Simple Ideas for a Gorgeous Christmas Decor

Kristin Jackson

Article Posted By: Kristin Jackson

of The Hunted Interior

Simple Ideas for a Gorgeous Christmas Decor

We were blown away by the stunningly beautiful Christmas decor Kristin Jackson created for her dining room. She’s back with a more casual approach to Christmas dining, along with an explanation for the simple approach we all can understand.

Kristin’s Christmas brunch set up is just as gorgeous as anything we’ve seen from the talented interior designer. Kristin writes about design and decor on her very popular blog The Hunted Interior, and she’s sharing her Christmas brunch ideas here on The Home Depot Blog as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her and several other prominent decor bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations for them to use in creating fresh and practical holiday decorating ideas.

This isn’t just about brunch, though. Kristin shares her ideas for decorating a Christmas mantel, too, and even a clever idea for unique wrapping paper.

Every Christmas, I have grand visions of a formal Christmas Brunch… but after our daughter is up extra early, the gift wrap and ribbon begin to unravel and the questions of “can you please put batteries in this?!” start, my good intentions of a beautiful meal are simply put on the coffee table for the family to enjoy at their leisure.

This year, I decided to embrace the inevitable location and combine the two ideas into one. A simple yet elegant brunch that allows everyone to enjoy the wonderment of Christmas morning while still being able to create a lovely experience as well.

Adding a basic tablecloth (a staple in any home) to any table instantly adds elegance. Using this on the coffee table is completely unexpected, and when paired with the surroundings of holiday decorations, your living room can really be transformed to a magical space.

I always find myself perched on the floor anyway, so a throw pillow acts a a great stand in for a seat.

Decorating the Christmas Brunch Table

Mixing in my husband’s grandfather’s vintage sterling hot cocoa pot with my mother-in-law’s crystal candlesticks brings tradition and sparkle onto the table.

My daughter and I added a little fun with the taper candles that came in the mystery boxes The Home Depot sent us. We used acrylic craft paint and cotton balls to add an ombre effect on the wax… in my four-year-old’s favorite shade, of course. This adds a modern touch to the traditional elements and keeps the table approachable, rather than fussy.

A wreath of faux greenery tied with a pink bow hangs in a window

Ombre-painted LED candles decorate a tray set up for Christmas brunch

Rather than bringing in the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, I decided on pink and teal to compliment the existing decor. And as I like to switch up my colors every few years, I find that investing in neutral ornaments and traditional greenery allows me to punch up my decor with small items like ribbon and accessories. This is a rule I take into consideration when designing any space as well… classic and neutral with a pop is always a winning formula.

A potted spiral Christmas tree decorates a corner of a beautiful living room set up for Christmas brunch

Potted Christmas Trees as an Accent

Flanking the sofa with these pre-lit spiral Christmas trees is also classic and simple, but a bit unexpected. It is definitely a stray away from the traditional large tree, but a great solution for a smaller space or an additional sitting room. They are skinny enough to fit just about anywhere, but they still make a great impact with their traditional shape and twinkle lights.

A potted artificial Christmas decorates a corner in a beautiful living room ready for the holidays

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring… I wanted to focus my decorating this year to enhance the beauty of the greenery, not cover it up. Adding large clusters of ornaments cascading over the edge of the trees’ urns provides just enough impact for these tall skinny beauties.

Christmas ornaments add visual interest to a potted artificial Christmas tree

The Christmas Mantel

I also went simple on the mantel. I adore the look (and smell!) of fresh holiday foliage, but hate to fight the ever falling needles… So I was thrilled to find this gorgeous (and very convincing) faux greenery. I combined two garlands together to create a simple and lush look. Luckily there are some very convincing candles on the market to stand in for the scent!

Artificial greenery draped over a fireplace mantel

Wanting to add just a touch of sparkle to the greenery, I wove in a string of mercury glass Edison bulbs. They even have the traditional vintage filaments inside when lit. Their larger scale is the perfect substitute for ornaments and are a great modern touch with a vintage vibe.

Edison bulb string lights decorate a Christmas mantel

Unique Wrapping Paper

Gift wrapping is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. And rather than simply grabbing the first roll of mistletoe paper I see, I like to use the unexpected. Whether it’s color or material, I find that incorporating a little extra thought into the presentation of the gift makes it that much more special.

This year I used some leftover marbleized paper, wall covering remnants I had laying around and a large roll of kraft paper that we used to line our floors when painting our black ceiling a few months ago. The giant roll of brown kraft paper is my go-to paper as it is so versatile and cost effective!!! Whether simply wrapped with the addition of a simple ribbon, or embellished with paint or stamps, it’s such a fun way to incorporate a personal touch. This year my daughter and I added some simple brushstrokes to give the packages an abstract look.

Marbled paper and hand-painted kraft paper serve as unique wrapping paper

A pink bow tied around a greyhound dog sculpture surrounded by Christmas presents

Wishing you all a simple and beautiful Holiday Season!

A living room is decorated for the holidays and ready for Christmas brunch

Kristin Jackson is an interior designer who specializes in creating luxurious spaces while making every dollar count. She shares her design ideas and tutorials on her blog The Hunted Interior. Take a look at the gorgeous holiday dining room she created for our Holiday Style Challenge series.

The mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations Kristin received included these items:

We have more Christmas decor ideas here on The Home Depot Blog in our Holiday Style Challenge series. Follow our Holiday Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest, too.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.