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Neutral Cottage Christmas Decor

Love neutral cottage Christmas decor? Spruce up your shelves with greenery, book bundles, and a festive sign for a cozy home this holiday season.

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

Hello sweet friends! Today I’m excited to share a space that I enjoy styling for the holidays. You may have seen the top of this little bookshelf in my farmhouse book bundle tutorial, but today I’m revealing the rest! I hope you enjoy our neutral cottage Christmas decor and feel inspired to try out this look in your home. Let’s get started!

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Cottage Christmas Sign and a Few New Items

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

One new item I purchased this year was this Christmas sign from Smallwood Home! It was a great deal for the size, and The Night Before Christmas quote brings just the right amount of whimsy to our living room.

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

I discovered this brass horn at my local Goodwill for just a few dollars, and after asking all of you lovely Instagram friends whether I should polish or leave it be, I decided to… leave it be! I like the antique look, and let’s be honest, it was easier 😉

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

As for my other “new” items: I purchased some seasonal decor last year after Christmas! We hadn’t moved into our home yet last December, so I figured I could wait for the sales (budget shopper over here). It was a lonnng year waiting to use all of my new pieces, but when the day came to pull out my Christmas tubs, it felt like shopping in my own home–one of my favorite things. This little tree was from Target last year; I love the baby pinecones!

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

My final newer item is the basket, which was also a Goodwill find a little while ago. I filled it with an acorn garland I already had from fall!

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

Budget Friendly and DIY Cottage Decor

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

For the rest of this sweet little shelf, I decided to make do with items I already owned. My DIY book bundles, faux eucalyptus, copper frame, and wood bead garland are all pieces you have seen me use around our home!

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

I filled my copper frame with a page from Wild Flowers of America, an inexpensive used book I found on Amazon. It has 400 watercolor botanicals as well as this beautiful index of species! If you love the idea of decorating with book pages, I have a post with book and styling suggestions coming soon 🙂

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

I discovered this pillow at Hobby Lobby in the spring and knew it was perfect for our home. I love the verse from Psalms that it quotes:

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name…

For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning. [Psalm 30:4-5]

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

These verses seem especially significant at Christmastime as we think about the joy we have on Christmas morning as we celebrate Emmanuel, “God with us.”

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

I finished off my bookshelf styling with a simple white vase, my DIY wood bead garland, some more book bundles, and a mercury glass candleholder that I found in the Target dollar spot last year.

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

This little bookshelf has come a long away, as it has been passed down in my family. It was my first furniture painting project last winter, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I used white chalk paint and did not wax or seal it, and it is holding up well!

Rustic Christmas Bookshelf at LionAndLantern.com. Farmhouse Christmas, holiday decor, seasonal inspiration, farmhouse sign, neutral decor, basket, chalk painted bookshelf

Thanks so much for stopping by to see our neutral cottage Christmas decor, friends! Make sure you pin the image above to save this post for later. I would love to hear about your festive decor projects or holiday traditions, so leave me a comment with your thoughts or blog link below!

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2 Comments

  1. I love this sweet bookshelf! It’s Christmas-y and still beautifully neutral. P.S. You find the best pieces at Goodwill…I think I need to start treasure hunting there again. I’d almost given up hope!

  2. You styled your bookshelf beautifully, Caitlin! I love all the little details and how they all have meaning. The textures and colors all tie together perfectly!

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