Hello friends! Today I’m excited to share a space that I enjoy decorating seasonally. You may have seen the top of this little bookshelf in my post about DIY book bundles, but today I’m revealing the complete look! I hope you enjoy our neutral cottage Christmas decor and feel inspired to spruce up your shelves with faux greenery, vintage books, or a festive sign this season. Let’s get started!
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Cottage Christmas Sign and a Few New Items
One new item I purchased this year was this Christmas sign from Smallwood Home! It was a great deal for the size, and the Twas the Night Before Christmas quote brings just the right amount of whimsy to our living room.
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 😉
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!
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!
Budget Friendly and DIY Cottage Decor
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!
I filled my copper frame with a page from Wild Flowers of America, an inexpensive book I found used on Amazon. It has 400 watercolor botanicals as well as this beautiful index of species!
Related: Watercolor Botanical Prints + Vintage Books
I discovered this pillow at Hobby Lobby in the spring. I love the verse that it quotes:
Weeping may tarry for the night,Psalm 30:4-5
but joy comes with the morning.
This verse seems especially significant at Christmastime as we think about the joy we have on Christmas morning as we celebrate Emmanuel, “God with us.”
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.
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!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see our neutral cottage Christmas decor, friends! 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. XO,
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!
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!