HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

by: Catalog

If the bells and whistles and tinsel and glitter that come with Christmas are not for you, here's a guide that will help you achieve a minimalist holiday look. You can still have your fairy lights and Christmas trees, but it's all about paring down and holding back. Let's get started.

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS TREES
It's not officially Christmas without a tree! But if cramming it full of ribbons, ornaments and lights is not your style, here are some looks to try. Opt for a bare tree, but place it in a decorative basket and surround it with a variety of textures so that it doesn't end up in boring territory. Another option is buying a tall, sparse tree from the nursery (it might be on discount too!) and decorate with fairy lights and a few simple ornaments. Both are easy to achieve and promise to make festive impact!

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

FESTIVE CORNER
If you're not the Christmas tree type, how about setting up a festive corner? Ditch the snowmen and Santa figurines, and instead, opt for a few natural elements that will let your upcycling powers shine through. The first look requires a branch (get outside now and rummage for one!) hung with some nylon string and decorated with chic wool Christmas stockings. If you're going for a more botanical feel, why not line a sidetable with some moss and put up a few potted mini pine trees? Finish off with paper garlands and candles. 

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

GIFT WRAPPING
Give the printed wrapping paper a break and keep the metallic ribbons for now. Let your gifts this year quietly stand out with craft paper and twine, with a few sprigs of pine, eucalyptus or even rosemary to finish it off. Not only will they look chic, they'll smell fresh too!

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

CARDS AND TAGS
Say no to cheesy Christmas cards and gift tags and yes to these minimalist-approved versions from Canadian stationery brand, Wrinkle & Crease. Available online at the CATALOG Marketplace — click here to purchase!

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY MINIMALIST CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING
Another highlight of the holiday season is entertaining at home and having family and friends over for a delicious home-cooked meal. We'll allow you to stress over the food, but setting the table should be a breeze. All you need are white plates, wooden serving utensils and simple silver cutlery. If you've got leftover sprigs of eucalyptus or pine from your gift wrapping stash, make mini wreaths out of them and add them on top of plates. Once ready, light up some candles, turn the lights down low and you're good to go! 

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