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Minimalist Christmas Home Tour

I’m sharing my Christmas home tour today, but I should tell you it’s a very minimalist Christmas home tour.  If minimal isn’t your jam, do I have a surprise for you!  Today’s tour is actually part of a week-long blog hop with some very talented bloggers, so if you scroll down to the bottom you’ll find links to nearly 40 homes decorated for the holidays.  If you’re joining me from My Sweet Savannah, welcome!

Minimalist Christmas Home Tour

Why the Need for Minimalism?

This year, with all of the nuttiness, I found myself craving simplicity more than ever.  I still wanted to add a little bit of coziness and wintry magic, I just wanted to keep it light and airy.  That’s where my head is at right now.  I’m not 100% done decorating yet – I’m working on coop holiday decor and the bunkie has lights (it looks SO cute), but no wreath for the door.  So there’s more magic happening around the property, but I’m secretly waiting for a little dusting of snow to take photos.  Can you believe we have NO snow??!

Credenza with Iittala Festivo Candle Holders

Plans for Mom’s Apartment Holiday Decor…

I’m also headed over to my Mom’s this week because she wanted to decorate a real tree – the first time she’s had a Christmas tree in years (because we don’t actually celebrate Christmas).  This year she wanted one and I said, go for it!  I’m picking it up in my truck and am also bringing over some really gorgeous ornaments – I can’t wait to show you!  It will be fun to decorate a tree again, it’s been a lot of years since I did it – and just imagine how gorgeous it will look against her deep blue fireplace!

Blue Chalk Painted Fireplace

For now, the kitchen, dining, and living room in my house have a few festive touches that I wanted to share with you.  These ideas are simple and easy, with a modern and minimalist vibe, and perfect for a small space – or anyone else craving a little breathing room this holiday season.

Sparkly Holiday Touches in the Kitchen:

In the kitchen, I made a DIY felt leaf garland for over the window.  I love how it turned out, it’s so soft and pretty.

Beachy Christmas Decor in the Kitchen

I also added a bowl of ornaments with battery operated lights wound around inside the bowl – the battery pack is hidden underneath the pile but it’s on a timer so I don’t need to go rooting around in there.  I thrifted these three candle holders years ago and painted them mint at the time – maybe next year they need a new color?  I think they look like little trees.  I like to create a little “winter scene” in a glass jar – click here to see last year’s and click here to see the cheese cloche turned diorama.

Bowl Full or Lit Up OrnamentsPink and Aqua OrnamentsHoliday Decor in the KitchenMinimalist Holiday Decor Ideas

It was SUCH a grey and gloomy day when I took these photos.  Normally it’s so sunny where I live.  Cold, but sunny.  But recently it’s been overcast day after overcast day.  But this sparkle and glow makes it cheerier.

No Christmas Tree? No Problems! Christmas Tree AlternativesDIY Felt Leaf Garland Around WindowKrenit Bowl with Ornaments Pale Blue Kitchen Decorated for Christmas

I also added a couple of bottle brush trees, here and there. (They’re the ones I bleached and dyed, years ago).  But some of them are getting so ratty from storage, I think I might make an outdoor wreath out of them because I’m no longer worried about keeping them looking perfect.  These trees are NOT easy to store, lol.

Bottle Brush Trees in Kitchen

DIY Nordic Trees & Runner Plus Lights in the Dining Room:

In the dining room, my DIY wood trees are front and center, atop a felted wool runner I made.  I added some sparkle to the credenza – which always has my Iittala Festivo candle holders.  This time of year, this decor is especially on point because it looks very icy and wintry.  I also bring out my pair of cashmere throws this time of year, which add a cozy layer.

DIY Wood Trees for ChristmasMinimalist Christmas Decor Home TourMinimalist Christmas Decorating IdeasWintry Decorating Ideas - NO Christmas TreeDIY Nordic Trees

Minimal Christmas Decor in the Living Room:

In the living room, all I did was add some faux garland with battery operated lights on both of my mini mantels.  Since hacking the fireplace to make room for the TV, I lost a mantel.  But I did finally edit some of my aerial photos of ice on Lake Superior and uploaded them to my Samsung Frame TV.  Creating my own seasonal artwork for the TV is a free and easy way to instantly add some festiveness.

Faux Garland on MantelDIY Samsung Frame TV ArtWintry Living Room DecorMinimalist Christmas Decorating Ideas

Some people aren’t fans of the Samsung Frame TV art mode because it always “glows” a little – even if you adjust the lightness.  The trick, for me, has been creating artwork that is enhanced by that effecr.  Photos taken in the gloaming, with the low sun sparkling on the ice, are made even more beautiful when displayed on the TV:

Samsung Frame TV Art for Winter

Here’s another photo, with a gorgeous glow from the sun in the upper left corner.

Turquoise Christmas Decorating IdeasBlack Fireplace with Pop of Color Artwork

Here’s one of my favorite photos!

Black Painted Brick Fireplace and Minimalist Christmas Decor

Even when choosing art from Samsung’s freebies, I favor luminescent landscapes which can benefit from being back lit:

No Mantel? No Problem. Christmas Decor without a Mantel.

My Favorite Holiday Decor Looks from Years Past

Cascading Ornaments, Kitchen Garland & FREE Scrap Wood Christmas Village (2019):

Cascading OrnamentsFloating OrnamentsHack Dollar Store Garland

Blue and White Wintry Decorating (2016):

Blue and White Wintry DecorBlue and White Christmas Mantel DecorBlue and White Holiday Decorating Ideas

Dyed Bottle Brush Trees & All Natural Evergreen Wreath = Natural Meets Mid-Century (2015):

Mid-Century Christmas DecorHow to Style a Narrow Mantel for Christmas

You can see every single DIY Christmas project and wintry decorating idea of mine right here!

I mentioned that this week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series home tour week! We’re all sharing part of our home decked out for Christmas. Check out these fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image and be sure to visit Fynes Designs next!

Sharing with me today…


The Handmade Home / Finding Silver Pennies / Joanna Anastasia / Amber Tysl

The DIY Mommy / My Sweet Savannah / Dans le Lakehouse / Fynes Designs

And sharing the rest of the week…


The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Maison de Cinq / This is Simplicite

Chrissy Marie Blog / Modern Glam / Nick & Alicia


Cassie Bustamante / Cuckoo4Design / Lemon Thistle / Love Create Celebrate

tatertots & jello / Jennifer Maune / She Gave it a Go / Clean & Scentsible


Two Twenty One / Cherished Bliss / Life is Better at Home / All Things With Purpose

This is Our Bliss / Home Made Lovely / Place of My Taste


The Tattered Pew / Life is a Party / Rambling Renovators / House by Hoff

Deeply Southern Home / Grace in My Space /
Taryn Whiteaker Designs / Just a Girl and Her Blog

38 Inspiring Christmas Home ToursDIY Wood Nordic Trees for Christmas Decorating



  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    December 9, 2020 / 9:48 am

    Oh my gosh! Your fireplace looks so pretty and unique and I’m also obsessed with those glass candle sticks. Really enjoyed your beautiful tour!

  2. December 9, 2020 / 11:50 am

    your updated kitchen is really having a moment with your decor, and I am here for it! SO beautiful, Tanya!

  3. Sarah
    December 9, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the incorporate of blue tones with the Christmas decor! When my kids were younger they always wanted to put up our old, tacky Christmas decorations. Now that most of them are moved out of the house, I can decorate a little minimally, which should make it a less overwhelming task.

    • December 10, 2020 / 1:17 am

      Thanks Sarah! It’s so lovely you can celebrate the way you’d like to now. Happy holidays!

  4. December 9, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    I love your blue Christmas inspiration!

  5. December 10, 2020 / 10:44 am

    Love all the watery blue hues of your home. I dream of having a frame TV and it looks so perfect in your home!

    • December 10, 2020 / 11:04 am

      Thank you so much! I was THRILLED when our old TV failed, lol, because I had a good reason to buy my Frame TV. I love it. It sits so flush and only has one thin cable, so it is really the least obtrusive flat screen there is. Plus the art mode is fun!

  6. Juli Engel
    December 19, 2020 / 10:03 am

    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, and am so happy to see your holiday decor. It is such a fresh departure from what is usually seen online. I, too, go for a more minimalist look in our home, and am challenged to find holiday decor ideas that fit this aesthetic. Your home is lovely, and proves that streamlined decor is not cold and remote, but warm and inviting. I do have one question; I have a smaller collection of Festivo candleholders that are a fixture on our Saarinen Tulip table. I’m currently using some white stearin candles from IKEA, but I’d love to use the teardrop candles you feature in the photos of your dining room. Can you point me in a direction of where I can find them? Thanks so much, I really enjoy your blog.

    • December 19, 2020 / 3:28 pm

      Hi Juli! Thank you so much for your comment, and your kind words about my home. I am so glad to hear that you like my minimal holiday decorating! To answer your question, I buy my candles from a local shop that carries Finnish design, but they do have an online shop as well. Here is the link to the candles. There is also a larger drop shape, linked here. They are dripless and smokeless and made in Denmark. They also come in a lot of different colors – the white has, occasionally, discoloured over time, which is why some of mine are creamier than others but ultimately they get used up so it’s okay. I never burn all of them but remove a few from the credenza, from time to time, to use. Hopefully these will work for your Festivos – it sounds like the perfect scene, with them atop your tulip table! Happy Holidays!

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