I love that delightful mix of rustic and elegant in a room. The gilded French chair with a chipping table next to it. A burlap covered seat with an aubusson pillow. A chandelier in every room; even if it’s a closet or a hallway. Everyday elegance; like setting a table with vintage china and fine stemware and an abundance of beautiful blooms is a favorite thing. Especially if it’s on an old weathered farm table in the middle of the woods with a chandelier hanging from the branches. I love creating that ambiance and inviting the conversations and laughs to linger a bit longer. You can find more on my blog French Country Cottage where I share decorating, DIY renovations and projects and french cottage inspired living.

Simple Rustic Cottage

There are few sights more magical than a forest of trees after a fresh dusting of snow. By decorating this year’s Christmas tree with a simple rustic cottage look, you can bring this beauty and charm indoors — without the hassle or the cleanup.

For this simple, rustic cottage look, begin with the 7.5-foot Frosted Fraser Fir. This frosted tree needs very little ornamentation, as it looks absolutely stunning on its own, especially when lit. Use white ornaments in various sizes, a few frosted berries and twigs, and sprigs of real juniper to adorn its branches.

What was your favorite aspect of this theme?

I loved that it was simple and cottage in style.

How many ornaments did you use for this look?

I didn’t use that many, but I did vary the sizes and bring in some oversized ornaments as well.

When decorating with a rustic theme, what elements do you consider?

I factor in natural beauty and simplicity. Rustic is not as polished or refined as other looks, so keep it on the simple side.

What did you enjoy the most about decorating this tree?

Probably the tree itself – the frosted tree is a favorite!

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