Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Christmas Home Tour Part 2: Rustic Christmas

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Christmas Home Tour Part 2: Rustic Christmas

Hi there!  Merry Christmas Eve!  I can't believe I'm just now posting my Christmas Home Tour (part 2).  At least I'm not really late as it's not officially Christmas yet... so, technically I'm a day early.  Congratulations to me. (said with complete sarcasm)

I'd hoped to get it posted much earlier but with sick kids, parties, Christmas shopping, baking, etc. there just hasn't been a lot of spare time.  You know how it is...  Tis' the season for over-doing.  But this season I tried not to over do it.  And, I almost succeeded.... I think.

Anywho, welcome to my Christmas Home Tour Part 2, Rustic Christmas.  Be sure to check out my "fancy" Christmas decor in Part 1

We'll start with my mantel.  

rustic christmas mantel

This year I wanted to mix up my Christmas mantel a little bit.  The past couple of years I've had somewhat of a candy cane-ish theme.  You can see my Candy Cane Christmas Mantel here..  Anyway, I'm am totally over the candy cane-ish look.  (Big surprise.)  

I loved the rustic look I did on my kitchen console table last year.  DIY Network even featured it on their site!  

I decided I could pull off a rustic Christmas mantel on the cheap using mostly stuff I already have.  

I busted out my old 90% off red candle holders that I bought with the intention of spray painting.  They are marvelously Christmas rustic looking so I’m so glad I didn’t.  The birch candles were 80% off from Hob Lob’s after Fall sale.  (they are definitely not just for Fall, score!)  I used some of the Christmas trees that I had and that was that.

rustic christmas decor

I used an old wreath and made it look new by adding a few of these burlap-ish flowers I scored for half off at Hob Lob and adding some burlap ribbon through it.  

rustic christmas decor wreath

I changed up the hearth of my fireplace this year too.  So many times people forget to decorate the fireplace hearth.  It's like dressing your top up with your best Christmas sweater but forgetting your pants.  Don't forget the pants bottom, people! ;)  (and don't worry, I don't wear Christmas sweaters.)

rustic christmas decor

I got this huge red lantern for $8 after Christmas last year!


It was 90% off and a super score deal in the game.  It is ginormous and I heart it.  I was planning to put it on my porch but then I couldn’t stand thinking that it would get rained/sleet/snowed/iced on and likely only last a few seasons.  And if it was by my front door I wouldn't get to see it much because I always come in the garage.  Bummer.  

I made an executive decision and saved it’s life by sticking it by my fireplace alongside another lantern that I keep there all year. 

Your welcome, Ginormous Red Lantern.

My friend made the awesome lantern stand that is now a permanent fixture on my fireplace hearth (it will never be pantless again!).   I dressed it up with a few faux greenery swags and a big burlap bow.  

I made the bow myself after following extremely confusing instructions and some cursing I found online.  I’m not sure if I like it, it is kind of like the post is wearing a big, fat, little girl hair bow looking thing.  I added some jingle bells to distract from the poor bow formation.

I changed it up by sticking a Santa in the lantern instead of a candle. Further distracting from the burlap hair bow.
rustic christmas decor

On the other side of the fireplace hearth I stuck some birch branches in my blanket basket along with some greenery.  It's sort of gives a cozy rustic glow.

rustic Christmas decor

My stocking are from Pottery Barn Kids and have a train, airplane and my boy's names on the other side of them.  I staged them with the red side showing for my pictures but the other side actually doesn't look bad.  The boys were highly offended that I had put up their stockings "backwards".  Of course I changed them back after the pics.  

I got a new pillow that I am completely in love with... a TJ Maxx find (of course).  I've seen similar ones for 3 times what I paid for it.

I hung my DIY burlap wreath on my kitchen mirror.  (See my burlap wreath tutorial)

I hung it over my sideboard which holds a simple wooden tray full of greenery and votives.

I'm loving this vignette and thinking it's neutral enough I can leave it up all winter.

Although the red in the wreath is kinda screaming Christmas at me.  Maybe I could keep the wreath but lose the red flowers after Christmas.  It's a plan.

My kitchen table centerpiece was a thrown together at the last minute deal.  I feel like these deer would've liked to be laying in greenery instead of snow.  You could see them a lot better that way.  But, unfortunately for the deer, I ran out.  In keeping with my attempt at not over doing it this season I decided that the deer could just suck it up and sit in the snow.  Maybe if they're really good next year I'll buy them some greenery to sit in. ;)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  1. Your Christmas decorating is lovely and that burlap wreath is all kinds of awesome! Merry Christmas!

  2. Loving that pillow you found at TJ Max! Your home is decorated beautifully! Very comfy and cozy! Merry Christmas! :)


  3. I love these ideas! I am going to pin them right now :-)


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