Minimalist + Festive Centerpiece (with things you probably already have)

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Hey guys!

It’s mid-November and my Christmas tree is already up, don’t judge. It’s not fully decorated yet so I have saved a bit of the fun. One of my favorite little things I like to change periodically in my apartment is the coffee table display. I wanted to make a cuter display that was festive but simple for Christmastime.

The mood struck to change my centerpiece yesterday, but I had just gotten home from school and I didn’t want to leave to go shopping to get something, plus I didn’t want to spend any money on it. So, I just went looking around my place, seeing if there were any knick-knacks I could put together to create something.

It’s almost like “shop your own closet” but for your home!

Here’s what I found: a candle, a wine decanter, a festive mini tray, and a ceramic pumpkin. I liked all of these things and have accumulated them at random times over the past few months. They were just sitting on shelves, so I put them together on a tray I already had. I went outside and just picked a couple leaves and a stick off a tree and put them in the wine decanter. It was super easy, and though they may not last that long, I can replace them with fake leaves eventually.

The key is to find things (that you already have) that all sort of match each other. You can fill any jar/vase with leaves or flowers for a nice look, then add a candle or any random thing that you like.

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{Wine decanter from Amazon, Pumpkin, candle, and large tray from Home Goods, Let it Snow plateย from Target}

Tip: Don’t buy decorative “home” trays, just buy ones from the kitchen section. They are the same exact thing but way cheaper for some reason. I was searching for trays in Home Goods and they were getting quite pricey, theย kitchen platters are much cheaper.

After making this one, I thought I would make another one to show how you can really just use anything you have lying around. I made this one this morning before heading to work and it took about two minutes. I just grabbed a couple things and put it together!

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{Fox and tree from Target, diffuser from Home Goods}

What I like about this one is that you can keep little remotes, change, or candy in the basket.

This is a really easy way to freshen up your coffee table! You could do this to any kind of table or shelf. Sometimes just grouping things together and switching them around makes a big difference!

Also- I’ve started decoration for Christmas so once I’m done I’m going to do a Christmas apartment tour! Plus, there will be some festive DIYs coming up soon!

Let me know which one you like better, or if you try this out!

Love, Francesca

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  1. November 16, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    It all looks so homey and nice. I like the basket and the tray of festive goodies.
    Happy holidays (since you’ve already decorated your home)!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 16, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you! And happy holidays to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. November 17, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Aaw those decorations are so pretty and lovely! I’m getting into this Christmas mood right away ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx, Carmen –

  3. November 17, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Ahh, these photos are so lovely–the warm lighting looks so cozy, and your centerpiece is so chic. You’ve really been killing it with your posts lately–your classic fall outfits look perfect against the vibrant leaves, and these decor posts are such good ideas. It helps that these projects are cute, and simple!

    imperfect idealist

  4. November 17, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    these are soo gorgeous!! I’m all about minimalist chic decor!


    Tamara –

  5. November 18, 2016 / 1:57 am

    No judgment babe! I’ve been slowly putting up my Christmas decor since last week! Unfortunately my tree is only half lit (it takes forever!) and my arms are all cut up from fluffing the tree! (note to self wear long sleeves next time). Have a great weekend babe!

    xoxo Rina

    • November 18, 2016 / 9:24 am

      I love Christmas decorating early! Yeah, those branches can be really sharp, especially on real trees. Decorating the tree will probably take a while for me too because I haven’t bought any ornaments yet.

  6. November 19, 2016 / 4:22 am

    These turned out so nicely, festive indeed! Good tip for getting the tray from the kitchen section.

  7. November 19, 2016 / 7:46 am

    I need a tray like yours! And this reminds me that I also have to get a new Diptyque candle.


    • November 19, 2016 / 10:14 am

      Mine is a knockoff but I would love the real thing! Maybe I’ll treat myself for Christmas!

  8. Gabrielle
    November 19, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh I just love that your Christmas tree is up – I’m already feeling SO festive as well! This is a really great idea, and particularly as you’re sourcing things you’ve already got and so you can get really creative with what’s around you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 19, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Thanks Gabrielle! I know I’m full head into Christmas spirit by now haha

  9. November 20, 2016 / 6:07 am

    These photos are beautiful, I really love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. November 22, 2016 / 3:16 am

    they’re both lovely but I think I like the first one the most. it’s not too Christmassy yet, it also has this subtle autumn vibe (since it’s still autumn for a whole month). by the way, I’m in love with your chest-table, it looks perfect! and of course I’m very much looking forward to your festive apartment tour!

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:39 am

      Thank you so much Maiken, I’m glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the chest at a garage sale for only 10 dollars too, it was such a steal!

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