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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Country Christmas | Living Room

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Both fresh and artificial greenery are primary Christmas decorations for my French Country style home. Built with structural posts and beams, the living room is a vaulted two and a half story space with a soaring cut-limestone fireplace which looks best dressed in understated natural flowers and greenery. 

Artificial greenery and faux greenery blend well with live poinsettias, fresh greenery, and a tabletop fresh tree.
Artificial greenery on the mantel and faux paperwhites on the coffee table blend well with the fresh white live poinsettias, fresh greenery in a white crown vase, and a small fresh cut tabletop Christmas tree at the end of the fireplace. 

French Country Christmas 

Living Room 

Post and beam house with living room decorated for Christmas
I love fresh-cut Noble Fir Christmas trees. The bigger, the better. 

The first Christmas in this house, we hosted my husband's family for Christmas over several days to celebrate finishing our new house. Several members of his family worked on actually building our house. That first Christmas tree was the largest tree I'ver ever had. The tree was over ten feet tall and was taller than the cross beams below the second-story window in this photo. 

French Country Christmas decorations in a living room
However, this Christmas I am way behind my usual decorating schedule. I bought the large white poinsettia, several unseen fresh boxwood wreaths, and the small fresh-cut tabletop tree barely visible at the end of the fireplace the week before Thanksgiving. 

But, decorating the house for Christmas came to a standstill due to a major bathroom remodel that developed snags, more minor, unplanned house repairs, and shipping issues for my annual Christmas shop in my garden shed. 

Natural decor equals understated French Country Christmas style
Nevertheless, I love the Christmas decorations this year with a hand carved wooden horse next to the large white poinsettia plant. No big tree filled with my lifetime collection of beautiful ornaments. 

Natural decor - French style 

Instead, the natural decor has a decidedly understated French style feel perfect for the French Country look I love. 

Large white poinsettia plant
An added bonus is the poinsettias will still be beautiful after Christmas well into the Winter months. 

Fresh cut evergreens in a white crown vase are easy French Country Christmas decor
The cut fresh evergreens will not last as long as the poinsettia plant, but can be replenished using clippings from the native cedar trees scattered throughout my naturalized wooded areas. 

Faux paperwhites in a French wire basket will transition to Spring decor
The faux paperwhites in a French wire basket will also look good through Spring. Just a quick change of pillows on the sofa and putting away the hand painted Noël sign will transition the decor from Christmas. 

A watercolor of snowy evergreen woods will transition from Christmas decor to late Winter decor
A watercolor of snowy evergreen woods will also transition from Christmas decor to late Winter. 

Tabletop tree, white poinsettia, fresh evergreens, and a hand carved wood horse are beautiful Christmas decorations
Taking down the small tabletop tree after Christmas will be much easier and quicker than removing Christmas ornaments from a tall, dried out fresh tree. 

French Country style Christmas decor includes flowers and plants
Pin ⇑ to your Christmas Pinterest boards for fresh and faux greenery decorating ideas. 

I love the French Country style Christmas decorations in my living room this year! 


I am still working on a Christmas table setting and on where to put our Christmas presents since there is no large tree for them. Fingers crossed, more Christmas posts are headed your way since the bathroom remodel, other house repairs, and shipping issues are now resolved.