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Christmas planning for me starts very early – just how early is my guilty secret.

Over my teenage years I collected a vast collection of ornaments and décor in various themes while working at Canadian Tire. These themes were put on a rotary cycle – until this year. The ultra glamorous colour schemes of Christmases past just don't fit the simple, primitive ambiance that embraces our "new" historical home. Buying an entirely new theme won't be feasible this year so I'm about to turn minimalist. Traditional greenery and cosy blankets are what I have in mind.

Here's my inspiration shot. Although this living room is stunning in its cream and green colour palette, I think cheery accents are needed. Here are some new additions I have my eye on that won't break the bank.

The gorgeous forest scene on these porcelain plates from Pottery Barn would look lovely over our all white dinnerware – I love the soft winter colours. The price is $49.95/set of four.

Texture is key to an inviting holiday decorating scheme, and these faux fur stockings from Restoration Hardware would breathe subtle luxury below a bed of evergreen swags. These retail for $29 each but are currently on sale for $19.

A pop of colour like this tray from Urban Barn would contrast nicely with neutral-coloured mugs filled with hot cocoa. It comes in four hues for $19 each.

Call me fanatical but my wrapping goes with the theme of the year. I came across these beautiful tree bark gift tags made from salvaged wood, which will look great under my very first real tree. They will also not be much safer for the cats than ribbon. You can find them at Anthropologie for $14 /set of 10.

I'm partial to chunky pillar candles but these rustic aluminum tapers from West Elm may have me converted. They range from $30.30 to $35.53.

Now I have to sit tight and wait till it’s socially acceptable to bring all this great new stuff out.

Check out holiday decorating blog posts from Sarah Hartill and Holly Meighen.

Photo credits:
1. viewhometrends.com
2. Pottery Barn
3. Restoration Hardware
4. Urban Barn
5. Anthropologie
5. West Elm

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