Christmas at the Cotton Mill House

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Hello again!  It has been a while since I have visited this little space that we call our blog.  A lot has happened over the past few months. As much as I don't like to admit it, life has taken a toll on me and with that I have not felt the desire to decorate for Christmas. 

I am one who usually decks the halls at the beginning of November but for the last two years the thoughts of pulling out totes of Christmas decor has me saying "Bah Humbug!"  I have kept our Christmas decor very simple this year.  I have put up on only one tree (at the Cotton Mill House) and decorated a mantle.  Well, if you call throwing up some garland, lights and hanging 2 stocking decorating.  Ha!  It did take some motivation just to do that. 

However, I wanted to add a touch Christmas to The Cotton Mill House master bedroom.  The room is almost finished. We have to add some more furnishings like night stands and a dresser before we can actually say that it is done.

I kept the decor extremely simple.  I created a DIY pine wreath from from clippings that I purchased at the Home Depot.  I inserted each clipping into a grapevine wreath that I picked up from Wal-Mart.  The white pine clippings, grapevine wreath and ribbon cost around $15 total and I am so very pleased with how it turned out.  The wreath creates a beautiful focal point to the room. 

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I picked up this dark red chenille throw from Target and draped it over the edge of the bed.  

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Another little DIY project was this pillow made from a placemat.  I purchased the placemat from Target on sale for $4.  I ripped open the seam large enough for my pillow insert.  I hand stitched the opening closed after I inserted the pillow insert.  Although my sewing skills are not the greatest, the project was very easy and one that I will be definitely doing again. 

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The final holiday purchase was this red velvet pillow from World Market.  This pillow was a perfect fit for Charles' side chair which we also purchased from World Market during their 40% off furniture sale. 

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My style has definitely evolved over the past few years.  I have learned to pare down the accessories and use only a few items such as greenery, pillow, throws, candles and found objects in our Christmas decor.  In a world where our feeds are filled with beautifully decorated spaces, it is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting more and doing more.  I have let that influence my decor choices and style in the past and it left me weary and discouraged.  I have learned what decor works well in our home and for how we live while creating a style that is truly our own.

I have also learned that having more decorations and more stuff doesn't make us have more of a Christmas.  It is just the opposite, a simpler Christmas allows us to have more time to enjoy the holiday season and to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

A simplified Christmas isn’t about circumstances as much as it is about focus.
— Ann VosKamp

Thank you for stopping by and visiting our blog. I hope that the rest of your Christmas season is filled with focus: focus on what matters the, friends, and the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

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