Our Frugal Christmas Decor – Take a peek into our house this Christmas and see how we are decorating on a budget.
After our move in August, the first room that I decorated was the kitchen. Here is a shot of the way it normally looks.
And this is the Christmas version.
Here’s a closeup shot for you.
Everything was a thrift store find from this year or last year (including the new fruit bowl on the table) except for the straws ($2.00) which I purchased at Target and the polka dot napkins ($2.00) and candy canes ($1.00) which were purchased at Walmart.
We also hung some white icicle lights around the living room window. I purchased an entire tub of the lights at a yard sale a couple of years ago.
Twinkly lights make anything seem festive!
This mantle is a work in progress. Most of the items were thrift store finds: photo frames ($1.00 each), Christmas mug (69 cents), red porcelain ornament (99 cents). The candle stick and window frame were previously purchased (frame from the thrift store and candlestick from a discount store).
I have two thoughts for the window frame: wrap white Christmas tree lights around it or cover it with wrapping paper so it looks like a gift (or I may leave it as is).
What do you think? Leave a comment. 🙂
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Martha Jameson says
The lights would be just the right touch. If you have boxwood bushes or some holly that you could take clippings from, that would add your greenery without costing a cent.
Such a smart idea to use something from the yard Martha. We had holly bushes at our previous residence, but no such luck here. Maybe I could do something with a pine bough.
You decorate like me, nice and simple. The first thing that came to mind when I saw your mantle, was how cool it would look if she wrapped the window frame like a gift. Everything else looks very pretty!
I would put a few snowflakes on the glass. Everything looks beautiful.
Thanks Lyn – I am thinking about lights and snowflakes, especially since we don’t get much snow where we live.
Sterling Rose says
I like the idea of lights. Makes everything look so festive & I love that it also plays double roll as a night light until we go to bed. Jodi had a nice idea about putting a red bow on the top of the frame too! Would look pretty with red bow & white lights! No matter how you decorate it, I’m sure it will look as wonderful as the rest of your decorating ideas Kimberlee! Merry Christmas!
I love lights too! 🙂
Turn the window frame to be tall possibly use wrapping paper in the blocks or christmas pictures from previous years.
Thanks Tracy – I like the Christmas picture idea.
Sarah Tait says
I LOVE the simplicity of your decorating…..this year I downscaled to a much smaller tree that I can put up and down by myself…and gave away some ornaments to my son so have less on my own tree. Simple IS BEAUTIFUL! I also went back to colored lights actually because the tree was on sale and am enjoying a change in that way. You have motivated me to simplify everything in my home. Thanks for the photo shares…..
Thanks Sarah! I am glad that I could encourage you. 🙂
I like the inside lights. We live in Minnesota and we never have the ambition to get outside and get them hung before the snow flies, and then it’s just too cold. I also like putting out fewer things. Reduces Christmas stress all the way around, doesn’t it. Very nice.
I think a red bow at the top of the window frame….also maybe make some paper snowflakes and hang in the panes? just an idea, I love the simplicity also, just beautiful!!
Thanks Jodi! Someone else had mentioned the snowflakes and I am going to try that.
Kelli Moore says
Love it! Magazine perfect! Thank you for sharing. You make everything so beautiful. If you didn’t tell people, they would assume that you had a professional decorator (which you could easily be) come decorate with high end materials!
Wow Kelli – that may be the best compliment I have ever received! 🙂
Love it all, Kimberlee!! I am all about SIMPLE (and inexpensive!) these days!!!! 🙂 The traditional red and green colors are still my favorite!
I think leave it. It’s just enough.
I love all of the white you have normally. It makes everything look so natural and clean! As far as the window frame, I like the lights idea. You could even wrap a little greenery around first and top it with lights.
Thanks Kelly – I am leaning toward the lights too. 🙂
I absolutely love it! So perfectly minimal but totally festive. I say leave the window as is or hang a a couple little snowflakes. 🙂
Ooh – snowflakes sound fun!