Christmas Decorating with Colors of Nature

Sky blue, snow white, bark brown and moss green, these colors of nature come together to create a beautiful palette for Christmas decorating.
As you may have seen in my post about how I decorated our dining area for Christmas this year, I was struggling to come up with a color palette.
Then I found this set of ornaments at Sam’s Club and decided to decorate our entire house with these beautiful colors of nature.

blue white and brown Christmas ornaments in blue bowl

I love how cozy the colors are and they coordinate with the colors already in our coastal home.

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I am excited to be joining in on the Bloggers’ Best Home Tour hosted by my sweet friend Kelly of The Tattered Pew. This is a great tour with so many of your favorite (and mine!) bloggers sharing their Christmas decor.
Be sure to check out all the other participants at the bottom of this post.

Did you see my friend Brendt’s (She Gave it a Go) gorgeous tour? I am always so inspired by her. She’s both talented and super sweet!

If you are new here, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Eileen but most people call me Leen. I live in beautiful coastal North Carolina near Topsail Island. My husband, James and I have four great kids and one sweet grandbaby. In addition to decorating and DIY projects, I love to garden and have a micro flower farm on our property. You can learn more about me on my About Me page.

Now, on to our living room decorated for Christmas in the colors of nature!

Christmas Tree

Our large frosted Christmas tree is definitely an eye catcher.
It’s wide and packed full of decorations and tons of white lights, both steady and my favorite, random sparkling.

What I used to decorate our frosted Christmas tree

Here’s how I decorate our tree- {pardon the bad pics, it was dark outside}

  1. Add lights: Our frosted tree is pre-lit but I love these random sparkle lights as well. The combo of solid lights and sparkle lights is so pretty.
  2. Place ribbon that coordinates with your theme. I was able to get plaid ribbon that matches our natural color Christmas ornaments. The thinner tan ribbon is from a few years ago when I decorated with a pink and tan theme. Starting at the top of the tree I threaded the wider plaid ribbon down the tree tucking it in as I went. I did this in three spots on the tree. Then I layered the thinner tan ribbon on top of more plaid ribbon and repeated the process three more times, alternating with the plaid ribbon. So left to right it’s plaid ribbon, plaid with tan, plaid, plaid with tan…
  3. Add flower and berry picks: After the ribbon was placed, tucked and looking good, I moved on to the flower and berry picks. Watching your spacing is important here. You want some space between similar picks. Don’t forget the sides and back of the tree. Since our tree is wide and can be seen from almost all the way around I used a lot of picks!
  4. Add ornaments: I use several types of ornaments on my Christmas trees. I start with one color and add each color one at a time. My ornaments are usually a mix of glass, shatterproof, star and snowflakes, and mercury glass ornaments. This is usually the step where my family says the tree has enough ornaments.
  5. Add more ornaments– I don’t listen to them, I add more ornaments until I start thinking “ok, maybe that’s enough ornaments”.
  6. Add even more ornaments: I know it seems like a lot but you will step back and think “whoo, that’s a gorgeous full tree!” and then you will send me a thank you message for encouraging you to not listen to the ornament haters. (you’re welcome!).
  7. Add a bow and/or tree topper: Make a bow out of the same ribbon you used on the tree and place it at the top of the tree. Or place a tree topper like a star or angel there. Or add both, a bow and a topper.

Under the tree, I used my gathering basket with my favorite throw blanket, a wrapped present and a stem of frosted pine.
I love the way this looks with our Safavieh area rug.

Every year I pick up a couple new glass ornaments. This year I fell in love with these botanical ornaments from Threshold/Studio McGee at Target. They come in a set of 3 for only $15!

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    Manger Scene/Console Table

    Our nativity scene is very special to me because it was a gift from my mother more than 20 years ago.
    I have so many memories of setting it up with each of our children. It was always their favorite part of decorating for Christmas.

    Above the manger scene I hung a mirror I found it at the flea market in Raleigh years ago. I had planned on making an oyster shell mirror with it but I am liking the dark blue for now.

    Using a faux swag as a base, I layered glittered eucalyptus stems, a few pine cones and a large bow to create a swag that hugs the mirror and coordinates with the tree and the garland in the dining area.

    Fresh Greenery Vases

    Usually, the nativity scene is by itself but this year I added some greenery on either side of it.
    This is an easy and inexpensive project that I already had everything for. I’ll be sharing the tutorial for this project tomorrow.


    I found these high quality photos on Etsy from a shop called 99ArtPrints
    The winter scenes and natural colors of these three photos coordinate well with our natural Christmas decorations. This winter set of photos included 400 photos for only $11!
    I ended up purchasing his entire set with beach photos, fall photos, farmhouse, rustic and more (on sale now for only $30!). There are so many ways I can use these and never run out of ideas.

    On top of the dresser I created a little nature scene in a long dough bowl using faux snow, bottle brush Christmas trees and a little house ornament.
    Behind the nature scene I added a few faux Christmas trees to keep with the nature theme.


    I spray painted this large metal bowl bronze with Krylon Fusion spray paint in hammered cocoa brown to coordinate with the bells on our dining chairs and garland in the dining area.
    First, I filled the bottom of the bowl with brown packing paper. Then I added greenery from our yard, pine cones and nature colored ornaments. It’s simple and so pretty.

    Coffee Table

    This wooden Pottery Barn tray is always on our coffee table/trunk. I replaced the pumpkins and other fall decor that were in it with a small frosted Christmas tree, wooden coasters and some natural looking candle holders. The J&E one was a gift from me to JC years ago. It’s almost always displayed somewhere in our house.
    I purposely kept this space kind of empty because we tend to pile magazines, mail and other things in this tray. I’m hoping that by starting clean and sparse it may stay that way!

    I hope you enjoyed our Christmas decorating with the colors of nature. What are your favorite natural elements to decorate with for Christmas?

    Bloggers Best Home Tour

    Ready for more inspiration? Head over to visit my friend Staci (Bricks ‘n Blooms) to see her gorgeous vintage farmhouse style Christmas decor! Then be sure to visit all of today’s participants and stop in every day this week! You’re going to be amazed at all the beautiful Christmas ideas!

    Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

    This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours 2022. Thirty-five talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.

    Monday’s Tours


    The Tattered Pew // Cottage On Bunker Hill // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

    Open Doors Open Hearts // Cottage In The Mitten // My Thrift Store Addiction

    Tuesday’s Tours


    Midwest Life & Style // She Gave It a Go // Sand Dollar Lane // Bricks n’ Blooms

    Pasha Is Home // Robyn’s French Nest // The Ponds Farmhouse

    Wednesday’s Tours


    Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home // This Is Simplicite // White Lilac Farmhouse

    Peacock Ridge Farm // Cloches and Lavender // Simply2Moms

    Thursday’s Tours


    County Road 407 // Country Peony // Eleanor Rose Home // Le Cultivateur

    Thistle Key Lane // My Family Thyme // Follow The Yellow Brick Home

    Friday’s Tours


    Southern Crush At Home // A Life Unfolding // Southern Home and Hospitality // WM Design House

    Dabbling and Decorating // Lora Bloomquist // Vintage and Grace Living

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    1. I could tell from the very first photo I was going to LOVE your tour. The colors are magnificent and the idea with the greens, balls and snow in the clear glass vase – pure genius and so beautiful. I’m totally doing that. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Enjoyed hopping with you this week.

    2. Hello Friend!

      Love the tree and all the nature based colors. It feels very warm and inviting and your frosted tree is GORGEOUS! xx

    3. Leen ~ I’m so excited to be on this Christmas tour with you! Your Christmas decor is gorgeous! I especially love all of the deep teal green colors ~ the nativity my favorite! Merry Christmas my friend!

    4. Your home is so beautifully decorated for the holidays, Leen. The gorgeous blues and browns are a combination I’ve never thought of for Christmas but I love it and hope to use that same mix next year. And the brown plaid ribbon is the perfect touch. I love the botanical ornaments too. Happy holidays my friend.

    5. Those ornaments from Sam’s Club look lovely on your tree! You know I love your coastal colors! 😉 So fun touring with you this week. Lots of lovely inspiration in your home!

      1. Your tree is gorgeous and so is your rug.

        The color combination is something I would never think of and love the PB bowl

        It’s great having staples in our homes that we love

        Great touring with you.


    6. Leen I love your color palette with the pretty blue! It’s beautiful! And your tree looks amazing too! Thanks for your decorating tips. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

    7. Leen, I love the colors you used for your holiday home tour. It’s so pretty and peaceful. And your tree is STUNNING! So happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned!

    8. Your tree is beautiful and I love the way you styled your mirror for the holidays–pinned! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    9. Leen I loved all of your natural colors and your tree turned out just beautiful! I love a pretty frosted tree!!! Thank you so much for joining me this week, pinned your post. Merry Christmas!

    10. Leen,
      Your home looks absolutely GORGEOUS and the colors are so peaceful. I especially love your use of greenery throughout your home. Thank you for the inspiration friend-pinned!

    11. I loved your home tour!! The colors are so beautiful and I’m with you I think that dark blue mirror frame works perfectly! So glad to be touring with you!! Merry Christmas!

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