I'm Amanda and I’m passionate about creating a well loved and well lived in home for my family and I I'd love to help you do the same!
Welcome to my holiday home tour 2019! Christmas is my favourite time of year and I love decorating for the holidays! I hope you enjoy this minimal holiday home decor tour! And remember, for more amazing Christmas home decor inspiration check out the rest of the holiday home tours listed at the bottom of this post!
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Last year’s theme was neutral decor with a pink peppermint twist. This year I switched gears and chose a more modern country Christmas feel with aged brass, fresh cedar, matte black accents and lots of twinkle! I also added a splash of citrus!
The front porch was all about the fresh cedar! It smells divine and it lasts fairly well here in the cold! I found these garlands at Home Depot Canada. I actually ordered them online and then just picked them up in store! The U.S. Home Depot stores have fresh garland as well!
I paired the fresh garland with an affordable pre-lit faux cedar wreath from Canadian Tire! Gorgeous brass bells from McGee & Co. add a little shine! And I hung some dried oranges on the faux cedar topiaries to add a splash of colour!
If you need inspiration for your own holiday wreath, head over to this post where I share 12 Ways To Dress Up A Holiday Wreath.
The cute little “This is Our Happy Place” Sign from The Cross Design looks festive framed by the fresh green garlands!
The front entrance is where our guests arrive so I like to keep it clutter-free with minimal holiday home decor! A striped throw is easy to grab on the way out the door and a basket of clipped greens makes the house smell like Christmas when you walk in! I love the way the wreath can be seen inside and out because of the 3/4 glass front door!
This is Ollie’s favourite place to hang out and wait for visitors!
We moved the buffet and mirror that usually sit in our hallway to make room for this DIY Christmas Advent Calendar! It looks fun and the hallway feels much less cluttered! I might keep it like this after the holidays!
I kept the mantle decor minimal with faux cedar and a DIY dried orange garland. A line of tall tapered candles in clear glass holders are a subtle touch, but look so pretty lit up at night!
We usually have a faux tree for convenience, but this year we cut a real tree from the yard! I decorated it with simple wooden and painted ornaments and more dried orange slices!
I strung a simple set of led mini twinkle lights around the branches and used a light string that plugs in. The lights are brighter and we don’t use too many batteries.
Instead of a traditional tree collar or container, I used a large white pot and covered the base of the tree with moss to make it look like it was still in the forest!
The ornaments are simple and I love the minimal Scandinavian vibe! I’m working towards decluttering and living a more minimal lifestyle and the less seasonal decor I need to store the better!
In the kitchen, once again I kept the decor minimal. Mark does most of the cooking and he doesn’t appreciate my decor creations getting in the way. The cute little tree on the stove only sits there when he’s not home lol!
I played up the citrus theme in the kitchen because I thought the orange looked so striking against the blue of the backsplash tile!
These dried orange garlands are so easy to make, they smell delicious and I love the vibrant colour! I also love that you can compost them at the end of the season!
I made enough oranges that I could make a couple of garlands, but also place oranges on the trees all over the house!
Even though it seems slight counter-intuitive at this time of year, I actually removed the rugs from our living spaces. I like how open and airy everything feels with a slightly Scandinavian vibe!
Candles lit in unexpected places make every corner seem a little more magical. (These are battery operated for safety of course!)
Even the plants have a little twinkle added with a string of lights and a mini Christmas tree added to the mix!
Faux garland on the chandelier and around the mudroom door looks just as pretty as fresh, but lasts longer indoors!
I hung the garland around the dutch door asymmetrically and I love how it looks just a little different!
When I was in Vancouver, BC in November I was able to stop in at one of my favourite stores The Cross Design. I wasn’t able to bring much home in my carry-on, but I managed to fit in this sweet little metal wreath for the mudroom door!
I love the view through the dutch door. The cedar looks so pretty hanging down with the twinkle lights beyond!
The cubbies had a simple faux cedar garland added. They were emptied out for this picture and most definitely do not look this tidy on a daily basis! However, even with all the gear thrown back in the garland is tucked up and out of the way and it adds a festive touch without being a nuisance!
Even the round window above the mudroom sink had some cedar garland added. This might be my favourite little spot on the whole tour!
The other side of the mudroom counter is being used as a gift wrapping station again during the holidays. For minimal wrapping ideas see my guide on How to Wrap Gifts without Wrapping Paper!
The screen room is my favourite room to set up for the holidays. Because our house is small, I like to set up a larger dining table out here!
Last year I set up a forest of trees in the screen room, so this year I wanted to try something different. I created a hanging garland installation and decorated it with ornaments, brass bells, and candles! It looks magical lit up in the evening!
For more on this tablescape check out A Minimal & Modern Country Christmas Table Setting
I hope you enjoyed this minimal holiday home decor tour of our modern country cottage!
For more inspiration make sure to check out the homes of my amazing and talented friends!
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I'm Amanda and I’m passionate about creating a well loved and well lived in home for my family and I'd love to help you do the same!
Your home is the definition of simply beautiful! Love every detail! I think the round window in the mudroom was my favorite too!
Yes, several people tried to talk me out of that round window! Glad I didn’t listen!! ????❤️
Bravo!!! I absolutely love EVERYTHING about your home tour; the dried oranges, the ‘tree’ advent calendar on the wall and the screen room hanging installation! So much yummy goodness.
Such a beautiful home! How fun to bring in a tree from your yard and it decorated perfectly. I like the idea of the dried oranges on the garland and the advent calendar display is so fun! Happy Holidays!
Thanks Leslie! It was fun tree hunting in the yard! ????????????????
Your home is stunning! I am in LOVE with the dried orange everywhere. What a simple, gorgeous decoration!
Thank you! And yes the oranges would look lovely in your colourful home too!!
This home tour was so fresh and lovely. I adore the advent tree idea!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful tour.
Thanks so much! The homes were all so beautifully done!!
Wow!! Your home is perfection!
Thanks Jess! I wish it stayed this clean lol!!
This is all perfection! I love your style so much!
Aw thank you so much!!
I am in love with every detail of your home. Absolutely perfect. Simple and perfect and oozing with charm. LOVE!
Aw thanks Ashley! The homes were all soooo beautiful on this blog hop!!
I love every single little detail! It’s so simple and absolutely beautiful with all of the greenery! Love your potted Christmas tree and that round window in your mudroom.
Thanks so much!! Enjoying the simple look this year!!
Amanda, I am just BLOWN away every detail is pure perfection! So much inspiration in this post … seriously incredible!! I can’t even pick a favorite space because it’s all that good!!
Thanks Sarah! Glad we connected through this tour! So fun seeing everyone’s beautiful homes!!
Amanda I just love that sweet tree. It’s magical with the orange slices. I can almost smell it!
Aw thankyou! I think that’s what I love most about the orange garlands is that they make the house smell good too!
Love, love, love your tree! Happy holidays!
Thank you! Happy holidays to you as well!!