Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: A Rustic Christmas Vignette

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A Rustic Christmas Vignette

Hey there, friends!  How's Christmas decorating treatin' you?  Are you doing all kinds of new and exciting things this year? 

Because of my severe case of decorating ADD I had to change it up a bit.  This is easily cured by going out and buying lots of new stuff. 

However, I really do not need one more Christmas decoration.


Like for the rest of my life. 

I've got plenty of Christmas decorations... and then some. 

So, I try to work with what I've got and mix it up a bit.

For some reason this season (I'm a poet and didn't know it!?! cheesey, I know...) I am really digging the rustic looking Christmas stuff.  I'm even surprising myself because this usually isn't a look I'm attracted to (unless it's in a log cabin, or when Mr. Chic grows a beard ;). 

So, I set up a little rustic vignette on my kitchen sideboard.

I think the rustic look hit me when I busted out my 90% off after the season last year greenery garland.  It's kind of rustic in that it's very realistic looking and it even has some little pinecones attached.  (does realistic = rustic??  I dunno but it was looking very rustic to me). 

I have to come clean about one itsy-bitsy purchase...I broke down and bought a small Christmas decoration Bad, bad! I know. BUT, this little reindeer could not be passed up!

rustic christmas decor

He was less than $8 at TJ Maxx!! I love him and wish I could find him a big brother reindeer but no luck. 
Anywho, I busted out my most "rustic" decor.  I had this old sleigh that I got at Wal-Mart after Christmas several years ago.  It came with a hideous looking Christmas tree in it, I used it sans hideous tree of course. 

rustic christmas decor

This old sleigh has become my Christmas card holder.  Doesn't really display the cards but hey, at least I'm not throwing them straight in the garbage and I can see the one on top.

I added a moss/pinecone/cranberry Christmas tree and my twiggy looking Christmas tree in a burlap sack but it still seemed to be missing something. I didn't want to buy anything so I almost scratched my rustic Christmas vignette.

Then I was helping a client (now friend) decorate for Christmas.  I found this great tree from Crate & Barrel in her pile of old Christmas stuff that I was supposed to go through and determine what was junk. I told her this wasn't junk but since we changed her color scheme this totally didn't go, besides, it was too rustic.  (Did someone say rustic?!)  I bought it off her for a measly $4 but she was going to throw it in the garbage so I'll take that as a score for both me and her.

I added it to my rustic Christmas vignette and it worked perfectly!  It would not have worked with her blue and silver sparkly trees at all.  

rustic christmas decor

Instead of the greenery wreath I usually hang on the mirror at Christmas time I opted to use a coffee filter wreath, I like the natural color and the texture it adds to all the greenery on the tabletop. 

The finished vignette...
rustic christmas decor

This isn't a great picture, the lighting was a bit off but I think you get the idea.
So, I guess I did buy something this year, but not much.  One little reindeer and the Crate & Barrel tree was more like a garage sale find so that doesn't really count because it wasn't full price, right?!? And I got rid of some things too, so I'm following Mr. Chic's mantra: "Bring something in, take something out".

Did you change up your Christmas decor this year?? 


  1. Your mantle is beautiful...I would love for you to share it at my "18 Days til Christmas" Linky party...

  2. So cute and festive! You did a great job here!

  3. Very nice. Great score on that's really neat..and I really like the mossy green tree next to it.

    Have a good nite,
    Rachel :)

  4. Very nice! I'm with your hubby "Something comes in; something goes out!" Not much decorating for us (only a couple small table vignettes) cuz we're in the process of moving! But watch out for next year! LOL! Oh boy!

  5. I didn't spend anything on new decorations this year either! I think it is fun to figure out how to make it look different each year with out having to go buy a new theme of decor! Great decorating!

  6. Kate,
    Oh my...I LOVE the very PRETTY! I know what you mean about NO MORE CHRISTMAS DECOR:)



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