I LOVE decorating. It’s probably my favourite part of, well, anything. Parties, holidays, events… I love thinking up different ways to display things and then making it all come to life.

Which is why it’s probably a bit odd that I’m going minimalist this year with my Chrissy decorations, but I suppose this is all part of my “de-cluttering” that I am trying to do, in life (more on that in another post to come).

For the past couple of years we have had a 6/7 ft artificial tree with fibre optic lights, which has worked a treat, but this year I just wanted something a bit smaller and more manageable, and decided to go back to something we used to do in my family when I was a kid. We would get an old, dead branch from a gun tree, and decorate that, instead of a big pine tree. Putting an Australian twist on things, I suppose. Erin (JA’s sister) said she’s actually heard of a few people doing it this year, so it’s good to know we aren’t totally weird =P

The branch I’ve used for the tree was actually part of a much larger branch that fell from a big tree out the front of our house a couple of months ago, on to our roof. It’s been sitting in the front yard ever since, so it was decidedly dead enough to use. The whole process of putting it up and decorating it can be seen on my Christmas Decorations flickr set.

So here is (parts of) Mikaela’s house, decorated for Christmas!

(I should mention, it probably looks like I haven’t decorated much at all, but all these areas are basically in the same room, the entry opens onto the open plan living/diving area, where the tree is)

Coffee Table

Green baubles & trinkets in a white ikea pot, on an Alessi platter, with a Christmassy napkin underneath.

Green baubles & trinkets in a white ikea pot, on an Alessi platter, with a Christmassy napkin underneath.

Entry

Nice and simple: One little gold tree (probably from hot dollar or something), with coconut boxes from Bali on the left and Geog Jensen Candle holder on the right, sitting atop a white Billy Bookcase from Ikea.

Nice and simple: One little gold tree (probably from hot dollar or something), with coconut boxes from Bali on the left and Geog Jensen Candle holder on the right, sitting atop a white Billy Bookcase from Ikea.

Im still planning on filling the glass vases on the bookshelf with colourful little baubles to jazz it up a little. I want minimalist, not boring.

I'm still planning on filling the glass vases on the bookshelf with colourful little baubles to jazz it up a little. I want minimalist, not boring.

One little tree trinket hangs from my floating shelf in the entry hall, subtle but effective

One little tree trinket hangs from my floating shelf in the entry hall, subtle but effective

Dining Table

Green table cloth with wooden slat placemats, novelty drink mats & wire tree in the centre

Green table cloth with wooden slat placemats, novelty drink mats & wire tree in the centre

Living Room

Alessi platter & bowl in the centre (as always) flanked by 2 glass tealight holders (red and green) on top of Christmassy napkins. All sitting atop an antique hand crafted sideboard, I think from Japan.

Alessi platter & bowl in the centre (as always) flanked by 2 glass tealight holders (red and green) on top of Christmassy napkins. All sitting atop an antique hand crafted sideboard, I think from Japan.

And lastly, the tree:

The finished tree, it looks windswept I think

The finished tree, it looks windswept I think

More effective with the lights doing their thing

More effective with the lights doing their thing

A gift from my sister Altarra the year before she passed away

A gift from my sister Altarra the year before she passed away

Pretty Bauble

Pretty Bauble

How have you decorated your house this Christmas??