15 Nature-Inspired Holiday Decorating Ideas

Maybe it’s because we’ve recently moved to North Carolina from a very big city where all I ever experienced were Christmas-light-topped palm trees, but I can’t stop myself from falling in love with pinecones and pine trees and branches. Branches, I tell you. I mean, I’ve actually found myself stopping in my tracks, mid-conversation, to bend down and pick up an acorn. I then cradle my precious acorn the whole way home, just to add it to a table setting or pinecone display on my kitchen counter. I am a crazy person. Basically, this year, I’m bringing the outside inside and going full-out nature-inspired with my holiday decorating.

Admittedly, I started decorating our home for the holidays before Thanksgiving this year for a Winter Wonderland shoot, and then again just after Thanksgiving, because I just can’t help myself. Since I really played with all of the sparkle the first time around, I’ve leaned more towards a nature-inspired set-up this go-around.

15 Nature-Inspired Holiday Decorating Ideas for Christmas and The Holidays

Tips for a Nature-Inspired Holiday Décor:

  • Sometimes evergreens look best all on their own (sans ornaments); arrange them in galvanized buckets, crates, and orchard baskets to keep them looking rustic but chic.
  • The same goes for wreaths – simple and unadorned can make just as much of an impact.
  • You can also use tree clippings and pinecones, fallen branches, and berries, loosely arranged, to gussy up your fireplace mantle or dining room table.
  • Use those same items in hurricane vases and bowls in various places around your home, like on a dining room, coffee table, end table, or in a guest bathroom.
  • Look for unexpected places to bring in touches of nature, like into the bedroom with a fresh garland or bowl of pinecones.

Now onto the inspiration (a.k.a., eye candy) …

Rustic Winter Holiday Dining Room

Rustic Holiday Winter Dining Room via min lilla veranda

Natural Christmas Table

Natural Christmas Table via Sweet Something Design

DIY Blue & White Olive Holiday Wreath

DIY Blue & White Olive Holiday Wreath via 100 Layer Cake

Snowflake Table Runner and Rustic Holiday Pinecone Display

Snowflake Table Runner and Rustic Holiday Pinecone Display via HGTV

DIY Natural Christmas Wreath Chandelier for the Holidays

DIY Natural Wreath Chandelier via an-magrit

Winter Wonderland Dining Room Tour - pinecones on the window

Pinecones on a Windowsill via Glitter, Inc.

natural christmas - garland in the bedroom -all-through-the-house-bedroom-0114-s2

Natural Christmas Garland in the Bedroom via Country Living

Branches with Ornaments in a Rustic Tin Burlap Bucket for the Holidays

Branches with Ornaments in a Rustic Tin Burlap Bucket for the Holidays via French Larkspur

Joy Door Decal and Natural Wreath

DIY Joy Door Decal and Natural Wreath via The House That Lars Built

Christmas Dining Room Table for the Holidays

Christmas Dining Room Table for the Holidays via Liz Marie

Christmas Garland on a Doorway

Christmas Garland on a Doorway via Matchbook Magazine (Issue No. 22)

Natural Holiday Table Setting Brunch

Natural Holiday Table Setting via Tending the Table

Wood-Burned Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Wood-Burned Snowflake Ornament via Cherished Bliss

Holiday Rustic Living Room Design

Holiday Rustic Living Room Design via Liz Marie

Mini Christmas Trees and Trimmings on the Front Porch for the Holidays

Mini Christmas Trees and Trimmings on the Front Porch for the Holidays via Country Living

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See my HOLIDAY board on Pinterest for even more inspiration!

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Lexi

2 comments


  1. whitney

    So many inspiring ideas! I’ve only done a bit of decorating so far, planning to do the rest this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love love love bringing nature in, and your tips and inspiring pictures have me daydreaming about evergreens, tree branches and acorns and cranberries and pinecones. So many inspiring ideas!

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