Simple Christmas Decorating: French Holiday Style in the Kitchen

Today’s holiday tour features simple Christmas decorating in the kitchen! This year I’m channeling a more European-inspired feeling, with a simple, neutral palette and lots of greenery.

This year I’ve gone very simple in my holiday decor, evoking a sense of European style. A neutral palette, with lots of greenery is the vibe I’m going for. Because the holidays can feel a little crazy or stressful, it feels so good to have a calming, peaceful feeling in our home.

If you missed them, you can see my neutral French living room here, and my French farmhouse family room here.

Welcome to my French-inspired Christmas kitchen….

French farmhouse inspired Christmas kitchen farmhouse table pine trees runner

Last year was full of touches of French blue and the year before, I had blush pink accents! But this year I really wanted to simplify. Not that I ever go too crazy, but whatever glitter and bling I did have are gone, and in their place are lots of neutrals and greenery, with pops of white.

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kitchen counter vignette white roses vintage santa pine cones Christmas decorating idea

I always love to display a little vignette in the corner of the peninsula, and this year I used white roses and eucalyptus in an ironstone pitcher, with a teeny tiny tree, some pinecones and a vintage Santa.

The vintage Santas feel very European to me and I’ve scattered a few of them in each room this year.


Simple Christmas decorating small tree with lights gorgeous French farmhouse white kitchenThis tabletop Noble tree is a favorite new find! I bought two and featured one in the family room strung with dried oranges, and this one lives in the kitchen in a vintage French bucket.

I’ve purposely left it bare except for the lights – I love the cheer it brings to the room! 


simple Christmas decorating kitchen counter little pine tree ornaments vintage santa and bread board

On the counter is a little faux cedar tree in a vintage pot, another little Santa, and some ornaments in a vintage scale.


Christmas kitchen stove mantel with greenery tiny pine tree bread board and wreath

The mantel over our range is a favorite place to decorate! This year I added another little pine tree and a teeny tiny wreath, along with some cedar and eucalyptus branches.


gorgeous kitchen Christmas decor little pine tree on counter with pine cones

Vintage linen towels with touches of red bring some subtle seasonal color without going overboard.


gorgeous white roses in French farmhouse kitchen simple Christmas decorating ideas


French inspired Christmas kitchen with farmhouse table pine trees greenery

The trio of little trees creates a simple centerpiece on the kitchen table, and one that can stay all the way through January. The little trees are faux and I’ve put them in vintage French terracotta pots that I found. It’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever done!


 trio of little pine trees on farmhouse table beautiful European Christmas decor ideas

A few pinecones and more eucalyptus and greenery are added along the linen runner for a simple take on the season.

I’ve sourced some below similar finds below so you can recreate this, but since I did this I also found a cute tree already in a terracotta pot in case you feel like buying it already done!


simple Christmas decorating small green pine trees in terracotta pots on table European style

Love the vintage pots! They really create the French/European casual vibe I was going for – I might have to keep these here all year! πŸ˜‰


gorgeous Christmas vignette decorating idea ornaments in urn with white roses

white roses in ironstone pitcher French farmhouse kitchen Christmas decor

small cedar pine tree in terracotta in French kitchen simple holiday decor

I hope this simple Christmas decorating has inspired you! And thank you so much for stopping by today. I know there are a ton of tours this time of year, and I so appreciate you coming here and spending time in my little corner of the internet!


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Happy Holidays!



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And if you missed any of my other holiday tours, you can get to those by clicking the photos below!

French Farmhouse Christmas in the Family Room


Neutral French Christmas Living Room


And if you’re looking for even more holiday inspiration check out more ideas below:

Bronze & Gold Christmas Decor in the Family Room 

Keep it Simple: 10 Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas 

How to Create a Gorgeous, Full Christmas Mantel Garland


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  1. Stephanie Walls says:

    Love the clean look even when decorated. It all makes you smile when going into the kitchen in the morning.

    1. Thank you so much – that’s so kind of you!


  2. Your kitchen is beautiful decorated for Christmas. I especially love the vignette with the vintage scale. Perfect!

  3. Sheila, I love the understated quality and simplicity of your tour. It’s warm and inviting but subtle. Those old pots are gorgeous and I love all your greenery. Merry Christmas!

    1. Aww that is so sweet! Thanks so much Danielle!

      Merry Christmas to you as well!


  4. Calypso in the Country says:

    So beautiful, Sheila! Your Christmas decor is so elegant yet calming. I love your little trees and the way you displayed them. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!

    1. Thanks so much Shelley! And yes! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021!


  5. Love you, love you, love you.. I just found my dream lamp clicking on your link. Thank you so much. It has saved me hours of work looking for the perfect lamp. Love your blog!!!!!!!

    1. Oh my gosh you’re so cute! Thanks Suzanne! And so glad you found your dream lamp! πŸ˜‰


  6. my favorite thus far- your holiday home is so very charming!

    1. That is the nicest compliment!! Thank you so much Liz and happy holidays!


  7. Your kitchen is beautiful, elegant and inviting! I love the softness of the florals and evergreens! I always look forward to your posts and I thank you for sharing your wonderful dΓ©cor.

    1. What a wonderful comment to receive! Thank you very much Jeanne – I love that you loved it and found some inspiration. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


  8. Oh, this is so stunning, simple, calming, and lovely in every way, Sheila! I love the little cedar trees and am going to have to check out that link. Thanks! Just as a side…. FYI, for a fellow found wood cutting board lover….RIGHT NOW…Decor Steals has a HUGe ( 20″ X 32″) distressed found wood cutting board on sale for $49.99. Just type in “Found Wood Oversized Board” and you’ll see it! It looks like a nice replica of the vintage ones πŸ™‚ . Mine is coming in the mail next week. πŸ˜‰
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you for your kind words – I so appreciate it!! And for the tip! I just love that my readers are out looking and letting me and all of us know of more deals!! I’m going to check it out now!


  9. Jennifer Rizzo says:


    I love the European inspiration for your house. Your house is beautiful and I especially love the kitchen table centerpiece that can carry over after Christmas. You are so talented! Thank you for being part of the Holiday Housewalk 2020.

    1. Aww thanks so much Jen – I so appreciate that! Thanks for hosting and all your hard work, and for including me!

      Merry Christmas!


  10. Beautifully decorated spaces. I love greenery at Christmas time. I love the same little Santas that you have displayed. I try to snag whenever I come across them.

    1. Thanks so much Tammy! Aren’t the little vintage Santas so charming? I, too, look for them and try to snag them when I can because sometimes they’re hard to find!

      Thank you for stopping by!


  11. Sheila, everything is so pretty. I love a green and white combo with a little bit of wood thrown in. Your kitchen has all of this. The white flowers are just stunning with the greens. What a perfect spot for baking and dining.

    1. Aww that’s such a sweet comment – thank you so much Jennifer! And Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  12. your home is lovely! I love all of the natural touches and the white florals- festive but not overdone… just perfect!

    1. I love hearing that Cassie! I’m always going for just enough but not overdone so that is soo nice to hear!

      Thanks friend and happy holidays to you!


  13. Your home is always gorgeous, especially at Christmas Sheila! I absolutely adore the trio of little trees in antique pots and your vintage Santas! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! Merry Christmas to you too!