Christmas Home Tour with Simple Holiday Greenery

Looking for Christmas decorating inspiration? Don’t miss these Christmas home tours with simple holiday greenery for a classic, easy holiday home.

fireplace with garland and stockings

I shared my current resolution a few weeks ago: to change my mindset and vocabulary from “busy” to grateful. And to choose more simplicity during a time of year full of… well… busy-ness. And clearly I’m not alone because it resonated with so many of you. I received emails and comments and messages all saying, “YES! Me too!” So many that I cried. Literally. Standing in my kitchen with tears in my eyes.

So when sweet Krista from The Happy Housie invited me to join in an incredible group Christmas tour (seriously, there are 50 holiday home tours to see linked below!), I couldn’t help but think that maybe you all would like to be encouraged again that simplicity can be beautiful. If you’re visiting from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, welcome!

white kitchen with large wood island and holiday greenery | Maison de Pax

Not that elaborate holiday decorations are bad! I love a winter wonderland from time to time. No, rather that it’s ok to say yes to simplicity – like naked trees and brown paper packages – in order to be able to say yes to other good things in life.

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almost naked tree with christmas lights | maison de pax


And I felt that need this year. I actively chose to decorate our home and our ranch house with nothing but simple holiday greenery… and, biased though I may be, I think they’re beautiful.

Classic Green and White Christmas

You may have seen the touches of red buffalo check in our red and green Christmas living room a few weeks ago, but as you can see, those have already left. Lol.

fireplace with greenery and naked tree | maison de pax

The buffalo check was so fun (and it is definitely going on gifts this year!), but as I shared when we revealed this living room makeover, I’m a neutrals girl at heart. And once I added the stockings to the mantel, I needed greenery to cover the command hooks… which led to more of a classic green and white look.

fireplace and bookcase with christmas tree | Maison de Pax


To show you just how simple it was, I put together a little gif to show the progression of the mantel and tree space this year: tree, lights, ornaments, stockings (hung using my favorite trick with a bar and command hooks), cedar garland layers, boxwood clippings, candlesticks, fur blanket (I love using blankets as tree skirts), presents, and a green velvet pillow.

Taking the pictures to show you the process was much slower than actually decorating it. Ha!

And let’s talk about the cedar garland for a moment. All the greenery you see is fake (we are battling allergies this year, so I’m steering clear of real greenery… plus, I’m saying no to extra work like cleaning up tons of pine needles this year, remember? 😉 ).

But this cedar garland that I spotted at Target is my new favorite. It’s the same cedar trees (also called juniper) that we have all over our properties in the Texas hill country. So the years that I have clipped natural, fresh greenery myself, it looked exactly like this!

The garland is a little sparse, so I layered on a second one… but the greenery and berries truly look so very much like the real thing. I love how it brings a natural look that is native to our area. For variety, I also layered in some faux boxwood stems I had.

juniper and boxwood garland on mantel | Maison de Pax

The rest of the house got very simple touches, like garland on the stairs, green wreaths, and some gold bells.

frosted wreath and gold bells on front door | Maison de Pax
green wreath with gold bells


Farmhouse Christmas

Out at Little Pax Ranch, I obviously couldn’t resist adding holiday decorations. But again, I worked hard to add simple Christmas decor.

wood and white modern farmhouse open kitchen living dining | Maison de Pax

Magnolia garland, a green wreath, and a few fresh cedar clippings (I guess I didn’t go completely faux) were the perfect additions.

vintage turkish runner in front of farm sink | Maison de Pax


A tiny tree on the kitchen island and beside the sofa bring a touch of holiday cheer without overwhelming the spaces. I didn’t even put up a full Christmas tree… I can hardly believe it!

farmhouse kitchen decorated for Christmas | Maison de Pax

Decorating with Greenery

Whether it’s fresh or faux, greenery is the perfect natural holiday touch to your home. My favorite right now is the stuff that feels real – no glitter, no frosting, no flocking… just pretty greens:

  1. garland
  2. wreaths
  3. clippings
naked tree and simple garland with brick fireplace | Maison de Pax

And I think with the right simple touches, it can go a long way without overwhelming your life or home.

black metal banister with magnolia leaf garland | Maison de Pax


In fact, it’s neutral enough that most of it can remain well into January or even February. And it’s a good thing, too, because in an effort not to be too “busy,” I might just have to leave it up for a while. 😉

white pottery on farm table | Maison de Pax

However you decorate your holiday home, I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Be sure to pin these holiday decorating ideas for later.

christmas tree in background with overlay: simple holidya decorating ideas with greenery | Maison de Pax

More Holiday Home Tours

And don’t forget to check out the other Christmas decorating ideas in the home tours below. Next stop on the tour is She Gave It a Go.

Sharing today with me are….


Tatertots and Jello ** A Pretty Life in the Suburbs ** Maison de Pax ** She Gave it a Go ** Summer Adams

Amber Tysl ** All Things With Purpose ** Cuter Tudor Chrissy Marie Blog ** The Happy Housie

And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie ** Shabbyfufu ** Jenna Kate at Home Inspiration for Moms ** We’re the Joneses

Rambling Renovators ** Home Made Lovely ** My 100 Year Old Home Maison de Cinq ** Nick + Alicia


House by Hoff ** The Tattered Pew ** Clean & Scentsible The Turquoise Home ** Rain on a Tin Roof

Stacy Risenmay ** This is Our Bliss ** Southern State of Mind Styled with Lace ** Life is Better At Home


Taryn Whiteaker Designs ** Just a Girl and Her Blog ** Cherished Bliss So Much Better With Age ** Cassie Bustamante

Lemon Thistle ** The DIY Mommy ** Love Create Celebrate The Handmade Home ** Craftberry Bush


Grace In My Space ** Rooms For Rent ** Modern Glam Happy Happy Nester ** Town and Country Living

Two Twenty One** Place of My Taste ** Life is a Party Sincerely, Marie Designs ** Willow Street Interiors


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  1. gosh i just love your home- that kitchen is STUNNING!!!!!! also loved seeing the process for the mantle- so fun!

  2. This is beautiful. I love the simplicity and elegance of your holiday home. I tried to go a little more simple this year but have pinned this as inspiration for next year.

  3. I love your beautiful simple approach to your Christmas decor. To me simplicity can be so elegant. It is easy on the eye & you can enjoy the space you are in without all the “stuff”. You did a beautiful job. Merry Christmas to you & yours!

  4. Beautiful Christmas decor, Rachel. I go back and forth between formal and lush or simple and more neutral. Reds and greens (hubby) or coastal blues and sage and soft white (me). We kind of divide it up. The ranch house definitely fits the your neutral and minimal style just right.

    1. Thank you, Carol! It is so hard, because it is the one time of year to really deck things out! Thanks for sharing your struggle, too. 😉

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