Thank you so much for inspiring me this Christmas.

    Merry Christmas!!

  33. Lisa Marutz says:

    Thank you for ALL of your creative and doable ideas!! You give us ideas that we can replicate (or at least attempt to), so we can bring that festive feel into our own homes ????

  34. Rebecca M says:

    Hi! Everything is ???? lovely! Especially your sweet dog! I made the English muffin bread and it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe and Merry Christmas!

  35. I love your home, beautiful and welcoming. I love the way you do your Christmas decorating. It’s so cherry and yet not overwhelming. It is always a delight to read your posts.

  36. Georgianne says:

    I look forward to opening your messages and seeing what’s new on Sutton Place. I enjoy getting tips and ideas. Thank you for sharing!!

  37. Ann, your coffee table arrangement is perfect!! Just simple, but beautiful!

  38. Your home is lovely and so special. May you and your dear ones enjoy the warmth and love of Christmas. Smiles

  39. Oh Ann – it is all so beautiful and welcoming. Looks effortless but I could see your eye for detail in every picture.

    I love the all white coverlets on your guest room beds. Do you recall where you found them?
    Trying to update my master bedroom bedding just so frustrated with what is out there. I think a solid foundation is the way to go and add a pattern.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi June! The coverlet set is available on overstock.com. Here is my affiliate link:
      http://rstyle.me/n/b97b99b4svx
      I have this same coverlet on all my beds. I have the blue in my other guest room and love it.
      Merry Christmas!

  40. Kathleen G says:

    Awww Kelly, our loving pets do bring us a ray of sunshine during the darkest of days:). I like the saturated red of the Christmas ornaments, especially in the lanterns (even the berries surrounding the white candles too). I’m very inspired with your traditional colors, very warm and welcoming. I always enjoy visiting your beautiful Christmas home Ann,
    Kathleen in Az

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much Kathleen…and Merry Christmas!

  41. Donna Marie says:

    Love your home this Christmas!!!

  42. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Your house looks like Christmas, wonderfully warm and lovely. Have a Merry Christmas.

  43. It is absolutely beautiful!!! Love your home! So special and quaint and warm and cheery!????

  44. Mary Chris says:

    Beautiful just beautiful yet very comfortable and cozy.
    Great job.

  45. mattsgramma says:

    Love the way you decorated the olive baskets on your porch. Very festive and inspirational!

  46. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    I love it all! I love the pine cone garland around your door.

  47. Marilyn Gray says:

    Love them all! I especially loved looking at your guest room…so simple yet elegant! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Love all your touches…so warm and festive. My favorite is the basket on your coffee table…simple, elegant, and oh so festive! I’m all for reusing what you already have…and making new arrangements. Your home looks lovely Ann! ;)

  49. Ann, I have always enjoyed seeing your home decked out for Christmas. It has never disappointed, but I will have to say, this is probably the loveliest home I have seen in all of blog land this season. I had to look again and again. Thank you for sharing the inspiration..beautiful, warm, inviting. It exudes love and welcome. Merry Christmas! Kelly is precious and looks like she is saying, Joy To The World! I hope your family knows how blessed they are to have you!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sherry…thank you for your kind words. They touched my heart and literally made my day. Christmas blessings to you and yours!

  50. Leasa@MaisonDesignsHome says:

    Everything looks beautiful! Happy Holidays!????????

  51. Pamela Gordon says:

    HI Ann. Everything looks so pretty, crisp and clean with the white backgrounds, and the red and green accents. It is all very sweet and simple. Have a wonderful Christmas!!
    Blessings,
    Pam

  52. So beautiful Ann!! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  53. Kelley Woerther says:

    Love the NOEL banner on the ladder…little things like that are so sweet.

  54. You put my Christmas decorating in overdrive. Thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas.

  55. Diane Smith says:

    Your home looks so lovely! Beautifully-done and very welcoming! Of all the blogs and pins out there, I would like my house to look like yours, because it looks like a HOME! I especially love that you haven’t painted all your lovely wood furniture – natural wood always makes a home feel warmer!

    Your sweet Kelly is adorable. We lost our wonderful mini schnauzer, Mocha, last May. I recently adopted a new one (a rescue; 1 1/2 yrs. old; one of 56 taken from a home in Louisiana & brought to Ohio). She’s a love!

  56. Everything is so lovely. All the green with white dishes and pitchers- beautiful! And those chargers, I’m in love! I have long admired your boxwood wreaths and all the ways you place them. So this year I gave myself three. Love them! Thanks for sharing your home and Merry Christmas. Oh and Kelly is awfully cute too.l

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yay for giving yourself the wreaths Nancy!

  57. Loved the Christmas tour of your home. It is simply beautiful. Sometimes the smallest things are the most effective. The jars of red berries on your stairs make such a statement even though they are a “small” thing. Your staging and photography are amazing. I just love your decorating style and look forward to each post.

  58. Your home is beautiful, so tastefully done and very classy….thx for sharing your inspiration. I love your blog and it always brightens my day! Kelly is adorable!! I too, have a dog, a Schnoodle, who looks similar to Kelly and is always by my side as well. I loved seeing her stocking hung low on your hutch……I do the same thing! Have a very Merry Christmas !!

  59. First, as always, lovely. I so admire your ability to audit and edit your decor. Never an easy task, de-cluttering is one of the tasks I dislike. My question has been brewing for sometime and I am wondering if you can answer it. I follow a few decor blogs, all of them beautifully photographed and written. The one element that surfaces in each genre is the color choice…white. For “French Country,” “Farmhouse Country,” “mid-century modern,” ” traditional ” as well. At first I thought it was essentially a trend but blog layouts all seem to be white walls, white casegoods, white kitchens, white upholstery…with an occasional pop of color. I like it, please don’t misunderstand but I know I would be bored in a blink and it is not Black Lab friendly! How do you interpret this trend? Thank you in advance for your answer.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Cheryll…thank you so much for your question. I was struggling to come up with post ideas for next month and your question has give me some inspiration. I will answer your question and give my humble opinion. Stay tuned!

  60. All pretty
    not a bit of a side track from Christmas…..would you mind telling me where you purchased your sofa and chairs. I am in the market for both and had similar styles in mind. Love you blue chairs!

    1. I love that sofa too D. I am in the market for the same.

  61. Your Christmas decorations might be simple, but they are so, so, so elegant! Beautiful Christmassy home – thank you so much for sharing your home with us.

  62. Just beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’m looking forward to your great ideas in 2017.

  63. Loved looking through your beautiful holiday decor. I really like the small Christmas tree decorated so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Colleen Howell says:

    Loved all the pictures and the décor was so pretty in every room. Have an awesome Christmas!

  65. Love everything – just beautiful!!! I am amazed at how simple, yet elegant each room is. I went through each picture and to see the final picture with a dog, I chuckled!!! I blame my chaos on my dogs!!!! I will attempt to channel you in all of my future decorating endeavors. Less truly is more!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  66. Beautiful!……all of it.

  67. Rosa Oriana says:

    Nice tour, nice house, you are a nice person Ann! Hope you enjoy Xmas.

  68. Simply gorgeous, every single room, simply gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing!????

  69. Sandi Weiler says:

    At this very special time of year I am thankful that we can share our hopes and ideas as we do on your post. I once again feel as if we have visited and I think it’s so wonderful that we can share decorating ideas as well as recipes,etc. My home reflects many of the ideas,prints and recipes that you have posted.

    From my home to yours I pray for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY New Year for you and yours.

    Sandi

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Sandi…and I wish the very same for you!
      Merry Christmas,
      Ann

  70. Everything is so pretty, Ann! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)